5. Mad Max Fury Road
Well crafted visual anarchy is what I would call Mad Max Fury Road. It must have seemed impossible to move ahead without Mel Gibson, the man who helped build the franchise, but Tom Hardy did a great job making the role his own while sharing the screen with a fierce and beautiful Charlize Theron. Less a sequel and more a reboot of the action classic.
4. Straight Outta Compton
An album released during a memorable event can become the soundtrack for that moment in time, but this one helped shape modern day society. The NWA era is captured perfectly in so many details and that’s why this is a must see. Some spot on performances from new black talent on the screen along with a selection of killer tracks make this one of the best of the year. There’s no denying the cross cultural impact of NWA, raking in the dough and adding a different spin on the word nigga as Americans rapped along, black or white.
3. Steve Jobs
One of the first computers I learned how to program was an Apple 2E. I don’t dislike Apple just to be picky, I’ve got valid reasons. This movie confirmed what was obvious if you followed the career of Steve Jobs. Based on the book written by Walter Issacson, the man jobs handpicked to write his biography. It looks into three big events in Apple’s history to give you a glimpses of the man in action. This quote from the movie says a lot about the cult devoted to Mr. Jobs and Apple.
“Wozniak: You can’t write code, you’re not an engineer, you’re not a designer, you can’t put a hammer to a nail. I built the circuit board, the graphical interface was stolen from Xerox Parc, Jef Raskin was the leader of the Mac team before you threw him off his own project. Everything — someone else designed the box! So how come 10 times in a day, I read “Steve jobs is a genius.” What do you do?
Jobs: I play the orchestra. And you’re a good musician. You sit right there, you’re the best in your row.”
2. The Revenant
Leonardo Dicaprio gives an outstanding performance as legendary 1800s frontiersman Hugh Glass. Everything in this film felt extremely authentic and made me cold just watching it. The tale of Hugh Glass reminds of other movies like Last of the Mochicans mixed with Mel Gibson’s Apocalypto. Leo really goes through hell as he seeks revenge on the men who leaves him to die in the wilderness after a vicious grizzly bear attack.The grizzly ripping Leo to shreds is just one of many action sequences that are must see.
This film was on my radar early and I was extremely pleased that director Denis Villeneuve could make a intelligent and visually unique experience while exposing the real life daily battle on America’s boarder with Mexico. The star of the movie is not the main character, but actor Benicio del Toro who gives a memorable performance that is truly must see. The way the film looks and is put together makes the familiar situation feel fresh and new. I am a fan of Kung Fu flicks and Asian cinema so I truly love a great revenge flick and this a damn good one.