It’s a new year and awards season is quickly approaching. Academy members are rounding up their screeners and casting their ballots for the top films from 2015. It’s been long rumored that academy members can be somewhat pretentious with their selection of films. So, we here at The Modern Truth decided to compile a list of movies which might not necessarily be the best films of 2015, but are films everyone should see. Here they are in no particular order: the 10 must see films from 2015.
1. Mad Max: Fury Road
George Miller returned after a 30 plus year hiatus to deliver an instant classic. It’s batshit crazy, non-stop action, and it has a *spoilers* blind man who plays a flaming guitar while riding on a war rig. What’s not to love? Mad Max Fury Road is a rare masterpiece of a film, with an impeccable soundtrack, cast, and director. More than any other movie on this list, if you haven’t seen Mad Max Fury Road, stop what you’re doing and watch it immediately.
2. Inside Out
Pixar has been so great for so long that some audience may simply take their films for granted. Fortunately, a general lack of appreciation can’t take away from the fact that Inside Out is utterly amazing. It has great character design, voice casting and animation that is up there with some of the best to ever hit the big screen. Whether you’re a kid or someone who has been a kid at some point, Inside Out is a must see for any film fan.
3. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
...because it’s Star Wars. Kidding. The Force Awakens managed to do the unthinkable: Satisfy the droves of disappointed Star Wars fans let down by the prequels. If that isn’t reason enough to shower the film with accolades, it also happens to be an awesome sci-fi film with cool characters and breathtaking battles. This movie is on the fast track to becoming the highest grossing film of all time, and it’s deserving of every penny. If you haven’t seen it already, what are you waiting for...but we know you already have...twice.
While the idea of a pseudo Rocky sequel may not have inspired confidence in some, Creed turned out to be one of the most entertaining films of the year. Michael B. Jordan is perhaps the most charismatic young actor working today, and together with an Oscar worthy performance from Sylvester Stallone, and excellent direction from Ryan Coogler, they made a movie every film fan should enjoy. Come for the boxing, stay for the man tears. In Rocky we trust.
Why yes, the dark horse pick of the bunch. What is a no budget Blumhouse teeny bopper horror film doing on a list like this? The answer is, earning its spot. Unfriended is one of the most clever, well executed, and unique films horror we’ve seen. It manages to bring a ramping level of tension while also having something of value to say about our society and the state of bullying and social media. If the box office and general buzz is any indication, you probably missed this one in 2015, but any horror fan won’t go wrong with giving Unfriended a watch.
Sicario is a very dark and tense film, and in this case, that’s a very good thing. Director Denis Villeneuve, might be the best director working today, and Sicario helps him continue to make that the case. Emily Blunt, Benecio Del Toro, and Josh Brolin all turn in great performances in a story that puts the audience right in the middle of the action and never lets up. If you’re looking for a film that might take you to some dark places, you can’t go wrong with Sicario.
7. Straight Outta Compton
Straight Outta Compton may look like just another movie biopic, but it’s so well executed that it doesn’t even matter With a performance from Jason Mitchell as Easy-E which should be getting Oscar buzz, along with Ice Cube’s son O’Shea Jackson Jr. doing a fantastic job of bringing his father to the big screen, Straight Outta Compton captures the journey of the forefathers of the 90’s west coast rap scene perfectly. This film has heart, grit, and manages to be timely, even though it mostly takes place in the early 90’s.
8. Furious 7
Is the Fast and Furious franchise comprised of stupid action movies about stupid dudes who drive stupidly fancy cars? Yes, and that’s ok, especially when the movies turns out as well as this one. Furious 7 is the second best action film (behind Mad Max) to release in a year that saw Jurassic World, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Mission Impossible - Rogue Nation. It seems strange to say a movie that grossed over 1 billion worldwide is being slept on, but if you haven’t seen Furious 7 yet, you should.
A Sundance darling that floundered upon its release, this little seen gem is bursting with style. It’s a coming of age story with fun characters, wacky scenarios, and biting social commentary. Dope captures the essence of what it’s like to be a minority youth in America, tackling serious subject matter while never forgetting to entertain the audience. With potential star making turns from several of its leads, Dope is worth your time.
10. The Hateful Eight
Hateful Eight is a long and grueling affair, but it’s so immersive that you can’t help but be pulled in by Tarantino’s wizardry. All the characters earn their “hateful” rep while Samuel L Jackson delivers his best performance since Pulp Fiction. If you’re a fan of Jules’s monologues, then you’ll be very happy with what Jackson brings to this film. It might be hard to stomach at times, but you’re 2015 movie list won’t be complete if you don’t check out The Hateful Eight.
There you have it. These are the must see movies from 2015. We’ll be back here this time next year for the must see films of 2016.