-Written by Anthony Tyson on 7/2/15
2015 is really gearing up to be an amazing year for Cinema. With movies like Marvel’s new movie ‘Ant-Man’, Tarentino’s new western ‘Hateful Eight’, Innaritu’s new movie starring Dicaprio ‘The Revenant’, or even the insanely awaited 'The Force Awakens'- there is a lot to look forward to. That said, we have already had some incredible movies in the first half of the year that we shouldn't forget either. These are my top 5 films(so far) from 2015 that I think you definitely shouldn't miss out on.
A smaller Indie film, this debuted at Sundance film festival and was getting a lot of praise earlier this year. After just seeing it myself a few days ago, I can certainly see why. While it seems easy to write it off as a coming of age tale with some ghetto elements, the movie is really about escaping stereotypes and breaking out of the perception society has for you. The main character, Malcolm Adekanbi, is a brilliant mind in a tough place- but he deals with the hand he is dealt and overcomes all obstacles through determination and wit. I’ll admit, the film can send a mixed message in the end, but I chose to think of it as more of statement against authority then a message advocating the thing that the movie is titled after.
4. Inside Out
Pixar completely knocked it out of the park yet again on this movie. Dealing with growing up and the “voices” inside your head, the movie is at first glance a simple and heartwarming family film. When you look further however, at the emotions and what they represent, its actually got some huge depth in the way emotions are explained and interacted with. It’s fun for kids and adults, and I think this film would be a great way to introduce kids to more advanced concepts of emotion and thought. After all, It’s about what makes you- you.
This is a movie that is completely after my own heart. Paying homage to Spy movie classics, Kingsman is not only just a really feel good movie- It's expertly shot and acted. Greats like Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Strong, Colin Firth, and Michael Caine are all excellent- but its not just them that stand out. Newcomers Taron Edgerton and Sofia Boutella really deliver, and they hold their own in a star studded cast. The action is also incredibly well done, and it should be no surprise as its from the insanely great effects studio RocketJump. Everyone involved did there parts on this movie, and Matthew Vaughn is to be commended for pulling all those efforts into a very cohesive whole. If that doesn't peak your interest, Mark Hamill himself makes an excellent cameo here.
2. Ex Machina
How do you know when an AI has achieved true consciousness? The answer put forth by the brilliant mathematician Alan Turing is that if you are aware that a robot is a artificial construct, but you think that its an actual person, that robot will have achieved true consciousness. Sex, Love, Empathy, Fear, Power- all elements of emotion are used to prove to Turing tester Caleb, that a Robot going by the name of Ava is a true AI. Trapped in the research center of the eccentric billionaire Nathan, these characters begin to test each other- putting forth a series of events that no one will see coming. Scary, sexy, and scientific- this is absolutely one of the best films of the year.
1. Mad Max
Adrenaline fueled thrill-ride is almost an understatement when it comes to talking about Mad Max: Fury Road. Proving that a 70+ year old man can make action better than most young directors, George Miller proves that his post-apocalyptic world invented back in '79 was no joke. Practical effects mixed with a bit of CG, this movie literally puts you on the edge of your seat with the car stunts they pull off. It's literally the closest thing we will ever get to a Twisted Metal film in theaters. On top of the action, you have a really strong plot that is even better accentuated by stellar acting. Tom Hardy proves more than sufficent as the title character, but its actually the incredible Charlize Theron the steals the show. Theron's character 'Furiosa', is probably the most kick ass heroine seen in some time, and deserves to sit on the mantle next to Ripley and Sarah Conner. This is absolutely my favorite film so far this year. :)
Well what do you think guys think? Have you seen any of these fabulous films? What are your favorites so far? Please let us know in the various comments on twitter/ facebook, or feel free to send us an email. I promise we will check it out!