I had a lot of fun at the movies this year, and there were a lot of good choices for this list, so I almost made it a top ten, but I felt I would just stick to the ones I truly enjoyed and will remember. So here we go!
This movie had its flaws, like pacing issues, and poor dialog, but it is on this list because it was truly different and odd. Which is a strange to say considering it was just The Matrix on a train (just The Matrix on a train he says), but I enjoy it when movies really try to show me something new, and they are good in the process.
Disney Animation Studios is on a role, and their first team-up with Marvel was excellent. I loved the cool fictional location, and the fact they were able to tell a story about tragedy and loss without dumbing it down for the kids. Also Baymax is going to be a top selling kids toy for a long time!
So this is the only movie on my list that isn’t based off of a comic book … huh I guess I needed to show that I do watch movies for grownups. Besides my obvious bias for movies based on colorized books, Gone Girl is a great thriller in a time when there are so few great thrillers made. This movie kept me on the edge of my seat from the opening credits. David Fincher understands this genre better than any other director working today.
Man this movie was sooooo close to being number one! I am a sucker for a good space opera, and Guardians of the Galaxy was a great one. With a fun cast, crazy galactic locations, and the best sound track in years it was easy to see why people went in droves to see this film despite it launching in August.
It is not often that I can’t think of anything that would make a movie better, but X-Men: Days of Future Past is one of those movies. It was fun, moving, and showed why people love this comic book series so much. I thought this franchise was done after The Last Stand, but Fox (well Bryan Singer mostly) retooled and focused on what makes the X-Men so great, and why they kicked off the modern comic book movie era.
Like I said it was hard to just pick five, movies like The Lego Movie, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier just barely missed the cut (hey more comic book movies, who would have guessed). Maybe The Lego Movie 2 and Captain America: Civil war will make it next time. That was my list, what was yours?