Body, Heart, and Soul: The Best and Worst of 2015 - Can't Stop the Movies
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Body, Heart, and Soul: The Best and Worst of 2015

Body Heart and SoulReading my best and worst of list for 2014, I'm struck by how many of the same problems drove American discourse.  The racial injustice of Ferguson and New York grew to include the murders of Sandra Bland and Freddie Gray.  The ongoing Presidential campaign of Donald Trump continues to fuel the racist impulses behind those murders and created new fertile ground for fresh sexism.

This year, I needed some hope.  I couldn't handle more dramas examining the darkness of our collective psyche.  Instead I wanted to embrace the embattled parts of ourselves which may hurt but go on to greater things.  My body felt joy watching the men of Magic Mike XXL embrace their talents and bring happiness to the world by pleasing not themselves but the unappreciated queens they come across.  My heart ached for Adonis in Creed but soared to fresh tears when the image of his father Apollo brings Adonis to his feet to secure the legacy he once thought abandoned.  My soul dipped into the waters of The Midnight Swim with three sisters who are trying to understand their lineage through their impenetrable and missing mother who may have understood how to embrace death by swimming through the waters of our collective memory.

There were other high point, but these three movies fueled me when other works of art left a lack.  Maybe I'll be ready to look back into the dark in 2016.  But, for now, I'm appreciative of the light the best of 2015 had to offer.

The Best

Best 2015

Great

Great 2015

Good

Good 2015

Zone of Indifference

Zone of Indifference 2015

Bad

Bad 2015

Wretched

Wretched 2015

Special Achievement in Avoiding Easy Categorization (Maybe You'll Like It I Have No Way to Say For Certain)

Itself 2015

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