Melissa Berne’s Top 10 Movies of 2015:
Yes, we’ve seen this story before; however Dope was infused with comedy and more relatable characters. We all have some geek in us deep down. And the way the film presented that sometimes even if you don’t want to go down a certain path, your circumstances can get to you was not typical because of the humor. It was a breath of fresh air.
I wish this was amazing but it was good and Will Smith has all to do with that as he turned in a great performance. I also give this movie props for calling out the NFL.
- Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
The sequels generate a similar plot with each entry, but my god, this Tom Cruise-led franchise is still a damn good time and I love the music! Also, Rebecca Ferguson was a welcome new addition making her capable character convincing.
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Ahh the galaxy opera for the new generation was a lot fun! It satisfied the nostalgia for the OG fans and it sparked a new journey for the more recent fans. It was basically a similar story, but it still did not detract my enjoyment of the film.
- Fifty Shades of Grey
Listen, judge me if you will, but I had FUN while watching this movie. A story based on a woman’s sexual fantasy is rare and the fact that it has gotten mainstream is a success in my book despite the “controversy.” It’s a good girl’s night out movie and if you wanna come at me, I’m on Twitter.
The story is quite dark but it is also touching because it is about a mother and son’s bond. I was blown away by Brie and Jacob’s performances and they deserve every accolades/praise they’re getting.
First off, I have to applaud this movie for keeping me at the edge of my seat from the first frame to the last. I kept thinking something was about to explode and I watched some of it through my hands that were covering my eyes. I was completely invested and immersed, and, to me, that is what a good movies does. Also, the cinematography was gorgeous and it has one of my favorite scores of the year.
So much more than a “boxing movie,” the umpteenth Rocky movie is a story about family, legacy and following your passion. And can I just say I did not expect for Sylvester Stallone to be THAT good in the movie? He broke my heart.
- Inside Out
This turned so much more heartfelt than I expected. This movie is not only cute but so clever; however I only saw it once because my tear ducts can only take so much.
- Straight Outta Compton
For me, I go by what I feel. And there’s no doubt this movie stayed with me the longest after watching it. So much so, I saw it again. I can’t wait to see where this crew of budding new actors go next.