Room, directed by Lenny Abrahamson is a touching little film pulls you in to a small little word and slowly lets you witness it expand through the eyes of a 5 year old boy. Keeping you safe and removed from the unsettling realities of life – Room is a film that tugs at your heart strings and makes you aware of the wonders of the world. Read more
Creed, directed by Ryan Coogler, is a film that is perfectly balanced on every aspect of consideration. This is a film that is tasked with honouring the original Rocky films, while also beginning a new franchise of films. Amazingly with the inclusion of multiple new aspects to the franchise, Creed is a film that sets up a whole new generation to the beloved boxing films, and also delivers something that by itself it truly special. If you were to have never seen the previous films from the timeline, Creed would be a film that could almost stand on its own as an undeniably brilliant piece of cinema. Read more
Joy, directed by David O. Russell is a manic film that feels incoherent and at times a little heavy handed with its attempts and genuine emotion. A lack of strong or memorable characters and a cast of actors who at some points seemed to forget they were in a film with cameras recording them, left me drained and disappointed. Read more
The Hateful Eight, directed by Quentin Tarantino, is a film that as always, comes filled with the rich and engrossing dialogue that is now anticipated by many a film fan (and even a general everyday viewer). But this is a Tarantino film that I feel never really reaches the same levels of joy and film lover-ship that his past ones more than have. It’s difficult to explain right now, but there just feels like there’s an element (something greater) missing from The Hateful Eight. Read more
The Danish Girl, directed by Tom Hooper is an intimate film – one that slowly brings you in and makes you a part of the journey. This is wholly a character film and nothing is left out when exploring two people who are very much the same while also being worlds apart from each other. Read more
In the Heart of the Sea, directed by Ron Howard is a film endowed with some truly beautiful visual moments; whether a ship fighting a violent storm or the cinematic (but uncomfortable) hunting of whales – this is a film that certainly catches the eye. Sadly beyond that the film has very little to offer. A lack of interesting characters, a plot that dances between non-existent and mildly noticeable, and overall a film that almost seems to forget to actually have the needed ingredients of a film of this scale – this is a situation where everything certainly seems to struggles to come together into a coherent and engaging film. Read more
It has certainly been a mixed bag in terms of the quality of films that have come out this year. I’ve been up and down with what has come out in 2015 – there have been some real surprises – films that snuck up on me and then just took all of my attention and hoarded it for itself. But there have also been long stretches this year where I’ve been left disappointed or underwhelmed by the offerings. In particular would be 2015’s summer blockbuster season which compared to last year has been a bland assortment of films or in some cases complete disasters (I’m looking at you Jurassic World), feel free to see my fuller thoughts on that film here.
But I’m not here to focus on the negatives; this piece is all about me sharing with you some of the films that I loved from 2015. Not a best of per-say (that always feels too definitive to me – plus everyone’s doing their best of lists at this time). This is more about me taking the time to highlight some truly special pieces of cinema or some films that didn’t necessarily get the attention they first deserve and I’m now taking the chance to make you aware of them and how great they are.
The last thing I’ll say before I get to the part that I know you’re probably more interested in and is the only reason you really clicked onto this piece (thank you for doing so I might add) is that these films are in no particular order. I’m just going to run through the films in the order that suits me and then will give a little detail on what makes them so great – I may even sneak in what is by personal favourite film of the year – actually there’s no may about it, I will be talking about my favourite film of 2015. Anyway that’s me done with this rambling section, now onto the next rambling section; the films that I think deserve your attention from 2015. Read more
2015 has delivered another great year of television. There have been shows that have hooked me from the beginning, shows that took their time to get going but as a whole were great and then there are the shows that returned for new seasons and ended up breaking me emotionally (for one reason or another). Despite some of the usual drivel that makes its way onto television, I have been as entrenched as ever with its offerings.
So the point of this piece is for me to share what I feel are some of the best TV shows of 2015. I want to share what makes these shows so special and why I love them so much and also I want to give you a little nugget of information on them thus hopefully meaning you’ll give them some time and support.
One of the last things I’ll say for diving into the list of shows is that while these are my favourite shows of 2015 I’m not saying that these are better than anything else out there. 1: it’s all subjective and 2: I couldn’t possibly be caught up on every show deemed to be the best, so please keep that in mind. Oh, I’ll also add that these are in no particular order as I won’t to mix them up and give every show their fair due. I should also add that despite me talking about shows that are 2 or 3 seasons deep there will be No Spoilers because that wouldn’t really make sense now would it? Thanks for taking the time to read this and I hope you enjoy what I have to say. Read more
So I have to be honest with you from the outset. 2015 is a year of in which I have played the least amount of games in a long time, and it is also the year in which overall I’ve spent the least amount of time with games. I’m not sure why, a lot of the games on offer have been enticing. I think like we all do from time to time, a wee break was what I preferred.
That being said I haven’t been completely void of the interactive experiences, a few games still caught my fancy enough that I had to pick them up and sink a healthy level of hours into them.
So this list will comprise of those games that I enjoyed the most in 2015. Now I’m not saying that these are the best of the best – as you already know I didn’t come close to playing everything. So I’m just going to share with you what out of the games I played I think were the best. Who knows maybe something will appear on this list that you also liked or maybe I’ll highlight a game that you’ve heard of but not yet played – anyway on with the list of my favourite games from 2015. Read more