Okay, this was hard. Unusually not because it was tough to squeeze the thirty or so movies I usually rate into a single group of ten, but because this was a very poor year for movies. This has happened twice in the last decade, but I think we were so spoiled in 2014 (with superhero movies in particular) that I really felt the dip this year. That said, the highs were high so I can’t complain.
And so, in no particular order, my choices are…
*Star Wars: The Force Awakens
*While We’re Young (also starring Adam Driver)
*Mad Max Fury Road
*Kingsman (slightly biased)
*The Visit (which I really, really, really loved)
*An Innocent Man (fashionable to knock, but Woody seldom disappoints)
*Going Clear: The Scientology documentary
Last choice is a weird one as I don’t usually enjoy broad comedies, but I absolutely loved this and laughed all the way through it. No animated feature really worked for me this year at all, Inside Out especially alienating both myself and my kids and seemed to confirm my fears Pixar now just aiming at critics and forgetting their target demographic (i.e., small people).
Next year I just can’t wait for Superman V Batman. I know MOS had it’s flaws, but I’m just too much of a DC fanboy from the past not to feel a charge at seeing these two characters come together and Wonder Woman being in there too. I wish they weren’t all fighting, but that latest trailer looked a lot of fun and I’m strangely looking forward to this a good deal more than Civil War, which is a similar idea and based on one of my books. But I’m just very slightly bored of those characters now and eager to see something fresh.
Speaking of which, MORE STAR WARS. 2016 is looking amazing. We don’t get Hateful 8 or The Revenant in the UK until January, but what a fantastic way to kick the New Year off.