My Top 10 Movies of 2015

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Looking back over the past year, there have been some pretty damn good films. But I still had trouble picking my top ten – finding the first six was easy, but the remaining four were not as convincing. So many films I liked at the time, but over the passing months have left little impression. I finally managed to bring you my annual list, which is presented in no particular order.

Before I start I would like to note that this is based on UK releases, so some which were released in the US in 2014 are on here, because we had some serious delays. Equally, some current US releases such as The Hateful Eight, Joy, Room and The Revenant aren’t out here yet, so don’t make the cut. You may also notice that I have obviously missed out Mad Max: Fury Road – this is deliberate and I could possibly be the only blogger in the world to not appreciate/understand why everyone loves it. It was good, but I definitely didn’t come out of the cinema blown away.

Now that’s all cleared up, let’s crack on with the list…

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Kingsman: The Secret Service

For people who read this blog often and know me well, this will come as no surprise – I LOVED this film, I bought it on DVD straight away and I have watched it three times already. It has brilliant action, fantastic jokes and just cracks me up the whole time. Plus I may have a slight crush on newcomer Taron Egerton, who plays the common Londoner recruited into a gentleman spy programme. No-one expected this to be as good as it was – cannot wait for the sequel. Review.

Ex Machina

This is one clever sci-fi thriller that will leave you thinking for hours afterwards. It is tense, claustrophobic and the dialogue is tight as hell. Domhnall Gleeson is a member of staff at a tech company who wins a prize draw to meet the owner (Oscar Isaac) in his secluded lair. He must take part in a Turing Test to discover whether his ‘robot’ Ava (Alicia Vikander) has true artificial intelligence. All the actors bring it. I just love it. Review.

 

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens

A late addition but this deserves a place. This film is by no means perfect but that the fact it managed to please so many fans after months of increasing hype is impressive in itself. It is a Star Wars movie through and through, although it took perhaps a bit too much inspiration from its predecessors. Daisy Ridley and John Boyega are brilliant new additions, Adam Driver blew me away as villain Kylo Ren and it was great to see the veterans Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill reunited onscreen. Review.

Amy

I’m not a massive documentary watcher (something I have to change) and although I loved Amy Winehouse’s music, I wasn’t a massive fan of her as a person so I didn’t expect this to affect me as much as it did. I have not cried that much in the cinema for a long time. Horrific, blubbering tears. It is just a tragic tale of how a young girl with dreams of being a jazz/soul singer eventually becomes a spiralling drug addict due to pressures of fame and media attention. Absolutely haunting. Review.

 

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Everest

This stuck with me for a long time afterwards and I ended up reading Jon Krakaeur’s book Into The Air. I just find the idea that people would want to put their lives in danger so dramatically by climbing Mount Everest so insane. So this tale is both fascinating and tragic. It looks incredible, it tells an unbelievable true story and boasts a stellar cast including Jake Gyllenhaal, Keira Knightley and Jason Clarke. Review.

Whiplash

It feels like it came out forever ago and I really want to see it again. Who expected a story about a music student’s struggle to become a jazz drummer to be so intense and captivating? Far better than I was expecting. J.K. Simmons was terrifying as the harsh music teacher and Miles Teller finally proved he could sink his teeth into decent material (that was until he starred in Fantastic Four). Review.

 

The Martian

The Martian is the most fun sci-fi adventure ever. Ridley Scott managed to put a completely fresh take on the whole ‘lost in space’ premise. It has action, thrills, laughs and is just a damn enjoyable watch. Who can beat a sci-fi movie which heavily includes disco tunes? Matt Damon brings his A-game and there is a brilliant support cast from Jessica Chastain, Kate Mara and Chiwetel Ejiofor. Review.

Big Hero 6

Everyone seems to be picking Inside Out as their favourite animation of the year and while it was damn good, I actually preferred Disney’s Big Hero 6. It was a cool and fun superhero movie featuring an adorable inflatable blob called Baymax. I was laughing the whole way through. Review.

 

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Jurassic World

This has not turned up on a lot of people’s lists and I know critics did have some problems with it but I personally love it. I am huge fan of Jurassic Park and I think Jurassic World kept the same tone, style, humour and was just an enjoyable thrill ride. I have seen it three times and would be happy to watch again. Chris Pratt was the perfect leading man – likeable, sexy and charming and he can train raptors (big plus) and all the dino favourites from before were back. Review.

Birdman

This is seriously old now – why does the UK get awards bait films so late?! This was awesome for the performances all around and the incredible camera work. The script was hilarious, tight and so well-observed and Michael Keaton, Naomi Watts, Emma Stone and Edward Norton all brought it. No wonder director Alejandro G. Inarritu won the Oscar. Review.

 

What films would you like to add to the list?

Comments

  1. Great list! Star Wars was my favourite film this year though Whiplash wasn’t far behind.

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