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15 Movies to Watch Before You Put Together Your 2015 “Best of” List

November 10, 2015

It is nearing the end of the year which means the world will be inundated with “best of” lists. I will be guilty of releasing several lists and I’ve already started soul searching in order to produce the most pretentious 1-10 on the planet. The following 15 movies  might have gone under your radar and I wanted to get them some press. In an effort to keep this list from being 50 deep I’ve decided to recommend films that were released in under 1,000 theaters

Honorable Mentions: It Follows, Dope, Sicario, Bridge of Spies, The Gift, Inside Out, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian and a whole lot more.


Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

What I love most about this film is that director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon trusted his actors and let them own the material. The camera lingers on their faces and there are moments that will leave you in tears.

Me and Earl



Creep is found footage done right and I just can’t quit it.

Creep wolf mask Mark Duplass


Love & Mercy

God only knows how you could watch this film and not put it in your “best of” list.

Love and Mercy Paul Dano


What We Do in the Shadows

“We’re werewolves, not swearwolves.” I love What We Do in the Shadows.

What we do in the shadows blood


The End of the Tour

I can barely get through the trailer without tearing up. Director James Ponsoldt (Smashed, Spectacular Now) doesn’t know how to make a bad film.

The End of the Tour


Cop Car

Cop Car is like a live action cartoon that met a David Gordon Green film. It is a fun ride that puts you in the moment and makes you constantly tense.

Cop Car Kevin Bacon


The Lobster

Colin Farrell is a very good actor (watch In Bruges) and this movie is very offbeat.

The Lobster



A love story done right. Writer Nick Hornby is awesome.

Brookyln Ronan



Predestination ain’t easy but it stays with you. I tried explaining it to a friend but we both ended up more confused. Just watch it.

Predestination Snook bar



Brie Larson is the bomb. After Short Term 12 I’m glad to see her getting more great films.

Room Brie Larson


Mississippi Grind

Mississippi Grind will help you remember that Ryan Reynolds is a good actor. Also, Ben Mendelsohn is pretty much the best.

Mississippi Grind Ryan Reynolds



It is like Before Sunset met Species and spawned a horror romance. Spring is a pleasant surprise.



Slow West

There is a moment when a guy gets shot and salt literally falls into his wound. Slow West is beautifully shot and lots of fun.

Slow West homestead


Bone Tomahawk

Kurt Russell is my hero. If you don’t appreciate Russell in a cannibal western we can’t be friends.

Kurt Russell Bone Tomahawk


While We’re Young

Noah Baumbach is awesome. I’m glad to see him back with Ben Stiller because the two made magic with Greenberg.

While We're Young







8 Comments leave one →
  1. November 10, 2015 9:58 am

    I definitely want to see Love and Mercy now, and Brooklyn! Wasn’t a fan of While We’re Young, and I thought Room was just okay (the acting was tremendous though). Great post!

    • November 10, 2015 10:02 am

      Thanks! Love and Mercy might be my favorite of the year. I am a little biased though. I love the Beach Boys and was stoked to see John Cusack actually acting again.

  2. November 10, 2015 10:22 am

    I’m not stressing it. I haven’t even made a “Best of 2014” list yet.

    • November 10, 2015 10:23 am

      hahaha. I figured I would give the world a new type of list while recommending some good films.

      • November 10, 2015 10:25 am

        I know. I’m just saying that I will not make a best of the year list until I have seen every movie I wanna see… Even if it takes a year (or longer).

      • November 10, 2015 10:28 am

        True. That is why I’ve started doing “my favorite” as opposed to “the best.” I don’t have enough time.

  3. November 11, 2015 8:23 am

    Reblogged this on Slattery's Art of Horror Magazine and commented:
    I will probably have to drive three hours to Albuquerque to see the horror films mentioned here, but I think they’ll be worth it.

    • November 11, 2015 8:34 am

      Thank you! Creep is on Netflix and Spring is on Amazon Prime. Let me know what you think after you watch them!

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