Tuesday, January 12, 2016

2015 movies I've seen!

Mostly for my own information, I collected together all the movies I've seen that were released in 2015. There were 20, which was more than I expected. I missed a few like The Man from UNCLE and Brooklyn that I still need to see, but not bad, considering how great and packed a year for movies it was! I thought I'd share the list with you guys, so here they all are in order of release, with some brief thoughts and the star-rating I gave them.

* = saw it twice in theaters.

** = saw it at home, not in the theater.

No link = I never reviewed that one.


**Jupiter Ascending -- How much of a movie do you have to see for it to count? For this one I missed a bit near the beginning and slept through the climactic battle... but I know it was terrible! 2 stars.

Old Fashioned -- Wouldn't care to ever watch it again, but I enjoyed it the one time, and appreciated what they were trying to do. 3 stars.

Cinderella* -- First love of the year. Adored this one from top to bottom! 4.5 stars. Could have maybe been a 5.

Insurgent -- I knew it wasn't great when I saw it but since then, the number of times I forgot about it tells me that it deserves less than the 3.5 stars it got from me.

**While We're Young -- Almost started to review this one. I thoroughly enjoyed it, particularly, in retrospect, Adam Driver's character. 3 stars.

**The Age of Adaline -- Liked some of it, scoffed at some of it. Typical reaction to romantic dramas. 3 stars.

Avengers: Age of Ultron -- Gave it 5 stars because it was exactly the same as The Avengers. Upon the second viewing I realized I just didn't like it that much. 4.5 would be a fair adjustment.

Far From the Madding Crowd -- Memorable period drama with excellent characters. Inspired me to read the book! 4 stars.

**Ride -- Typical indie comedy made memorable by surfing, Luke Wilson, and Helen Hunt's clingy, stuck-up mom character. Good, but not great. 3 stars.

**Aloha -- I tried to like this one, but only wound up caring about John Krasinski's silent character, and he wasn't in it all that much. 2.5 stars.

Jurassic World -- Chris Pratt rules; beats up dinosaurs. 4 stars. 5 star enjoyment!

**Inside Out -- The one where I'm not mainstream and didn't absolutely adore this movie. The middle section bored me, and I didn't appreciate having my emotions toyed with. 3.5 stars.

Ant-Man -- Second love of the year! Awesome small-scale superhero flick that reminded me why I love superhero flicks in the first place. 4.5 stars.

Paper Towns -- Not a terrible movie, but a huge disappointment after that stunning novel. 2.5 stars.

Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation* -- Third love! Couldn't get enough of the loveable characters and the amazing, thrilling action! 5 stars!

**Before We Go -- Chris Evans and Alice Eve make this one a memorable small-scale charmer. 3.5 stars.

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials -- Keeps the series going strong and in a unique direction. Dystopia. Mind games. Non-stop pace. Freaky zombies. 4 stars.

The Martian* -- Fourth love. It gleaned some of my love for the novel, but is a beautiful, moving, groovy, and faithful adaptation. 5 stars!

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 -- Makes a semi-valiant effort to redeem Part 1. Ugh, I'm just glad it's over at this point. 3.5 stars.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens* -- Fifth, and final love. I felt like I did as a kid falling in love with the original trilogy. Totally and completely blown away. 5 stars!


For 2016 I should make it a goal to review all the 2016-released movie I see. Out of the 7 new movies I saw at home, I only actually reviewed 3 of them. Must do better!

How did your movie stats for 2015 work out? Excited for the 2016 movie year?

4 comments:

  1. I actually just watched Old Fashioned. It was alright. It was better than a lot of Christian movies Ive seen, I'll give it that.
    but I actually really enjoyed Paper Towns. In a way, I liked it better than the book. oops.
    Age of Ultron I adored for a lot of personal reasons.
    and obviously Star Wars blew my mind.

    awesome list!

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    1. Cool -- yeah, I agree with that!

      No oops! I totally understand people who liked it. It's just about what I liked personally about the book that I thought the movie failed to do.

      Thanks Faith! :)

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  2. Excellent breakdown of the year! Star Wars was obviously the biggest movie for me. And I can't wait to see it again. The Martian was a surprise for me, since I never heard of the book or read the reviews, so that was a real treat. Ant-Man was SO MUCH better on my second viewing. I think I liked it more than Age of Ultron. But rewatching was so much fun, and the movie's ironically small focus really worked at making the movie not overstuffed.

    Have you seen Mad Max yet? I'm curious, although I'm not one of those people that think it is the BEST THING EVER. lol It was well directed and an incredible action sequence, and I mean that the movie is an action sequence. :D Anyway, just curious!

    -James

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    1. Thanks James! Me too, which is saying a lot considering how much I loved The Martian and Rogue Nation! The Martian just came out of nowhere and was so amazing! I'm glad you liked Ant-Man better after seeing it twice! I definitely like it better than Ultron too, for exactly that reason -- small and not overstuffed really made it work.

      I have not, but it is on my radar. I'm sure I'd enjoy a two-hour action scene, but I haven't got around to it yet. Also, I know it's not necessary, I feel like I should watch the whole of at least one Mel Mad Max film before I see it, and I've only seen parts of one!

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