Lists

Top 100 Movies of the Decade: 2015

Past the half-way point and we aren’t half-way through January yet, okay, I can do this! 2015 has been an easier year strangely enough. There were a lot of movies I really liked, but not as many that I loved so I didn’t feel as bad striking movies off my list like I did with 2014’s list. Does anyone else feel the same about 2015 or was I grumpy that year? Perhaps I’m just toughening up by making all these lists.

You can find my other Top 100 Movies of the Decade lists here.

2015 Movies Watched: 93
Movies that just missed out: Room, Brooklyn, The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

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#10 Anomalisa

Not going to lie, I forgot all about this movie until I checked my Letterboxd list for 2015. There was no way I couldn’t mention it, though. I’ve always had a love and appreciation for stop-motion animated movies and Anomalisa is one of the greater ones. It’s quite a dark tale but very thought-provoking and definitely a must-watch for fans of the genre.

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#9 Mad Max: Fury Road

It’s forever a thing that the movies I watch unwillingly turn out to be some of the best ones. I remember clearly seeing Fury Road at the cinema with my guy pals, ready to roll my eyes at it. I hadn’t seen any other Mad Max movie then (and still haven’t, whoops) but it’s hard not to get swept up by the beauty of it all. This was my best-rated action movie until John Wick 3 came along.

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#8 The Martian

Never will I ever take a bottle of ketchup for granted after watching The Martian. I rarely understand space movies but this was the exception, and I never expected it to be so funny as well as nerve-wracking! I told myself 4 years ago I would read the book and still haven’t. Ah, the best-laid plans…

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#7 The Gift

If you’ve never seen The Gift, do me a solid and give it a go. Just don’t look at a poster or watch a trailer, because the marketing team behind it are idiots. I thought this was a horror and it couldn’t be further from it. Jason Bateman plays a dark and serious role which was a first for me. It’s the kind of story where you don’t know who to root for… because you don’t know who the bad guy is.

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#6 Sicario

I’ll never forget making the mistake of putting Sicario on the TV after just sitting down with my dinner. That opening scene…ergh. Anyway, the sequel wasn’t that great but Sicario is still a fantastic movie as a stand-alone. It’s gritty, it’s dark and some of the scenes made me feel almost as tense as the closing scene of Whiplash (2014).

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#5 The Dressmaker

We don’t get enough movies like The Dressmaker, seriously. What looked to be a dull drama is actually a fascinating drama, romance, black comedy and murder mystery movie all in one. It’s quirky, odd and just downright entertaining from start to finish. One of those movies I wish I could watch again for the very first time.

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#4 The Hateful Eight

I still stand by the fact that the first hour of this movie drags like a bitch but after that, I was glued to my seat. My experience was probably helped by the fact the UK was having a snowstorm of its own when I went to the cinema so I felt fully immersed, but I just love a whodunit and so The Hateful Eight ticked all the boxes for me.

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#3 Inside Out

Who would have thought a movie about emotions could be so good? This came out in the cinemas during a really tough time of my life and maybe that aided my enjoyment of it, but it’s still an absolutely stunning movie. It made me laugh, it made me cry and it made me want to watch it over and over, and it doesn’t get much better than this.

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#2 Spotlight

You know you’re a movie blogger when you can say one of your favourite movies is about a team of reporters uncovering the scandal of child molestation within the Catholic churches. Definitely feels weird to say. Still, Spotlight is just a downright fantastically well-made movie and fully deserved the Best Picture Oscar.

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#1 Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens

Not going to apologise for any Star Wars sequel movie making these lists! The Force Awakens deserves extra love because it was the movie that finally converted me into a Star Wars fan. It also kicked off my Adam Driver obsession, which I guess I should be grateful for!

Lists

The 10 Best Movies of 2016

It’s got to be one of the most fun parts of being a movie blogger, and a huge reason I set up my solo blog just before Christmas. I’m talking about compiling and sharing a Top 10 Movies of the year post. Once January rolls around I scour every blog I follow looking for these lists. comparing them with my own and adding new movies to my watch list. Of course, It’s only the start of 2017, and I haven’t seen nearly all of the 2016 releases yet, so this is more of a Top 10 Best Movies of 2016 ‘so far’ list.

It’s difficult living in the UK sometimes. No I don’t mean the need to constantly apologise (sorry) or being almost solely dependent on tea and biscuits, but we have to wait weeks, sometimes months for movie releases. That’s why you’ll find some huge hits like La La Land (12th Jan ’17 release here) missing from this list, and why you might be confused to see others like Room (15th Jan ’16 release) here.

Before I kick off, I’d like to join in the tradition of noting some honourable mentions, the movies I really enjoyed but weren’t quite good enough for my Top 10. They are: Doctor Strange, Ghostbusters (#hatersgonnahate), Captain American Civil War, Everybody Wants Some, 10 Cloverfield Lane, Midnight Special, Zootopia & Sing Street.

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#10 Nocturnal Animals

It’s been nearly 2 months since I watched Nocturnal Animals, and I still haven’t decided what I think that ending means. It’s the kind of movie I could have easily hated and waved off as being cold and empty, but I found it fascinating. There are a few scenes that are difficult to watch, and an extremely unwanted and unexpected jump scare, but it’s certainly worth a watch if you haven’t seen it already.

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#9 Room

You know, it makes me sound like a right weirdo, telling you all how much I enjoyed a movie about a mother and son who were kidnapped and help captive in a tiny room for years, but it’s the performances that make Room such a lovable movie. Watch out world, because Jacob Tremblay is going to take the world by storm one day! If you’re planning on watching Room, grab some tissues beforehand, unless you’re a cold-hearted monster.

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#8 Tallulah

Sometimes it’s those quiet, less heard of movies that take you by surprise, and this was the case with Tallulah. A Netflix Original about a good person doing a bad thing, this movie tore my heart out, stomped on it a few times, and then stuck it back in my chest the wrong way. I don’t remember the last time I genuinely tried to reason with a movie character whilst watching a movie.

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#7 Bridget Jones’s Baby

Okay, who thought we’d get the return of Bridget Jones in 2016? Who actually had high hopes for it after the rather dull Edge of Reason, that I spent an hour researching to try to remember whether I’d ever even watched it? Maybe it was the fabulous company I had at the cinema, but I don’t remember the last time I laughed at a movie that it hurt!

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#6 Rogue One

Despite my initial confusion and slight disappointment at the amount of trailer footage that didn’t end up in the final copy, this was the movie that the hard core Star Wars fans deserved. I for one never expected Disney to get so dark. This movie earns it’s spot for ‘that corridor scene’ alone. *heavy breathing* No no, don’t panic, that’s just me, I forgot to breathe during the scene!

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#5 Deadpool

Let’s face it, after such an amazing marketing campaign (which doesn’t seem to ever end) Deadpool could have been a mediocre movie and we’d have been happy enough. After the character was butchered completely in X-Men Origins it could have been terrible, and yet instead we all got the movie we’d been waiting years for. Action packed and full to the brim of jokes you’d never want to explain to your Mum. I just hope the sequel will be just as good!

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#4 The Nice Guys

This time last year when I saw the trailer for The Nice Guys, I knew I would love it, and it didn’t disappoint at all. It’s perhaps the most criminally under-watched movie of 2016! Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe have so much chemistry on screen, it’s worth a watch for them alone, but there’s so much going on I think it’s one of those where every time you rewatch it, you spot something new.

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#3 Spotlight

The biggest ‘I told you so’ moment of my life was during the Academy Awards in 2016. Despite knowing next to nothing about the Oscars and the criteria for nominees and winners, I felt such a strong connection to Spotlight and not only was I rooting for it to win Best Picture, I genuinely thought it stood a good chance, and I was laughed away when I said it was so much better than The Revenant. Despite having the win ruined for me by the radio before I could watch the ceremony, I was still ecstatic!

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#2 Arrival

My top two spots have shifted around so much, if I wrote this post again in an hour it might have changed again! Arrival is such a beautiful movie. The time flew by as I got engrossed in watching Amy Adams’ character learn the language of the aliens who have landed on Earth, but the final twenty minutes when everything clicks into place is absolutely mind blowing, and it’s one of those moments I wish I could experience again for the first time.

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#1 Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Some movies make us laugh. Others make us cry. Some have visuals that leave us in awe. Others make us think about how we view others and the world we live in. Some have characters that we relate to, or aspire to be. Hunt for the Wilderpeople was all of things and more, and it came out of absolutely nowhere for me. I find it impossible to explain to others why I loved it so much, and yet all I want is to sit people down and force them to watch it! If it wasn’t for the blogging community I wouldn’t even know this movie existed, and that’s a scary thought!

In a couple of days I’m planning to post my Worst 10 Movies of 2016, and whilst I’m in a list making mood, I might make a few others too. I hope I have enough coloured pens, and sticky tabs. Who am I kidding, I have enough stationery to supply an entire school! For now though, I’d love to know – what was your favourite movie of 2016?