BEST MOVIES OF 2015
Highly anticipated. 100% subjective. Completed without referencing the Internet aka strong chance I have forgotten at least a couple key films. In no particular order...
- •Ex MachinaSo sexy. So ominous. So gorgeous. I'm describing not only the movie but basically everything and everyone in it.
- •SicarioThis, like many others on the list falls into the "tough" category. (See: Room, Spotlight, 99 Homes etc) While not films I would necessarily want to watch again and again, they are powerful and phenomenally made, and, most importantly, often very timely and socially relevant.
- •Wild TalesOutrageous, gasp-worthy, and so much fun. How many American mainstream movies can do that without also falling into crass Adam Sandler territory? (Answer: none I've seen this year)
- •BrooklynJust a truly lovely movie start to finish. Saiorse shines.
- •RoomSee "Sicario." Also--- the tiny Jacob Tremblay is a revelation, I haven't been that emotional during a film.... ever, and Brie Larson is just incredible. So moving.
- •It FollowsCmon, the surprise smash hit of the year! This one was a creepy, quiet, eerie piece of also-gorgeous cinema.
- •The RevenantI feel this needs a caveat, as my (intense) appreciation for the film lay SOLELY in its cinematography and visuals. Go Luzbecki.
- •Welcome To MeKirstin Wiig continues to impress and fascinate with both her choices and performances. This dark dark dark comedy is a little gem.
- •SpotlightSee "Sicario." Also, WHAT AN ENSEMBLE! Spectacular, with no outshine the others but rather complementing.
- •The Night Before / TrainwreckNot to imply less value by combo-ing, but these two 'mainstream,' big-budget comedies were just plain delightful. Popcorn flicks at their best. (Also, Michael Shannon deserves some kind of comedy award for his role in TNB)
- •Far From the Madding CrowdI do not love period films, and I went into this with low expectations that were far exceeded by the incredibly chemistry from the leads and the lush, sweeping visuals. Also, sucka for a solid romance (don't tell!)
- •99 HomesSee "Sicario." Also: enraging, frustrating, maddening, and essential viewing.
- •The Diary of a Teenage GirlSuch a refreshing and honest portrayal of adolescence. You don't see too many like this one made these days.
- •MOVIES I HAVEN'T SEEN BUT PROB WOULD HAVE BEEN CONSIDERED:Tangerine, Carol, Heart of a Dog, The Look of Silence, Cartel Land, Amy, Clouds of Sils Maria, Anomalisa, The End of the Tour, Love and Mercy, Iris, Mistress America, James White
- •MOVIES THAT MAY HAVE MADE OTHER'S LISTS BUT NOT MINE. (sorry!)[Granted, most of these have exceptions, primarily in acting. E.g. Alicia Vikander in The Danish Girl.] Black Mass, The Martian, Creed, The Danish Girl, Steve Jobs, Me & Earl & The Dying Girl, Dope,