And so I arrive at that time of year when I have to suck it up and commit to a top ten, although it's been a bit harder in the past than it was this year. That's not to comment on the relative quality of the class of 2015 to any other year. I think it was a very fine year indeed, just one with less position shifting than usual. Subsequent viewings of certain titles merely galvanized their place on this list, with little depreciation (or significant appreciation) in value. We'll see if the years allow any of them to rise to the top.
The only oscillating I ended up doing came down to my top two. Imperfect, arguable masterpieces both -- you could also say the same of #3 and #4 -- who each sat in my #1 spot for lengthy stretches throughout the year; A testament to their staying power. At the end of the day, I had to go with the one that moved me most at first blush. Even once multiple revisitations have softened its novelty, that intense initial response is a hard feeling to forget.
But all ten of these deserve gold stars. They have given voice to the voiceless, kept us on the edge of our seats in moments of silence and bombast alike, horrified us with brutal truths, and made human emotion beautifully tangible. Without further ado, my Top Ten Movies of 2015:
#10: CREED (dir. Ryan Coogler)
An absolute crackerjack of a crowd-pleaser.
#9: ROOM (dir. Lenny Abrahamson)
#8: THE LOOK OF SILENCE (dir. Joshua Oppenheimer)
#7: SICARIO (dir. Denis Villeneuve)
#6: SPOTLIGHT (dir. Tom McCarthy)
It's also a sobering reminder of the power of the press, which bears consideration in an age when the media strives more often for traffic than for truth.
#5: STEVE JOBS (dir. Danny Boyle)
#4: SON OF SAUL (dir. László Nemes)
#3: CAROL (dir. Todd Haynes)
#2: MAD MAX: FURY ROAD (dir. George Miller)
The bombast is at first overwhelming (by design, of course), but multiple viewings allow the thematic notes to be heard over the beautifully orchestrated pandemonium. Sit back, buckle up, and revel in its glorious madness.
#1: INSIDE OUT (dir. Pete Docter)
Congratulations to all of my top twenty movies, but especially my top five, the Best Picture nominees for my own personal awards. Winners in all the other categories will be unveiled Friday.