Salute A Real… Special Recognition Award
Universal Studios-Despite the marketing screw up on Crimson Peak they delivered four films I enjoyed greatly this year.
Favorite Direction in Film
5. Christopher McQuarrie for Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation-Fast paced, action packed film. Best of the spy films I saw in 2015, all of which were in the very least good.
4. F. Gary Gray for Straight Outta Compton-Excellent biopic. Greatly entertaining.
3. JJ Abrams for Star Wars: The Force Awakens-Big and epic. Right amount of action, drama, laughs, and more.
2. Guillermo Del Toro for Crimson Peak-Beautiful film. Can’t wait to grab it on blu-ray.
1. George Miller for Mad Max: Fury Road-Lets be honest-one of the best looking action films ever made.
4. Furious 7-Might not be the best of the series but the cast was on point again and a great send off for Paul Walker.
3. Straight Outta Compton-The cast knocked it out of the park.
2. Crimson Peak-A strong cast with great performances through out.
1. Voices of Inside Out-Inside Out was a striking, emotional film with great voice acting.
Honorable Mention: Michael Pena as Luis-I liked Ant-Man a lot and it needed more Pena.
5. Paul Giamatti as Jerry Heller in Straight Outta Compton-Paul is such a great actor and he was so smarmy as the infamous original manager of NWA.
4. Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt in Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation-Tom Cruise is crazy.
3. Tom Hardy as Mad Max in Mad Max: Fury Road-Very little lines spoken, but enough physicality to outshine most anyone in 2015.
2. John Boyega as Finn in Star Wars: The Force Awaken-Fantastic work in the new Star Wars. Cheering for him since the get go.
1. Jason Mitchell as Eazy-E in Straight Outta Compton-I am already upset by the lack of acting nods for this dynamic performances.
Honorable Mentions: Daisy Ridley as Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awaken, Laurence Leboeuf as Apple in Turbo Kid, and Jennifer Jason Leigh as Daisy Domergue in The Hateful Eight-How can one Star Wars character be so lucky? Really dug her. I was also impressed by Laurence Leboeuf in Turbo Kid, who at first creeped me and then entertained and then felt heartache over. Plus I am surprise that actress is 30 because I thought she was a teenager. Finally Oscar nominee Jennifer Jason Leigh who was captivating and very unlikeable in Hateful Eight.
4. Jessica Chastain as Lady Lucille Sharpe in Crimson Peak-Bitch was crazy. Loved her in Crimson Peak.
3. Rebecca Ferguson as Ilsa Faust in Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation-Another actress I never knew of and now want to see more. MI5 had such an excellent leading lady here.
2. Mia Wasikowska as Edith Cushing in Crimson Peak-Crimson Peak was so entertaining and Mia was so great through out.
1. Charlize Theron as Imperator Furiosa in Mad Max: Fury Road-Obviously…
Honorable Mention: Ant-Man, Goosebumps, Star Wars: The Force Awaken, Turbo Kid-I actually had Star Wars and Ant-Man tied for 5 and then saw Turbo Kid which was great and I keep thinking of Goosebumps. So… yeah…
4. Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation-Just squeaking by. Those stunts by Cruise, the fights, and twists were brilliant.
3. Crimson Peak-Yeah, not high on most critics lists but I walked away loving the look and craziness.
2. Mad Max: Fury Road-most critics top film didn’t quite make it up top but WOW! as obsessed briefly.
1. TIE: Straight Outta Compton and Inside Out-Had a hard time here. Inside Out was a bit more emotional and stronger as a film but Straight Outta Compton has more replay value which is important to me. So I went with a tie and think you should check out both films.