A few of these may not be eligible for the real awards, but let’s ignore Oscar guidelines for now; we’ll do a separate post predicting the actual winners. These are the Best of 2015 as I see it.
Best Picture:Clouds of Sils Maria — ★★★★ — See my Flickchart review here. I neglected to compare it to Ingmar Bergman’s Persona, but the similarities are great. A quick edit may be in order before the Oscar nominations make the review relevant again. Kristen Stewart is getting the buzz, thanks in part to Cannes voters’ enthusiasm for her performance, but my own preference is seen in the picture above.
Note: I wrote this review on December 21, too late for publication at Flickchart.com/blog, but as a professional film critic I can’t not say my piece about the biggest film of all time.*
Though I waited four days to see it, further diminishing my already faded Star Warsfan cred that half a lifetime ago was beyond question, I’d heard just a few things about The Force Awakensbefore I saw it. I’d heard it closely mirrored the plot of the 1977 debut film, my favorite in the franchise, and I’d heard that Luke Skywalker’s whereabouts were in question. I wasn’t excited, though. These tidbits didn’t whet my appetite. I wasn’t curious about Kylo Ren’s identity or what sort of characters Ex Machina’s Oscar Isaac and Domhnall Gleeson would be playing.