Savannah’s Top Ten Films of 2016!

Dec 30, 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 Designer and Interactive Coordinator, Savannah Taylor’s top ten films of 2016!


Hunt for the Wilderpeople


Director: Taika Waititi

A boy and his foster father become the subject of a manhunt after they get stranded in the New Zealand wilderness.

The Mystery of Picasso


Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot

Part of our Art Docs series, featuring live performances by seven bands.

In a through-composed collaboration between two transformative artists, we watch with Clouzot as Picasso adds brush-stroke after brush-stroke to canvas, tracing the slow development of a painting from sketch to masterpiece as a figurative dance of color and line. Every work Picasso composed for the camera was designed specifically for the film, and by the end the two have said as much about cinema as about craft, mystery, or Picasso himself.

I, Destini

Director: Destini Riley

A part of Indie Grits 2016, a Filmmaker Fellow Award winner.

A teenager’s memories of her brother’s incarceration, told through melancholy, incisive poetry and hallucinatory animation.

Cakes da Killa: NO HOMO


Director: Ja’Tovia Gary

A Daughters: Celebrating Emerging Female Filmmakers of Color selection

An electrifying portrait of a young artist determined to live life on his own terms. Cakes Da Killa is a 22 year old hip hop artist. As an openly gay man he is not your run of the mill rapper, but he just might be your new favorite.

The Color of Fire


Director: Dorian Warneck

A part of Indie Grits 2016, winner of  The People’s Grit.

In this fearlessly intimate account of the moral corruption of war, filmmaker Dorian Warneck follows his father back to his birthplace of Dresden, Germany for a final family gathering. There, the senior Warneck recounts his experiences as a young man on the front lines of WWII: witnessing his city’s firebombing and enlisting in the German army.

Blue Velvet

Director: David Lynch

Celebrating the 30th anniversary of Blue Velvet

The discovery of a severed human ear found in a field leads a young man on an investigation related to a beautiful, mysterious nightclub singer and a group of psychopathic criminals who have kidnapped her child.

Everybody Street


Director: Cheryl Dunn

A part of our Art Docs series

Documentary film illuminating the lives and work of New York’s iconic street photographers.

Buffalo ’66


Director: Vincent Gallo

A part of our 2015-16 Filmmaker-in-Residence Josh Yates’ Guest Curated Series

After being released from prison, Billy is set to visit his parents with his wife, who he does not actually have. This provokes Billy to act out, as he kidnaps a girl and forces her to act as his wife for the visit.


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.

Son of Saul


Director: László Nemes

In the horror of 1944 Auschwitz, a prisoner forced to burn the corpses of his own people finds moral survival upon trying to salvage from the flames the body of a boy he takes for his son.