My Top Movies of 2015

Another year has gone by and it’s been a good year. As such, I will continue the tradition I started last year by doing my top six movies of the year list. Yeah, six is a rather odd number, but last year I just couldn’t settle on 5. So going forward, I hope to always just stick with six. To give myself so leeway, this list is only my personal favorite, and being such I don’t have to be overly objective. So lets jump In.

Runner Ups.

Just a quick shout out to the films that missed the cut for my list. I loved this films, but there can only be o… I mean, six.

Inside Out
Concussion
Mad Max : Fury Road
The Martian
Straight Outta Compton
Beast of No Nation

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The Story Needed Spotlight

“If there were 90 of these bastards, people would know”. It’s not normal for me to start a review with a quote, but this quote captures what this movie aims to showcase. In 2001, The Boston Globe’s investigative journalist team Spotlight, took a deep look into the allegations of sexual misconduct of the catholic church in Boston. The result of this report, published in January of 2002 bought a harrowing truth to light. A scathing indictment to over 70 priests in the Boston area who were found to sexually abuse minors. The systematic attempt from the Boston archdiocese to cover it up.  The repercussions of this report weren’t just felt in Boston.  I was not raised a catholic, but I did attend catholic school in the Bronx NY for over seven years.  The Monsignor at my high school was charged of sexual abuse in 2002 for conduct in 1970s. The victim in question, got the courage to speak out because of the outcry from Spotlight’s report. This was something I was fortunately unaffected by, but I saw it’s effects first hand. From the steward supporters, who knew Mgsr. Kavanagh as a godly man, and the people who immediately held him in contempt. At it’s core, Spotlight is a real journalist movie. It’s subject matter is one of true intrigue and impact. It doesn’t get overly concerned with the characters because the story’s development is the actual star of the film.

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Surprisingly Delicious

You may or may not know Stephen Chow. He is the brain behind comedy cult favorites Kung-Fu Hustle and Shaolin Soccer. He partakes in a very nonsensical style of comedy around seemingly ordinary things. Borrowing heavy inspiration from eastern animation elements like : over the top moves, expressions and dialogue. I came across the first film he made in that style, The God of Cookery. What we have here is a very entertaining comedy about a celebrity chef, Chow, who has given himself the titular nickname “The God of Cookery”.  Those with an appreciation for eastern culture will get an extra kick out of this film.  As there are plenty of call backs and easter eggs to far eastern pop culture, some even holding weight today.  Yet the movie is still general enough for anybody to follow along and enjoy the ride.

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