ByJohn McGinn, writer at
John McGinn

Well it’s time for my list of what I think were the best films of 2015. I still haven’t seen the likes of Inside Out, Concussion, The Walk, The Danish Girl, Carol, and Trainwreck that possibly could make this list, but to be honest I have absolutely not interest in seeing Concussion and Trainwreck, and as for The Danish Girl, Carol, and The Walk I have no idea when I’ll find the time to watch those films, so here are my Top 20 Films of 2015.

1. Sicario 5/5 Stars: Benicio Del Toro gives in an Award Winning Performance in Sicario, and along with really strong performances by Josh Brolin and Emily Blunt, and along with amazing Cinematography and great directing by Denis Villeneuve make Sicario the best film of the year.

2. The Revenant 5/5: I’m not a huge fan of the acting of Leonardo DiCaprio as others, but if there’s one film he deserves and should win an Oscar for it’s The Revenant.

3. The Assassin 5/5: The Chinese film is a near masterpiece as director Hou Hsiao-Hsien is a gorgeous film that is muted with very minimal dialogue instead telling the story though cinematography, sound, the score, and some great acting especially by actress Shu Qi. Sicario, The Revenant and The Assassin are the clear above and beyond the best films of the year.

4. The Big Short 4.5/5

5. Star Wars: The Force Awakens 4.5/5

6. The Martian 4.5/5

7. Avengers: Age of Ultron 4.5/5: Age of Ultron is my second favorite Marvel Studio film behind Winter Soldier. Overall my excitement for the Marvel Cinematic Universe has dwindled over the years with poor and lackluster villains and supar climax’s to their films, but like Winter Soldier, Age of Ultron had it all, and Marvel finally took some chances first while Quicksilver was a secondary character I still give Marvel props for having the willingness to kill of one of character that so far they’ve been reluctant to do, and second I loved the major deviation from the comics with the Bruce and Natasha relationship that I loved and hopefully Marvel will continue in future films.

8. The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2 4.5/5

9. The Hateful Eight 4.5/5: To all you Quentin Tarantino I am sorry, but I am not a fan of Tarantio’s style of film making especially his early films, but admittedly I have loved two of his last three films in Inglourious Basterds and The Hateful Eight. While I liked Jennifer Jason Leigh I still would have preferred Jennifer Lawrence for the role.

10. Spotlight 4/5

11. Ex Machina 4/5

12. Z for Zachariah 4/5

13. Mad Max: Fury Road 4/5: I’m sure most people will disagree with this ranking, but from the beginning when I saw an advance screening for Fury Road I wasn’t impressed with the film. I even watched it two more times trying to understand why the film was getting universal praise and still don’t understand it. The way the action was film was obviously inspired by and paying tribute to the silent film “The General”, but I wasn’t impressed with The General when I watched the film. Yes I can admit it’s impact on cinema, but that doesn’t make it a masterpiece, the same for Fury Road as the action was repetitive. Tom Hardy didn’t compare to Mel Gibson as the titled character. Immortan Joe was one of the worst villains in the Mad Max franchise. I can appreciate what the film was trying to convey in the male dominated world when Joe used women only for breeding and milk and it’s positve message about feminism, but that doesn’t make Fury Road a masterpiece. It’s a really good film held together by a great performance by Charlize Theron, but nothing more than a really good film.

14. Maggie 4/5: Arnold Schwarzenegger gives his best acting performance in decades in a surprising role for the actor as a farmer and loving father trying to help and protect his daughter who’s infected with a zombie like virus. Abigail Breslin also gives a good performance as Schwarzenegger daughter who is struggling to come to terms of her situation and the realization that she’ll never experience adulthood.

15. Spectre 4/5

16. Furious 7 4/5

17. Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation 4/5

18. The Man from U.N.C.L.E. 4/5: To bad the film didn’t do any better that box office, because I doubt it it will get a sequel, and it’s really good film and I loved the dynamic and chemistry between Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander, and would have liked have seen more of them together.

19. Jurassic World 3.5/5

20. Creed 3.5/5

Most overrated Film of the Year: Mad Max Fury Road

Most Disappointing Films of the Year: Blackhat, Child 44, and In the Heart of the Sea

The Five Worst Films of 2015

1. The Last Witch Hunter

2. Jupiter Ascending

3. Blackhat

4. Terminator Genisys

5. Child 44


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