Top 25 Movies of 2015
His Top 25 Movies of 2015
This sci-fi beauty might have a convoluted plot, but the visuals and action make up for its flaws. I believe a re-watch will add more to the enjoyment.
23. Bridge of Spies
Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks in a historical picture surrounding the Cold War can’t fail. The only flaw is the lack of “spies” mentioned in the title.
Gritty, real, and full of solid acting, Sicario is a slow-burn action/drama that reminds me of Zero Dark Thirty.
Creed might be a reimagining of Rocky with Rocky himself in it, but Rocky won best picture and is in the AFI Top 50 of all time… so that isn’t a bad thing.
20. Steve Jobs
Between the solid acting, the great dialogue, and the interesting story, Steve Jobs will be the rare movie that grips you with all the talking.
I’m not someone who listens to rap, but I enjoyed this true story about the N.W.A. The acting is solid and the passion is real.
As a fan of movies, this true story about the Communist writer who won 2 Oscars while blacklisted during the Cold War is well acted and interesting.
It might be “origins” movie for yet another Marvel character, but Ant-Man is fun, charming and funny. Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas work well together.
In the spirit of the comics, The Peanuts Movie is funny, cute, and charming. The animation is something different than we normally see which is nice.
15. Black Mass
Black Mass is the kind of gangster movie that creates tension by every passing scene. Johnny Depp is unrecognizable as the notorious Whitey Bulger and he is amazing!
With a feeling close to Kingsman, UNCLE is funny, witty and action packed. The 3 leads work well together and turn a mediocre movie into something fun.
13. Furious 7
In what was Paul Walker’s last ride, Furious 7 fits well into a series we have grown to expect plenty of action from. Between cars and characters, this franchise will go on forever.
12. Jurassic World
Jurassic World is the reboot of Jurassic Park for the next generation with more dinosaurs and destruction. It becomes WWE with dinos by the end!
This reboot of the popular franchise is action packed and over the top crazy! It might have been higher if not for the lull in the middle.
With a feel like the original Bond films, Kingsman is clever, witty, action-packed and full of characters we grow to like! Samuel L. Jackson is a great villain!
A “chick flick about music” made my top 10 of 2015… let that sink in! This movie is funny, quirky and defiantly better than the first!
8. The Revenant
Visually stunning and wonderfully acted, The Revenant is a Cast Away style movie that has one of the most memorable 7 minutes scenes in cinematic history!
If you asked me what my “surprise movie of the year” is, Brooklyn would take that mark. It is sweet, simply and emotionally gripping.
By now, we all know about Marvel movies, so the 2nd look at the Avengers was destined to be great. It is clever, full of great characters, and ups the story for the 2nd wave!
When it comes to raunchy comedies, no one does it better than Judd Apatow. Trainwreck puts a female in the lead role and it is hilarious and charming!
With a wonderfully talented cast, this drama about the Catholic priest scandals is informative and gripping. Not going to be surprised if it takes the Best Picture Oscar!
Although it has its plot holes and flaws, The Force Awakens is fun, action-packed and visually stunning! This is going to bring Star Wars back big time!
2. The Martian
Take Apollo 13, Interstellar, Argo, Gravity, and Cast Away and mix them together and have the director of Alien and Prometheus make it starring Matt Damon… Yeah, it’s that good!
Bringing back the charming cast from Ghost Protocol, Rogue Nation ups the ante by adding a worthy villain and keeping the action non-stop. It is becoming a franchise like the Fast & Furious movies that only get better! My only 10 of the year!
Her Top 25 Movies of 2015
*Disclaimer: I wasn’t able to see as many movies this year as I would have liked particularly at the end of the year when a bunch dropped at once so this list could likely be adjusted had I seen just a few more movies.
Definitely not a top notch James Bond film, but the action was still worth while and the supporting characters shined.
24. Woman in Gold
A heartfelt and emotional story Woman in Gold offers a glimpse at a real life struggle that definitely would have gone unnoticed if not for this film.
23. Steve Jobs
Better than other films of the name this one reveals the story through the power of its characters and the actors who portray deliver with fantastic performances.
Dark, raw and real, Sicario is a slow burn action/drama. You have to give this particular film a long time to develop but it does.
Gripping and gut wrenching Everest is an unbelievable true story that will chill you to the core. The settings and sweeping landscapes are stunning.
The Peanuts Movie brings to live one of the most beloved cartoons. It is full of life lessons and sweet moments that people of any age can enjoy.
David. O. Russell and his two favorite actors Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper join together in this straightforward bio flick that shows Lawrence at her best and most confident.
Another bio flick, Trumbo offers movie fanatics and insider look at a piece of film history that is fascinating and intriguing. Fantastic acting keeps this slow story alive.
This was definitely not what I expected going in. It is all about the action and the effects not the story.
16. Jurassic World
Jurassic World brings back to life a cult classic. Packed with cool new Dinosaurs plus the expected ones too this film delivers on tons of heart pounding action and fun.
Strange but entertaining The Man From U.N.C.L.E has a specific audience and isn’t for the feint of heart.
14. Bridge of Spies
This simple drama offers Tom Hanks a chance to shine and he takes it. The added surprise of Mark Rylance’s performance was a bonus. Definitely a great film for the history buffs of the world.
Thankfully not just another super hero flick, Ant-Man is hilarious and action packed. I look forward to the sequel if they can keep it all up.
Loud, obnoxious, colorful and decently acted who would have thought this would be one of the top films of the year.
11. Pitch Perfect 2
Sequels often disappoint, this one does not. Great music and silly fun make this a must see and sing along!
Hurray for movies that don’t take themselves to seriously. Packed with star power, action and a strange but somehow yet believable (well parts of it anyway) story I was blown away by this action movie.
A mixture of all the tales of Cinderella out there this new real life version from Disney has a lot to offer the die hard fans. It is sweet, beautiful and who doesn’t love a happy ending!
A female led comedy that doesn’t totally objectify the woman and isn’t a totally sappy romance…who would have thought?!?!
A star studded cast and an interested based on true stories plot makes this film an Oscar contender to be reckoned with.
Brings together all our favorite super heroes nicely and even features a few of the lesser ones in a way that really draws you in. While mostly a set up for future film endeavors surrounding these characters Avengers still delivers everything you would expect.
5. Furious 7
I am a fan for life of this series and the final installment doesn’t disappoint. It stays true to its roots and offers car chases and stunts worth of the name.
More a trekkie than a Star Wars fan I still found this movie to be the much needed reboot for the series delivering a new set of characters we can cling to and action and fighting that feels like it should!
3. The Martian
Not since Tom Hanks in Cast Away has there been a movie so reliant on one man’s performance to see it through. Matt Damon shines, the story the delights and the sets and world created are awe inspiring.
Given how bad Spectre was and how fantastic MI:5 is its safe to safe I am converted from Bond fan to a Mission Impossible fan. The story is great. The acting is great. The action is great. The humor is great. The film is GREAT!
Brooklyn is a surprise and delight. A story of life and love that is so beautifully told and acted you can’t help but fall in love yourself.