“The best films through the eyes of the jet setter!”
It’s that time of year again, the announcement of the contributors top ten movies of 2015. Our seasonal film ball games were epic and showcased many of the films that turned the box office into the Hunger Games. No joke… records were constantly challenged and their was such good competition in theaters. With being a flight attendant, I only saw about 6 films in the theaters this last year and had to catch majority of my top ten through redbox and great friends/fellow contributors. So here is the top 10 movies, according to me of 2015:
10. Paper Towns
Director: Jake Schreier
Starring: Nat Wolff, Cara Delevingne, Austin Abrams
Margo, is an eccentric girl who is full of life, and definitely full of adventure. Quentin is her childhood friend, who as years went by fell out of touch with her. Seemingly fate brings them back together in a night of payback, but this also leads to a scavenger hunt of Margo’s where about. Love, adventure, and comfortability are all explored in this film. Why live in a box when you have an infinite list of possibilities for your future. Find yourself exploring and living and don’t regrets. This film surprised me on levels I could not even fathom. By the previews it looked to be the age old tale of ones first crush, but it was more than that. It was a story about getting out of your comfort zone, and chasing your desires. Personally, it opened the thought and relate ability of how I live my own life and how to not hold back from the endless possibilities the world offers.
Director: Michael Dougherty
Starring: Adam Scott, Toni Collette, David Koechner, Allison Tolman, Conchata Ferrell
Naughty or Nice, no one can save you from Krampus. Based of an old folklore, Krampus is the evil shadow of old Saint Nick, sent to punish the souls who dare disbelieve in Christmas. One bad Christmas causes a boy to cast hate towards the joyous holiday, known as Christmas. Thus come, Krampus, A demon with minions who drag the poor and helpless souls of this family to… HELLL….. well maybe HELL! This to me was the best holiday horror movie since Gremlins. It was filled with comedy, yet had those jump out of the seat moments.
Director: Judd Apatow
Starring: Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Brie Larson
Amy Schumer, plays a girl named Amy, a sex fiend who follows a life of non commitment, until she get assigned a job that leads her to a relationship. Awkward in this new situation the story follows the struggle of love between two completely different personalities. The comedy is high in this film, with such a sense of the hook up culture we have today. Can monogamy survive, when you were a to have more than one?
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Amy Schumer, not only is she best friend with Jennifer Lawerence, but she is so dang funny. Her persona in films and in person just radiates and makes the cinematic experience worth the price spent.
Director: Michael Mann
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Viloa Davis, Wei Tang
The U.S enlist the help from an ex con hacker to stop an enemy using cyber attacks to turn the world nations against each other. Spanning across several of the worlds cities, its a game of cat and mouse with every moment being filled with turns and illusions. Nick Hathaway, a.k.a Chris Hemsworth, created a hack program back in the day that is now being used by a deadly criminal.
Talk about being on the edge of your seat through a movie, if it wasn’t for Chris’s hot body, or the constant action, this movie would not have made my list. It was kind of a mind game in a way, like a puzzle you were trying to solve but you were given the pieces in shorts bits. When the movie came out, there was so much going on in our current world about hackers and information being distributed, that it was kind of crazy how realistic the movie came to be.
6. The Loft
Director: Erik Van Loy
Starring: Karl Urban, James Marsden, Wentworth Miller, Eric Stonestreet
Five men wanting live out their very fantasies apart from their everyday lives invest in a loft. It’s all good until a woman ends up murdered. Like a game of clue the men try to solve the mystery of this dead woman, with no one willing to confess to the homicide which has taken place in their secret hideaway. Secrets are revealed and friendships are turned against each other.
You can not have your cake and eat it too. This movie is in the lesson of keeping secrets, they are always bound to be exposed, whether you are dead or alive. In this film you had some well known actors who usual have done comedic roles, but in this they all were dark and serious. There is a twist toward the end that I never saw coming, and that is one reason, this movie mad my list. I love when you can not predict a story, an element of surprise has been lost in Hollywood films and this movie kept that ingredient toward a great story.
5. In The Heart of the Sea
Director: Ron Howard
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, Brendan Gleeson
What made this movie apart of my top ten, was that it was not the movie that I expected it to be. Not to mention, I got to see it during a Bro Night with one of my best friends Stephen Lackey. Yes, movies often are more enjoyable when you see them with the right people. Anyways, this was a story on how the great novel of Moby Dick, came to exist. Not only was an unique story, but the imagery was pure mesmerizing.
Whaling was not just a job, but a sport back in the establishment of the new world. The oil was a necessity and a way of keeping an economy flowing. So when a group of men embarked on a usual journey to seek whale oil, they find themselves in a struggle to survive. After months of little to no success in their hunt, they venture off the usual waters to an area with an abundance of whales. Greed is not a trait to have out at sea though, especially when a mammoth god of a white whale destroys your vessel and leaves you thousand of mile away from home trying to survive the harsh waters and elements the earth throws at you.
4. Avengers: Age of Ultron
Director: Joss Whedon
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth
Another Marvel movie that did not disappoint, four of the worlds greatest superhero are back. This time they are facing an enemy created by their very own Tony Stark and Bruce Banner. Wanting to create a program, by using the infinity stone, Ultron would overall help the world. Things go drastically wrong, and now Ultron is the new bad, that will destroy the world. With the help of S.H.E.I.L.D, the Avengers must stop Ultron.
There was no doubt this was in my top list. It was one of the highest grossing films of the year and the cast as usual was amazing. The film in my opinion was better than the first Avengers and played more into each characters personality. From the writing, directing, acting, editing, etc. this was an overall perfect movie.
3. Jurassic World
Director: Colin Trevorrow
Starring: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D’Onofrio
For those who know me, you know Jurassic Park is one of my all time favorite franchises ever. With that said, there was no way this film was not making my top ten list. Jurassic World is an amusement park where all of your prehistoric text book monsters are alive, but with constant demands for bigger, badder, and scarier beasts come the use of science to create the newest and best attractions. That is until, it breaks free and destroys everything in its path.
This film is the second best film of the franchise. I loved the humor and the action that took place throughout the movie. Also it was awesome to see the original dinosaur island and the hidden tributes to the original Jurassic Park. What I found probably the most fascinating was the humanization and characterizations of the raptors, who were by far the best part of the film. Go BLUE!!!!!!
2. Furious 7
Director: James Wan
Starring:Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson
R.I.P Paul Walker…. The latest film to the Fast and Furious franchise, Toretto and his crew are back, to stop a maniac (Shaw) from seeking revenge on them for the harm of his brother. With bigger stunts and more amazing cars, this movie had over the top action that kept your heart racing. Of all the fast and furious movies, this movie had the message of family and the importance of being with and standing by your family, even when you miss the action of fast moments. This film was especially overwhelming as well , since one of the main casts passed away during the filming. I got the sense of how special a team the cast and crew was for throughout the entire film and the feeling just resonated through their story. Also this film brought on of the most influential and heartfelt songs of the year, See You Again, by Wiz Khalifah.
1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Director: J.J. Abrams
Starring: Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega
The Best film hands down of 2015. Shattering all time records across the world, the force is back and I mean at full force. Of course nothing will beat the originals, but this came pretty close. I am not a huge Star Wars person, but I absolutely loved The Force Awakens. Combining the use of old characters such as Han Solo and bringing in new faces like Rey, this film has the appeal to audiences of all ages. There is a new front on the Dark Side called The First Order, and they are hell bent in finding the last known Jedi, Luke Skywalker. But Skywalker has disappeared and the resistance needs to find him before the First Order does. Their is a map that the dark lord Kylo Wren is seeking out that will lead them to Luke, but with the help of a malfunction storm trooper, a girl named Rey, and a robot BB-8; The First Order finds a growing power in the Resistance and possible key to bringing in the light. BB-8 is my everything, he is that robot little brother that you wished you had. For me that little guy made the movie for me. It was great also to see the old characters back and bringing in some new blood to keep the battle of good vs evil going in this ever so popular franchise.
After writing this it occurred to me that Chris Hemsworth, was in three of my top movies. Coincidence, I think not! What an amazing year for this sexy beast of a man and while maybe he probably swayed my judgement a little bit, there was no doubt that the record breaking movies also were in my top ten and rightfully so. These movies appealed to a mass audience including myself and from their gross earnings to their intriguing storylines, there is no doubt that they deserve to be part of the Top Ten of 2015!