We’ve almost reached the end of 2015, and it was a big year for movies. It’s been a year of long-awaited sequels, broken box office records, and some really fantastic movies. There was a lot to love from the movies in 2015, and a few things that weren’t quite so good, so here are my favorite and least favorite things from the world of cinema this year. I generally don’t do a “top 10 films” list, because I don’t get a chance to see everything, and many of the so-called “Oscar bait” films don’t get wide releases until after the year is over. Of course, the best part of 2015 at the movies was getting to interact with so many great people here on the blog, and on Twitter and Tumblr, but I lack the words to properly express my grattitude for you taking the time to read what I write, comment, and discuss movies with me. So instead I present my favorite (and least favorite) movie-related items from the year, comprised of films, characters, scenes, events, themes, and trends from 2015. And let’s hope 2016 is even better!
Why do we think what we think and feel what we feel? What determines who we are and how we respond to life’s circumstances? How can the same memory be joyous sometimes and sad at others? Where do ideas come from? What happens to the things we’ve forgotten? Why does the jingle from that chewing gum commercial always get stuck in your head? Why are dreams so weird? Just what, exactly, is going on in people’s heads? These are some of the many questions Pixar’s latest film, Inside Out, sets out to explore. The result is one of the most charming, heartfelt, and poignant films the studio has ever created, as well as one of the most creative movies of all time. It will not only make you laugh and cry, but then it’ll make you stop and consider why you just laughed and cried.