Normally I get my list out by December/January, but due to health reasons I haven’t been able to do my list as quick as I wanted to. In fact Bede put his top list out before me, which is a first on this website.
Out of the films I have managed to see this year, I have complied my list. I have missed out on a number of films from last year, so this list is based on what I have actually seen. My lists is based on US releases for 2015.
CHAPPIE seems to have made a lot of Worst Of lists, and I guess I can see why people didn’t like it. However I thought this was an excellent film, it was captivating from the get go and it certainly swept me right in. I felt for the title character and I liked what the film had to say. It was a brave film, and in a way a bit of an anti-blockbuster. I loved this one, more films like this please.
9.) INSIDE OUT
Thanks for toying with my emotions once again Pixar, in a film about emotions. This film is absolutely wonderful, a film I really needed when I was the age of Riley in the film. It really hit me hard at so many points, and I think the film is a great tool for younger kids in helping to understand their emotions. Sadness especially is the emotion I most identified with, and I felt her portrayal was extremely well done. Don’t even get me started on Bing Bong and those tears … WAHHHHHHH
8.) THE GOOD DINOSAUR
Talking about Pixar toying with my emotions, this one had me in tears and feeling all of those emotions again. This film in my opinion isn’t really for younger kids, it almost felt like it was made for the adults. It really is a roller coaster ride, lots of serious themes and dealing with loss. I can understand why so many kids cried in the film, because as I stated I did too. It was quite the mature film, and this felt more like the classic Pixar film, with two beautiful and wonderful main characters.
7.) STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON
How is it possible that an almost 3 hour biopic could feel like it was only an hour and I could have easily sat through another 5 hours of this story? There really is something special about this film, I can’t quite put my finger on what it is, this is just compelling viewing and just really well handled. Sure I know it isn’t 100% accurate, but it does tell the story it needs to tell and it gives us some interesting characters. I have to say I was really impressed with O’Shea Jackson Jr who played his father Ice Cube, it was extremely uncanny too. This is definitely a film I will rewatch time and again.
This is one that had completely passed me by and I only just had the chance to see it. Another film that is filled with so much emotion, and raw acting talent, at times it is difficult to watch because of how good it is and how sad and awful the situation portrayed is. Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay are extraordinary and it is so disappointing that Jacob did not get an Oscar nod. I would highly recommend this film, it caught me by surprise.
5.) IN THE HEART OF THE SEA
IN THE HEART OF THE SEA is a harrowing film, one that had me on the edge of my seat for the entire running time. The story is based on actual events, and the story of the Essex was one that inspired Moby Dick. In fact that is used as the device to tell this story, one that I actually thought worked really well. The cast are all excellent, and this is quite a different film for Ron Howard, but one that really suited him. I can’t say enough about this film, I really loved it a lot.
Who would have thought a spin off to ROCKY would actually work and be one of the best films to come out of the franchise. CREED as you would guess focused on the son of Apollo Creed, played by the excellent Michael B. Jordan. Adonis Creed never met his father, but he has that passion for boxing. In his journey to realise his passion, he looks up his fathers old friend Rocky once again played by Sylvester Stallone. Rocky hesitantly decides to help mentor Adonis, and a strong bond forms. From the direction, to the script to the acting, everything about this film is amazing. It really is unfortunate that it did not get more Oscar recognition.
3.) THE MARTIAN
Thank you for such a fantastic film Ridley Scott, this has been your best film since perhaps KINGDOM OF HEAVEN. THE MARTIAN is a gripping drama/sci-fi/comedy that not only entertains but keeps the audience hooked on to what will happen next. Basically Matt Damon needs saving yet again, this time he gets left for dead on Mars. He works hard using his smarts to keep himself alive on a planet where nothing lives. The film is so entertaining and such a great watch, it really is one of the best films of 2015. I hope Ridley Scott keeps this up, he’s an amazing talent.
Wow, just wow. This film, it is hard to watch but it is so worth it. This tackles the very real issue of drugs and the cartel, using Emily Blunt as Kate Macer as our view into this world. Denis Villeneuve is proving to be a must watch film maker, I wasn’t sure he could top PRISONERS and with SICARIO he has. It is extremely disappointing to see that the Academy almost ignored this film, it deserves praise and then more. Since I saw the film it has certainly left a lasting impression and I find myself often thinking about it. If you missed this one, do yourself a favour and check it out.
1.) STAR WARS THE FORCE AWAKENS
Is it any shock that STAR WARS THE FORCE AWAKENS is my favourite film of 2015? Not only did it live up to all my expectations it blew them out of the water. What else can I say that hasn’t been said? This film gave me everything I wanted, I laughed and I cried, and I could watch the film on repeat. I can actually say thank you J.J. – this more than made up for the terrible STAR TREK sequel.
Well that is my Top 10 of 2015, it may change after I get to see more films, but for now this is what it is. Thanks for reading!