Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Best films of 2015 and 1985

Composing a top ten films of the year list has been a tradition for me since 1985. So to commemorate the 30th anniversary of me making such lists, below are my top ten films of both this past year, and 1985, taken from a chicken-scratch entry in a musty old notebook/journal I still possess to this day.

Of course, as always, the new 2015 list is subject to change since many of the prestige Oscar bait pictures have not been released outside of NY or LA yet. This has always and still does piss me off. It is an exercise in elitism; a practice of institutionalized snobbery that assumes anyone living outside of NY or LA must be an ignorant, toothless, drooling, half-wit, derelict, moron who could not possibly comprehend artistic cinema or have the slightest interest in any films aimed at an audience above the age of five with an I.Q. above 70.

At any rate, my top ten films from 1985 and 2015 with the director in parenthesis.

Top ten films of 1985

The Color Purple (Steven Spielberg)

The Journey of Natty Gann (Jeremy Paul Kagan)

To Live and Die in LA (William Friedkin)

Back to the Future (Robert Zemeckis)

Pee Wee’s Big Adventure (Tim Burton)

Witness (Peter Wier)

The Legend of Billy Jean (Matthew Robbins)

Explorers (Joe Dante)

Pale Rider (Clint Eastwood)

Young Sherlock Holmes (Barry Levinson)

Top ten films of 2015 

The Age of Adaline (Lee Toland Krieger)

It Follows (David Robert Mitchell)

Ex Machina (Alex Garland)

Creed (Ryan Coogler)

Mad Max: Fury Road (George Miller)

Inside Out (Pete Docter, Ronnie del Carmen)

Chappie (Neill Blomkamp)

The Force Awakens (J.J. Abrams)

The Hateful Eight (Quentin Tarantino)

Jurassic World (Colin Trevorrow)

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