My Mental Illness

The thing I can’t wrap my head around is the fact that there are people out there in the world who have never thought about suicide. That thought alone haunts me, it makes me feel sick. There is a good portion of the population that has never thought of killing themselves and I find that baffling.

Myself, I think about suicide daily. I have a mental illness, and I clearly don’t have it under control in the way I’d like to. Can you get control of a mental illness? You must be able to right? That’s a dumb question, of course you can, and I am working diligently to get better.

I have Borderline Personality Disorder with abandonment issues, I don’t feel I’ve ever been abandoned, but hey, a psychiatrist told me so it must be true. I’m being facetious, I know it means I fear abandonment. Ask anyone who knows me, I have the biggest case of F.O.M.O. (Fear of missing out).

As for the Borderline Personality Disorder, well it’s a little harder to explain. Here is a little write up from the National Institute of Mental Health that explains it because my way of explaining it is way to cavalier.

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a serious mental disorder marked by a pattern of ongoing instability in moods, behavior, self-image, and functioning. These experiences often result in impulsive actions and unstable relationships. A person with BPD may experience intense episodes of anger, depression, and anxiety that may last from only a few hours to days.

I was told by one of my therapists that my ability to regulate emotion is stuck somewhere in my childhood. You might laugh and think that means I cry when I don’t get candy, and if you ask my wife I do that on occasion. No, I’m a 26 year old, I’ve grown up, but it can be so hard for me to emotionally handle situations. All I want to do is laugh, or cry, or get mad, but most of the times I push myself to not do those things, even if the situation calls for it. Other times, I do those things, I laugh like crazy, or I cry like a baby, or I get FAR TO Angry. Living in my head is hell some days.

I don’t have an ounce of self-worth in my body. I’m 26 years old but those songs like Colbie Caillat’s Try or Sara Bareilles Brave hit me so hard because for 3+ minutes I have the courage to be myself. Nothing like song to make you feel better than you ever have, am I right?

I can’t even write about myself here, I can’t say anything good about myself because I don’t believe it. One of my therapists said to me once “What do you like about yourself?” Do you think I could think of anything? Fuck no. I sat there like a mumbling idiot, so she started to say things for me like “Do you think you’re good at reviewing films?” “No I do not”. “Do you think you’re a good husband” “no” “Do you think you’re a good dad?” “No”. I don’t have an ounce of self-worth, but I also don’t think I deserve to have that self-worth. And I am a fucking 26 year old white male, I would have hated to be a teenage girl, with the makeup and worrying about your breast size. My hat goes off to every girl who made it through high school, I couldn’t have. (This is not a pity party, this is just an explanation.

I’ve been told that people with BPD are known for their unstable relationships, didn’t that make me look back on the last 26 years of my life and think of every friend who I know longer talk to. I have a good handful of close friends, who (praise Jesus) have stuck by me even when I’m sure they didn’t want to. I’ve had so many intense and strong friendships, where I’ve thought “I love this person, they’re my best friend and they will be forever” and then two months later they’re just a memory. I don’t know if that is my fault, but I sure as hell blame myself. I want to be everyone’s best friend, I want to learn what people are passionate about, I want to love people, but it’s so hard for me to convey it that I end up acting like a moss covered stump and never talk to that person again.

Impulsive actions? Yea, that also sounds like me. Don’t trust me with money, have you seen the amount of pop vinyl’s I have? I’ll cling to anything that makes me happy, and if I think it’ll make me happy I do it. It’s so hard for me to say no to anything. That impulsivity is scary for someone with such dark depression and suicidal thoughts.

I have a great life, I do, but there are millionaires and people living on the street with mental illnesses. People are constantly telling me to look around at what I have, they tell me I shouldn’t be depressed because of everything God’s given me. Well, that’s a crock of shit. Don’t worry about me. I have support, I’m getting help, and I’m trying. 2016 was hard, and just when I think things are getting better, they don’t, but I’m not giving up, I can’t.

Why did I write this? Well my friends, there are people out there who don’t understand depression, anxiety and all mental illnesses. If you have a broken arm you get help, you don’t hide it, you don’t cover it up because you’re afraid somebody won’t believe you. If you have a broken arm you don’t go to your doctor/parents/significant other/friends, and worry they’re going to tell you to “get over it” or “suck it up”, YOU GET HELP.

Well let me tell you, there a billions of dollars being put into getting help for “people like me”, and if you think “people like me” are just “looking for attention” or “being dramatic” then I’m really glad you read this. It hurts me so much to know that there are people out there committing suicide, and cutting, and having panic attacks, and crying, because they aren’t getting the help they deserve.

If I can be this open, you can get help

If you or someone you know are in immediate danger, call 911 immediately.

For Suicide hotlines in Canada click the link below:

http://www.suicide.org/hotlines/international/canada-suicide-hotlines.html

For Suicide Hotline in the United States call the number below:

1-800-273-8255

Thanks for reading

Mitch Burns

Twitter: @Mitchydaily

The Best Christmas Songs you might not know!

All I need is Love – Cee Lo Green feat. The Muppets

A Baby Changes Everything – Faith Hill

Calling to Say – Serena Ryder

Christmases When You were mine – Taylor Swift

City of Silver Dreams – Sugarland

Coming Home – Sugarland

Early Snowfall – Jim Brickman

The First Noel/Mary Mary – Sarah McLachlan

Gold and Green – Sugarland

Hockey Sweater – Dala

Let it Be Christmas – Alan Jackson

Merry Christmas From the Family – Montgomery Gentry

Mistletoe – Colbie Caillat

Extraordinary Christmas – Glee Cast

Step Into Christmas – Elton John

Winter Song – Ingrid Michaelson/Sara Bareilles

Wish List – Neon Trees

The Best Christmas Songs

Okay, I know, music is very selective, and my list may not match most peoples favorite Christmas songs, but I’ve wanted to throw my two cents in for a while. I have over 25 Christmas CD’s, I bring them out each Christmas, But who listens to CD’s anymore, right?

I Have my playlist, that I am consistently adding and removing songs from. I ENJOY Christmas music, usually more than the next person, It’s not as easy to find Christmas music lovers today. I can’t blame them though, Christmas songs are generally generic and bland. Some Christmas songs are downright terrible, and you no one, not even the biggest Christmas lover, can listen to Christmas as much as it’s shoved down our throats.

To get you started making your own Christmas playlist, I’ve compiled a list of what I consider to be the best Christmas songs, and some versions of those songs that are a tradition in my house at Christmas time.

10.) River

Original: Joni Mitchell

My Favorite versions: Sarah McLachlan, Joni Mitchell, Cee Lo Green, Glee (Lea Michele)

9.) O Come, All Ye Faithful/Adestes Fideles

Original: 1700’s hymn

My Favorite Versions: Elvis Presley, Faith Hill, Frank Sinatra, Johnny Cash, Bing Crosby, Andrea Bocelli

8.) Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)

Original: Darlene Love

My Favorite versions: Michael Buble, Lady Antebellum, Mariah Carey

7.) Tie – Little Drummer Boy & Peace on Earth/Little Drummer boy

Little Drummer boy Original: Trapp Family Singers (1951)

Peace on Earth/Little  Drummer Boy Original: David Bowie and Bing Crosby (1977)

My Favorite Version – Little Drummer Boy: Faith Hill, Jennifer Nettles & Idina Menzel, Josh Groban

6.)  The First Noel

Favorite versions: Bing Crosby, Josh Groban & Faith Hill, Sarah McLachlan, Andy Williams, Rascal Flatts,

5.)  I’ll Be Home For Christmas

Original: Bing Crosby (1943)

Favorite Versions: Bing Crosby, Sarah McLachlan, Elvis Presley, Michael Buble, Colbie Caillat, Kelly Clarkson, Martina McBride, Darius Rucker

4.) The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)(Merry Christmas to You)

Favorite versions: Lee Ann Womack, Josh Groban, Celine Dion, Nat King Cole, Andrea Bocelli & Natalie Cole, Bing Crosby, Michael Buble, Martina McBride

3.) Silent Night

Favorite Versions: The Fray, Johnny Cash, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Michael Buble, Stevie Nicks, Five For Fighting

2.) White Christmas

Favorite Version: Bing Crosby, Perry Como, Elvis Presley, Keith Urban, Michael Buble & Shania Twain, Andrea Bocelli, Martina McBride

1.) Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Favorite Versions: Judy Garland, Kermit The Frog, Sam Smith, Michael Buble, Sarah McLachlan, John Denver & Rowlf, Frank Sinatra

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Suicide Squad (2016) Review

Suicide Squad

Reviewed by Mitch Burns


Directed by: David Ayer (Fury, End of Watch)

Starring: Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Jay Hernandez, Adewale Akinnuoye-agbaje, Joel Kinnaman, Cara Delevingne, Scott Eastwood, Adam Beach, Karen Fukuhara, David Harbour, Jim Parrack, and Jared Leto

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It must be said that I had fairly low expectations going in to Suicide Squad, and the problems with this movie are devastatingly obvious, but I can not in good conscious say I didn’t have a fun time. It’s like eating something that tastes good, but smells really bad.

Following the events of Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice and (Spoiler alert) Superman’s death, Agent Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) feels that in a world where Aliens come down from the sky, it would be wise to have a defense system. Waller’s plan is to use supervillains, that are currently behind bars, as a defense system by putting bombs in their necks that can be remote controlled to go off if they act up.

The Squad includes Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Deadshot (Will Smith), Boomerang (Jai Courtney), Killer Croc ( Adewale Akinnuoye-agbaje), Diablo (Jay Hernandez), Enchantress (Cara Delevingne), and Slipknot (Adam Beach). The squad is led by Colonel Rick Flag (Joel Kinneman), who along with his bodyguard Katana (Karen Fukuhara), are in charge of this Suicide Squad.

No sooner does the group form (Wouldn’t you know it) When an ancient evil force begins to wreak havoc on the city. It falls upon the newly formed group of super-villains to bring down this evil force and protect the city, all the while trying to get along. It doesn’t help matters when The Joker (Jared Leto) steps in; trying to steal his girlfriend Harley Quinn back from Waller and the Squad.

When you boil it down to a few paragraphs it really doesn’t seem as convoluted and messy as the film actually turns out to be. The story spends a huge chunk of time on exposition, to the point where you would almost think it’s a joke, the way the beginning of the film starts and stops. Honestly, we didn’t need an explanation of why each character is in jail, there background, there skills, etc. Especially since the characters are simple and Straight-forward, Boomerang is Australian and throws a boomerang, Killer Croc is a crocodile man, Deadshot shoots, Harley Quinn has a bat… etc.

I have been known to forgive lousy exposition now and then, but the script is altogether lousy and so unimaginative that you can’t help but wonder who green-lit this script. This is clearly a case of too many cooks in the kitchen, I don’t understand how anyone looks at this script and says “perfection”.

I couldn’t help but feel that I just watched some decently talented actors walk around Midway City and kill the odd guy. The Squad are sent to an office building where they’re forced to fight there way to the to top (Raid/Dredd style), this is a large majority of the story and it’s absolutely worthless! It’s a waste of our time, because…

*Spoiler*

… at the top they find Waller (Davis) and a group of armed people who need to be escorted out. Honestly a huge waste, if the film had an interesting “Bad guy” they wouldn’t have had to fill the film with this bogus malarkey.

Even with all the destruction and mayhem (which felt very reminiscent of the destruction in Man of Steel) The stakes feel incredibly low. The “Big Bad” is a horribly constructed and monotonous, *Spoiler* The enchantress is the bad girl, she resurrects her evil brother and they decide to eradicate mankind, so they go to the middle of midway city and dance around a big purple light. What?

The tone is dark, but not dark enough, with random comedic beats that are rarely funny, and clearly thrown in to try a lighter, Marvel-esque approach. The pacing is off, the film stops and starts, winding through plot holes and logic gaps without a care.

Suicide Squad is quite honestly a bad movie, so why did I kind of enjoy it?

Well, for one, the characters they do manage to develop are interesting, Harley Quinn (Robbie), Deadshot (Smith), and Rick Flag (Kinnaman) are the standouts in my opinion. This is the first time Harley Quinn has been brought to the live-action screen, and I think they did a good job with her character. One scene stood out in-particular, a simple scene with Quinn sitting on a taxi pretending to be happy when really shes crushed inside. Robbie was the possibly the best choice to play the Jokers girlfriend, and besides some corny dialogue, Harley Quinn is really the best part of the entire film.

Clearly, Will Smith is the biggest actor and highest paid among the group, so his character Deadshot must be the lead. The decision to make Deadshot the focal point of the film, when all eyes are clearly going to be on the Joker and Harley Quinn, seems a bit forced. Although, besides a scene near the end involving Deadshots daughter, his story-line doesn’t feel as contrived as it could have been. Smith is as good as usual, and his character is interesting, he’d be a great villain on his own.

I haven’t heard much talk about Rick Flag, but I found his character to really bring the film and group together, and Kinnaman’s portrayal was top notch. Flag grounds the film and brings a tiny bit of reality to this crazy story. Waller (Viola Davis) is an almost unbelievable character, and does quite the opposite of grounding the film in reality. I love Viola Davis, I really do, but she really just came across as a disgruntled office employee.

Now, The Joker. The clown prince.
I never, ever, for one second thought The Joker was going to be the villain in this film, I’m baffled people thought so to begin with. Why would Harley Quinn try and stop her boyfriend?
I honestly thought he was going to be a part of The Squad itself, but maybe that was crazy thinking as well. Now, you may think I’m just going against the grain here, but I personally thought we were given a good amount of The Joker in Suicide Squad. I obviously knew going into the film to expect less of him than we all originally thought, but his amount of time onscreen was sufficient for me. Although, what they chose to have the Joker do in this movie, was baffling. I would have just kept him in some of Harley Quinns flashbacks, and the end scene, and that’s it. The Joker is really an unnecessary addition to this film, he had almost nothing to do.

I found Leto’s performance to be sufficient, and I personally think it will be super interesting to see Leto’s Joker go up against Affleck’s Batman someday. I will not compare him to Ledger’s Joker in The Dark Knight, these are clearly two different jokers, and we will never, ever get a performance like Ledger’s again. I applaud the minds that decided to make Leto’s joker more of a gangster/thug, it feels authentic, and it could really work in future films. Overall though, The Joker should not have been in this film, and Leto really tried here but his performance was wasted.

The other characters are either straight forward, or forgettable. Jai Courtney, who I’ve never been a fan of, is unrecognizable and the funniest part of this film, as Boomerang. Killer Croc, Slipknot, Diablo, Katana, and Enchantress are forgettable or just serviceable. Waller, as I said, is an over the top character, and just logistically did not make sense. Scott Eastwood is in this, and he’s practically useless, I don’t even think he had a character name.
Also, I can’t be the only one who think Ike Barinholtz (The Mindy Project) and Jim Parrack (True Blood) look incredibly similar. I didn’t realize until afterwards that they were two different people, which made for some confusion on my part.

So, for me the good characters made this bad movie entertaining. Even the characters that I didn’t find all that interesting, I found their abilities were brought to the screen in wonderful ways. Diablo, Killer Croc, and The enchantress’ brother all have interesting, unique powers that are realized with great effects and thought.

The story is incredibly straight forward, a bit silly, but there’s something fun about it all. It never feels like a slog, it never bores, I would rather watch this 1000 times over watching Batman vs. Superman once. DC is quite clearly trying to rush films out the door before they’re ready, although this time it feels as if at the last minute they over-saturated it with “Fun” music, and threw in some shitty jokes to give it a tone closer to Marvels. Sadly, it doesn’t work, and dammit did I really want this to be a hit.

Grade: C-


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The Oscar Rundown: Predictions, Start time, Presentors and more

The Academy Awards Rundown

The Nominees, My predictions, Who’s hosting and presenting, and start time!

Who’s hosting: Chris Rock (2nd time hosting)

Where: Dolby Theatre, Hollywood California

When: Sunday, February 28th 2016
Time: 7pm Est. (4pm pt)

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Presenters:

JJ. Abrams

Patricia Arquette

Abraham Attah

Sacha Baron Cohen

Cate Blanchett

Emily Blunt

Steve Carell

Henry Cavill

Priyanka Chopra

Louis C.K.

Common

Russell Crowe

Chris Evans

Tina Fey

Morgan Freeman

Jennifer Garner

Whoopi Goldberg

Ryan Gosling

Louis Gossett, Jr.

Kevin Hart

Quincy Jones

Michael B. Jordan

Lee Byung-hun

John Legend

Jared Leto

Rachel McAdams

Julianne Moore

Olivia Munn

Jason Segel

Dev Patel

Eddie Redmayne

Daisy Ridley

Margot Robbie

Andy Serkis

Sarah Silverman

J.K. Simmons

Charlize Theron

Benicio del Toro

Jacob Tremblay

Sofía Vergara

Kerry Washington

Pharrell Williams

Performers:

Lady Gaga – “Til It Happens to You” from The Hunting Ground

Sam Smith – “Writing’s on the Wall” from Spectre

The Weeknd – “Earned It” from Fifty Shades of Grey

Dave Grohl – Special performance

Best Picture

“The Big Short”
“Bridge of Spies”
“Brooklyn”
“Mad Max: Fury Road”
“The Martian”
“The Revenant”
“Room”
“Spotlight”

Who Will Win: The Revenant

Who Could Win: Spotlight

Who Should Win: Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Director

Adam McKay, “The Big Short”
George Miller, “Mad Max: Fury Road”
Alejandro González Iñárritu, “The Revenant”
Lenny Abrahamson, “Room”
Tom McCarthy, “Spotlight”

Who Will Win: George Miller

Who Could Win: Alejandro González Iñárritu

Who Should Win: George Miller

Best Actor

Bryan Cranston, “Trumbo”
Matt Damon, “The Martian”
Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Revenant”
Michael Fassbender, “Steve Jobs”
Eddie Redmayne, “The Danish Girl”

Who Will Win: Leonardo DiCaprio

Who Could Win:N/A

Who Should Win: Leonardo DiCaprio

Best Actress

Cate Blanchett, “Carol”
Brie Larson, “Room”
Jennifer Lawrence, “Joy”
Charlotte Rampling, “45 Years”
Saoirse Ronan, “Brooklyn”

Who Will Win: Brie Larson

Who Could Win: Cate Blanchett

Who Should Win: Brie Larson

Best Supporting Actor

Christian Bale, “The Big Short”
Tom Hardy, “The Revenant”
Mark Ruffalo, “Spotlight”
Mark Rylance, “Bridge of Spies”
Sylvester Stallone, “Creed”

Who Will Win: Sylvester Stallone

Who Could Win: Mark Rylance

Who Should Win: Mark Rylance

Best Supporting Actress

Jennifer Jason Leigh, “The Hateful Eight”
Rooney Mara, “Carol”
Rachel McAdams, “Spotlight”
Alicia Vikander, “The Danish Girl”
Kate Winslet, “Steve Jobs”

Who Will Win: Alicia Vikander

Who Could Win: Kate Winslet

Who Should Win: Alicia Vikander

Best Original Screenplay

“Bridge of Spies”
“Ex Machina”
“Inside Out”
“Spotlight”
“Straight Outta Compton”

Who Will Win: Spotlight

Who Could Win:Inside Out

Who Should Win: Spotlight

Best Adapted Screenplay

“The Big Short”
“Brooklyn”
“Carol”
“The Martian”
“Room”

Who Will Win: The Big Short

Who Could Win:Room

Who Should Win: The Big Short

Best Foreign Film

“Embrace of the Serpent”
“Mustang”
“Son of Saul”
“Theeb”
“A War”

Who Will Win: Son of Saul

Who Could Win:Mustang

Who Should Win: Son of Saul

Best Documentary Feature

“Amy”
“Cartel Land”
“The Look of Silence”
“What Happened, Miss Simone?”
“Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom”

Who Will Win: Amy

Who Could Win:The Look of Silence

Who Should Win: Amy

Best Animated Feature

“Anomalisa”
“Boy and the World”
“Inside Out”
“Shaun the Sheep Movie”
“When Marnie Was There”

Who Will Win: Inside Out

Who Could Win: Anomalisa

Who Should Win: Inside Out

Best Film Editing

“The Big Short”
“Mad Max: Fury Road”
“The Revenant”
“Spotlight”
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

Who Will Win: Mad Max: Fury Road

Who Could Win: The Revenant

Who Should Win: Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Song

The Weeknd – “Earned It” from “Fifty Shades of Grey”
“MANTA RAY”  J. RALPH and Antony “Racing Extinction”
Sam Smith – “Writing’s on the Wall” From “Spectre”
Lady Gaga – “Til It Happens to You” From “The Hunting Ground”
Simple Song #3 from Youth – Music and Lyric by David Lang

Who Will Win: Lady Gaga – “Til It Happens to You” From “The Hunting Ground”

Who Could Win: Simple Song #3 from Youth – Music and Lyric by David Lang

Who Should Win: “See You Again” From Furious 7 … oh wait

Best Original Score

“Bridge of Spies”
“Carol”
“The Hateful Eight”
“Sicario”
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

Who Will Win: The Hateful Eight

Who Could Win: Sicario

Who Should Win: The Hateful Eight

Best Visual Effects

“Ex Machina”
“The Martian”
“Mad Max: Fury Road”
“The Revenant”
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

Who Will Win: Mad Max: Fury Road

Who Could Win: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Who Should Win: Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Cinematography

“Carol”
“The Hateful Eight”
“Mad Max: Fury Road”
“The Revenant”
“Sicario”

Who Will Win: The Revenant

Who Could Win: Mad Max: Fury Road

Who Should Win: The Revenant

Best Costume Design

“Carol”
“Cinderella”
“The Danish Girl”
“Mad Max: Fury Road”
“The Revenant”

Who Will Win: Carol

Who Could Win: Mad Max: Fury Road

Who Should Win: Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

“Mad Max: Fury Road”
“The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared”
“The Revenant”

Who Will Win: Mad Max: Fury Road

Who Could Win: The Revenant

Who Should Win: Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Production Design

“Bridge of Spies”
“The Danish Girl”
“Mad Max: Fury Road”
“The Martian”
“The Revenant”

Who Will Win: Mad Max: Fury Road

Who Could Win: The Revenant

Who Should Win: Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Sound Editing

“Mad Max: Fury Road”
“The Martian”
“The Revenant”
“Sicario”
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

Who Will Win: Mad Max: Fury Road

Who Could Win: The Revenant

Who Should Win: Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Sound Mixing

“Bridge of Spies”
“Mad Max: Fury Road”
“The Martian”
“The Revenant”
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

Who Will Win: Mad Max: Fury Road

Who Could Win: The Revenant

Who Should Win: Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Short Film, Live Action

“Ave Maria”
“Day One”
“Everything Will Be Okay”
“Shok”
“Stutterer”

Who Will Win: Ave Maria

Who Could Win: Shok

Best Short Film, Animated

“Bear Story”
“Prologue”
“Sanjay’s Super Team”
“We Can’t Live Without Cosmos”
“World of Tomorrow”

Who Will Win: World of Tomorrow

Who Could Win: Sanjay’s Super Team

Who Should Win: World of Tomorrow

Best Documentary Short Subject

“Body Team 12”
“Chau, Beyond the Lines”
“Claude Lanzmann”
“A Girl in the River”
“Last Day of Freedom”

Who Will Win: Body Team 12

Who Could Win: A Girl in the River


 

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The Best Films of 2015

 

Best Films of the Year

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At the end of every year I find myself saying “This was actually a good year for film”, I want to say that about 2015 but I can’t. 2015 was honestly a let down for me, the films many of us were looking forward too failed or didn’t live up to expectations. It was many of the smaller films from 2015 that really wowed us, i.e Ex Machina, It Follows, Slow West.

When we look back on 2015 we will remember Straight Outta Compton, Mad Max: Fury Road, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Ex Machina, and maybe The Revenant. 2015. In my opinion 2015 will not be exactly a memorable year for movies, I can say that boldly because in ten years when we look back on it no one will remember that I said this. Don’t get me wrong, I love the films in my top ten, and even some in my top 20.

If you’re looking at my best of the year list and wondering how I came to my decisions, well, let me tell you. You may be looking at my list and say “Mitch, Brooklyn is ten times better than Bone Tomahawk”. On a film making level, I may agree with you, but a best of the year list is one part personal taste, and one part good film making.

Without Further Ado, the moment I’ve been waiting for, The Best Films of the year:

  1. Mad Max: Fury Road (A+)
  2. Room (A+)
  3. Ex Machina (A)
  4. The Revenant (A)
  5. Youth (A)
  6. The Hateful Eight (A)
  7. Mommy (A)
  8. Straight outta Compton (A)
  9. It Follows (A-)
  10. Steve Jobs (A-)

The Next Ten:

  1. Bone Tomahawk (A-)
  2. Brooklyn (A-)
  3. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (A-)
  4. The End of the Tour (B+)
  5. Slow West (A-)
  6. Mistress America (A-)
  7. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (A-)
  8. The Bridge of Spies (A-)
  9. Spotlight (A)
  10. Jurassic World (A-)

Honorable Mentions: The Stanford Prison Experiment (A-), Sicario (A-), Cop Car (A-), Macbeth (B+), Amy (A), Creed (A), Dope (B+), Tales of the Grim Sleeper (A-), Inside Out (B+), Everest (B), The Big Short (A)

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The Best Acting of 2015

The Best Acting of 2015

Lead, Supporting, Young Actor, Ensemble, Voice talent and Breakout Performance


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I am not a film critic, I am a film enthusiast, I love every aspect of film but most of all I love a good performance in a movie. A great performance can elevate a film, it can allow you to fall in love with a character or hate a character.

Putting together my best of the year in acting list is my favorite part of the award season/year end rundown, I love seeing great acting. In this article I have picked my top five-ten in eight categories: Best Male Lead Actor, Best Female Lead Actor, Best Female Supporting Actor, Best Male Supporting Actor, Best Ensemble Cast, Best Voice Acting, Best Young Actor and Best Breakthrough Performance, along with honorable mentions for all categories. Enjoy.

Best Male Actor – Lead

  1. Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant
  2. Jacob Tremblay – Room
  3. Michael Fassbender – Steve Jobs
  4. Michael Caine – Youth
  5. Johnny Depp – Black Mass
  6. Samuel L. Jackson – The Hateful Eight
  7. Will Smith – Concussion
  8. Mark Ruffalo – Infinitely Polar Bear
  9. Antoine-Olivier Pilon – Mommy
  10. Michael B. Jordan – Creed

Honorable Mentions: Ian Mckellan – Mr. Holmes, Matt Damon – The Martian, Eddie Redmayne – The Danish Girl, Michael Fassbender – Macbeth, Ryan Reynolds – The Voices, Billy Crudup – The Stanford Prison Experiment, Kodi Smit McPhee – Slow West, Bryan Cranston – Trumbo, Jake Gyllenhaal – Southpaw, Abraham Attah – Beasts of No Nation, Andrew Garfield – 99 Homes

Best Female Actor – Lead

  1. Brie Larson – Room
  2. Saoirse Ronan – Brooklyn
  3. Cate Blanchett – Carol
  4. Anne Dorval – Mommy
  5. Marion Cotillard – Macbeth
  6. Emily Blunt – Sicario
  7. Olivia Cooke – Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
  8. Charlotte Rampling – 45 Years
  9. Sarah Silverman – I Smile Back
  10. Carey Mulligan – Far from the Madding Crowd

Honorable Mentions: Jennifer Lawrence – Joy, Lola Kirke – Mistress America, Kitana Kiki Rodriguez – Tangerine, Amy Schumer – Trainwreck, Kristen Wiig – Welcome to Me, Charlize Theron – Mad Max: Fury Road, Melissa McCarthy – Spy, Juliette Binoche – Clouds of Sils Maria, Helen Mirren – Woman in Gold, Daisy Ridley – Star Wars: The Force Awakens,  Blythe Danner – I’ll See You in my Dreams

Best Female Actor – Supporting

  1. Alicia Vikander – the Danish girl
  2. Rachel McCadams – Spotlight
  3. Kate Winslet – Steve Jobs
  4. Suzanne Clement – Mommy
  5. Rachel Weisz – Youth
  6. Jennifer Jason Leigh – The Hateful Eight
  7. Kristen Stewart – Clouds of Sils Maria
  8. Elizabeth Banks – Love & Mercy
  9. Alicia Vikander – Ex Machina
  10. Greta Gerwig – Mistress America/Mya Taylor – Tangerine

Honorable Mentions: Jane Fonda – Youth, Helen Mirren – Trumbo, Greta Gerwig – Mistress America, Jessica Chastain – Crimson Peak, Cate Blanchett – Cinderella, Kiersey Clemons – Dope, Rachel McAdams – Southpaw, Oona Laurence – Southpaw, Olivia Wilde – Meadowland

Best Male Actor – Supporting

  1. Mark Rylance – Bridge of Spies
  2. Paul Dano – Love & Mercy
  3. Sylvester Stallone – Creed
  4. Richard Jenkins – Bone Tomahawk
  5. Steve Carrell – The Big Short
  6. Walton Goggins – The Hateful Eight
  7. Liev Schrieber – Spotlight
  8. Jason Segel – The End of the Tour
  9. Michael Shannon – 99 Homes
  10. Sean Harris – Macbeth

Honorable Mentions: Harrison Ford – Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Mark Ruffalo – Spotlight, Seth Rogen – Steve Jobs, Luke Wilson – Meadowland, John Cusack – Love & Mercy, , Domhnall Gleeson – Ex Machina and The Revenant, Oscar Isaac – Ex Machina, Joel Edgerton – The Gift, , Ezra Miller – The Stanford Prison Experiment, Tye Sheridan – The Stanford Prison Experiment, Will Poulter – The Revenant, Benecio Del Toro – Sicario, Kurt Russel – The Hateful Eight, Tim Roth – The Hateful Eight, Michael Fassbender – Slow West, Tom Courtenay – 45 Years, O’Shea Jackson Jr. – Straight Outta Compton, Corey Hawkins – Straight Outta Compton, Forrest Witaker – Southpaw

Best Ensemble –

1. The Hateful Eight: Kurt Russel, Samuel L. Jackson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tim Roth, Walton Goggins, Demian Bechir, Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern, James Parks

2. The Stanford Prison Experiment – Billy Crudup, Michael Angarano, Ezra Miller, Tye Sheridan, Thomas Mann, Miles Heizer, Keir Gilchrist, Johnny Simmons, Moises Arias, Olivia Thirlby, Nelsan Ellis, James Wolk, Logan Miller

3.  Spotlight – Liev Schrieber, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Michael Keaton, John Slattery, Brian D’arcy James, Stanley Tucci,

4. Steve Jobs – Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Katherine Waterston, Jeff Daniels, Michael Stuhlbard, Pearl Haney-Jardine

5. The Big Short – Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Brad Pitt, John Magaro, Finn Whitrock, Marisa Tomei, Melissa Leo, Rafe Spall

6.      Youth – Michael Caine, Rachel Weisz, Harvey Keitel, Paul Dano, Jane Fonda, Roly Serrano, Alex Macqueen, Luna Zimic Mijovic

7.      Straight Outta Compton – Jason Mitchell, O’Shea Jackson, Corey Hawkins, Paul Giamatti, Aldis Hodge, Neil Brown Jr., Marlon Yates, Corey Reynolds, R. Marcus Taylor

8.      Sicario – Emily Blunt. Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin, Daniel Kaluuya, Victor Garber, Jon Bernthal, Maximiliano Hernandez, Jeffrey Donovan,

9.      The Revenant – Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson, Will Poulter, Forrest Goodluck, Paul Anderson

10.  Mad Max: Fury Road – Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Riley Keough, Zoe Kravitz, Abbey Lee, Richard Carter, Nathan Jones, John Howard, Courtney Eaton.

Best Young Actor

  1. Jacob Tremblay – Room
  2. abraham Attah – Beasts of No Nation
  3. Oona Laurence – Southpaw
  4. Zsofia Psotta – White God
  5. Hays Wellford – Cop Car
  6. James Freedson-Jackson – Cop Car
  7. Emmanuel Nii Adom Quaye – Beasts of no Nation
  8. Levi Miller – Pan
  9. Emilia Jones – What we did on our Holiday
  10. Milo Parker – Mr. Holmes

Honorable Mentions: Ed Oxenbould – The Visit, Olivia DeJonge – The Visit, Ashley Aufderheide – Infinitely Polar Bear, Robert Daniel Sloan – Sinister 2, Kennedi Clements – Poltergeist

Best Voice Acting –

  1. Phyllis Smith – Inside Out
  2. Anomalisa – Jennifer Jason Leigh
  3. Amy Poehler – Inside Out
  4. Anomalisa – David Thewlis
  5. Ryan Reynolds – The Voices
  6. Richard Kind – Inside Out
  7. James Spader – Avengers: Age of Ultron
  8. Sharlto Copley – Chappie
  9. Bill Hader – Inside Out
  10. Noah Schnapp – The Peanuts Movie

Honorable Mentions: Tom Kenny – Spongebob: Sponge out of water

Best Newcomer/Breakout Perfomance

  1. Alicia Vikander – Ex Machina
  2. Olivia Cooke – Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
  3. Lola Kirke – Mistress America
  4. Daisy Ridley – Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  5. Maika Monroe – It Follows
  6. O’Shea Jackson Jr. – Straight Outta Compton
  7. Kitana Kiki Rodriguez – Tangerine
  8. Mya Taylor – Tangerine
  9. LeBron James – Trainwreck
  10. Taron Egerton – Kingsman: the Secret Service

Honorable Mentions: Lily James – Cinderella, Miranda Hart – Spy, Shameik Moore – Dope, Charlotte Le Bon – The Walk

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The Worst Films of 2015

Worst Films of 2015

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over 130 films seen by me, and I’ve boiled it down to the worst of the worst, the worst ten films of 2015 are below.

I’m sure you’re wondering what almost made the cut? I had the dinosaur B-movie Extinction on the list, but I didn’t feel as if it was ever meant to be a movie let alone a good one. The Norman Reedus end of days film Air was really just a complete bore, and completely uninteresting. Landmine Goes Click could have made it, but I don’t really want anyone to know about that film (if they don’t already). Sinister 2 could be on here but it had just a few good moments.

Kristen Wiig’s dramatic film Welcome to Me was just interesting enough, and boasted a good performance from Wiig, so it was not completely bad. Seventh Son was bad, but watchable, and The Lazarus Effect had some decent aspects but could have been so much better and maybe scary. I also considered Pan, Tales of Halloween, Self/Less, and The Green Inferno.

10. Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension

Why so bad?: This was the last in a series that has had its ups and downs, but managed to start a trend in film and scare a lot of people. So when they decided to end the series, you’d think someone in charge would be interested in making a good film, or at least a watchable one.

The sixth and final in the Paranormal franchise is terribly boring, it’s not scary, and it barely feels as if it ties up any of the loose ends that fans of the series were hoping to have answered.

My Grade: F

9. The Culling

Why so bad?: It feels as if someone found a farmhouse they thought was kinda scary, threw together a half assed script, and filmed it all with a potato. Having this on here might be cheating, because… well who even saw this thing besides me? I barely remember anything from it now, as I saw it January 2015, but it was bad enough to stick with me.

My Grade: F

8. Terminator Genisys

Why so Bad?: I love Arnold, and the Terminator series, so I really had high hopes that this could be good. Sadly, Arnold was really the only decent thing about the film. Terminator Genisys is A loud, nonsensical, over-dramatic, poorly paced, miscast action film you’ll forget 10 minutes after seeing.

My Grade: D-

7. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

Why so Bad?: The first film was better than anything The Divergent series or Twilight ever did, not high praise, but for Young adult adaptations it seems high. The sequel is two hours of walking in the desert hoping they won’t be captured and brought back to the people who captured them originally. Spoiler alert, they get captured at the end and brought back to the people that had them at the beginning of the film, I just saved you 2 hours.

My Grade: D

6. 50 Shades of Grey

Why so Bad?: Should I blame a movie for being bad if it was based on a terrible book? I’m going to, for the pure fact that it shouldn’t have been made in the first place. The acting, directions, camera work etc., they’re all fine. It’s the damn story that is so utterly stupid and illogical that even Dakota Johnson naked didn’t make it any better.

My Grade: D-

5. Into The Grizzly Maze

Why so Bad?: Why would you make a movie about killer bears if you’re never actually going to have a bear on set, or even try to make a CGI bear? Why pay 4 decent actors just to walk around the woods for an hour and a half? It’s really, really sad.

My Grade: F

4. The Divergent Series: Insurgent

Why so Bad?: Just like Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, Divergent: Insurgent is basically two hours of walking and talking, on top of that though it’s complete nonsense, and I can assure you I won’t be watching the next in the series.

My Grade: D+

3. Hot Pursuit

Why so Bad?: Not a SINGLE laugh to be had, a plot we’ve seen time and time again, sexist, and Vergara is never not annoying.

My Grade: F

2. The Boy Next Door

Why so Bad?: I laughed more during The Boy Next Door than I did during Hot Pursuit, and I know I wasn’t supposed to be laughing. Although it is a harrowing tale, I think the moral of the story is this: If you’ve been cheated on by your husband, don’t fall for the good looking guy next door, he’ll try to kill you. But if you do fall for him, you’re estranged husband will save you and you guys will get back together.

My Grade: F

1. Fantastic Four

Why so Bad?: When the reviews began pouring in I couldn’t believe how poor they were, it couldn’t be that bad. It was that bad, even worse. It’s so bland, boring and generic that you could have put any superhero in the place of the four in this film and called it any other name. It’s a disappointment to everyone involved, especially director Josh Trask

My Grade:  F

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Most Disappointing Films of 2015

The Most Disappointing Films of 2015

Some of the following movies are bad, but most didn’t meet expectations or should have been better due to factors such as a good cast, big budget, great directors or writers, and many other reasons.
A disappointing movie is worse than a bad movie though, A lot of times you have a pretty good idea that a movie is going to be bad, or at least, not great. Below are some movies that I was desperately holding on hope for.

Before we dive in though here are some (un)honorable mentions: The Wedding Ringer, The Water Diviner, Maggie,Creep, Ted 2, The Lazarus Effect, Knock Knock, Focus, The Danish Girl, Trumbo, Crimson Peak, Concussion, When Marnie was There, The Intern and Meadowland. 

There were a good amount of movies that I had high hopes for last year… but here are the top ten, starting with 10 and going to #1.

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10. Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension

Why I anticipated it:

In 2015 I realized that my scared white ass hadn’t seen a single Paranormal Activity film yet, so I sat down and watch the first five films in the span of a few days and even wrote about my thoughts on the series (Read Here). Well the series had its up and downs, I enjoyed the overall style and the story-line they had created was interesting, and I was in. When I heard the 6th installment was to be the final installment my hopes for an interesting and scary finale that answered all our burning questions were high.

Why it didn’t live up: Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension has to be one of the worst conclusions to a series ever. Going in directions that didn’t pertain to the originals very well at all, introducing new and irritating characters, not including barely any references or characters that had come before it, and being downright boring. It was not scary in the least, and only succeeded in pissing me off and wasting my time.

My Grade: F

9. Jupiter Ascending

Why I anticipated it: You’re lying if you say you weren’t excited to see what the Wachowski’s would follow 2012’s Cloud Atlas with. We were excited to see Eddie Redmayne again, hot off his Oscar win for The Theory of EverythingBesides Redmayne, the Wachowski’s also seemed to net a good cast for this including Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum, Sean Bean and more, and the trailers looked visually stunning.

Why it didn’t live up:The Wachowski’s didn’t completely fail, I did enjoy myself during Jupiter Ascending, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a mess. The ending is a huge dissapointment, Kunis’ character needs to be saved far too many times by a man, and the movie is essentially full of countdowns.
On top of that, there is enough story here for a mini-series, the span of time becomes confusing,  relationships develop oddly. There wasn’t enough time to flesh out a proper story or real characters.I left wanted something more and different.

My Grade: C-

8. Sinister 2

Why I anticipated it:Purely on the fact that I loved the original Sinister film, one of the scariest films of the last decade.

Why it didn’t live up: The only thing about Sinister 2 that is scary are the home videos

My Grade:D+

7. Terminator Genisys

Why I anticipated it: Another Terminator film with Arnold Schwarzenegger in the role he originated, being toted as a film that might help us forget Terminator: Salvation.

Why it didn’t live up:A loud, nonsensical, over-dramatic, poorly paced, with Emilia Clarke completely hamming up her role as Sarah Connor. The best thing about the film was Arnold and a half decent opening.

My Grade: D

6. The Good Dinosaur

Why I anticipated it: Pixar + Dinosaurs = a perfect match…. or it should.

Why it didn’t live up: Excluding some beautiful imagery, the script seems recycled from better and more engaging Disney films.

My Grade:C+

5. Self/Less

Why I anticipated it: Didn’t we all? A serious and interesting body switching movie starring Ryan Reynolds and Ben Kingley, directed by Tarsem Singh.

Why it didn’t live up: Quickly turns into a very mediocre action movie instead of being something interesting, in fact, it ends up being quite bad and even boring.

My Grade:D+

4. Ant-Man

Why I anticipated it: The trailer made it look as if some of Edgar Wrights script was still in there, and The actors involved all seemed game for something incredible.

Why it didn’t live up: Not a bad movie, but Edgar Wright’s script clearly didn’t make it through to much of the film, except for maybe the terrific scenes involving Michael Pena. Marvel clearly decided they would rather keep the traditional cookie cutter film we’re used to, and that we will one day tire of, if you’re not like me and already have.

My Grade: C+

3. Chappie

Why I anticipated it: The trailers looked bad, but last years Edge of Tomorrow suffered from terrible marketing and turned out to be one of my favorite films of 2014. I also loved District 9, detested Elysium, but had hopes we would get the District 9 Neil Blomkamp back.

Why it didn’t live up: Irritating and loud, with annoying, underdeveloped characters and Bad dialogue. Where the movie succeeds is its softer sweeter moments, and the development of Chappie as a character is terrific. The action on the other hand turns the movie into an over the top, B movie, where the characters and their motivations are silly and unrealistic.

My Grade:C-

2. While we’re Young

Why I anticipated it: Noah Baumbach’s writing is terrific.

Why it didn’t live up: unfunny, depressing, boring, with unlikeable and unrealistic characters

My Grade: C

1.  Joy

Why I anticipated it: It’s obvious why I anticipated Joy, a film by David O. Russel with a terrific cast, lead by Jennifer Lawrence.

Why it didn’t live up: Russel seemed to throw a script together and hope it would bring him the same acclaim he’s been recieving. Joy is a jumbled mess, it’s full of so many ideas and thoughts, that you can’t grasp on to anything. The script is FILLED with cliches, it’s often exaggerated, Bradley Coopers character is unbelievable. It wants to tell a story about a strong female character, and we want to see one, but it doesn’t have an interesting story nor characters.

My Grade:C-

 

Best Director, Writing, Music,Visual Effects, Cinematography and more, of 2015

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Today I reveal who my top 5-10 in 11 categories. These are 11 categories that The Academy Awards recognize each year. Including Director, Original Screenplay, Original Score, Original Song, Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Editing, Costume Design and more.

Best Director –

  1. George Miller – Mad Max: Fury Road
  2. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu – The Revenant
  3. Tom McCarthy – Spotlight
  4. Lenny Abrahamson – Room
  5. Alex Garland – Ex Machina

Honorable Mentions: David Robert Mitchell – It Follows, Danny Boyle – Steve Jobs, Adam McKay – The Big Short

Writing – Original Screenplay

  1. Ex Machina – Alex Garland
  2. Youth – Paolo Sorrentino
  3. Mommy – Xavier Dolan
  4. Mistress America – Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig
  5. The Hateful Eight – Quentin Tarantino

Honorable Mentions: Inside Out – Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve and Josh cooley, Spotlight – Tom McCarthy, Josh Singer, Straight Outta Compton – Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff

Writing – Adapted Screenplay

  1. Steve Jobs – written by Aaron Sorkin based on the book “Steve Jobs” by Walter Isaacson
  2. Room – Screenplay and book written by Emma Donaghue
  3. The Revenant – Written by Alejandro Inarritu and Mark L. Smith, based on the book “The Revenant by Michael Punke
  4. The End of the Tour – Screenplay by Donald Margulies based on the book “Although of Course you end up becoming yourself” by David Lipsky
  5. Brooklyn – written by Nick Hornby based on the novel “Brooklyn” by Colm Toibin

Honorable Mentions: Me, and Earl and the Dying Girl – based on book of the same name, both written by Jesse Andrews, Anomalisa – written by Charlie Kaufman based on a play by Charlie Kaufman

Cinematography –

  1. Adam Arkapaw – Macbeth
  2. Yves Belanger – Brookyln
  3. Emmanuel Lubezki – The Revenant
  4. John Seale – Mad Max: Fury Road
  5. Roger Deakins – Sicario

Honorable Mentions: Ed Lachman – Carol, Robbie Ryan – Slow West

Costume Design –

  1. Odile Dicks-Mireaux – Brooklyn
  2. Jenny Beavan – Mad Max: Fury Road
  3. Jacqueline Durran – Macbeth
  4. Kate Hawley – Crimson Peak
  5. Kelli Jones – Straight Outta Compton

Honorable Mention: Courtney Hoffman – The Hateful Eight, Paco Delgado – The Danish Girl, Janet Patterson – Far From the Madding Crowd, Sandy Powell – Carol

Editing

  1. Margaret Sixel – Mad Max: Fury Road
  2. Stephen Mirrione – The Revenant
  3. Tom McArdle – Spotlight
  4. Elliot Graham – Steve Jobs
  5. Billy Fox & Michael Tronick – Straight Outta Compton

Honorable Mentions: Joe Walker – Sicario, Kyle Patrick Alvarez – The Stanford Prison Experiment, Nathan Nugent – Room

Makeup & Hairstyling

  1. Mad Max: Fury Road
  2. The Danish Girl
  3. Black Mass
  4. Carol
  5. Star Wars: the Force Awakens

Special Mention: Backcountry makeup team for one scene

Music – Original Score

  1. Sicario – Jóhann Jóhannsson
  2. Far from the Madding Crowd – Craig Armstrong
  3. The Hateful Eight – Ennio Morricone
  4. It Follows – Rich Vreeland
  5. Spotlight – Howard Shore
  6. Creed – Ludwig Göransson
  7. Macbeth – Jed Kurzel
  8. Steve Jobs – Daniel Pemberton
  9. Ex Machina – geoff barrow & ben salisbury
  10. Brooklyn – Michael Brook

Music – Best original song

  1. Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth, “See You Again” (from Furious 7)
  2. David Lang, “Simple Song #3″ (from Youth)
  3. Jessie J, “Flashlight” (from Pitch Perfect 2)
  4. Eminem, “Phenomenal” (from Southpaw)
  5. Ellie Goulding, “Love Me Like You Do” (from Fifty Shades of Grey)
  6. Ester Dean, “Crazy Youngsters” (From Pitch Perfect 2)
  7. Keegan DeWitt, “I’ll See You in My Dreams” (from I’ll See You in My Dreams)
  8. Meghan Trainor, “Better When I’m Dancin’” (from The Peanuts Movie)
  9. Rihanna, “As Real As You and Me” (from Home)
  10. Leon Bridges, “So Long” (from Concussion)

Bonus: Best Soundtrack of 2015: “Mommy” Soundtrack

 Production Design

  1. Room – Ethan Tobman
  2. The Revenant – Jack Fisk
  3. Bridge of Spies – Adam Stockhausen
  4. Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Rick Carter & Darren Gilford
  5. Brooklyn – François Séguin
  6. Jurassic World – Rick Carter & Ed Verreaux
  7. Jupiter Ascending – Hugh Bateup
  8. The Martian – Arthur Max
  9. Steve Jobs – Guy Hendrix Dyas
  10. Trumbo – Mark Ricker

Visual Effects

  1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  2. Ex Machina
  3. Mad Max: Fury Road
  4. The Martian
  5. The Revenant

Honorable Mentions: The Walk, Furious 7, Jurassic World, Terminator Genisys

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