Trying to pick 15 Movies that have stood out, excited & impressed the hell out of me in 2015 has been a difficult task and one that I started compiling over two weeks back – when making a Best of List it’s important to view the movie multiple times and for me personally I never choose any movie on pure sentiment, take the Star Wars movie for example, I’m a huge geek when it comes to them movies but it would be unfair of me to name it as one of my favorite movies purely on past glories, the movie has to be better than that and deserve a place by merit – everybody has their own personal favorites, whether it be at home or at the cinema movies are there to be enjoyed – don’t take my Top 15 as gospel and certainly don’t let friends or film critics decide what you watch, the beauty is we are all movie critics and we all have our own opinions – so if you’ve not seen some of these movies, give them a try and then compile your own list of Your Favorite Movies of 2015….
A really good movie is not all about great story telling, or how mind blowing the stunning visuals are, it’s not even about how many awards that picture’s won or how much money the studio makes in filling them theatre halls – for me A Really Good Movie should only be judged on the movies overall enjoyment, it’s experience it gave you it’s viewer, did it bring a smile to your face?, make you all gooey inside? or brought tears trickling down your cheek? – we’re not all robots and each person’s idea of a good movie is different to the next, so do yourself a favor and don’t take the review of a so called movie critic as gospel – after all it’s only their own personal take on that movie.
My version of a really good movie is Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland from its exceptional cast that includes the dazzling Britt Robertson (Under the Dome) who excels in the female lead, the veteran George Clooney who is superb as the quirky inventor Frank Walker and last but not least in my opinion the best young actress since Jodie Foster Snow White and the Huntsman’s Raffey Cassidy who was born to play the authoritative yet charming Athena, such a great character ignited to the screen by this passionate young actress that oozes a magical screen presence.
Overall: Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland is bold, ambitious film-making that’s full of exciting ideas, great photography and most of all one of them rare movies that engages the whole family – it’s a film jam packed with fun, heart warming characters, colorful and jazzy sets along with a stirring, riveting soundtrack from The Incredibles Michael Giacchino – if you only see one movie this weekend then I’d highly recommend Tomorrowland it will make you smile and remind you of the classic Lucas and Spielberg movies of yesteryear ★★★★½
GRAVITY 3D – (2013) – Movie Review ★★★★
Cast – Sandra Bullock & George Clooney – on his last flight before retiring Matt Kowalsky (Clooney) and Mission Specialist Ryan Stone (Bullock) have to work together to survive an accident in the darkness of Space – VERDICT does Cuaron’s sci-fi thriller live up to all the hype? well in a big screen cinematic blow your mind with visuals kind of way YES it does! – only a handful of films using the 3D format have successfully worked and due to the film’s spectacular setting, Alfonso Cuaron’s GRAVITY is one of the best I have seen and that’s saying something since the majority of the film’s 3D was converted from a 2D lens post production – from the film’s opening scenes, I felt a unique sense of floating as I was looking down 600km to Earth, you would be forgiven for thinking that the film was shot on location, the effects are truly that good and the 3D element only enhances that immersive experience – obviously Sandra Bullock will receive a lot of the plaudits and rightly so, she was terrific, rarely leaving the screen during the movie’s 90mins run time, her range of emotions in those close up shots were pretty realistic and I felt for her character as she tried to survive the perils and complete emptiness of space – overall Alfonso Cuaron’s GRAVITY is all about the visual, forget about it’s predictable script, stick those 3D glasses on and let Cuaron take you on an unforgettable ride, a ride that creates the illusion of isolation, claustrophobia and one of complete and utter helplessness – pay the extra few dollars for that 3D screening and enjoy the show….