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.
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
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.
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.