Top 10 Movies of 2015

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10.) Project Almanac
There are teen movies, and then there are teen movies. This one pretty much perfectly captures the spirit of today’s youth, with a mix of gritty realism and a heavy coating of young, fun, thirsty-af vigor. Not to mention the whole time travel part of it is pretty well done.project-almanac.jpg

9.) Victor Frankenstein
The soundtrack, the snazzy editing, the great lead actors, the overall design and just the fun of it all made this movie for me. It was magnificent, and I don’t care what any highbrow rottentomatoes armchair critic has to say about it (won’t be the last time I say that on this list).Victor_Frankenstein_2015

8.) The Martian
The one time 3D has ever been kind-of sort-of worth it. And the best space-flick ever, in my opinion. Not that that’s saying much as I don’t think the genre’s really been tapped to its full potential, but still. A noble award.The_Martian_film_poster

7.) Everest
It’s a harrowing movie about a harrowing true story, and the final pictures after the credits roll still give me goosebumps when put side-by-side with the identical shots in the movie. Baltasar Kormákur nailed it.Everest_poster

6.) The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
It’s the snazziest, sexiest cold war movie I’ve ever seen. Do you know the plot beats before you go in? Sure. Have you ever seen them delivered with this much raw panache and style? Probably not. Plus, the soundtrack is sick.sM6KRdy

5.) Ex Machina
It’s a movie that makes you think about why sex with robots could but won’t be the future. Need I say more? It’s REALLY thought-provoking and just all-around fantastic.ex-machina-poster

4.) Mad Max: Fury Road
Good soundtracks are a reoccurring theme on this list, and Mad Max is no exception. Great soundtrack, great action, fun plot, kick-ass leads.mad-max-fury-road

3.) Ant-Man
After the travesty that was Age of Ultron, I thought I was going to have to boycott Marvel. And I just might, if Civil War sucks too, but for now, Ant-Man has reminded me just how much fun the comic book movie genre can be.Ant-Man_poster

2.) Fantastic Four
Read my two reviews of this movie (I went to see it twice in theatres and bought it on DVD, as well, just to make sure I wasn’t being subconsciously contrarian for the hell of it) if you want the juicy details. Basically, it’s a better version of Interstellar with a comic book twist at the end. And I love that. Plus, great soundtrack.images

1.) Kingsmen: The Secret Service
It’s a 2015 release in the U.S., so, deal with it. This might just be my favorite straight-up action movie of all time. It’s so fun and visceral and playful but thoughtful at the same time, while dancing with meta-humor but never so much as to break the immersion. Basically, it’s as close to perfect as I think I’ll see in this lifetime. Aaaaaaand… it has a great soundtrack. In no world did I expect to hear Dizzie Rascal’s Bonkers in a movie theatre. But it happened.Kingsman_The_Secret_Service_poster.jpg

Top 5 Movies of 2012

What movies from this year should you be adding to your DVD (’cause DVD’s are the jam) collection? Read on to find out!

Number 5.) The AvengersThe Avengers

In a year jam-packed with superhero flicks, the Avengers was a no-brainer. While it didn’t quite trump some of the other awesome super hero films of the year, it was definitely pretty great. Seeing Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America and the gang all in one place at the same time was monumental and easily one of the greatest cinematic moments of the year.

Number 4.) Skyfall

Skyfall was just a really well-rounded movie. The soundtrack? Amazing. The acting? Amazing. The plot? Impressively solid and interesting, as far as Bond movies go. I really can’t help but recognize it as the definitive Bond film.

Number 3.) The Amazing Spider-ManimagesCAEV1WVG

I’m sure I wasn’t the only one who was dry-eyed at hearing about Toby McGuire’s departure from Spider-Man. He was all right, but honestly, Andrew Garfield takes everything that made him good and multiplies it five times over. He’s the definitive Spidey, and there’s so much more depth to his non-superhero self this time around. And how can we forget about Emma Stone. She’s fantastic. As always.

Number 2.) The Dark Knight Rises

Christopher Nolan pretty much reserved a spot on everybody’s top __ movie list this year with TDKR. Not only did it neatly wrap up the best superhero trilogy of all-time, but it felt satisfying, as so few movies do nowadays. It really provided a detailed, lengthy plot, an ounce of superhero magic, the best ending of anything ever, and an overall extremely impressive three hour epic.

Number 1.) Wreck-It Ralph

I know that a lot of you are on the verge of clicking away after seeing the number one spot go to this movie, but wait! Don’t go! I have reasons as to why Wreck-It Ralph is the best of 2012. If seeing all of the best video game characters of the decade on the big screen wasn’t enough, Disney finally managed to muster up something that might possibly be as awesome as Toy Story, which is no small feat. The characters were memorable, the worlds were memorable, and its the best thing to come out of Disney in a while. Not only is it an instant classic, but it provides us gamers with something we’ve always wanted: Sonic, Pac-Man and Dig Dug in a movie. Together.

Top 5 Xbox 360 Games (2012)

We’re nearing the end of 2012, and that means some “best of” lists are in order. First up, the best Xbox 360 games of the year! So let’s find out what my personal favorite titles of this year were, and hopefully I’ll convince you to go out and try them before the world ends in a few days.

5.) Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier

I really liked this game. It had that perfect mix of stealth, action and adrenaline to make things exciting 100% of the time. The campaign was the strongest I’ve seen in a TPS in quite some time, and I was really happy with the overall package, even if the multiplayer had a few flaws.

4.) Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed6978664652_8cf952b6f9

Sonic seems to fare better in a car than on his feet, these days. As odd as it sounds, this is one of the better Sonic games I’ve played in some time, and easily the best karting game I’ve played to date. It takes the simple gimmick that was in MK7 and increases it ten fold. Land wasn’t enough for me, and this time Sonic and his arsenal of transforming cars had me covered in an extremely polished and quality game.

3.) The Amazing Spider-Manuntitled

Well, I’ll be damned, a movie tie-in scores in my top 5 list. This really is the end of the world. But seriously, Spidey was good in this game, and unquestionably better than he’s been in quite some time. Swinging through the open world streets of Manhattan was a blast, and the speedy action never got stale. Couple that with the interesting missions and wide variety of content, and you’ve got yourself one heck of a game.

2.) Halo 4

Triple A titles may seem a little cliche` to be on a top __ list, but Halo 4 is just that good. Having a friend or two along for the ride makes this FPS one of the best of the year, and the multiplayer is second to none. Add on the free Spartan Ops weekly DLC, and this game is a beast. Easily the best Xbox exclusive I’ve had the pleasure of playing to date.

1.) Dishonored

I went in to this game with the mindset of “this is going to be my game of the year”. I wrote a tip guide where I found the funniest thing in-game and again stated, “this is going to be my game of the year”. And here we are, Dishonored. You are my game of the year. With dozens of different ways to handle any given scenario, an unrivaled amount of gameplay improvisation and the best replayability factor I’ve seen in a game since Skyrim, Arkane Studios and Bethesda have outdone themselves and I crave, no, demand, a sequel.