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The Best Films of 2015

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Welcome to the third annual Electric Shadows films of the year list.

2015 opened strong with It Follows landing in February and announcing itself as one of the most original horror movies of recent years. The year closed with the wonderful gift of a new, good Star Wars movie.

In between were five star movies, a welcome return of the Jurassic Park franchise, and not so welcome return of the Terminator series, and a surprisingly large number of great documentaries, animated movies and foreign fare.

2015 could be seen as the year of the indie film, despite the megabucks made by Jurassic World and The Force Awakens. Looking at the list below, even money makers Mad Max: Fury Road and Inside Out deliver experiences way outside the traditional popcorn wheelhouse.

So, sit back, relax and see what...

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2015 – Rewind and Re-View

That was the year that was 2015 then. As 2016 looms, let’s look back at what happened movie-wise.

As is tradition, we’ll begin with…

WORST FILM OF THE YEAR – The Visit
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The Visit is the worst film of 2015 because it was close to being one of the best. Writer/director M. Night Shyamalan seemed to be making a compassionate chiller where the horror came from young eyes witnessing the ravages of old age. Until he snatched defeat from the jaws of victory with a third act twist, polluting all the good work done in the first hour. Time to call it an M. Night, mate.


AUTO-EROTICISM – Mad Max: Fury Road
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Avengers: Age of Ultron was sound and fury and little else. Jurassic World was dumb-fun. But, everyone’s gear stick was slammed into fifth by George Miller’s astonishing action movie...

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The Best Films of the 2014 London Film Festival

The Duke of Burgundy - D'Anna, Knudsen12 days. 50 cinemas. 248 movies and documentaries and 148 shorts from 70 countries. Over 700 guests. Over 160,000 audience turn-out.

But, there can be only one Electric Shadows London Film Festival 2014 Top 10.

Before we get to the all-important list there were some films that may have made the cut if we’d been able to catch them. So, in the spirit of full disclosure we were unable to check out amongst others German Concentration Camp Factual Survey, The Tribe, It Follows, White God, The Town That Dreaded Sundown and Wild.

But, if those films rival what is on the below list, we have some fine viewing ahead of us.

So, without further ado and in reverse order, we have:

10. DEAREST
An unbelievable true story is brought to the screen with sensitivity and storytelling bravura by director Pete...

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Whiplash

Whiplash posterDirector: Damien Chazelle

Writer: Damien Chazelle

Cast: Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Paul Reiser, Melissa Benoist

Cert: 15

Running time: 106mins

Year: 2014

 

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The lowdown: When Damien Chazelle’s stunning film crashes to a close, you’ll feel the meaning of its title. A student/teacher film about J.K. Simmons’ tyrannical music instructor pushing promising drummer Miles Teller to impossible extremes, this is an anti-inspirational mentor movie and all the more astounding for it. Music classes filmed with the violence and intensity of boxing matches, Whiplash never lets the tempo drop, while Teller and Simmons devour roles that come along maybe once a career. Oscar Night; be afraid, be very afraid.

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The full verdict: The opening drum roll has the rhythm of an accelerating heartbeat...

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