Are we really getting to the end of this? Say it isn’t so! This has been a lot of fun for me and maybe not as much for you (and you have no idea how many times I’ve said that before). Here we go, with the best year of the decade:
- The Big Short: My favorite film of the decade. How do you tell a complicated story of a financial tragedy while also making it fabulously entertaining and hilarious? Ask Adam McKay, who wrote the best script not penned by Aaron Sorkin of the 21st century. Ryan Gosling’s pitch scene (above) is a classic.
- Mad Max: Fury Road: I still don’t know how the bungee guitar player didn’t make a cameo at the 2016 Oscars. I’m not an action-sequence car chase film guy per se, but this film was so riveting and also starkly beautiful that I found myself seduced. Charlize didn’t hurt.
- The Martian: Gimme Matt Damon on another planet any day of the week. Jeff Daniels is also very good here, as is Donald Glover.
- The Revenant: Okay, it’s way too long but the visuals are stunning and Leo beats up a bear, so there’s that. It never quite approaches the thrill of the opening scene after, but it’s still terrific.
- Spotlight: Won Best Picture, but only because Hollywood voters were wearing their Social Justice Awareness Week pins. It’s good; not as good as these other four.
Also loved: Brooklyn, The Hateful Eight and The End Of The Tour. Need to see: Sicario. Below, a scene from a 2014 film, The Skeleton Twins, that we forgot to include yesterday. If you’ve never seen it…