Jack Giroux’s Top 10 Movies of 2015

Ex Machina dance

It’s often the case that a year after writing a top 10, I’m sometimes filled with regret. “How did I forget to include that movie?” is a question that’s bound to arise every once in a while. Twelve months after writing one of these lists, you know which movies have genuinely stuck with you. Thankfully, most of of my choices from past “best” lists have over the years.

This year, I’m confident all of these films will not fade with time. 2015 was filled with movies I’ve already had the urge to revisit, and I was delighted to find they haven’t lost their power on repeat viewings. After the jump, help me count down my top 10 movies of 2015.

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Emily Blunt in Sicario

There are years when the awards race feels all but locked in by early January, when even the most casual Oscar followers can rattle off a list of frontrunners and the ceremonies themselves promise few surprises. This is not one of those years. True, there are a few titles that you can safely bet on making it to the final cut, like Spotlight and The Revenant. But there are a great many films still on the bubble. Some of them got good news today, as the PGA announced their nominations for the 2016 awards, and others just saw their odds get a little bit longer. Read the full PGA Awards nominations 2016 list after the jump.  Read More »

the big short scene

Over a month ago I suggested a world in which Adam McKay got nominated for an Academy Award. I would argue a nomination is long overdue for the co-writer/director of Step Brothers and Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, but McKay won’t have to wait much longer. After seeing The Big Short, it’s a sure thing McKay and co-writer Charles Randolph will see some awards love for their dense, deeply funny and frightening adaptation of Michael Lewis‘ book.

After the jump, watch Adam McKay break down a scene from The Big Short.

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Adam McKay interview

At the AFI premiere of Adam McKay‘s newest film, The Big Short, the director joked that his past films — Anchorman: The Legend of Ron BurgundyStep Brothers, and more — were all his failed attempts at drama. The writer-director has explored sexism in the workplace, the 21st century manchild, and unrelenting ignorance throughout his body of work, to hilarious effect, but rarely a subject matter this serious.

With The Big Short, McKay has made his first drama, but even he resists putting that label on his film. Based on Michael Lewis‘ book, adapted by McKay and Charles Randolph, the film is a potent mix of laughs and misery, depicting the years leading up to the 2008 financial crisis. The Big Short stars Steve CarellChristian BaleBrad Pitt, and more actors we all know.

We discussed the tricky tone of the film, why you can’t kill dogs in cinema, and more with Mr. McKay. Here’s our Adam McKay interview:

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‘Trumbo’ Leads 2016 SAG Awards Nominations

Cate Blanchett in Carol

2015’s been a weird year for the movie awards race in some ways. Many of the films assumed to be shoo-ins early on have fallen short of their potential, freeing up the field for smaller, quirkier choices. But the race should come into clearer focus over the coming days, as the major awards start announcing their nominations one by one. Today, the Screen Actors Guild revealed their picks for the 2016 awards in the movie and TV categories. Read the full list of 2016 SAG Awards nominations after the jump.  Read More »

christian bale interview

Christian Bale has played plenty of “real-life” characters throughout his career. From Melvin Purvis to Dickie Eklund to Irving Rosenfeld, he’s portrayed all walks of life. In Adam McKay‘s The Big Short, based on Michael Lewis‘ nonfiction novel, Bale plays Dr. Michael Burry, a brilliant hedge fund manager who spotted the impending doom in the housing market.

The Big Short is very much an ensemble piece, but Bale’s role is quite different from his co-stars. Steve Carell and Ryan Gosling are almost always in the same room with another actor, sharing clever exchanges, while Bale is often alone in his office. Loneliness is a theme in The Big Short, and Burry best represents that theme.

Christian Bale was kind enough to discuss Dr. Michael Burry with us, as well as the other real-life characters he’s played and his love-hate relationship with acting. Read our Christian Bale Big Short interview after the jump.  Read More »

zoolander death scene

Not enough modern comedies end with the demise of their characters. At least that’s what writer-director Adam McKay thinks. He’s been itching to kill off some of his characters for years now, including Baxter (Anchorman) and the horrific yet charming leads in Step Brothers, Brennan Huff (Will Ferrell) and Dale Doback (John C. Reilly). Another protagonist McKay would’ve enjoyed seeing perish in pure agony? Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller).

Read about the Zoolander death scene we never saw after the jump.

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The Big Short Trailer

This winter, comedy director Adam McKay (Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Step Brothers) takes the leap to a different genre by directing the financial crisis drama The Big Short. Based on Michael Lewis‘ book of the same name, the story follows Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt as four men who try to take on the banks before a major collapse in the global economy.

A new The Big Short trailer shows off the star-studded cast, including the impressive supporting players who are bound to make this a major awards contender at the Oscars this season. Watch the new trailer below! Read More »

The Big Short review

There is a real anger and sadness to The Big Short, and as wild and as funny as the movie is, the humor never makes light of or sugarcoats the 2008 financial crisis. The humor, if anything, heightens the drama and the pain we see in co-writer/director Adam McKay‘s (Step Brothers) uproarious dramedy.

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The Big Short trailer

The Big Short is a slight change of pace for Adam McKay. The man behind Step BrothersTalladega Nights, and Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy is taking on a more serious subject matter with his adaptation of Michael Lewis‘ nonfiction book. As serious as the housing crisis is, that doesn’t mean McKay isn’t bringing his outrageous sensibility to the film.

After the jump, watch a featurette for the director’s newest picture.

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