Andy’s Top Ten Films of 2016!

Dec 20, 2016 by Savannah Taylor on The Nickelodeon Blog


Every year, the Nick staff gets together and reflects on their favorite Nick programming from the past year. Check out Columbia Film Society CEO, Andy Smith’s top ten films of 2016!


A Bigger Splash


Director: Luca Guadagnino

In this highly sensory, dark hearted tale, a famous rockstar and her filmmaker boyfriend retreat to Italy, only to have their vacation disrupted by the unexpected appearance of an old flame and his daughter.



Director:Barry Jenkins

A timeless story of human connection and self-discovery, Moonlight chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.


The Handmaiden


Director: Park Chan-Wook

A Foreign Focus first-run film.

A woman is hired as a handmaiden to a Japanese heiress, but secretly she is involved in a plot to defraud her.



Director: Duke Johnson & Charlie Kaufman

An emotionally honest stop motion study of a man crippled by the mundanity of his life who at last experiences something out of the ordinary.


Waterlines Screening and Performance


A part of the 2016 Indie Grits: Waterlines

A transmedia experience by our Waterlines artist cohort featuring live performances, commissioned films, live music, and experimental story telling, all aiming to process the Thousand Year Flood of South Carolina.


Other People

Director: Chris Kelly

A struggling comedy writer, fresh off a breakup and in the midst of the worst year of his life, returns to Sacramento to care for his dying mother.


Cover Me

Director: Garrett Bradley

A Daughters: Celebrating Emerging Female Filmmakers of Color selection

A marriage of film and performance art, this feature chronicles a struggling musician’s return to New Orleans.


Captain Fantastic


Director: Matt Ross

In the wilderness of the Pacific Northwest, a father devoted to raising his six kids with rigorous physical and intellectual education is forced to re-enter “the real world” after the death of his wife.


A Face in the Crowd


Director: Elia Kazan

A Part of our Nick for America series.

A prescient film about a drunken, womanizing criminal who becomes an overnight media sensation. He uses his “down home” antics and unfiltered charisma to win the hearts of the nation and to fuel his rise as a political influencer.


Do Not Resist


Director: Craig Atkinson

A documentary filmed over two years in 11 states, examining the rapid militarization of police forces in the United States.