January is always a strong month at the cinema in the lead up to awards season, and 2015 has been no exception with a series of stunning films hitting cinemas. The depth of quality means there is no place on my top 3 this month for great films such as ‘Birdman‘ and ‘A Most Violent Year‘. Here’s what we thought the best of the bunch was…
Jean-Marc Vallée’s follow up to last year’s ‘Dallas Buyer’s Club‘ is a terrific tale about one women’s quest to battle her demons by hiking along the Pacific Crest Trail alone. Featuring an outstanding Reese Witherspoon performance, ‘Wild‘ is moving, funny and full of hope, and it’s a superb film.
Bennett Miller’s gripping film about the Olympic Wrestling Champion’s, Dave and Mark Schultz, and their encounters with billionaire philanthropist John Du Pont is a tense, engrossing watch. Miller draws outstanding performances from Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo, and this detailed character study is an early contender for one of the year’s best films.
The best film I’ve seen in January and the best film I’ve seen in some time is the truly magnificent ‘Whiplash‘, a phenomenal exercise in intensity in the unlikely environment of jazz music. Pitting Miles Teller’s drummer against J. K. Simmons band leader, ‘Whiplash‘ is one of the most thrilling experiences of the year. Concluding with a sensational sequence which draws everything together, this is filmmaking of the highest level – Everyone should see this film!