The Year in a Glance
Movies may have finally replaced baseball as the national pastime as millions of viewers flocked to theaters over 2015.
After a year of record breakers, reboots done right (finally), big name blockbusters and stunning independent films, 2016 may have trouble competing with its predecessor.
At the start of the year, this film was swept under the rug by the many big name movies, but after winning the Sundance Award for Excellence in Editing it exploded. The film is about Malcolm (Shameik Moore), a 90’s hip hop geek, as he grows up in the tough streets of Inglewood and tries to get into Harvard. Who is forced to sell drugs. Directed by Rick Famuyiwa, this movie combines comedy, drama and coming-of-age all into an excellent 103 minute experience.
Who can say no to dinosaurs? Breaking one box-office record is not easy, but this film managed to break two, bringing in 208.8 million dollars domestically just on its opening weekend. Bringing honor to the often feared word in movie history, ‘reboot,’ this movie reinvigorated the Jurassic Park series inspired by Michael Crichton’s novel of the same name. The film is about Owen (Chris Pratt) while he survives in a park overrun by dinosaurs.
“Don’t worry, it’s gonna be just like taking a walk in the woods… 65 million years ago,”
Another of the many reboots of 2015, Creed is considered one of the best Rocky movies of all time. Creed is about Adonis Johnson (Michael B. Jordan), an illegitimate son of Apollo Creed, as he struggles to make a name for himself through his battle with Ricky Conlan. Director Ryan Coogler expertly intertwines family, fighting and drama into the wonderful seventh film of the Rocky series.
For essentially two and a half hours of Matt Damon talking to himself, The Martian was refreshingly entertaining. The movie is based on the book, The Martian, by Andy Weir, it is about Mark Watney (Matt Damon), whose name I was not aware of until I was watching the end credits. It centers around his survival on Mars after his team accidentally leaves him behind. Filled to the brim with space pirates, potatoes and explosions, this was certainly one of the best movies of 2015.
“In the face of overwhelming odds, I’m left with only one option, I’m gonna have to science the (expletive) out of this”