Hey there everyone! It’s Chris “the scoop” Salce here and I hope you have all recovered from the New Year. Though we are all ready for a new year, I take one last look back on one of the biggest years in cinema history. 2015 brought some great films. We seen some beloved franchises come back in a huge way, some award nominated biopics, some animated hits, some supeheroes old and new come together, some great sci-fi films and much more. Since eleven is my favorite number, here is my eleven favorite films of 2015.
Concussion, starring Will Smith, Alec Baldwin and Albert Brooks, brought the NFL’s controversial issue with brain damage, to the big screen. I’m not too big of a fan Will Smith but he did a really fine acting job with this film. The film definitely got the point across of what numerous blows to the head can cause in the long run.
Southpaw, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachael McAdams and 50 Cent, was a movie about how a professional boxer went from being at the top of the world to hitting complete rock bottom with making one bad decision that cost him everything. This was a film that I feel didn’t get enough credit. Some blame it on bad promotion and a bad trailer but this was a really good film that is definitely underrated.
9. Inside Out
Disney and Pixar’s animated film Inside Out, took us into the mind of a young girl Riley. Inside the mind of Riley, we see how the emotions react to being the new kid in school and dealing with the stress of missing her old friends and how things were. It was a great family film and it surpassed my expectations.
8. The Martian
The Martian, based the novel by Andy Weir, was a great sci-fi film that starred Matt Damon. While Matt Damon was on screen by himself for most of the film, it proved that he truly has some acting skills. The story was a very interesting one as we seen what it could be like if one was stranded alone on Mars, with no signs of any kind of life. Plus it had a pretty good soundtrack to go along with it.
7. American Sniper
American Sniper, directed by Clint Eastwood, was the first big hit of the year. The film told the story of Navy S.E.A.L. Chris Kyle (played by Bradley Cooper), who many say is the most accurate sniper in American history, as he saved the lives of his brothers in arms, with his deadly accuracy. When he finally put the military life behind him, he continued to help other former military men adapt back into the civilian world. The film was a very emotional film and it displayed some of the daily struggles that an American soldier faces while in combat and trying to transition back into civilian life.
6. Jurassic World
Jurassic World was a highly successful sequel/reboot for the Jurassic Park franchise. It was a fresh story that had plenty of action. It brought back the same dinosaur craze that the original film had and it introduced a new generation to the franchise, much like another film on my list…
Creed is considered a spinoff of the beloved Rocky films. It is one of the best spinoffs I have ever seen. Michael B. Jordan played the son of Apollo Creed, Adonis Johnson, who like his father, had fighting in his blood. Adonis wanted to fight harder to make a name for himself, rather than using his father’s name and wanted to earn his way to the top with the help of “Unc” Rocky Balboa, as his trainer. Creed is a movie that would have been great on it’s own but it also added to the legacy of the Rocky franchise.
4. The Hateful Eight
The Hateful Eight, Quentin Tarantino’s eighth film and a film that almost didn’t get made. When the script was allegedly leaked by someone attached to the film, Tarantino almost tossed the script in the garbage. With plenty of thought, Tarantino decided to go forward with the film and it was a great thing that he did. The Hateful Eight was the typical Taratino film. It had the long dialogue with plenty of humor that Tarantino is known for and the type of action that you can only see in a Tarantino film. Some say that it is his best film yet, but that is debatable with all the great films that he has made.
3. Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens
What can be said about the biggest film of the decade? It’s the first Star Wars film since 2005 and it was definitely worth the wait. J.J. Abrams did a great job introducing a new generation to the Star Wars galaxy, all while keeping the legacy of the franchise intact. We seen some awesome new characters introduced and we were reunited with our favorite characters in the franchise. The Force Awakens is pretty much A New Hope amped up by ten. It has already broken box office records and shows no signs of stopping.
2. The Revenant
The Revenant is a film inspired by true events. It was a great story with great acting and action. I’m sure that this film will give Leonardo DiCaprio his first Oscar, (which has been earned a long time ago) and he didn’t even have to talk for half of the film. Tom Hardy certainly deserves an nomination for his role in the film as well. It was a nearly perfect film.
1. Straight Outta Compton
Straight Outta Compton was a huge surprise to many. Straight Outta Compton took us into the lives of the most notorious rap group in history, N.W.A. There hasn’t been many Hip-Hop/Rap biopics out there but thanks to this film, there will certainly be more to come and it’s going to be very hard to top this one. This film had the perfect cast, the perfect “come from nothing” story and everyone loves a great underdog story.
So there you have it, my eleven favorite films of 2015. We all have our favorite films of 2015 and no two lists will be the same. Feel free to give us a list of your favorite films of 2015. We can’t wait to see a whole other year of films as 2016 will definitely be a huge year for cinema.