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Top Ten Films of 2015

Top Ten Films of 2015

A little behind this year. But here is my list for best films of 2015. Remember all lists like this are opinion. When I look at the past year there are a lot of great films that did not make my list. But I like to put films on my list that I know I will be watching again. So a film like Revenant although an amazing film, one go around is enough for me.

Honorable Mentions: Spotlight, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Creed, Revenant to name just a few.

 

10.  Before we go

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In Chris Evans directorial debut, Evans did an amazing job. It’s a very small story, Evans and Alice Eve meet when she loses her purse. Evans and Eve spend a night trying to find a way to get her home. Along the way each character helps the other get to the place they need to be in their life. It’s subtle but still beautiful in its simple delivery. As a director Evans may be someone to keep an eye on.

9. The Big Short

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Unlike the other movies most people are putting on the year end lists, this movie works with repeat viewings. Adam McKay puts together a dazzling cast, that shows us what happened in the 2000’s as banks started to fail. McKay splits the movie with the right amount of laughs and knowledge of what is going on. The characters really grow on you as the film heads to the finish. You realize the system is broken and you are happy and sad at the end of the film.

8. Furious 7 

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Okay, It’s not a perfect movie. But this movie is basically a love letter to Paul Walker who died during filming. It really pulls on the heart strings all the way up to the great shot of cars driving into the sunrise( not sunset, that’s important). Thanks to Diesel and James Wan for really delivering a great swan song for Walker.

7. Kingsman: The Secret Service

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Just a fun movie, a wink wink play on the James Bond empire. Hits all the right notes, Matthew Vaughn is a very underrated director and the cast of Firth, Jackson and Egerton are spot on. If you are looking for just a fun and strange action film with some laughs this is the movie.With a crazy over the top ending.

6. Trainwreck 

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One of the things that happened this year was Amy Schumer had a coming out party. She was everywhere on TV, magazines, concerts and movies. This was her first film, she wrote it, starred in it and it was the funniest film of the year. Hader and Shumer have incredible chemistry and the jokes landed pretty much every time.

5. It Follows

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The best horror movie of the year. Maybe the best horror movie of the last decade? Great premise, director and writer David Robert Mitchell paced this to perfection. I wanted more as the film ended. I hope his follow up is even half as good.

4. Mad Max: Fury Road

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One of the best action movies in a long time. It’s good to see George Miller back in his chaotic element. In a sneaky Mad Max movie that really is another characters story that Max is just along for the ride in. Miller is a master of making a movie look gigantic, Mad max feels epic and delivers.

3. Star Wars: The Fore Awakens 

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Not the best star Wars film but as a giant Star Wars nerd, I feel this was J.J. Abrams making things right. It had the feel of a real Star Wars film. It had a few oh my god moments sad and happy. It took me back to when I fell in love with movie. Yes nostalgia is not always great but I walked out of this movie with a giant smile on my face. Which is how I like to walk out of theaters.

2. Ex Machina

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A small, smart Sci-fi film that starts slow and builds to a thunderous pace. Alex Garland in his first time in the director’s chair handles the action like a pro, but it is the dialogue and actors in the quiet moments that make this one of the best films of the year. Isaac, Gleeson and Vikander make this movie a must see, they take the smart script and turn it into one of the smartest sci-fi films ever.

1. Inside Out

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The best film of the year. One of the best animated films of all-time. The movie with all the feels. This movie was inventive, creative and touching. Pixar rarely does wrong, but this really was a home run from start to finish. The voices are dead on for each character, the animation is beautiful. The story has the most heart of any film this year. It was also the most fun at the theater in 2015.

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