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My Favorite Directorial Efforts of 2015

Every January, I make myself pick out specific performances I loved from the previous year. I spend so much time talking about movies, but I don’t actually give credit to specific performances. The only time I’ll talk about them is when I’m going over the Oscars. Which isn’t the same thing.

The great thing about lists like this is that it forces you to consider everything. You immediately start thinking of the performances that are nominated for the awards. But if you consider each and every movie you saw from the year (and I did. All 350 of them), and think about how you really felt about all the specific performances, you’re gonna be surprised which ones you actually liked best. (Especially if you can be honest about it and don’t think about what’s already out there, which few people are willing to be.)

Today I’ll be covering all the directorial efforts I loved. They’re in order, but they’re not really in any order. The numbers don’t matter. These are just the ones I enjoyed the most. We’re not talking about awards-worthy or whatever.

So here are my favorite directorial efforts of 2015: (more…)


Pic of the Day: “How many men have you shot since you became a marshal, Mr. Cogburn?” “I never shot nobody I didn’t have to.” “That was not the question. How many?” “Uh… shot or killed?” “Oh, let’s restrict it to ‘killed’ so we may have a manageable figure.”

True Grit (1969) - 19

Oscars 2015: ADG Awards

The ADG Awards were announced last night.

This will be a quick one.

Winning in Period was The Revenant.

Winning in Fantasy was Mad Max: Fury Road.

Winning in Contemporary was The Martian.

Contemporary almost never wins at the Oscars. Plus the other two nominees that aren’t these three are Bridge of Spies and The Danish Girl. One doesn’t have a shot and the other is a scare factor owing to the fact that Lincoln won this category in 2012 when it seemed like a close call.

It’s looking like it’s a toss-up between Mad Max and The Revenant with Mad Max the probable frontrunner (owing to the former film taking place almost entirely outside).