Sunday, May 15, 2016

The Michigan Movie Guy's Top 10 Films of 2015

2015 was one of the greatest years in film. And now it is time to give my top 10 films list of 2015. This list took a lot of time & preparation, hence the fact that I have not posted this list until now. Alright, let's do this!

10. Spotlight

★★★★★ - This is definitely the greatest film about journalism since 1976's All the President's Men. The acting, direction, screenplay, & editing were all excellent. It was a great choice for the Academy Award for Best Picture.

9. Inside Out

★★★★★ - I think that this is the greatest animated film ever made. I know, the Toy Story movies, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles & Up are animated classics. But an animated film has never affected me in a way such as this. Everything was excellent. It definitely deserved the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.

8. Steve Jobs

★★★★★ - This is definitely one of the best biopics of the decade. Great performances (especially from Michael Fassbender & Kate Winslet), excellent editing, great direction, & one of the best screenplays from Aaron Sorkin.

7. Brooklyn

★★★★★ - This is one of the most well-crafted period pieces of the decade. It has great costumes, cinematography & production design, a great film score, masterful direction, an excellent screenplay, & the best performance of the year from Saoirse Ronan.

6. The Hateful Eight

★★★★★ - This is definitely one of Quentin Tarantino's best. Great performances from the cast (especially from Jennifer Jason Leigh), excellent cinematography, a killer screenply, masterful direction, & one of the best film scores of the decade.

5. The Revenant

★★★★★ - The film was Alejandro G. Iñarrítu's best film yet. Leonardo DiCaprio finally won an Oscar for this, & he 100% deserved it. Tom Hardy was also excellent, showing that he is one of the best actors today. The direction & screenplay were excellent, & the cinematography from Emmanuel Lubezki was definitely the best of the year.

4. Room

★★★★★ - This was one of the most emotional films of the year. Brie Larson's performance was one of the best of the year, & her Oscar win was well-deserved. Jacob Tremblay was also spell-binding in his performance, & it's a shame he wasn't Oscar-nominated. Joan Allen was also excellent, & she was also robbed of an Oscar nomination. The direction from Lenny Abrahamson was excellent, & the screenplay from Emma Donoghue was absolutely masterful.

3. Me & Earl & The Dying Girl

★★★★★ - This was definitely the greatest independent film of the year. Great performances from the cast, excellent direction, brilliant cinematography, & an absolutely amazing & quirky screenplay from Jesse Andrews.

2. Bridge of Spies

★★★★★ - This is definitely one of Steven Spielberg's 5 best films. The direction was definitely top-notch, & the screenplay was excellent. Tom Hanks was wonderful, & Mark Rylance gave the best male performance of 2015. And the score from Thomas Newman was the best of the year. 

1. The Big Short

★★★★★ - This was an absolute masterpiece, & definitely the most important film of the year. Every single member of the cast gave excellent performances. The direction was spectacular. The editing was extremely well-done, & the screenplay was the best of the year. This is definitely the greatest film of the year.

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