MOVIE MISSES

AND MAR­VELS

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Weekly Life - with Ju­lian Wright

AF­TER a year of watch­ing films, our res­i­dent re­viewer has listed the best and worst films he saw in 2015. Best films of 2015 1. The Lob­ster: Colin Far­rell de­liv­ers an ex­cel­lent per­for­mance in this quirky and hi­lar­i­ous satire about the pros and cons of be­ing sin­gle and/or in a re­la­tion­ship.

2. Hold­ing The Man: Hon­est, raw, heart-wrench­ing and mov­ing story that charts the re­la­tion­ship be­tween two men from high school through to the bit­ter end.

3. In­side Out: Pixar out­does it­self with this fun, imag­i­na­tive and emo­tional story that takes place in­side the mind of a lit­tle girl as she strug­gles with grow­ing pains.

4. Mad Max: Fury Road: Pure cin­e­matic thrill-ride with a kick­butt lead fe­male char­ac­ter. Deliri­ously ex­cit­ing.

5. Mommy: Amaz­ing film about the re­la­tion­ship be­tween a mother and son told with con­fi­dence and con­vic­tion.

Worst Films

1. Amer­i­can Sniper: De­plorable, racist drama about an army sniper dubbed an Amer­i­can hero for his shoot­ing skills, yet hise­qually skilled Mid­dle East­ern coun­ter­part is the evil bad guy.

2. We Are Your Friends: In­ter­est­ing idea: the life of a DJ and the skill in­volved in the job but bor­ingly rou­tine and pre­dictable.

3. The Gal­lows: Found footage film with zero imag­i­na­tion or even mo­ti­va­tion for its char­ac­ters to keep film­ing. All char­ac­ters are in­suf­fer­able, an­noy­ing jerks.

4. Para­nor­mal Ac­tiv­ity: The

Ghost Di­men­sion: 3D is strictly for gimmick pur­poses, end­less ex­po­si­tion is de­liv­ered grat­ingly and in the most ham-fisted, un­nat­u­ral way.

5. 50 Shades of Grey: An­tifem­i­nist, largely tame, in­sult­ingly bad would-be siz­zling sexy film has char­ac­ters that defy logic and ba­sic de­cency.

Bradley Cooper in Amer­i­can Sniper.

Colin Far­rell and Rachel Weisz in The Lob­ster.

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