Top 10 Movies of 2015 (Wide Release)

Here we are again, another year gone, another top 10 list. As with last years list, this one is only for Wide Released movies, released in the year 2015. That means some of those Oscar contenders won’t be on here, as they were only released in limited theatres in 2015 and then more widely in 2016, or stayed throughout. This year I also decided to create my own awards for the past year, look out for that post coming soon! And without further ado, my list of the Top 10 films of 2015 (Wide Release) :

10 : The Big Short

The Big Short ended up being one of the last big splashes in movies of 2015. It boasts a stellar cast, and some great material that could have really easily alienated the audience, but found mostly clever ways to help get the point across without always having to really dumb it down. A great look at how such a true story could be told in an entertaining way.

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9 : Inside Out

One of the best concepts for an animated movie or movie in general to come out in a few years was 2015’s Inside Out. It finds great and inventive ways to display the complex views its try to tackle. It sometimes lost its way to me at points, but the rest of the movie is much to strong to let those keep it back.

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8 : The Peanuts Movie

Even with the brilliance and almost adultness of Inside Out, 2015 also brought us one of the purest and most true to form adaptations of any property ever, in The Peanuts Movie. An amazing showcase of animation and the right mix of old school, but being able to bring it all into the present time.

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7: Avengers – The Age of Ultron

The Avengers Age of Ultron, is probably the most maligned superhero film  of 2015, that really doesn’t deserve it. It gets savaged in comparisons to the first Avengers movie, which just happens to be one of the best super hero movies of all time. Living up to which, was going to be damn near impossible. This is however, still a great action and super hero movie with the amazing cast we know and love in some amazing action set pieces and some of the best Marvel movie villains to date.

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6 : Beasts of No Nation

Hard hitting, brutal, unapologetic, honest and even revolting are all words that describe the narrative and story telling of Beasts of No Nation. Its hard to really describe this movie, without really getting into the story here but know as good as this movie is, it is not for everyone. Amazing acting and a real juxtaposition of the evils of man framed against the beautiful cinematography of the movie and the environment it’s set in.

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5 : Kingsman – The Secret Service

In a year filled with Spy movies, the undisputed champion, is Kingsman – The Secret Service. A fast paced, non stop, action adventure comedy romp that never stops moving and never stops entertaining. Adapted for the screen from its comic book origins and done perfectly to create and maintain its own universe of heroes and villains. Its hard to find a more fun movie of 2015.

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4 : The Martian

The triumphant return of Ridley Scott is still not the biggest thing about this movie. Even the fact that most of the science in this movie stand ups to real world science, the biggest thing about this movie, is Matt Damon. Even in such a well put together cast, he simply shines out like the diamond in the rough, that was already a shiny diamond and carries this movie even though he doesn’t really have to.

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3 : Straight Outta Compton

A movie that came out of the gates for 2015 totally on fire was Straight Outta Compton. Straight Outta Compton was a brilliant take and representation of the story of probably the most famous rap group of all time, NWA. It showcases some amazing casting and acting by all present, with the great use of the already amazing songs of the group. The movie does have a weaker third act than the firs two, but what a first two.

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2 : Ex-Machina

Ex-Machina, when all is said and done, is probably the movie that made me simply think the most of all the films I’ve seen in 2015. It had a simple basically 3 person cast, and a premise that could be described as simply : What makes something or someone human? Those three actors do however happen to all be amazing ones that keep pushing this character exploration further and further forward with suspense and intrigue.

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So before the number one movie of 2015, I want to put in an honourable mention, of a movie that I probably enjoyed the most of 2015 but I didn’t put on this list in an attempt to keep my bias from crediting that movie above others, and yes, that movie is Star Wars – The Force Awakens. Just wanted to put this in here for anyone wondering, and it would have gone at number 2.

1 : Mad Max – Fury Road

The big daddy of them all for 2015 however, is Mad Max – Fury Road. A successor to the previous trilogy and a pure pastiche to the idea of action movies with a heart and soul, Mad Max takes us on a journey we probably couldn’t have imagined it would, thats both familiar and re-imagined for a new times with the deftest of touches in it’s acting, direction, compositions and EVERYTHING else about it. Mad Max – Fury Road was in many ways the perfect movie, and the certainly the best of 2015.

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Review : Mad Max – Fury Road

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“In a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, two rebels just might be able to restore order: Max, a man of action and of few words, and Furiosa, a woman of action who is looking to make it back to her childhood homeland.”

Every so often a film comes along, that makes it really hard for me to find a problem with it…Mad Max Fury Road is one such movie. The movies starts at a break neck pace and hardly ever lets up to let you breathe. From the start to the end the movie is also one continuous and evolving plot line that feels organic in its development and progression. Even with this shortened form of story telling, there is still some really good character development over most all of the characters. The world building here also is really amazing, and there is so much attention to detail and everything had a purpose and a place. Everything also looked amazing. Between the impressive use of so many practical special effects, and when they were blended with the supreme digital special effects we really do get a visual feast. The directing here also plays fully into the ideals and sensibilities thst this movie portrays. A great example is the use of some sped up shots that ad to the frantic pace and feel of the movie, and they are blended in a very well and subtle way that didn’t distract from the action on screen. Overall this is really an amazing movie and experience on a whole. It does very well its 3D and it couples an awesome soundtrack for a cinema experience that will be very hard to beat. Btw Charlize Theron is REALLY good in this movie!

Review Score : 10 out of 10

The Return of…EVERYTHING!

This year, we are going to be witness to a massive resurgence of properties that all rose to prominence and great fan fair many, many years ago. We are seeing the return of Star Wars (1977), Mad Max (1979), Terminator (1984) and Jurassic Park (1993). Each of these series have massive fan bases around the world, and are near and dear to many a heart of many a person.

Terminator Genisys :

Terminator Genisys is basically a rebooting of the series, by changing the timeline set out by the original movies. This new timeline looks to make some drastic changes that would allow both a re-telling of this story, and still let this movie be a true sequel and continuation of the story that we know and love from before. Mr. Terminator himself returns, along with the introduction of a new Sarah Connor in the form of The Queen of Dragons and Khalessi, Emilia Clarke and the so far very underwhelming Jai Courtney.1422639542702

Jurassic World :

In line with new sequels that are many years later than anyone would have guessed, we have Jurassic World. This movie looks to be a straight up real time sequel, taking place the in present day, with the idea that the park itself was re-opened and has been running for some time now. As with anything, us humans start to get a bit bored with these stale dinosaurs, and as such the park seeks create a new attraction, with a new dinosaur until predictably all hell breaks loose.chris-pratt-velociraptor-jurassic-world

Star Wars – The Force Awakens :

Dum dum dadada dum dadada dum dadada dummmmmmm. If any movie ever needed NO introduction, it would be Star Wars. The Sci-Fi fantasy juggernaut has finally come back to what we hope is a gleaming new pinnacle in it’s movie making. We don’t know too much outside of speculation about the film thus far, but what we do know from the teaser trailer at least is we are going to have a lot to look forward to. Star Wars drops in december and will look to make a considerable dent in the pocket of every red blooded man woman and child the world over.Star-Wars-Sith

Mad Max – Fury Road :

Finally we have another franchise continuance here that shouldn’t be over looked at all, in Mad Max Fury Road. It comes to us from the same, and i repeat the same people who made the original Mad Max movies, and is supposed to be some kind sequel to some, prequel to others entry in the Mad Max universe. This time we have Bane himself, Tom Hardy in the lead role as well as a really solid cast along side him. The trailer for this movie damn near broke the internet when it was released and i for one can’t wait to return to the dessert waste-land behind V12’s and a whole lot of sand.DSC_3888.JPG

So what do you think? Hollywood so out of ideas they have no choice but to try and return to their glory days? Or maybe technology has finally caught up to the place where these movies can have the splendour and time in the sun that they deserved to have so many years ago.

Cheers