I remember this happened a few years back too, but I honestly can’t think of 10 movies I saw this year that I loved, which is very, very unusual for me.
Obviously, it’s a blip. A lot of good stuff got the Hell out of 2015 when Superman V Batman and Star Wars were heading for summer with Avengers and more. I remember feeling a terrifying chill when I heard, way back, that we might go into 2015 with Kingsman instead of the original plan of 2014 as the competition looked so fierce 12-18 months before we actually came out, looking at the original schedule.
But it’s actually been quite a disappointing year for movies and a low not seen for five or six years. Given I go to the flicks most weeks it’s shocking that I can’t think of ten movies yet that I loved. Tons of spy movies, barely any especially good ones. A few superhero movies, but nothing that set the world on fire. By this point I’m usually squeezing the best of the best into my annual Top 10 but this year can barely manage five and so I’m holding off until almost Christmas in the hope of getting Star Wars in there too in a bid to beef up the numbers. We don’t get Hateful 8, Creed or The Revenant until the New Year so in the meantime my great, great loves of 2015 are…
*Mad Max Fury Road
*Kingsman (slightly biased)
*The Visit (which I really, really loved)
*An Innocent Man (struggling a bit now)
*Going Clear: The Scientology documentary
Yeah, I know Get Hard is a surprise and I saw it on a plane so it doesn’t really count. I also really hate broad comedy (even Ted, which I know everybody loves, doesn’t work for me at all), but my God I laughed my head off all the way to the States watching this a couple of months back. Totally, totally recommended.
Really want to see The Lobster and MacBeth and though reviews have been mixed also love the story behind In The Heart of the Sea and so looking forward to that enormously. Children’s movies I think were especially poor this year. Inside Out didn’t work for me at all and my toddlers were utterly baffled by the premise. Pixar I think now officially making movies for the critics, at which they are very good, and completely forgetting the children. I haven’t seen a single child playing with an Inside Out toy and I can’t name a single character, for example, whereas I can name the entire cast of The Incredibles, Toy Story 3, Ratatouille or whatever.
Star Wars, don’t let us down!
Anything else I’m missing?