This year we watched some great movies and not-so-great movies. Here's a rundown on 2015's best and worst films:
Mad Max: Fury Road
It totally surpassed my expectations and turned out to be a super fun action movie.
This was a big surprise. I went into it thinking it would be a bit of popcorn fun. Halfway through I realised I had stopped breathing, and I was crushing my wife's hand. Now THAT'S how you make an action movie.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
But this is followed closely by The Martian.
The theme is so endearing, and the characters are so spot on; Joy is so cheerful and upbeat, and Sadness just sucks the happiness out of everything, but they really reflect the mixed emotions we all face in such an accurate way.
Amazing concept, lovely story, great characters and, in my opinion, the best Pixar animation since Monsters Inc ("Who's your friend who likes to play? Bing Bong! Bing Bo… " *runs away sobbing* It's too soon!)
Stand by Me Doraemon
I watched it twice, once on the plane, and once in a cinema, properly. I'm not a little child anymore, but I'm still touched by "Ding Dong", and how he looks out for Nobi. Also, 3D technology has made Doraemon more vivid than ever before!
This documentary about singer Amy Winehouse talks about her struggle with drug abuse, as well as her love stories. The soundtrack is filled with her songs, highlighting her musical and artistic talents. The film totally touched my heart.
Woman in Gold
Inside Out was fantastic, but expectedly so, so I can't call it the best. It would have to be the fascinating, tear-jerking Woman in Gold (because Helen Mirren), followed closely by the surprisingly entertaining Mission: Impossible 79 or wherever we are. Oh, 5.
Xavier Dolan's drama is wild and intense, with a very unique dynamic about a mother-son relationship. It's bursting with energy yet incredibly sad at the same time. Definitely a must watch.
This was the most boring and truly awful action movie this year. I saw it for free and still feel like I was cheated.
The only redeeming quality was that it was set in Hong Kong.
Hitman: Agent 47
I couldn't even sit through it, it was that bad. How they ever talked a studio into making a sequel of such a poor original I'll never understand, but miraculously, this one manages to be even worse. Hats off to them for perseverance.
Flimsy story, paired with annoying voices, topped off with LOTS of terrible music that doesn't really fit into the scene or the movie. It might be Rihanna, but since it's a kids movie, it can't be the typical Rihanna music. Instead we get songs that sing about the beauty of songs. This Dreamworks movie shows how much more awesome Pixar is.
How often do I go to the cinema? No more than 10 times a year and one of them was for Spectre this year. It turned out to be a total disappointment. The plot feels so old and predictable.
The Beauty Inside
It's not because it was actively bad, but because it could have been SO MUCH BETTER. The title was a complete distracter - let's just say that once again, outer beauty wins the day.
This film tries to be funny, but it's not. The CGI was terrible, and there is a ton of product placement. It's one of Johnny Depp's worst performances. It was so bad I'd rather have spent my time doing homework.