2015 at the Half

We are now halfway through the year that is 2015.  A few years ago, it looked like this year was going to be a “moviepocalypse” of sorts, since the film line-up was so jam-packed that it was feared that the box office would just implode.  That hasn’t really happened, partially since many of the films originally scheduled for this year have been moved to 2016 or later.

I have always been a fan of blockbuster films, but as I settle into my 30s, my taste in movies continues to mature.  This can be seen by the fact that many of my favourite films of the year so far are independent or limited releases.  While I have enjoyed many of the blockbusters I have seen this year, I have yet to see something that I liked so much that I will list it among my favourite films of the year.  This includes Mad Max: Fury Road, which many folks are considering to be one of the best blockbusters of the year.

My favourite film at the halfpoint of 2015 is Alex Garland’s Ex Machina, which really caters to my love of the science fiction genre.  I look forward to picking up the film when it is released on blu-ray in a couple weeks and I can almost guarantee that Ex Machina will be high up on my top ten list at the end of the year.

A film that literally came out of nowhere to become my second favourite film of the year is Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s Me and Earl and the Dying Girl.  I saw the film last month knowing next to nothing about it and ended up really enjoying the film’s mix of quirky comedy and heart-wrenching drama.  While I’m not sure if the film will still rank as high at the year’s end, it will probably most definitely be on my year-end list.

Rounding of my five favourite films so far are a trio of documentaries.  These would be The Hunting Ground, Raiders!, and The Queen of Silence.  Of these three documentaries, The Hunting Ground is probably the most likely to be on my final list at the end of the year, though I have high praise for all of these films.

That wraps up my midyear report and here’s to the second half of 2015.

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Sean Patrick Kelly is a self-described über-geek, who has been an avid film lover for all his life. He graduated from York University in 2010 with an honours B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies and he likes to believe he knows what he’s talking about when he writes about film (despite occasionally going on pointless rants).