The funny thing about the making of these lists is that it’s becoming increasingly clear to me when I got more seriously into movies. I watched almost nothing the first year or two of college, but I definitely made up for lost time.
As a result, I have more than 10 favorites this year, but I’ll narrow it down just the same and put the others in some honorable mentions type purgatory.
My top 10, in no particular order:
- The Force Awakens: I’m not wholly pleased with the newest trilogy, but The Force Awakens is my favorite of the three. I loved it then and I love it now, even as a film, not just as a Star Wars film.
- The Witch/The VVitch: Everyone needs an evil devil goat that makes babies disappear.
- The Revenant: Bleak, very bleak. It’s a mood.
- Sicario: Frankly I’m having trouble remembering much beyond that I quite liked this film. I refuse to watch the sequel.
- Spotlight: Sometimes the whistle-blowing newspaper dramas are GOOD. Extra points for Boston setting.
- Crimson Peak: Sorry not sorry, I loved this. It was poorly/inaccurately marketed and I think that led to a lot of the dislike. It’s not a horror film. It’s a weird gothic melodrama with ghosts and incest.
- Eddie The Eagle: One of the best feel good sports movies I have seen. Aaron Egerton and Hugh Jackman are both excellent.
- The Dressmaker: Quirky semi-surreal film starring Kate Winslet. Quite bizarre, quite good. It kind of borders on magical realism.
- Trumbo: A biopic that looks into the Hollywood blacklisting and its effect on the life of Dalton Trumbo (Bryan Cranston), a Hollywood screenwriter. Excellent cast if you pretend Louis CK isn’t in it.
- A Man Called Ove: This is a really touching and undersign Swedish comedy drama about an irascible elderly man, depressed after the recent loss of his wife. I don’t want to go more into the plot, but my heart felt a bit tenderized after watching it.
Honorable mentions: The Big Short, The Danish Girl, Brooklyn, Inside Out, and Creed.
Movies that I have not yet seen: Room, Straight Outta Compton, Green Room, Mustand, Beasts of No Nation, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Victoria, Our Little Sister, Anomalisa, Tangerine, Land of Mine, Son of Saul, Slow West, Embrace of the Serpent, The Assassin, April and the Extraordinary World.