My next list of top media for the year will be movies. Now, it will be readily apparent that I have not seen many films this year. Again, these are based on movies that I have seen and rated an A or higher. I do exclude movies I saw the small screen. Maybe next year.
Top Nine Movies (in chronological order of seeing them)
- Red Army – This documentary explores the Soviet Ice Hockey Program. I’m fascinated by cultural practices under Communist or Socialist governments so this doc was everything I could have wanted.
- Song of the Sea – This Irish animated movie has to be one of the most beautiful films I’ve seen. It is a story about a little girl realizing her destiny and future in a fairy tale world. It’s from the same people who made The Book of Kells but the plot is stronger and the animations are even prettier.
She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry –
This was probably one of my favorites of the year. It’s a documentary about the early years of the feminist movement in the US. It covers a wide swath of the movement looking at different racial, ethnic and LBTQ groups and their priorities, how these groups pushed at the movement and tried to make it more inclusive. It showed that the feminist movement was messy, exclusionary at times. It’s a movie everyone should see.
East Side Sushi –
This film was with the Latino Film Festival in the spring. It’s about a young woman of Mexican descent who is a cook and has a real passion for it. She ends up working at a sushi restaurant and aspires to become a sushi chef. It’s a compelling story about identity, sharing of cultures, and more.
- Jurassic World – Yes, I’m putting this on here because I have a dinosaur obsession. Was it the best movie of the year from a critical standpoint? No. But I really had a blast with the film. It gave me what I didn’t even know I wanted. Because dinosaurs.
- Inside Out – This was the other top film of the year for me. This animated movie about the emotions inside a young girl is simply brilliant. It’s heartfelt and funny. The animation is tops.
- Mr. Holmes – This film is about an aged Sherlock Holmes, played by Ian McKellen, in retirement and dealing with his fading memory. The movie tracks him as he tries to figure out his last case. It’s a really moving story and painful at times in the way that good movies are.
- The Martian – While space stories aren’t usually my cup of tea, I really dug this one. This film is about an astronaut who is accidentally left behind (for dead) on Mars and he has to figure out how to survive with limited resources. It’s funny and a nice nod to the wonders of science. Science!
- The Suffragette – This film explores the life of a young working woman and her involvement with the suffragette movement in the UK in the early 1910s. It’s a hard movie at times to watch the treatment of the suffragettes, beaten and force fed in jail. But it’s an important piece of the story that is often forgotten.
That’s all for now!