In cinematic terms, 2015 was frankly ridiculous. Mad Max dominated the summer season; Game of Thrones left us with one of the meanest cliffhangers of all time; Empire rose, Hannibal fell (literally and figuratively); and Star Wars proved to be a spectacular finale to the year. I've lost count of the amount of incredible films and TV shows that graced our screens this year, but I hope to share some of the highlights in my MP 2015 Quickfire Challenge! Before we get started, here are the rules- drumroll please...
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!
Once you're finished, share your post in the MP Creators group and tag other Creators you'd like to see take the challenge!
So, without further ado, here are my picks for the Best of 2015!
Best Trailer of 2015: High Rise
The first films that sprung to mind when I saw the words 'Best Trailer' were obviously Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the first trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. However, I doubt many of you missed either of those huge releases this year. Instead, I thought I'd use this section to highlight a trailer which alerted me to a film I previously hadn't heard about, and undoubtedly piqued my interest.
For those criteria, there could be only one choice: High Rise. It's got everything- beautiful cinematography, a ton of mystery and sinister overtones, and Tom Hiddleston. Needless to say, I will definitely be checking out this film in 2016!
Favorite Movie Moment of 2015: The Farce Scene in Mistress America
In truth, I was a little sceptical about another Baumbach/Gerwig film so soon after the spectacular Frances Ha. I'm pleased to report my scepticism was totally unfounded, and this film exceeded all of my expectations.
For anyone who missed this one, Mistress America tells the story of Tracy (Lola Kirke), a young writer & college freshmen who becomes completely dazzled by her adventurous and whimsical stepsister, Brooke (played fabulously by Gerwig).
The film is a beautiful comedy that explores female friendship, sisterhood, formative crushes and lofty ambitions, but there was one scene that really made the movie for me. Around the midpoint of the film, the farcical elements of the film go into overdrive when Brooke visits friends in Vermont to try and raise some cash for her ill-conceived restaurant idea. Cue a hilarious scene in which 8 characters- including Tracy, Brooke, Tracy's crush, Brooke's estranged lover and cat-stealing best friend, an errant book club member and an irate neighbour- dash madly about the stunning Vermont house, as all of the drama and secrets which underpin the film simmer to boiling point. This scene for me really encapsulates all of the charm, whimsy and genuine sentiment of this film, and it's a joy to watch again and again.
Favorite Character of 2015: Jessica Jones
2015 really ought to go down in the history books as the Year of Kickass Female Characters. Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson absolutely killed it in the second season of Broad City; Aya Cash gave perhaps the most honest portrayal of mental illness on TV in You're the Worst; Taraji P. Henson bestowed Cookie Lyon upon the world; Rey happened. Any of these ladies could easily claim the top spot for me, but I'm giving my pick to Jessica Jones.
I've been a huge fan of Krysten Ritter even since her pitch perfect performance on Don't Trust the B- in Apartment 23- but I have to admit, I was sceptical about whether she had the dramatic chops to bring one of my favorite former superheroes to life. Once again, my scepticism was totally unfounded. Ritter's Jessica Jones was the perfect mix of tough and vulnerable, flawed and noble, empathetic but at times infuriating. The chemistry she had with the other characters- her unflagging love for Trish, her simultaneous guilt and lust over Luke Cage, her utter revulsion at Killgrave- really made the show come alive. Jessica Jones was undoubtedly one of my favorite TV shows of 2015, and that's in large part down to Ritter.
Entertainment Person of the Year: Mads Mikkelsen
I chose Mads largely because I'm still not over the fact Hannibal got cancelled- although what a finale! Season 3 was perhaps my favorite season of this sumptuous, psychological nightmare of a show, and deservedly stands in the Top 20 of Metacritic's best shows of 2015. Mikkelsen brought a charisma, pathos, and—dare I say it—sensuality to Hannibal, which was undoubtedly one of the main reasons this show was so compelling to watch.
Although I'm still heartbroken about the crushing loss of Hannibal, I'm ridiculously excited to see what Mikkelsen brings to the table in Doctor Strange next year. Early forecast: he's going to be phenomenal.
Favorite Post: 'Are Blade, Ghost Rider and Punisher Next for Netflix?'
I picked this one because it was the first post I ever wrote for MP, right at the start of a crazy 7 months in which I've got to know so many fantastic creators and help shape hundreds of engaging, imaginative and wonderful posts. I also got to do a fan cast for the first time in my life, which was pretty damn fun! Although Jeffrey Dean Morgan wasn't picked to play Punisher, I'm beyond excited to see what John Bernthal brings to the role, and I have no doubt that JDM will kill it as Negan on The Walking Dead.
Bonus Question: What I'm Excited for In 2016
Literally goddamn everything! We have so many incredible movies coming out this year, and 2016 is literally a comic book fan's dream come true. In particular, I'm so excited to see so many of my favorite comic book characters come to the big screen- Deadpool, Psylocke, Doctor Strange, Apocalypse (dodgy costume choices aside)... the list is endless!
Above all though, I'm most excited to discuss all of the amazing 2016 releases with you guys. Here's to a fantastic year!