2015 In Review- Best In Film Part 2

Here’s part two of my list for “Best In Film” for 2015. Yesterday, I shared my Best Comedies, Funniest Performance, Best Sequel/Reboot/Spinoff, and Best Film You Probably Didn’t See. Today, we touch base with Best Visual Effects, Best Original Score, Best Original Song, and Best Editing.

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Mad Max Fury Road
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The Walk
Jurassic World
Ant-Man

Each film on this list really showed us some amazing special effects, from recreating the Twin Towers, to dinosaurs, to the shrinking and growing of a superhero. But two of these films opted for a heavier use of practical effects, and because of this, they stand even taller above the rest.

WINNER: Mad Max: Fury Road
I absolutely believe that Mad Max had the best visual effects, opting to actually build real vehicles instead of using CGI. It looked great, and I think it paid off in the long run.

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE:
Inside Out
The Hateful Eight
The Martian
Mad Max: Fury Road
Trumbo

You might be surprised to see Trumbo on my list, but I loved how the score seemed to mimic a typewriter. I thought it was brilliant. The other scores have been praised this year, and stand out as the most memorable work of the year. But, for my money, there was one score I absolutely loved, and it featured a guitarist driving along on his very own rig, blasting music (and fire) as he went along.

WINNER: Mad Max: Fury Road

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
Phenomenal (Southpaw)
Don’t Look Down (Danny Collins)
See You Again (Furious 7)
Flashlight (Pitch Perfect 2)
Til It Happens To You (The Hunting Ground)

I like songs that really have something to do with the actual movie, and work to enhance it. See You Again really was a bookend to the entire film, highlighting both the loss of Paul Walker and Brian O’Connor from the franchise. Flashlight was actually used in the movie, and was a great song. Phenomenal helped bring that extra punch to the end of Southpaw. Don’t Look Down was the great little ditty that Danny Collins spent most of the movie trying to write. And Til It Happens To You perfectly sums up the theme of The Hunting Ground.

WINNER: See You Again (Furious 7)
If I’m going to remember one song from this year… “It’s been a long day without you my friend, but I’ll tell you all about it when I see you again.”

BEST EDITING:
The Hateful Eight
The Martian
Spotlight
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Mad Max: Fury Road

For me, a well edited film has no pacing issues. No weird cuts. Nothing that stands out as odd. I think these five films best exemplified Best Editing this year. Some of them had really long run times too.

WINNER: The Martian
Bouncing back and forth between three different sets of cast and story, The Martian truly had its work cut out for it, and I believe it really deserves the Best Editing award this year.

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