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The 10 Best Films of 2015

Honorable Mentions: Star Wars: The Force Awakens, 99 Homes, The Gift, Black Sea, It Follows, Sleeping With Other People, While We’re Young, Inside Out, Phoenix

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10) All This Mayhem

This was technically released in late 2014, but didn’t come to the states or at least to my attention until early this year, but I have to add it.  The insanely true story of the Pappas brothers.  Two Australian skateboarders who set out to conquer the skateboarding world and prove they were better than Tony Hawk could ever dream to be.  Is it a little lopsided?….yeah of course it is, but that doesn’t change what both of them went through in their own personal lives.

 

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9) Steve Jobs

Danny Boyle knows how to make a film.  He knows how to make things simple, yet interesting at the same time as well, and he knows how to cast his sea of characters.  Michael Fassbender does an amazing job of portraying Steve Jobs over the years, and doesn’t hold back from what a genius, and an asshole Jobs was.

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8) Spotlight

Easily the best ensemble cast of the year, you could make the case for H8teful Eight though. The true story of how a news crew took down the Catholic church in Boston and exposed them for the molestation of 100s of boys.  A great look in to how a team of journalists uncovers the truth.

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7) Room

At first this doesn’t sound like the most interesting film.  A woman is stuck in room with her son, held by her captor.  I’ve seen infinite 48 hour mysteries about the subject, so it seemed like yet the same thing.  What takes the film to the next level is how this woman and her son interact with each other throughout the course of the film, and especially how they evolve halfway through the film and in to the end of the film.  One of the best performances of the year by Brie Larson.

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6) The Big Short

The fall of the housing market in 2007 is captured across multiple converging storylines.  We follow bankers, we follow people who are in the know ahead of the collapse, or at least think they’re in the know, and we ride the rollercoaster with them.  We all know for the most part what happened around that time, but The Big Short  is an intricate portrait of the collapse.  Probably one of my favorite “acted” films of the year, and also one of the more interesting in how these actors interact with each other and interact with the viewer.

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5) James White

A film that really took me by surprise.  Fantastic acting, and director Josh Mond does an unbelievable job of taking us through the phases of James White’s depression of dealing with the death of his father, and the struggle of taking care of his mother through her cancer.  It’s an emotional film that speaks to you as a film-goer.

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4) The Revenant

Leonardo DiCaprio is a lock for an Oscar here.  He drives this movie.  It’s a very simple story on the surface.  A tale of survival and revenge in one of the toughest times in American history.  An absolutely beautiful film, shot to perfection in every way, and acted perfectly in every way as well.

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3) Ex Machina

One of the more interesting science fiction films I’ve seen over the years.  The film makes you think on so many levels.  IF Artificial Intelligence existed what would it look like, and how would we interact with it.  Could it be so life-like to mimic feelings, or just be programmed to do so?

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2) Mad Max: Fury Road

I almost had a brain aneurysm within 10 minutes of sitting through George Miller’s re-imagining of his Mad Max series.  It is non-stop action from beginning to end.  Edge of your seat, pulse-pounding action.  It’s so simple too.  Furiosa and her team need to escape from the big baddy all the way across the desert, only to have to go all the way back and take him down.  A road movie, and a survivor movie done to perfection.

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1) Creed

No I’m not kidding.  Stallone gives the performance of the year, and director Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan prove they’re something special together.  This turns the whole Rocky franchise on its head and does such a great job of tying in all the great things about ALL the Rocky films, while also tipping its head to a lot of things that happened in real life to both Coogler and Sly.

 

The 5 Worst films of 2015

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5) The Fantastic Four

Not even a stellar cast can save this piece of garbage.  This is what people are talking about when they say they’re getting sick of superhero films.  A dumb plot, horrible writing, and horrible directing.  Perhaps the worst superhero film of all time.

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4) Aloha

I’m not sure what the hell Cameron Crowe has been doing for the past 10+ years…but it’s not making good movies.  This is strike two after Elizabethtown.  I’m honestly not even really sure what the film is about.  It is boring and confusing as hell, not funny, not dramatic, it’s just kind of there.

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3) The Ridiculous Six

Adam Sandler will obviously never stop, but god I wish he would.  Yet another straight up piece of shit.  Dude is cashing paychecks like a mo’fo’.  He’s just not making anything worth watching.

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2) Project Almanac

The worst time travel movie I’ve ever seen.  Filled with holes, and involves kids who somehow are smart enough to figure out a time machine….but not smart enough to go back in time with the correct numbers of a winning lottery.  Dumb.

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1) 50 Shades of Grey

It doesn’t get much worse than this.  Soft porn for the eyes with the worst acting of the year.  Although points do go to the film for the best line of the year…”I’m 50 shades of fu$%ed up!”