My Top 5 Favorite Movies of 2015

In my opinion, 2015 was an awesome year for movies. Sure it was another year of franchises, but, hey, for the most part, those movies were done pretty well so no complaints from me. Also, we ended it on a fan-freaking-tastic note with Star Wars so maybe I’m still riding that high (and biased), but looking back at the rest of the year, especially the summer, I had a really enjoyable time at the movies. Granted, I didn’t see a TON of movies – hardly any of Oscar nominees – but just about everything I saw was a hit in my book. Here are my Top 5 Favorite Movies of 2015 in order:
1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
I’m sure this comes as no surprise to ANYONE. This is probably my favorite movie of the last who knows how many years. Simply amazing. Well done, JJ. Well done. Haters to the left.
2. Jurassic World
It can’t top the original (which was my first favorite movie ever), but I still found it very fun,  entertaining, even emotional (the long neck dino scene!). Plus, Chris Pratt rocks.
3. Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
Another super fun and entertaining summer movie with some incredible stunts, I was on the edge of my seat and genuinely in suspense for a good majority of the film (especially that underwater scene!).
4. The Martian
This movie had Oscar buzz early on which usually means gritty, edgy, dark material – I was so happy to see how optimistic and comedic this film was for being about a guy who’s stranded all by himself on a planet. We need more Oscar films like this. Note: This is the only Best Picture nominee I have seen so far.
5. Ant-Man
I’m the only person I know who is actually an Ant Man fan, and I had no idea how this movie was going to turn out, but I was very pleasantly surprised! It’s the most comedic, light-hearted Marvel film to come out (not a bad thing at all) and it actually made me think ants were cute!
Honorable Mentions
Avengers: Age of Ultron and The Hunger Games – Mockingjay Part 2
Least: Tomorrowland 🙁
Movies I Still Want to See
Spectre (because seeing James Bond movies is a tradition), The Hateful Eight (because Quentin Tarantino and Tim Roth/Michael Madsen are back together), Joy (because Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper), Steve Jobs (because Danny Boyle/Aaron Sorkin/Michael Fassbender), The Big Short (just because)
What were your favorite movies of 2015?