Thursday, December 31, 2015

Que The Wrap Up Music: Best Movies Of 2015

The year has come to the end or is about to come to the end in a couple of hours. I hope that everybody had a great one. Mine was pretty great. I got to live in the moment of so many great movies. It's something to be able to watch movies and just get lost in the beautiful angles and the dialogue. The sweet dialogue. Has you wanting to be apart of the conversation. We are entering the golden age of flim. With the tech improving the sky is not the limit but the starting point. 

6. Dope 
  Bumping with an emphatic fuse of nostalgic-90s-vibes mixed with a new-generation-essence, Dope is a infectious blend of entertainment. The satire, direction and visuals are just a few of the striking chords of this modern-day coming-of-age film that make this an underrated, overnight success - Eugene Bernabe

Dope is a 2015 American crime comedy-drama film written and directed by Rick Famuyiwa and starring Shameik Moore, Tony Revolori, Kiersey Clemons, Kimberly Elise, Chanel Iman, Tyga, Blake Anderson, Zoë Kravitz, and A$AP Rocky. The film was produced by Forest Whitaker, executive produced by Pharrell Williams, and co-executive produced by Sean Combs.

 A critical hit and audience favorite out of the Sundance Film Festival, in DOPE, Malcolm (Shameik Moore) is carefully surviving life in a tough neighborhood in Los Angeles while juggling college applications, academic interviews, and the SAT. A chance invitation to an underground party leads him into an adventure that could allow him to go from being a geek, to being dope, to ultimately being himself.

5. Spotlight 

  Impeccable acting--especially from Keaton, Ruffalo, and Tucci--great writing, confident and skillful directing, and an important story that needs to be told make Spotlight a sure cinematic winner. Someone give Keaton his Oscar now.- Matthew Samuel Mirliani

Spotlight is a 2015 American drama film directed by Thomas McCarthy and written by McCarthy and Josh Singer. It is about The Boston Globe's "Spotlight" team, the oldest continuously operating newspaper investigative unit in the United States. It is based on a series of stories by the real Spotlight Team that earned The Globe the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. The film stars Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, John Slattery, Stanley Tucci, Brian d'Arcy James, Liev Schreiber, and Billy Crudup.

 4. Straight Outta Compton

Arriving at a moment when the battle cry of “Fuck Tha Police” has been superseded by the equally urgent if more palatable slogan “Black Lives Matter,” “Straight Outta Compton” — an epic biopic that traces the unlikely rise and fractious fall of the “gangsta” rap group N.W.A. — opens a widescreen window into a vividly re-created recent past that simultaneously functions as a mirror reflection of the outraged present.

“Police think they have the authority to kill a minority,” Ice Cube rhymed on the group’s signature provocation, “Fuck Tha Police.” That line is heard at least twice in “Straight Outta Compton,” which borrows its name from the 1988 album that lifted N.W.A. from neighborhood celebrity to international notoriety.-  John Beifuss

Straight Outta Compton is a 2015 American biographical drama film directed by F. Gary Gray about the rise and fall of the Compton, California hip hop group N.W.A. The film borrows its title from the name of their 1988 debut studio album and the album's title track. Straight Outta Compton stars O'Shea Jackson, Jr. as Ice Cube, Corey Hawkins as Dr. Dre, Jason Mitchell as Eazy-E, and Paul Giamatti as N.W.A's manager Jerry Heller. Among the film's producers are Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, and Eazy-E‍ '​s widow, Tomica Woods-Wright, with MC Ren and DJ Yella as creative consultants.

3. Creed
Creed is a crowd-pleaser, an effective character drama, and a rewarding continuation into the Rocky franchise that brings greater relevancy to Sylvester Stallone's acting muscles. Thanks to the talents of co-writer/director Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station) and star Michael B. Jordan, the franchise is given new life by mostly following the same tried-and-true underdog formula that Stallone helped cement long ago. Jordan plays Adonis Creed, the illegitimate son to the deceased boxing legend, and he wants to make his way on his own merits. Adonis tracks Rocky (Stallone) down and convinces him to be his trainer, and the two build a father-son relationship supplying the half the other was sorely missing. 

Easily the best Rocky sequel, Creed is an uplifting underdog tale that doesn't reinvent the formula but brings added attention, reverence, and sincerity to a whole lot of punching people in the face.- Nate Zoebl

 Creed is a 2015 American sports drama film, written and directed by Ryan Coogler, co-written by Aaron Covington, and produced by Robert Chartoff, Irwin Winkler, and Sylvester Stallone. The film stars Michael B. Jordan as Adonis Johnson Creed, Apollo's son, with Stallone reprising the role of Rocky Balboa. It also features Tessa Thompson, Tony Bellew, and Graham McTavish. It is the seventh Rocky film, both a spin-off from the original series and a sequel to 2006's Rocky Balboa. The film reunites Jordan with Fruitvale Station writer/director Coogler, and with Wood Harris, whom Jordan worked with on The Wire.

2. Macbeth 

 (Spoiler alert. I guess. To be real, if you haven't read Macbeth at this point you never will. I hope I'm wrong. )

I been waiting for this movie since I was 13.  When I read the words "He has kill'd me, mother: Run away, I pray you." My body been ready. Ready to see the play in which I watched before be brought into 2015. The red mist that flowed in the trailer left me hungry for the famous words "Out, dammed spot". I wanted to see how the king was killed. How the woods would be brought to Macbeth. The Witches. I wanted to see the witches that danced in the pale moonlight as they prophesize about Macbeth mortality that as you know, he confused as invincibility. 

How the man not born from a women would kill Macbeth. How would they show this. How would this be. They lived up to one of my classics and I can't wait to watch this again. 

Macbeth is a 2015 British-French-American war drama film directed by Justin Kurzel and written by Jacob Koskoff, Todd Louiso, and Michael Lesslie, based on William Shakespeare's play The Tragedy of Macbeth. The film stars Michael Fassbender in the title role and Marion Cotillard as Lady Macbeth. - Javaris Squire

1.Tie. Beast OF No Nation 

In an unknown place in the world, and after the loss of his family, young Agu runs off only to find a clan of young ones lead by a Commandant. As they teach him to hold his own in the war and kill, the raw human emotion begins to leap off the screen. This Netflix released picture really shows that they know how to find quality content for their streaming service, because at one point this film was being considered for Oscar buzz. Not only is this a powerful story, but Idris Elba really makes you believe this clan exists and the way he forces his kids to do things is brutally realistic. - KJ Proulx

The movie is an effective nightmare, and a solid piece of filmmaking, strong enough to make you wish that it could have borne the full weight of the tragedy it set out to depict.  Full Review 

1. The End Of The Tour

One of my favorite movies has to be 'Almost Famous'.  It tells the fictional story of a teenage journalist  writing for Rolling Stone magazine in the early 1970s while covering the fictitious rock band Stillwater, and his efforts to get his first cover story published. The film is semi-autobiographical, as Crowe himself was a teenage writer for Rolling Stone.

This movie "The End Of The Tour" gives me the feel that this should be the part two. The part two to 'Almost Famous'. The latter years This movie was written by Donald Margulies but emails had to be passed between him and Crowe. Just had to be. This is the movie that I never knew I needed to see. The artistically  beautiful levels in which the rich and enchantment trading of prolific intellectual thoughts in this movie is flabbergasting. Never to be taken back by a single word but to be pushed forward by a single thought. Who would think that a movie with two people name David, would and can help shape the minds of the youth that looks for the simple motivation, that things will be better. 

This express for motivation is often sought thorough the countless monotonous, kiddie pool of think pieces that lives within Facebook.  Called 'Meme's'. They fail.

The deep that you seek is never found at the the pool in which the bottom is rapidly shallow. It is yet discovered at the bottom of the ocean in which you must swim to reach your destination. Too many times we're asked to read and response. The End Of The Tour to watch and think. 

Thank You for this once in a lifetime film.

 The End of the Tour is a 2015 American drama film about noted writer David Foster Wallace. The film stars Jason Segel and Jesse Eisenberg, was written by Donald Margulies, and was directed by James Ponsoldt. Based on David Lipsky's best-selling memoir Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself

The story of the five-day interview between Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky and acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace, which took place right after the 1996 publication of Wallace's groundbreaking epic novel, 'Infinite Jest.'- Javaris Squire

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