Friday, January 1, 2016

My Top Five for 2015

Granted I saw only a small percentage of the films released in 2015, but these are the five I enjoyed the most.

5) Inside Out - Pixar packed an emotional wallop by telling a coming of age story in a truly original and moving way.  

4) Mad Max: Fury Road - Of all the films released in 2015, Fury Road most deserves to win the Best Picture Oscar.  George Miller's latest chapter in his post-apocalyptic story is pure movie making: Spellbinding action sequences blended with solid character development.  Visually stunning for every frame.

3) The End of the Tour - Based on a series of interviews David Lipsky conducted with the late David Foster Wallace in February of 1996, The End of the Tour features gripping performances from Jesse Eisenberg and Jason Segel.

2) The Hateful Eight -  2015 ended with Tarantino dropping an A-bomb on unsuspecting audiences.  Bloody, profane, and pretentious, The Hateful Eight is also ridiculously watchable for anyone willing to go on the journey.

1) Star Wars: The Force Awakens - The most anticipated film of 2015 and for once a movie lived up to the hype.  JJ Abrams delivered the goods and got the formula just right.  The new characters are fantastic and the returning cast added a magical element. Don't get me wrong, there are flaws, but no movie entertained me more this year.

Honorable Mentions: Creed; It Follows; Bridge of Spies; Steve Jobs, SPECTRE

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