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 – ★★★★

My thoughts on Spotlight

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“Incredible”


Based on a true story, “Spotlight” is about the Boston Globe uncovering the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core.

Everything about this film is remarkable! The cinematography and editing and pacing is superb! The whole cast gave an incredible performance, especially Mark Ruffalo, Keaton & Schreiber. The actors really captivate the stress and emotions of covering up something so vile. Every single thing about “Spotlight” is just impeccable! The film never drags one bit thanks to the incredible script. Each and every scene feels important and rich. From beginning to end my eyes were glued to the screen.

This film will definitely be a strong contender come awards season. I think this film should be nominated for Best Picture, Best Directing, and lastly be nominated for its screenplay.

Anyways, who would have guessed that the director of “The Cobbler” (Tom McCarthy) would give us one of the best films of the year! He did a terrific job directing as well as co-writing the script with Josh Singer. Go watch “Spotlight” when you can! It’s a very thought-provoking film.

Rating – ★★★★

My thoughts on Spectre

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 “Better than QoS”


Before I talk about what I didn’t like about Spectre, let’s talk a bit about the positive stuff. The acting performances are fantastic! The whole cast did a terrific job and Daniel Craig shows us once again why he’s one of the best James Bond. The score is fantastic like always! The action sequences are great! Everything looks mesmerizing. This is one of the best shot bond films ever thanks to DiP Hoyte van Hoytema (Her, Interstellar, The Fighter).

Alright, now the stuff I didn’t like – I thought the story was a bit flat. The plot felt sloppy and the way it was told was all over the place. It wasn’t smooth storytelling. The pacing was off. The other disappointment I had was how some of the characters were introduced or utilized. With such a great cast, there was lots of unused potential, an example of this would be Christoph Waltz. The character development felt too rushed in my opinion.

Overall, I did not hate Spectre. It’s certainly not better than Casino Royale and Skyfall but its decent enough to see it in the theatre, especially if your a big James Bond fan.

Rating – ★★★

My thoughts on The Martian

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“Fantastic”


If you like the science fiction genre, this is the movie for you. The Martian is about a manned mission to Mars in which Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind his crew. But Watney survives and finds himself stranded/alone on Mars. With only limited supplies, he must try and survive.

The script is brilliant. Without a good script, this movie I think wouldn’t have hit home the way it did. Drew Goddard made the film interesting, intelligent and hilarious. There are many scientific ideas in the movie that are actually logical and not bogus. Unlike other Sci-Fi movies, everything felt realistic. You believe all the stuff that happens and what Watney does in order to survive. The Martian is also very funny. There are several jokes throughout the film that make you laugh out loud. This movie could have been very boring, it’s a man on Mars, a planet with literally nothing but rock and sand. But, with Goddards script and Matt Damon’s performance, there’s not a dull moment.

In terms of the acting, everyone delivered especially Matt Damon as Mark Watney. Damon demonstrates his comedic chops and his dramatic acting capabilities. It takes a great performance to pull of a role of this calibur. Damon owns this role and transforms into his character. The supporting cast was awesome as well.

The cinematography and set designs were mesmerizing. The soundtrack I thought was wonderful and really meshed well with what was happening on screen. The Martian also suprisingly had a message “Don’t give up.” The story of a man being able to find humor in such a dire place knowing he could die if he makes one mistake. His perseverence and willpower to overcome not dieing on Mars and surviving was really inspiring to watch.

In conclusion, The Martian is one of the best Sci-Fi movies in years! Everything about this film is top-notch. The runtime is about 140 minutes and it goes by quickly. The pacing is on point and there are several scenes where your dieing of laughter or on the edge of your seat. The only thing I can think of that was bad is the runtime of the movie. Although the 140 minutes felt really quick to me, some people might think it’s slow at times. Alright to wrap this all up, The Martian is really incredible and it delivers all across the board! Do yourself a favour and watch this movie. You will laugh and will have a damn great time!

Rating –  ★★★★

My thoughts on Sicario

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“Tense, Tough, Bleak and Riveting”


The film is about an FBI agent (Emily Blunt) enlisted by a government official to aid in a joint task force tracking down a drug lord at the border area between the U.S. and Mexico. It’s a very fascinating story and you really see the reality of the drug war.

I haven’t felt so tense watching a movie in ages. From start to finish the film was super intense. I started to feel uncomfortable watching because the film was so dark. Denis Villenueve really has a gift taking the most vile subjects and turning them into a masterpiece of cinema. With this film, Denis Villenueve proves once again why he is one of the best directors working today.

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The whole cast gave a terrific performance especially Benicio Del Toro. Everyone transformed into their character. Emily Blunt I think gave her best performance in her career in this. Blunt’s character gets introduced to the most dire world she could possibly imagined. Awesome performances! Del Toro killed it!

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The tension never stops. An attack could happen at any moment. Anything could be a trap. With this in mind you are left squirming in your seat and your eyes being glued to the screen. Villenueve manages scenes expertly to sustain the tension and thus you are in awe. I was on the edge of my seat the whole runtime. The atmosphere was extremely tense!

The cinematography is perfect. Roger Deakins does once again what he does – gorgeous/stellar cinematography. Another thing that’s fantastic is the soundtrack! The soundtrack is superb and really meshed well with what was on screen, especially while the action unfolds. With Deakins cinematography and a bone-chilling score, you can see why the tension was on point throughout the whole film.

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All in all, this movie is a true example of tour-de-force filmmaking. Everything about this movie is on par! The realism in Sicario makes you wanna puke. Its dark, bloody, and so brutal. Villenueve doesn’t hold back and really shows you both sides of the war against drugs, American’s view and the brutal reality of the Mexican view.

“Sicario” is one of the best films of the year!

Rating – ★★★★★

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