Welp, it's that time of the year once again when I spew out all of my favorite films to you - showcase my breadth and depth of movie tastes and showcase how smart and knowledgeable I am about movies.
That said, I had the opportunity to see a lot more movies with and without my children at the theater as well. Just another sign that they're growing up and we're able to hit some of the big ones away from the dreaded TV screen.
It's always tough selecting this list. My thought process is to pick movies that live with me two, three weeks, even months after viewing them. Movies that are different, unique, distinctly awesome. Movies that I feel myself thinking about long after the final credits roll.
So without further adieu, please enjoy my Top Eleven Movie Experiences of the past year - brought to you by my Twitter-handle 1SentenceMovieReviews. Sure it's a shameless plug: so, please follow me - now!
#11 - It Follows
'It Follows': A decent, compelling, creepy indie horror flick about a very lethal #STD; w/ props to musical score. @itfollowsfilm— 1SentenceMovieReview (@EimerFilmReview) September 16, 2015
#10 - Beasts of No Nation
‘#BeastsOfNoNation ’: Cary Fukanaga takes his talents to the big screen & creates a superb, yet somber, film about a child soldier in Africa— 1SentenceMovieReview (@EimerFilmReview) November 11, 2015
#9 - The Big Short
‘The Big Short’: Innovative filmmaking, outstanding acting & snarky script educates us lowly peons on the 2007 mortgage crisis.#TheBigShort— 1SentenceMovieReview (@EimerFilmReview) December 31, 2015
#8 - Love & Mercy
‘Love & Mercy’: This superb Brian Wilson/Beach Boys biopic is part inspiration, part tragedy & all about the music-making creative process.— 1SentenceMovieReview (@EimerFilmReview) December 29, 2015
#7 - The Martian
'#TheMartian ': Scott's direction, Damon's acting & Weir's novel take center stage in this nearly perfect, nail-biting, sci-fi survival film— 1SentenceMovieReview (@EimerFilmReview) December 28, 2015
#6 - What We Do In the Shadows
‘What We Do In The Shadows’: In the spirit of Spinal Tap & Best In Show, this vampire mockumentary is one of the true comedy gems of 2015.— 1SentenceMovieReview (@EimerFilmReview) November 30, 2015
#5 - The Hateful Eight
'The Hateful Eight': Tarantino's 3-hour well-acted, slow-burn, snowy Western in glorious 70 mm is a helluva lot of bloody fun. #HatefulEight— 1SentenceMovieReview (@EimerFilmReview) December 27, 2015
#4 - Room
'Room': It's melancholy yet inspiring & will definitely make moms cry, but damn if it isn't one of the must-see films of 2016. @RoomTheMovie— 1SentenceMovieReview (@EimerFilmReview) December 18, 2015
#3 - Inside Out
'@PixarInsideOut ': #Pixar creates one of the most creative movies of the year by messing with the emotions of an 11-year old girl.— 1SentenceMovieReview (@EimerFilmReview) July 3, 2015
#2 - Mad Max: Fury Road
'#MadMaxFuryRoad ': Max is back ... with a continuous high-octane, 120-minute, eye-bleeding chase scene that never lets up on the throttle.— 1SentenceMovieReview (@EimerFilmReview) June 29, 2015
#1 - Ex Machina
'Ex Machina': First-time director Garland channels his inner Kubrick to create an eerie, fascinating, uneasy film about A.I. @ExMachinaMovie— 1SentenceMovieReview (@EimerFilmReview) July 24, 2015
The Rest of the Pack:
- Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
- St. Vincent
- Jurassic World
- Mistress America
- While We're Young
- The Theory of Everything
- Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck
- The Equalizer
- Still Alice
- The Gift
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens
- Goodnight Mommy
- Force Majeure
A Note About Star Wars
Many of your nerds are probably like, "Huh? What? Why didn't he put the new Star Wars on his list? It was awesome, dude!"
Below is my review written on December 21.
'#StarWarsTheForceAwakens ': Although a similar plot as #ANewHope , Abrams manages to restore the fun, sci-fi magic of the first trilogy.— 1SentenceMovieReview (@EimerFilmReview) December 21, 2015
Although I liked the movie (liked), I just can't put it in my Top Ten List due to two overwhelming flaws of that particular film:
- First flaw: The too outrageous and too obvious similarities between The Force Awakens and A New Hope.
- Second flaw: JJ Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan actually decided to include another Death Star in this film. Not counting the prequels, THAT MAKES THREE DEATH STARS IN FOUR FILMS! For shame.
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