This year was a fantastic year for film!
“Mad Max,” “Jurassic Park,” “Star Wars,” and “The Terminator” all appeared once again on the big screen. Horror fans had an opportunity to enjoy remakes such as “Poltergeist,” and see sequels to “Insidious” as well as “Paranormal Activity.” We had the conclusion to “The Hunger Games” and finally got to see the works of Guillermo del Toro with “Crimson Peak,” and the rebirth of the iconic horror-thriller director M. Night Shyamalan with “The Visit.”
Did any these films make my favorite five list?
Read on to find out!
5.) “Dinosaur 13”
Being from Chicago, I’ve had the opportunity to visit the Field Museum regularly.
For those who do not know, when you first step into the main hall you are greeted by “Sue,” the worlds most complete Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil. I had no idea that there was a story and a battle behind this impressive fossil. “Dinosaur 13” is an impressive documentary that talks with the crew who found and dug up this magnificent creature that roamed nearly 65 million years ago.
“Dinosaur 13” is available on DVD and Blu-Ray and is currently playing on Netflix.
“Proxy” was actually released in 2014, however I did not see it until recently. I wrote a review a while back, and out of all the bigger independent films I have watched this year, this is the one that has stuck with me.
Sure, it is quite disturbing (as I warned in my previous review), and I can see how one would think that this disturbing imagery would be what stuck, but in actuality it is beautiful camera work and the nods to “ The Shining” throughout the film that have stuck with me.
This is truly a remarkably beautiful film and I would recommend any horror or hardcore Stanley Kubrick fan to give “Proxy” a watch.
“Proxy” is available on DVD and Blu-Ray and is currently playing on Netflix.
3.) “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”
Being a child that grew up on “Star Wars,” I felt like I had to include this film on my list for the sole reason that actors that Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Princess Leia appeared once again on the big screen.
Without giving to much away, “The Force Awakens” did a great job at retelling a story we have all grown to love. While it is Episode 7 in a 9 part saga, the film closely resembles the timing and timeline of “A New Hope.”
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is currently playing in theaters and will be released on Dvd and Blu-Ray sometime next year.
2.) “The Green Inferno”
After two years of waiting, and the possibility of it not being released, I finally had a chance to see “The Green Inferno.”
I waited nearly 7 years to see Roth’s newest horror piece and all I will say is I was NOT disappointed. “The Green Inferno” is my second favorite film of the year… It would have been my first, but it was beaten out by…
1.) “Jurassic World”
No movie brought me back to my childhood quite like “Jurassic World” did this past summer. Universal did a great job at referencing the original through camera techniques and giving each character the mannerisms of classic characters featured in “Jurassic Park” like Ian Malcolm and Dennis Nedry.
“Jurassic World” was everything I could have hoped for in a “remake” and so much more. The film is fun for both horror fans and casual movie goers alike and is currently available on Dvd and Blu-Ray.
If 2015 taught me anything, it is that I am more excited than ever to see what the box office and indecent filmmakers bring in 2016!