2015 has come and gone, and it was quite the mixed bag for cinema. Mostly leaning towards good, but not without its dark side showing. Some truly amazing movies were shown, and now we are going to give you OutLoudCulture’s picks, as voted on by the crew-members themselves! I must stress these movies were voted on by the crew here at OLC and their order was decided by the number of votes provided. If a movie you liked is not here, then it did not acquire enough votes. Without further ado, let us show you OLC’s picks for the Top 5 Best Movies of 2015!
Number 5: The Martian
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Another movie which involves saving Matt Damon may not seem like anything special. However, The Martian was an entertaining, hilarious science fiction comedy film providing some great performances from an A-list cast and never stopped holding your attention. It also proved to us that Ridley Scott still has some filmmaking genius left in him and increased my hopes for the new Alien movie he is planning.
Number 4: Ex-Machina
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A story about AI and the relationships that could be formed between humans and robots, Ex-Machina is a shocking tale of paranoia and isolation. Surprising you at every turn, no one is safe in this psychological thriller that never lets you stop asking questions and dares you to consider the philosophy of what it is to be human.
Number 3: Ant-Man
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These days Marvel appears unable to not make successful cash cows. While maybe not one of the best movies ever, Ant-Man is perhaps one of the best of the MCU. No earth shattering craziness that doesn’t excuse not having the Avengers like some other Phase 2 solo movies. Ant-Man is refreshingly simple: a scientist’s super-suit is being repurposed to be sold on the open market, he wants to stop it, hires an ex-con to give him a chance at redemption and be a hero to his daughter. Combine that with Paul Rudd and Michael Pena’s comedy improv with Michael Douglas playing the straight man, and you get a really funny and entertaining film.
Number 2: Mad Max: Fury Road
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In an era when the film industry thinks CGI can replace everything, let us appreciate Mad Max: Fury Road. When the 70 year old man who directed family-comedy films like Babe: Pig in the City and Happy Feet can create some of the best action ever put on-screen, with practical effects, it says a lot about the new generation of younger filmmakers and current executives. A simple plot, filled with amazing action, Fury Road’s director, George Miller, dares you to watch and then say “CGI is the best action ever” after seeing the magic of practical effects. Who can forget how it gave us the best response ever to movies where CGI action is king: “MEDIOCRE!”
Number 1: Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens
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Speaking of practical effects and limited CGI, the robot in the above picture is not CGI at all. It is a real creation made by real materials. The Force Awakens dazzled millions thanks in no small part to its use of practical effects, limited CGI, actual dialogue, and true acting talent. While the action is admittedly not as great as Fury Road, we were still dazzled to learn many of the things in this movie were actual, hand-crafted models. If The Force Awakens doesn’t show George Lucas the magic of practical effects, real locations, real dialogue, and acting talent to drive a scene forward in new directions, I don’t know what will.