A problem I have each year is actually seeing the movies which I have been tracking since their announcements. A lot of them simply fall through the cracks, and I miss them entirely. This year is no different, as the list of films I have not seen is quite large. Of course there are films that i automatically disqualify. I decided that Jupiter Ascending was one of those films that I would just leave by the wayside. Sorry Channing Tatum. And there are loads of films which I just wasn’t interested in seeing. Movies like Ted 2 , and Furious 7. My interest was not there. I have yet to see any of the Fast and Furious films, so why start now ? Sorry Dwayne.
On the other side of that spectrum are the movies which I had no real knowledge of, or interest to see, but which surprised me in a positive way.
One of which was the movie AIR.
Panned by critics and moviegoers alike, it was fast forgotten after its August release. I however liked the film. The claustrophobic setting made for an enjoyable thriller, and the two leads Norman Reedus and Djimon Hounsou deliver the goods.
Another positive surprise was the movie SPY
I’m no fan of fatties. I could lose some pounds myself, but I’m not morbidly obese. I find when the likes of Melissa Mccarthy get pushed to the forefront I can’t help but cringe. That being said i liked this movie a lot. Mcfattie plays an assistant/organizer to a secret agent played by Jude Law. She gets sent into the field because … reasons, and the result is a very funny film, helped immensely by the supporting cast like Miranda Hart, and Jason Statham . Came out of left field this one. Very much enjoyed it.
In 1961, social psychologist Stanley Milgram (Peter Sarsgaard) conducts controversial experiments designed to measure conformity, conscience and free will. This I liked because of the subject matter. These experiments always facinate me, and the movie is a very good telling of this tale. No explosions to be seen, but i thought it was an entertaining film. Recommended.
A spy organization recruits an unrefined, but promising street kid into the agency’s ultra-competitive training program, just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius. Fun all round , and worth a second viewing. The scene in the church deserves a prize !!
Now to the good stuff. The WORST movies I saw ( or tried to see )
-THE RIDICULOUS SIX
-KILL ME THREE TIMES
-SEVENTH SON ( of a bitch !! )
I will stop there just to mention that I couldn’t / wouldn’t finish any of the the above films. Utter garbage from the word go !!
-TERMINATOR GEN…. whatever
Trust that bastard Adam Sandler to make 2 horrible movies. Because he turns around and makes 3 !! I did not see PIXELS , but I’m sure it would have made the list if I did.
The above films offered little or nothing in ways of entertainment. Terminator and Fant4stic were the most shocking of the bunch. With the Sandler movies I expected them to be as bad as they were. Insurgent , part of the Divergent Series ( i guess ) was just meh/wha/huh . I had no clue what was going on, or why I should care. Congrats to Mr Fant4stic for making the list twice. A feat Adam Sandler seems to pull off each year….
EYES WIDE SHUT
The movies I have yet to see make up a list which on paper could be anyone’s Top Movies of 2015 . Some of these I am bound to see sooner rather than later.
Others on the not seen list I am more hesitant to even give the chance. But at some point I might….
-The Danish Girl
I’ve seen the word on a few of these are good. Others I just added because , like in the case with Poltergeist, I just want to see how bad they did….. Movies like Carol and The Danish Girl I’m sure are very well made, and very well acted. But it’s not the sort of films that I am dying to see . There are 2014 movies that I have yet to bother with. Some of these might never be seen by these eyes of mine.
Close But No Cigar
AVENGERS : 90Min of Ultron
Lips on Ultron aside. I enjoyed the film. I was entertained, and It got me excited for the next Marvel movie ! But It was never really close to taking a spot in my Top 10.
Much to like here. Good fun at the movies. Paul Rudd did the business, got a lot of help from the supporting cast, and the sequel got greenlit ultra fast after the half a billion worldwide take at the Box Office. Made me exited for the next Marvel Movie 🙂
Mad Max Furious Chase Scene
And what a chase it was. I might have come down a little hard on this film. It still surprises me that so many people have it in their top 10. I gave it a 3 out of 6. Maybe I just desperately wanted there to be more of a movie here….. Maybe I just miss Mel ?
The summer blockbuster that busted them blocks. A good time at the cinema. They went and made another dinosaur , and it came back and bit them in the ass. But the film fell short on a bunch of levels. The nod at the end between StarLord and the raptor almost had me laughing out loud. And whoever was in charge of continuity should have his testicles removed surgically.
The problem : The script . The solution : Start Shooting without one……
Double Ohh for fuck sake !!
Crimson Peak …..
In the aftermath of a family tragedy, an aspiring author is torn between love for her childhood friend and the temptation of a mysterious outsider. Trying to escape the ghosts of her past, she is swept away to a house that breathes, bleeds – and remembers.
My biggest problem with this one was that it was not scary.And really not interesting. I don’t know….
IT’S TIME !!!
For my Top 10 list of the year 2015 !!!
Number 10 !!
It’s a tie !!
The Man From UNCLE / Mission Impossible Xenu Nation
Both are enjoyable spy films. If I had to give one the edge over the other it would be the Man From UNCLE. I thought the onscreen duo of Solo and Kuryakin was a hit. Sadly the movie was a HUGE FLOP.
Z For Zachariah
Yeah I was surprised too. A very well made film about a post-apocalyptic world. The 3 actors make it what it is. Well worth a watch. Recommended .
Bridge of Spies
Spielberg and Hanks. Cold War. I like. Mark Rylance as Rudolph Abel was especially great. He will next be seen in Spielberg’s The BFG , and then Christopher Nolan’s DUNKIRK. One too watch indeed.
Number 7 :
The Big Short
A great cast of characters predict the credit and housing bubble collapse of the mid-2000s, and decide to take on the big banks for their greed and lack of foresight. What’s not to like ?? Christian Bale back to weirdness.
A damn fine movie about damn fine journalism. Sadly the film should have had 5 or 6 sequels due to the fact that priests never seem to stop fucking kids.
Domhnall Gleeson plays a programmer at a huge Internet company,who wins a contest that enables him to spend a week at the private estate of Oscar Isaac, his firm’s brilliant CEO. Hilarity ensues. A great film, with fantastic locations, actors and a damn fine plot.
STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON
1988, a groundbreaking new group revolutionizes music and pop culture, changing and influencing hip-hop forever. N.W.A’s first studio album, “Straight Outta Compton,” stirs controversy with its brutally honest depiction of life in Southern Los Angeles.
An early favourite of mine when it came out back in August. Loved the group back in the day. The movie delivers the goods. These actors blew me away in this one. Did you forget about Dre ??
Number 3 :
Ridley Scott delivers a fun sci/fi film about a stranded astronaut . A one man show by Matt Damon ( although the supporting cast here is quite good )
STAR WARS The Force Awakens
They are real !!! And I had a fantastic time watching episode 7.
Chewie shoots Kylo. He can barely walk ! He beats down Finn because … Finn !!
Then guess what folks !! THE FORCE AWAKENS !!! How hard is that to understand !!!!
Loved it . It’s True
Number 1 :
The Hateful Eight
Its QT baby ! The Hateful Eight was a great film. Much enjoyed all the great performances. The music ( OH the music ) , the look, the style and the Channing Tatum !!
Im sure even this film has its haters ( Spike Lee, The Cops etc ) but I had no problemo putting it up as my Numero Uno.
Did I leave out something important ? Did I just not get the comedic genius of Adam Sandler ? Leave me a comment in the wanted section in Total Film Magazine. Then send me a copy of the magazine.