Decade in Review: The Best Films From 2015

The time has come to reflect on the past ten years of filmmaking. There are many notable films that changed the course of film criticism, box office and the entire moviegoing experience.

Here are my top picks from 2015….

  1. Mad Max: Fury Road
    dir. George Miller
    starring: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult and Zoe Kravitz


  2. The Lobster
    dir. Yorgos Lanthimos
    starring: Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Jenna Barden and Olivia Colman


  3. Carol
    dir. Todd Haynes
    starring: Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara


Best Animated Feature:
Inside Out
dir. Pete Docter and Ronnie Del Carmen
starring: Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Mindy Kaling, Phyllis Smith, Richard Kind and Diane Lane

inside out

Best Comedy:
The Night Before
dir. Jonathan Levine
starring: Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Anthony Mackie, Lizzy Caplan, Mindy Kaling and James Franco

Joseph Gordon Levitt;Seth Rogen;Anthony Mackie

Best Franchise Film:
Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
dir. Christopher McQuarrie
starring: Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner, Alec Baldwin and Ving Rhames
***Honourable Mention*** 

Best Horror Film:
The Invitation
dir. Karyn Kusama
starring: Logan Marshal – Green, Tammy Blanchard, Michael Huisman, Emayatzy Coriniealdi and Aiden Lovecamp


Endings, Beginnings Review

This was my first Drake Doremus film and I fell in love with the way he explored the human condition with the flaws they have. This film is really special because it deals with the honesty of how complicated love and relationships can be.

Everyone believes that there is this one perfect person out there, who checks off every item, on this imaginary list we all have. However, the perfect person doesn’t exist. That’s why being logical about love and relationships will always trump how a person feels.

Doremus displays two very different relationships on screen and I understood why he chose to construct something in this way. One relationship was very natural, comfortable and safe. The other relationship was wild, passionate and all consuming. Everyone wants to find that perfect balance but our protagonist, Daphne (Shailene Woodley) has found this balance in two different people, Jack (Jamie Dornan) and Frank (Sebastian Stan)

I truly loved Jamie Dornan in this. He seemed so relaxed. He was definitely in his element and was in his most natural state, which was lovely to see. Sebastian Stan played the same wounded jerk character, but he plays it so well! Shailene Woodley also carried this film and I could feel her processing her feelings for both of these men, so that was really intriguing.

Love is difficult and it can definitely be messy if you’re not in control of it. I have definitely experienced being torn between two different ideas of people and it’s extremely hard to logically make a decision, when your heart is clouding that judgement. It’s a great screenplay and Doremus knows how to bring out the flaws of the human race, I loved this!