Award season always invites every movie fan to produce their top movies of the year. When compiling one of these lists, the outcome of the fan is about as unique as a fingerprint. It is extremely rare that a top ten list is the exact same as another fan’s as well as a top five. All of that aside, I have compiled my top ten best/favorite movies of 2015.
10. Star Wars The Force Awakens
Quite possibly the most anticipated movie ever, SWTFA has become a record breaking juggernaut. JJ Abrams has managed to restore fans’ faith in the franchise after much disappointment with the George Lucas’ prequel trilogy. With a mixture of new characters and original ones, the story, although not anything groundbreaking, has set up a nice segue into the next films in the series. Read the full review here
The highly anticipated and critically acclaimed documentary about the late singer Amy Winehouse, takes a very unique and personal look into her rise to fame and eventual downfall leading to her death. The film shows the devastating effects of fame and how she was a reluctant star who really just wanted nothing more than to sing and create music. It is very hard to not have a broken heart for her after watching.
8. The Martian
Ridley Scott’s space exploration film is the story of a manned mission to space that goes terribly wrong, leaving one of the crew stranded on the distant planet of Mars. Matt Damon plays astronaut and botanist, Mark Watney, who has to find a way to stay alive for several months in the hopes that NASA can find a way to bring him home. Mixed with humor and some very tense moments, The Martian keeps you engaged for all 2 hours and 44 minutes.
7. Mad Max: Fury Road
One of the most visually stunning movies in recent memory, George Miller resurrects the world and character he unleashed over 35 years that made Mel Gibson an international star. Tom Hardy taking over the role of the post apocalyptic drifter, and Charlize Theron as the woman rebelling against a psychotic and the vicious gang leader in the desert of Australia, Mad Max is truly non stop action with jet fuel. Read my full review here
6. Inside Out
Pixar is without a doubt, the rare movie studio that has really never made a bad film. This year they made what is probably their most important movie. Inside Out is the story of a young girl named Riley who moves to a strange new city and all the feelings she goes through and all emotions inside her and what roles they play. Not only was it immensely entertaining for everyone, but it was a perfect way for children to understand the feelings they will go through as they get older.
5. The Hateful Eight
Quentin Tarantino returned this year with his eighth film and as always it was vintage Tarantino. The story of eight strangers stuck in a remote cabin and some of them have some secrets that are about to come out. Once again, he perfectly cast every role, making it as entertaining as ever. Filled with the style of dialogue accustomed of a Tarantino movie and with a bit of a “who done it?” story line it keeps you engaged the whole time. Read my full review here
Young filmmaker Ryan Coogler made a bold attempt to make yet another Rocky movie and he has made the best one since the first one. Bravely making Rocky the secondary character and instead, focusing on Apollo Creed’s son that was born after his death. Stallone gave up all control for the first time in a Rocky movie and it has brought him his first acting Oscar nomination. Coogler brought fresh eyes to the series and made a serious name for himself. Read my full review here
3. The Big Short
The crash of the housing market in 2008 was one of the biggest economic disasters in US history. Nobody saw it coming, except a handful of people and no one would listen to their warnings. This is the story of how they tried to alert people as the economy began to collapse and how it would forever change their lives. A terrific cast is just one of the many reasons to see this movie. Read my full review here
2. The Revenant
Leonardo DiCaprio gives one of his best performances of his career as frontier man Hugh
Glass who horrifically mauled by a grizzly bear and eventually left ford. Glass would nurse himself healthy enough to track down those who left him and exact revenge. DiCaprio immersed himself so deeply in this role that you honestly believe he is Hugh Glass. Tom Hardy is
John Fitzgerald, who left Glass for dead and falsely reported that he had died, to the group that commissioned him to stay with him until he passed.
The story of the Boston Globe, team of journalists who uncovered one of the most disturbing cover up conspiracies and the effects it had, is without a doubt the most powerful movie you will see this year. The entire city of Boston is rocked to its core when it is revealed the amount of priests that were habitually molesting children and being protected by the Catholic Church. With a stellar ensemble cast and perfect performances by every single cast member it is without a doubt my favorite movie of the year. Read my full review here