That’s right. We are halfway through 2015. Trust me when I tell you time has flown by.
It’s nucking futs!
So here we are. My Best of 2015 (so far).
Normally, it’s a list consisting of my favorite movies of different genres, favorite actors, actresses & directors. However, I’m going to leave all of that for the end of the year. The only focus of this will be on my favorite films so far of 2015. But before you get all riled up, please feel free to check out my Best of the Month for the first 6 months. Thank you for your understanding.
KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE
Surprisingly impressive and a blast to watch. A sharp-wit,vulgar action spy movie that’s not afraid to combine fun and humor with plenty of bloodshed. Firth & Jackson are terrific & newcomer Egerton strongly holds his own.
Not much depth in this deep sea movie, but it’s still a solid thriller that’s crazy, thrilling and undoubtedly entertaining. There’s great direction & a commanding performance by Law steering the ship.
A modern war film where the push of a button can wipe away lives in less than 10 seconds. Hawke gives a spellbinding performance in a sternly authentic, apposite film about questionable tactics we use and the torment left behind.
A viciously hilarious yet surprisingly effective espionage thriller ran and owned by women. The cast is terrific but Jason Statham runs wild and has a blast picking on his own persona. Melissa McCarthy kicks ass and uses every scene to her advantage.
Slow-burning, retro horror film that’s unsettling and undoubtedly inventive. With a stunning score that messes with the nerves and stellar performances and direction, it is cleverly refreshing in so many ways.
A blissful, intimate doc about a fashion icon who represents pure individualism with a never ending flow of curiosity & creativity.
You can’t help but love the rip-roaring, exhilarating action this franchise provides. After seven movies, they continue to outdo themselves. Completely unbelievable yet entertaining as hell with a very classy finale for Paul Walker.
Filmed with intense urgency, this brutal ‘behind enemy lines’ film isn’t just about war but the politics that fuel it. It’s a tension-filled, immersive experience with Jack O’Connell giving another premier performance.
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
An unhinged, hell raising movie with exhilarating action and a hefty story about humanity in the wasteland. Tom Hardy’s Max is the quiet type but don’t mistake for weakness while Charlize Theron is a spellbinding badass.
Revenge is the name of the game in this ferocious film told in six twisted, funny & relentless stories. It consists of recognizable situations yet with outrageous outcomes. You truly never know what a person is capable of.
MADE IN JAPAN
Tomi Fukiyama is a firecracker and it’s infectious. She wants to sing at the Grand Ole Opry one more time in this wonderfully inspiring doc about chasing dreams no matter who you are or where you’re from.
Pixar is back in top form with this unbelievably imaginative and soundly innovative film about growing up as our childhood slowly fades. Lead by a perfectly cast of voices,it explores why we think and act the way we do in a brilliant, witty manner. Best Pixar film since Toy Story 3, it messes with our minds and hearts on the canvas of enthralling, radiant animation.
An intellectually provoking, supercool sci-fi thriller with myriad meanings and quite possibly a look in to our future. While impressively crafted from a first time director, it’s carried by three immensely chilling performances.
THE HUNTING GROUND
A mighty doc that demands change. It’s a heartbreaking, infuriating tale about survivors of an overwhelming campus rape epidemic that has been ignored for far too long. Full of startling testimony whose voices must be heard.
Nothing will replace the awe and magic of the original, but this revamped, energized sequel dazzles and thrills. It accomplishes what it was created to do—-let the dinos run wild while we get to have all the fun.
An outstanding doc that was just suppose to be a young, driven chef creating his own restaurant. However, as the film unfolds, it becomes something much more captivating yet woeful. It’s about obsession, sacrifice & loss.
LOVE & MERCY
Told in an unconventional structure just like Brian Wilson himself. It’s an energetic, deranged yet tender biopic of a musically-gifted mad genius who gets lost & manipulated, but his love & devotion remains. Surrounded by a stout supporting cast, Paul Dano & John Cusack display distinctive struggles, but they do it in mesmerizing fashion.
It’s astonishing what this doc captures focusing on a troupe of monkeys whom resemble us more than we may ever admit. Disneynature never fails to fascinate and this one is no exception. It engages, educates & entertains.
ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL
A sharply wit, crushing film about high school turmoil & the big C. It’s spectacularly innovative in its laughs, love & tears. Mann & Cooke shine with their heart and soul displayed for the world to see with the help of clever & zesty direction and a story that’s impactful & sincere.
Shameik Moore gives a prodigious, star-making performance in this keen and discerning film about three high school geeks from the streets who get an education about the drug business. It reeks of originality and coolness with an aberrant perspective of an unfamiliar culture for a lot of America.
HOLBROOK/TWAIN: AN AMERICAN ODYSSEY
Elegantly filmed in black & white, this enriching doc lets you behind the scenes of a one man show going strong for 60 years. Hal Holbrook breathes life into Twain and vice versa. It’s mastery at its finest.
WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS
A vampire mockumentary that may come across as mindless, but far from it. It’s fresh, clever, funny & clearly made with love and affection for its bloodsucking topic.
SEYMOUR: AN INTRODUCTION
Ethan Hawke’s directing debut is a lovable doc about a pianist wiz whose passion and genuineness pours through every scene. Almost everything he says or plays connects in an emotional way. It’s music to the ears. Literally.
Have you seen any of these?! Then you best be gettin’ to it!