top ten//FILMS OF 2015

TOP TEN

From groundbreaking new ideas, to a return to the form of beloved Hollywood genres, 2015 was a great year for cinema. From Star Wars' return the big screen, and taking over the box office crown, to the rise of a new batch of stars, these are the moments that will live on through achievements, audience praise, and even perhaps cult status.

As the line between indie films, prestige flicks, and blockbusters continues to blur, here are my picks as 2015's top ten films:

1. YOUTH

Directed by Paolo Sorrentino   |   Starring Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Jane Fonda

Supported by stellar performances given by the entire, prestigious cast, Youth is a film that sticks out because of its beauty and lasts because of its quiet brilliance, offering the perfect commentary on growing old and growing up.

2. IT FOLLOWS


Directed by David Robert Mitchell   |   Starring Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Olivia Luccardi

Stirring visuals and a haunting plot make up It Follows, a slick indie disguised as a teen horror film that serves as a surprising, visionary debut by David Robert Mitchell.

3. THE REVENANT


Directed by Alejandro G. Inarritu   |   Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Will Poulter

A beautiful, searing Western set in the snowy North American wilderness, The Revenant shines because of DiCaprio's dedication to the story and Inarritu's visually unnerving brilliance.

4. ROOM


Directed by Lenny Abrahamson   |   Starring Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Joan Allen

Set up as a stark, twisting thriller, Room explodes as a nail-biting, affective piece of cinematic glory, highlighted by awards-worthy performances by Larson and Tremblay.

5. MAD MAX: FURY ROAD


Directed by George Miller   |   Starring Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult

The most colorful summer blockbuster in recent memory to blow away both critics and audiences, Mad Max: Fury Road is not only a well-made action film, but an impressive technical achievement.

6. CAROL


Directed by Todd Haynes   |   Starring Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson

A love story in the slickest of terms, punctuated by its subject matter in the form of two women, Carol is stylish, sweet, unnerving, and the perfect opportunity for its incredible cast to shine.

7. THE BIG SHORT


Directed by Adam McKay   |   Starring Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling

A serious subject wrapped in a comedic light, The Big Short tackles one of America's recent darkest hours and packages it as an educational and dazzling spectacle. Bale and Carell have never been better.

8. MACBETH


Directed by Justin Kurzel   |   Starring Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jack Madigan

At once a Shakespearean tragedy and eventually a piece of war-torn drama, Macbeth is a hidden gem in a year of high profile period pieces. Watch out for a scene with Cotillard that will punch you in the gut.

9. SICARIO


Directed by Denis Villeneuve   |   Starring Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro

A fast-paced, arthouse thriller, Sicario packs a kick in the quality of each and every ingredient, most notably Blunt's leading performance and cinematographer Roger Deakins' visual eye.

10. ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL


Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon   |   Starring Thomas Mann, RJ Cyler, Olivia Cooke

A teen drama/comedy, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is a poignant reminder that there isn't much in life worth more than good friends, a compelling story, and a well-timed popsicle. 

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