As 2015 comes to a close, here's a look back at the year in film
Robot or human? Ex Machina keeps you guessing until the very end. When a young man is chosen to become the human component in a Turing Test, he is tasked with measuring Ava’s consciousness. But as the test progresses, it becomes evident there’s a hidden agenda behind the test. It brings up questions of humanity, deception, and the means to an end. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time and my head was buzzing for hours after it was over.
Spotlight gracefully dives into the Boston Globe’s investigation of abuse allegations in the Catholic Church. It’s one of those rare movies you can admire for it production, script, and emotion. The chemistry among the cast members is beautiful and the film as a whole handles the controversial topic with strong curiosity as well as empathetic grace.
It’s no secret: I really like science fiction. Especially when it’s as good as The Martian. Based on the novel by Andy Weir, The Martian follows one astronauts struggle for survival after he is stranded on Mars. It’s been praised for it’s realistic representation of what a mission to Mars might actually look like and was even promoted by NASA.
Told from the point of view of a 5-year-old in captivity, Room tugs at your heartstrings from beginning to end. Jacob Trembley gave a stand out performance as little Jack and Brie Larson deserves recognition for her portrayal of his suffering mother. The story is beautiful and dark, hopeful and devastating. Outside of it’s deep emotion and difficult subject matter, Room is beautifully executed.
Mad Max: Fury Road
This was a great year for science fiction. While at it’s core Mad Max: Fury Road is a science fiction film, it upends all expectations for the genre. It’s vivid, raw, and pure insanity.
When it comes to re-watchability, I can’t help but include Disney’s live-action remake Cinderella. I have never found this classic story of fairy godmothers and love-at-first-sight moving. Until now. This re-imagining of a well-known fairy tale was beautifully captured, from the vibrant colors at the infamous ball to the subtle moments between a father and his son. I could watch this movie over and over again and still find it magical.