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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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Mini-Review: FRUITVALE STATION

fruitvale station poster

Fruitvale Station is based on the true events of December 31, 2008 and the early morning hours of New Year’s Day, 2009 involving the wrongful shooting death by an Oakland transit police officer of young Oscar Grant. The events of that night led to protesting and rioting in the Oakland area. The officer involved in the shooting, Johannes Mehserle, was eventually convicted of involuntary manslaughter and served 11 months in prison out of a 2-year sentence. He was later fired from the police force. The incident sparked nationwide outrage, civil lawsuits on behalf of the family, and now this film. The movie was shot in just 20 days last July with a budget of less than $1 million. It premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and took home the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award, which if I’m not mistaken are the two biggest awards given out at Sundance.

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