10 Best Movies of 2015
Before we start I'd just like to mention some other great movies of the year that couldn't make the list- Tangerine, Bridge of spies, Brooklyn, Carol, Ex Machina, The Hateful Eight, Clouds of Slis Maria, Beasts of No Nation, Inside Out.
Lets just start by saying there's no doubt in the world Charlie Kaufman doesn't have a extremely unique mind. The mind behind Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind co-directs this miniature stop-motion epic about the events of a sad mans life after a one night stand. The feelings of his are something we can all relate to. Although not made clear it takes a smart mind to understand the hidden message. This is certainly a movie that will get you thinking about your understanding of life.
9. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Although this film was at the end of backlash claiming the lack of original ideas I loved this movie. J.J Abrams takes over for George Lucas in the director seat and doesn't let anyone down, the first good Star Wars since 1983 and is the 2nd best yet (Empire Strikes Back taking out 1st place). Every electronic swish of a light saber will have die hard fans at the edge of euphoria.
The only real let down was the villain but that's it.
Fans can argue hours on end weather it was good or not but the real question is- Would it have been better or worse if George Lucas directed it?
8. Straight Outta Compton
Obviously you've heard about the Oscars controversy. Only white nominations for the second year in a row. Despite what Will Smith believes he shouldn't have been nominated for Concussion, it just wasn't that good. Who deserve's to be nominated is O'Shea Jackson, Jr. who's performance was better than I ever expected in Straight Outta Compton- The documentary of the rise and fall of the member of rap group N.W.A. What can I say?- It was a mother fucking good movie and you'll have a mother fucking good time watching it.
7. Steve Jobs
Despite failing to pull a large audience Danny Boyle's new film is brilliant. Michael Fassbender's greatest performance to date, a Seth Rogan like you've him before and a better than expected Michael Stuhlbarg. The film hit's it's best during the 3 stunningly dramatic arguments at once between Fassbender and Jeff Daniels. The whole film takes place during the preparation of 3 major reveals and plays out like a thriller that will leave you breathless. Unfortunately the film hits it's disappointing low just before the anti climatic ending. If I had to say 2 bad things about this movie they'd be Fassbender's character is pretty much the same as Jesse Eisenburgs in The Social Network and the other would be that there is a shit ton of metaphor's.
6. The Martian
At 78 years of age Ridely Scott proves he still has it with sci-fi epic starring Matt Damon is brilliant form. Better than you'd ever expect a movie to be about an astronaut stuck on Mars, not only a brilliant science fiction but a great movie with even a decent soundtrack. Ridely Scott makes his return to space after a long while and pulls it off effortlessly after the 2014 dribble Exodus Gods and Kings.
5. The Big Short
A story about the financial crash of 2008- From the director of Anchorman, Stepbrother and The Other Guys. It's better than you could ever imagine. I could go on and on saying how good this movie was but I don't think anyone summed it up better than Variety did by saying "A spinach smoothie skillfully disguised as junk food." All else I can say is just go out and watch it.
How good was Spotlight? - The answer is Spotlight was brilliant. The 2002 Pulitzer prize winner stories about paedophilic priests and their corrupt lawyers was destined to be made into a monumental movie, which has spread awareness of this ongoing tragedy even further. Mark Ruffulo's best performance by yards. Birdman truly breathed life into Michael Keaton's career leading him on to play this character like no one else could. This movie is powerful enough to make your blood boil, and is probably one of the best journalism movies since Citizen Kane (That's right, I'm comparing this movie to Citizen Kane) that doesn't falsely make the reporters look like heroes. But it's the victims that truly bring this film to life- great performances from each one of them, painfully describing in long monologues the hardships they have all encountered as children with excruciating detail, you truly feel there pain. Directed by Tom McCarthy who earlier in 2015 directed the horrible, boring that was beyond comprehension bad but to be fair even before that he has made 3 decent movies, but Spotlight is a huge step for him. Sadly this is only a small chapter of the sickening child sex abuse and cover up stories. This film will scare as much as any horror movie.
3. Mad Max: Fury Road
Fury Road may have not pulled your emotional strings but come on, I might be releasing my inner child here but Mad Max was the literal definition of epic. The little dialogue through out the film only strengthens the power of it, mind blowing visual design and an epically dramatic loud sound track to blow you away. No movie was more enjoyable to be taken over by this year. Unfortunately I only saw the movie in cinema once. This was a grave mistake. The viewing experience is like no other, just sit back and be blown away. When the credits roll you'll have to convince your self you weren't dreaming.
Speaking of dreaming, Did you hear? DiCaprio finally won that long sought after Oscar. And he deserved it more than anyone else for his breath taking performance in The Revenant. This film also features little dialogue (If you don't include the grunting and heavy breathing) and stunning visuals all fueled by natural light. From the director of 2014's best picture winner Birdman Alejandro Inarritu The Revenant's natural lighting, wide, open landscapes, sunshine flares, quiet peaceful soundtrack and repeated symbolic voiceover at the end has a true Terrence Malik feeling to it. Leo earned that Oscar.
Room. Even though being nominated for best picture Room is still an extremely underrated film. It's a film more tragic than any disaster movie. Brie Larson will break your heart as the son of young boy which has been locked away in a small room for all his life to one day escape. May I say that Brie Larson deserved to win best actress just as much as Leo deserved to win best actor. Jacob Tremblay stars as the young boy and is one of the best young actors to emerge since Natalie Portman in Leon the Professional. Room is everything all at once, tragic yet beautiful, heart- breaking yet life confirming and depressing while uplifting. Room will make you appreciate the life your living and perhaps even give you a new out look on life, a power that few movies have the power to do. What can I say? I loved this movie with all my heart, rarely does a film carry such power, not one frame was wasted. It'll make you cry harder and more solemnly than you have in a long time. I can say without any doubt Room is already one of the best movies of the decade and the Oscars made a huge mistake not awarding this one with best picture. Personally one of my favorite films.