Now that the popcorn dust has settled and we’ve scraped the cine-muck off our shoes, it’s about time for us to reflect back on picks for the top movies of 2015. The Movie Bears Podcast has compiled this short list of a few movies that stood out as consensus favorites in a year that gave us lots of great cinema.
Near the top of our list is ‘Inside Out,’ just one of two movie offerings from Disney-Pixar in 2015. While we always expect entertaining and emotionally resonant stories from them, they’ve upped their game with this wonderfully imaginative look at the complexities of human emotions, from inside the mind of a young girl.
Another movie from earlier in 2015 that never faded in the face of other high-profile releases is ‘Mad Max: Fury Road.’ A full 30 years since his previous Mad Max film, George Miller’s latest installment of the story came roaring back across the wastelands in a blast of “guzzoline”-fueled intensity that is not to be missed.
With ‘The Revenant,’ director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu could be lining up his second consecutive set of golden statues after 2014’s ‘Birdman.’ His latest film is one of the most talked about films of the year for its brutally stunning tale of pioneer survival and revenge and for Leonardo DiCaprio’s gripping lead performance.
A quieter, but no less emotionally brutal film is ‘Room,’ the story of the bond between a mother and son that is harrowing, but also devastatingly beautiful. The performances from young Jacob Tremblay and rising star Brie Larson are truly unforgettable.
Deserving a spot in our top picks of the year are ‘Creed,’ the surprisingly well-crafted sequel to the ‘Rocky’ franchise, with a wondrously great and redemptive performance from Sylvester Stallone; and ‘Spotlight,’ a taut, procedural drama centered on a groundbreaking news investigation team, featuring the best ensemble cast of any film in 2015.
These are only a sampling of highlighted films from our Top Films of 2015 lists, so check out the complete rundown in our video episode below:
Written by Jim Puliafico, Movie Bears Podcast