As we did last year, we'll have a few honorable mentions, then, after counting down 10-4, I'm gonna hand out a few awards to films that didn't make the top 10 but I still want to talk about. But, before I get to the honorable mentions, I just want to say this: I've been doing this since 2013 and I can say without a doubt that 2015 was the best year I've seen for cinema in my short career of reviewing films. Yes, we got our fair share of bad films, as we do every year, but this year I had four (count 'em, four!) perfect 10s. That's almost double what I've had the last two years combined! (2 in 2013-Gravity and Her, and 3 in 2014-Boyhood, Whiplash, and Locke) While Whiplash still remains the best film I've ever reviewed (you can revisit that review here if you want) on my blog, these four perfect films give the other ones a run for their money.
One final note: I reviewed more films in 2015 than I ever have on the blog. The films that follow are, in my opinion, the "best" films of 2015. They are not listed in the order of my "favorites." When I review a film I try to take a look at the entire film and all its components, then maybe focus on one or two aspects of it. This is a hard thing to do, no doubt, and with every film I review I attempt to improve on this technique, but it's also why I feel I can call these films, in my opinion at least, the "best" films of the year. Wow were there a lot of commas in that sentence. I'm also really tired, as usual, so I apologize in advance for what will likely be my declining grammar skills as this goes on. I'm doing this whole list in an afternoon which is never a good idea, but it was the only way I could do it. Anyway, here goes nothing!
Honorable Mention: Creed
Honorable Mention: Steve Jobs
10) The Revenant
8) Straight Outta Compton
6) The Big Short
5) IT Follows
4) Ex Machina
The Best Comedy was....
The Best Summer Blockbuster Was....
The Best Action Flick outside the top 10 Was....
The Best Sci-Fi film outside the top 10 was...
The Best Sequel We Weren't Expecting to be Good Was.....
The Best Animated Film of the Year Was....
The Award for Film I Missed in 2014 and Watched Later and Realized It Deserved a Spot in Last Year's Top 10 Was....
So I've finally come to it. Alright, time to figure out what my top 3 films of 2015 were. I think I'll start with Room.
1) Mad Max: Fury Road
I know if you emphasize story more than anything else you might have a bone to pick with me about saying this is the best film of the year, but that's totally ok. These top 3 films could've all been interchangeable, and Spotlight and Room are up this high because they contain the best stories of the year. (Both in the nonfictional and fictional realm too, I might add.) But at the end of the day, my conscious told me I had to give this award to Mad Max. This film sets a new standard for what we should expect from an action movie, and it really showcases what a talented director can do with a film when you properly combine CGI and practical effects. I think in 20 years, when we look back at the best film's of the 2010's, we will look at Mad Max to be well within the top 5. Even though it won't win Best Picture because it falls well outside the norm for the Academy on this award, I think in time we'll also look at it as one of the great snubs of this decade. Though hopefully it looses to Spotlight and NOT The Revenant. Anything but The Revenant.
https://cdn.amctheatres.com/Media/Default/images/maxresdefault.jpg (Mad Max)
https://i.ytimg.com/vi/X8s265xvf64/maxresdefault.jpg (The Revenant)
https://i.ytimg.com/vi/N-UEEPbj5hk/maxresdefault.jpg (Straight Outta Compton)
http://assets.rollingstone.com/assets/2015/moviereview/the-big-short-20151210/217786/medium_rect/1448398767/720x405-21626637065_987e23b3de_o.jpg (The Big Short)
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-YtGs1d1SSOs/VTG-t78KZ_I/AAAAAAAABB8/O9lexki3x0s/s1600/It-Follows-Trailer-620x350.png (It Follows)
https://static-secure.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/1/21/1421844142951/alicia-vikander-ex-machin-012.jpg (Ex Machina)
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/content/dam/film/San-Andreas/sanandreas3-xlarge.jpg (San Andreas)
http://www.canyon-news.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/The-Man-from-UNCLE.jpg (The Man from UNCLE)
http://www.universetoday.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/The-Martian-4.jpg (The Martian)
http://cdn.movieweb.com/img.news.tops/NEmUfw0c3Rztpq_1_b.jpg (MI: 5)
http://cdn.movieweb.com/img.news.tops/NEql9YlPxdVuur_1_b.jpg (Mad Max)