Note: This is only my opinion and this is not an official list of anything.
10. Mad Max: Fury Road
Mad Max Fury Road is George Miller’s first film since Happy Feet 2. Yep you heard that right the guy who directed this, directed both Happy Feet movies, who would’ve thought right? But man what a spectacle Mad Max was from the vibrant colors to the amazing wide screen shots to the ridiculous car chases, Mad Max is thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish and it was definitely worth seeing on the big screen.
Tom Hardy gives a convincing performance as a man caught in the middle of all the chaos but Charlize Theron as Furiosa is the breakout character as she tries to get away from clutches of Immortan Joe.
My name is Max. My world is fire and blood.
The story itself is well, it’s just one long car chase but the explosions and the chaotic nature of it all is what makes this film incredibly fun to watch specially in the big screen. That’s why it’s my top 10 film of 2015.
9. Straight Outta Compton
As the lyrics go, “Straight Outta Compton crazy m***** f***** named Ice Cube”. Directed by F. Gary Gray this is the biopic/documentary about the infamous rap group known as N.W.A. Now unfortunately for me I wasn’t born when all this movement was happening so I have no attachment to the group, though I listened to some of their songs and I did catch up to the hip hop songs from the 90s. I listened to Tupac, Snoop Dogg, heck I was also a big fan of Bone Thugs and Harmony.
Watching this however fascinated me, it sheds on the music industry, how music was produced but more importantly on the treatment of minorities by the police. Sort of how they are today, yeah as bad as it sounds, it seemed like nothing has changed.
The movie itself is great, there are strong performances here by Corey Hawkins who plays Dr. Dre and Jason Mitchell as Eazy-E not to mention O’Shea Jackson Jr. who perfectly resembles his father.
Hey, hold on, hold on! Y’all know what the motherf****** police try to tell us back stage? They try to tell us what the f*** we can’t play. Motherf****** try to tell us what the f*** we can’t say. This N.W.A.! We do what the f*** we wanna do, we say what the f*** we wanna say! So with them high, put the middle fingers high in the sky to the punk ass cops backstage.
Overall I liked the movie a lot, enough to be in my top 10, the music is great, can be nostalgic for some, that said, this is a well crafted movie from start to finish.
8. The Revenant
The Revenant is Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s follow up on his award winning movie Birdman. Normally expectations are high right, Award winning director to work with Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy. Well the movie itself is pretty good, a little too long but what makes this top 8 for me is the screenplay as well as DiCaprio’s performance.
If you are familiar with Birdman you can see similar things in here in terms of screenplay. There are a lot of long takes with a lot of action happening in them, switching from character to character while still in the same take it is amazing. Also the movie was filmed in natural light which can be quite difficult as cast and crew would have to heavily rely on the sun to do a scene. I can say it worked well as it contributed well to the movie’s tone and the movie looks amazing.
Best part of the movie though is Leonardo DiCaprio’s performance, he doesn’t have many dialogue but the adversities he faced were just incredibly rough and brutal after watching this, I felt that he deserves that long awaited Oscar and this is the performance that wins it.
I ain’t afraid to die anymore. I’d done it already.
This movie looks gritty and vicious but it works on it’s favor with the addition to the director’s screenplay and the actors performances this is worth seeing in the big screen and one of the memorable movies of 2015.
7. Avengers: Age of Ultron
Well what can I say, I’m a fan of superhero movies and I personally love Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. Joss Whedon returns to direct the highly anticipated Avengers sequel. Age of Ultron isn’t great but it’s not bad either. I still enjoyed watching The Avengers kick ass on the big screen and though the movie is formulaic there are moments here that make it worthy of 7th place.
James Spader as Ultron was great, his voice gives life to the menacing AI and it’s music to my ears. The action is always there and I enjoyed the newer additions to the series. Also Hawkeye had a little backstory going on, which probably makes him the most human character out of all the Avengers and that was something I admired.
I know you’re good people. I know you mean well. But you just didn’t think it through. There is only one path to peace… your extinction.
Marvel movies will always have a special place in me, I’m a fan reading them and a fan of their movies, except Fantastic Four that movie was horrendous. All in all the movie is still fun maybe suffered a bit from the hype from the first one but it’s still an enjoyable film.
6. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The biggest movie of the year and it’s only 6th place? Whaaat? I personally enjoyed the movie a lot, there were a lot of amazing moments in the film and J.J. Abrams did more than what was needed to jump-start the Star Wars movie franchise.
Only problem was it was a lot like Episode 4: A New Hope, and things could’ve been better at that area but it’s still an incredibly fun movie. The new characters were great, John Boyega as Finn was hilarious and Oscar Isaac as charming as always and of course a lot of guys would probably have a crush on Daisy Ridley by now, I know I do. Not to mention Harrison Ford and Chewbacca who always puts a smile on my face whenever they’re on screen. The chemistry between old and new cast is there and it works well in the film.
Chewie, we’re home.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a fun film and I’m looking forward to the expanded universe that they have going and to the movies they release in the future.
5. Beasts of No Nation
Beasts of No Nation is one of two Nelfix original films released this year. The other one shouldn’t have been made at all, looking at you Sandler.
Beasts of No Nation is about the story of an innocent boy, which through unfortunate and tragic circumstances ends up being a soldier for a charismatic militant leader in the form of Idris Elba.
This movie is gorgeous, Cary Joji Fukunaga is such a talented director from his work on the first season of True Detective to this, he hasn’t lost a beat. This movie was shot beautifully from the vibrant colors used to the hypnotic acting of Idris Elba, which should win a best supporting actor for his portrayal as their leader.
I saw terrible things… and I did terrible things. So if I’m talking to you, it will make me sad and it will make you too sad. In this life… I just want to be happy in this life. If I’m telling this to you… you will think that… I am some sort of beast… or devil. I am all of these things… but I also having mother… father… brother and sister once. They loved me.
Everything in this movie is beautiful, however it is also tragic as the story is brutal, there’s a harrowing theme in here about child soldiers and it’s mostly heart breaking. Abraham Attah captures the loss of innocence in a kid’s eyes and you feel for him. Kudos to Netflix for releasing this and I can only hope they release more quality films like Beasts of No Nation.
Spotlight is about a group of reporters who uncovers a story which is equally disturbing as it is shocking.
Ok so we have old school batman, The Hulk and Sabretooth in a room talking about news. Kidding, this movie is great, like I said it’s about a group of reporters finding out about a shocking news and it’s about them having to deal with it and how are they going to push this news into the public’s attention without being labelled as crazy.
We have an excellent cast here in the form of, Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachael McAdams, Liev Schreiber etc. All are great, in a way that they’re portraying their characters not as the actors that they are, but real people. They are toned down and you feel like these people are just everyday people doing their jobs. That’s one of the strengths of the movie, you buy into them you buy into this disturbing scandal and the fact that, this is based on a true story makes it alarming.
If it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a village to abuse them. That’s the truth of it.
This is a great film and I recommend everyone to see it because it’s important that people do see it and it’s important that they understand the implications of the events that happened here in the society.
3. The Martian
Ridley Scott is back with another Sci-Fi movie and after that horrendous Exodus movie. I’m happy to see that Ridley Scott hasn’t missed a beat when it comes to making space movies.
The Martian is based on the novel by Andy Weir where astronaut Mark Watney, due to unfortunate circumstances, was left behind on Mars. I really liked this movie and as much as I love the book a whole lot more. I felt like the movie did the best it could to follow the book and any changes that was made, I was completely fine with.
One of the reason I loved the book so much was the unexpected amount of humor that was in it and I’m happy to say the captured the humorous tone of the book and Matt Damon as Mark Watney was near perfect as Mark Watney. He’s funny and charming and you find yourself rooting for him. The visuals were great and Ridley Scott’s depiction of Mars is amazing and it is definitely worth seeing on big screen.
Every human being has a basic instinct: to help each other out. If a hiker gets lost in the mountains, people will coordinate a search. If a train crashes, people will line up to give blood. If an earthquake levels a city, people all over the world will send emergency supplies. This is so fundamentally human that it’s found in every culture without exception. Yes, there are assholes who just don’t care, but they’re massively outnumbered by the people who do.
From the humor to the likable characters to great desserts of Mars The Martian is a great movie meant to be enjoyed not only by fans of the book but everyone in general.
2. Inside Out
Pixar is always known to produce emotionally grabbing animated films. From the Toy Story movies to Wall E to Up, Monsters Inc etc. If Pixar produces it, it’s going to garner attention. I’m glad to say Inside Out is a part of an excellent filmography but it also exceeds expectations.
Inside Out is an amazing animated film about a young girl’s, Riley, emotions and what her emotions goes through as Riley deals to the day to day changes that’s happening in her life.
The thing with Pixar is they market their films mainly for kids. However they do put a lot of heavy messages on their films and a lot of these are meant for the adults. There are moments in this film where, you just sit there and think “Wow that’s some heavy stuff”. The movie is deep however it’s also colorful and there are a lot of clever things in this movie to admire.
Take her to the moon for me. Okay?
Overall Inside Out is one movie that will be remembered for a long time if it’s not already a classic. The personified emotions in Riley’s head perfectly represents the emotions that Riley has and they are a load of fun. Inside Out is without a doubt the best animated film of 2015 and one of Pixar’s if not the best Pixar film to date.
1. Ex Machina
Alex Garland’s directorial debut is nothing short of amazing. Ex Machina is the perfect combination of sci-fi and thriller with groundbreaking and thought provoking ideas on what technology might evolve into in the near future.
The plot follows Caleb, a young programmer from a Google like company, who is selected to participate in a confidential testing of a highly advanced form of Artificial Intelligence.
This won’t be for everyone, people will find this boring no doubt about it and some will just flat out hate it. For me however, I believe this is the best movie of 2015 and maybe I’m biased, I did a semester studying A.I after all so I can relate to the film. Though that did contribute on my selection there are a lot more the movie offered that I enjoyed. The main three characters were amazing and Alicia Vikander’s performance as the A.I. is highly convincing. Oscar Isaac who plays Nathan is unpredictable yet captivating and Domhall Gleeson plays a naive programmer who’s much like the audience is trying to figure out what is really happening.
One day the AIs are going to look back on us the same way we look at fossil skeletons on the plains of Africa… an upright ape living in dust with crude language and tools, all set for extinction.
Overall this film is amazing and is definitely one of the top A.I. films ever made. The film itself is a slow burn, there are a lot of dialogue between Nathan and Caleb and majority of the movie is just them talking. However it does gradually build up tension and the third act is incredibly suspenseful and this is why Ex Machina is my best movie of the year.