Thursday, December 31, 2015

Top Ten Films of 2015

10) "What We Do in the Shadow" Because I love the vampire/were wolf comedies.

9) "Antman" The Marvel Movie of the year (sorry, Avengers)

8) "Ex Machina" - My favorite Oscar Isaac film this year (sorry Star Wars)

7) "Bridge of Spies" - Sure, some of it was corny. But Spielberg and Hanks still bring some great moments.

6) The Martian - Funny and smart, about as good as the book.

5) "Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter" - Japanese film about a woman who believes "Fargo" was real (we've all been there)

4) "Mad Max: Fury Road" - Not as good as "The Road Warrior" but what is?

3) "Brooklyn" - A sweet love story (though the heroine isn't so sweet when you think about it)

2) "Spotlight" - An ugly story told as well as it could be told.

1) Inside Out - Once again, Pixar makes the best film for adults, for the kids.

Bottom Five Films for 2015

I'm sure there may have been worse films, happy to have dodged them, but here are the five worst films I saw last year.

5) "Blackhat" Michael Mann has made great movies. Thor as a computer hacker was not one of them.

4) "Do You Believe?" was a bad Christian film. But it was almost worth it to see Maddie Hayes married to the 6 Million Dollar Man.

3) "Taken 3" - I was all for Liam's daughter rescue the first time around. The audience felt taken this time around.

2) "Pixels" - Adam Sandler crushes your childhood dreams of video games coming to life. The Anti-"Wreck It Ralph".

1) "Woman in Gold" - The Holocaust used as way to save Ryan Reynolds' career.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

My Top Ten Books of 2015

Favorite 2015 Nonfiction

You don't have to got much further than 'Black Lives Matter' to see the Civil War still matters.

Jesus said we should visit the prisoner. It's sometimes not an easy thing.

That other big boat sinking is also a fascinating story.

Orville and Wilber come across as two interesting men of integrity.

The main reason to read this is to laugh a lot. The other to be reminded that people you know are going through difficult things that they are afraid to share.

Favorite 2015 Fiction

You get Sherlock and Dr. Who stories in one place.

Non Fanny Brice, but an interesting story of the making of a sixties sitcom.

The TV show did not know how to end the story by Lindsay does. (As for that title...Spoilers!)

Is everyone on the train reading this? They have good reason to.

This book got hated on a lot. But as a quite imperfect father, I liked reading this part of Aticus Finch's story.

And why are these my top ten? I think the main reason is that these are the only ten things I read this year that were published in 2015.