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Best Movies 2015

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Super early, but worth starting just to catalog.

*lot of this is tempered by trailers I haven't seen...*

Dying to see
99 Homes; Carol; Diary of a Teenage Girl; Hateful Eight; Revenant
want to see
45 Years; Amy; Bridge of Spies; Chappie; Crimson Peak; End of the Tour; Goosebumps; Look of Silence; Mississippi Grind; Steve Jobs
was dying to see...but then got murdered by bad buzz
Joy; Spectre (Bond)
Others I'll check out when I get to it
Absolutely Anything; Cop Car; Daddy's Home; In the Heart of the Sea; Legend; Ricki and the Flash
probably not because I heard it sucked
Aloha; Entourage; Fantastic 4; Jurassic World; Pitch Perfect 2; Terminator; Tomorrowland

Mad Max
Instant Classics (A)
the Big Short
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl  (think I digged this more than others)
It Follows
Classic: just maybe not something I was as into for the A+ though
Hateful 8
Call Me Lucky
4 and 1/2 half star movies (A- movies)
Fast and Furious 7
7 Days in Hell (only 45 minutes too)
the Martian
Going Clear (Scientology doc)
4 star movies (B+/B)
Ex Machina
Star Wars
Straight Outta Compton
Magic Mike 2
Mission Impossible 5
Inside Out

3 & a half stars (B- to  B)
American Ultra
Sleeping with other People
Kingsman: Secret Service

3 star movies: rentals (C+ and under)
Cartel Land
Beasts of No Nation
Night Before
San Andreas
Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck
Bone Tomahawk
the Gift
Ant Man

Meh (C)
Man from UNCLE
Slow West
Watchably Bad Rental Movie

Black Mass

Utter Shit (F)
Road Hard
Final Girls
Ted 2

Breakthrough performances
-Michael B Jordan (Creed)-his best movie star role and he shines
Breakthrough Director
-David Robert Mitchell (It Follows)-Linklater meets Carpenter; Tarantino loved the concept but got mad about it because he thought it could have been great/classic
-Alfonso Gomez Rejon (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl)-an accessible Wes Anderson/Michel Gondry without being a jerkoff about it; lot of heart/humor: so Cameron Crowe too
-Joel Edgerton (the Gift)-interesting even if it fails at the end
-Alex Garland (Ex Machina)-well-known writer, debut
-Ryan Coogler (Creed)-I was meh on 'Fruitvale Station' but this was awesome. The fight scenes were fantastic. Compare that with, say, 'Southpaw'. The script was great. Loved it.
-Adam McKay (Big Short)-Filmdrunk nailed it as to why this was great with how it did it. McKay's written off as a comedy director but this should elevate him as to something more.

Minor Breakthrough performances
-Taron Egerton (Kingsman: Secret Service)
-Maika Monroe (It Follows)-great in 'the Guest' too from 2014
-Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina; Man from UNCLE)
-Thomas Moore (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl)
-Shameik Moore (Dope)
-Jason Mitchell as Eazy E (Straight Outta Compton)
-Ice Cube's son (Straight Outta Compton)
-Olivia Cooke (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl)-had a crush on her since 'Bates Motel'; Winona Ryder meets Natalie Portman
-RJ Cyler (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl)
-Abraham Attah (Beasts of No Nation)-main character

Disappointing Final act
-the Gift

Best Random WTF?!
-fllamethrowing guitar-player backed by drums (Mad Max)
-Kurt Cobain's diary entry animated about the time he fucked a mentally handicapped girl with a smelly vagina: how did that get included?! (Montage of Heck)

Best Scenes
-any action sequence...which only happens to be the entire film (Mad Max)
-courtroom drawing scene (7 Days in Hell)
-church scene (Kingsman: Secret Service) 
-the Rock flexes his cast off his arm (Furious 7)
-farewell to Paul Walker (Furious 7)
-action sequences that make you laugh: the franchise knows what it is and that's over-the-top (Furious 7)

-destruction porn (San Andreas)
-explaining the rules (It Follows)
-car scene (Room)
-Steve Carell/Guns N Roses (Big Short)
-boxing fight scene 1: all in 1 take (Creed)
-Quik-E-Mart: 'I want it that way' (Magic Mike 2)
-Joe Mangianello reacts to 'Twilight' act: dude was in 'True Blood'...and it's also commentary on aging actors (Magic Mike 2)
-final dance performance (Magic Mike 2)
-Vienna opera house (Mission Impossible 5)
-tall man comes through the room (It Follows)

Disappointing/Did not meet expectations or even come close
-'Montage of Heck': this is great!...and halfway in, enter Courtney Love and the documentary gets destroyed and you're reminded why Courtney Love is the worst (Montage of Heck)

Disappointing...but still ended up being solid

Disappointing and I want to punch Matt Sullivan in the face for saying it would be good. No. No, it wasn't.
the problematic/polarizing ending
-the Gift
Movies that I will rewatch again (*denotes I already have)
-Mad Max
-Big Short
-7 Days In Hell *

Good movie, hard to watch/enjoy

WOuld have been a fun time at the movies in a packed house
-Magic Mike 2

Movies that I have rewatched again. Repeatedly


Best Lines
"Woman, I am the cavalry"-the Rock (Fast 5)


Best Picture
Mad Max: Fury Road
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Best Actor

Best Supporting Actor
Idris Elba (Beasts of No Nation)
Benicio Del Toro (Sicario)
Michael Keaton/Liev Schreiber/Mark Ruffalo (Spotlight)
Christian Bale/Steve Carrell (Big Short)
Sylvester Stallone (Creed)

Best Actor
Michael B Jordan (Creed)

Best Actress
Charlize Theron (Mad Max: Fury Road)
Brie Larson (Room)
Saiorse Ronan (Brooklyn)
Emily Blunt (Sicario)

Best Supporting Actress

Best Director
George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road)
Denis Vilanueva (Sicario)
Tom McCarthy (Spotlight)
Ryan Coogler (Creed)
Adam McKay (Big Short)
David Robert Mitchell (It Follows)

Best Screenplay
-Tyler Sheridan (Sicario)
Best Adapted Screenplay
-(Big Short)
-Nick Hornby (Brooklyn)
Best Documentary
Call Me Lucky
Going Clear: Scientology

Edited by Cassidy

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Favorites of the Year

Ex Machina

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

The Revenant


The Big Short

Inside Out


Certainly worth seeing

Mad Max: Fury Road




Star Wars: The Force Awakens

The Martian



Bone Tomahawk


Probably worth seeing

Furious 7


Slow West

It Follows


While We're Young

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation

The Hateful Eight


Bridge of Spies

The End of the Tour

The Gift

The Diary of a Teenage Girl

Steve Jobs




Possibly worth seeing

Kingsman: The Secret Service

The Overnight



Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter

Black Sea


The Avengers: Age of Ultron

Welcome to Me

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Montage of Heck



Hot Girls Wanted



The Voices



Crimson Peak


Black Mass

The Man From UNCLE


Mississippi Grind


Disappointing or Not Worth Seeing

50 Shades of Grey


Jurassic World

The Gunman



Paper Towns

My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn


Edited by carmellomangexp

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Favorites so far (will categorize more later):

Ex Machina, Amy, Beasts of No Nation, Spotlight, Cartel Land

Solid: Straight Outta Compton, Meru, The End of the Tour, Mad Max, Furious 7

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Drew McWeeny top 10

10. Beasts of No Nation
9. Star Wars
8. Hateful Eight
7. Brooklyn
6. Ex Machina
5. Call Me Lucky
4. Creed
3. Room
2. Mad Max
1. Anomalisa

AV Club: 20 best films of 2015

10.  Anomalisa
9. Brookyln
8. Carol
7. the Assassin
6. Sicario
5. Look of Silence
4. Duke of Burgundy
3. It Follows
2. Phoenix
1. Mad Max

AV Club's best film scenes of 2015 (includes some TV shows)

Filmdrunk's top 20 movies of 2015 (does NOT include Vince Mancini's personal top 10)

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Anomalisa was really good. Saw it last night. Really simple idea but executed so nicely. I just got a bunch of DVD screeners and look forward to tearing through them. But as of now my favorite of the year was Sicario. 

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