Drama is where the bulk of films lie. Trying to tell the most interesting stories without any flashy gimmicks. This is where most of the Oscar nominated films end up, concentrated in both films released at either end of the year. It can be hard evaluating films like Selma, Birdman and Whiplash when they were seen so long ago but the best films tend to stay with you.
Michael Fassbender has had a fantastic year, appearing in the top two films on this list, something I have only just noticed. Aaron Sorkin continues to be one of the top two writers of dialogue in the business as Steve Jobs shows again. Slow West was a Coenesque western that was worth the effort to hunt down in the cinema.
Straight Outta Compton was a powerhouse of a film with an riveting central performance by Jason Mitchell as Easy E. Expect him to be overlooked in the upcoming awards season.
Another film that was barely on the screens was Good Kill, continuing Ethan Hawkes’ own renaissance. Hunt it down on Netflix now.
While I admit I didn’t follow a word of it, Macbeth (more Fassbender) goes down as the most beautiful film of the year. Every frame was breathtaking.
Not too many disappointing films this year but both musical documentaries (as opposed to biopics) The Wall and Cobain: Montage of Heck both left me cold,Munich is a shame as I’m a big fan of both Pink Floyd and Nirvana respectively.
Straight Outta Compton
The Duke of Burgundy
Love & Mercy
The Theory of Everything
While We’re Young
A Most Violent Year
Bridge of Spies
The Water Diviner
Roger Waters: The Wall
Cobain: Montage of Heck
Fantastic – Very Good – Good – Mediocre – Avoid