Time to post my top 5 of the year and I have just four contenders! Ha! And I thought last year was bad at this time. The only movie that might have had a good shot at my top 5 that got past me was Edge of Tomorrow, which despite good reviews, didn't make it a month in theaters near me. But I've thrown together a list anyhow for tradition's sake, as follows:
My top 5 2014 so far (listed alphabetically) The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Chef The LEGO Movie Non-Stop X-Men: Days of Future Past
Here is a list of the 2015 films I've seen, and my opinion of them. Filmmakers who toil on the almost-impossible mission of making a feature length film should not have their work dismissed on a pass-fail basis so easily. That being said, this is just one man's opinion, and on a blog at that, and the savvy moviegoer will read enough of the reviews of professional film critics to allow a blog here and there to "list" favorites and least favorites.
Ant-Man. The best summer movie; a surprise hit that gets the humor right and manages to cover the origin story without getting dull.
Mad Max: Fury Road. I'd love to see the storyboards!
Avengers, The: Age of Ultron. Exciting start to the summer movie season.
Bridge of Spies. Good story and production all around.
Clouds of Sils Maria. Pretentious as all out, but intriguing and well played by its two leads.
Creed. A solid shot for a sentimental Oscar for Sly.
End of the Tour, The. Easy to overrate, but nonetheless watchable; Jason Segal is quite good.
Ex Machina. Keeps you engaged and not just with its ample nudity.
Get Hard. Hart and Farrell make a good team and Ferrell's character is funny, but it does get repetitive.
Hateful Eight, The. Violent western-cum-mystery with a great Morricone score is exactly the kind of Christmas present you'd expect Tarantino to put in your stocking.
Hunger Games, The Mockingjay, Part 2. Slick, if not too frequently inspired.
Maggie. Somber and depressing and not much happens but not without merit; probably would have been better as a book.
Martian, The. A plotline that's a string of "problems" and "fixes" with music cues, but a nice commercial for Mars exploration.
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. Quirkier than thou, but pulls it off.
Mr. Holmes. Pleasant mystery befits both Sirs Arthur Conan Doyle and Ian McKellen.