With 2015 having come to a close, many creators (myself included) have decided to look back on this year and pick out our own personal highlights. Looking back on this wondrous year in the world of film, I can't help but be reminiscent. This was the first full year I've written for Moviepilot. This year, I was lucky enough to adventure out to California to attend D-23 Expo. I made a number of friends who also write for Moviepilot. And I finished up my training for my private pilot's license (yes, that has nothing to do with entertainment but it's no less exciting).
So going over my year was already on the agenda, but my fellow creator David Espinosa nominated me to take part in the 2015 Quick-Fire Challenge. It's a simple challenge (that ended up taking more brain power than I anticipated) and it is also quite enjoyable. If you don't know what I'm talking about, let me break it down for you.
In the past, we creators have had a few different challenges where we all have to answer a few questions. It starts with one person, who nominates a few more people who in turn nominate a few more people and by the end of it almost all of us creators have shared and partaken in this wonderful experience.
The question of this particular challenge are as follows:
1. Best trailer of 2015: Share a trailer released in 2015 that made the most impact on you, got you pumped for a movie and made you count down the days until the movie's release.
2. Your Favorite Movie Moment of 2015: Whether it's an incredible stunt, a great joke or heartbreaking dialogue - which movie moment was your favorite of the year?
3. Your Favorite Character of 2015: Choose a character (preferably one that is new to the big screen) that you loved this year, and tell us why!
4. Entertainment Person of the year: In the world of entertainment, who is your 'Person of the Year' for 2015?
5. What Was Your Favorite Article (Created By You) in 2015?: This doesn't have to be the post with the highest reads. Instead, choose the one you are most proud of and share your reasons why!
BONUS Question: What are you most excited for in 2016? I'm really looking forward to all of your responses and hope you have fun creating them!
So, without further ado, let's do this!
1. My favorite trailer is...
One that reveals hardly anything at all about the movie. Notable trailers that did this are the Star Wars Episode VII trailers, the Captain America: Civil War trailer released at D-23, the first Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer, and my personal favorite trailer from 2015:
Yes, ladies and gents, none other than the most recent Deadpool trailer is my favorite trailer from 2015. Deadpool has been a long time favorite of mine and I'm so happy that he's being transferred over to the big screen so well (though it did take two movies to accomplish this). Now I know I said my favorite trailers are those that don't reveal a lot and the trailers for this movie so far seem to reveal a good amount, but almost all of that I already knew. So, for me, very little was actually revealed.
2. It's always great to see females defying stereotypes
Clearly J-Law's performances in Joy and Mockingjay Part 2 are notable as well as Charlize Theron in Mad Max: Fury Road. Other notable mentions include Alicia Vikander in The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Kristen Ritter in Jessica Jones, Hayley Atwell in Agent Carter, Evangeline Lily in Ant-man, Emily Blunt in Sicario, and Melissa Benoist in Supergirl. But for me, the best strong female character of the year was Daisy Ridley's Rey from Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.
I tried not to focus this here article on Star Wars because of how saturated the media is with it, but I couldn't resist. Namely because of one singular scene. And it wasn't where Rey is being all badass with her stick thing, or when she pilots the Millennium Falcon, or when she comes face to face with Kylo Ren (if you've seen it, you know what I'm talking about). It was a simple moment that you may not have found as fantastic as I did.
It was shortly after she met Finn. When they were running from the storm troopers them both across the desert, Finn reaches to grab Rey's hand and run. And unlike any female character ever, Rey yelled at him as she was running. "I know how to run without you holding my hand." That, my friends, is my favorite movie moment of the year.
3. Man's best friend? Psh! I want Arlo's best friend!
Picking a singular favorite character was hard. It really was. To rattle off names of runner ups would take too long. So I'm just going to jump into it. Spot was absolutely adorable. I mean, look at that kid. The hair, the eyes, the ability to rip off the head of a beetle nearly as large as he is. It's fantastic!
The Good Dinosaur exceeded all of my expectations. I was blown out of the water and could not be happier with this movie. And, to be honest, it had nothing to do with our main character and everything to do with Spot. His story had more meaning than Arlo's, and Spot was infinitely more caring than Arlo. Attempting to spoil as little possible, I'll merely say that Arlo was very angry with Spot in the beginning of the movie, and despite several threats and angry shouts, Spot looked out for and helped the lost, injured Apatosaurus. That right there is a true friend.
4. And the Official Completely Unimportant Bridget Serdock Award for 'Person of the Year' goes to...
As I've mentioned already, J-Law is kicking gender inequality's butt on the big screen. But Lawrence is also tackling some big issues in real life. Talking very openly and bluntly about unequal pay in her Lenny Letter, she proved to be more than just a good, down to earth actress. If you need a refresher, here's a quote from that fantastic addition to the ongoing fight for equality:
I’m over trying to find the ‘adorable’ way to state my opinion and still be likable! F– that. I don’t think I’ve ever worked for a man in charge who spent time contemplating what angle he should use to have his voice heard. It’s just heard.
Lastly, she's stated how she's done with the Hunger Games. Which I find to be very refreshing and great. For the studio to think that they should be milking the series anymore than they are now with prequels following a young Katniss is stupid and greedy. As I've stated before, there are several other ways to keep the series going, if they really feel like that's necessary.
Runner ups include Cara Delevingne, Tom Hardy, Amy Schumer, Bradley Cooper, Gwendoline Christie, and Matt Tennant.
5. Talking about myself is uncomfortable...
Seriously, do you know anyone who actually enjoys complimenting themselves? Receiving compliments, maybe, but complimenting themselves? It's hard, man.
But I do happen to have a favorite article that I've written, and it's titled:
Spoiler: it's actually a quiz.
This is probably my favorite article of the year because of how creative it ended up being. I've had a few quizzes here and there about a few things and they all turned out pretty good. But I have to say that this is the one I'm most proud of. Not only did I have to make a quiz figuring out the likelihood of your survival, but the likelihood of your character (assuming you're a character in a movie) getting killed off. It was way more fun and creative than most of my other articles and all my other quizzes.
At the end of the day (err, year)...
I know that 2015 was a great year for me and for movies. I can't wait for 2016 to start. And to tell you the truth, I've no idea what I'm most looking forward to in the coming months. So, for now, stay awesome, my friends!