THE MOVIE OF THE YEAR.
You expected STAR WARS, didn’t you?
I did, too..
Even though it was one of the greatest movies of the year, it did not surpass the choice I made when I saw the MARTIAN.
Let me first say how amazing STAR WARS THE FORCE AWAKENS was. At press time, I went to see it thrice, with each time yielding more interesting little tidbits I did not pick up on the previous time. The film was amazing visually and even more so storyline wise.. It was filled with nostalgia and beautiful sequences that make me wish the next film was set to be released now. However, for me, it was not the movie of 2015. Perhaps the next one or the one after will be.. and maybe after looking at FORCE in a rear view mirror, I will regret this decision, but I am making it.
THE MARTIAN was quite possibly one of the finest movies I saw in years.. The story by now, you should know, a NASA mission gone wrong and a space flight leaves the red planet without the star of the film, Matt Damon. As the beat goes on, Damon has to fend for himself for years and learn to grow his own food.. he finally thinks up a marvel way to contact NASA and it works. As time goes, the entire world cheers on the safe return back to earth of the ‘Martian.’
This movie is filled with hope, dreams, and aspirations. It should be used as a tool to get the world excited about a space conquest–dreaming about the stars and how to leave the planet Earth and explore.
The disco songs in THE MARTIAN were a wonderful touch–each song used in the movie is also the soundtrack somehow added a touch of mystery and drama, perhaps utilizing this music was smart since it was all made during a time when a space race and excitement over NASA was at a fever pitch in the United States.
THE MARTIAN was like CASTAWAY in space–but better..
The Martian. My 2015 movie of the year.
The runners up:
STAR WARS THE FORCE AWAKENS
LEAST IMPORTANT CHOICE OF THE YEAR.
Time Magazine’s person of the year.
It has been several weeks since TIME magazine named Angela Merkel the person of the year.. and several weeks since people did not care.
Print is dead.
Long live print.
The idea of who TIME named used to matter. Those days are over.
The most ‘wrong’ video of the year.. has to be a girl farting the sounds of Chewbacca..
MOST CONVINCING GENDER BENDING OF THE YEAR
This belongs to Justin Bieber. The same Beebs who was nude this year online.. the same Beebs who did anything Beebs does. In 2015 he became a sensation online for his impression of Ozzy singing CRAZY TRAIN on the Lip Sync Battle..
And in my opinion, had a striking likeness to Monica Lewinsky..
BEST SHORT LIVED PARANORMAL RADIO OF THE YEAR
Again the prize goes to Art Bell for his show MIDNIGHT IN THE DESERT.
He also won this category in 2013 when he was on SIRIUS for 6 weeks. This year’s RADIO beat the record set in 13 but not by much. He quickly quit almost as fast as he started..
Will a return occur in ‘16? Maybe. But there may also be less of a desire for fans to listen with each quitting..
HORROR MOVIE OF THE YEAR
It almost was KRAMPUS. KRAMPUS was fun.. but the movie of this year is a dual pick. Because this is the first year I watched last year’s movie BABADOOK, I am going to have to choose that along with IT FOLLOWS..
Both movies gave a burst of creativity.. both movies had strange and sinister background stories.. both movies relied on a storyline more than a blood soaked script. And both movies gave hope to horror fans that new inspiration may be coming to a genre that is desperately in need of it.
Of course Rob Zombie is coming out with 31 soon.
So any progress made in horror could crash with that.
For now, though, both movies are great. See them. Even in 2016.
DUMBEST POP CULTURE OF THE YEAR
You know you took part in it.. you know you debated it. What color was this dress? Around February of 2015, it was the hottest argument in the world of pop culture.. The image was posted online, and people were seeing a blue dress. Others white. It was dividing marriages, ruining friendships, causing hostile and vitriolic rage on the internet. Pop culture at its finest, weirdest, and strangest.
Most unfair conviction of the year
DOWNFALL OF THE YEAR
No, not Ben Carson. Not Pennsylvania Supreme Court justices.. this prize belongs to Brian Williams, who was accused of ‘tall tales’ and skewered by the media officials who once loved him. He either lied or just simply enjoyed making stories up and believing them.. by the time the scandal was in full swing, he lost his prized anchor position on the NIGHTLY NEWS on NBC.
He’s back on MSNBC now.
And perhaps that’s the finest eternal punishment someone can get after a downfall..
The Adele of the year goes to….