The Definitive List of 2015 Films
It took me nearly a month to come up with this list and the better part of the year to watch all of these films but I'm really proud to say this is my very very thorough list of my Favorite Films of 2015. You may not agree with this list. I understand not all of these films are very popular (except one maybe 2 but lets be honest its really just one) and I may not have listed your favorite film of 2015 (ex. "What We Do in the Shadows") but nonetheless here it is in all its glory.
Also let me say if you were a fan of "Jurassic World" "Avengers" or "AntMan" or some other comic book movie you should just skip this post now and save yourself the dissapointment.
1. Mad Max: Fury Road
What else is there to say that hasn't been said. One Statement. "......" (speechless) Thats all I will say about Mad Max.
If their ever was a film that surprised me at every scene it would be Victoria. If I could create through film it would be something like this. Its so good. So so good! It unfolds like a great novel and is definiately re-watchable for a multitude of reasons that I can't go into unless you watch it first. ProTip: (Honestly just watch it. Don't see the trailer just watch it.)
3. Kurt Cobain Montage of Heck
Love or hate the guy you can not deny his magnetism. To me. He was one of the GOAT's. (Once in a generation kinda musicians.) I really enjoyed peering into his mind and his life. It was a weird feeling but it made me feel way more connected to him than I ever have before. (Especially watching him on MTV growing up in the 90's.)
This is a mind fuck of a film that you will be thinking about for days afterwards. The story is something out of a Philip K DIck novel. You just got to be willing to go along for the ride it has so many turns, you might not be ready for but it all fits perfectly into a beautiful "Snake." (Yes thats right a snake.)
5. Ex Machina
Alex Garland is a writer (now filmmaker) I have followed since my late teens. He single handily re-ignited the Zombie Genre. He's so good at what he does that less talented people straight up plagiarize his work. So its no surprise his first film is a masterpiece.
6. Bone Tomahawk
Certain films pull you right out of your own skin. This is one of them. Horror Western is what people are calling it. I just thought (hmm...) this is how all Westerns should be.
7. Love & Mercy
First off Elizabeth Banks steals the show. Second John Cusack actually can still act. (Wasn't sure after 2012.) Seriously this film is about Brian Wilson from the critically acclaimed Beach Boys. Some of my favorite parts of the film was just seeing his character (played by Paul Dano) in the studio working on Pet Sounds. (His bad relationship with his father and his manager was just insane.) Best of all seeing the creation of "God Only Knows" is among many of the things that I loved about this film.
8. The End of the Tour
Who the fuck is David Foster Wallace and why should I care? That was going through my mind while I was searching for my seat among a few people in an empty theater. Sometimes you meet genuinely good people in your lifetime and sometimes those people have a bigger impact on you than you realize years later. This is true. By the end of the film I came to the conclusion that it wasn't David Foster Wallace that was important it was what he left behind in his writings and his outlook on what being a human actually is.
9. Mission Impossible: Rouge Nation
He is the last action hero that just keeps on trucking on. (No matter how much people shit on him.) I always liked him as an actor and action star. So it was no surprise to me that this is his best MI since the first one and that is saying a lot because that one was directed by Brian De (FUCKIN) Palma.
10. The Peanuts Movie
I hate Charlie Brown I always have, ever since I was a kid. But my wife loves Peanuts and so I went to see it with her. I was shocked by how much this movie moved me emotionally. Its a great movie and a definite must see.