My Top 10 Films of 2015 So Far and My Most Anticipated Ahead

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So back in April I did a post previewing the upcoming films coming out in 2015 and I think it’s about time I update the 12 people who read that post. I know you all have been anxiously refreshing the site looking for a new post from me. What I’d like to do to reward your patience is to provide my current top 10 films of 2015 and then spotlight the 10 I’m currently most looking forward to for the rest of the year. Both lists are very much subject to change a lot but this is where I currently stand on things.

My current top 10 (Click on any title to play the trailer):

  1. Mad Max: Fury Road
  2. Inside Out
  3. The Salt of the Earth
  4. Ex Machina
  5. What We Do In The Shadows
  6. Amy
  7. Trainwreck
  8. Love & Mercy
  9. Fast & Furious 7
  10. It Follows

Here are the others from the nominee pool of movies I’ve seen so far in 2015: ’71, Amy, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Dope, Entourage, Focus, The Gift, Goodnight Mommy, Insurgent, Irrational Man, Jurassic World, Kingsman: The Secret Service, The Martian, Minions, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, Monkey Kingdom, Mr. Turner, Sicario, Spy, Straight Outta Compton, Ted 2, Tomorrowland, Vacation, While We’re Young, and White God (Fehér isten).

Top 10 Most Anticipated (Click on title to play trailer):

1. The Hateful Eight (Date keeps changing) I think Quentino is my favorite current director and he’s definitely in my top 3-5 of all-time. His true love for his craft is contagious and the amount of thought and attention to detail put into his films is the reason why I can’t rank anything above this. It’s the only one on the list that honestly can’t disappoint. I’ve totally abandoned him having a letdown as even remotely a possibility.

2. Star Wars: Episode VII (December 18th) I’m nervously anticipating this one and am hesitant to rank it this high. It’ll no doubt be fun and once the hype machine really cranks up I’m sure we’ll reach a fever pitch of excitement. Much of this ranking is just knowing I’ll for sure get to see it with Joseph Williams and he won’t be able to sit still. It’s a win-win regardless of what happens on the screen.

3. The Revenant (December 25th…maybe limited?) This looks insane. Like truly insane. I can’t believe this is my THIRD most anticipated the rest of the year. I’m all-in on Alejandro González Iñárritu after “Birdman” and have been all-in on Leo since he was born. Also, Tom Hardy. Super high hopes here.

4. Knight of Cups (Who even knows anymore?) Confession time: I’m terrified I’m going to hate this. After Terrence Malick put out “The Tree of Life” I thought he could do no wrong. I thought it was maybe the best movie I’d ever seen and still feel that way. However, he then made “To The Wonder” which was one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen. Well “Knight of Cups” looks to be made very much in the same line as these two with beautiful imagery and whimsical introspective dialogue. I’ll just say this, if he has another character whispering dialogue over some comically beautiful landscape shot again I might get up and leave. I’ve got it ranked high for it’s potential and because I’m an optimistic person, but I’m terrified.

5. Joy (December 25th) I’ve reached the portion of the show where I start second guessing all of my decisions but we’re going to keep these locked in. I love David O. Russell and I love Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence together. I really want this to be on par with “Silver Linings Playbook” and “American Hustle” but he surely can’t strike gold yet again, can he?

6. Bridge of Spies (October 16th) Sooo I’ve got a Steven Spielberg film ranked number six in anticipation for a four month stretch of time. I’m so sorry Stevie. Don’t get me wrong, I’m very excited for this. The plot just feels very done before (like a million times) to me. I’m sure it’ll be done in top notch form and be a hell of a movie, but in terms of excitement, I think it’s appropriately ranked.

7. Crimson Peak (October 16th) Guillermo del Toro is a pretty strange dude, but he also makes some pretty damn good, creative movies. This is a horror movie, which isn’t typically my go-to, but I respect del Toro’s creativity enough that I’ll likely make an effort to see this in theaters. I also love Jessica Chastain, like a lot.

8. Steve Jobs (October 9th) I think this looks pretty good but I’m mostly just intrigued by the Danny Boyle/Aaron Sorkin combo. Ashton Kutcher kind of killed the Steve Jobs story for me but I’m willing to attempt to keep an open mind.

9. The Martian (October 2nd) Ridley Scott movies seem to either be the fantastic or terrible but I respect that he always tries to go big. This also has a silly strong cast with Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Donald Glover, Jeff Daniels, and Chiwetel Ejiofor. Pleaseeeee be good.

10. Black Mass (September 18th) This just looks wild. I have no idea if it’ll be any good but I really want it to be as good as it looks.

11. Hitchcock/Truffaut (December 2nd) I allowed myself 11 because I’m pretty sure at least a couple of the films ranked above won’t end up coming out in 2015.


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2 Responses to My Top 10 Films of 2015 So Far and My Most Anticipated Ahead

  1. Coleman K

    Clayton, I enjoyed reading your list. I am also excited about what Malick does with Knight of Cups. According to IMDB, it comes out early in 2016.

    • Clayton Martin

      Thanks! Glad you enjoyed the list! And yeah I think a couple of those might end up being early 2016 but since they were once considered 2015 and I don’t know exactly when they’ll be released I decided just to keep them. Plus, the list looks way better with those included haha

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