Top 10 Films of 2015

Now that the bottom of the barrel has been scraped, let me try to end the year on a high, with a look back on the top 10 films of 2015. Before I begin though, these are based on UK release dates which means that The Hateful Eight isn’t allowed so will be next years number 1…

10. Good Kill

In the year that saw American Sniper get critical acclaim galore, it’s important that you see the right version of it. Clint Eastwood and Bradley Cooper do a sterling job but in Good Kill, Ethan Hawke knocks them out with a much more effective look at modern warfare as a drone pilot is put into the very heart of the war even through a computer screen. Though it’s not as gritty it’s sure as hell more emotional.

9. Irrational Man

Woody Allen’s latest addition to his never ending CV stars Joaquin Pheonix and Emma Stone in a beautifully written indie which takes an unexpected turn.

8. X+Y

Asa Butterfield brings an incredibly emotional performance in this beautiful story about a young math prodigy who finds new confidence on the other side of the world.

7. Inside Out

The first of Pixar’s two offerings this year gave us a brand new set of characters to love, cherish and pour our tears over. Inside Out is an instant classic and brings the magic back to the studio that was once slightly struggling with entries like Cars

6. Big Hero Six

Though Inside Out did bring the tears and the feelings you’d expect with Pixar, Disney’s offering did much more by using their association with Marvel with a new batch of superheroes. The main success of Big Hero Six however is the way in which they handle depression. For a children’s film to treat it as an illness while not pandering to its core audience, Big Hero Six gives us a new masterpiece.

5. Steve Jobs

Michael Fassbender brings an electrifying performance in Danny Boyles biopic of the face of Apple. While the film isn’t just a nuts and bolts biopic, Aaron Sorkins script does the man justice in a thrilling 3 act structure while Fassy’s Jobs slips into fight after fight with colleagues and family alike.

4. Ex Machina

Without a doubt the most terrifying film on this list, Ex Machina stays with you weeks after initial viewing, thanks mainly to the incredible trio of cast members Domnhall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander and Oscar Isaac

3. Brooklyn

Saoirse Ronan brings one of the best performances of the year in this tale of homesickness in 50’s Brooklyn. Don’t be surprised to see her name mentioned throughout awards season.

2. Love And Mercy

And speaking of awards season, Paul Dano and John Cusack bring an oscar worthy double act as young and old Brian Wilson in this Beach Boys biopic.

  1. Whiplash

Without a doubt the most engrossing film of the year. Oscar winner JK Simmons gives a career best performance as the tenacious Terrence Fletcher while Miles Teller brings the tortured soul of Andrew Neiman to life with the help of Damien Chazelle’s simple but beautifully flowing script and a beautiful score.

Bottom 10 Films of 2015

As another 12 months pass, what better way to start off the celebration of the past year in film than with a look back on the most dire excuses for art to grace the silver screen! Hopefully you’ll be able to take this list as a warning not to approach the films mentioned but apologies if it serves as simply nightmarish reminders of when you witnessed the atrocities yourself:

10. Knock Knock

Eli Roth’s latest is a poorly written ‘thriller’ which brings more laughs than thrills. Not even Keanu Reeves can save this film. But what’s more distressing is that this was able to get a UK release this year yet still Roth’s previous film The Green Inferno still struggles to get into cinemas here.

9. Inherent Vice

Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest had two things in it that begged to be seen on the big screen, the long awaited reuniting of Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon. At least it was for me, a die hard Walk The Line fan. But not even this repairing could speed up the films dull 148 minute runtime nor its muddled story.

8. Jupiter Ascending

Sean Bean is in this. He plays a bee. And he doesn’t die.

7. The Boy Next Door

How this managed a cinema release I’ll never know. It barely even deserves to be on channel 5.

6. Mortdecai

As I type, even my macbook rejects the title of Johnny Depps ‘comedy’ in which he prances about with a grating british accent and even more disturbing moustache. You can’t blame Gwyneth Paltrow for gagging at the sight of it.

5. The Visit

While it divided audiences upon release, M. Night Shamalamadingdong’s latest is a cringeworthy found footage horror with the most insufferable child actors of the year. Barely 5 minutes into it I was in uncomfortable.

4. Terminator Genisys

The latest entry into this once great franchise brings back it’s main selling point and then proceeds to shit all over the originals in a clear attempt to ruin the timeline as much as possible before the rights revert back to James Cameron.

3. Fantastic 4

The worst thing about Fant4stic was how much potential it had. With a great young cast to reboot the comic book franchise into a grittier retelling, all interest is swept away from us thanks to a title card that shoves us forward a year before a hastily joined on final act that’s over before it’s even begun.

2. Pixels

Adam Sandler hangs out with his buddies again. Having previously nearly destroyed Al Pacino’s career in Jack and Jill, this time he destroys the nostalgia of classic arcade games while plonking Kevin James in as president of the United States for good measure. Save yourself the time by watching the original short which in 2 minutes long, gives a much better version.

  1. Absolutely Anything

The Monty Python gang gather to bring a story in which Simon Pegg is able to make anything happen just by saying it. Unfortunately he couldn’t make the film disappear.