Can you believe we are halfway through the year already? I can’t, but well, we are! So it’s the time again to list my favourites so far. The images link through to my reviews if applicable so click away to find out which they’re included!
10. Lost River
9. The Overnight
8. It Follows
7. Mad Max: Fury Road
6. 45 Years
4. Ex Machina
3. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
1. Birdman Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
An intense, edge of your seat, drama about jazz music would appear about as plausible as a feel-good flick in a funeral parlour but that’s exactly what director Damien Chazelle achieves with ‘Whiplash’. Music school drummer Andrew Neimann (Miles Teller) is young and impressionable, determined to be the next big sensation of the jazz scene. Standing in his way is intimidating conductor/mentor Terence Fletcher (J.K. Simmons) whose exceptionally high standards lend him extreme methods of coaching. Are his unorthodox teaching techniques necessary means to an end or is he bitterly blocking the threshold to stardom because he himself feels he has underachieved?