By Chris Campo
Video games are a special type of entertainment. Where a movie allows you to see a whole new world through a looking glass, video games give you the opportunity to live in whole new worlds. Why hasn't the video game world successfully merged with the film world...and will it ever? With comic book movie fatigue very slowly creeping up on some movie goers, Hollywood may need a new point to jump off of. Can films based on video games take over the movie industry like comic book films have? I think so, and here's why.
The gaming audience is huge. I think Hollywood gets that. There's already been countless video game adaptations, including the likes of 'Super Mario Bros', 'Hitman', 'Mortal Kombat', Tomb Raider' and 'Resident Evil', just to name a few. And yes, some of these films made a decent earning at the box office, but the thing is, pretty much all video game adaptations have one thing in common: they absolutely suck. Why cant anyone get it right? What's missing? Has that one home run of a movie based on a video game just not been made yet?
This year we have two video game based movies hitting theaters, 'Warcraft' and 'Assassin's Creed'. Both of these films have amazing talent behind them, and while I can't guarantee that these films will be good, I do think they have the potential to blow up. In my opinion, the Warcraft trailer was so damn good. With Duncan Jones (Source Code) behind the camera it's just too hard to see this not being well made. As for Assassin's Creed, we don't yet have a trailer, but the synopsis and pictures of Michael Fassbender are more than promising.
So what happens if even one of these are a critical and financial hit? Well, we would have get used to the video game movies. I see these movies, Warcraft and Assassin's Creed, as experiments for the studios. Sure, theres already more video game adaptations slated to come out over the years, most notably Sony's Uncharted, but if Warcraft or Assassin's Creed takes off, expect tons of announcements of upcoming video game adaptations. God of War, Call of Duty; You name it, it'll eventually be on the big screen.
Video game adaptations wont take off though, because Hollywood, as I've already said, have tried too many times, right? Well, look at comic book movies. Before maybe Bryan Singer's 'X-Men', comic book films were garbage. Actually, Christopher Nolan's 'Batman Begins' is what I would consider the jumping off point into really taking comic books films seriously. Even after X-Men there was still trashy super hero movies coming out. Look what they have become today, with every single one guaranteed to be a hit because Hollywood took the idea and ran with it.
Hollywood will run with video game movies, but we just need that one film to win everyone over. It's coming, whether you like it or not. Video game movies are coming. The demand may not quite be here yet, and thats okay. Give time for video game films to find their footing, then expect the new Hollywood craze.
By Chris Campo
In the film, Deadpool may face thugs, gangsters, mutants and evil master minds, but in true Deadpool fashion, his greatest threat may soon be beyond the the fourth wall, the box office. As we get closer and closer to the release of Fox's gamble known as 'Deadpool', there's a lot of talk about how much cash the Merc With the Mouth will mop up. Many box office experts have predicted a relatively large $55-60 Million take for opening weekend in the U.S. I'm going to join the conversation and out my two cents in on the possible success of the movie.
Please do keep in mind, the top two leading markets for film is America and China. China has officially banned 'Deadpool' from showing in their country due to graphic content, so this could possibly affect the overall box office. However, for many of these films I will discuss, I couldn't find any numbers from China. I dont think it will affect this article, as I will mainly be focusing the U.S. box office and the overall worldwide box office numbers. All my information is taken from BoxOfficeMojo.com
So to start off, 'Deadpool', here in the U.S. is a rated R film, the equivalent to a MA15+ or possibly a R18+ in Australia. Here in the states, an R rating is typically and wrongfully accused to be a poison to box office, with many movies lowering their rating to a much tamer PG-13 (M) to appeal to younger audiences and ultimately make more money. To find out if the R rating will affect the box office, I figured I would take a look at similar films and their box office take.
The 'Kick-Ass' films are also two R-rated, foul mouthed, hyper violent comic book films. The first Kick-Ass' was a relatively smaller movie, but still opened at Number 1 at the American box office with $19.8 million. This isn't a big number and would probably be a disappointment for a film bigger than what 'Kick-Ass' was. The total take of 'Kick-Ass' worldwide was respectable $96.1 million, but for a big comic property like 'Deadpool', that simply wouldn't cut it. 'Kick-Ass 2', which could've been huge due to the critical praise of the first film, is ultimately considered a box office flop, making a wimpy $13.3 million opening weekend and a worldwide total of $60.7 million. 'Kick-Ass', like 'Deadpool', is a property that appeals to the younger crowd. These numbers would seriously mean bad news if 'Deadpool' follows these footsteps. The 'Kick-Ass' films did, however, also open against stiff super-hero competition, both realesing on the front and tail ends of the summer movie season, respectively.
In what may sound a little more hopeful, two movies, '300' and 'Watchmen', both came out around a similar date to 'Deadpool' and both were tagged with a hard R rating. Both Zach Snyder directed films were box office smashes. '300' released March 9th, 2007, made a huge $70.8 million opening weekend debut in the U.S. and an outstanding $456.0 million worldwide taking. 'Watchmen', released on March 6th, 2009 and made $55.2 million opening weekend, and a worldwide take of $182.2 million. While the numbers of '300' are certainly outstanding for an R-rated comic book film, and is what Fox is probably hoping for, I want to look a little closer into 'Watchmen' and its takings, as it's more of a similar movie to 'Deadpool'. The numbers of 'Watchmen' are pretty much exactly the numbers the experts are predicting for 'Deadpool'. 'Deadpool' is a much more known property to the public eye than 'Watchmen' is, and has a much more famous leading man in Ryan Reynolds. These numbers for both 'Watchmen' and especially '300' could mean very good news for 'Deadpool'.
As I have hinted at, the date can be a big factor in box office numbers. 'Deadpool' releases on Valentine's Day/Presidents day weekend in the U.S. I want to look at the box office of this same exact weekend in 2015. Fair warning, I'm about to mention 'Fifty Shades of Grey'. Not only did 'Fifty Shades of Grey' come out valentine's weekend, but so did 'Kingsman: The Secret Service'. Now, 'Fifty Shades' made a killing ($85m opening weekend, $570m worldwide), mostly due to Valentine's Day and it being a movie about sex, but that's not what I want to focus on. 'Kingsman: The Secret Service' made an okay $36.2 million opening weekend, but overall, made a whopping $414.3 million worldwide. This could mean good news for 'Deadpool' as both films are R-rated action comedy comic book films. Both are also Fox films, explaining the release date of 'Deadpool'. There's a catch, however, as 'Kingsman: The Secret Service' made a huge $74 million in China alone, and as 'Deadpool' is banned in China, this could mean a huge chunk of cash NOT being in the worldwide total.
The main competition for 'Deadpool' is 'Zoolander 2'. With the first Zoolander doing a worldwide total of $60.7 million, I dont personally think 'Zoolander 2' will be a big hurtle to jump over for 'Deadpool'. But there are a few catches, experts predicting somewhere around $20 million for the Ben Stiller comedy. Aslo, suprisingly enough, the trailer for 'Zoolander 2' was huge online, breaking records for comedy trailers, proving people are interested in the film.
My final prediction, based off my research, is an opening weekend of $70-80 million dollars and a total worldwide take of $200-250 million dollars. I do genuinely feel that the success of similar movies around the same time and the popularity of the character, that 'Deadpool' will kill at the box office. I also feel it'll miss out on some cash from China, but I sense that a hit coming, and maybe even a sequel.
Deadpool is in Australian theatres on February 11th and US theatres on February 12th
By Chris Campo
Undoubtably, 2016 will be a monumental year for movies. With 'Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice,' 'Deadpool,' 'Rouge One: A Star Wars Story,' and many other big name movies coming out, you may not be paying attention to some of the smaller or lesser known movies this year. Get your calendar ready because its time to take a look at a few 2016 releases that I think are worth your attention. This list is in no particular order.
From Internet legends Rooster Teeth (Red vs Blue, RWBY) comes Lazer Team, a crowd-funded sci-fi action comedy that's promising to be 'Ghostbusters' for the Internet age. It follows four small brained losers as they accidentally stumble upon the key to saving the world from an alien invasion: a suit designed for one, highly trained person. 'Lazer Team' has been met with positive reviews, guaranteeing laughs and excitement on the big screen. The film stars 'Hunger Games' star Alan Ritchson alongside many Rooster Teeth employees.
In theatres worldwide January 29th and available on YouTube Red January 27th
A behind the scenes look at one of the worst films ever made, 'The Room', being developed by the some of biggest names in comedy at the moment, Seth Rogen and James Franco. Little is known about this James Franco directed film, but it's hard to believe it wont be hilarious one moment and actually rather intriguing the next. The book of the same name, written by Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell, was praised upon its 2013 release. The film is also written by Michael H. Webber, writer of the insanely likeable '(500) Days of Summer' and 'The Spectacular Now'. The film stars James and Dave Franco, Seth Rogen, and Kate Upton.
The film is scheduled for a 2016 release
Based upon the novel of the same name by Dave Eggers, 'The Circle' is a sci-fi drama, a genre I feel isn't given too many chances, about a woman who lands a job at tech company "The Circle", where she becomes involved with a mysterious man. From the little synopsis we know, and the talent involved, it's hard not to be at least a little curious of what this movie is. With it in post production now, I predict a trailer pretty soon. Director James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now, The End of the Tour) is a little out of his comfort zone, but with his already impressive filmography, I'm sure he has cooked up something special. The film stars stars Tom Hanks, Emma Watson and John Boyega.
The film is scheduled for a 2016 release
From writer/director Shane Black (Iron Man 3) comes the the story of an investigation of a porn star's suicide by two unlikely partners in the 1970's. Talk about a fantastic trailer. Wow. I hadn't heard anything about this until the incredible red-band trailer release late 2015 and made a small, but impactful wave across social media. This looks absolutely bloody (literally) insane in the best way possible. How could you not be excited for this? The film stars Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling.
In Australian theatres on April 9th and US theatres on May 20th
'Demolition' is the latest film by Jean-Marc Vallèe (Wild, Dallas Buyers Club) and if that's not enough to sell you, I dont know what is. Its a about a successful investment banker and his odd ways of coping after his wife dies in a car crash. It looks different from Vallèe's previous two films as the trailer has a suprisingly light-hearted and quirky tone. It seems deliver big laughs and a ton of heart. Already collecting positive reviews, and a great trailer, 'Demolition is definitely a smaller film to mark on your calendar. The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts.
In US Theatres April 8th. Australian release date TBA.
This is another film that we dont know much about, but we do know it should be a fun crime drama with young, up and coming men and women at the forefront. The plot follows a group of wealthy boys during the 80's that establish a scam to quickly make cash, that quickly turns dangerous. A relatively unknown writer/director is attached and this could mean he's hungry to make a hit, and I think that's what we could get. Taron Edgerton, whose fresh off of 'Kingsman,' seems like the absolute perfect choice for a role like this, he has the swagger and looks of a young billionare if I have ever seen one. This could be 'The Wolf Of Wall Street' for a younger crowd, or possibly a film just as R rated. The film stars Taron Egerton, Ansel Elgort and Kevin Spacey.
The film is scheduled for a 2016 release
Okay, admittedly, Seth Rogen's animated film about a sausage who gets lost during a sale at a grocery store sounds extremely idiotic. Lucky for us, Seth Rogen seems to always pull off idiotic in the most hilarious way possible. Guaranteed to be the comedians most edgy and filthy film by Rogen himself, there no way this CGI animated raunch fest wont be the funniest film of the year. Directed by the same team behind suprise hit 'Monsters Vs. Aliens,' the animation in this film doesn't seem like just a gimmick, it seems they went all out to make this an unforgettable film with great animation that kids should stay far away from. The film stars Seth Rogen and seemingly every single comedian that lives.
The film is scheduled for a 2016 release
Stellar cast, insanely underlooked director and a legitimately amazing concept, theres no reason why people shouldn't look foward to 'Midnight Special'. From Jeff Nichols (Mud) comes the story of a father on the run to protect his son with super human powers. Thats all I really want to tell you about this film because thats all I really want to know. Apparently the trailer is amazing, although I refuse to watch it. This movie sounds like it will suprise me so that's why I'm staying away from any marketing. This movie easily has my butt in the cinema on opening night. The film stars Joel Edgerton, Adam Driver and Michael Shannon.
In US theatres March 18th. Australian release date TBA.
All that's known about this movie is that it's another music inspired drama from Damien Chazelle, the director of 'Whiplash'. This time, the film follows a pianist falling in love with an actress. It's currently in post production and so we should be expecting a trailer soon. 'Whiplash' was without a doubt one of 2014's very best films, so there's no doubt in my mind this will be one hell of a watch, or maybe even another masterpiece. The film stars Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone and J.K. Simmons
In US theatres July 15th. Australian release date TBA.
A tense triller about a TV host getting held hostage that mostly takes place in one area? Sign. Me. Up. With a trailer that promises high stakes and heart pounding sequences of action and suspense, this is the definitive action triller to see this year. Directed by Jodie Foster of all people too, this could also very well be another step foward for woman directing action films. This hostage movie is sure to take my money hostage when I buy a ticket later in 2015. The film stars George Clooney and Julia Roberts.
In Australian theatres on June 2nd and US theatres on May 13th
So, there are ten 2016 movies I think should be on your radar. Whether they're independent, smaller releases or just films that simply aren't being talked about yet, you should definitely consider checking them out. I'm sure there's tonnes of films that I, myself, aren't including in this list and thats because 2016 is simply an insanely packed year in film, but I do look forward to all the films this year has in stall.
By Liam Alexander
I am a HUGE DC fan, I love the characters, I love the comics, I love most of the films DC and Warner Bros have made in the past, with a few exceptions… *cough Green Lantern cough* and I have always been optimistic and excited about their upcoming line of films. However, the latest Batman v Superman trailer had me a bit worried about what they’re doing. Are they moving too fast? Showing too much? So, upon watching this trailer I was naturally a bit skeptical, but as soon as the first few notes of Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ entered my ears, DC were letting me know to stop worrying because this trailer is about to kick some ass. And that is exactly what the first official trailer to DC’s band of villains, the Suicide Squad, did. It kicked some serious ass and has me just about as excited as I’ve ever been about DC’s upcoming films.
It opens with Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney) getting put into his Arkham Asylum cell, or so I presume. We then get a good look at some of the members of the Squad in their own cells; all calm before the chaotic storm of insanity that is this trailer. Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) drinking a cup of tea, Deadshot (Will Smith) looking out his rainy window, El Diablo (Jay Hernandez) emerging from the darkness and Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) getting some gains on in his cell. The trailer really excels at setting up the characters to the general audience. After all, they are a bunch of bad guys and the trailer does a perfect job by continually showing and telling you that this group ain’t the ‘save a falling cat out of a tree’ type. It’s going to be a refreshing change of pace in the already crowded lot of comic book films in 2016.
The performances also shine with Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn looking like she is going to absolutely kill it, offering the perfect amount of insanity, unpredictability and empathy that the character is so well known for. Now, Jared Leto as The Joker, arguably the most famous villain in any form of fiction, has been quite a topic of discussion among many, some love the look, some hate it. I personally love the look and I'm loving the direction they’re taking him in, he looks terrifyingly menacing and I'm sure Leto is going to bring all he has to the role. David Ayer has done a great job getting awesome performances from his actors, hell even Jai Courtney looks great, he actually intentionally made me laugh…good job, Jai.
David Ayer also looks like he’s done a fantastic job with the visuals for the film, each shot looking beautifully crafted with a neon colour palette that hasn’t really been seen in a DC film before. No shaky cam here. The trailer did a good job at showing just enough to intrigue us without ruining scenes or plot elements that we don’t want ruined…I’m looking at you, Batman v Superman. We don’t know who the villain is, it does seem like the Joker and he may be the one behind all of the chaos but those bright creature’s sure do intrigue me, Enchantress (Cara Delevigne) maybe? We’ll have to see. Part of this is due to the amazing editing of the trailer, so to whoever edited this trailer, bravo, Sir or Madam, each beat of Bohemian Rhapsody synced in time with footage is just a marvel to watch.
The tone of this trailer in particular promises a fun time. It offers some comedic moments and Bohemian Rhapsody sure elevates that sense of a good time. But that is what slightly concerns me about the film. It’s not the fun, it is just that this trailer is so different to the darkness and the mood of the first trailer (which I also loved) and so I am kind of back to square one on the tone of the actual film itself. Here’s to hoping they find a perfect blend of the insane fun and the darkness that DC excels in. I’m sure Ayer will not disappoint.
Overall, DC did a phenomenal job, it’s pretty much a perfect trailer and has me insanely excited for Suicide Squad as well as reviving my excitement for the entire line of upcoming DC films. August, you better get here quick. The trailer can be viewed below and Suicide Squad hits Australian theatres on August 4th.
By Jack Dignan
When a website gets big enough, sometimes there isn't enough time to do everything yourself. Sometimes things get too big and you fall behind. This website, which I started back in 2012, began as a personal hobby to write down my opinions on movies. What I was writing started out as utter crap and only I have copies of what I've written, but over the years, I've improved, and it's gone from a hobby to something else. This hobby of mine has given me some amazing opportunities, most recently allowing me to sit down and interview Quentin Tarantino (here).
Today, I am here to present my biggest announcement yet. No, I'm not deleting my old reviews again. No, I'm not quitting. I am, however, hiring two new writers. Yep, Director's Cut Movies is getting an expansion. They're talented people with a passion for film and I am certain that they'll fit right in. You'll love reading what they've got to say. I've already seen a sample of what they've done and trust me, they're good. It gives me great pleasure to introduce these two talented friends of mine and so without further to do, here they are:
So, there you have it. There are the two new writers for Director's Cut Movies. The two will be kicking it off later today with an article each, so stay tuned for those. From here on out, every review and article will be tagged with the author's name, such as this one. If you come across a post without an author written on it, that must mean it was published before this announcement, and therefore I, Jack Dignan, am the writer. I have complete faith in these writers and I'm sure they'll help bring consistent and well written content to this website as I am very proud of it.
As for me, I will continue to write my reviews, as well as the occasional article. The last month has been podcast-free, but they will be starting up again very shortly, so stay tuned for those. I've just been having a break from podcasting over the holidays, but they will return shortly. Also stay tuned for plenty of new reviews and exclusives as 2016 is going to be a big year for film, and now that we've gotten more writers, there won't be a single thing we'll miss out on. Thanks for being a fan and have a great weekend.
For a long time now, I have wanted to be a filmmaker. I have wanted to write and direct movies, and one of my all time favourite directors has always been Quentin Tarantino, the director of such films as Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill and Inglorious Bastards. Yesterday, thanks to Roadshow Films, I was able to sit down and interview the great man himself, and it was one of the greatest honours of my life. The interview can be viewed below and features Quentin and I discussing the difficulties of shooting on Ultra Panavision, if he'd ever do it again and how this version of the film differentiated from the original idea he had for it when it was a Django Unchained sequel. The Hateful Eight is in limited release now and gets a wide Australian release on the 21st. Check out my review here.
I haven't seen The Hateful Eight. I haven't seen The Revenant. I haven't seen Steve Jobs. I haven't seen Carol. I haven't seen Pixels. Four of those will more than likely affect this list once they are released here in Australia, and then there's also Pixels. I mean, I haven't seen it so I can't say for certain that it won't make this list. But as of right now, the 31st December 2015, this list right here is my top 15 films of 2015. Last year, this list was expanded to 25, but that was merely because of how many great movies were released that year. 2015, unfortunately, has been the year of the "pretty good" movie. With the exception of these films here, a majority of the movies I was looking forward to have been a slight let down, and even then, I wanted a few of the ones listed here to be a tiny bit better. That's not to say they're bad, but you know what I mean.
Before I begin this list, I must first bring up my honourable mentions. Even though most of the films this year, while still good, have been disappointing, there were a few contenders for the 15th spot on my list that didn't make the cut. These films include, in no particular order, The Good Dinosaur, The Walk, Ant-Man, Beasts of No Nation, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation and Straight Outta Compton. Now, time to finally go through the films of 2015 that I loved the most. Thank you, world, for allowing these films to exist.
Kicking off this list is a two-way tie. Trying to decide between Kingsman: The Secret Service and The End of the Tour was incredibly difficult, not just because they're great films, but because they're so different. Kingsman is a fun, action packed spy parody with a lisped villain who eats McDonalds (Samuel L Jackson). It's one of the most joyous films of the year. The End of the Tour, however, is a personal and moving characters study of famous author, David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel). They're both worthy of the 15th spot, but for completely different reasons. READ MY KINGSMAN REVIEW HERE
Science fiction has been at the top of its game lately and since it's arguably my favourite genre, Ex Machina was everything I wanted it to be and more. Led by three excellent performances from Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson and Alicia Vikander (who has a film in both my best and worst of 2015 lists), this movie is suspenseful beyond belief. It's a film that not only questions humanity, but shows the beauty of it, and it does this through the thought provoking character of Ava. It's a film so brilliant and so simple, you're going to regret not checking it out. READ MY REVIEW HERE
If Fifty Shades of Grey doesn't count as the scariest movie of 2015 then that title can go to It Follows. It's a film almost too simple in terms of plot, but brilliant in the way the subject matter is handled. Maika Monroe has been breaking into the world of hollywood lately, first getting noticed in last year's underrated gem, The Guest. Now, with It Follows, Monroe has done it once again, giving an electrifying and pulse pounding performance. Independence Day: Resurgence is going to be the movie that flings her into stardom. I can just sense it.
No matter what minor problems the third act of this movie has, Sicario is a damn good film. From Denis Villeneuve, the director of both Prisoners and Enemy, comes a thriller about a woman crossing over into Mexico to find the men responsible for an incident that takes place early on in the film. Or at least that's what the film is on the surface. It's a layered and twisted story with some of the best performances of the year. It didn't have quite as big of an impact on me as Prisoners, but for a film on its own, Sicario is hard to resist. READ MY REVIEW HERE
I watched Jurassic Park so many times as a child that I have quite literally memorised most of it. When watching it, I'm able to recite lines as they happen on screen. I'm even a fan of both The Lost World: Jurassic Park AND Jurassic Park 3. I know the latter one isn't that great, but I can have fun with it. When it comes to Jurassic World, I don't care what anyone says. This was a damn good time at the movies. Chris Pratt is the most likeable guy in the world and watching him ride a motorcycle alongside a pack of raptors..... oh my. Now that was something special. READ MY REVIEW HERE
It's like every teen romance movie ever, except it's not. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl goes out of its way to tell you that the film you're watching has no romance whatsoever, and it's glorious. With a visual style similar to that of Wes Anderson, mixed in with plenty of movie references and some genuinely touching moments, as well as tear jerking ones as well, this film just works. It's a little bit on the predictable side, but that's not too big of a problem. This isn't a film with twists and turns. It's a heart warming and honest tale of friendship, even when the odds are against them. READ MY REVIEW HERE
This list was meant to be uploaded yesterday. Thankfully, I decided to check out Love & Mercy before finalising the films that made this list. If I couldn't watch Hateful Eight by the time the year was over, I was definitely going to try check this one out. So I did, and obviously it was worth it as I absolutely loved this movie. It's the true story of Brian Wilson, one of the lead members of the Beach Boys. The film follows his younger self, played by Paul Dano, and also his older self, played by John Cusack. It's an emotionally powerful and hard hitting movie that soars miles ahead of other music biopics.
Joel Edgerton's directorial debut, The Gift, is a film that really stuck with me. From the moment I left the screening, the film was rattling around in my brain. In fact, I still don't think I've been able to stop thinking about it. It's still in there, slowly creeping its way up my top 15 list. The more I think about it, the more I love it. It's a twisted and shockingly dark movie that's got plenty of tricks up its sleeve and an ending that left my friend quite literally hyperventilating. Watching it twice really changed my perspective on the whole thing, and that right there is brilliant cinema. I still don't know which characters I like and which I don't. READ MY REVIEW HERE
Hanks and Spielberg have reunited once again, and the two have decided to tell a story about the Cold War. Now, the Cold War is a subject that really fascinates me, more so than most historical events (not that it took place hundreds of years ago or anything like that), and so watching these two legends come back together for a film that's not only one of the best of the year, but one of Spielberg's best in years, is wonderful. It's dialogue-based and utterly brilliant. There may be little movement on screen, but Spielberg just nails everything. It's a film that is essentially just negotiating and yet, somehow, he makes it cinematic. It's just so, so, so great. READ MY REVIEW HERE
We're now 7 films into the Rocky franchise and I never thought I'd say it, but Creed, the latest installment, is almost on par with the original. Up until now, every Rocky movie essentially uses the same script over and over, and while Creed follows a familiar formula, it works so well. It's a boxing movie with a soul, and yes, there's more than a few emotional scenes. Never thought I'd say this, but Sylvester Stallone gave one of the greatest performances in his career. He may not get an Oscar nominated, but if he did, I wouldn't complain. READ MY REVIEW HERE
This is the film that broke Joss Whedon. I'm sure we will see his triumphant return in the not too distant future, but for now, Age of Ultron destroyed him, and it was so worth it. There was a lot of hype to live up to and a lot of fan expectations that he needed to meet, and while he just fell short, he still made one of the best movies of the year, so that's saying something. Joss Whedon, you did a good job with this movie. It's not a perfect movie, but you did good. Don't let the haters get to you. There's no need to play hide the zucchini anymore. READ MY REVIEW HERE
Now, I love Mad Max and I love The Road Warrior, but Fury Road..... Fury Road is something else entirely. It's the fourth installment in the Mad Max saga and it's only just getting started. Mel Gibson is no more, Tom Hardy serving as his replacement and I know it's an unpopular opinion, but Hardy is much more suited to this role than Gibson was. This film is the definition of insanity, most of the stunts you see on screen done entirely practical, only small elements CGI. It's a movie that just never stops, but I didn't want it to, either. The plot is thin, but the film itself is one we're all going to be talking about years from now. READ MY REVIEW HERE
It's funny, it's scientifically accurate, there's a killer soundtrack and it's got edge of your seat thrills. The Martian is the best film Ridley Scott has made since Gladiator, and even then I'm not sure if I prefer this film or that one. The Martian, along with the other two films I've ranked higher, is one of the few films this year that exceeded all expectations I had for it. I had hope, but I didn't expect it to be THIS good. For the most part, the film is just one man (Matt Damon) alone on mars, and it's some of the most gripping cinema you'll see all year. Right from the opening shot of mars, this film felt like a return to form for Ridley Scott, and he most certainly delivered. READ MY REVIEW HERE
There are plenty of films that can be defined as tear jerking. I've used the term already on this list. Very few films, however, can be described as tear encouraging. Inside Out can be. It's a film that straight up tells you it's okay to cry, right before it shows two of the saddest scenes of 2015. Yes, I cried. Yes, my entire cinema was practically crying. No, I wasn't ashamed. This film told me I didn't have to be. Inside Out, I love you. Pixar, I love you. Disney, I love you. Film, I love you. READ MY REVIEW HERE
It will come as no surprise to anybody who knows me, but Star Wars: The Force Awakens is, obviously, my favourite film of 2015. I've only been talking about this film every single day since the first trailer was released, and every second day before that since the film was announced. I had never been more excited for a movie in my entire life and it's safe to say that I was not let down. Having seen the film 5 times, it's officially made its way into my top 25 films of all time, placed not too far behind Return of the Jedi. There's not much left to be said about this movie as I've already discussed it in excessive detail twice, but what I will say is..... this movie rocks. Bring on Episode 8. READ MY SPOILER FREE REVIEW HERE AND MY SPOILER REVIEW HERE