Now that I've roasted the 10 worst films of 2015, it's time to unveil the 10 greatest films of the year. It was hard narrowing it down to only 10 titles, but every entry on this list is worthy of being counted down as one of the year's best. Although the year is still not over, titles that haven't been released yet like Son of Saul and Star Wars might make an edited version somewhere down the road.
Here are the 10 best films of 2015.
10. Inside Out Another delightful heart-warming story from Pixar, Inside Out follows the talking emotions of Riley, a girl that has just moved to a new town. The screenplay is truly something unique, and the voice acting is spot on. Always innovative and fresh, Pixar hits it out of the park again.
9. Tangerine Writer/Director Sean Baker filmed this entire movie on an iPhone camera. If that wasn't impressive enough, the movie boasts an excellent cast. Especially noteworthy is newcomer Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, who plays a trans-gendered prostitute out to find her pimp. This is what great Indie films are made of, and is now available on Netflix.
8. The Martian Directed by Ridley Scott and starring Matt Damon, The Martian is about one man's resilience of the human spirit as he struggles to survive on the harsh terrain on Mars. Wonderfully shot and almost flawlessly acted by Damon who gives a very nuanced performance, The Martian is Scott's best film in years. Especially after the trainwreck that was Prometheus.
7. Carol A finely crafted film from one of the best directors today, Todd Haynes, Carol tells the story of a department store clerk who falls in love with a married woman during the 1950s. The film is filled with great performances, but most of the credit goes to Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett as the powerful lead roles.
6. Creed Who would have thought the 7th movie in the Rocky franchise could turn out so good. That's what happens when you put a great director, Ryan Coogler, behind the helm of a passionate project. Creed is filled with strong performances from Michael B. Jordan, Tessa Thompson, and especially Sly Stallone. Check out my full review of the movie here.
5. Beasts of No Nation Cary Joji Fukunaga's brutal film follows one African child, Agu, as he becomes a soldier in an unnamed country's civil war. The film shows the harsh brutality of war through Agu's eyes, who is stunningly portrayed by child actor Abraham Attah. Also noteworthy is Idris Elba's notoriously deranged Commandant.
4. Spotlight Filled with great performances by Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams and Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight tells the true story of how reporters from the Boston Globe uncovered the molestation scandals in the Catholic Church. It's a classic made film executed by director and co-writer Tom McCarthy.
3. Ex Machina Made on just a modest budget of $30 million dollars, Ex Machina is expertly crafted by first time director Alex Garland. It is a great psychological thriller about a young programmer given a chance to evaluate the human qualities of a female A.I. The movie is stark, bleak, and wonderfully acted, making it one of the best Sci-fi films to come out in a long time.
2. Sicario If there was one word that described Sicario, it would be grand. The movie feels magnificent in scope and length, expertly shot by Denis Villeneuve, who captures the intense cinematic scope of Mexico as well as the Cartels. Couple that with brilliant performances, especially by Benicio Del Toro, and you have a near flawless movie.
1. Mad Max: Fury Road Oh what a movie, what a lovely movie. This was a tough choice, but at the end of the day I had to give it to George Miller's perfectly constructed post-apocalyptic thriller. Just like Rocky, Mad Max garnered a revival this year in Fury Road, an action movie with a pulse thanks to great performances from the likes of Charlize Theron, and flawless direction by Miller. Fury Road is impressive, tough, and a visual feat, and certainly deserves the top spot of 2015.
What were your favorite films this year?
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