We Eat Films’ Top 5 Movies of 2015

Written by Jesse Gelinas December 26, 2015

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Another  holiday season, another year in the record books. 2015 has been a bit of a bumpy ride. But now that it’s over, our entire staff of writers have put their collective craniums together to bring you the definitive movie list of the year. So, with no ado whatsoever, this is We Eat Films’ Top 5 Movies of 2015!

5. Sicario (Denis Villeneuve)

Sicario, #5 on WEF's top movies of 2015

“You’re not a wolf. And this is a land of wolves now.”

Squeaking onto the list at #5 is Sicario, from Canadian director Denis Villeneuve. This tight thriller was a bit of a sleeper, taking a humble gross from the box office, but impressing critics and awards judges the world over. Boasting an authentic performance from Emily Blunt, and a terrifyingly stoic Benicio del Toro, Sicario deals with a black bag task force working to take down a dangerous Mexican cartel. The setup is simple, but the execution is flawless. With memorable visuals (from cinematographer Roger Deakins), and a terrific cast, this film deserves its spot as one of the top movies of 2015.

 

4. The Martian (Ridley Scott)

The Martian, #4 on WEF top movies of 2015

“I am gonna have to science the shit out of this.”

Ridley Scott’s new film is a bit of a puzzler. The Martian follows the hardships of astronaut Mark Watney as he is stranded on mars and attempts to survive long enough to be rescued. Watney is brought to life be Matt Damon, right at the top of his game. The movie is equal parts intense, exciting, funny, and all without dumbing down the actual scientific aspects of the script. The humour of the film seemed to make the biggest impression, with it now running at the Golden Globes under the Comedy category. This is likely due to the studio’s lack of confidence for it to hang with the other dramas this year. The insecurity is unfounded, however, as The Martian is right at home among the other top movies of 2015.

 

3. Inside Out (Pete Docter)

Inside Out, #3 on WEF's top movies of 2015

Nowadays, it can be pretty hard to find a family film that actually resonates with adults and children alike. But every now and then, one pops up. When it does, you can be 90% sure that it’s from Pixar. And you can be about 100% sure it’ll make you, your girlfriend, your nephew, and your grandfather cry. Inside Out is Pixar’s latest imaginative ride, this time through the mind of a young girl. When Riley’s family moves, she finds herself going through a hard time. Inside her head, her emotions scramble to keep her sadness in check, and keep her happy memories from being infected. What follows is an innovative mind-trip, exploring the inner workings of the mind, the importance of balance, and ultimately a grand adventure of Joy and Sadness. No other animated film affected audiences like Inside Out, making it one of the year’s best.

 

2. Room (Lenny Abrahamson)

Room, #2 on WEF's top movies of 2015

Here’s a masterpiece that came out of nowhere. Adapting her own novel, Room, author Emma Donoghue tells a dark, ugly story of pain, the loss of innocence, but ultimately hope and love. Joy has been trapped in a small squalid room for 7 years, at the mercy of her kidnapper. For the past five years, she has been caring for her son, Jack. The boy has never been outside of their tiny prison, and lacks the concepts of a larger world. After his fifth birthday however, Joy decides it’s time to explain their situation to her son, and enlist his help in escaping. Brie Larson’s acting is raw and on point, and newcomer Jacob Tremblay gives the single best performance I have seen from a child actor. The emotional highs and lows Room take you to are not for the faint of heart, but it is well worth the effort to see.

 

1. Mad Max: Fury Road (George Miller)

Mad Max: Fury Road, the top movie of 2015

Hollywood is constantly trying to recapture the fire. They want to use the spark of nostalgia to reignite franchises, and milk a few more years of filmmaking without having to come up with new ideas. Oddly enough, sometimes it works out for the better. Rebooting a post-apocalyptic action franchise after thirty years, with new actors, and a ton of CGI sounds like a recipe for disaster, right? Mad Max: Fury Road says otherwise. Following the footsteps of Mel Gibson, Tom Hardy takes up the mantle of “Mad” Max Rockatansky, a former cop turned scavenger in a dystopian Australia. Captured by a group of mutant marauders, Max finds himself in the middle of an EXTREMELY LONG AND EXHAUSTING car chase when one of Immortan Joe’s (the local warlord) lieutenants makes off with his wives. Direct, to the point, this flick crushes the gas pedal and never lets up. Fury Road surprised critics and audiences alike with its solid cast, intense action, thunderous score, and impressive practical and computer effects. Mark your calendars, people. This may be the only time you get to see a film with a character named Rictus Erectus as a frontrunner during awards season.

 

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About Jesse Gelinas

After years attempting to escape the Matrix, Jesse has accepted his fate as a writer and Senior Editor. Now that's he finished with his film degree, it gives him something to do while waiting for the machines to get careless.

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