Movies I Watched in 2015

by Raxivace | created - 02 Jun 2015 | updated - 30 Dec 2015 | Public

This is a list of every movie I watched in 2015, that was new to me. Rewatches are not included in this list. "List Order" is the order I watched these films in. Beware of unmarked spoilers.

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1. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)

PG-13 | 144 min | Adventure, Fantasy

59 Metascore

Bilbo and company are forced to engage in a war against an array of combatants and keep the Lonely Mountain from falling into the hands of a rising darkness.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Cate Blanchett

Votes: 442,424 | Gross: $255.12M

A decent enough conclusion to the trilogy. Not much more to say about it.

2. Orson Welles: The Paris Interview (1960 TV Movie)

53 min | Documentary

A vintage interview captures the artist reflecting on Citizen Kane and expounding on directing, acting and writing and his desire to bestow a valuable legacy upon his profession. The scene ... See full summary »

Director: Allan King | Stars: Bernard Braden, Orson Welles

Votes: 51

3. Tusk (2014)

R | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

55 Metascore

A brash and arrogant podcaster gets more than he bargained for when he travels to Canada to interview a mysterious recluse... who has a rather disturbing fondness for walruses.

Director: Kevin Smith | Stars: Justin Long, Michael Parks, Haley Joel Osment, Genesis Rodriguez

Votes: 41,368 | Gross: $1.82M

"So I watched Tusk today for some reason. It is a weirdass film. Kevin Smith...made a body horror movie. The thing is though, he made a body horror film starring Kevin Smith characters, so tonally this thing is all over the place. Michael Parks kidnaps Justin Long and turns him into a *beep* up walrus...thing.

Johnny Depp is in this film for some reason too, playing what is essentially a less compelling Quebecian version of Christoph Waltz' performance from Django Unchained. It's very odd, and his section of the movie kind of feels like Smith poorly aping Tarantino.

In fact in general I have no idea what Smith is doing as a director here. There's a scene where Genesis Rodriguez (Who's utterly gorgeous btw and her time in her underwear is the highlight of the film) is talking into the camera about how she hates that Justin Long is cheating on her, and how she's thankful that who she is talking to is there for her. We see a hand reach down and rub her face as we find out this is a POV shot. We see a similar shot a few minutes later, as the identity of the guy isn't yet revealed. It turns out later on that the guy is literally the only other male character we've seen that already knew not only Justin Long, but also the only other male character that already knew Genesis as well.

Why hide his identity for several minutes? Who else would it possibly be? Why even reveal, and not just leave the relationship between the two characters as subtext?

This film is obviously an attempt by Smith to move away from Jay and Silent Bob type stuff, but it doesn't work because Smith himself isn't away from that. That's why when characters reference Ernest Hemingway and The Rime of the Ancient Mariner of all things it comes as a bit disingenuous.

I appreciate the effort Smith is making here, but he's so far behind his contemporaries from the 90's independent boom. I won't say this movie was a waste of time for me, and the bizarre walrus suit was neat, but it could have been more. The ending is also dumb. 5/10."

"Last thing I'll say about Tusk is that it is the kind of experimentation that Smith really should have been trying back in the 90's. There's ideas he's clearly trying to explore here (Long-as-Walrus is contrasted against a YouTube kid that injured himself imitating a stunt out of Kill Bill, only later to commit suicide), but the tone is just all over the place.

I'm not sure Smith gets how to reference things in a subtle way. There's another scene where a character does the "shade a pad of paper to find what was written on a torn off sheet" thing, and a character says "It's just like The Big Lebowski!". Depp responds with a line like "Funny you mention it, because I learned that trick from that film!". Why? Why is this dialogue here? At least when Clerks referenced Star Wars, there was sort of a point being made about how changing your perspective can change how you look at things."

4. Dragon Ball: Hey! Son Goku and Friends Return!! (2008)

35 min | Animation, Short, Action

Goku and his family and friends encounter Vegeta's brother, and a threat from Vegeta's past shows up and causes trouble.

Director: Yoshihiro Ueda | Stars: Masako Nozawa, Ryô Horikawa, Tôru Furuya, Mayumi Tanaka

Votes: 1,572

Pretty solid revival of the Dragon Ball franchise that would eventually lead to Battle of Gods. I liked all of the Gotenks shenanigans, and it's interesting how this and BoG kept setting up Frieza's eventual return.

5. Doragon bôru: Sûpâ saiyajin zetsumetsu keikaku (2010 Video)

30 min | Animation, Short, Action

Dr. Lychee may be the last of the Tuffle people, a race that was completely wiped some time ago by the Saiyans. He now plans to take revenge on the remaining Saiyans, Goku, Vegeta, Trunks, ... See full summary »

Director: Yoshihiro Ueda | Stars: Kenji Akabane, Takahiro Fujimoto, Toshio Furukawa, Ryô Horikawa

Votes: 586

6. 72nd Golden Globe Awards (2015 TV Special)

128 min | News

The annual Golden Globes hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poheler.

Director: Louis J. Horvitz | Stars: Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Jennifer Aniston, Benedict Cumberbatch

Votes: 762

7. Scandal (1950)

Approved | 105 min | Drama

A celebrity photograph sparks a court case as a tabloid magazine spins a scandalous yarn over a painter and a famous singer.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Shirley Yamaguchi, Yôko Katsuragi, Noriko Sengoku

Votes: 3,034

8. The Judge (2014)

R | 141 min | Crime, Drama

48 Metascore

Big-city lawyer Hank Palmer returns to his childhood home where his father, the town's judge, is suspected of murder. Hank sets out to discover the truth and, along the way, reconnects with his estranged family.

Director: David Dobkin | Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga, Billy Bob Thornton

Votes: 164,599 | Gross: $47.12M

I liked this. I thought it did a wonderful job capturing the existential hell that is growing up in Indiana.

9. The Magical World of Disney (1954–1991)
Episode: The Disneyland Story (1954)

Unrated | 60 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

In this, the pilot episode for the long-running anthology series, Walt Disney presents a preview for both his upcoming park called Disneyland and several episodes of the show to come. Then ... See full summary »

Directors: Robert Florey, Wilfred Jackson | Stars: Jack Couffer, Walt Disney, Kirk Douglas, Norman Foster

Votes: 79

10. Three Outlaw Samurai (1964)

Not Rated | 94 min | Action, Drama

When poor peasants kidnap a magistrate's daughter to coerce him into reducing taxes, a wandering ronin and two renegades from the magistrate's guard take up the fight for them.

Director: Hideo Gosha | Stars: Tetsurô Tanba, Isamu Nagato, Mikijirô Hira, Miyuki Kuwano

Votes: 2,631

11. Inherent Vice (2014)

R | 148 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

81 Metascore

In 1970, drug-fueled Los Angeles private investigator Larry "Doc" Sportello investigates the disappearance of a former girlfriend.

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson | Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Katherine Waterston

Votes: 84,511 | Gross: $8.11M

12. The Imitation Game (2014)

PG-13 | 114 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller

73 Metascore

During World War II, the English mathematical genius Alan Turing tries to crack the German Enigma code with help from fellow mathematicians.

Director: Morten Tyldum | Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Allen Leech

Votes: 627,692 | Gross: $91.13M

13. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014)

R | 119 min | Comedy, Drama

87 Metascore

A washed-up superhero actor attempts to revive his fading career by writing, directing, and starring in a Broadway production.

Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu | Stars: Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough

Votes: 525,851 | Gross: $42.34M

14. 'Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty' - Making of the Hollywood Game (2002 Video)

60 min | Documentary

In-depth documentary that details all aspects of Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (2001), the astounding "Hollywood game" by 'Hideo Kojima'.

Stars: Harry Gregson-Williams, Hideo Kojima, Yoshikazu Matsuhana, Motosada Mori

Votes: 90

15. Mobile Suit Gundam AGE (2011– )

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Sci-Fi

A colonized space had finally achieved peace, until a mysterious enemy, the UE, enters the scene and attacks colonies and other targets. Our main protagonist is from a destroyed colony, ... See full summary »

Stars: Seth Leslie, Naoki Bando, Aya Endô, Kana Hanazawa

Votes: 106

16. Selma (2014)

PG-13 | 128 min | Biography, Drama, History

88 Metascore

A chronicle of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965.

Director: Ava DuVernay | Stars: David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Tim Roth, Lorraine Toussaint

Votes: 78,382 | Gross: $52.08M

17. How to Ride a Horse (1950)

8 min | Family, Animation, Comedy

That master of all activities, Goofy, shows us the basics of riding a horse, from selecting the proper clothes, to mounting, the basic gaits, jumping, and walking the horse back to the ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Kinney | Stars: Pinto Colvig, John McLeish

Votes: 220

18. The Reluctant Dragon (I) (1941)

Approved | 74 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

Humorist Robert Benchley learns about the animation process at Walt Disney Studios while trying to find the great man himself to pitch him the idea of making a cartoon about a shy dragon.

Directors: Alfred L. Werker, Hamilton Luske, Jack Cutting, Ub Iwerks, Jack Kinney | Stars: Robert Benchley, Frances Gifford, Buddy Pepper, Nana Bryant

Votes: 2,157 | Gross: $0.87M

19. Santa's Workshop (1932)

7 min | Animation, Family, Short

Santa's little helpers must hurry to finish the toys before Christmas Day.

Director: Wilfred Jackson | Stars: Pinto Colvig, Walt Disney, Allan Watson

Votes: 1,345

20. On Ice (1935)

8 min | Family, Comedy, Animation

Mickey shows off his ice-skating skills to Minnie; Goofy does some unconventional ice fishing; Donald straps skates to Pluto and laughs at his attempts to skate. Donald gets strapped to a ... See full summary »

Director: Ben Sharpsteen | Stars: Pinto Colvig, Walt Disney, Marcellite Garner, Clarence Nash

Votes: 1,012

21. Chip an' Dale (1947)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Donald needs a log for his fire. Unfortunately, the one he picks is occupied by a couple of chipmunks and their stash of acorns. When he cuts it down, Chip and Dale fall out, but their ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Hannah | Stars: Dessie Flynn, James MacDonald, Clarence Nash

Votes: 1,113

22. The Quiet Man (1952)

Passed | 129 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A retired American boxer returns to the village of his birth in Ireland, where he finds love.

Director: John Ford | Stars: John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Barry Fitzgerald, Ward Bond

Votes: 32,122 | Gross: $10.55M

23. Davy Crockett: King of the Wild Frontier (1955)

Approved | 93 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

American frontiersman Davy Crockett fights in the Creek Indian War, is elected to the U.S. Congress and fights for Texas at the Alamo.

Director: Norman Foster | Stars: Fess Parker, Buddy Ebsen, Basil Ruysdael, Hans Conried

Votes: 3,036

24. The Idiot (1951)

Not Rated | 166 min | Drama, Romance

A Japanese veteran, driven partially mad from the war, travels to the snowy island of Kameda where he soon enters a love triangle with his best friend and a disgraced woman.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Setsuko Hara, Masayuki Mori, Toshirô Mifune, Yoshiko Kuga

Votes: 4,090

26. Ikiru (1952)

Not Rated | 143 min | Drama

A bureaucrat tries to find a meaning in his life after he discovers he has terminal cancer.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Takashi Shimura, Nobuo Kaneko, Shin'ichi Himori, Haruo Tanaka

Votes: 59,511 | Gross: $0.06M

27. Richard III (1955)

Not Rated | 161 min | Biography, Drama, History

Shakespeare's powerful tale of the wicked deformed King and his conquests, both on the battlefield and in the boudoir.

Director: Laurence Olivier | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Cedric Hardwicke, Nicholas Hannen, Ralph Richardson

Votes: 3,768

28. Mission: Space (2003)

5 min | Action, Short

The year is 2036, and you are an astronaut. You and three other astronauts must travel to Mars, dodge asteroids, and experience high G-force.

Director: Peter Hastings | Star: Gary Sinise

Votes: 163

29. Spaceship Earth (1982)

20 min | Short

A dark ride in EPCOT that takes you through the amazing story of human communication. From the prehistoric times and the development of language to present day and future technology this ... See full summary »

Stars: Walter Cronkite, Judi Dench, Lawrence Dobkin, Jeremy Irons

Votes: 105

30. Richard III (1995)

R | 110 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, War

The classic Shakespearean play about a murderously scheming King staged in an alternative fascist England setting.

Director: Richard Loncraine | Stars: Ian McKellen, Annette Bening, Christopher Bowen, Edward Jewesbury

Votes: 12,955 | Gross: $2.60M

31. Dragon Ball Z: Lord Slug (1991)

Not Rated | 43 min | Animation, Action, Fantasy

A Super Namekian named Slug comes to invade Earth.

Director: Mitsuo Hashimoto | Stars: Masako Nozawa, Toshio Furukawa, Mayumi Tanaka, Hiromi Tsuru

Votes: 4,574

32. Dragon Ball Z: Bojack Unbound (1993)

TV-PG | 50 min | Animation, Action, Fantasy

Bojack is a demon who was freed from prison when King Kai's planet was destroyed. Now, without his father Goku by his side, can Gohan save the Earth?

Director: Yoshihiro Ueda | Stars: Masako Nozawa, Toshio Furukawa, Mayumi Tanaka, Takeshi Kusao

Votes: 4,681

33. Dragon Ball Z: Wrath of the Dragon (1995)

TV-PG | 52 min | Animation, Action, Sci-Fi

A mysterious being named Hoy arrives on Earth and asks the Z Warriors to use the dragon balls to help him release Tapion. Tapion, an ancient warrior imprisoned in a music box, and Hoy needs... See full summary »

Director: Mitsuo Hashimoto | Stars: Masako Nozawa, Takeshi Kusao, Mayumi Tanaka, Hiromi Tsuru

Votes: 7,007

34. American Sniper (2014)

R | 133 min | Action, Biography, Drama

72 Metascore

Navy S.E.A.L. sniper Chris Kyle's pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and turns him into a legend. Back home to his wife and kids after four tours of duty, however, Chris finds that it is the war he can't leave behind.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Kyle Gallner, Cole Konis

Votes: 405,763 | Gross: $350.13M

35. The Theory of Everything (2014)

PG-13 | 123 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

72 Metascore

A look at the relationship between the famous physicist Stephen Hawking and his wife.

Director: James Marsh | Stars: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Tom Prior, Sophie Perry

Votes: 365,835 | Gross: $35.89M

36. Band of Outsiders (1964)

Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

88 Metascore

Two crooks with a fondness for old Hollywood B-movies convince a languages student to help them commit a robbery.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Anna Karina, Claude Brasseur, Danièle Girard, Louisa Colpeyn

Votes: 20,348 | Gross: $0.04M

37. Clerks (2000–2001)

R | 22 min | Animation, Comedy

The continuing adventures of clerks Dante and Randal, who try to make the best of their menial labor, with no help from Jay and Silent Bob.

Stars: Brian O'Halloran, Jeff Anderson, Jason Mewes, Kevin Smith

Votes: 11,456

39. The Librarian: Quest for the Spear (2004 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 92 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

A bookworm becomes the librarian. Same night a magical spear gets stolen and he's off to get some real life experience around the globe on his quest for the spear - starting with being thrown off a plane over Amazonas by his cute helper.

Director: Peter Winther | Stars: Noah Wyle, Sonya Walger, Bob Newhart, Kyle MacLachlan

Votes: 17,203

40. The Artist (I) (2011)

PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

89 Metascore

An egomaniacal film star develops a relationship with a young dancer against the backdrop of Hollywood's silent era.

Director: Michel Hazanavicius | Stars: Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, John Goodman, James Cromwell

Votes: 218,323 | Gross: $44.67M

41. The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines (2006 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 92 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Librarian-turned-adventurer Flynn Carsen endeavors to find King Solomon's mines.

Director: Jonathan Frakes | Stars: Noah Wyle, Gabrielle Anwar, Bob Newhart, Jane Curtin

Votes: 12,384

42. The Librarian III: The Curse of the Judas Chalice (2008 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Losing his girlfriend because he was at an auction dramatically getting the magical philosopher's stone instead of a date, he needs a vacation - New Orleans but finds himself busy saving Earth from the curse of the Judas chalice/vampires.

Director: Jonathan Frakes | Stars: Noah Wyle, Bruce Davison, Stana Katic, Bob Newhart

Votes: 11,413

43. Whiplash (2014)

R | 106 min | Drama, Music

88 Metascore

A promising young drummer enrolls at a cut-throat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student's potential.

Director: Damien Chazelle | Stars: Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist, Paul Reiser

Votes: 627,734 | Gross: $13.09M

44. The King and I (1956)

G | 133 min | Biography, Drama, Musical

72 Metascore

A widow accepts a job as a live-in governess to the King of Siam's children.

Director: Walter Lang | Stars: Yul Brynner, Deborah Kerr, Rita Moreno, Martin Benson

Votes: 22,349 | Gross: $21.30M

45. The Equalizer (2014)

R | 132 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

57 Metascore

A man believes he has put his mysterious past behind him and has dedicated himself to beginning a new, quiet life. But when he meets a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters, he can't stand idly by - he has to help her.

Director: Antoine Fuqua | Stars: Denzel Washington, Marton Csokas, Chloë Grace Moretz, David Harbour

Votes: 306,098 | Gross: $101.53M

46. Better Call Saul (2015– )

TV-MA | 46 min | Crime, Drama

The trials and tribulations of criminal lawyer, Jimmy McGill, in the time leading up to establishing his strip-mall law office in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Stars: Bob Odenkirk, Rhea Seehorn, Jonathan Banks, Patrick Fabian

Votes: 255,311

47. New York Stories (1989)

PG | 124 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance