As Third Act Film’s latest addition to the writing team, I’ve already started to feel like more of this year should have been spent at the cinema so I could keep up with the rest of the gang! It’s been a good year for film in a lot of ways, and I’m sure we all wish we could see everything that comes out but just can’t find time for it all. So with that in mind, here are my Top 10 films I wish I’d seen at the cinema, either because everyone thought they were great, or because they sound so interesting it seems a shame not to at least give them a go. This will also act as a promise to myself that I will get round to seeing them all at some point, so feel free to remind me of that New Year’s Resolution when we get to 2016! This list will be a mixture of Hollywood blockbusters and weird little independent films – that’s the way I roll!
Not usually my kind of film, but the whole world can’t be wrong! And it’s about time a film blew me away with high-octane thrills and amazing special effects.
2. The Martian
I was royally put off seeing this by the trailer, which just made it look like Matt Damon does Gravity, but I will be checking this out at some point considering the hype. Won’t be the same on TV as on the big screen though…
I get the impression this’ll probably be a bit too gritty and violent for me, but Emily Blunt as an action hero is a great career move for her and I’ve heard nothing but positive reviews of this tense thriller.
4. It Follows
God I wish I wasn’t such a scaredy cat, because it meant I missed seeing this creepy as hell little horror film. At least now I can buy it on DVD and hide behind my sofa if it all gets too much.
5. 45 Years
Both Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay stunned audiences and critics with their portrayals of a couple whose 45 year relationship (look it’s the title!) starts to crumble when a romance from his past resurfaces.
This seemed to be in the cinema one minute and gone the next, so I missed seeing Saoirse Ronan (so brilliant in Joe Wright’s Atonement) all grown up and off to America, where she has the bright lights of Brooklyn and crippling homesickness to contend with, plus a love triangle – hopefully a better one than in the infamous Twilight series!
7. Ex Machina
Nobody but me seemed interested in this high-concept science fiction thriller at the time, but I’m determined to give this a watch and see if it deserves the cult classic status it seems to have won.
8. A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence
I doubt this set of tragicomic sketches would be most people’s idea of a great time at the movies, but then my favourite film this year was portmanteau Argentinian revenge comedy Wild Tales, so it sounds right up my street!
9. The Diary of a Teenage Girl
You’ve gotta love Kristen Wiig, whether she’s making us roar with laughter or playing it straight like she is here, and this coming of age story from a female perspective was meant to be touching but not too sugary and sentimental, and with great performances from everyone involved, especially newcomer Bel Powley.
10. The Lobster
For a lover of surreal black comedies, this sounds ideal – a dystopia where everyone has to find themselves a romantic partner or risk being turned into an animal and exiled into the wild to fend for themselves. They get to choose which animal they’ll be turned into though – generous!
Let us know which films you’re kicking yourself about not seeing this year in the comments.
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