Staff Reporter picks the best ‘flicks’ of 2015

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Johnny Mocny, Entertainment Editor

Without a doubt, 2015 was one of the biggest years for movies ever. With an assortment of sequels, reboots, remakes, and even some original films being shot out of Hollywood’s bum, there is bound to be a spectrum of quality amongst the releases. And so, I (and my editor) found it a great idea for me to give my completely biased list of the top ten movies of 2015. I should make it clear that I did not get to see every movie this year (The Big Short, Trumbo), nor have I seen every limited release that’s getting a wide release in January (The Revenant), so before you write those angry letters, don’t. Try getting out of the house more.


Number 10: Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation

Tom Cruise and company once again show that this franchise is far from dying. Great stunts, action, humor, and good old-fashioned charisma make the fifth entry in this ever improving series my tenth favorite movie of the year.


Number 9: Inside Out

Yes, Cars 2 may have taught us that Pixar isn’t always perfect, but Inside Out showed up to prove that they’re not quite dead yet. It’s an incredibly mature film with great humor and heart that will put a smile on the faces of kids and adults alike.


Number 8: Spotlight

A perfect example of modern day Oscar bait, this movie was gripping, terrifying, and well-scripted with some great subdued performances. It tells a story of journalists who become the heroes of Boston, and the world for that matter, as they uncover sexual abuse in the Catholic church. I implore you to see this one.


Number 7: The Martian

A really exciting and funny space adventure that perfectly translates to Apollo 13 meets Cast Away. With Matt Damon leading an all-star cast and perfect direction from Ridley Scott, this was the perfect blend of action blockbuster and Oscar buzz movie.


Number 6: Creed

As the seventh installment of a franchise that I thought to be dead, this movie surprised the crap out of me. Sylvester Stallone returned to his signature role of Rocky Balboa to train Apollo Creed’s illegitimate son, and gives us a great boxing drama that even rivals the first Rocky movie in its quality.


Number 5: Bridge of Spies

Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks. One of those names alone should invoke excitement. But both combined? Pure cinematic beauty. It’s a perfectly acted cold war thriller with an exceptional script and one of the greatest living directors at the helm.


Number 4: Mad Max: Fury Road

What a movie! What a lovely movie! Okay, that was a dumb reference. Anyway, this sequel/reboot of the beloved Mel Gibson action movie series infuses new life into it. This is pure action brilliance being thrown onto the screen. George Miller crafted a modern action masterpiece of beautiful chaos and one of the best lead female characters in an action movie ever.


Number 3: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

No, it’s not my number one, but it’s still pretty great, and I can’t put into words how happy that makes me. The prequels taught us that Star Wars movies can be bad, so I had my suspicions about this one. Luckily J.J. Abrams didn’t disappoint, and brought to the screen a sweeping adventure with great characters and beautiful set pieces, blending practical effects and CGI with ease. I felt like I was genuinely watching Han Solo thirty years later, not Harrison Ford just collecting a paycheck, and that brought a tear to my eye. Star Wars is back.


Number 2: Kingsman: The Secret Service

A sleeper hit from earlier this year, Kingsman brought classic James Bond tropes to a new generation and did it with style, humor, and a perfect soundtrack. The whole cast is brilliant and Matthew Vaughn crafted a great looking film with cartoon-like violence and wit that was brimming with energy and effort. Watch this movie and try not to smile during the church scene. I dare you.


Number 1: The Hateful Eight

I don’t know what to say other than: It’s Quentin Tarantino. What did you expect? This movie, gorgeously shot on 70mm film and presented with an overture and an intermission, is truly an event. At an epic three-hour runtime, I constantly felt entertained by Tarantino’s perfectly crisp dialogue, an intriguing story, beautiful cinematography, charismatic performances from everyone (especially a certain Samuel L. Jackson), and a riveting score from the master of Western scores, Ennio Morricone. Funny, violent, and surprisingly touching, this movie easily takes its spot as my favorite movie of the year.
Bring it on, 2016.