With the annual Academy Awards around the corner, all kinds of good movies are being rewarded for their general greatness; but it’s easy to forget some of the small but mighty movies that popped up along the way. So, move aside Oscar bait, here are some super awesome movies that you might have missed in 2015.
Quite easily one of the strangest movies to come out of 2015, but quite possibly one of my favourites, The Lobster is a surreal satire, set in a future where singletons are given 45 days to find a partner or they will be turned into the animal of their choice. With an awesome line up of actors, some great cinematography, and a typically British dark yet delightful script, The Lobster is a superb watch that comments on the pressures of modern relationships with truly inventive storytelling.
The Final Girls
This is one of those movies that isn’t so much a “really good movie”, but it is a whole lot of fun to watch. The Final Girls has taken a bunch of actors that we’re used to seeing on television (think Silicon Valley, American Horror Story and Workaholics) and thrown them into a B-movie style comedy horror with plenty of trashy moments and completely unrealistic plot devices. Don’t be ashamed to like stuff like this, it’s entertaining and won’t make you any less cool.
Though this still isn’t out on our side of the Atlantic, Americans were able to enjoy Anomalisa in December last year! The only movie in this list to receive an Academy Award nomination, and also be crowd-funded via Kickstarter, Anomalisa is the latest feature film from the intricate and unusual brain of Charlie Kaufman. Anomalisa is a visually captivating story about Michael Stone, a man suffering from loneliness and the mundanity of everyday life, and combines a bleak and somewhat depressing outlook on life with overly beautiful stop-motion animation. It’s a bit weird and serious, but quietly brilliant.
What We Do In The Shadows
Okay, so technically this film was released in 2014, but it was just a tiny bit too awesome to not make this list. What We Do In The Shadows follows the daily hilarious pursuits of four flatmates living in New Zealand, who just so happen to be vampires. Written, directed by, and starring Jermaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords), and the equally talented Taika Waititi (Eagle vs. Shark), this charismatic mockumentary should definitely be on your watch list, and it’s on Netflix now, so get on it while you can.
If you want some overly colourful, 80s synth loving, low in budget but high in awesomeness action, Turbo Kid is the movie for you. Set in a dystopian, alternate reality future, a boy becomes a comic book hero to avenge the death of his parents. It’s gory and bloody, and a whole heap of fun. It’s the kind of movie that will make you want to do a Judd Nelson style air punch once it’s finished, and if that doesn’t sell it you, I don’t know what will.