Thursday, January 14, 2016

The Best of Film in 2015

20. The Black Panthers: The Vanguard of the Revolution

A nuanced look at the Black Panthers--accurately capturing the mission, message, spirit, and significance of their movement, while not idolizing or villainizing them

19. It Follows

A philosophical (!) horror film that, while obviously owing so much to John Carpenter, still managed to make me feel like I was watching something brand new

18. Lost River

Ryan Gosling's directing debut, an artistic and original film that, despite being great, everyone hated

17. The Hateful Eight

Not Tarantino's best, by a long shot, but still a lot of fun with some great signature Tarantino sequences and dialogue

16. Listen to Me Marlon

An innovative documentary that offers a well-rounded portrait of a film legend

15. Hitchcock/Truffaut

A festival of directors' insight

14. Spotlight

A thrilling look at the life of investigative journalists, with a fantastic ensemble and a poignant portrayal of the subject matter

13. The Big Short

An ambitious, strikingly original film that not only accurately captures the financial crisis in a way that isn't boring, but entertains from beginning to end

12. Amy

A complex character study and captivating indictment of American celebrity culture

11. Cop Car

The most pleasant surprise of the year, doing so much with so little

10. What We Do in the Shadows

The funniest new film in a long time

9. Anomalisa

Charlie Kaufman once again proves to be one of the best at creating poignant human portraits

8. Inside Out

Finally, another wonderful classic from Pixar!

7. Steve Jobs

Fantastically written, with a superb ensemble and top notch direction

6. Going Clear

The fiercest criticism and exposé from a documentary that maintains artistic integrity I think I've ever seen

5. Ex Machina

What a real sci-fi film looks like!

4. Phoenix

A love story unlike anything I've seen before

3. The Revenant

Iñárritu shows his versatility as a director with a film that feels groundbreaking in almost every scene

2. Wild Tales

One of the greatest revenge films of all time

1. Mommy

A highly original, incredibly moving, and relentlessly real film

Best Director:
Alejandro González Iñárritu for The Revenant

Best Screenplay:
Aaron Sorkin for Steve Jobs

Best Actor:
Michael Fassbender for Steve Jobs

Best Actress:
Anne Dorval for Mommy

Best Supporting Actress:
Jennifer Jason Leigh for The Hateful Eight

Best Supporting Actor:
Antoine Olivier Pilon for Mommy

Best Soundtrack:
Ennio Morricone for The Hateful Eight
Honorable Mention: Johnny Jewel for Lost River

Best Comedy:
What We Do in the Shadows

Best Animated Film:
Inside Out

Worst Film of the Year:
Jurassic World

Most Upsetting Oscar Decisions:
Mad Max nominated for Best Picture
Ex Machina not nominated for Best Picture
Mommy not nominated for Best Foreign Film
Aaron Sorkin for Steve Jobs not nominated for Best Screenplay
Carol nominated for best soundtrack (Carter Burwell basically just ripped off Philip Glass)

Best Picture nominations I did not see:
The Martian
Bridge of Spies
Son of Saul

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