“Aaaand hereeee… weeee… go!” – The Joker (The Dark Knight ’08)
Another year zoomed right by us like yesterday’s newspaper. As we settle in and prep for the coming year, like most, we run through our highlights for the current year. Some good, bad, and even indifferent. Either way, no matter what, it’s always good to skim through those memories and relive them for seconds, or minutes, and reignite those feelings the same way (if possible) they did in real time.
As movie aficionados, one of those annual highlights pertains to Hollywood. All those flicks they jam down throats and the time we took to swallow as many of their loads as we could. (Without doubt we’re Hollywood’s bitch) We all run through lists of films for the year, read through our notes, and chip away at what made us flip the fuck out.
Oddly enough, like every year, my list seems to press buttons it shouldn’t due to the list being my personal picks. I never recall a time in life when I was told I need to live life based on the thoughts, tastes, or feelings of another. So for those who love to email the following: “What about…?” “Lee, how is such-and-such number…?” or “Number such-and-such really wasn’t a wide release, why would you…?” Fuck off, ok? Seriously, if your sensitivity flares like a pack of hemorrhoids over a list of movies, perhaps you have bigger problems than you think.
Oh, well. Mental illness is whole other topic. As we thoughtfully embrace another coming year of Hollywood’s hamster wheel, Happy fuckin’ New Year, CL Nation!
That said, without further ado, here’s my top twenty!
18. TRUE STORY
17. EX MACHINA
16. THE SEVEN FIVE
15. RUBBLE KINGS
14. CARTEL LAND
10. INSIDE OUT
9. BEAST OF NO NATION
8. BLACK MASS
7. STEVE JOBS
5. MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
4. THE BIG SHORT
3. THE REVENANT
2. THE HATEFUL EIGHT
That’s all, folks! Go on now! Get!