The 30 most popular posts of 2016

January is upon us, so it’s time once again to take a look back at the most popular articles of the previous year. Note: As always, posts aren’t ranked by total views (which would be unfairly biased towards articles that have been up the longest), but rather by how many views each one received in the first 15 days after being posted. Also, while I really wanted this list to include posts from Happy Nice Time People (which in 2016 was assimilated into the Agony Booth collective), I unfortunately don’t have access to any of that site’s readership data prior to the merger. With all that out of the way, let’s get to it!

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The 30 most popular posts of 2016:

#30: Top Gun (1986): a recap (part 1 of 3) – Susan VelazquezJun. 2

#29: The Fly (1986) – Rob KirchgassnerMar. 21

#28: 7 iconic characters ripe for a rebootRick LewisAug. 10

#27: The Matrix, Revisited: 50% of a great trilogySteven BirknerJul. 18

#26: Moon Zero Two (1969): a recap (part 1 of 10) – Thomas Stockel, Feb. 23

#25: Deadpool (2016): A love story – Jonathan Campbell, Feb. 16

#24: The Dirty Harry series: When police brutality was cool – Rob KirchgassnerJul. 11

#23: Hardcore Henry (2016): You’ll love it, and never want to watch it again – Michael A. NovelliApr. 11

#22: A look back at the Scream franchise, 20 years later – Rob Kirchgassner, Apr. 19

#21: Pan (2015) – Chelsey McQuittyMar. 23

#20: Tomorrowland (2015) – Chelsey McQuitty, Feb. 18

#19: X-Men: Apocalypse (2016): Halfway to a good movie – Jonathan Campbell, Mar. 17

#18: Why I’m not excited about Star Wars going on forever – Nathan KernerNov. 10

#17: Arrival isn’t a dumb movie, but you’re dumb if you need it explained – Tyler Peterson, Dec. 7

#16: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015): a failed review – Jonathan Campbell, Dec. 15

#15: Trolls, and the problem with “irreverent” kids’ movies – Thomas Ricard, Nov. 4

#14: Is Tony Stark the real villain of the MCU? – Jonathan Campbell, May 16

#13: Calvin and Hobbes (1985-1995) – Rob Kirchgassner, Sep. 19

#12: So, could we… not get more Star Wars? – Michael A. NovelliOct. 12

#11: Watchmen (2009) is Zack Snyder’s only good film – Ivan KJan. 29

And the top 10 most popular posts of 2016 are…

#10: Captain America: Civil War (2016): A bit too familiar – Jonathan Campbell, May 9

#9: 5 lies anime taught me – HexMar. 11

#8: Star Trek Beyond (2016) – Rob KirchgassnerAug. 23

#7: R.I.P. AMERICA (1776 – 2017) – Dr. Winston O’Boogie, Nov. 9

#6: Batman “Nora Clavicle” …or Why Feminism Will Kill Us All – Dr. Winston O’Boogie, Jun. 16

#5: The Left Behind remake is as God-awful as the original – Chelsey McQuitty, Feb. 1

#4: Marvel’s Civil War: How not to do a “heroes in conflict” story – Steven Birkner, Mar. 30

#3: The Force Awakens is a surprisingly dark new vision of Star Wars – Steven Birkner, Jan. 6

#2: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) is a long, dull trainwreck – Jonathan Campbell, Mar. 29

#1: The magic of Star Trek: TNG‘s third season – Rob Kirchgassner, May 19


And that was our 2016. How was yours? And just in case you missed it, check out the 30 most popular posts of 2015, and the 30 most popular posts of 2014.

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  • danbreunig

    First thing I noticed for all these posts is that there isn’t a single video. Not to diss articles or recaps, it’s more of the changing times if anything. I have plenty of favorite videos too but those are nearly all in the raw feeds, hence why I’ve been quiet here lately. Oh how I miss my favorite reviewers though. Anyway…

    Some of my favorite article writers are in here though, and hitting on subjects both personally interesting and just dear to me. On this list my own top five:

    –Moon Zero Two (thanks Thomas)
    –Batman: Nora Clavicle (thanks Winston)
    –Five Lies Anime Taught Me (thanks Hex)
    –Failed Review of The Force Awakens (thanks Jonathan)
    –Let’s Not Get More Star Wars (thanks Mendo)

  • Jonathan Campbell

    Top Ten, Baby! Woo Hoo!!