Thursday, December 31, 2015

Worst Films of 2015

For some reason, people tend to enjoy negative reviews.  They just love calling out bad movies. Maybe it's a sense of "sticking it to the man". Or maybe it's a type of Schadenfreude.   I can't say.   But the fact is that my Worst Films posts often receive a relatively large amount of page views.   But, a few caveats:
  • Like most people, I try to avoid seeing bad movies.  So some of the most criticized movies of the year may not appear here simply because I haven't seen them.
  • I realize you probably haven't heard of most of these movies, as most of them were film festival fare (some of which are quite popular among festival programmers and attendees for some reason?!)  So I've formatted the wide releases you may have heard of in green
  1. Xenia     Grade: F
  2. Wolfcop      Grade: F
  3. Tangerine      Grade: D-
  4. Western      Grade: D-
  5. Infini      Grade: D-
  6. The Creeping Garden      Grade: D-
  7. Electric Slide      Grade: D-
  8. Monsters: Dark Continent      Grade: D-
  9. The Visit       Grade: D-
  10. Just Jim      Grade: D-
  11. Uncle John      Grade: D
  12. 7 Chinese Brothers      Grade: D
  13. Funny Bunny      Grade: D
  14. A Wonderful Cloud      Grade: D
  15. The Russian Woodpecker      Grade: D
  16. Rock the Kasbah      Grade: D
  17. Love      Grade: D
  18. Hellions     Grade: D
  19. The Gallows      Grade: D
  20. Cartel Land      Grade: D
  21. Meru      Grade: D
  22. Dark Star: H.R. Giger's World      Grade: D
  23. Area 51      Grade: D
  24. [REC] 4: Apocalypse      Grade: D
  25. Pod     Grade: D
  26. All the Wilderness     Grade: D
  27. Chappie     Grade: D
  28. Furious 7      Grade: D
  29. San Andreas      Grade: D
  30. Serena      Grade: D
  31. The Gunman      Grade: D
  32. Preservation      Grade: D
  33. Hot Pursuit      Grade: D
  34. Just Before I Go      Grade: D
  35. Warren      Grade: D
  36. The Editor      Grade: D+
  37. Queen of Earth      Grade: D+
  38. Jafar Panahi's Taxi      Grade: D+
  39. The Mend     Grade: D+
  40. The Nightmare      Grade: C-
  41. Nightlight      Grade: C-
  42. Apartment Troubles      Grade: C-
  43. Bare      Grade: C-
  44. Captive      Grade: C-
  45. The Danish Girl      Grade: C-
  46. Sisterhood of Night      Grade: C-
  47. The Stranger      Grade: C-
  48. Unfinished Business      Grade: C-
  49. Testament of Youth      Grade: C
  50. A Dog Named Gucci      Grade: C
  51. Guilty      Grade: C
  52. Divergent: Insurgent      Grade: C
  53. Hits      Grade: C
  54. Veronika Decides to Die      Grade: C
  55. Fifty Shades of Grey      Grade: C
  56. The Boy Next Door      Grade: C
  57. Tomorrowland      Grade: C
  58. The Visit (Documentary)      Grade: C
  59. Air      Grade: C
  60. Blackhat     Grade: C
  61. Unexpected      Grade: C
  62. Clouds of Sils Maria      Grade: C
  63. Jupiter Ascending      Grade: C
  64. Alien Outpost     Grade: C
  65. The Hive     Grade: C
  66. The Ridiculous 6      Grade: C
  67. Child 44     Grade: C
  68. American Ultra     Grade: C
  69. Aloft      Grade: C
  70. The Good Dinosaur     Grade: C
  71. Don Verdean     Grade: C
  72. In the Heart of the Sea     Grade: C
  73. Fantastic Four      Grade: C
  74. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials     Grade: C
  75. A Little Chaos     Grade: C+
  76. The Wannabe      Grade: C+
  77. Poltergeist      Grade: C+
  78. Insidious: Chapter 3      Grade: C+
  79. The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel     Grade: C+
  80. Dixieland      Grade: C+
  81. The World Made Straight     Grade: C+
  82. Suffragette     Grade: C+
  83. Lady in the Van     Grade: C+
  84. Wild Horses     Grade: C+
  85. Sinatra: All or Nothing at All    Grade: C+
  86. Out of the Dark    Grade: C+
  87. Taken 3    Grade: C+
  88. Kung Fu Elliot    Grade: C+
  89. Closer to God      Grade: C+
  90. One & Two     Grade: C+
  91. The Infinite Man     Grade: C+

Best In Front of and Behind the Camera of 2015

Note: Do NOT use this when filling out your office Oscar ballot!  These are my favorites. They are not necessarily a good bet on who will win the awards.

Best Lead Performance by an Actor
  1. Leonardo DiCaprio - The Revenant
  2. Rory Culkin - Gabriel
  3. Oscar Isaac - Ex Machina
  4. Domhnall Gleeson - Ex Machina
  5. Patrick Stewart - Match
  6. Geert Van Rampelberg - The Treatment
  7. Jake Gyllenhaal - Southpaw
  8. Matt Damon - The Martian
  9. Michael Fassbender - Steve Jobs
  10. Johnny Depp - Black Mass
  11. Tom Hardy - Legend
  12. Will Smith - Concussion
  13. Steve Carell - The Big Short
  14. Michael B. Jordan - Creed
  15. Al Pacino - Danny Collins

Best Lead Performance by an Actress
  1. Brie Larson - Room
  2. Carla Gugino - Match
  3. Lily Tomlin - Grandma
  4. Saoirse Ronin - Brooklyn
  5. Cate Blanchett - Truth
  6. Emily Blunt - Sicario
  7. Sandra Bullock - Our Brand is Crisis
  8. Bel Powley - Diary of a Teenage Girl
  9. Jennifer Lawrence - Joy
  10. Blythe Danner - I'll See You in My Dreams
  11. Cate Blanchett - Carol
  12. Kim Basinger - The 11th Hour
  13. Lake Bell - Man Up
  14. Kristen Wiig - Welcome to Me

Best Supporting Performance by an Actor
  1. Benico del Toro - Sicario
  2. Matthew Lillard - Match
  3. Forest Whitaker - Southpaw
  4. Josh Brolin - Sicario
  5. Mark Ruffalo - Spotlight
  6. Stanley Tucci - Spotlight
  7. Liev Schreiber - Spotlight
  8. Domhnall Gleeson - The Revenant
  9. Tom Hardy - The Revenent
  10. Michael Angarano - The Stanford Prison Experiment
  11. Christopher Plummer - Danny Collins
  12. Sylvester Stallone - Creed
  13. Michael Shannon - 99 Homes
  14. Christian Bale - The Big Short
  15. Bradley Cooper - Joy
  16. Albert Brooks - Concussion
  17. Jacob Tremblay - Room
  18. Jeff Daniels - Steve Jobs
  19. Adam Driver - While We're Young
  20. Colin Firth - Kingsman: The Secret Service
  21. Samuel Jackson - Kingsman: The Secret Service
  22. Harrison Ford - Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Supporting Performance by an Actress
  1. Jane Fonda - Youth
  2. Kate Winslet - Steve Jobs
  3. Joan Allen - Room
  4. Jennifer Jason Leigh - The Hateful Eight
  5. Julie Walters - Brooklyn
  6. Cynthia Nixon - James White
  7. Rachel Weisz - Youth
  8. Alicia Vikander - Ex Machina
  9. Rachel McAdams - Spotlight

Best Young Actor/Actress
  1. Jacob Tremblay - Room
  2. Saoirse Ronin - Brooklyn

Best Ensemble
  1. Spotlight (Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, John Slattery, Stanley Tucci, Liev Schreiber, Rachel McAdams)
  2. Ex Machina (Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander)
  3. Bone Tomahawk (Kurt Russell, Matthew Fox, Patrick Wilson, Richard Jenkins)
  4. The Hateful Eight (Kurt Russell, Samuel Jackson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Bruce Dern, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Demian Bichir)
  5. Wet Hot American Summer (Netflix)
  6. Match (Patrick Stewart, Carla Gugino, Matthew Lillard)
  7. Kingsman: The Secret Service (Colin Firth, Samuel Jackson, Michael Caine)
  8. The Big Short (Steve Carell, Christian Bale, Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling)

Biggest Waste of a Talented Ensemble
  1. Digging For Fire

Best Overall Year
  1. Domhnall Gleeson (Ex Machina, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Revenant, Brooklyn)
  2. Oscar Isaac (Ex Machina, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Show Me a Hero (HBO))
  3. Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina, The Danish Girl, Testament of Youth, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Burnt)
  4. Michael Angarano (The Stanford Prison Experiment, Wild Card, The Knick (Cinemax))
  5. Benicio del Toro (Sicario, Escobar: Paradise Lost)
  6. Mark Ruffalo (Spotlight, Infinitely Polar Bear, Avengers: Age of Ultron)
  7. Samuel Jackson (Kingsman: The Secret Service, The Hateful Eight, Big Game, Avengers: Age of Ultron)
  8. Kurt Russell (Bone Tomahawk, The Hateful Eight)
  9. Ben Mendelsohn (Mississippi Grind, Bloodline (Netflix))
  10. Lily Tomlin (Grandma, Grace and Frankie (Netflix))
  11. Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs, Macbeth, Slow West)
  12. Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Faults, Alex of Venice)
  13. Cate Blanchett (Truth, Carol)
  14. Tom Hardy (Legend, The Revenant)
  15. Johnny Depp (Black Mass, Mortdecai ... yeah, I said it.)
  16. Kristen Wiig (Welcome to Me, Diary of a Teenage Girl, The Martian, Wet Hot American Summer)
  17. Paul Giamatti (Straight Outta Compton, Love & Mercy)
  18. Robert Redford (Truth, A Walk in the Woods)
  19. Pierce Brosnan (No Escape, Survivor, Some Kind of Beautiful)

Best Overall Recent Years
  1. Jake Gyllenhaal (Southpaw, Nightcrawler, Prisoners, Enemy, End of Watch, Source Code)
  2. Domhnall Gleeson (Ex Machina, The Revenant, Brooklyn, Unbroken, Frank, About Time)
  3. John Goodman (Trumbo, The Gambler, Inside Llewyn Davis, Flight, Argo, The Artist)
  4. Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Frank, 12 Years a Slave, Prometheus, Shame, A Dangerous Method, X-Men: First Class)
  5. Oscar Isaac (Ex Machina, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Show Me a Hero (HBO), A Most Violent Year, Inside Llewyn Davis)
  6. Mark Ruffalo (Spotlight, Infinitely Polar Bear, Foxcatcher, The Avengers)
  7. Brie Larson (Room, Short Term 12)
  8. Steve Carell (Spotlight, Foxcatcher, Crazy Stupid Love)

Worst Overall Year
  1. Kevin James (Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, Pixels, Little Boy, Hotel Transylvania 2) *
  2. Adam Sandler (The Ridiculous 6, Pixels, Hotel Transylvania 2) *
  3. Dwayne Johnson (San Andreas, Furious 7)
  4. Hugh Jackman (Pan, Chappie)
  5. Chris Hemsworth (Blackhat, In The Heart of the Sea)
  6. Sean Penn (The Gunman)
  7. George Clooney (Tomorrowland)
* To be fair, I haven't seen most of these movies.  But could they possibly be worth seeing?

Worst Fall from Grace - After several years of great work, Reese Witherspoon and Emma Stone have fallen from grace with Hot Pursuit and Aloha, respectively.  And not that she had a bad year, with decent performances in The Martian and Crimson Peak, but Jessica Chastain didn't shine nearly as bright as she has in recent years.  I expect more from all of them.

Worst Overall Recent Years - I hate to sound like a broken record every year, but Kristen Stewart continues her reign, with a terrible performance in the weirdly awkward American Ultra.  And I don't understand why reputable film critics are touting her performances in Clouds of Sils Maria and Still Alice.  And let's not forget the Twilight series, Snow White and the Huntsmen, On the Road, and pretty much everything else she's done.  Ugh.

Best Director
  1. Alejandro G Inarritu - The Revenant
  2. Lenny Abrahamson - Room
  3. Denis Villeneuve - Sicario
  4. John Crowley - Brooklyn
  5. Ridley Scott - The Martian
  6. Tom McCarthy - Spotlight

Best Screenplay (Original or Adapted)
  1. Steve Jobs - Aaron Sorkin (based on a book by Walter Isaacson)
  2. The Big Short - Charles Randolph and Adam McKay (based on a book by Michael Lewis)
  3. Sicario - Taylor Sheridan
  4. Ex Machina - Alex Garland
  5. While We're Young - Noah Baumbach
  6. The Martian - Drew Goddard (based on a book by Andy Weir)
  7. Grandma - Paul Weitz
  8. Spotlight - Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy

Best Score  (This was a pretty weak year for scores, I think.  I welcome your thoughts.)

Best Song  (This was a pretty weak year for songs, I think.  I welcome your thoughts.)

Monday, December 28, 2015

Best of 2015 by Genre

In case my Best Films of 2015 list is too overwhelming, or your taste is different than mine, I've categorized my favorite films to help you zone in on the genres you like best. You're welcome.

Best Films Likely to be Nominated for an Academy Award
  1. Room    Grade: A+
  2. The Revenant      Grade: A+
  3. Sicario      Grade: A+
  4. The Martian      Grade: A
  5. Brooklyn      Grade: A
  6. Steve Jobs      Grade: A
  7. Spotlight      Grade: A
  8. The Big Short      Grade: A
  9. Black Mass      Grade: A
  10. Truth      Grade: A
  11. Creed      Grade: A
  12. Bridge of Spies      Grade: A-
  13. Trumbo      Grade: A-

Best Comedy
  1. While We're Young      Grade: A
  2. The Overnight      Grade: A
  3. Man Up      Grade: A
  4. Sleeping with Other People      Grade: A
  5. Welcome to Me      Grade: A
  6. Break Point      Grade: A-
  7. Ted 2      Grade: A-
  8. Trainwreck      Grade: A-
  9. Entourage      Grade: A-
  10. Mortdecai      Grade: B+
  11. Vacation      Grade: B+
  12. The Wedding Ringer      Grade: B+
  13. Hot Tub Time Machine 2      Grade: B+
  14. Wet Hot American Summer (Netflix)      Grade: B+
  15. Daddy's Home      Grade: B+

Best Romantic Comedy
  1. Man Up      Grade: A
  2. Sleeping with Other People     Grade: A
  3. Playing it Cool      Grade: A-
  4. The Rewrite      Grade: B+

Best Romantic Drama

  1. 5 to 7        Grade: A+
  2. Brooklyn        Grade: A

Best Sci-Fi
  1. Ex Machina      Grade: A
  2. The Martian      Grade: A
  3. Jurassic World      Grade: A
  4. Predestination      Grade: A
  5. Time Lapse      Grade: A
  6. Star Wars: The Force Awakens      Grade: A
  7. El Incidente      Grade: B+
  8. Terminator Genisys      Grade: B+

Best Horror
  1. It Follows      Grade: A
  2. Let Us Prey      Grade: A-
  3. Maggie      Grade: A-
  4. Bound to Vengeance      Grade: A-
  5. Digging Up the Marrow      Grade: B+
  6. Cooties      Grade: B+
  7. Unfriended      Grade: B+
  8. The Final Girls      Grade: B+
  9. Bloodsucking Bastards      Grade: B
  10. Goodnight Mommy      Grade: B

Best Thriller
  1. The Treatment        Grade: A
  2. The 11th Hour (a.k.a. I Am Here)       Grade: A
  3. No Escape       Grade: A
  4. The Gift       Grade: A-
  5. Survivor      Grade: B+

Best Mystery
  1. The Loft       Grade: A
  2. Every Secret Thing      Grade: A
  3. Secret in Their Eyes      Grade: A-
  4. Wild Canaries      Grade: B+

Best Action
  1. Kingsman: The Secret Service      Grade: A+
  2. Jurassic World      Grade: A
  3. No Escape      Grade: A
  4. Star Wars: The Force Awakens      Grade: A
  5. Sicario      Grade: A+
  6. Big Game      Grade: A-

Best Emotional Dramas
  1. Room      Grade: A+
  2. Gabriel      Grade: A+

Best Coming of Age
  1. Brooklyn        Grade: A
  2. Diary of a Teenage Girl        Grade: A
  3. Paper Towns        Grade: B+
  4. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl        Grade: B+

Best Benicio del Toro / Drug Cartel Films
  1. Sicario      Grade: A
  2. Escobar: Paradise Lost      Grade: A

Best Film Involving Mental Illness or Addiction
  1. Gabriel      Grade: A+
  2. I Smile Back      Grade: B+
  3. Hungry Hearts      Grade: B+
  4. Infinitely Polar Bear      Grade: B+

Best Boxing Films
  1. Southpaw      Grade: A
  2. Creed      Grade: A

Best Films Involving Investigative Journalism
  1. Spotlight      Grade: A
  2. Truth      Grade: A

Best Films About Cults
  1. Faults      Grade: A
  2. Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief      Grade: A

Best Films for Social Psych Majors
  1. The Stanford Prison Experiment      Grade: A
  2. Experimenter      Grade: A-

Best Films about the 2008 Financial Crisis
  1. The Big Short      Grade: A
  2. 99 Homes      Grade: A

Best Crime Films
  1. Black Mass      Grade: A
  2. Legend      Grade: A-
  3. Victoria      Grade: A-
  4. Criminal Activities      Grade: A-
  5. True Story      Grade: A-

Best Western
  1. The Keeping Room      Grade: A-
  2. The Salvation      Grade: A-
  3. Bone Tomahawk      Grade: A-
  4. Slow West      Grade: B+

Best Spy Films
  1. Kingsman: The Secret Service      Grade: A+
  2. Spectre      Grade: A-
  3. Bridge of Spies      Grade: A-
  4. Spy      Grade: A-
  5. Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation      Grade: B+

Best Films about Gambling
  1. Mississippi Grind      Grade: A
  2. Wild Card      Grade: B+

Best Film about Con Artists
  1. Focus      Grade: A

Best Film about the War on Terror
  1. Good Kill      Grade: A

Best Zombie Films
  1. Maggie      Grade: A-
  2. Cooties      Grade: B+
  3. Zombeavers      Grade: B

Best Films Like Seeing a Broadway Play
  1. Match      Grade: A
  2. Steve Jobs       Grade: A
  3. The Primary Instinct      Grade: A-

Best Films for Septuagenarians
  1. Grandma      Grade: A
  2. Danny Collins      Grade: A
  3. 5 Flights Up       Grade: A-
  4. I'll See You in My Dreams      Grade: A-
  5. A Walk in the Woods      Grade: A-
  6. Youth      Grade: B+
  7. Grace and Frankie (Netflix)      Grade: B+

Best Foreign Language Film
  1. The Treatment      Grade: A
  2. Hippocrates: Diary of a French Doctor     Grade: A-
  3. Victoria      Grade: A-
  4. El Incidente      Grade: B+
  5. 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out a Window and Disappeared      Grade: B+
  6. The Second Mother      Grade: B+
  7. Goodnight Mommy      Grade: B

Best Documentary
  1. The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst  (HBO)      Grade: A+
  2. Batkid Begins      Grade: A
  3. Where to Invade Next      Grade: A
  4. Very Semi-Serious  (HBO)      Grade: A
  5. Thought Crimes  (HBO)      Grade: A
  6. Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief  (HBO)      Grade: A
  7. Best of Enemies     Grade: A-
  8. Do I Sound Gay?      Grade: A-
  9. The Immortalists      Grade: A-
  10. Deep Web     Grade: B+
  11. An Honest Liar      Grade: B+
  12. Love and Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere      Grade: B+
  13. Brand: A Second Coming      Grade: B+
  14. I Am Chris Farley      Grade: B+
  15. Listen to Me Marlon      Grade: B+
  16. The Wolfpack      Grade: B+

Best Ensemble
  1. Spotlight      Grade: A
  2. Ex Machina      Grade: A
  3. Bone Tomahawk      Grade: A-
  4. The Hateful Eight      Grade: A-
  5. Wet Hot American Summer  (Netflix)      Grade: B+
  6. Match       Grade: A
  7. Kingsman: The Secret Service      Grade: A+
  8. The Big Short      Grade: A

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Best Films of 2015

It's that time of year when any film critic, movie buff, or just about anyone with a social media account posts their obligatory Top Ten list (even if they've only seen only 11 movies this year).  Personally I've always taken issue with such an arbitrary number. Is this supposed to imply there were only ten great movies this year? To that I say, "Ridiculous!" What kind of a film fan only loves 10 movies in a given year?   Sure, I get it.  People like Top 10 lists because it seems manageable.  Even the busiest of people can find time to see 10 movies a year.  But I saw around 374 films considered to be 2015 releases. Why on Earth would I waste all that time if I only loved 10 of them? No, instead I believe in shining a bright light on all the greatest movies I thoroughly enjoyed this year. With that said my Best of 2015 list includes the 50 films that I have given an A or A+. I loved all of them and I hope if you give them a chance you will love them too.

Now if you've seen other lists published this month you've probably noticed that they're all pretty much the same.  I actually agree that most of the films on all these lists are great (and many of them are in my list below) but I can never understand why everyone's list is so similar.  Sure, some movies are just plain good or bad, but this is a subjective opinion, and not a science. And when I see lists consisting of all the same buzzed-about, awards nominated films, I am suspicious. I am suspicious that you might just be a movie poser trying to seem like your taste is the correct taste. So, if you want to go to a party and sound like you know what you're talking about, just tell them your top ten includes 'Spotlight', 'Carol', 'Room', 'Steve Jobs', 'The Danish Girl', 'Bridge of Spies', 'Creed', 'Brooklyn', 'The Martian', 'The Revenant', 'Black Mass', and 'Trumbo'.  Feel free to throw in 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' or 'Mad Max: Fury Road' so you seem like less of a snob.  It doesn't matter if you've seen these movies or not.   Chances are your fellow party-goers haven't either, and will just respond, "Oh yeah, I want to see those!"

I, however, take a more radical approach to all of this. After much deliberation, I express what I truly believe in my heart of hearts to be the best movies of the year, even if they are met by a smirk from my esteemed colleagues and fellow film buffs. (I'm used to it.)  These are the films that moved me, made me think, made me feel, and resonated with me the most. These are the films that made it worth my time sitting through all the bad ones. These are the films that made me appreciate getting to see every film before it comes out so that I can form my own opinion before the consensus drills the "correct" one into my head. These are the films I add to my personal home video library. And these are the films I enjoy re-watching to often appreciate even more the second time. Regardless of what you think of my list, I assure you a lot of thought went into it. I hope some of you make good use of it and enjoy whatever you see every bit as much as I did. Happy viewing!

  1. Room
  2. The Revenant
  3. The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst
  4. Gabriel
  5. 5 to 7
  6. Kingman: The Secret Service
  7. Sicario
  8. The Martian
  9. Match
  10. The Treatment
  11. Ex-Machina
  12. 11th Hour (a.k.a. I Am Here)
  13. It Follows
  14. While We're Young
  15. Jurassic World
  16. Escobar: Paradise Lost
  17. Southpaw
  18. Brooklyn
  19. Steve Jobs
  20. Faults
  21. Predestination
  22. The Overnight
  23. Grandma
  24. Batkid Begins
  25. Man Up
  26. Spotlight
  27. The Diary of a Teenage Girl
  28. The Stanford Prison Experiment
  29. The Big Short
  30. Danny Collins
  31. Sleeping with Other People
  32. Welcome to Me
  33. Time Lapse
  34. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  35. The Loft
  36. Glass Chin
  37. Black Mass
  38. No Escape
  39. Mississippi Grind
  40. Where to Invade Next
  41. Very Semi-Serious
  42. 99 Homes
  43. Every Secret Thing
  44. Alex of Venice
  45. Focus
  46. Good Kill
  47. Thought Crimes
  48. Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
  49. Truth
  50. Creed

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Fourth Quarter of 2015

Below is a summary of my grades for the 89 films I saw that were released in the U.S. in the fourth quarter (either in theaters or on Video on Demand). Check them out and then refresh your memory of the films of the first quarter and films of the second quarter and films of the third quarter.
  1. Room      Grade: A+
  2. The Revenant        Grade: A+
  3. Sicario       Grade: A+
  4. The Martian      Grade: A
  5. Brooklyn      Grade: A
  6. Steve Jobs      Grade: A
  7. Man Up       Grade: A
  8. Spotlight      Grade: A
  9. The Big Short      Grade: A
  10. Star Wars: The Force Awakens      Grade: A
  11. Where to Invade Next       Grade: A
  12. Very Semi-Serious      Grade: A
  13. 99 Homes       Grade: A
  14. Truth       Grade: A
  15. Creed      Grade: A
  16. Experimenter     Grade: A-
  17. Bone Tomahawk      Grade: A-
  18. Legend       Grade A-
  19. Spectre      Grade: A-
  20. Victoria      Grade: A-
  21. Bridge of Spies      Grade: A-
  22. Criminal Activities      Grade: A-
  23. Our Brand is Crisis      Grade: A-
  24. Secret in Their Eyes      Grade: A-
  25. Trumbo      Grade: A-
  26. The Hateful Eight      Grade: A-
  27. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2      Grade: A-
  28. I Smile Back      Grade: B+
  29. The Incident      Grade: B+
  30. Brand: A Second Coming     Grade: B+
  31. Anomalisa      Grade: B+
  32. Daddy's Home       Grade: B+
  33. Youth      Grade: B+
  34. The Final Girls      Grade: B+
  35. Meadowland      Grade: B+
  36. Joy      Grade: B+
  37. Concussion      Grade: B+
  38. Burnt      Grade: B+
  39. The Walk       Grade: B+
  40. Applesauce      Grade: B
  41. Heist      Grade: B
  42. Indigenous      Grade: B
  43. Sisters      Grade: B
  44. (T)ERROR      Grade: B
  45. Krampus      Grade: B
  46. Hitchcock / Truffaut      Grade: B
  47. Compared to What: The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank      Grade: B
  48. Knock Knock      Grade: B
  49. James White      Grade: B
  50. 45 Years       Grade: B
  51. Victor Frankenstein      Grade: B
  52. Crimson Peak      Grade: B
  53. Back in Time      Grade: B
  54. Finders Keepers      Grade: B
  55. The Hallow      Grade: B
  56. Macbeth      Grade: B
  57. The Peanuts Movie      Grade: B
  58. How to Dance in Ohio      Grade: B
  59. Racing Extinction      Grade: B
  60. Son of Saul      Grade: B
  61. Freeheld      Grade: B-
  62. Entertainment      Grade: B-
  63. Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension      Grade: B-
  64. Leisure Class      Grade: B-
  65. Yakuza Apocalypse      Grade: B-
  66. By the Sea      Grade: B-
  67. He Named Me Malala      Grade: B-
  68. Carol      Grade: C+
  69. The Lady in the Van       Grade: C+
  70. Suffragette      Grade: C+
  71. Dixieland      Grade: C+
  72. The Wannabe      Grade: C+
  73. In the Heart of the Sea      Grade: C
  74. Don Verdean      Grade: C
  75. The Good Dinosaur      Grade: C
  76. The Ridiculous 6      Grade: C
  77. The Visit (documentary)      Grade: C
  78. Guilty      Grade: C
  79. A Dog Named Gucci      Grade: C
  80. The Danish Girl      Grade: C-
  81. Bare      Grade: C-
  82. Jafar Panahi's Taxi      Grade: C-
  83. Love      Grade: D
  84. Rock the Kasbah      Grade: D
  85. The Russian Woodpecker      Grade: D
  86. A Wonderful Cloud      Grade: D
  87. Funny Bunny      Grade: D
  88. Just Jim      Grade: D
  89. Xenia      Grade: F

Films Not Reviewed:
The 33
All Things Must Pass
Altered Minds
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip
The Assassin
Beasts of No Nation
Big Stone Gap
Bleeding Heart
Blood, Sweat and Beer
The Boy and the Beast
Breaking Through
Carter High
Censored Voices
Christmas Eve
A Christmas Horror Story
A Christmas Star
Coming Home
The Cut
The Diabolical
The Emperor's New Clothes
Every Thing Will Be Fine
Freaks of Nature
Friends and Romans
The Funhouse Massacre
Hamlet's Ghost
He Never Died
Heart of a Dog
Ingrid Bergman In Her Own Words
The Inhabitants
I Spit on Your Grave 3
Jem and the Holograms
Killing Them Safely
Labyrinth of Lies
The Last Witch Hunter
The Letters
Lost in the Sun
Love the Coopers
Manson Family Vacation
Miss You Already
Mourning Son
My All American
Nasty Baby
The Night Before
Night Owls
Nowhere Girl
Peace Officer
Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict
Point Break
A Royal Night Out
Scout's Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse
Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans
The Summer of Sangaile
Sweet Micky for President
Tab Hunter Confidential
Tales of Halloween
Tokyo Tribe
Uncle Nick
What Our Fathers Did: A Nazi Legacy
The Wonders