My Top 10 Movies of 2015!

 

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Honourable mentions: Inside Out, The Gift, The Hateful Eight, Steve Jobs, Beasts of No Nation, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, It Follows, Youth, Love & Mercy, The End of The Tour, Carol, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation


 

#10 – The Martian     Full Review Here

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“The Martian” is a return to form for Sir Ridley Scott! It’s one of Ridley Scott’s best film in years! Matt Damon gives one of his best performances of all time! “The Martian” has great characters, and performances, and its masterfully directed/written. If your looking for a fun sci-fi, “The Martian” is the one you should watch.


#9 – Mad Max: Fury Road 

FRD-DS-00694rv2 Mad Max: Fury Road deserves all the hype its getting because it’s fucking fantastic! Watch it! It’s so much fucking  fun! Absolutely brilliant!  Not really much else to say, watch it, it will be worth your time.


#8 – Ex Machina     Full Review HereEXM_D026_04819One of the best Sci-Fi films ever! “Ex Machina” is riveting from start to finish and there’s not a dull moment. The acting performances are fantastic especially from Alicia Vikander, Ava. It’s brilliantly cast, intelligently written and beautifully shot. “Ex Machina” is a riveting ride but also a thought-provoking one. Go see it!


#7 – Room

room-1-rcm0x1920u Loved everything about this film. I did not expect get so emotional. Throughout the movie, during some scenes I got teary-eyed. Seeing the trauma between Joy/Ma (Brie Larson) and Jack (Jacob Tremblay) experienced was gut-wrenching. “Room” is a very beautiful film that I  think you all should see. Incredibly moving but sort of hard to watch. I thoroughly enjoyed it.


#6 – The Lobster  

lobster1.jpgWeird and at the same time beautiful. I really enjoyed this film but it is truly bizzare. At times I was laughing and at times I was in complete shock and creeped out. Anyways, it has phenomenal performances and it is very well directed/written. The cinematography was lovely and the soundtrack is great! I really enjoyed watching this and was engrossed the whole time. It is thoroughly incredible and I never watched anything like this ever.


#5 – Victoria  

victoriaI didn’t expect to be so drawn into this film. Although the “one take” might seem like a gimmick, it works for this film. I actually think that the “one take” actually enhanced the experience. With this in mind and the fact that most of the dialogue was improvised, “Victoria” is as real as it gets. The story might seem a bit weak, but the cinematography, pacing, soundtrack and characters all combined together create a stellar film. “Victoria” is thoroughly phenomenal. Highly recommend this!


#4 – Spotlight     Full Review Here

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Everything about this film is spectacular and it deserves all the buzz its getting. “Spotlight” is very well written and masterfully directed. I was hooked from beginning to end. Powerful performances all around and a very important film to watch.


#3 – The Revenant 

revenant-gallery-04-gallery-imageBrutal and Beautiful. Inarritu delivers once again and the performances he gets from Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy are phenomenal. The cinematography in this film is fucking jaw-dropping/unreal; thanks to Chivo. The acting performances like previously mentioned is top-notch and I feel like both DiCaprio and Hardy have a great shot getting the statue. The sound design and score I thought was fantastic and really suited the events that was occuring on screen.  Overall, I fucking loved every minute of “The Revenant.” Lots of memorable scenes. Breath-taking visuals. I highly recommend you check this one out. It’s awesome!


#2 – The Big Short 

The-Big-Short-23A great film that’s very entertaining and very informative. Although the story might sound boring (its about the financial crisis), the story is so fascinating, you’ll be glued to the screen. I really didn’t expect to be so captivated. Great performances from the whole cast and overall very well written. Adam McKay did a superb job directing. “The Big Short” did a great job in taking such a boring topic that confuses many, including me and delivers on showing the collapse of the financial crisis in 2007/2008 and how a few people decided to take on the big banks for their greed before the financial crisis erupted. Solid film!


#1 – Sicario     Full Review Here

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Riveting. Tense. Raw. I loved every single thing about “Sicario.” The cinematography from Deakins was mesmerizing.The acting performances from Blunt, Brolin, and Del Toro are phenomenal. Benecio Del Toro should get nominated. The music was chilling and intense. Denis Villenueve does it once again and gives us another great film. “Sicario” is very entertaining and at the same time very thought-provoking. You see both sides of the drug war and you really see how terrifying corruption is. Denis Villenueve is one of my favourite directors and I will be first in line to all his projects. I can’t wait to see how he handles the next Blade Runner, Villenueve is gonna crush it! Villenuevve has another project which is suppose to be released in 2016 called “Story of Your Life” which stars Amy Adams. Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker and more! Watch it ASAP!


Here’s my list for my top 10 movies of 2015! See you next year!

 

 

 

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My thoughts on The Force Awakens

 

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“AWESOME”


“The Force Awakens” hits all the right notes. J.J. Abrams nailed it! There are alot of HELL YEAH moments and moments that make your jaw-drop. It’s a roller coaster of emotions!

“The Force Awakens” exceeded my expectations and made me in awe. Not only was it filled with several characters from the OT (Han Solo, Chewbaca, Leia, C3PO, R2-D2 ) it also introduced new characters (Finn, Rey, Poe Dameron, Kylo Ren, BB-8 and more) in a flawless manner. You get to see your old friends and meet new ones.

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The story takes places 30 years after Return of the Jedi. Finn used to be in The First Order but leaves it and meets Rey on the planet of Jakku. Both of them get together and go on a epic adventure. That’s all you need to know. The plot is pretty easy to follow and there are various moments of humour that didn’t feel forced.

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The acting performances are great! All the new members of the star wars universe embody their characters. The standout performances are John Boyega and Daisy Ridley and Oscar Isaac. John Boyega (Finn), Daisy Ridley (Rey) and Oscar Isaac (Poe) are fantastic! The action sequences, sound editing and cinematography are phenomenal! There are a ton of shots that made my jaw drop and lots of shots that pay homages to the classics. The chemistry from the whole cast is great, especially from Finn and Rey.

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Is “The Force Awakens” a perfect film? No, it’s not by all means. I have some gripes with it, but “The Force Awakens” did what it had to do and long-term Star Wars fans and new comers will love this! “The Force Awakens” is everything you wanted and more! It’s a fantastic re-introduction into the star wars universe and a great start to a new trilogy.

Episode VIII right now please! btw – BB8 is the best!

Rating –  ★★★★

 

 

My thoughts on Creed

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“A Knockout”


“Creed” is about a man named Adonis Johnson. played by Michael B. Jordan, who is the son of the legendary boxer Apollo Creed. Adonis asks Rockey Balboa (his father’s rival) to become his trainer. Adonis wants to make something out of himself without riding on his fatheer’s name.

The acting performances from the cast in “Creed” are all great! The standouts are Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone! They truly deliver! When Adonis and Rocky were side by side on screen, it was such a joy to watch them. It was thoroughly incredible. Stallone shows us why he is Rocky and Michael B. Jordan shows us once again why he’s becoming one of the best actors in our generation. Sylvester Stallone will be talked about during award season no doubt.

Director Ryan Coogler delivers and really captures the tone of the previous Rocky movies, while creating a new movie entirely. Ryan Coogler is becoming a director to watch out for. With his previous movie “Fruitvale Station” and now “Creed” he is becoming a household name and really one to look out for.

The action sequences are nail-gripping and you feel so close to the action you can feel every punch. The cinematography is brilliant! The soundtrack is magnificient! It’s loud and enthralling. The movie is very well paced and has lots of tension. The movie also has lots of heart.

In conclusion, “Creed” is an excelllent addition to the Rocky universe. “Creed” also stands on its own. You should definitely watch this even if your not a Rocky fan. If you love movies, go see this immediately!

It’s thoroughly phenomenal!

Rating – ★★★★