OK, I am back and this time, it is for the best movies of this year.
Yeah, while we have some bad movies here and there, there was some great gems that was released this year whether they were hidden or they were the good movies we was expecting.
Now, as usual, these are movies that I have seen in the course of this year and I haven’t seen every good movie out there or even some Oscar contenders such as The Big Short, Spotlight, Trumbo, etc.
Now before we begin, I got two honorable mentions on the list and while they aren’t top 10, these are still very fun movies to watch….
….oh, and these are Marvel Movies. You know, the fun ones that Fantastic 4 are not.
Yes, people thought Ant-Man was going to be a disaster with all the Edgar Wright leaving and people not having much faith in it but in the end, the movie turned out to be another great addition of the MCU and this time, it incorporates the heist elements into the movie rather than the pure superhero film….and also speaking of that, we knew that Age of Ultron wasn’t going to be as good as the first Avengers but does it make it bad? NO!! We still got the fun and rousing experience we got from the first movie and one or two things that were flaws and suddenly it’s a bad movie? I don’t believe that.
And now on to the top 10 list…….
Yeah, as much as I heard people liking this a lot and I genuinely liked the movie as well, it’s not “OMG I’M GONNA CRY SO HARD” type of movie but yeah, this is quite depressing and with the subject, of course it is with being kidnapped and taking care of a child at that and yes, this is still a solid flick with wonderful performances from Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay that does deserve some Oscar attention once the season rolls out.
Hey, a good Ridley Scott-directed movie for once and mostly that goes to the writer of the movie Drew Goddard as this turned out to be better than I though. Matt Damon in a sci-fi movie and he’s actually fascinating as Mark Witney, an astronaut trying to survive after being left behind in Mars but instead of the usual crying, whimpering and panicking (what most of us would do in that situation), he calmly find ways to survive and makes the best of it and the supporting cast from Jeff Daniels and Chiwetel Ejiofor also makes the best of this as well.
8. Yakuza apocalypse
So a yakuza member gets bitten by his dying boss…..who’s a vampire by the way and he wreaks havoc in Japan? SIGN ME UP!! This looks like this movie appeals the imaginative fantasy nature in me and it gets as wacky and crazy as it got further and further and the more it gets to that level, the more I’m into it.
7. Star wars the force awakens
Not only is this movie breaking box office records as of now but it managed to get me into this new era of the franchise. This was a blast to watch, especially in theaters with a moving audience at that and it even manages to be more involved than the original trilogy. Sure, there was some flaws and dislikes I got with it being somewhat A New Hope reboot but then again, they seemed so little that they never bother me or the fact I’m not that big a Star Wars fan before this. The action was incredible, the characters were incredible especially the chemistry between John Boyega’s Finn and Daisy Ridley’s Rey. Oh, the wonder of what if Poe Dameron and General Hux ever met….speaking of which……
6. ex machina
Not only one of the few sci-fi movies in the year that got me completely into the movie but the few sci-fi movies this year that is actually less showing off effects and more of being integrated into the story. Not to mention the brilliant performances from our leads Oscar Isaac, Domhall Gleeson and Alicia Vikander and that dance scene, man.
So, I’m not much of a Rocky fan (wow, I keep saying that to entries of well-known franchises) but as a character study, this makes a great inspiring movie and a passionate continuation of the movie series itself and could lead off to more into Creed. Michael B. Jordan once again (like he did in Fruitvale Station, which the director of that directed this) shows us why he is a great lead actor and for the first time in a while, Sylvester Stallone delivers a great performance in a movie in a franchise he made and isn’t cheesy or forgettable like those Expendables movies.
4. KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE
I’m so glad I’m one of many people that saw this movie in theaters when it came out and it managed to be successful but this was a complete surprise. This movie turned out to be one of the better spy movies of this year and it helps with Matthew Vaughn on the directing chair, a bad-ass Colin Firth, a leading young male in Taron Eggerton and the comedic villainy of Samuel L. Jackson as a mix of Goldfinger, Mike Tyson and Russell Simmons wrapped in one. Not to mention, this movie has one of the best fight scenes in a church playing to Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Freebird.
3. mad max fury road
Critics loved it, audiences loved it and once you see this movie, you will know why. Mad Max Fury Road is action incarnate and preferably the better action movie of 2015. Hell, this completely stole Age of Ultron‘s spotlight and hey, it earned it. It introduces us to one of the best characters of the movie Furiosa, wonderfully played by Charlize Theron and thank God she’s in a better movie this year because she needed this and Tom Hardy isn’t too bad as Mad Max.
2. INSIDE OUT
For the first time since Toy Story 3, Pixar has got to our emotions and be more than just a kid’s movie and Inside Out is the right one to do it. A movie teeming with such imagination of how the mind and your emotions work but in the form of little people inside your head and you’ll definitely feel emotional out finishing it. Possibly one of the best animated movies of 2015 and got Pixar back in their game. (And yes, I haven’t seen The Good Dinosaur and I heard mixed things about it.)
And now my #1 movie of 2015…….
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Straight Outta Compton was a complete surprise this year as this is the first rap biopic (OK, not the first but do you remember Notorious? No, you don’t) that had an epic feel once the movie starts. An energetic biopic about how the infamous rap group got started and the comradery they share throughout the course of their career along with the usual rise and fall but hey, a biopic is a biopic, along with throwing in some social issues back in the early 1990s that is very much relevant in the present day. Also, I know Ice Cube is proud of his son O’Shea Jackson Jr carrying on his legacy playing him and yes, he actually had to get an acting coach to get the part. The rest like Jason Mitchell as Eazy-E, Corey Hawkins as Dr. Dre and Paul Giamatti as NWA manager Jerry Heller also gave great performances as well. Definitely something I wish to see over and over again.
And there you go. My BEST MOVIES OF 2015 and……I’m tired.
Between making lists all month long….I’m taking a break….at least until Time of the Season comes back again.
Until then, this is MAK2.0 aka The Blue Hybrid, bringing all the elements in one format.
ANT-MAN, AVENGERS AGE OF ULTRON (Marvel), STAR WARS THE FORCE AWAKENS (LucasFilm) & INSIDE OUT – courtesy of Disney
ROOM & EX MACHINA – courtesy of A24 FILMS
THE MARTIAN & KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE – courtesy of TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX
YAKUZA APOCALYPSE – courtesy of NIKKATSU
CREED – courtesy of METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER PICTURES & WARNER BROS. PICTURES
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD – courtesy of WARNER BROS. PICTURES
STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON – courtesy of UNIVERSAL PICTURES