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The 2016 Biggie Awards (and My Top 10 & Bottom 5 of 2015)

The 27th Annual Biggie Awards

for achievements in film for the year 2015

2015. Goddamn. “Weird” doesn’t even begin to describe it.

In my view, this was the weakest year overall for movies since 2009, where I only “loved” 14 movies. In 2015, as of this writing, I added 17 films to my Love List. For perspective, since I’ve started tracking these things in 1997, this is only the third year where I didn’t love at least 20 movies. I didn’t love anything in 2015 until early May when Avengers: Age of Ultron opened, and even that was a disappointment compared to its predecessor.

This was not a year like 2000 (Gladiator), 2003 (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King) or 2012 (Lincoln) where a single film dominated the year while also facing stiff competition (Gladiator fended off The Patriot, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon AND Traffic, ROTK is the most awarded film in Biggies history, but still had to face Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World AND The Last Samurai– which would have been the Best Picture winner in most other years, while Lincoln had to battle Zero Dark Thirty). The closest comp I can come up with is 2011, when Drive snuck in out of nowhere to take Best Picture in a wide open field. Drive would’ve been crushed had it come out the same year as There Will Be Blood or Titanic, but it happened to arrive in a mediocre year and was able to edge out the victory. Fast forward to now, and I don’t even know if there was a 2015 film as good as Drive. As a result, this is probably the most winnable year in Biggies history for “great but not masterful” movies, which is simultaneously really fun and disappointing by default. As I post this, I honestly haven’t decided what I think the best movie of 2015 was.

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Dumb Twitter Reactions to the George Zimmerman Verdict

I knew that the instant the George Zimmerman verdict was announced, Twitter would become the most annoying place on Earth. And yet, I couldn’t resist looking and watching people react. I had to. At first, the mass ignorance made me physically angry, but after a few hours, I started pitying the fact that so few people had any clue what the fuck they were talking about when it came to the merits of the case.

The fact is that George Zimmerman, despite not being sent to prison, is still going to live a miserable life for the foreseeable future. He’s virtually unemployable, has no money, will have to fear for his safety at all times in public, and as a result of all these factors, he’ll more than likely have to leave the state of Florida. Among other things.

Sidenote: read an interesting piece about the uncertain future for George Zimmerman.

I’m not going to defend the verdict, although I’ll make my position clear that based on the EVIDENCE and the burden of proof being placed on the prosecution (that’s how it works in America, sorry folks), the verdict was the right one. You can’t convict someone of murder with no eyewitnesses and no proof of intent. It’s that simple. This doesn’t mean I approve of Zimmerman’s actions or support him going forward, but in my view, justice, as spelled out by the law, was served. But that’s not enough for emotional liberals, race pimps like Al Sharpton and the elites in New York and Los Angeles, who presume to know for a fact what happened that night. The only “justice” that matters to these people is someone going to prison for the death of Trayvon Martin.

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