In case you missed 2015 or just want to know what to look for on Netflix in the coming months I will rank all the movies I saw last year for you. Even though nobody asked for it from last year’s ranking I will add my methodology at the end (hint: I used a basic decision matrix).
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
-This is the movie that ranks the highest for me in 2015. I was not decided on what would come out on top but once I saw what the numbers told me I knew why. Even thinking back on this movie makes me grin like a kid with a crush.
The Danish Girl, McFarland, USA, The Age of Adaline, Concussion
-Just shy of perfection, each movie has something special that means it will survive next year’s onslaught of feature movies and art films.
Spotlight, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Kingsman: The Secret Service, Joy
-All movies that satisfy their audiences and leave good impressions but may not have had the potential to be a forever kind of movie. (Yes, even Star Wars can fade a little bit when you get to generation three of the same plot.)
The Intern, Trainwreck, American Ultra, The Longest Ride
-Meh movies that you might give a try but if you don’t like their vibe you won’t miss anything special by turning them off.
Fantastic Four, Ant-Man, Magic Mike XXL, Pitch Perfect 2, Avengers: Age of Ultron
-Movies that you will want to have seen the others in the series to enjoy and even then you might be disappointed.
Aloha, Jupiter Ascending, Cinderella (2015), The Wedding Ringer
-These make great background movies if your intent was to not watch the movie but needed something for show.
-I added a new tier this year. This is the fail tier. These movies offended me on many levels and had nothing to redeem them. Boycott these so the people involved in them get punished.
Criteria: I weighted the movies as High, Medium, or Low in the following categories weighted from 5 to 1 in the following order: Impact (How perfect was the movie in my mind), Acting (acting is important, without good acting a movie can’t be great, with great acting I can get past any filmography or writing), Stickiness (do I remember the movie and its qualities and are they as vivid as the first experience), Writing (a good script is great but not necessary to carry the movie, but it can add glitter to the whole thing and glitter is the best), and Filmography (I have pet peeves about some camera tricks and filters and such).