Recap of movies in 2015

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There some movies that surprised us both good and bad. Some of the movies that we had expected to make millions at the box office, underperformed, like Mockingjay part 2, Fantastic Four, and Pan. The good surprises came from The Martian, Straight Outta Compton, and Creed. Each movie had expectations that were made and had a lot of pressure to meet those expectations. The best movies that came out this year were the reboot Jurassic World and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Not a big surprise there.

Jurassic World may have surprised some people with its success, but when you add dinosaurs with Chris Pratt, it’s only expected to be successful. The best part is that they redeemed the T-Rex from the first movie (sorry spoiler alert for the five people who haven’t seen it) and were able to get the fans to root for the raptors (BLUE!). Star Wars: The Force Awakens was easily the most anticipated movie of the year and thankfully it lived up to expectations. The movie was able to relate to this generation fans while paying homage to the fans that have loved the series since the 70’s. It’s a timeless story that we will get to see unfold for years to come.

It was a good year for the female director. Both Elizabeth Banks and Sam Taylor-Johnson. Banks, who directed Pitch Perfect 2, and Taylor-Johnson, who directed Fifty Shades of Grey, proved that female directors can make a movie just as good (if not better) as a man can do. They are going to set the road for other female directors in the future. It was the year that women fought for equality in Hollywood which got a lot of attention after Sony’s emails leaked and Jennifer Lawrence wrote a letter in Lena Dunham’s newsletter about how she was underpaid compared to the other actors in the movie American Hustle.

Things are going to be competitive next year with a lot of big name movies set to come out, especially from the comic book universe. There are eight movies set to come out from DC Comics or Marvel. The biggest one is coming in the Spring where Batman V. Superman will face off against Captain America: Civil War at the box office. Captain America has been getting a lot of hype with all the cameos that are expected (plus the introduction of the new Spider-man) but Batman V. Superman is hoping to get the same attention as it tries to match points with Marvel.

Below is the top ten movies that came out in 2015. You can view the total box office for all the movies that came out in 2015 by going here.

10. Spy

Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Rose Byrne, Jason Statham, Jude Law
Box office: $110.8 million

One of those not-so-big surprise movies that did well at the box office. The surprise was see Jason Statham in comedic role. He shows that he can be more than just someone who can kill you with his bare hands. But now he can do it so that you want to want to laugh as he does it.

9. Cinderella

Starring: Lily James, Richard Madden, Cate Blanchett, Stellan Skarsgard

Box office: $201.1 million

Review: http://www.examiner.com/review/cinderella-an-enchanting-story-that-pays-homage-to-the-classic

Another surprise, but shouldn’t have been surprisingly, hit from Disney. Cinderella saved Disney in the 1950’s, and maybe once again in movies of this generation. They were able to prove that they can do more than just theme parks and animated movies, but live movies as well.

8. Mockingjay part 2

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Donald Sutherland

Box office: $259.3 million (still in theaters)

Review: http://www.examiner.com/review/prepare-to-be-blown-away-by-the-hunger-games-finale-mockingjay-pt-2

One of the most anticipated movies of the year may have not reached the expectations at the box office, but it was certainly a satisfying ending for the fans. Yes there were things that things that we wish could have been different, but it still left the fans with the resolution that we wanted.

7. Furious 7

Starring: Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez

Box office: $353 million

Review: http://www.examiner.com/review/review-furious-7-one-last-ride-for-paul-walker

This was a bittersweet movie for the fans of the series. We got to say good-bye to Paul Walker while honoring him in his last movie. The movie made everyone cried during the credits (you are lying if you say you didn’t). But more than that, it reminded us that there is more to life than fast cars and money, but friendship and family. Which has been a theme for the movie since day one.

6. Trainwreck

Starring: Amy Schumer, Brie Larson, Bill Hader

Box office: $110 million

Review: http://www.examiner.com/review/amy-schumer-proves-she-s-no-trainwreck

Amy Schumer was one of the many ‘it’ girls of this year. She not only did well with her comedy tour, but her show on Comedy Central as well, winning her first Golden Globe this year. The movie was a hit as well with the fans as it was a nice change of pace to see the roles reversed in this romantic comedy as she is able to relate to not only females, but males as well as both sides struggle with finding love.

5. Inside Out

Starring: Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Mindy Kaling, Bill Hader

Box office: $356 million

Review: http://www.examiner.com/review/inside-out-gives-you-a-bad-case-of-the-feels

Yet another Pixar classic. This movie once again reminds us why Pixar is the master at creating animated movies. They know how to reach deep down inside of you, grab your heart, and rip right out in such a way that has you thanking them for doing it. The movie touched on depression in children, which is relevant to the kids in today’s world.

4. Pitch Perfect 2

Starring: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow

Box office: $184.4 million

Review: http://www.examiner.com/review/pitch-perfect-2-bellas-prove-that-sequels-can-be-as-good-as-the-original

This was a surprise his, for me at least. I was weary with the sequel as many people are with movies that they love (look at the sequel for Mean Girls). Sometimes trying to capture lightening in a bottle twice can leave you burned. This time it worked out for the girls and it may have a lot to do with Elizabeth Banks as the director. She kept the focus on the girls and the music. The movie had a lot of heart and of course those pesky quotes that we like to integrate to everyday life.

3. The Avengers: Age of Ultron

Starring: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson

Box office: $459 million

Review: http://www.examiner.com/review/review-the-avengers-age-of-ultron-bigger-and-better-then-the-first

The Avengers changed the way that superhero movies are made and it did it again in this movie. The stakes were higher, but the movie was able to reach all the stakes with no problem. While the movie may not have done as well as the first one (with all the records that one broke) it did well with the fans, and that’s really where it counts.

2. Jurassic World

Starring: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D’Onofrio

Box office: $652.2 million

Review: http://www.examiner.com/review/jurassic-world-is-a-fun-ride-that-everyone-will-enjoy

Initially, fans of the original Jurassic Park were nervous about the reboot. With good reason. Have you seen the history of reboots? This movie was able to prove that yes, sometimes reboots are a great idea. Especially when that reboot has Chris Pratt. He was this year’s ‘it’ boy for movies and proved that with his role in this movie. It did so well that is was able to get a sequel in the works so prepare for more Chris Pratt and dinosaurs.

1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Starring: Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Harrison Ford

Box office: $391 million (still in theaters)

Everyone in the world and their mother went to see this movie. At least once. Some more than others. People camped out weeks in advance so that they could get the best seat in the theater, all wanting to be one of the first ones to see the movie. And they were not disappointed. The movie sits as one of the highest ratings of the series and looks like it sparked a new generation of fans for the series.

What was your favorite movie from this year

 

Review – Amy Schumer creates a winner in ‘Trainwreck’

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Starring: Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Lebron James, Colin Quinn, Vanessa Bayer, Randall Park, John Cena, and Brie Larson

Director: Judd Apatow

Rated: R for language, sexual content, drug use

Movie Page: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3152624/

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrwsY2JxWM8

The story follows a woman named Amy (Amy Schumer) as she lives life by her father’s (Colin Quinn) lesson that ‘monogamy isn’t real’. She runs into problems with that philosophy when she gets the job of interviewing Aaron (Bill Hader) for her magazine.

While this may come off as a ‘girl’ movie it is not a movie that only the female audience will love. It shows that females are not always about marriage and love and all the things that the romance novels seem to make them out to be. Sometimes we are like Amy is in the movie. We just want to have fun and not do anything serious but when the right person comes into our lives, we are willing to make a complete fool out of ourselves to get them back.

The depth of this movie is like the ocean. On the surface it seems shallow and all about the fun, but after you dive in, you see that there is something deeper in the waters. Something that makes you see that there is more than just the blue waves that we see. Amy Schumer proves that she can not only be funny, but real as she is able to portray all the emotions that her character entails. Bill Hader proves once again that he can be more than just funny (in case you didn’t see The Skeleton Twins) and that he can be the leading man in a love story.

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As expected, there were a couple of cameos that stole the few scenes that they were in. My favorite came out two people I was pleasantly surprised and got maybe a little too happy about when I saw them. You will know what I mean when you see it. There are also some cameo jokes from Amy’s stand-up shows so if you are a fan of hers, you will get an extra laugh out of some of the jokes she puts in the movie.

The team of Amy Schumer (writer) and Judd Apatow (producer/director) is dynamite as they each prove why they are both so great at telling stories and relating to the audience. It’s a winning combo that I hope team up again for another gem.

This is a great movie that you would want to watch with your friends over and over again. It has heart, love, drama, and of course, jokes up the ying-yang. It’s the kind of movie that will bring you tears of joy and tears of sadness. A real winner.

What did you think of the movie?

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The 2015 Emmy Nominations are announced

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The 2015 Emmy nominations have been officially announced. At 8:30 A.M. PST, the nominations were announced by Uzo Aduba, from Orange is the New Black, and Cat Deeley, So You Think You Can Dance, in Los Angeles.

Parks and Recreation did well in their final season getting two nominations and many believe that this was the show that forced out The Big Bang Theory for Best Comedy. The Last Man on Earth star Will Forte earned himself a nomination and is going to give Jim Parsons a run for his money for Best Comedic Actor. Amy Shumer continues to have a stellar year as she gets nominated for two awards including Best Comedic Actress.

For drama, Game of Thrones shocks absolutely no one with its twenty-four nominations. Thrones is looking to get back to its dominating days a few years ago when it won every category that it was nominated for. Orange is the New Black didn’t do as well as expected only getting three nominations this year. Homeland continues to make a presence at the Emmy’s and is surely going to be a favorite to in many of the categories it’s nominated for.

Some of the biggest snubs are for the hit show Empire that was arguable the biggest new show of the year. They only got one nomination for Taraji P. Henson. FX’s hit show The Americans once again gets nothing, and one of the most popular shows on Earth right now is The Walking Dead but it continues to get snubbed by the Emmy’s.

You can view the full list of nominations here.

There are a lot of shows, actors, and actress that were expected to get nominated and some that were surprisingly snubbed. This year, the show hopes to attract to a younger audience and with the host, Andy Samberg, that is possible. But it all comes down to the winner. The winners of the shows need to be deserving which means it’s not always going to be the one that everyone likes.

The 2015 Emmy Awards will take place on September 20th and is hosted by Brooklyn Nine Nine star and Saturday Night Live Alum, Andy Samberg.

What do you think of the nominations?

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