YEAR IN REVIEW: The 10 Best Films of 2015

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By Michael Cherrito
mad-max-main I mean, it’s so good. Like so good! This movie transported me back to being five years-old watching an Indiana Jones movie for the first time. Fury Road is almost flawless and could be the first action movie to win an Oscar (as I’m writing this it was just nominated for best drama for the Golden Globes). It took director George Miller 18 years to complete from start to finish. and it truly shows. 2SICARIO 115760_original This is Dennis Villeneuve’s Apocalypse Now of drug films (more in scope and feel, definitely not insinuating this movie is as good as Coppola’s 70s classic). Set in Mexico, this movie follows an idealistic FBI agent into the abyss that’s turned into modern warfare, the grey areas of politics, and the realism that the concept of right and wrong is subjective. Shot beautifully by Roger Deakins, Sicario is a true film in sight, sound, and quality. By far the best drug war movie since Traffic, better due to the fact that the landscape has changed so radically. Benicio del Toro is back and he captivates as the silent “Sicario.” He’s also probably the only person who could make those sunglasses look cool. 3. A MOST VIOLENT YEAR maxresdefault (1) This movie didn’t hit wide release until January, but I’m squeezing it into my ‘15 list. The title is a little bit of a slip; there’s almost no violence in the film at all. What the movie is, is a throwback, in the best sense of the term, and it feels like sitting through two and a half hours of a good Coppola film. Oscar Isaac is fantastic, and the wardrobe, art direction, and cinematography make it even better. A beautiful film through and through. 4. STEVE JOBS sjobs I will continue to say this until he does: DANNY BOYLE DOES NOT MAKE BAD MOVIES. Some are not as good as others, and a few are certainly taste driven, but he is one of the most consistent filmmakers in the last 15 years. This movie succeeds on so many levels. By the time it ended I really didn’t care that it was a biopic some deem pretty inaccurate; it could have been about any tech mogul and I would have still watched it if executed as well. It was simply a great fucking film. Michael Fassbender has elevated himself into an “arthouse Brad Pitt.” It’s a shame this movie flopped, as the numbers are nowhere near a reflection of its quality. 5. BEASTS OF NO NATION beastsofnonation1A heartbreaking depiction of Africa and child soldiers. Idris Elba is disturbingly phenomenal in the lead, and Cary Fukunaga continues to impress in his first effort since the fantastic first season of True Detective. This also marks another landmark—Netflix’s first foray into movie production. 6. SON OF A GUN images This was a limited release available on demand the same day, one of the rarities that’s worth your time. If you like Australian cinema and the movie Heat, you’ll love this. 7. SLOW WEST SLOW-WEST_web_2 Second Michael Fassbender movie, as well as the second VOD on this list. This is a cool, quirky western, shot like an off-brand Cohen brothers film. 8. THE BIG SHORT The-Big-Short-Movie A gut punch of a movie that takes us into the trenches of the financial crisis. This movie is what Wolf of Wall Street should have been, as opposed to praising the excess of the financial sector. Christian Bale and Steve Carrel shine in a movie stacked with A-list actors. 9. ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL Me-and-Earl-and-the-Dying-G-xlargeDespite the mood its title conjures, this movie is sad, but not altogether depressing. Director Alfonzo Gomez-Rejon’s freshman outing is very good. This is a John Hughes-esque high school movie for the modern. RJ Cyler shines as Earl, one of the titular characters 10. THE HATEFUL EIGHT THE HATEFUL EIGHTI almost resist listing this movie because I’m so thoroughly exhausted with Quentin Tarantino’s repetition. Yes, he is the director of this generation, but he needs a new trick. Walton Goggins of Justified fame comes out of left field on this one and steals the show. This is essentially a Reservoir Dogs set in the 1800s—and I’m still in. -Michael Cherrito