AFTER a year of film watching, our resident film reviewer Julian Wright has listed the best and worst films he saw in 2015.
Best films of 2015
1 – The Lobster: Colin Farrell delivers an excellent performance in this quirky and hilarious satire about the pros and cons of being single and/or in a relationship.
2 – Holding The Man: Honest, raw, heart wrenching and moving story that charts the relationship between two men from high school through to the bitter end.
3 – Inside Out: Pixar outdoes itself with this fun, imaginative and emotional story that takes place inside the mind of a little girl as she struggles with growing pains.
4 – Mad Max: Fury Road: Pure cinematic thrill-ride with a kick-butt lead female character.
5 – Mommy: Amazing film about the relationship between a mother and son told with confidence and conviction.
1 – American Sniper: Deplorable, racist drama about an army sniper dubbed an American hero for his shooting skills, yet his Middle Eastern counterpart (as equally skilled) is the evil bad guy.
2 – We Are Your Friends: Interesting idea: the life of a DJ and the skill involved in the job but boringly routine and predictable.
3 – The Gallows: Found footage film with zero imagination or even motivation for its characters to keep filming. All characters are insufferable, annoying jerks.
4 – Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension: 3D is strictly for gimmick purposes, endless exposition is delivered gratingly and in the most ham-fisted, unnatural way.
5 – 50 Shades of Grey: Anti-feminist, largely tame, insultingly bad would-be sizzling sexy film has characters that defy logic and basic decency.