Top 50 of 2015: #10-1

I’m very excited to bring my top 10 films of 2015, with a solid representation of genres from Mystery-Sci-Fi and Horror-Thrillers to Drama-Romance and Animated Comedies. Hopefully there’s a few you’ve never heard of to add to your watch lists. Click here to see the first post: #50-11.

As always, feel free to let me know your thoughts on these or shoot me some recommendations for great 2015 films I’ve missed. Without further ado, here’s number 10…

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#10 – The Invitation

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While attending a dinner party at his former home, a man thinks his ex-wife and her new husband have sinister intentions for their guests. The toughest decision I had to make for my top 50 was between #11 and #10, with this clever psychological thriller just getting the nod. Director Karyn Kusama creates superb tension throughout and has you constantly guessing at what is actually happening. Logan Marshall-Green (Prometheus) does a fantastic job as the lead in Will too. The less you know about the film the better, but it is classified as a horror on IMDB, so perhaps not for the faint-hearted!
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#9 – Creed

The best boxing film in years with a great return from Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa and yet another great performance from Michael B. Jordan as Adonis Johnson. This is the second feature film from Ryan Coogler (his first, Fruitvale Station was my number 1 of 2013) and his signature style is just as apparent in Creed. Perfectly paced and with an incredible single take fight scene, Coogler has managed to give the Rocky series a new feel, while still keeping it true to it’s roots.
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Top 50 of 2015: #50-11

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of my top 50 films of the year! It’s been another strong year in film and while I haven’t seen as many as I usually do I’ve still found 50 that are worthy of praise.

Rather than countdown 10 at a time, I’m listing out #50 to #11 with the top 10 getting more of a write up in the coming days.

Enjoy the countdown and let me know what your favourite films were and which of these should have been higher!
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#50 – Tangerine
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Top 50 of 2014: #10-1

It’s finally here! Welcome to my top 10 films of the year. Thanks for checking out the countdown over the last few days, I hope I can encourage you to check out some of the fantastic films below.

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#10 – Nightcrawler

Jake Gyllenhaal gives a disturbingly perfect performance as the twisted Lou Bloom. Such dark material but an intense, wild ride.

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Top 50 of 2014: #20-11

Thanks for tuning into the countdown so far, here’s the next 10 films!

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#20 – Boyhood

The likely Best Picture winner, Boyhood’s filming method is a masterstroke from director Richard Linklater. The idea to film over 12 years is fantastic; it’s great to see a character grow up on screen, with the same actor attached the whole way. Starring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette, the film did feel a little long, but there’s no denying it’s emotional power, largely due to the attachment to characters growing up right before our eyes.
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Top 50 of 2014: #30-21

Crossing the half way mark, a lot of these are must-sees for the year!
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#30 – Locke

Tom Hardy is fantastic in this ballsy film-making approach that works for the most part. For a film set in the one place, it is a highly engaging and interesting story.
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Top 50 of 2014: #40-31

Continuing on with the countdown, some highly underrated films in the next 10!

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#40 – 20,000 Days On Earth

“To act on a bad idea is better than to not act at all, because the worth of the idea never becomes apparent until you do it.”

Writer and musician Nick Cave marks his 20,000th day on the planet Earth. This semi-fictionalized documentary progressively grew on me to the point that I ended up enjoying it a lot.
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Top 50 of 2014 – #50-41

Better late than never, I’m really looking forward to counting down my Top 50 films of 2014, the 50 movies I got the most out of last year. 2014 felt like one of the better recent years, with big blockbusters, fascinating biopics, hilarious comedies and some great Jake Gyllenhaal performances.

I go by worldwide release dates for my countdown, so here’s a list of films that missed the list for either eligibility reasons or because I didn’t get a chance to see them!

Films considered 2013: Lone Survivor, Her, 12 Years A Slave, These Final Hours.
You can check out my Top 50 of 2013 over on this link.

Films I did not get a chance to see: Citizenfour, Inherent Vice, Paddington, Wild, Leviathan, Unbroken.
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Movie Review: Annabelle (2014)

Annabelle evokes the same lingering dread as the hugely successful The Conjuring, with the film-makers creating a worthy prequel as the sole focus shifts to the evil doll.
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John Gordon has found the perfect gift for both his pregnant wife Mia and their unborn child; Annabelle, a beautiful and rare vintage doll in a pure white wedding dress. Unfortunately, the family’s delight with the doll is short-lived.

Director John R. Leonetti (cinematographer on The Conjuring) and producers James Wan and Peter Safran keep the scares coming, as the tension rises with every small hint or eerie noise.
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Movie Review: The Boxtrolls (2014)

While it has a big cast of voice actors and some great messages for the kids, it’s the absolutely fantastic stop-motion animation that makes The Boxtrolls a worthy watch.-
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From the creators of Caroline (2009) and ParaNorman (2012), Laika bring us yet another great stop-motion film, with this one being a little less darker than the previous two. Based on the Alan Snow novel Here Be Monsters! and directed by Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable, the film focuses on a group of friendly underground cave-dwelling trash collectors called the Boxtrolls and an orphaned boy, Eggs, who they have raised since he was a baby.
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Movie Review: The Inbetweeners 2 (2014)

Following up from the hit series and first feature film, The Inbetweeners 2 sees our favourite lads Jay, Neil, Simon and Will provide plenty of laughs as they head down under to Australia. While outsiders to the series may look on in disgust, fans will love seeing the guys back on the big screen with an entertaining sequel.

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While Will (Simon Bird), Simon (Joe Thomas) and Neil (Blake Harrison) are having an average weekend over in the UK, Jay (James Buckley) is having the time of his life over in Australia on a gap year, or so the boys are led to believe. When Neil comes up with a brilliant idea to visit Jay on holiday, the boys are quick to jump on and spontaneously book a trip.
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