2015 came and went with some great movies. The summer blockbusters were overshadowed, of course, by the latest Star Wars. Some of the best movies were quiet, sleeper hits. Check out our list and tell us what you think! The Best:
- Mad Max: Fury Road – Best of the year, in my opinion. This movie had everything I wanted and more. An amazing, feminist badass, The man who ends up tangled in a mess, The utterly dystopian future, A bad establishment and the awesome way it all crumbles; set, of course, to an amazing soundtrack. The movie is beautifully shot and the story is fantastic. It’s a great addition to the other Mad Max films.
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Hasn’t been out long. No spoilers. This was a fun ride. New characters were great – no Jar Jar Binks… I will say that it wasn’t my favorite, but I will give it the #2 spot for the fun factor and of course, this is a fandom-fueled page.
- Ex Machina – The history of AI and the thinking behind what that entails is why I loved this movie. It’s slower-paced and sometimes a bit tedious, but the movie is great.
- Jurassic World – Another fun movie for Jurassic Park fans. Plus, we get Chris Pratt and his hilarious one-liners. Win/win.
- Avengers: Age of Ultron – Who wasn’t excited about this movie? You were hurtled back into the world of The Avengers from take 1 and weren’t finished until after the credits. AoU doesn’t beat the first movie, because no Loki, but it was still a great time with my favorite comic book team. We got some new characters, too. I’m excited to see what Scarlet Witch has in store for us. Hurry up with Civil War!
- Disney’s Inside Out – I couldn’t decide if I should put this on here or not. However, this movie was fantastic. I have kids and have had to watch 89005987676 Disney movies. I can’t even handle the word frozen anymore. This movie actually gave us depth by telling us about what is happening inside our brains. It was sweet, funny, and enjoyable. I will watch it again with the children.
- Slow West – I heard nothing about this movie until it popped up on my Amazon Prime list. I am a Fassbender fan, so I had to try it. I’m glad I did; this is a western, but done very well. There’s a lot of heart to the story, gunslingers, and rewards up for grabs. Definitely watch it.
- Spectre – As usual, Daniel Craig pulls off Bond without seeming to break a sweat (much). I think the movie may have been a bit overshadowed by all the rumors of the next Bond, which is sad. My vote is for Idris Elba, btw. It was another great addition to the Bond Franchise.
- The Martian – I didn’t read the book, so possibly I would change my mind on the placing on this list, but, The Martian was good. It had unexpected humor and heart. Matt Damon delivered.
- Straight Outta Compton – I was fairly young in the early ‘90s, but I still knew about Eazy- E, Dr. Dre, and Ice Cube, the founding members of NWA. I remember when Eazy-E died. I’m glad they made a movie about why these men came together to perform. The story is tragic, but the group was born out of tragedy anyway. I think hip-hop today has forgotten its roots.
- What We Do in The Shadows – Look, New Zealanders are kicking ass when it comes to horror-comedies. This is no exception. This is your basic vampire flick turned on its head. You’ll laugh during the entire movie.
- It Follows – I didn’t like this movie when I first watched it; then I thought about it and realized I was wrong. Best horror movie of 2015, easily. I love the premise behind It Follows. I like that there is a message about promiscuity. I like the way the film was shot and the slow burn. Watch it immediately.
- Dope – So Malcom has his priorities straight; he’s a good kid trying to get into college. There’s a problem, though, he’s black and perceived by his peers as only being into a “white” lifestyle. If this alone doesn’t make you want to see the movie, then let me tell you it has a lot of comedy and, once again, reminds us that racism may always be alive – unfortunately. I really think this movie was amazing.
- Tangerine – May not be for everyone, but I enjoyed it. This film was shot with only an iPhone 5s. There, I said the part everyone talks about. It’s about transgendered Sin-Dee Rella and Alexandra, two girls working the oldest job in history: prostitution. I can’t say much, but the story is great. Watch it.
- The Stanford Prison Experiment – A psychological thriller, this movie is about an experiment gone awry. In 1971, Stanford University formed an experiment with hired students to explore the idea of imprisonment. Half the students are prisoners while the other half is inmates. Of course this goes badly. The film was amazing, though, and I intend to read the book.
- The End of the Tour – So, Jesse Eisenberg and Jason Segel star in this one. That’s enough for me, however, Eisenberg is a Rolling Stone writer and Segel is the author, David Foster Wallace. Wallace committed suicide in 2008. This book is about the time both writer and reporter spent before Infinite Jest became a hit. The movie is moving and interesting.
- The Irrational Man – It’s a Woody Allen film. Enough said. Okay, fine, it’s a Woody Allen love film. In the sense that he references his own work. It’s a funny, dark, Woody Allen hit. Joaquin Phoenix, Parker Posey, and Emma Stone are in it, too. Just watch it.
- The Overnight – Jason Swartzman is hilarious. This movie is hilarious and sweet. Parents need a night out, y’all. This one does it without making it cheesy.
- Eden – I love music. This is a movie all about the 90’s and music relevancy. I love this genre of music, so it was like a gift made for me. If you love Daft Punk, watch it.
- The Wolfpack – This is a documentary and it reminds of the movie, Mustang, but with brothers instead of sisters. A group of boys are imprisoned in their NYC home by their drunken father; however, the boys remain sweet, caring, and loving despite this atrocity. This one might make you cry.
The Worst of 2015 – AKA The Jar Jar Binks of 2015
I refuse to review these. They are and were terrible -. That is all.
- Jem and the Holograms – Terrible.
- The Green Inferno – Let’s just pretend that never happened.
- The Lazarus Effect – Seen it. A billiondy times with better plot and acting.
- Hitman: Agent 47 – Stop trying to make Hitman happen.
- The Cobbler – Because, Adam Sandler.