Our top 5 movies of 2015 (Tomorrow Daily 290)2015 was a competitive, excellent year in film. Jeff and Ashley reveal their top 5 movies of the year.
Today we're counting down our top five movies for 2015. Yeah, and it was a really competitive year so get out your lists and get ready to compare. It's Tomorrow Daily. [MUSIC] Greetings citizens of the internet, welcome to Tomorrow Daily, the best geek podshow in the known universe. [BLANK_AUDIO] To describe this year. Oh, so you're a punk band? Yes. That is also my 1980s synth/punk band. Really great. But let's not waste any more time guys, let's jump right into it. We have a top five list, it was aggregated thusly. Each one of us gave a top five list, Yes, And we assigned them points. So lets say Jeff gave his number one, that gets five points. Number 2 gets four points and so and so forth and we added up all the points. So some of these we may not agree with. So Ashley got a list, I got a list, and producer Logan also got a list. Yes So this is the triad, Pointed waited list to come up with the shows top five. Yes. Tomorrow dailies top five. So without any further ado let's talk about number five which is a movie that only you have seen, The Remanent. I liked it so much, it made the last. I know. It's quite something, I highly recommend it. It squeaks in, I think it's hitting most of the country in early January but it's out here in Los Angeles and what an Experience. I won't spoil anything because most of you haven't had a chance to see it yet but I will tell you this, it was certainly one of the top five experiences at the movies this year. It is visceral, it is a simple story that is universal and there are some of the most incredible sequences I've ever seen. Oh look, Leonardo DiCaprio got mauled by a bear for an Oscar. It's pretty incredible. Serious. Serious business. I think he'll be nominated for sure this year. It I was blown away by this movie. My wife loved it. We both were just knocked on our butts by this film. It was great. I heard it was very viscera. Yeah. It can be a very difficult watch at some point. There are, he goes through things that a person shouldn't have to go through quite frequently. The level of suffering that he goes through, but it's that single minded necessity to keep living and keep surviving. It's pretty powerful. You could probably also equate that with the terrible things he went through to make the movie. For [UNKNOWN] Single-minded goal of winning an Oscar? [LAUGH] Yeah. It's a very similar thing. He was like, I'm gonna fight through this, just like my fight to get an Oscar. And Leonardo DiCaprio, it's like an ongoing gag. Yeah. He's the Susan Lucci of, for all of you who are 80 years old watching this show, he's the Susan Lucci of the Oscars. He's been nominated, and just he can't quite Secure the little gold [CROSSTALK]. Yeah, this movie is sort of the anti Wolf of Wall Street. Yeah. For all the great stuff and fun times you got to have in that movie, this is the opposite of that. This is anti that. Yeah. And apparently we're already hearing amazing things about Inarritu getting a nomination and [CROSSTALK]. I mean, he won last year for Birdman And suddenly this is actually- Becky's getting a hat trick. Oh. Three in a row for cinematography. All natural light. That's incredible. When you see the movie, you won't believe because it's beautiful. Yeah. Gorgeous. Quite something. Well, we didn't see it. Producer Logan and I didn't see it. So- But I put it so high it got enough points to make the list. It did. He put it so high on the list that it got enough points to squeak by like Four other movies that were one point down from this. [LAUGH] So that was the remnant at number five, okay. Let's talk about number four, which is something a movie that we feel is gonna be on a lot of people's lists this year. But maybe its something not quite remembered by everybody being really great because of, again, the amount of really great movies this year. Inside out is our number four. I think this movie is a masterpiece. It made me cry basically from frame one and I'm not ashamed. I loved it. I think, you know it a kids movie but it's really more for adults who remember being a kid.>>I agree.>>And it captures that sense of growing up and having to go through these different changes in your life. Life and that in a turmoil. Anything that I like the most about it is that I think it gives parents a really cool vocabulary to talk to their kids about their feelings. Yes. I agree. And I think when you said like this isn't really kind of a movie for adults who have gone, we've all gone through that. As like growing up and sort of sorting out more complex emotions and kind of figuring out who we are as people and things like that I really think that this works on so many different levels where you have adults who remember that and say, wow this a brilliant film, and then you also again, like you said, have kids who can now have that vocabulary to now talk to parents about their emotions. Or who can say This is normal This is not an unusual thing. I feel awful today, or I feel really happy, oh my sadness is gone. Who's in control right now? You can talk to your kid. I think it's a beautiful movie, and if you had told me there would be two Pixar movies this year. One would be about talking dinosaurs, and the other one would be about this weird internal life, Yeah, which one would I'd have liked more. I would have thought. Yeah of course. For sure it'd be the dinosaur one. Yeah, I agree and I. It ended up not being the case. I just recently saw it. I didn't actually see it in the theaters. And I spent a Sunday morning crying my eyes out, at how great the movie is. And I was so impressed at how Pixar seems to sort of pick a seed of an idea and turn it into this huge tree with so many. Branches and different, just complex feelings and concepts. And I don't know how they do it. Like, they're so good at it. They're so good at it, that's for sure. And it was on all of our lists. Yeah. It was on all three of our lists this year. I think we both had it a little higher than where it was. But then Pretty sure they had a little lower so it end up at number four. Yeah. Okay, let's talk about our number three, which is actually my number one, which is the Martian. Yeah, this is a great movie. I struggled to find a place with only five movies on our list. I struggled to find a place to put this. It's certainly one of my favorite experiences watching it this year. I loved the book. And the movie does great justice to the book. It really does. What a celebration of science. Yes. You can make an argument that this should be our show's number one movie, just because it really encapsulates every. Everything we believe in on this show. Yep. It's true. It's about smart people being smart. It's about thinking things through and getting to the answer, and it's about celebration of space travel and science. It's great. Yeah, and I like that the villain of the movie is not a person. It's just March. [INAUDIBLE] Really a villain. It's just like nature wants to kill you most of the time. Exactly. In a way, it's similar to the Revenant. [LAUGH] True. Like, it's [UNKNOWN] Revenant. A survival story. But I really loved like you said, the science. I thought it was great. Being able to visit JTL and Johnson Space Center, I really loved how NASA employees are really enthusiastic about this movie because they feel the science is somewhat accurate to sort of look into the future a little bit. And say well if we did have something, yeah, maybe it would look exactly like this. Right. Is to have wood kind of look like that. Right. This is the thing That would exist. I think the one bummer was that it was so hard for Matt Damon to get water, and they were like, there's water on Mars, like a week before the movie came out [LAUGH] Yeah, exactly. And Andy Weir was like, no! He was like, aw [INAUDIBLE] to make it really difficult. But what a stellar performance by pretty much everybody in this movie. I just thought it was so fantastic and so watchable. For sure. And I just loved how, and we'll talk more about this when we get to number one but So many blockbusters this year were also really great movies. Yeah. You don't often, like it's really hard to find that combo. When it hits, it's lightning in a bottle, and there were, I don't know, at least five of those this year? Totally, and you usually have to give up, you have to check your brain at the door to enjoy the popcorn movies. Right. This year we didn't We got to have our popcorn and eat it too. It was great. And I loved that about this year. But Martian is a great movie. Alright so it's time for our number 2. It did not win first place. You may be surprised. But you know number 2 ain't too shabby. You know what, it wasn't bad, it was number two. Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Do we have to even say why it's on the list? The Force awakened and crushed everything in its path. [LAUGH] Yeah, it's everything I think we would have wanted. I mean, I have some minor quibbles with the movie but overall. I do too. Just wonderful it's back. I don't wanna, obviously it's early so I don't wanna give away any spoilers, but I do feel, my major quibble with the movie is I feel like JJ Abrams had a really impossible task of bringing older Star Wars fans back to the movies and making them trust Lucas Film again. Yeah. And also brining in new people, new fans, to the Star Wars franchise and also making a good movie. [LAUGH] So I felt sometimes there were too many nostalgia, too many throw backs. We didn't need them, because we remember. We don't need to be reminded of Star Wars. Like I think everybody kind of Guesses. So I thought they were just a couple too many nostalgia-like pings. Yeah. Like, it was a little much. But when it really came down it, the stuff that was new was so spectacularly done. And the new characters that they introduced Are incredible and I would go so far as to say without spoiling anything for all of you out there, Kyla Wren, for me easily the most interesting complicated character in all seven movies. Wow, that's very cool. For me the big tickler was how much I love Dee Dee Ridley and. She is a revelation. What a find! She's gonna be a superstar. She's never been in anything big before, it's incredible. She is a superstar. She really is. You can't take your eyes off her, she's phenomenal. John Boyega is great. How great is a movie when I get my Han Solos back and I get the Harrison Ford that I've wanted to see onscreen, he's back. You know we've had a few years of Hans Solo sort of grumbling through things, or Harrison Ford. [CROSSTALK] Being cranky. Yeah. But now we've got him back, and he's not even the best part of this movie. I know. Like- That's the greatest thing. That's a win. That's a win. If you get that And so yeah, definitely [CROSSTALK] If you're any kind of a Star Wars fan, I think the movie succeeds on so many levels. I can't wait for Episode VIII. That's the biggest thing. It made me so excited for Episode VIII. I think not since Fellowship of the Ring have I walked out of a movie and went, countdown to sequel. Let's start the countdown right now. Yeah, I am very excited. [UNKNOWN]. I'm also really excited for the anthology films now. Because I'm like, okay, I trust everybody. Ryan Johnson is doing Episode 8. Yes. I mean, if you've seen Looper. Yeah. Things are gonna get nuts, guys. He's got such an eye. He's the perfect choice. And then Colin Trevorrow for 9. Can't wait. Wow. The future is bright of Star Wars. Almost as bright as a light saber. [LAUGH] You might say. Okay, [INAUDIBLE] But that wasn't our number one movie, actually. That was not our number one movie, as a matter of fact. The number one movie was a runaway winner points wise. I mean, everybody had it atop their list. I had this as my number two. You had it as number one, [UNKNOWN]. It's very, very high up. Yeah. Mad Max: Fury Road. Mad Max: Fury Road What can you say? The only movie that could beat Star Wars, I think for us. It is visually in a place and of a scale, and of a sense of Of oh my gosh I've never seen this before. It's a universe that exists. It's a breathing, living universe that just feels real. It feels like a documentary sometimes. And the action sequences you kind of can't believe you're watching it. No. And as you said it feels real because they actually put people on moving vehicles and did this to them. And probably almost killed them. Again, it always shocks me that a fact of this movie is not Somebody died during the production schedule. Yeah. It blows my mind that this movie. Remember how I said with Star Wars that the one thing I didn't like about JJ Abrams Star Wars the Force Awakens was that JJ Abrams put in a little too many throwbacks? Yeah. This one I thought had just the right amount. You've got a whole new universe a whole new story and it was very much one of those things where it was like okay Here's the winks and the nods, and now we have this whole new thing. Right. And it was so perfectly done, just the landscape itself, made it, that was the throwback, that was [UNKNOWN] shot so beautifully. I mean Miller just blew me away. It's the one movie that I was completely gobsmacked by. I was sitting there, just incredulous that I could be watching what I was watching. I agree. That a human being conceived of it and then made it happen. And then a studio listened to that story and they were like There's not a lot of dialog. [LAUGH] Right. Like, literally the star of this movie's gonna grunt most of the time. Right. But here's what I want to do. And they said, here's $200 million, yeah, sure, let's go make it. Like, this movie is a miracle that even got made, one, and two, that it was so brilliantly done. I mean, I could say so much more. I'm so glad this was our number one movie. I think it deserves it. I hope That it gets nominated for Academy Awards. You don't usually see action movies. I hope for Best Picture, a blockbuster, it's time. It's time to make a blockbuster [UNKNOWN]. I certainly hope Best Director. I think at minimum Best Director, but we'll see. Oh you don't [UNKNOWN] might be, there's getting, look, you guys, again, so that's our list. This is gonna be a really competitive year in terms of awards seasons. I mean, the ones that have already happened are all over the map. Yeah. People are, people just have no idea. I would love to see Sylvester Stallone nominated for Creed, which would mention our honorable wisdom, honorable mention as well. It's hard to get only five movies in this year. I mean, a year that a Quentin Tarantino movie can It came out and it's not in my top five. That's pretty amazing. Yeah. Well, and also I think next year we're gonna employ a rule that it has to be wide-release. [LAUGH] So you can actually see it. Like no [UNKNOWN]. But I mean, it would have been on your list next year. So for honorable mention you've got While We're Young. While We're Young I think is the movie that not enough people saw. It spoke to this wonderful generational gap between Sort of people in their late teens, early 20s, and then people in their 30s, that I found to be really interesting. Ben Stiller gives a great performance. Again, we have Adam Driver in another great movie. [UNKNOWN], just crushing it this year. Very, very funny and just poignant and it's a gem. So for producer Logan, he chose Straight Outta Compton, which he really, really liked Talked about it a lot, and is a really great movie. I mean, just really well-acted. Just so, so good. If you love anything about NWA, Dr. Dre, go see that movie. This is very good. And then I picked Magic Mike XXL. And I'll And I'll explain why. I have to admit I have not seen it. It wasn't for the eye candy. And I know a lot of people probably think that. But watching that movie, I watched the first one and it was fine. The second one I watched and I was, like, wow. This movie is first of all a miracle That it didn't happen. And secondly, the concept in the movie is, yes, it's about male stripper. It's like, I get it. But it's also very much about how female empowerment is the point of that type of entertainment. And I thought that it's a very Interesting angle to take, and I didn't walk out of the theatre feeling gross, like I would at a male strip club. That grosses me out. I have no idea what you're talking about. It grosses me out. When I got married, I was like, oh, I don't want that. But watching Magic Mike, I feel so much girl power having seen that movie, and it was very strange. If you read film [UNKNOWN] review of it. He absolutely says everything that I could not verbalize myself. It's the perfect review of Magic Mike XXL. It's really brilliant. Let me ask you this, do you think I would like it? I do. I think he would like it. I think guys, women and men can enjoy the movie the great like brose on a road trip like movie there. Just taking the clothes off on a road trip. Just having fun. Like having fun and talking about life and figuring out what they really want. I like it kind of a, it's weird coming out of age story but it's not Coming of age, it's like growing up. They all decided to kinda grow up and do, I guess, it's really good. I promise you this, you guys. It's actually a really good movie, you'd be surprised. All right, that's it for our best movies of 2015. That was an awesome list. It was difficult for me to narrow down. It was. Only five makes it really hard. Yeah. You guys are gonna be really enraged when you watch our games episode. I already know, cuz there is one or two particular titles that are not on our list that [SOUND] boy, you guys are gonna be furious. It's hard, five is hard. It really is. Okay, so make sure, that's it for today's show. Right. We're just gonna call it a day. We're giving you our top five today, tomorrow, Wednesday, and then we're out for the rest of the year. We're back at CES Tomorrow, we're gonna do technology. We're gonna do our favorite gadgets. Yeah, that's gonna be a fun one. Favorite tech items, and then on Wednesday, we're gonna close out the year with games, and then everyone's gonna be furious at us until CES. So that is it for our top five movies. Please feel free to leave your list, your top five, in the comments. Yeah, tell us how we're wrong or right. We're probably right, I'm sure we're right. Or right, you wanna agree with us Listen, I'm not going to fight you if you want to agree with us. [LAUGH] But if you want to disagree with us, I'm also not going to fight you. That is it for today show. We will be back tomorrow with our 2015 best of technology. Yes. But until then, [UNKNOWN]. We'll see you guys next time. Bye.