Reflections on the Best and Worst of 2015

The Hateful EightIt’s that time again here at Monster Movie Kid. The year of 2015 is done, so let’s take a look back at my personal best of the best and the worst of the worst. A list is always subjective and I’m sure many of you will disagree with mine while some of you may be on the same page.

So, let’s dive into this year in review and start off with a look back at the number of movies watched through December 31.

Action: 14
Animated: 9 
Comedy: 43
Documentary: 5
Drama: 14
Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror: 142 
Suspense/Thriller: 11
Western: 2
Total: 240 (This is up from last year and close to 2011 and 2013, so a nice total of flicks watched and revisited.)

Cinema A Go Go PosterTotal number of movies watched in a movie theater:  42 (This is the most movies watched since 2010, which was a little surprising. But, my wife and I went to more movies together this year and I also had a chance to catch some classics on the big screen as well with Cinema a Go-Go and the Kansas Silent Film Festival.)

Top 10 Movies I Watched in a Movie Theater:
1. Mad Max: Fury Road – One of the most fun movies I’ve seen in years, non-stop madness and pure escapism
2. The Hateful Eight – Yes, maybe a little long but the Ultra Panavision 70MM visuals, Tarantino dialogue and Ennio Morricone soundtrack made for an awesome experience
3. The Martian – I really enjoy a more realistic based sci-fi flick and, despite a slightly long running time, I thoroughly enjoyed it
4. Jurassic World – The sequel to the original we’ve been wanting for years, it came so close to recapturing the fun of the first one
5. The Avengers: Age of Ultron – Sorry haters but I love my super-heroes movies and, despite its flaws, I had a lot of fun with this one
6. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 – A fun, final chapter that delivered on most levels
7. Kingsman: The Secret Service – A really surprising treat with one of the most insane sequences I’ve seen in quite a while (the church)
8. Star Wars: Episode VII-The Force Awakens – Yes, the plot was a little reminiscent of A New Hope but I thoroughly enjoyed it
9. Ant-Man – A little more low-key but this was another super-hero flick that made me happy
10. Mission: Impossible-Rogue Nation – Non-stop fun and action, I enjoy a good Tom Cruise flick and not ashamed to admit it
Honorable Mention: Spectre and TrainwreckThe Magician

Top 10 Movies I Watched at Home for the First Time:
1. The Magician (1958) – I finally watched this classic and was blown away by how mesmerizing it was, beautifully filmed with an amazing cast
2. Karloff-The Play (2014) – Not a movie but an amazing experience, makes me want to see it live even more
3. Ministry of Fear (1944) – Another classic I finally caught up with, pure fun and a great cast
4. The Imitation Game (2014) – I probably enjoyed this more than I should have but I love Benedict Cumberbatch
5. Black Belly of the Tarantula (1971) – Finally, a giallo flick that entertained me
6. Lucy (2014) – Okay, a total guilty pleasure here but it was a lot of fun to watch
7. Snowpiercer (2013) – Pure, unrealistic craziness that entertained on a cold, winter day
8. Under The Skin (2013) – The oddness of the movie, from visuals to soundtrack, pulled me in
9. Sinister (2012) – Finally, a horror movie with a different approach that worked and entertained
10. Wizards (1977) – I can’t believe I never saw this one, not perfect but compelling at times

WizardsI am intentionally avoiding bad movies but occasionally one slips by the radar. So, it’s time for the worst of the worst.

Worst Movie I Watched in a Movie Theater:
1. Get Hard – Not sure why I let Will Ferrell continue to disappoint me, this would have been a funny 10-minute short…maybe

Worst Movie I Watched at Home for the First Time:
1. Last Woman on Earth (1960) – One of those movies where nothing ever really happens, no eye candy, just a lot of nothing

Aside from movies, 2015 was a great year at Monster Movie Kid. In July, I recorded my first audio review for the Dread Media podcast. Desmond Reddick enjoyed it and asked me to join the cast full time. It’s been a lot of fun and even challenging at times (yes, I’m thinking of those giallo films). I’ll continue this into 2016 and I’m relishing every minute of it. Another huge accomplishment was the release of issues 3 and 4 of The Basement Sublet of Horror magazine. This meant another appearance at the Free State Comicon in Lawrence, KS with Joel Sanderson. These issues were amazing and we’re planning on issues 5 and 6 for 2016! Thank you to Desmond Reddick and Joel Sanderson for making these dreams come true!

BSOH 4I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention my 4th Annual 31 Days of Halloween tribute to Bela Lugosi. This was more challenging than last year’s tribute to Boris Karloff. Lugosi did so many lesser quality films that it was a bit of chore at times. But, to have revisited so many classics the past two years, I really can’t complain. Yes, there will be a 5th Annual 31 Days of Halloween in 2016 but I have no idea what to do just yet. Suggestions?

Okay, another year that I didn’t get around to some classics I wanted to but I’m just going with the flow. Now, it’s time to look ahead to 2016! I’m hoping to do some more theme months and, as always, I crave more classic comedy and westerns. As always, thank you for your support!

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