It always takes some time to feel ready to post the best movies of the year. While I get to the Oscar nominees pretty early, there are the dozens of fantastic smaller and ignored films that take some time (and are still coming to DVD or Streaming). There are many left on “to see” list of 2015.
This year saw some real entertainment from Hollywood and fewer of the super depressing films they’ve made in recent years. So with no apologies for getting it all wrong, here’s my Top 20 for 2015.
Today’s theme is the Shofar. It’s too obvious to just use a film with a shofar such as The Ten Commendments. So let’s take a moment to talk about the shofar. Rambam (Moses Maimonides) explains its meaning best: “Awaken, you sleepers! Arise, you slumberers! Examine your deeds, do teshuvah and remember your Creator! …Improve their ways and rectify their deeds!” The shofar is an alarm clock to action. It is a signal to change our ways.
There is a genre of movie that fits this perfectly. A human alarm that warns the rest of us – sometimes in vain – to a fraud, deception, corruption and evil-doing. This person challenges us to make a change despite incredible odds. And though they sometimes fail, the movies celebrate their courage to speak out. This is the whistleblower.