It was a great year for movies. One of the best in recent memory, in fact, with enough outstanding films to fill three or four top ten lists. But the good in any artistic medium will always be outweighed by the bad, and even as it seems like the number of potential classics grows every year, the number of certified stinkers grows as well. Exponentially; there’s enough cinematic turd burgers from the last twelve months to fill seven or eight top ten lists.
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2015 was a little bit of a bumpy year for SNL, with some near-perfect episodes and a few…well, not-so-perfect episodes. But there were a lot of great sketches and shorts overall — so much so that it made it a bit difficult to narrow it down to just 10. SNL currently boasts a great cast, and even with the loss of the insanely good, insanely weird Mike O’Brien, the Studio 8H crew was still able to churn out some hilarious and often strange content this year. We’ve selected the top 10 SNL sketches of 2015 for your viewing (or re-viewing) pleasure.
From basically the first moment Star Wars: Episode VII was announced, nerds began speculating about what it would entail. Would the original characters appear? Would their children appear? Would C-3PO have a red arm for absolutely no reason? The rumors were rampant, and they remained rampant right up through this month, when the movie finally arrived in theaters. And now that Star Wars is in theaters, we thought it might be fun to look back at some of the big rumors that floated around the internet for the last three years. How much did people predict?
Peak TV is the name of the game for 2015, with hundreds of scripted series crowding the landscape from the Marvel empire, to the Scottish countryside, and a galaxy far, far away. Join ScreenCrush TV critic Kevin Fitzpatrick to cut through all the clutter, and rank the very Best TV Shows of 2015!
Lists can be extremely useful, especially when you need to get organized, go grocery shopping or break down all the ways Jon Snow will return on Game of Thrones (very important). I like those kinds of lists, as the many Post-Its littered across my desk (and Macbook and iPhone) will show you. But making a Top 10 for the best movies of the year is a whole other monster, a film writer’s Sophie’s Choice. For someone as ridiculously indecisive as myself, it took days to finalize the final spots on this list.
There are just too many good movies. That’s my takeaway from this year’s annual exercise in critical masochism selecting the ten best films. My shortlist of 2015’s best movies is anything but short; running well over 30 outstanding entries. It feels like something I say every year, but it’s true; there are more great movies left off my list (like Clouds of Sils Maria and Experimenter and Brooklyn and Heaven Knows What and While We’re Young and about 20 others) than are actually on it. I actively agonized over the last couple slots for hours. (Yes, actual hours. I’m sorry, It Follows.)
With the smell of Christmas trees and Star Wars buzz in the air, it’s time to look back on the best and worst of 2015. ScreenCrush kicked off our countdowns this week with a ranking of the year’s best posters and now we’re breaking down the best movie trailers.
It’s December; time to start putting a bow on the year at the movies. Over the next days and weeks here at ScreenCrush, we’ll be ranking the best and worst of 2015, and we’re kicking things off right where, with our list of the coolest posters of the year.
Year-end awards are supposed to honor the best in cinema. But it might be more accurate to say they honor a narrow sliver of the best in cinema; only films released from October thru December; only the stuff promoted by the big studios; only movies deemed “important” or “serious” or “biopics about dead famous people.” The impulse to make lists and give out prizes is a good one, but more often than not that impulse results in one big echo chamber, with pundits predicting — and critics and guilds rewarding — the same half-dozen contenders.
This Friday, James Bond returns to movie theater screens in Spectre, starring Daniel Craig as secret agent 007, license to kill. In this installment, Bond will do battle with the forces of SPECTRE, a criminal organization hellbent on world domination. He’ll also have to do battle with a different sort of ghost: The audience’s accumulated memories from 23 previous movies, stretching back more than half a century.