Wednesday
Jan132016

Mitch's Top 10 Best Films of 2015

 

Overall, 2015 was a pretty darn good year for film so without further ado, here are my Top 10 Best Films of 2015.

Click here for my Top Films of 2015 (Ranked #20-11)

 

10. It Follows

"It Follows" is a legitimately terrifying film, and David Robert Mitchell is a name now to be reckoned with.  

 

9. What We Do In the Shadows

Instant cult.  Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, fellow New Zealanders who worked together on 2007’s “Eagle vs. Shark”, join forces again to co-write and co-direct the very hilarious vampire mockumentary “What We Do in the Shadows.” 

 

8. Room

Room” is a fully realized landscape of the nightmares and triumphs of humanity.  Brie Larson will now be a household name.   

 

7. Carol

...a painstakingly great amount of detail to flesh out a story with great pain bound to it.

 

6. Anomalisa

Kaufman has crafted yet another heartbreaking look at the human psyche that is also achingly hilarious.

 

5. Tangerine

Baker delivers real L.A. atmosphere, and the film’s superb editing showcases the lovely chaos that envelops these characters.

 

4. The Big Short

Exhilarating, hilarious, and strongly infuriating.

 

3. Brooklyn

Brooklyn” will make you fall in love with falling in love all over again.

 

2. Creed

I cried so much that I got to snot phase.  Coogler, Jordan, and of course Stallone have given the long standing franchise an awakening and it's a knockout.  

 

Drum Roll Please...

1. Max Max: Fury Road

It not only delivers on my expectations but reaches the glorious heights of cinematic immortality. This is filmmaking at it's finest.  My only 5 star film of 2015 is "Mad Max: Fury Road".

Sunday
Jan102016

Mitch's Top Films From 2015 (Ranked #20-11)

I review films so ergo, I make 'Best Of' lists, it's just the pretentious thing we all do.  But hopefully it highlights a few films you've missed and makes you want to watch other films for a second, third, or 5th time as in my case with "Kung Fury".  Here's my Top Films of 2015 ranked 20-11.

 

20. The Gift

Joel Edgerton's directorial debut “The Gift” is a very scary and a very thought provoking film.

 

19. Dope

Aspiring for “Risky Business” immortality, “Dope” just doesn’t have the concentration, but it does have your attention and your smile.

 

18. Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation

Rogue Nation also has what most spy movies lack- intrigue…, well that and Cruise, and for those reasons alone the fifth entry in this series is impossible not to like.

 

17. The Martian

The script is good but Matt Damon is even better.  Ridley Scott delivers a fine crowd pleaser. 

 

16. Ex Machina

“Ex Machina” is an above average “Twilight Zone”- “Black Mirror” episode that is served well by it’s good writing and good performances.

 

15. Star Wars: The Force Awakens

J.J. Abrams may have recycled a lot of episodes 4-6 but it works none the less.  There’s adventure in the stars again and it feels so so good.

 

14. Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl

Showcasing young characters in an actual good movie. A very good movie at that.  

 

13. Sicario

“Sicario” in unflinchingly brutal, and among many things, you can thank Blunt and Del Toro’s powerhouse performances for that.

 

12. Spotlight

(McCarthy) leaves out the melodrama, there’s just real drama and real tension from real hard-nosed reporting. 

 

11. Kung Fury

The 31-minute short is nothing less than a masterpiece.  Wildly insane with rapid-fire silliness galore...

 

Click here for Mitch's Top 10 Best Films of 2015

Saturday
Jan022016

Mitch's Top 10 Worst Films of 2015

Bad movies will never go out of style and out of the close to 70 films I saw in 2015, there were definitely some bad ones.  Here are my Top 10 Worst Films of 2015.

 

 10. Youth

Well reviewed amongst the masses but I found it to be high end drivel.  

 

9. Black Mass

There seems to be no point to “Black Mass”, and director Scott Cooper is simply putting pieces of a puzzle together. A puzzle that is incredibly boring.

 

8. The Boy Next Door

This is one of those films that would have been better if it would have been much worse.  

 

7. Get Hard 

Ferrell and Hart try as they might, but their interestingly matched chemistry is wasted.

 

6. Jupiter Ascending 

The Wachowski’s can’t help piling on more and more toppings to their gigantic party sub of a story making for a bloated bonkersfest of grand proportions.

 

5. The Lazarus Effect

...the third act descended into horror drab garbage that quickly and effectively wiped out all the good it was accomplishing. 

 

4. Mortdecai

A team of experts meticulously went through every single frame with a super efficient comedy vacuum and sucked every laugh from this butthole of a movie.

 

3. Fantastic Four

...a very bad movie, a ‘special’ very bad movie.

 

2. Hot Tub Time Machine 2

It’s not like “Hot Tub Time Machine 2” doesn’t have talented people behind and in front of the camera, but as the credits rolled, it sure did come across that way.

 

And my least favorite film of the year is....

1. Welcome to Me

Everything in this film screams ‘we’re doing something special’, but by the end credits it had me screaming obscenities at this ego-inflated wannabe ‘artsy-indie’. 

Sunday
Jan112015

2014 Movies With Mitch Awards- Best Director, Acting Performances, and Other Random Awards

If I had it my way these would be the Oscar nominations and winners.  Unfortunately I feel like I should apologize for my Best Actress Category, not being able to see Julianne Moore who is considered the probable front runner in "Still Alice" and Jennifer Aniston picking up steam in "Cake", but regardless all of my choices are worthy of high praise.  Besides those omissions, I feel very good to give you my picks for the best of the best in 2014.

 

Best Director

Richard Linklater- Boyhood

Runners-Up: 

Ava DuVernay- Selma

Alejandro González Iñárritu- Birdman

Paul Thomas Anderson- Inherent Vice

Wes Anderson- The Grand Budapest Hotel

 

Best Actress

Rosamund Pike- Gone Girl

Runners-Up:

Essie Davis- Mr. Babadook

Reese Witherspoon- Wild

Tessa Thompson- Dear White People

Felicity Jones- The Theory of Everything

 

Best Actor

 

Michael Keaton- Birdman

Runners-Up:

David Oyelowo- Selma

Bennedict Cumberbatch- The Imitation Game

Jake Gyllenhaal- Nightcrawler

Joaquin Phoenix- Inherent Vice

 

Best Supporting Actress

Patricia Arquette- Boyhood

Runners-Up:

Emma Stone- Birdman

Keira Knightley- The Imitation Game

Tilda Swinton- Snowpiercer

Connie Coon- Gone Girl

 

Best Supporting Actor

 

J.K. Simmons- Whiplash

Runners-Up:

Edward Norton- Birdman

Mark Ruffalo- Foxcatcher

Josh Brolin- Inherent Vice

Shia Labeouf- Fury

 

Best Adapted Screenplay

Inherent Vice

Runner-Up: Gone Girl

 

Best Original Screenplay

Birdman

Runner-Up: Boyhood

 

Best Animated Film

The Lego Movie

 

Sunday
Jan112015

Mitch's Top 10 Best Films of 2014

I reviewed 102 films that were released in 2014.  Now you know that I'm not joking around.  It's time for the most egotistical statement a movie reviewer can make.  (On my soapbox) "These are the best films of the year." At the end of every year every film critic from high end publications to the low rung level (like I) we puff out our chests and demand you take notice about what we claim is fact when of course how very far from the truth that is.  I am just as guilty, I get all excited about makig my Top 10 list and I fret nervously over it all year. These are my top ten films of the year.

 

10. The Lego Movie


Dynamic animation, a story furiously averaging a laugh a minute, and with a great message to boot; “The Lego Movie” wildly soars for both the kiddies and the paying adults.

9. Foxcatcher


Bennett Miller’s direction is always in control and molds incredible performances out of his powerhouse trio.

8. Snowpiercer


..bizarrely refreshing, action packed, much deeper than it should be, and the rarest commodity of all- original.

7. The Babadook


Australian filmmaker Jennifer Kent’s directorial debut “The Babadook” is easily thebest horror film of 2014.  A fantastic performance by Essie Davis that shows the monstorous challenges of parenthood.  

6. Gone Girl


A chilling expose on modern marriage with the nastiest of insights and/or a deliciously trashy murder mystery whodunit, I say all the above as I was thoroughly transfixed.

5. Inherent Vice


I never feared that PTA was on the wrong track after “The Master”, I feared I was.  “Inherent Vice” has put me back on track...

4. Selma


Truly palpable. Ava DuVernay‘s  grasp on to the importance of the situation, the movement, the history, and most importantly the hard fought righting of the heart breaking wrongs is keenly felt.

3. Whiplash


The ending to “Whiplash” must be my favorite of the year; a gut punch twist followed up an incredible climax that needs no words to describe.  J.K. Simmons gives the performance of his career and Miles Teller proves his stardom is only going up.  

2. Birdman


There are so many levels here and Iñárritu makes you sprint along with him but never makes you feel like you can’t keep up. “Birdman” is an exhilarating experience, one to be savored.  Oh, and Michael Keaton absolutely kills it.

DRUM ROLL PLEASE...

1. Boyhood


Richard Linklater delivers something so much more than just an impressive feat in experimental filmmaking, the “Dazed and Confused” and “Bernie” director achieves what so many other storytellers have painstakingly sought after and never come close to accomplishing.

Life.