The Best And Worst Films Of 2015
We all know 2015 was a strong year for television (evidence here: https://dvdcorner.net/2015/12/19/the-best-and-worst-tv-showsweb-series-of-2015/), but it wasn’t quite so memorable for cinema. While there were plenty of good films, there were just as many mediocre or awful films. What is most disappointing about 2015’s crop of films is that there were very few GREAT films. In fact, aside from my top 3, none of these films hold a candle to 2014’s strong offerings.
On with the list!
- Creed- A powerful and moving entry in the “Rocky” franchise that boasts a career best performance by Sly Stallone.
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens- The force is strong with Episode 7 as it accomplishes the tough task of appeasing “Star Wars” fans of multiple generations.
- Ex Machina- Writer Alex Garland steps behind the camera to helm this rewarding, intelligent and supremely well acted sci-fi mystery.
- Going Clear- An eye-opening expose.
- Predestination- Ethan Hawke and Sarah Snook dazzle in this mindbending little seen sci-fi film.
- SPECTRE- Daniel Craig stars in a Bond film that has the return of SPECTRE and a beloved villain, Q in the field, an incredible opening sequence, a great new henchman played by Dave Bautista, and Ralph Fiennes strutting his stuff as M. What’s not to like?
- Inside Out- Pixar’s most adult film to date.
- The Wolfpack- The type of documentary that runs the gamut of emotions. A must-see.
- Pawn Sacrifice- A deeply fascinating film about Bobby Fischer that sadly got lost in the shuffle of 2015 films.
- Tokyo Tribe- Sion Sono’s ambitious, energetic, and crazy musical crime film is not for everywhere, but it’s certainly a one of a kind cinematic experience.
Notables: “Listen To Me Marlon,” “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “Room,” “The Final Girls,” “Clouds of Sils Maria,” “The End of the Tour,” “99 Homes,” “The Look of Silence,” “The Peanuts Movie,” “The Martian,” “Straight Outta Compton,” “The Danish Girl,” “Beasts of No Nation,” and “The Gift.”
- Accidental Love- This abandoned film should have stayed unfinished.
- Condemned- An unwatchable horror film.
- Fantastic 4- You know it’s bad when the Roger Corman production is a better F4 film.
- Serena- A truly baffling flop starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. A prime candidate for “How Did This Get Made?”
- Mortdecai- Before Johnny Depp gave an incredible performance in “Black Mass,” he made this cartoonishly embarrassing comedy.
- Everly-92 minutes of mindless violence.
- Vice- More proof that Bruce Willis doesn’t care about his career anymore.
- Jurassic World- Aside from Jimmy Buffet’s amusing cameo, there was nothing fun about this brainless “Jurassic Park” sequel.
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