Before 2016 gets too far in the rearview mirror, we wanted to reflect back on some of our favorite entertainment picks from the past year. Here are a few of Hammockers’ recommended movies, TV series, books and (since Hammock HQ is nick-named Music City) concerts of 2016.
John’s top movies were “Hell or High Water” and “A Man Called Ove.” He also loved HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” Netflix’s “Flaked” and BBC’s “Fleabag.” From 2016’s reading list, he enjoyed Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance, but he also recommends Thomas Mann’s classic Buddenbrooks, and a Pulitzer Prize winner, The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt.
Kerri’s favorite movies were “Moonlight,” “Nocturnal Animals” and “Hell or High Water.” She also became a “Game of Thrones” fan, managing to watch all six seasons in 2016. Her concert highlight of the year was seeing Todd Snider at the Ryman Auditorium for his 50th birthday.
Emily’s favorite show of the year was Marc Cohn, famous for “Walking in Memphis.” “He played at City Winery, a great, new-ish Nashville venue that’s perfect for singer-songwriters like him,” she says. Besides regular check-ins on Nashville’s music scene, Emily has also lately been on an Ernest Hemingway kick.
“Last year I loved reading Hemingway in Love about his years as a writer in Paris and his marriage to his first wife,” she says. “I’ve also been reading Ernest Hemingway’s Paris, which explores all of the spots in Paris where he used to write and find inspiration, and Ernest Hemingway on Writing, which includes snippets of his advice to young writers and his musings about writing.”
To combat the winter doldrums, Jamie recommends 2016’s “Sing Street,” “Hunt for the Wilderpeople” and “Hidden Figures.” Her favorite movie last year, though, was “La La Land.” On a Christmas week trip to Los Angeles, she and her husband visited several of the locations from the movie. She also enjoyed Anthony Marra’s Constellation of Vital Phenomena and The Tsar of Love and Techno and Colson Whitehead’s Underground Railroad.
Lena weighs in on 2016 kid movies, putting “Trolls” at the top of her list. “It’s so uplifting and smart, and the music is incredible,” she says. “I highly recommend for the young and old at heart.” She’s also catching up on “Stranger Things” on Netflix. “Everyone was right—this show is great. Those kids! That renegade sheriff! Winona Ryder!”
In other TV recs, Megan is hooked on NBC’s “This is Us.” She and Taylor both binge-watched the “Gilmore Girls’ A Year in the Life” revival on Netflix. While Megan is ”still not OK with the series’ final four words,” Taylor “hopes the rumors of even more episodes to come is true!”