Yes, I had to cheat because there were just too many films to bother trying to narrow it down to the Top 10. From heroes to Jedi to fighters to rappers, here’s the films that made 2015 such a cinematic treat for me.
Note: I didn’t get a chance to see The Revenant, which from all accounts would easily be in the Top 10. Depending on how it plays out, I may amend this list or keep it for the 2016 list.
All those concerns people rightly had for Fantastic Four? Ant-Man seemed the closest to being Marvel Studios’ first outright flop what with a last-minute swap of directors, a C-level hero and even less brand awareness despite the massive success of the Avengers brand.
Turns out those fears were unfounded as Ant-Man carved out a new niche in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as the Marvel take on comedy heist films like Ocean’s Eleven was funny, exciting and made Ant-Man’s world seem just as entertaining as Iron Man or Captain America’s. Paul Rudd managed to make people eagerly anticipate Ant-Man’s next appearance and a sequel. Whatever kind of movie world we’re living in right now, it’s pretty great.
14. Ex Machina
Domhnall Gleeson was 2015’s biggest breakout star for me, appearing in three of my favorite movies this year. In this imaginative sci-fi film, Gleeson stars as a programmer hired by Oscar Isaac to evaluate the human nature of an artificial intelligence played hauntingly spellbinding by Alicia Vikander.
A little weird, complex, but always captivating, this was a film open for various interpretations that requires multiple viewings to fully appreciate.
Spoiler: This isn’t the only boxing movie on the list. Regardless, there was no way I couldn’t recognize this one for its brutal portrayal of the sport and award nomination worthy performances from Jake Gyllenhaal and Forest Whitaker.
A terrific mystery with an excellent payoff that was 2015’s sci-fi answer to Looper, another phenomenal time traveling mind screw humanized by great performances by Ethan Hawke and Sara Snook.
This was an odd case as I loved the sequel to Marvel’s the Avengers upon first viewing, but on subsequent viewings, some of those nagging issues like the farm house detour and unnecessary killing off of an Avenger bothered me more and more.
Despite my issues, seeing the Avengers assembled again and throwing down against Ultron made for some of my biggest geek out moments of 2015.