Notes from awards committee:
HouseClark remembers the 2015 movies for having so many memorable strong female characters. So many lovely, talented ladies in so many good movies with so many good roles! From Charlize Theron riding shotgun in the furious shoot-em-up Mad Max: Fury Road, to Lake Bell risking her life to protect her family in No Escape, to Jennifer Lawrence starting a small business and fighting for success in Joy, to Helen Mirren, Katie Holmes, and Antje Traue in a story about a Jewish family (Bloch-Bauer) in Nazi occupied Austria and Gustav Kimt’s masterpiece, The Woman in Gold. In a very competitive year for female performances, Best Actress award goes to Lake Bell for her physically demanding Mamma Bear portrayal in No Escape.
As we have in past years, HouseClark agreed with a few Academy Best Picture nominations, but none of their Best Actor/Actress nominations or awards. For Best Picture we selected No Escape, the most tense and exciting action – adventure film of the year. It was also the best family oriented movie. Since the film had the dumbest PC backlash of the year, it brings us special pleasure to present the Best Picture Simpson award to No Escape.
Mad Max: Fury Road. I wasn't expecting a belated entry into the Mad Max franchise to be in my list of favorite movie for 2015, but the return to the postapocalyptic desert with monster trucks and girls and homicidal maniacs was extreme, quirky and exciting. And Tom Hardy deserves his Best Actor award for escorting a scantily clad harem of leggy models (redhead Riley Keough is an interesting one; turns out she's the eldest granddaughter of Elvis!).
Spotlight - A feature film that could’ve just as easily been a stage play, or a low budget, made-for-TV movie. It is about an interesting topic, but the presentation is dull with people perusing spreadsheets. Hard to make that interesting.
Equally boring was the bloated western The Revenant.Looks good; tastes bland.