By the end of the weekend at this year’s Oscars, one of eight nominated films will be added to an eternal list of Academy Award-winning Best Pictures. This year’s nominees run the gamut of genres. There are two films detailing modern scandals (Spotlight, The Big Short), two “based on true story” historical set pieces (Bridge of Spies, The Revenant), one little international indie film (Brooklyn), a deep emotionally wrenching drama (Room), a film about someone lost in space”¦ again (The Martian), and a kick ass action thrill ride (Mad Max: Fury Road). Are these the actual best films of 2015? Well, that depends on personal preference and opinion. Based on box office, this year’s nominees weren’t close to being the most popular films. Only one — The Martian — finished in the top 10 grossing films of the year, and only three total were in the top 21.
So if the eight nominees aren’t your cup of tea, here are the Top 10 films of 2015 NOT nominated for Best Picture…
A pair of featurettes have been released for Anomalisa, the stop-motion animated drama from Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Adaptation) and Duke Johnson (Mary Shelley’s Frankenhole, Moral Orel).
The new videos are brief, running only a minute long each, and introduce the film’s two main characters, Michael (played by Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and The Theory of Everything star David Thewlis) and Lisa (played by The Hateful Eight and Fast Times at Ridgemont High star Jennifer Jason Leigh).
You can read more about the movie and watch the videos below.
A video was released recently offering a small making of peek at the upcoming stop-motion drama Anomalisa, which is written by Oscar-winning Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Adaptation, and Being John Malkovich writer Charlie Kaufman, and co-directed by Kaufman and Duke Johnson, who’s known for his stop-motion TV work directing an episode of Moral Orel, the stop-motion episode of Community, and multiple episodes of Mary Shelley’s Frankenhole.
The movie follows an author on a business trip who meets a woman who might just be the escape from his increasingly boring life he’s been looking for. Hopefully the video below is just a tease of a much, much longer making of featurette we’ll get to see on the movie’s Blu-ray release.
I know, “What’s a “put pilot”? It’s not a commonly known term, but it means that a network guarantees that a TV pilot will get air time, or else they’ll owe lots and lots of money. So that’s good news for HorrorstÃ¶r, a novel written by Grady Hendrix about a haunted furniture super store that’s just been given a put pilot commitment from FOX. So, it’s pretty much guaranteed it will air on TV.
It’s no secret that writer/director/producer Guillermo del Toro is always one of the busiest guys working in movies. Constantly (or so it feels) we’re hearing about a new project he’s developing, or getting an update on one of the many things he’s been developing over the years. Today comes word on the latter.
Del Toro has Pacific Rim coming out soon, which will hopefully be bathing in piles of money so immense they dwarf the creatures he put on the screen in that movie. After that is Crimson Peak, the ghost movie with a strong cast he plans to begin filming in February of 2014.
But what about a pair of movies del Toro has been developing for a long time now, a new take on the tale of Frankenstein and an adaptation of the Kurt Vonnegut’s classic, Slaughterhouse-Five? He has plans for both of those very much in progress.