On January 1st, I will be publishing my Top Ten of 2015 over at WhySoBlu.com and on this site as well. Leading up to the Top Ten, I will be posting a number of lists reflecting my thoughts on the films from this year. The following post features my Top 20 through 11. Things got tough, as many of these picks were in and out of my final Top Ten list, because I really enjoy or appreciated all that each of these films had to offer. Anyway, here is the next batch of my favorites from 2015 (with links to the review for each).
|Spike Lee emerges from of mediocre filmmaking to return to form in his best film in over a decade. Chi-raq is funny, soulful, relevant and completely in the style of an auteur who loves to blend together different ideas and techniques.|
|This taut thriller won't leave you feeling too happy, but you should be excited by how solid these performances are, particularly Benicio del Toro. Roger Deakins cinematography is also as stellar as it always is.|
|There is a good chance Star Wars: The Force Awakens could be the film I watch the most, among these 'bests of 2015'. Regardless, J.J. Abrams did a wonderful job of bringing back the feel that I desire when I watch a Star Wars movie.|
|The first half is thrilling and the second takes a wonderful introspective approach to things. Brie Larson continues to establish herself as one of the best actresses of today and young Jacob Tremblay is great as well.|
|There is a great, odd appeal to Slow West, which has led me to watching the film more times than I would have expected. It has a quirkiness that blends well with the performances and western style.|
|Adam McKay has finally stepped up to tackle an issue he usually places in the background of his broader comedies. It may be a boys' club, but The Big Short is both hilarious and terrifying for all it presents about the 2008 financial crisis.|
Stay tuned for the conclusion of this list as well as some random shout outs to other notable films from the year.