Top Ten of 2015

It is that time of the year and admittedly, I am cutting this quite fine.

It has been a mixed bag this year, with the better/more memorable films coming out with 2016 just around the corner.

But after a lot of procrastination, here is my top ten of 2015 – in no particular order:

1. Ex-Machina

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A stunning debut from Alex Garland, this thriller has a brilliant story with amazing performances from its leading trio.

2. Mad Max: Fury Road

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Exciting, beautifully shot, and has great performances from Hardy and Theron.

3. Inside Out

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Easily Pixar’s best film since WALL-E, it is charming, funny and imaginative; everything an animated film should be.

4. Carol

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Beautifully told, sensitive and compelling, this love story has Oscar-winner all over it, due to Blanchett and Mara’s amazing performances.

5. Brooklyn

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Saoirse Ronan shines in this coming-of-age story that is beautiful to watch.

6. Tale of Princess Kaguya

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Style-wise, it is different to Miyazaki’s work, but this Studio Ghibli film is as beautiful and emotive as the studio’s classic features.

7. Steve Jobs

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Fassbender’s unforgiving yet compelling performance is complemented by Aaron Sorkin’s frenetic script and Boyle’s clever direction, making this an all-engrossing dramatisation.

8. Birdman

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A simple story that is made extraordinary by its direction, cast and concept.

9. The Martian

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Brilliantly entertaining and educational at the same time, Ridley can almost be forgiven for the mess that is Prometheus.

10. Whiplash

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Compelling, stunning and exhilarating, J.K Simmons won an award for a reason: his uncompromising Terence Fletcher.

Special mentions:

Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens

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A late entry, J.J. Abrams restored my faith in the franchise.  I can only pray that Rian Johnson and Colin Trevorrow deliver the goods in Episodes 8 and 9 respectively.

Song of the Sea

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Admittedly, I watched this in 2014 as part of the London Film Festival, but this beautiful animated film deserves to be recognised.

Thanks for reading.

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