Happy New Year everyone! Before we dive back into the cinemas this 2016, join me as I look back at my top 10 films of last year.
10. CHAPPiE – Yes, this did feel a bit like it was a spin-off from District 9 (also directed by Neill Blomkamp) but that didn’t change the fact that this film was impressive. A gangster robot with heart? Who could say no to that?
9. Straight Outta Compton – I discovered gangsta rap (as a teen) with Dr. Dre‘s The Chronic; so although I knew N.W.A., I wasn’t really familiar with their story. — making watching the (general) roots of N.W.A. here both entertaining and insightful. If you like biopics you should check this out. Plus, this film throws some dope, old-school beats at’cha.
8. Tomorrowland – Another live-action Disney film based on a Disneyland park ride. Apparently, this film underperformed at the box-office and (most) critics gave it negative reviews.. but I say screw the numbers and reviews! It’s a sci-fi fantasy film that just wanted you to get lost in their world and have fun — and that’s exactly what I did watching this.
7. The Martian – Ridley Scott has done it again by giving us another epic sci-fi film — this time about an astronaut who is mistakenly presumed dead and left behind on Mars. A film that takes you on a funny, awe-inspiring thrill ride while remaining grounded on human emotional territory. Brilliant performance by Matt Damon.
6. Crimson Peak – Depending on your perspective, this film is either a ghost story or a love story with ghosts in it. Either way, its story and gothic tone make this a beautiful (horror) film you cannot miss. P.S. Check out Pan’s Labyrinth (2006) and The Devil’s Backbone (2001) — both films also by Guillermo del Toro are just as beautiful.
5. The Visit – M. Night Shyamalan is a good storyteller and his films actually aren’t bad e.g. Signs (2002) and Lady in the Water (2006). But regardless, why do we still end up feeling disappointed after seeing his movies? It’s because we yearn to be creeped out while being stunned by a plot twist again like when we first saw The Sixth Sense. Well, yearn no more! The Shyamalan we fell in love with is back with a vengeance in the form of a found footage horror film. You will not be disappointed.
4. The Hateful Eight – If you’re a fan of Quentin Tarantino‘s work (like me), you know you’re in for another round of his signature humor, witty dialogue, memorable characters and bloody violence. Top it off with some magnificent cinematography in gorgeous set locations and you got yourself another Tarantino masterpiece.
3. The Revenant – An immersive cinematic experience capturing one man’s epic adventure of survival. Inspired by true events, Leonardo DiCaprio gives us what could possibly be his most powerful performance (to date). If DiCaprio were to win an Oscar for Best Actor, I seriously believe it could be because of this film.
2. Star Wars: The Force Awakens – THIS is the Star Wars sequel you’ve been looking for. The film successfully brings back the energy, heart and twists that existed in the (Original) Trilogy. We’re reunited with the original cast members while happily meeting new blood. I know Star Wars fans (like myself) were satisfied with this film. But if you’ve never seen Star Wars before, I’m confident you’d enjoy this nevertheless ’cause it’s a new story for a new generation — just make sure to watch Episodes IV, V and VI afterwards!
And my #1 Movie of 2015 —–
Mad Max: Fury Road – This film in one word: INSANE!!! It felt like a 2-hour rollercoaster ride and it was awesome! It’s been months since I saw this but I’m still a bit hungover from its madness. If you haven’t seen this yet, grab a copy asap! And when you do watch it, turn the volume up ’cause loud is the only way to watch this movie — people who saw this in theaters know what I’m talking about. This movie was just one big eruption of craziness from start to finish — and if you’re still not convinced, check out the trailer HERE!
** Special Mention: Terminator Genisys — as WORST Film of 2015! A pathetic attempt to (unnecessarily) reboot the franchise with a dumb movie title and a douchey-looking cast who can’t act. They focused too much on special effects and bringing back Arnold Schwarzenegger that they’d completely forgotten what made The Terminator (1984) and T2 (1991) so great. If you’ve seen it, I’m sure you’ve forgotten it already. But if you haven’t, don’t even bother.
Strange Magic – From the mind of George Lucas, comes a non-traditional fairy tale with good music and wonderful characters. If you grew up loving all those animated Disney films, you owe it to yourself to see this as it’s one of the most underrated animated musicals you will ever see.
And there you have it.. 2015’s top films according to me. 2016 is gonna be a really great year for superhero movies (Deadpool, Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad to name a few) but I promise to contain my inner geek and remain unbiased for my next Top Films list.
‘Til then, see you at the movies!