My best of 2015!!! On the last #CinNoir chat of 2015, my co-hosts and I listed our favorite films of the year. In case you missed it, check it our here.
Here are my choices for the best of 2015:
Hands down, one of the best of 2015. Great story, talented cast, people of color portrayed in the future; this sci-fi indie flick is awesome on many levels.Side note: We chatted with director Jennifer Phang this year. See what she said about the film here.
A vibrant coming of age story set in South Africa. Filmmaker Sara Blecher shows a side of South Africa that Americans rarely get to see on the big screen.
3. A Ballerina’s Tale
One of my favorite documentaries of the year. The film follows the amazing career of ballerina Misty Copeland. Four reasons you NEED to see it here.
4. Brotherly Love
A Romeo and Julietesque love story/crime drama. The film is actor Cory Hardict’s best work in my opinion. Brotherly Love is suspenseful and has a great plot twist at the end. My #CinNoir review here.
The latest installment in the Rocky franchise, Creed is the boxing film for people who don’t like boxing films and for those who love them. The film boasts amazing performances from Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone and Tess Thompson.
Dope is a fresh look at the lives of three black geeks who find themselves in a sticky situation when they are forced to become drug dealers. I love the film because of it’s exploration of the black nerd, a side of our culture we rarely get to see in the big screen. You can hear my #CinNoir review here.
7. Lila and Eve
I had some reservations about this one but was pleasantly surprised. And the plot twist in the second half really elevated the film beyond my initial Lifetime movie label. Viola was great in the film and this is my favorite JLo performance in years.
Rarely is the film adaptation of a story as good as the book. But this is one of those exceptions. Brie Larson’s performance is pitch perfect.
9. Straight Outta Compton
One of the top grossing films of the year, it chronicled the history of one of rap’s greatest groups. And despite a few flaws, the cast delivered amazing performances.
10. What Happened, Miss Simone
My other favorite documentary of the year. The film is great because it shows the trials and tribulations behind Nina’s genius.
Last, and MOST certainly, the least. Here are my picks for the worst of 2015:
Paul Blart Mall Cop II – Self explanatory
Get Hard – Will Ferrel and Kevin Hart…what could go wrong? Everything.
The Man in Apartment 3 B – Think BET Arabesque film. Yep. For real.
Blackbird – I wanted to like this film. But it fell flat.
What films are on your best of list for 2015? Worst?