2015 is almost over and it’s been a great year for movies. The Oscar season is just around the corner and it will bring with it a new set of prestige pictures. But here at HT we would like to take the time and appreciate movies that will likely get no love from the Academy.
We’re talking about the blockbusters. Sure, they earned boatloads of cash and some of them even attracted critical praise, and in all honesty, some may even get recognised (things have changed after The Dark Knight sacrificed itself for the greater good of blockbusters) But what they all have in common, aside from their massive worldwide box office receipts, is what will most probably be a near-complete dismissal in major categories at the awards. As usual, a few technical nominations will be patronisingly thrown their way.
So here’s our list of the coolest big-budget movies of the year. Make sure to vote for your favourite down below.
Read: Jurassic World review
Colin Trevorrow brought the dinosaurs roaring back to life armed with brand new movie star Chris Pratt and some iffy sexism and tweeted his way to Star Wars Episode VIII and more online controversy.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The hype was real. All of it. JJ Abrams translated a lifelong passion into cinematic gold, in more ways than one.
Mad Max: Fury Road
Read: Mad Mac review
Is it one of the best action movies ever or is it one of the best action movies ever? George Miller and his insane, 70-year-old imagination rattled multiplexes all over the world from a generic, superhero-induced stupour.
Read: Furious 7 review
How do you make a 6-movie-old franchise fresh? Well, director James Wan and his returning cast of Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and The Rock decided the best way to do that is to throw a lot of money/cars up on the screen and watch it all go bang, but this time with a huge heart.
Kingsman: The Secret Service
Read: Kingsman review
Matthew Vaughn has already upended the comic book genre once with his anybody-can-become-a-superhero film Kick Ass. But with Kingsman, he took it to a whole ‘nother level. That church massacre was one of the best scenes of the year, period.
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
Chris McQuarrie and Tom Cruise reteamed after the underrated Jack Reacher and made the fifth Mission Impossible movie a thrilling spectacle with even bigger stunts and a proper female character, although some of the heart of the previous two movies was missing.
Read: Spectre review
Who would’ve thought that in a year of great spy movies the one with the most iconic would be the least fun? Spectre was messy, especially after the world had been exposed to the brilliance that was Skyfall. But it’s still a decent Bond movie, and it did make a bunch of money. So that’s good.
Read: Inside Out review
Thought you couldn’t cry harder than you did after Toy Story 3? Well, you thought wrong didn’t you? Now hand us those tissues. Pixar can do no wrong. ‘Nuff said.
Read: The Martian review
The Martian was one of those rare movies where everything came together brilliantly. It was directed and performed to near-perfection by Ridley Scott and his cast led by Matt Damon. It deserves all the acclaim it’s getting.
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Read: Avengers review
Some of the glossy sheen of the original may have worn off, but the Avengers’ second big screen team up was just as thrilling.
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