This past summer, while we've had some real stinkers, we've had some great films. Here, I will be counting down my top 10 films of summer 2015. Before I start, I would like to give some honorable mentions. Here they are:
To quickly sum up, a brilliant bio-pic of the Beach Boy's very own Brian Wilson. It might be very slow, but nevertheless, it gives the viewers an interesting insight into "THE LIFE, LOVE AND GENIUS OF BRIAN WILSON".
While this pint-sized hero definitely isn't my favorite from the MCU, Ant-Man is still a very funny and action packed fun time at the theaters. Rudd proves to everyone he can be an action star. Plus, Peyton Reed wasn't that bad of a director. I actually kind of enjoyed him! *Personally I would've LOVED to see what Edgar Wright could do what this, but oh well. HA!
Being the biggest opening of all time, Jurassic World has fantastic visuals, pretty good performances, and enthralling action. Sure its Mercedes Benz product placement is outlandish, as well as some of the scenes *cough cough* The old gasoline they find for the car *cough cough*.
Now, let's get into my 10 favorite films to be released in the summer of 2015.
Creep is one of the creepiest films I've ever seen (no pun intended). This is a very simplistic story. A videographer is hired to document this man's life for his kid, since the man is going to die soon. However, throughout the day, Mark Duplass increasingly gets more creepy towards Patrick Brice. The last 30 minutes are some of the most enthralling of 2015. The movie is also darkly funny for a portion, and pretty damn scary. At 80 minutes, Creep is a fantastic horror film to watch with friends at night.
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Originally supposed to start Eminem, Southpaw is about heavy weight boxer Billy Hope, who's life takes a turn for the worst. After his wife dies and he starts develop a raging feeling of anger, he must redeem himself not only in the ring, but as a person. While the film is one of the most cliche sports films, the acting is some of the best all year. While it's no Lou Bloom (Nightcrawler), Gyllenhaal delivers a mesmerizing and realistic performance. Forrest Whittaker also gives a great performance. Oh and BTW, the montage sequence is PHENOMENAL. (pun intended).:)
Find out more about Southpaw: http://imdb.to/1znNo7l
Now while I never watched the 'Entourage' series since I don't have HBO, this was still an extremely fun times at the movies. Every single character has their own personality that's unique and hilarious, and the raunchiness in this film doesn't hold back and makes for an UBER entertaining movie that will never bore the viewer. Even if they've never seen the show, like myself, I believe a lot of people will at least have fun with this, even if they don't enjoy it all that much.
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'Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron' is the first film to truly kick off summer. And boy, did it do it with a bang! From beginning to end, Age of Ultron is entertaining. Unlike the first one, each character has their time to shine in this movie both in a comedic & action-y sense. I also liked how the film introduced the new Avengers. It didn't feel forced whatsoever. It might be a bit too long, but I really did have an awesome time at this film.
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Unlike John Green's last book-to-film adaptation 'The Fault in Our Stars', 'Paper Towns' is not as much of a romance, as it is a teenage road trip type comedy. Paper Towns is full of realistic 3D characters, a compelling story, fantastic humor, and a dynamic between Delvingne and Wolff that is reminiscent of how friends changes throughout school years.
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Adapted from Jesse Andrew's novel, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is an extremely original story and honestly, just fascinating. Thomas Mann gives one of his best performances to date along with Olivia Cooke. The both have phenomenal chemistry, and RJ Cyler as Earl provided some great comedic relief to some of the more serious situations. Sure it's slow, but it's one of the most realistic high school films I've seen in a while.
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As of late, McCarthy has just been typecast as the fat lady that falls over a lot. However while Spy still has a tiny bit of her doing that, she is one of the most likable characters so far this year. She has a lot of great lines in the film as well as looks pretty awesome in her action scenes. But by far the best part is Jason Statham. All I have to say is he must be in more comedies. So in the end, I really think Paul Feig's the only director who can utilize McCarthy in a great way. He did it with Bridesmaids, The Heat and now, this.
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While it is true that "Not every gift is welcome.", this film is a gift that is most definitely wanted. When people walked into this, they expected a crazy horror film. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find out how much of a great thriller this film is. The whole film is basically tension based and it most definitely worked. Edgerton does a perfect job of directing and acting in the film. He is nearly as creepy as Mark Duplass in Creep *See #10 for Creep*. Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall also are the perfect duo in the film. The Gift is most definitely the best thriller of 2015. As well as it contains the best twist of 2015.
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George Miller's long awaited re-hashing of the Mad Max series proves to be one of the greatest action films to date. Tom Hardy is the perfect sub-in for Gibson as Mad Max. Nicholas Hoult gives a riveting performance in this film. But by far, the best part of this is Imperiator Furiousa. If you wanna see a badass chick, the first movie I'd say is by far this movie. Miller also gives this film a great look, in addition to its spectacular scenery and stunning cinematography.
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Needless to say, but this is Pixar's best film to date. A great story, phenomenal voice acting, and a story that will hit you right in the heart. Riley is such an interesting girl to follow the story with. The film also has phenomenal comedy and drama mixed together. Also, I really enjoyed the short film. But overall, one of my favorite animated films of all time, if not my favorite.
Find Out More about Inside Out: http://imdb.to/1yf4XU6