Last, but most certainly not least, it’s finally time to discuss my favorite film of 2015. This was a movie which had no business being as good as it was…I mean, it was supposed to be good, but not this good. Compton came to play during the summer. Much like when NWA came to light in 1988, this film caught everyone by surprise. Continue reading My 2015 Movies: Straight Outta Compton (#1)
Star Wars Episode VII, by far the most anticipated film of 2015 and one of the most discussed films of the past few years. With Star Wars comes a lot of hype, debate, speculation and worry. The worry stems from the widely held belief that the prequel films failed to impress upon release. There was a lot riding on this movie to not only surpass the prequels in quality, but also live up to fans’ expectations. Now that the dust has settled since its initial release, hopefully we can now see the film through calmer eyes. Continue reading My 2015 Movies: Star Wars – The Force Awakens (#5)
Every year, including this one, my most anticipated film is always a Marvel film. Lord knows my family and I were super pumped for Avengers 2 considering Marvel’s cinematic winning streak since 2008. We couldn’t wait for this film. We even assigned each other Marvel character T-shirts for the occasion of watching the movie opening weekend. (I wore the Ultron short). And thank God this movie turned out to be just as awesome as we wanted it. Continue reading My 2015 Movies: Avengers – Age of Ultron (#6)
Jurassic Park 4 was a concept old as dirt in Hollywood, but was never acted upon for understandable reasons. Several rewrites, a total casting change and around 11 years later, we finally had our movie: Jurassic World. Oh, how we all worried about the film’s quality from the first second we heard the idea. Then the trailers started to hit. We were still worried, but at least we were also a bit excited. And it’s hard to say if Jurassic World’s unexpectedly huge success was the product of hype or from word of mouth. Whatever the case, everybody saw it and was simultaneously relieved by how great it ended up being. Continue reading My 2015 Movies: Jurassic World (#7)
Single digits, baby! Let’s go!
Picking between The Big Short and this film was very difficult. I changed my mind frantically, because both films are in my estimation too close in quality to each other. Both are some of the best-made films of the year, but eventually I had to give the edge to Steve Jobs. Continue reading My 2015 Movies: Steve Jobs (#9)
(Warning: Before reading this post, watch the first movie because I’ll be spoiling that film’s ending).
I spoke at length last year about how much I enjoyed the first Maze Runner movie. I found it every bit fascinating, fun and intense, worthy of becoming the next big teen novel phenomenon alongside Divergent. After seeing in 2014, I couldn’t wait to enter that same world again the following year. Just where could this franchise go when you… um, don’t have a maze to run through anymore? Somehow they found a way. Continue reading My 2015 Movies: The Maze Runner – The Scorch Trails (#11)
Ant-Man, that superhero most people knew existed, but only knew him because the concept sounds incredibly stupid. He was the character everyone including some comic fans made fun of for obvious reasons, and by far the oddest candidate for a standalone Marvel film. Yeah we all laughed about it even up to opening day while in the face of all the positive buzz. But deep down we all knew we were going to see it. If Marvel could sell us on talking raccoons and trees the previous year, we had to see how they would sell us on Ant-Man. Continue reading My 2015 Movies: Ant-Man (#13)
2015 brought about a major coincidence in the world of sequels. Three of this year’s biggest movies happened to be the seventh installment of their series: Furious 7, Creed (technically Rocky VII), and The Force Awakens (aka Star Wars: Episode VII).
The best part about this was that all three were really good movies. Each of them are arguably the best in their respective franchise, share the same genre, and were significant films in the context of their respective franchises. Furious 7 was the final film with series mainstay Paul Walker, representing the end of an era for the series. Creed was the spiritual successor to one of the greatest boxing franchises of all-time and will kick off a new potentially awesome series. The Force Awakens was the return to form for the first and greatest space opera ever, bringing Star Wars to a new generation and restoring hope to a franchise that was on a bad foot previously.
I had the privileged of seeing all three this year and thought why not end the year with a fun little comparison. Which film was the best seventh installment of their franchise? Continue reading SBox Soapbox: Battle of the Sevens (Furious 7 vs. Creed vs. Force Awakens)
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I didn’t know what to think when I first saw the trailer to The Peanuts Movie. Off the bat I knew the art-style was a fantastic fit for this kind of property. That and Peanuts is so beloved and classic that no bad film could possibly ruin it. However, you have to be prepared for the possibility that this could flop hard. It’s one of those movies that are hard to get a gauge on unless you see it first. You can’t just tell if it’s going to be good from the trailers.
So with little to do and nothing to lose I went on opening day to a nearly empty theater to see it. It’s incredible how in just the first couple minutes all my worries disappeared.
Continue reading SBox Recommends: The Peanuts Movie (Movie Review)
Welcome to the future, everybody!
Yes, I realize I couldn’t be more late saying that, but better late than never, right. That’s beside the point, however. Today I want to touch on one aspect of Back to the Future Day.
In honor of the occasion Marty and Doc went to the future in Back to the Future Part II, many companies got in on all of the fun. Lexus created the hoverboard (almost). Nike created self-lacing Air Mags (for Michael J. Fox). And then there’s Pepsi… Pepsi, Pepsi, Pepsi. Continue reading SBox Soapbox: Let’s Talk Pepsi Perfect