The Best and Mostly Worst of 2015

2015 was a terrible year for movies.  There was a dearth not only of good, mainstream Oscar contenders (“big” movies) but also of quality indies.  Making this list, however, I am a little surprised no 7/10-rated film made the top ten.  So maybe it wasn’t the worst year ever.  But the whole year felt weird and “off.”  I considered highlighting a “TOP FIVE” instead of the normal top ten, because it’s hard for me to be enthusiastic about the better movies this year.

It’s so bad this year that the Academy agrees with me.  Although, naturally, they missed the two best pictures of the year, they’ve only nominated eight for the top prize — and two of them are Mad Max and The Martian!  Now that’s a good one.  They’re really scraping the bottom there.

As established last year, each movie is linked to the original post; an asterisk denotes a film seen via VOD.

Furious 7 — 1/10 and Honours for Worst Movie of the Year.

Sicario — 1/10.  A close runner-up for Worst of the Year

The Martian — 2/10

Unfriended — 3/10Mr Holmes - poster

Creed — 3/10

Phoenix — 4/10

About Elly — 4/10

Mr. Holmes — 4/10

Paper Towns — 4/10

Brooklyn — 4/10

Mission: Impossible V — 4/10

The New Girlfriend — 4/10

Hot Girls Wanted* — 5/10

While We’re Young*– 5/10

It Follows — 5/10

Ich Seh Ich Seh (Goodnight Mommy) — 5/10.  Tragic how this film was resolved.  Otherwise such a powerful picture.

Tangerine - posterWhat We Do in the Shadows — 6/10

Crimson Peak — 6/10

Star Wars VII — 6/10

The Big Short — 6/10

Maps to the Stars — 6/10

Black Mass — 6/10

The Visit — 6/10

Leviathan — 6/10

Dope - movie poster vertEverest movie posterMad Max: Fury Road — 6/10

The Wolfpack* — 7/10

Straight Outta Compton — 7/10

An Honest Liar* — 7/10

Spy — 7/10

Tangerine — 7/10

Trainwreck — 7/10

Best of Enemies — 7/10

Meru — 7/10

Amy - movie posterThe Diary of a Teenage Girl - posterDope — 7/10

Everest — 7/10.  Rating applies to 3D theatrical showing.

The Diary of a Teenage Girl — 7/10

Amy — 7/10

Love & Mercy — 7/10.  This movie had problems, but I find these months later it still resonates with me.

Irrational Man — 7/10

Carol — 8/10

== TOP TEN ==

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10. The Overnight — 8/10

9. I’ll See You in My Dreams — 8/10

8. Spotlight — 8/10

7. The Hateful Eight — 8/10

6. The Gift — 8/10

5. Relates Salvajes (Wild Tales) — 8/10.  The most “fun” movie of the year.

4. The Revenant — 8/10

3. Room — 8/10

2. Ex Machina — 9/10

1. The Walk — 9/10 and Clearly the Best Movie of the Year.  A beautiful, inspiring film; make sure to watch on the big screen.

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