Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Ross Bishop's Favourite Movies Of 2015

Well 2015 has been one heck of a year for movies, filled with huge franchises and bucket loads of nostalgia. This is very much reflected in my favourite movies list for 2015, whereas in previous years I'd usually have a mix of blockbusters and independent films - this year is very much dominated by the tent pole movies. Not just because I love these type of films but because I genuinely felt they delivered.

For me it's really interesting to look at this list and compare it to my most anticipated of 2015 list, because eight out of ten of those films are now on my favourite list! It's great to be looking forward to something and not being disappointed.

So on to the list: -

10. Snowpiercer
Although technically never released in the UK (and released in other territories last year), I managed to see this magnificent film in 2015 and really enjoyed it. With a great concept and great performances, I highly recommend you hunt this out.

9. Ant-Man
A pleasant surprise, after all the controversy with Edgar Wright leaving the directors chair weeks before filming began this could have been a disaster but instead ended up being a very entertaining movie.

8. John Wick
Keanu Reeves as a retired hitman getting revenge for the death of his puppy (left to him by his late wife), whilst also creating a new fighting style called Gun-Fu which leads to some awesome action sequences. Great action film.

7. SPECTRE
I enjoyed the 24th Bond film a lot, however it has its problems - it's overly long and simultaneously takes itself too serious (but then doesn't at the same time). Despite this, it was great to finally see Daniel Craig in a Bond film that felt like a Bond film, not trying to mimic Bourne or such.

6. Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
A great spy film, it gets the edge on SPECTRE because it knows exactly what it is and delivers its story and action at an quick pace to keep you constantly entertained. Also, Tom Cruise again amazes with his stunts and even with all the hype around the opening airplane sequence I think the motorbike chase is even more exhilarating.

5. Avengers: Age of Ultron
Another film in my top ten where I will acknowledge its flaws despite still loving it, it's too short and as a result skips over some fairly major plot points. However, the action is great and the character banter between the heroes is extremely clever, which only gets better on multiple viewings. Not quite as good as the first film, but still one of the stronger entries in the MCU.

4. Mad Max: Fury Road
A very unique action film which is essentially one long car chase, spectacular sequences that magnificently blend practical effects enhanced by CGI that make your jaw drop. George Miller is a crazy genius.

3: Kingsman: The Secret Service
Matthew Vaughn does for secret agents what he did for superheroes (with Kick-Ass), creating one of the best and most entertaining films of the year. Oh and that Church scene?! Sequence of the year!

2. Jurassic World
I came out of Jurassic World as giddy as a school boy, I absolutely loved it. Masterfully paying homage to the original but at the same time creating a sequel / reboot that makes sense some twenty years later in the context of the story. Nostalgia probably gave this some extra love as well!

1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Well I wouldn't have thought a Star Wars film would have been at the top of my list, but there's no denying what a stunning job JJ Abrams did with The Force Awakens. Successfully reinvigorating  the franchise, whilst introducing new characters and building on the existing saga, magically combining old with new and just generally producing a great movie. I've never previously been excited for Star Wars, but I can't wait to see this again (and see what happens next in Episode 8).