Must Go
One of the greatest horror films of all time because by the time the credits roll and you start to breathe normally again, you will suddenly realize that this was not a horror film as such, this was a re-enactment of events that actually happened, with real victims and real perpetrators and real well-meaning third parties covering up the whole thing as fast as the body count kept piling up. And then you will once again have difficulty catching your breath. I felt all the emotions of someone finding out the truth for the first time.
With an all-star cast including Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, Stanley Tucci and Billy Crudup, Spotlight shines a light on a 2001 investigation by The Boston Globe on the sexual abuse within the Catholic Church.
You MUST see this film.

The Big Short

Must Go
Economics is a snoozer. I used to pick up my Macro book when I could not sleep and blam straight to the land of Winken, Blinken and Nod. However, I never had an instructor lecture from a bubble bath (darn!). This movie will give a small insight into the world of banking. It is well worth the trip. I hope you are as angry as I was (like after Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room).
The movie is funny and sarcastic as it follows three separate stories of people who benefitted from the fall of the economy. Are they villains or heroes? You will love this movie and come away with the depressing knowledge that we never learn from our mistakes.

MAJOR RANT skip if you want
The Downfall of the CPA’s
Some subjects are more alienating than others, and one of those subjects is economics/finance, largely because of its dependency upon a plethora of terminology and jargon that usually cannot be adequately defined without including other terminology or jargon. Before you know it, searching the definition of something like a “Roth IRA” leads you to Google searches about embezzlement and quantitative easing in efforts to try and circumvent and define what you were originally looking for. (Snoozing yet?)
This is what a CPA is supposed to cut through. Indeed CPA’s made America great by stopping fraud and assorted monkey business in its tracks. If a CPA certified the books everything was on the up and up. If not you were finished.
Along comes the rise of the MBA a group dedicated to principles of
Complicate to Obfuscate
Money at Any Cost

CEOs at the nation’s largest publicly traded companies received 373 times the compensation of the average production and nonsupervisory worker last year, that’s obscene.
CPA’s have traded their honor and integrity and moved to the dark side. They earn ridicules fees checking books and don’t care that they cannot understand what is in a loan packet. I am embarrassed to be associated with them. The movie only makes reference to Standard and Poor and their lack of integrity.
All Hail Mammon!! the demon of money and material wealth and is associated with the greedy pursuit of gain.

The Revenant

(according to Webster’s – one who returns from the dead)
Must Go
A beautifully filmed story about Hugh Glass who was buried and left for dead. The story although not strictly true, He did not kill the two who left him; but did collect his rifle. Leonardo Di Caprio should nail the Oscar for this film and Tom Hardy as John Fritzgerald deserves the best supporting actor. This is one of the earliest stories I remember about Mountain Man Jim Bridger played by Will Pouter, a very up and coming actor (see We’re the Millers).
‘The Revenant’ is visual poetry of the most primal kind, go but bring your coat – it’s freezing out there.

The H8ful Eight

This is no Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill or even Django. I did find it to be a beautiful Tarantino film about 30 minutes too long. Warning it is a bloodbath. I really enjoyed seeing Walton Goggins from Justified in a movie. Bruce Dern is always a treat. If you are wondering where the cameo of Quentin Tarantino is, he is the narrator.

2015 Best Movies

1 The 100 year old man who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared
2 The Gift
3 Ex Machina
4 The Water Diviner
5 What We do in the Shadows
6 Wild Tales
7 Shaun the Sheep
8 Cinderella
9 The Martian
10 Creed
11 Love and Mercy
12 Danny Collins
13 Whiplash
14 The Intern
15 Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation
16 Straight Otta Compton

I reviewed 56 movies in 2015. If you are looking for a dvd to spend an afternoon with, none of these will disappoint.