Here it is folks, the moment you’ve all been waiting for! The creme de la creme of all movie lists–the yearly best and worst. From weirdo fan fictions brought to life, to reboots of franchises, sequels, original indies, and even a few adventures into your own mind–2015 was a year of all kind of adventures, good and bad, light and dark, Jedi and Sith. But which of these movies made the top 10 of each respective list? Well grab your yearly bucket of popcorn, and let’s get this show on the road!
This is the review you have been looking for. Yes, that’s right, you are about to read about what could be considered the most important movie going experience in 2015, if not this decade. What am I talking about? Star Wars: The Force Awakens, directed by J.J. Abrams . And to say I am excited to write this review is the understatement of the year.
When I look at photographs and images from the ’50s, much of it brings a sense of utter joy and delight. A tribute to an era that was built on the positive notions of those that survived the past World War, looking to the future at their baby boomer offspring and chrome automobiles. But somewhere, beneath the cracks, we begin to realize that those pictures do not tell the complete story–for this was a time of important works of art, ones that spoke of a more deeper decade than we could ever imagine. One such novel, The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith, serves as the inspiration for Todd Hayne’s latest project, Carol, a movie that explores the more interesting aspects of that mysterious time.
For the past year and change, I’ve been covering the wild ride that is the creation of a Jem and the Holograms movie. This is the film adaptation of one of my favorite TV series growing up, the one that inspired my love of 80’s fashion and music. The one that got me to become the pastel wearing, girl power rocking lady I am today. So, of course, I was excited knowing that my childhood hero was going to come to the big screen. Unfortunately, this is not the Jem I grew up with, and only has relation to her in name alone.
Everyone is always searching for some sort of idol. One who represents our dreams and ambitions in life, and how we would like to end up in our more mature state of living. For me, that person is Guillermo del Toro, the man that has directed countless amounts of beautiful, haunting, electric, and bizarre cinematic adventures–including Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth, and Pacific Rim. In short, I’ve never met a del Toro film I didn’t like, though some I love more than others. And with his recent effort, Crimson Peak, Guillermo is returning to the Gothic horror genre, a world he seems most comfortable in and understands better than any other.
Many people have a hard time taking the Magic Mike franchise seriously. The main focus is on the character Mike (Channing Tatum), a male stripper who has a dream of becoming an independent furniture designer. And I’m sure when reading any of these aspects, the possibility of Female Empowerment being featured within these films seems like a joke at best. Well, in the sequel XXL, that is actually far from the case. And, yeah, I’m not the only one that thinks this.
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Some of you may remember a while back that both Marvel’s The Avengers and Disney’s Big Hero 6 were the victims of the toy gender issue, when it came to their female cast members being dismissed from the merchandise selection. Well, it seems Jurassic World is the latest brand to be changed to appeal to the boys of the world, and what was done to make this happen will probably make you go nuts. (SOURCE)
Back in the 90’s, I was a frequent visitor of Disney World’s Epcot. Inside the park’s Future World was an area themed to the human body, that housed a show called Cranium Command. The attraction allowed you to go inside the mind, and help a younger solider control the emotions of a teenage boy. And though it is gone from Epcot’s current roster, the ideas it provided always made me wish it were a movie. Well, thanks to Pixar, we are given the closest thing I will ever get to seeing Cranium Command on the big screen. Let me introduce you to Inside Out.
Twenty-two years ago, a little movie arrived at the pop culture doorstep, and it was loud, fierce, and would become an icon of cinema. That movie was Jurassic Park, based on the science fiction novel by Michael Crichton, which inspired a film franchise, theme park rides, and more. Now, in 2015, the latest entry into the Jurassic series, Jurassic World, is stomping into theaters. Is it as classic like the original? Or does it sit just as awkwardly on the shelf as The Lost World and Jurassic Park 3 does? Let’s open the gates and see how this nostalgic park of dino-fantasy is doing.
In A Christmas Story, wide-eyed Ralphie receives the highly coveted Little Orphan Annie secret decoder ring. It is told to unveil highly important, classified information, that only those of the Annie Secret Society could discover. But when Ralphie finally uncovers the special message, one he had waited months to discover, all he gets is a disappointing advertisement, reminding all children to drink their Ovaltine. If there ever was the perfect movie equivalent to this famous scene, Disney’s Tomorrowland would easily take that position.