When an Oscar season front-runner is a movie like Spotlight (at most, considered 'decent'), and the tides are turned by a last-minute Revenant entry, it's safe to say 2015 was not a very strong movie year.
A common theme we saw this year was the greats repeating themselves: Spielberg repeated himself, Tarantino repeated himself, Stallone repeated himself, Star Wars repeated itself, James Bond repeated to the point of failure, and George Miller repeated to new heights - with many critics saying he made the best movie of the year! And the fact that Golden Globe winner Sylvester Stallone may be on his way to win an Oscar for the same role he played 40 years ago, shows even the elite are desperate enough to cherish the situation. Such a drought of originality may lead to last year's Oscar winner for Best Director win the same award this year - because hey, these foreign directors are the rare ones who have anything new to say.
Half of my top 10 movies this year clearly show this trend, mainly being re-runs of what came before. So since my words have a major effect on the future of cinema (I'm definitely sure they do), to choose the top favorite movie this year, instead of my usual criteria of sheer movie-going satisfaction and entertainment, I'm going for originality.
My top 10 movies of 2015, in alphabetical order, are:
1. Inside Out
2. It Follows
3. Jupiter Ascending
4. The Look of Silence
5. Mad Max: Fury Road
6. The Revenant
9. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
10. The Walk
Best Movie of the Year: Considering what I wrote above, sorry Star Wars, but I'm going with Inside Out. What this animation achieved in delivering a very unique and original concept, no movie (that I have seen or know of) has ever done before.
Worst Movie of the Year: Hands down, Terminator: Genisys. While thanking Ali S. and Mohi, who came up with the idea and logo, respectively, the idea of a MoCrap! score seemed desperately needed - to describe the lowest of the low. Unfortunately, it takes a while to know you've seen the worst movie of the year, but if I knew at the time, I would've definitely given the fifth Terminator installment this prestigious score, for the very first time.
Discovery of the Year: Even though the TV show seemed more groundbreaking than the movie, and even though it's quite old, Twin Peaks wins my vote. David Lynch has always been the man for presenting comedy, satire, thriller and horror, all at the same time; but here, he achieved perfection.