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Mercurio’s Best Films of 2015

Like I did last year, I’ll post the list first and then a little breakdown of why I chose each entry next. My Worst of 2015 coming soon!


1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
2. The Martian
3. The Hateful Eight
4. Beasts of No Nation
5. Terminator: Genisys
6. Dope
7. Ant-Man
8. Kingsman
9: The Storyteller
10. Mad Max: Fury Road
Honorable Mention
Steve Jobs, Maze Runner: Scorch Trials, and Ex Machina

Latest-The-Force-Awakens-Trailer-Description-449x304 Mercurio s Best Films of 2015

1. Star Wars – The Force Awakens: A lot of glee happening here. So much glee, I can’t see any other place for it.

2. The Martian: This movie totally scienced the shit out of this list, and did so in such a charming way, I fell in love with it from the get go. I consider this a proper apology for Ridley Scott’s last film, the worst of his otherwise outstanding career (Exodus).

3. The Hateful Eight: I didn’t think much of the trailers, but the film delivers from frame 1, with the overture, to the opening credits, to the humor and the characters. Plus, the whole experience with the program and the intermission and all, seeing it in theaters just made it special. No other film this year felt as special in the way that Hateful Eight did.

4. Beasts of No Nation: After watching this, I couldn’t deny its impact. Hard hitting, disturbing, and very well acted and paced, this surprisingly leaped to the top of my list this year.

5. Terminator – Genisys: One of the more entertaining films this year. Does time traveling cyborgs really well. Easily the best Terminator since T2 (3 and 4 are heavily flawed, and have their moments, but Genisys is a proper sequel). I loved the new direction the film took, and how the film flows.

6. Dope: Another surprise hit for me, I wasn’t expecting much putting this on. I certainly didn’t expect to be immediately drawn in and engaged with a fun lead character and the world he was surviving in. Not only that, but the style and editing and everything made this such a worthwhile journey from beginning to end.

7/8. Ant-Man/Kingsman: Ant-Man and Kingsman are kind of neck and neck for me, but overall, I think Ant-Man is a better film and has a bit more fun/charm to it, while Kingsman has more of an edge to it. Each has their great central sequence that is an absolute blast to watch, in addition to everything else. Ant-Man has the Sam Wilson showdown at the Avengers HQ, while Kingsman has the church sequence.

9: The Storyteller: This was yet another surprise, which I saw at its premiere during the Sacramento Horror Film Festival. One of the best psychological horror films I’ve seen in years. I can’t remember the last good one. Featuring the talents of Michael Berryman, Fred Koehler, Sean Patrick Flanery, and Brianna Brown, with some great effects, this nightmare/dream look into the mind of an Autistic man as his older brother cares for him. Beautiful and nightmarish and interpretive.

10. Mad Max – Fury Road: Is there anything more than really needs to be said about this one? An explosive, exciting return for Mad Max with Charlize Theron allowed to thrill and dazzle in sand soaked pores. It is great to not only see Max back, but better than ever!

Honorable Mention

Steve Jobs, Maze Runner – Scorch Trials, and Ex Machina: Between a very introspective look at the core of Steve in a way that has never been captured previously, to a very introspective sci-fi film on the nature of AI, and lastly, a cool, pleasantly unexpected direction for the 2nd Maze Runner film with some great post apocalyptic sequences, these three are still worthy to bump up against many of the top ten above, and are all films I appreciated this year. There are definitely others, but these, and the top ten, at the bare minimum, are the most noteworthy 2015 films for me.

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