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Eagerly anticipating this week ... (3-18)
Dmitrii Kalashnikov's The Road Movie (2016)

1/23/2018

The Enforcer (1976) - Eastwood teaches revolutionaries a lesson in third, less punchy Dirty Harry

 

Clint Eastwood and his signature .44 Magnum stand ready to enforce before San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge on this poster for James Fargo's The Enforcer

 

A group of revolutionary maniacs rage and rob a mass of explosive weapon in San Francisco, while uncompromising hood-hunter detective Harry Callahan is popular and then unpopular with the city's populist mayor.

 

The ideological fronts are clearly drawn (as usual) here in the third film in the Dirty Harry franchise, which is less original than the two preceding chapters. Clint Eastwood (Rawhide (1959-65)) is still awfully enjoyable as the titular enforcer Callahan, and here he gets Tyne Daly (Christy (1994-95)) as a new partner. The plot - although fairly ludicrous, - does entail enough corny fun and action to entertain fans of Eastwood and Dirty Harry fairly well. But don't expect The Enforcer to invent or add anything really new to the police action genre.

The Enforcer is written by Stirling Silliphant (Over the Top (1987)) and Dean Riesner (Charley Varrick (1973)), based on a script by Gail Morgan Hickman (The Equalizer (1989), TV-series) and S.W. Schurr, and directed by debuting James Fargo (Forced Vengeance (1982)), who was previously a second unit director.


Related posts:


James Fargo: Every Which Way but Loose (1978) or, Honky Tonk Monkey Business!

The Dirty Harry franchise: The Dead Pool (1988) - The highly entertaining last Dirty Harry movie
Dirty Harry (1971) - Eastwood's great, signature renegade cop character comes to life





Listen to Jerry Fielding's score from the movie here


Cost: 9 mil. $

Box office: 46.2 mil. $ (North America only)

= Some uncertainty - but at least a big hit and probably a huge hit

[The Enforcer was released 22 December (North America) and runs 96 minutes. The first script was by San Francisco area film students Hickman and Schurr, who got it to Eastwood through his Carmel restaurant The Hog's Breath Inn. Eastwood intended to direct the film himself but was too busy after taking over directing on his western The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976) and instead promoted his assistant director Fargo. Shooting took place in California, mostly in San Francisco in and around June 1976. The film became the 9th highest-grossing film in North America of 1976 and the highest-grossing Dirty Harry picture until the next one in 1983. The Enforcer was intended to be the last in a Dirty Harry trilogy, but audience demand - and Eastwood's willingness to perform in exchange for funding for his more personal projects, - brought Eastwood's Dirty Harry back for two more films; Sudden Impact (1983) and The Dead Pool (1988). Fargo followed the film up with Caravans (1978), and Eastwood returned in The Gauntlet (1977). The Enforcer is fresh at 79 % with a 6.3/10 critical average at Rotten Tomatoes.]


What do you think of The Enforcer?

1/20/2018

Effi Briest/Fontane Effi Briest (1974) - Fassbinder makes film a novel in cold, divisive passion project

 

Hanna Schygulla as the titular character of Rainer Werner Fassbinder's Effi Briest looks rater doomed on this somewhat theatrical poster for the film

 

In late 19th century Germany, young Effi Briest becomes the wife of a boring but wealthy aristocrat, who forces her life up by its roots. But for a time her heart beats for another ...


Effi Briest is a very odd film, probably among the most literary feeling films of all time. It is overloaded with intertitles, letters, narration and dialog and as a result comes across as exhaustingly text-oriented. In addition, its original title has a symptomatically exhaustingly convoluted extra-title, and if the two are accepted as one long title, the film has one of the longest titles in cinema history. It goes; Effi Briest oder Viele, die eine Ahnung haben von ihren Möglichkeiten und Bedürfnissen und dennoch das herrschende System in ihrem Kopf akzeptieren durch ihre Taten und es somit festigen und durchaus bestätigen, which translates to; 'Fontane Effi Briest or Many People Who Are Aware of Their Own Capabilities and Needs Just Acquiesce to the Prevailing System in Their Thoughts and Deeds, Thereby Confirm and Reinforce It'.

It is the 11th theatrical feature from great German writer-director Rainer Werner Fassbinder (Ali: Fear Eats the Soul/Angst Essen Seele Auf (1974)), adapting Theodor Fontane's (Grete Minde (1880)) same-titled 1895 novel. Fassbinder redeems Effi Briest with the film's visual power, which rests on undeniable photographic qualities, (B/W cinematography by Jürgen Jürges (Time of the Wolf/Le Temps du Loup (2003)) and Dietrich Lohmann (The Innocent (1993))). 

Effi Briest is an exceedingly uncompromising film in its strict ascetic sense, - narratively as well as aesthetically, as emotionless acting and stylistically distancing efforts go hand in hand for a so-called 'Verfremdungseffekt', an alienating effect which should make audiences think beyond the film. It certainly makes its nastily cold characters seem all the more distanced from us, and its story's tragedy impotent. Watching it I couldn't help wonder, whether Effi Briest might have somehow proved stronger, had it been set in France instead of Germany.

 

Related posts:

Rainer Werner Fassbinder:  The Marriage of Maria Braun/Die Ehe der Maria Braun (1979) - Fassbinder blows up post-WWII Germany

Ali: Fear Eats the Soul/Angst Essen Seele Auf (1974) or, Ali und Emmi und die Anderen





Watch a scene from the film here

Cost: 750k DEM
Box office: 38.5 mil. ITL (Italy only)
= Uncertain - but reportedly a hit
[Effi Briest premiered 21 June (Berlin International Film Festival) and runs 140 minutes (135 minutes in the US version). Fassbinder was deeply impassioned about making the film, but funding it took three years. His involvement stretched to his narrating it himself as well as casting his own mother in the role as Effi Briest's mother. He has described of his deep connection with the material due to his perception that Fontane “rejected everybody and found everything alienating and yet fought all his life for recognition.” Filming took place in Germany, Vienna, Austria and in Ærøskøbing on the Danish island Ærø. The film follows Fontane's words closely in its narration, dialog and letters. The film was reportedly a hit in West Germany (according to Elke Siegel in A Companion to Rainer Werner Fassbinder) but only reached a US release in 1977 and an Italian in 1982. The novel and film's implicit critique of patriarchy was viewed as highly topical to the 1970s German audiences following student revolts and women's rights fights from 1968 onward. Fassbinder followed the film with Fox and His Friends/Faustrecht der Freiheit (1975). Effi Briest is fresh at 70 % with a 7.1/10 critical average at Rotten Tomatoes.]

What do you think of Effi Briest?

1/13/2018

2016 in films - according to Film Excess [UPDATED I]

The 10 Best Movies of 2016:



1. Captain Fantastic - Matt Ross + Best Independent Movie of the Year + Most Moving Movie of the Year + Best Drama of the Year



2. Arrival - Denis Villeneuve + Best Adaptation of the Year + Best Science Fiction Movie of the Year


3. I, Daniel Blake - Ken Loach + Best English Movie of the Year + Most Deserved Hit of the Year


4. Moonlight - Barry Jenkins + Best Mega-hit of the Year + Best Miami Movie of the Year + Best LGBT Movie of the Year + Best American Movie of the Year + Sexiest Movie of the Year + Best Poster of the Year + Best Coming-of-Age Movie of the Year


5. Aquarius - Kleber Mendonça Filho + Best Brazilian Movie of the Year + Best Character Study of the Year + Best Political Movie of the Year



6. Florence Foster Jenkins - Stephen Frears + Best True-Story Movie of the Year



7. Snowden - Oliver Stone + Best Biopic of the Year




8. Finding Dory - Andrew Stanton, Angus MacLane + Best Sequel of the Year + Best Family Movie of the Year + Best Blockbuster of the Year


9. The Autopsy of Jane Doe - André Øvredal + Best Horror Movie of the Year + Best Low-Budget Movie of the Year + Best Gore Movie of the Year + Best Witch Movie of the Year




10. Kung Fu Panda 3 - Alessandro Carloni, Jennifer Yuh Nelson + Best Comedy of the Year





Other great movies of 2016 (in alphabetic order):


After the Storm/海よりもまだ深く (Umi yori mo Mada Fukaku) - Hirokazu Kore-eda + Best Japanese Movie of the Year


Café Society - Woody Allen + Best Romcom of the Year



Hacksaw Ridge - Mel Gibson + Best War Movie of the Year + Comeback of the Year: Mel Gibson


The Jungle Book - Jon Favreau + Best 3D Movie of the Year + Best Animal Movie of the Year

 La La Land - Damian Chazelle + Best Musical of the Year


Looking: The Movie, TV movie - Andrew Haigh + Best TV Movie of the Year + Best San Francisco Title of the Year

Nocturnal Animals - Tom Ford + Best Crime Drama of the Year + Best Los Angeles Movie of the Year + Most Stylish Movie of the Year


Zootopia - Byron Howard, Rich Moore, Jared Bush

Good, recommendable movies of 2016 (in alphabetic order):



The Conjuring 2 - James Wan



Ghostbusters - Paul Feig



Lights Out - David F. Sandberg


The Lost City of Z - James Gray + Most Undeserved Flop of the Year + Best Adventure of the Year + Best Jungle Movie of the Year + Best Ensemble of the Year



The Neon Demon - Nicolas Winding Refn


Passengers - Morten Tyldum + Best Space Movie of the Year
 

Sausage Party - Greg Tiernan, Conrad Vernon


Star Trek Beyond - Justin Lin 


Their Finest - Lone Scherfig + Best Moviemaking Movie of the Year


Wiener-Dog - Todd Solondz + Most Under-Appreciated Movie of the Year + Best Dramedy of the Year + Best Dog Movie of the Year



The Worst Movies of 2016:


1. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - Gareth Edwards + Most Undeserved Hit of the Year


2. A Monster Calls - J.A. Bayona + Most Deserved Flop of the Year


3. London Has Fallen - Babak Najafi + Most Tasteless Movie of the Year


4. Alice Through the Looking Glass - James Bobin + Most Expensive Flop of the Year + Worst Sequel of the Year



5. Warcraft - Duncan Jones

Other failed, poor or mediocre 2016 movies (in alphabetic order):

13 Hours/13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi
Hail, Caesar! 
Pete's Dragon 
X-Men: Apocalypse 

[23 titles in total]

Notes:

The first update to the 2016 lists adds 14 titles to the mix, upping the reviewed total from 23 to 37.
At the top of the best-of list, Matt Ross' emotionally riveting Captain Fantastic reigns supreme. It is followed by Denis Villeneuve's sensational sci-fi drama thriller Arrival and new entry Ken Loach's indignation-fueled social realism drama I, Daniel Blake. The remainder of the list is filled out by a batch of great films: Other new entries; Barry Jenkins' triumphant gay coming-of-age drama Moonlight, Kleber Mendonça Filho's soulful Aquarius, followed by Stephen Frears' delightful Florence Foster Jenkins, Oliver Stone's highly topical biopic Snowden, Andrew Stanton and Angus MacLane's excellent animation sequel Finding Dory, new entry indie horror, André Øvredal's terrifying The Autopsy of Jane Doe, and finally Alessandro Carloni and Jennifer Yuh Nelson's hilarious Kung Fu Panda 3.  
Jon Favreau's magical The Jungle Book, Mel Gibson's forceful true-story war movie Hacksaw Ridge, Andrew Haigh's touching, romantic TV movie Looking: The Movie, and Woody Allen's deeply funny and poignant showbiz period picture Café Society get squeezed out of the top 10 in this update, which brings a bunch of greatness to the list.
Other terrific offerings of 2016 include: An unusual, very adult and very funny animation (Sausage Party), another fine Star Trek movie (Star Trek Beyond), a funny Ghostbusters reboot (Ghostbusters), a cool, super-hyped musical (La La Land), a violent, sophisticated crime drama (Nocturnal Animals) and an ambitious, impressive Amazonia epic (The Lost City of Z).
On the still short worst-of list we find big-budgeted blunders only, so far: Gareth Edwards' tentpole blockbuster for Disney, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story still is my least liked 2016 movie, probably because Star Wars in general is so close to my heart and this was the first Star Wars film that I found myself actively disliking. It is followed by new entry J.A. Bayona's amazingly misguided family fantasy flick, the disastrously bleak A Monster Calls and Babak Najafi's senseless terrorism actioner sequel London Has Fallen. Next is new entry James Bobin's career-stopping, hugely expensive flop Alice Through the Looking Glass and finally Duncan Jones' somewhat insipid computer game adaptation Warcraft.
Among the first rate filmmakers who churned out sub-par efforts in 2016 are Bryan Singer (X-Men: Apocalypse) and Ethan and Joel Coen (Hail, Caesar!).

Notes on the 2017 Oscars:

Jimmy Kimmel hosted the awards for the first time, doing fairly well and bringing lightness and laughs for much of the evening.
The biggest winner was La La Land with 6 Oscars. It had tied with All About Eve (1950) and Titanic (1997) the record for most nominations with 14. It won Best Director (Damian Chazelle, youngest ever, at 32), Actress (Emma Stone), Score (Justin Hurwitz), Song (City of Stars), Production Design and Cinematography (Linus Sandgren). Moonlight became the first all-black cast movie and the first LGBT movie to win the Best Picture Oscar. It also won Mahershala Ali the Best Supporting Actor Oscar, becoming the first Muslim to win an Oscar. It also won for Best Adapted Screenplay (Barry Jenkins, Tarell Alvin McCraney). Manchester by the Sea won Best Actor (Casey Affleck) and Best Screenplay (Kenneth Lonergan). Fences won Best Supporting Actress (Viola Davis). Hacksaw Ridge won Best Sound Mixing and Film Editing, Arrival Best Sound Editing, Suicide Squad Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Best Costumes and The Jungle Book Best Visual Effects. Asghar Farhadi's The Salesman won the Best Foreign Film Oscar ahead of Land of Mine, A Man Called Ove, Tanna and masterpiece Toni Erdmann. O.J.: Made in America won Best Documentary, and Zootopia Best Animation. The short Oscars went to The White Helmets (doc.), Sing (live action) and Piper (animated).
Honorary Oscars went to Jackie Chan, Anne V. Coates, Lynn Stalmaster and Frederick Wiseman
The historic happening at the awards was a mix-up at the most crucial moment, when Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty, saluted for the 50th anniversary of Bonnie and Clyde, were to hand over the Best Picture award. A wrong envelope was passed to them, which made them first give the statuette to the La La Land people, before, two minutes later, crew members stormed on-stage and reversed the win to its rightful recipients, Moonlight. The bizarre event was an embarrasment for the whole production but also made it more talked about globally than it otherwise would have been.

2016 titles still on the watch-list:

Midnight Special (seen - good), Gods of Egypt, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, Baskets (TV-series), King Cobra, War Dogs, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, It's Only the End of the World, Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World, American Honey, Elle, Spa Night, Sully (seen - bad), Undrafted, Why Him?, Hidden Figures, Shin Godzilla (seen - good), Paterson, The Salesman, Legion, Maudie, Chuck, Afterimage, Harmonium, Karate Kill, Killing Ground, Red Christmas, Hunt for the Wilderpeople (seen - great).


Previous annual lists:
2017 in films - according to Film Excess
2016 in films - according to Film Excess

2015 in films and TV-series - according to Film Excess [UPDATED II] 
2015 in films and TV-series - according to Film Excess [UPDATED I]
2015 in films and TV-series - according to Film Excess
 
2014 in films and TV-series - according to Film Excess [UPDATED III]
2014 in films and TV-series - according to Film Excess [UPDATED II] 
2014 in films and TV-series - according to Film Excess [UPDATED I]
2014 in films - according to Film Excess
2013 in films - according to Film Excess [UPDATED IV] 
2013 in films - according to Film Excess [UPDATED III]
2013 in films - according to Film Excess [UPDATED II]
2013 in films - according to Film Excess [UPDATED I] 
2013 in films - according to Film Excess
   

2012 in films and TV-series - according to Film Excess [UPDATED IV]
2012 in films and TV-series - according to Film Excess [UPDATED III]
2012 in films and TV-series - according to Film Excess [UPDATED II]
2012 in films - according to Film Excess [UPDATED I]
2012 in films - according to Film Excess
2011 in films and TV-series - according to Film Excess [UPDATED III]
2011 in films and TV-series - according to Film Excess [UPDATED II]
2011 in films and TV-series - according to Film Excess [UPDATED I]
2011 in films - according to Film Excess
2010 in films and TV-series - according to Film Excess [UPDATED II]
2010 in films and TV-series - according to Film Excess [UPDATED I]
2010 in films and TV-series - according to Film Excess  
2009 in films and TV-series - according to Film Excess [UPDATED I]
2009 in films and TV-series - according to Film Excess

What do you think of the 2016 lists?
What films of the year are your favorites and least favorites? 
Is any essential title/s missing on the watch-list? 

2015 in films and TV-series - according to Film Excess [UPDATED II]

The 10 Best Movies and TV-series of 2015:


1. Inside Out - Pete Doctor and Ronaldo Del Carmen + Best Family Movie of the Year + Best American Movie of the Year



2.  Brooklyn - John Crowley + Most Deserved Hit of the Year + Best Irish Movie of the Year + Best Period Movie of the Year + Screen Couple of the Year: Saoirse Ronan & Emory Cohen
 

3. Looking S2 - Michael Lannan (creator) + Best LGBT Movie/TV-series of the Year + Best San Francisco Title of the Year + Most Underappreciated Title of the Year


4. Embrace of the Serpent/El Abrazo de la Serpiente - Ciro Guerra + Best Colombian Movie of the Year + Best Psychedelic Movie of the Year + Best B/W Movie of the Year + Best Poster of the Year


5. Carol - Todd Haynes + Best Romance of the Year + Best Adaptation of the Year



6. Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation - Christopher McQuarrie + Best Action Movie of the Year


7. The Big Short - Adam McKay + Best Political Movie of the Year + Best New York movie of the Year


8. Amy, documentary - Asif Kapadia


9. Star Wars: The Force Awakens - J.J. Abrams + Best Blockbuster of the Year + Best Shooting Star Actress of the Year: Daisy Ridley



10. Spotlight  - Tom McCarthy + Best True-Crime Movie of the Year + Best Boston Movie of the Year

Other great 2015 movies (in alphabetic order):


A War/Krigen - Tobias Lindholm + Best War Movie of the Year + Best Danish Movie of the Year


The Danish Girl - Tom Hooper + Best Drama of the Year


Jurassic World - Colin Trevorrow + Best 3D Movie of the Year


Mad Max: Fury Road - George Miller + Best Australian Movie of the Year + Best Comeback of the Year: George Miller


Me and Earl and the Dying Girl - Alfonso Gomez-Rejon + Best Youth Movie of the Year



Spy - Paul Feig + Best Comedy of the Year


Straight Outta Compton - F. Gary Gray  + Best Music Movie of the Year


The Witch - Robert Eggers + Best Horror Movie of the Year + Best Debut Movie of the Year + Best New England Movie of the Year

Good, recommendable 2015 movies (in alphabetic order):


Ant-Man - Peyton Reed + Best Superhero movie of the Year


Green Room - Jeremy Saulnier + Most Violent Movie of the Year


Irrational Man - Woody Allen


Klown Forever/Klovn Forever - Mikkel Nørgaard + Best Los Angeles Movie of the Year


Spectre  - Sam Mendes


Strangerland - Kim Farrant + Best Mega-Flop Movie of the Year


Trainwreck - Judd Apatow


Trumbo - Jay Roach

The Worst Movies of 2015:



1. Terminator Genisys - Alan Taylor + Worst Sequel of the Year



2. The 33  - Patricia Riggen + Most Expensive Flop of the Year


3.  The Elite/Eliten - Thomas Daneskov 


4. Avengers: Age of Ultron - Joss Whedon + Most Undeserved Hit of the Year
 

5. Silicon Valley S2 - John Altschuler, Dave Krinsky, Mike Judge, creators + Worst Poster of the Year


6. Anomalisa - Duke Johnson, Charlie Kaufman


7. The Revenant - Alejandro González Iñárritu + Most Overrated Movie of the Year

Other failed, poor or mediocre 2015 movies (in alphabetic order):


Far from the Madding Crowd 
Magic Mike XXL + Sexiest Movie of the Year + Best Dance Movie of the Year + Best Shoting Star Actor of the Year: Donald Glover
Minions 
Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!, TV movie + Most Ridiculous Movie of the Year 
The Visit

[38 titles in total]

Notes:

The second update of the 2015 lists adds 4 titles to the mix, bringing the tally up from 34 to 38, - still very far from comprehensive.
On the best-of list, the year's best film remains Pete Doctor and Ronaldo Del Carmen's ingenious and insightful family animation Inside Out, - the first animated movie to top the Film Excess annual lists. It is followed by the only good 2014 to the site this year, John Crowley's sensational period romance drama Brooklyn. Michael Lannan's second and regrettably already last season of the amazing Looking series takes the 3rd spot, and the rest of the ten are; Ciro Guerra's transcendent Amazon excursion Embrace of the Serpent, Todd Haynes' sensational 1950s-set lesbian romance Carol, Christopher McQuarrie's flawless action jewel Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, Adam McKay's indignant, inventive financial crisis movie The Big Short, Asif Kapadia's devastating Amy documentary, all masterpieces, capped with great films; J. J. Abrams' inspired, tremendous Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Tom McCarthy's Catholic Church pedophilia scandal drama Spotlight. Leaving the top 10 this year is Colin Trevorrow's terrific thrill-ride Jurassic World.
Other fine films this year include Paul Feig's hysterically funny Spy, Tobias Lindholm's forceful A War, George Miller's acclaimed Mad Max: Fury Road and Mikkel Nørgaard's laugh-coaster Klown Forever. Also among the year's highlights are: a fine transgender drama (The Danish Girl), a poignant youth drama (Me and Earl and the Real Girl) and a creepy religious period horror (The Witch). Daniel Craig returned in another good Bond movie, explosive, fun Spectre, and Amy Schumer made her much hyped big screen debut in the successful Trainwreck.
The worst-of list is crowned by Alan Taylor's Terminator: Genisys. It is followed by a dismal mining accident movie, Patricia Riggen's The 33, followed by new entry, the debuting Thomas Daneskov's low-budgeted generational drama The Elite, another poor tentpole sequel, Joss Whedon's disappointing Avengers: Age of Ultron, the second season of John Altschuler, Dave Krinsky and Mike Judge's Silicon Valley, in which the sitcom's quality plummeted, Duke Johnson and Charlie Kaufman's intricately designed and offputtingly disspiriting Anomalisa, and finally Alejandro Gonzáles Iñárritu's acclaimed, hollowly violent, preachy and overlong The Revenant.
Among the master filmmakers who churned out sub-par films in 2014 are Thomas Vinterberg (Far from the Madding Crowd) and M. Night Shyamalan (The Visit).

Notes on the 2016 Oscars:

The ceremony was hosted for the second time by Chris Rock, who faced a hard task in making the evening enjoyable after some mentally draining months of the so-called 'Oscars so white'-controversy, targeting the academy for the few black faces to be nominated that year and in general, (not a movement for non-white people in general, the problem was, curiously, according to the statements from everyone from execs to major stars, specifically the lack of black nominees and Oscar winners...) Rock tried and enlisted Whoopi Goldberg to pump some fun out of this, admitting Hollywood's racism while also attacking vocal protesting talents such as Will Smith and Spike Lee for their stances. The night wasn't fun though, - probably among the least bearable Oscar nights in my memory. 
It didn't help that the biggest winners were the wrong films: Mad Max: Fury Road (6 Oscars) and The Revenant (3 Oscars) don't even make Film Excess' top 10 of the year.
Spotlight won Best Film and Original Screenplay (Tom McCarthy, Josh Singer). Revenant won Best Director (Alejandro Gonzáles Iñárritu thus became, ridiculously, the third of all time to win the award consecutively), Actor (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Cinematography (Emmanuel Lubezki, also ridiculously, became the first to win the award three years in a row). Masterpiece Room won Best Actress (Brie Larson), and Mark Rylance won Best Supporting Actor for Bridge of Spies. Alicia Vikander won Best Supporting Actress for The Danish Girl. Adam McKay and Charles Randolph won Best Adapted Screenplay for The Big Short. Inside Out won Best Animation, Son of Saul Best Foreign Film (ahead of Embrace of the Serpent, Mustang, Theeb and A War) and Amy won Best Documentary. The short film Oscars went to A Girl in the River - The Price of Forgiveness (short doc.), Stutterer (short live-action) and Bear Story (short animation). Ennio Morricone won Best Score for The Hateful Eight, and Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith won Best Song for Writing's on the Wall (Spectre). Smith provided one of the evening's most embarrassing moments, when he stated that he was honored to be the first out gay person to win an Oscar, (which already happened more than once in the few years preceding the 2016 show.) Mad Max: Fury Road took a batch of technical Oscars: Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, Editing, Makeup and Hairstyling, Production Design and Costumes. Ex Machina won Best Visual Effects.
Honorary Oscars went to Spike Lee, Debbie Reynolds and Geena Rowlands.

IMDb's user-generated top 10 most popular movies of 2015:

1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
2. Pitch Perfect 2

3. Spectre
4. Avengers: Age of Ultron
5. Jurassic World
6. Fifty Shades of Grey
7. Sicario
8. The Hateful Eight
9. Mad Max: Fury Road
10. San Andreas 

2015 titles still on the watch-list:

Joy, In the Heart of the Sea, The Funhouse Massacre, Rock the Kasbah, Goosebumps (seen - okay), He Named Me Malala, Absolutely Anything, Pixels, Scream Queens (2015-), A Deadly Adoption, The Assassin, Dheepan, Youth, Sicario (seen - great), Hitchcock/Truffaut, Son of Saul (seen - good), Song of Lahore, Other Space (2015-), I Am Michael, Finders Keepers, People Places, Things, Mistress America, Shaun the Sheep Movie, Blackhat, Racing Extinction, Cartel Land, Cucumber (TV-series), High-Rise, The Colony, The Meddler (seen - good), Krisha, Bone Tomahawk (seen - great), Time to Choose, Walt Before Mickey, Bridge of Spies, Chronic, Room (seen - masterpiece), Steve Jobs, 45 Years, Creed (seen - great), The Hateful Eight (seen - okay), Ex Machina, Mustang, What Happened Miss Simone?, Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom, A Girl in the River - The Price of Forgivenes, Stutterer, Ash vs Evil Dead (2015-), Behemoth, The Hunting Grown, The Devil Lives Here.

Previous annual lists:

2017 in films - according to Film Excess
2016 in films - according to Film Excess
2015 in films and TV-series - according to Film Excess [UPDATED I]
2015 in films and TV-series - according to Film Excess
 

2014 in films and TV-series - according to Film Excess [UPDATED III]
2014 in films and TV-series - according to Film Excess [UPDATED II] 
2014 in films and TV-series - according to Film Excess [UPDATED I]
2014 in films - according to Film Excess
2013 in films - according to Film Excess [UPDATED IV] 
2013 in films - according to Film Excess [UPDATED III]
2013 in films - according to Film Excess [UPDATED II]
2013 in films - according to Film Excess [UPDATED I] 
2013 in films - according to Film Excess
   

2012 in films and TV-series - according to Film Excess [UPDATED IV]
2012 in films and TV-series - according to Film Excess [UPDATED III]
2012 in films and TV-series - according to Film Excess [UPDATED II]
2012 in films - according to Film Excess [UPDATED I]
2012 in films - according to Film Excess
2011 in films and TV-series - according to Film Excess [UPDATED III]
2011 in films and TV-series - according to Film Excess [UPDATED II]
2011 in films and TV-series - according to Film Excess [UPDATED I]
2011 in films - according to Film Excess
2010 in films and TV-series - according to Film Excess [UPDATED II]
2010 in films and TV-series - according to Film Excess [UPDATED I]
2010 in films and TV-series - according to Film Excess  
2009 in films and TV-series - according to Film Excess [UPDATED I]
2009 in films and TV-series - according to Film Excess
  
What do you think of the lists?
What's your favorite and worst 2015 movie and TV-series experiences?
What 2015 movies and TV-series are missing on the watch-list?

Eagerly anticipating this week ... (2-18)

Eagerly anticipating this week ... (2-18)
Alexander Payne's Downsizing (2017)