Best of 2015: Top 5 Films

Of the films I saw in 2015, these are my picks for the ones I most enjoyed.

What movies should I have seen from this year? Post your favourites in the comments.

5. Amy

AmyAmy creates a whole new perspective of what we knew about Amy Winehouse, but it doesn’t make a martyr out of her. A lot of care is put in to ensure Amy is seen as a person and not a celebrity, because a celebrity is easier to distance ourselves from and in this film, it becomes harder to distance ourselves from her.


4. Still Alice

Still AliceStill Alice is honest and stays within the respectable bounds of sharing an experience without succumbing to falsifying a story for dramatic effect. Julianne Moore delivers a wonderful performance that highlight the importance of our memories, experiences, relationships and love.


3. Spy

SpyI had my doubts Spy could touch the untouchable Bridesmaids, no matter how positive the reviews were. After all, it’s a comedy about a spy. A premise so kitschy with little to work with other than to parody spy action films. But I haven’t laughed this much and this hard in a theatre since Bridesmaids. Even with several moments that borderline on cheesy or unnecessary, at the very least right now the comedy standard has been matched and the two are tied.


2. Inside Out

Inside OutInside Out is a film that has so much going for it. This propeller of imagination makes for the best kind of movie that leaves a lasting impact because of how easy it is to involve yourself. There’s so much room to grow that a sequel is not only expected, it’s practically necessary.


1. Trainwreck

TrainwreckDirected by Judd Apatow and written by Schumer, Trainwreck starts out like an episode of Inside Amy Schumer. She’s sexually promiscuous and unapologetic about it and, as she narrates her life at that point, she’s okay with having a lot of sex with a lot of different men, she has a no-sleep-over rule, and she’s not interested in commitments no matter how minor.

These characters are key to what makes Trainwreck such a ride. The plot itself, as progressive as it is touted to be with Amy taking on the characteristics often given to men, is pretty standard. There are points in the second half where it falls in line with the typical rom-com that almost made me surrender in mild disappointment until I remembered: wait! – the crude jokes haven’t been sacrificed for sparks and romance. I’ve just taken for granted that they’re ever-present. It’s more about those individual anecdotes than the collective story.

Despite several scenes that could be cut, Trainwreck still hits as the funniest film of the year.

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