If it isn’t abundantly clear, I see a lot of movies. I don’t get paid to see them, or even write about them, even though that would be fantastic. Going to the theater is something I have always done my whole life, it is like breathing for me. So naturally, as it is one of my few hobbies, I see many movies each year at the astonishment of my friends, family and co-workers. By my count, I am up to about 63-65 movies in 2015 and that isn’t even including multiple viewings… for instance, I have seen Creed and Star Wars three times each…and that may hold true for Inside Out as well. But I don’t usually make a ranking of the best, maybe I do subconsciously, but I have never went out of my way to keep track. BUT!!! This is also the first time I have had a website of my own, right? So let’s begin a new tradition!!
I have a compiled a list of my favorite and least favorite movies of 2015– but I got bored with that so I compiled additional categories like “Best Male Actor” or “Best Animated/Kids Movie” and I even did a “Best Action Sequences” category! Keep in mind that my lists are entirely subjective, so If you don’t like my ranking or choices…well… tough shit. Just try to be civil. Also, keep in mind that for me to rank a movie, I first would have had to see said movie. So as much as I would want Bridge of Spies to be on ANY of my categories, because who doesn’t love T. Hanks, I can’t… because I never saw the movie. But I would love to see comments about what your favorite movies were in a given category and why, so don’t be afraid to share your opinions with me.
Oh and also! The lists will be in order so the movie in the #1 spot is my most favorite.
So, without further ado, here is my first category (and arguably the most important):
Mad Maz’s Top Ten Movies of 2015
Release date: November 25, 2015 (USA)Director: Ryan CooglerFilm series: RockyMusic composed by: Ludwig GöranssonScreenplay: Ryan Coogler, Aaron CovingtonGross: $96,141,653 (USA) (25 December 2015)Production Co: MGM, Warner Bros.
Starring: Michael B. Jordan, Slyvester Stalone, Tessa Thompson
#2 The Martian
Release date: October 2, 2015 (USA)Director: Ridley ScottStory by: Andy WeirScreenplay: Drew GoddardMusic composed by: Harry Gregson-WilliamsGross: $224,853,519 (USA) (25 December 2015)Production Co: Twentieth Century FoxStarring: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kristin Wiig, Kate Mara, Jeff Daniels
#3 Star Wars: the Force Awakens
Release date: December 18, 2015 (USA)Director: J.J. AbramsFilm series: Star WarsStory by: J.J Abrams, Lawrence Kasdan, Michael ArndtMusic composed by: John WilliamsGross: $600,949,526 (USA) (29 December 2015)Production Co: LucasfilmStarring: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Harrison Ford, Adam Driver
#4 The Hateful Eight
Release date: December 25, 2015 (USA)Director: Quentin TarantinoScreenplay: Quentin TarantinoMusic composed by: Ennio MorriconeGross: $4,610,676 (USA) (25 December 2015)Production Co: Weinstein CompanyStarring: Sam Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Walton Goggins, Demian Bichir, Bruce Dern, James Parks
#5 Straight Outta Compton
Release date: August 14, 2015 (USA)Director: F. Gary GrayMusic composed by: Joseph TrapaneseProduced by: Ice Cube, Tomica Wright, Matt Alvarez, F. Gary Gray, Dr. DreScreenplay: Andrea Berloff, Jonathan HermanGross:$161,029,270 (USA) (16 October 2015)Production Co: Circle of ConfusionStarring: O’Shea Jackson Jr, Jason Mitchel, Corey Hawkins, Aldis Hodge, F. Gary Gray
#6 Steve Jobs
Release date: October 9, 2015 (USA)Director: Danny BoyleStory by: Walter IsaacsonScreenplay: Aaron SorkinMusic composed by: Daniel PembertonGross: $17,750,583 (USA) (4 December 2015)Production Co: Universal PicturesStarring: Jeff Daniels, Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet
#7 The Peanuts Movie
Release date: November 6, 2015 (USA)Director: Steve MartinoStory by: Charles M. SchulzMusic composed by: Christophe BeckProduction companies: Blue Sky Studios, 20th Century Fox AnimationStarring: Trombone Shorty, Rebecca Bloom, Anastasia Bredikhina, Kristin Chenoweth, Alexander Garfin, Noah Johnston, Hadley Miller, Bill Melendez, Noah Schnapp, Mariel Sheets, Venus Schultheis, Madisyn Shipman, A.J. Tecce, Francesca Capaldi
#8 Inside Out
Release date: June 19, 2015 (USA)Directors: Pete Docter, Ronnie del CarmenStory by: Pete DocterProduction companies: Pixar, Walt Disney PicturesScreenplay: Pete Docter, Josh Cooley, Meg LeFauveGross: $356,454,367 (USA) (4 December 2015)Starring: Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Mindy Kaling, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Richard Kind, Kaitlyn Dias
Release date: June 5, 2015 (USA)Director: Paul FeigScreenplay: Paul FeigMusic composed by: Theodore ShapiroGross: $110,822,419 (USA) (2 October 2015)Production Co: Twentieth Century FoxStarring: Melissa McCarthy, Jason Statham, Jude Law, Rose Byrne, Miranda Hart
#10 The Man From U.N.C.L.E
Release date: August 14, 2015 (USA)Director: Guy RitchieMusic composed by: Daniel PembertonStory by: Guy Ritchie, Lionel Wigram, Sam Rolfe, David C. Wilson, Jeff KleemanScreenplay: Guy Ritchie, Lionel Wigram, David C. Wilson, Scott Z. BurnsGross: $45,434,443 (USA) (16 October 2015)Production Co: Warner Bros, RatPac-Dune EntertainmentStarring: Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander, Elizabeth Debicki, Hugh Grant
The tale of two unlikely partners during the Cold War: One a rough and tough Soviet-Spy and the other a Suave and sophisticated con-man turned American spy have to ban together to save the world from ab evil organization housing weapons of mass destruction. This spy-comedy isn’t afraid to make fun of the genre and isn’t afraid to glorify it either. The constant back-and-forth between the two main characters allows for a very funny and surprisingly solid film.