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The Best Films Of 2015

These were my favourite films of 2015


13 “The Gift” “See, you’re done with the past, but the past is not done with you.”


12 “Trumbo” “Friends? What friends? Who the hell has the luxury of friends? I’ve got allies and enemies. There’s no room for anything else.”


11 “Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation” “Hunt is uniquely trained and highly motivated – a specialist without equal – immune to any countermeasures. There is no secret he cannot extract, no security he cannot breach, no person he cannot become. He has most likely anticipated this very conversation and is waiting to strike in whatever direction we move. Sir, Hunt is the living manifestation of destiny – and he has made you his mission.”


10 “The Revenant” ” He’s afraid. He knows how far I came for him. Same as that elk, when they get afraid they run deep in to the woods. I got him trapped, he just, He doesn’t know it yet.”


9 “Steve Jobs” “Musicians play their instruments. I play the orchestra.”


8 “Bridge Of Spies” “We need to get off this merry-go-round sir. The next mistake our countries make could be the last one. We need to have the conversation our governments can’t.”


7 “What We Do In The Shadows” “Yeah some of our clothes are from victims. You might bite someone and then, you think, ‘Oooh, those are some nice pants!”


6 “Spotlight” “Sometimes it’s easy to forget that we spend most of our time stumbling around the dark. Suddenly, a light gets turned on and there’s a fair share of blame to go around. I can’t speak to what happened before I arrived, but all of you have done some very good reporting here. Reporting that I believe is going to have an immediate and considerable impact on our readers. For me, this kind of story is why we do this.”


5 “Dope” “Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Malcolm Adekanbi. I’m a straight-A student with nearly perfect SAT scores. I play in a punk band with my friends and I’m a 90s hip hop geek. A bad day for most geeks would be being the butt of jokes but when you live in the Bottoms, a bad day could look like this.”


4 “Sicario” “You should move to a small town, somewhere the rule of law still exists. You will not survive here. You are not a wolf, and this is a land of wolves now.”


3 “The Hateful Eight” “When the handbill says “dead or alive”, the rest of us just shoot you in the back from up on top a perch somewhere and bring you in dead over a saddle. But when John Ruth the Hangman catches you… You hang.”


2 “Room” “Oh, don’t you tell me how to look after my son. I’m sorry that I’m not nice anymore, but you know what? Maybe if your voice saying “be nice” hadn’t been in my head, then maybe I wouldn’t have helped the guy with the fucking sick dog! Stay there, Jack. I’m calling the fucking lawyer. I can’t stay in this place.”


1 “Mad Max: Fury Road” “My name is Max. My world is fire and blood. Once, I was a cop. A road warrior searching for a righteous cause. As the world fell, each of us in our own way was broken. It was hard to know who was more crazy… me… or everyone else.”


The Revenant ****

“The Revenant” is the latest from Alejandro Inarritu. He won last years Oscar for best director for his electrifying film “Birdman”. Here he directs Leonardo DiCaprio in the true life story of fur trader Hugh Glass. Glass lead an expedition of trappers as they venture into unsettled wilderness. When they were attacked by First Nations people about half his party is killed while the rest are on the run. Making matters worse, Glass is attacked by a wild mother bear protecting her cubs. He is wounded and left for dead but not before watching Tom Fitzgerald, a criminal, murder his son in front of him.

The story then follows Glass as he miraculously puts himself back together enough and begins to make his trek towards a settlement so he can seek revenge on Fitzgerald. His journey is backdropped by some seriously gorgeous yet perilous terrain.

Inarritu apparently opted to shoot this entire film in real locations using nothing but natural light. The result is a film that looks and feels about as real and as raw as it gets. Never have I been so immersed in the setting of a film like this. This is the films true power.

The performances are also some kind of revelation. After so many great roles performed by Leonardo DiCaprio was there anything from him we had not seen? Apparently so because he gives it his all here. If he does not win the Academy award that he desperately wants then he never will.

My only gripe with this movie is with the performance by Tom Hardy, one of my favourite actors. He plays Fitzgerald and there was something kind of over the top about his accent. I can’t quite put my finger on it.