Ex Machina, Alicia Vikander, Domnhal Gleeson, Oscar Isaac,


Inside Out

What a weird year 2015 has turned out to be for movies.  We’re halfway through the year, and I think there’s no doubt that this is going to be a second half that delivers most of the best films.  We had that incredible dry spell to begin the year that Furious 7 quenched with a jaw-dropping performance at the box office that is now being surpassed by an even bigger showing by Jurassic World.  Jurassic is already the #4 film, passing The Dark Knight this weekend and there’s little doubt in my mind it will – at least – end up at #3 passing The Avengers.  Both Furious 7 and Jurassic World are Universal Studios films, giving that studio the kind of year we thought Disney was going to have (though the mouse has done just fine with Avengers 2 and Inside Out with Star Wars yet to come).Avengers Age of Ultron

In terms of quality, it’s Ex Machina and Inside Out and then a giant gulf between everything else.  Those are the two films that need to be remembered come Oscar time from the year’s first half.  In fact, before I give my quick top 10 list, here’s who I would be handing Oscars to if the voting ended today.
Best Picture: Ex Machina
Best Director: Pete Docter, Inside Out
Best Actor: Domnhall Gleeson, Ex Machina
Best Actress: Alicia Vikander, Ex Machina
Best Supporting Actor: Oscar Isaac, Ex Machina
Best Supporting Actress: Amy Poehler, Inside Out
Best Original Screenplay: Inside Out
Best Adapted Screenplay: Avengers Age of Ultron
Best Score: Michael Giacchino, Inside Out
Best Song: “Til I See You Again”, Furious 7
Best Animated FIlm: Inside Out
Best Cinematography: Mad Max Fury Road
Best Sound & Sound Effects Editing: Mad Max Fury Road
Best F/X: Avengers Age of Ultron
Best Costumes: Mad Max Fury Road
Best Makeup: Mad Max Fury Road
Best Art Direction: Ex Machina

And now, at the midpoint, my Top 10 Films of 2015

1. Ex Machina

2. Inside Out

3. Avengers: Age of Ultron

4. Mad Max: Fury Road

5. Furious 7

6. Terminator: Genisys

7. The Age of Adaline

8. Jurassic World

9. Maggie

10. Focus


3 thoughts on “TOP 10 MOVIES OF 2015 AT THE MID-POINT”

  1. I thought this was going to be a better year, but as you say there’s a lot of potentially awesome stuff on the way.

    I missed the chance to see Ex Machina in a theater, and I’m kicking myself. I wish Mad Max had done better business. I think it was probably oversold, and word got out. It was a terrific movie. They didn’t need to tout it as the best action movie ever made.

    It’s entirely possible JW was a better movie than I thought it was, and Avengers 2 was a worse one. Despite my wariness, I had a lot of hopes for JW, but as I sat there watching it I grew accustomed to the approach, and once I had accepted it (it didn’t take long) I have to say I had a great time. It helps that the audience was so enthused. The crowd reaction to A2 was downright muted, and if I really wonder if my nerdiness was blinding me, and it wasn’t all that. I’ll have to watch it again soon.

    Inside Out on the other hand deserves a best picture nomination.


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