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.
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Let’s begin with something simple…
Toy Story brought digital animation to life. And was perfect for both adults and kids
Bugs Life demonstrated Pixar wasn’t a one trick pony.
Toy Story 2 proved a sequel can be as good, or even better than the original.
Monsters, Inc. married celebrity and humor (and showed us digital fur)
Finding Nemo took an unexpected collection of situations and voices to make pure enjoyment.
The Incredibles proved action and a familiar genre could be give brilliant new life.
Cars was basically a cartoon remake of Doc Hollywood, but it made a lot of money and was still enjoyable.
Ratatouille let me love it (even though I don’t like rats and think rodents cooking – even in cartoon form – is disgusting).
WALL-E proved silence was captivating.
Up showed that a few minute montage could be better than most films. Squirrel!
Toy Story 3 reminded us you can go home again and that adults cry at cartoons.
Cars 2 was terrible and a merchandising whore. The first Pixar film I have not really loved or even liked.
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