A list seen this year in San Francisco, London, LA, DC, Istanbul, Barbados, Sydney, and occasionally, VOD and mid-air.
Initial tweet-reactions to the “5 star” films included.
In alphabetical order, by star rating…
A Most Violent Year
Once again, Oscar Isaac becomes one of my favourite characters in forever. J.C. Chandor is a supremely talented dude.
What a magnificent pure voice, lyricist and individual. Utterly destroyed by the media, betrayed by many close to her.
Harrowing, and fills you with misery considering there’s no end in sight. No idea how Hieneman got the access he did.
The first fight and its continuous take. Emotion and montages in spades. A tribute and fresh take that Coogler crushes.
That majestic yet decaying landscape is a perfect companion to what enfolds. Grand on every front. LOVE that slow-moving camera.
Love & Mercy
The best music you’ll hear in a film this year. Paul Dano doing his finest work. A welcome addition to the musical biopic.
Mad Max: Fury Road
George Miller and team have set a new standard for the summer blockbuster. Impeccable, exhilarating filmmaking.
The energy and emotions overwhelm. Two extraordinary performances that give themselves completely to Xavier Dolan’s direction.
Seymour: An Introduction
Joyous, uplifting, poignant. It just made me happy. Mr. Bernstein, keep on teaching.
That first extraction scene has to be one of the best of the year. del Toro really is like a wolf, personified. Jóhannsson’s score was quite the marriage.
Song of the Sea
Every image is magic, realised. Can’t express how evocative and well-crafted it is! The emotions kick in strong too.
The best ensemble in forever. Sorkin’s screenplay sizzles. I was ready to stand up and clap and then realised 2/3rds was left.
The camera never hurries. Exquisite in every sense. Directed by a man in complete control and command of his craft.
Excels in foreboding, delivers on earned scares. Ends with a most excellent parable on managing your personal demons.
A clinical display in cold, brutal filmmaking. The absence of words left me even more isolated and uncomfortable.
Best of Enemies
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
Straight Outta Compton
The Duke of Burgundy
The Look of Silence
Clouds of Sils Maria
Listen To Me Marlon
The Big Short
The Hateful Eight
Tom at the Farm
Bridge of Spies
Heart of a Dog
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The Diary of a Teenage Girl
The End of the Tour
The Imitation Game
What We Do in the Shadows
Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter
While We’re Young
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Into the Woods
The Stanford Prison Experiment