Well everybody, it’s a new year, which means another year of film has wrapped up. With Oscar night rapidly approaching and everybody trying to sneak in as many movies as they can before February 28, here is a list of the top ten films that I have seen this year that are almost all up for Academy Awards.
Mad Max was really one of the first movies that I saw in the summer of 2015 that really shocked me. What intrigued me the most about this film was the fact that Tom Hardy was in it, but it never disappointed in any way. I love that this film is nominated for ten awards and I hope it does win a few.
It Follows was a movie that came out very early in 2015. This is usually the time when movies are not very good. This became probably the best horror film I have ever seen. Everything was incredibly smart and interesting about this. It Follows never tried to be anything other than what it was and that is what really sparked my love for this movie.
Creed was a movie that for the longest time seemed like it would be a disaster for me, but I was definitely wrong on that one. Creed turned out to be one of the best movies of 2015 and I love how everybody agrees on this. Being from Philadelphia, you are almost obligated to like Rocky Balboa, and Creed has saved the Rocky franchise. I really look forward to what the next one will bring us.
The Hateful Eight is definitely one of the weaker links that we have seen from Tarantino, but it was still an unbelievable film to watch. I expect a lot from Tarantino when I see his movies and I do not necessarily think he disappointed here, but it is definitely not his best. Even though it was not his personal best, The Hateful Eight still turned out to be one of the best movies of 2015 and there is absolutely no doubt about that.
Sicario was one of the number one films that I was looking forward to this year and it absolutely did not disappoint in any way. This film is filled with terrific acting and a highly tense story that keeps your heart beating throughout the entire film. This is easily one of the best films of this year and I am disappointed by the lack of Oscar nominations it has because it is so good. I would have loved to see Del Toro sneak in for a nomination.
The Martian was the first movie of almost Oscar season where I said it was going to be considered a comedy as well as an incredible drama, but still get the recognition it deserves. What’s great about this movie is that it assured me that sci-fi is now back once again, and very much alive. I loved everything about this movie and I wish it could have been number one, but this year was incredible for movies.
The Revenant is a movie where I’m not even sure where to begin talking about sometimes. It is an incredibly gruesome film and I do not think we will see anything like it for quite a while. Despite the fact that this movie is so gruesome, it is also one of the best movies to look at all year. Also, The Revenant is filled with some tremendous acting that may all receive awards for what they showed us (Leo and Tom Hardy in particular).
Steve Jobs is absolutely one of the best films I have seen this year. Aaron Sorkin has given us another script that completely blows us away. Michael Fassbender is going to give DiCaprio a run for his money in this extremely talented list of Best Actor Oscar nominations. Steve Jobs is a film that never disappoints in any way and you almost never want it to end.
Room was the type of movie where I did not want to know a single thing about what I was investing myself into, and holy shit did I make the right decision. Everything about this movie is deeply inspiring and it is an absolute touching movie. The deep, emotional impact this movie has on you makes it something that is absolutely worth seeing. Also, the Oscar recognition this has, especially Brie Larson in particular, let alone a Best Picture nomination, is something that makes me extremely happy.
This year has been packed with so many movies that could have easily made this list, but it did take much time to decide on movies that I thought were absolutely the best of the best this year. There were at least ten more films that were considered for this list, and in a perfect world they would all be on here, but they were just not able to quite make the cut. So, after all this talk about the 2015 films, here is the number one movie of the year that is something everybody should see.
As soon as I stepped out of the theater, I knew that Spotlight was going to be the best movie that I have seen all year. You may say this is because of what I want to do as a career, and that definitely has a lot to do with it, but this movie was absolutely perfect in every way. This movie was smart, and most of all relevant to what happens in the world today. If every movie could be as great as this, we would live in a perfect world.
Well folks, that about covers the best films of 2015. I know I’ve been slacking lately with reviews, but I’ve been in London for the past month now and it has been getting the best of me. I am going to try my best to start posting more while I’m here, but don’t worry because when I get back it will be back to normal. I hope everybody has a great 2016 and don’t ever forget to check out my website for all the latest reviews on new movies and some local concerts.