The Revenant (2015)

Revenant means a person returning from the dead and DiCaprio does this by finally claiming his long sought after Oscar. Sadly, this is one of the worst movies I’ve seen him in. It felt like a bear was climbing on top of me and… mauling me for almost three hours straight. The movie is so boring until maybe the last twenty minutes that a good scalping seemed nice at the time. In all honesty though, the acting was well done. It has some nice scenery… but so do screensavers of vistas with actors in them. The movie is BORING, for at least 2+ hours. It’s not annoyingly horrible like Gravity was, but I was missing a little Sandra Bullock floating through space acting after a little while. I would just watch the final half-hour of this movie and just know that you missed a lot of bleeding and crawling around for a few hours. There, I saved you some time. Just an umbearable spectacle to watch.

56/100

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (2015)

Well at least we weren’t totally mocked in this film like we were in the last one. The final part of the Hunger Games series ends with a bow (that shoots arrows). I did really like how it ended, except for the Epilogue (a la Harry Potter). The rest of the movie is okay and drags at times, but it’s fine. I loved the part in the Capitol with the traps. It felt like it finally came full circle with the whole Hunger Games feel, which the last movie was missing completely. I really don’t think Katniss is the most compelling character and Josh Hutcherson as an actor and character isn’t either. Jena Malone was great as she plays crazy pretty well. Julianne Moore and Donald Sutherland also played off each other well too. This movie made me miss Philip Seymour Hoffman once again. Stanly Tucci and Elizabeth Banks were highly underused. Shame on you again Francis Lawrence! Oh well, the series is over, I guess we have some Maze Runners and Immortal Instruments to look forward to, right?

76/100

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Steve Jobs (2015)

It’s starting to become a full-time job keeping up with the multitude of Steve Jobs movies coming out. Will it ever stop? iCan only hope. I have nothing against the man, but I’m not a huge Apple person. After seeing this movie, I don’t think it did any favors for the memory of Steve Jobs as he looks like a colossal jerk. The writing by Aaron Sorkin is incredible though and the main reason the movie got such a high mark from me. The directing from Danny Boyle was really good too. Michael Fassbender was really good and so was the supporting cast. I just sat through my second Steve Jobs movie in so many years and I just wonder why? The film is also a little formulaic as it’s talking, talking and talking (Sorkin’s forte) and then a product reveal. Rinse and repeat. That was the Steve Jobs movie. Let’s just hope this satiates the fans long enough to give me half a decade before the next adaptation. Is iPod the movie next? iWonder…

75/100

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Trainwreck (2015)

The movie wasn’t as it was titled, but the movie did derail here and there. Judd Apatow is back with another 2+ hour long rom-com. Amy Schumer does a good job as the lead and her writing wasn’t too bad either (that is if she did all the writing on her own). The cast is full of great stars. I loved seeing Brie Larson, Tilda Swinton, Bill Hader and Ezra Miller. John Cena and LeBron James stole the show and they are just sports stars! Daniel Radcliffe has 2015’s best cameo as the “Dog Walker”. Some of the jokes are really funny and others fall a little flat. This is one of the better Judd Apatow movies I’ve seen lately though after a string of disappointments. The final scene is really cute, even though I didn’t totally feel the chemistry between Hader and Schumer.

78/100

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Taken 3 (2015)

I think they have taken this franchise too far. Taken 3 seems like it really didn’t need to be made. Yes, it has all the same actors in the other Taken movies, but it had a totally different feel. It’s about two hours of cops chasing poor Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) around. Framed for something he didn’t do, he evades police while trying to do some investigating of his own. The final scene between Neeson and Forest Whitaker made me roll my eyes because it was just so unbelievable. I will admit the action was really good and it kept my interest, which is really what I look for in a movie, so I will say this movie is good, just at the very bottom cusp of being good. If the movie would have dragged even a little bit more, it would have fallen off the cliff of being a good film. I hope this series stops after this one, otherwise it will forever damage this series paltry legacy.

70/100

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The Hateful Eight (2015)

I’ll try not to be hateful to say this was almost an incredible movie. It was really good though. This was almost one of my favorite roles to see Samuel L. Jackson in. Plus, this movie is incredibly entertaining. It’s dirtier than a post-Civil war outhouse, but fun nonetheless. Jennifer Jason Leigh was also great as the outlaw. She had some excellent make-up on to make here look incredibly nasty and her acting was spot-on. It was a thrill to watch her performance. It was cool to see Kurt Russell in this too. Really, the entire cast was great along with once again a great soundtrack to a Tarantino movie. I know a lot of politics were involved around the time of this movie’s release, but don’t let that dissuade you from a fun and bloody story.

89/100

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Diamonds are Forever (1971)

Diamond are forever, but I don’t think this movie will be a popular one forever. This is one of the weaker Connery Bond films that I can remember. It is pretty funny though and has a pretty good bond girl in it. Some of Bond’s one-liners are also pretty good. The scene with the girl named Plenty O’Toole was hilarious. “I didn’t know there was a pool down there”. The whole film is mostly unremarkable but I still think Connery is a great James Bond. Grab your moon buggy and speed through this film if you want to watch all the Bond films. If not, I think you could skip this one if you only want to see the best of the best.

77/100

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