Movies of 2015
So I was sick last weekend and spent a lot of time on my couch watching movies and reading... But mostly watching movies. I watched a few Oscar noms as well as some other movies I was just interested in. Now it's Friday again and if you're sick or just want to hibernate this weekend here are some great movies!
2016 Oscar Nominations
Actress in a Leading Role: Brie Larson
R | 1h 58min | Drama | 22 January 2016
Director: Lenny Abrahamson
Writers: Emma Donoghue (screenplay), Emma Donoghue (based on the novel by)
Stars: Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Sean Bridgers
Synopsis: After five-year-old Jack and his mother escape from the enclosed surroundings that Jack has known his entire life, the boy makes a thrilling discovery.
Why you should watch it: Because everyone needs a good cry. No but really, It's a story about a mother turning something truly horrible into something beautiful in the eyes of her young son.
R | 1h 42min | Drama | 23 January 2015
Director: Daniel Barnz
Writer: Patrick Tobin (screenplay)
Stars: Jennifer Aniston, Adriana Barraza, Anna Kendrick
Synopsis: Claire becomes fascinated by the suicide of a woman in her chronic pain support group while grappling with her own, very raw personal tragedy.
Why you should watch it: Because people need to educate themselves about mental illness. This movie pulls back the curtain on daily life of someone who is depressed.
PG-13 | 1h 49min | Drama, Mystery, Romance | 24 July 2015
Director: Jake Schreier
Writers: John Green (book), Scott Neustadter (screenplay)
Stars: Nat Wolff, Cara Delevingne, Austin Abrams
Synopsis: After an all night adventure, Quentin's life-long crush, Margo, disappears, leaving behind clues that Quentin and his friends follow on the journey of a lifetime.
Why you should watch it: Because you liked "The Fault in Our Stars" right? Read the book first. Also, character Ben is quite entertaining.
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials
PG-13 | 2h 12min | Sci-Fi | 18 September 2015
Director: Wes Ball
Writers: T.S. Nowlin (screenplay), James Dashner (novel)
Stars: Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster
Synopsis: After having escaped the Maze, the Gladers now face a new set of challenges on the open roads of a desolate landscape filled with unimaginable obstacles.
Why you should watch it: UGH! Don't! It was even worse than the first one! Do yourself a favour and just READ THE BOOKS PLEASE! T.S. Nowlin obviously didn't.
He Named Me Malala
PG-13 | 1h 28min | Documentary | 22 October 2015
Director: Davis Guggenheim
Stars: Malala Yousafzai, Ziauddin Yousafzai, Toor Pekai Yousafzai
Synopsis: A look at the events leading up to the Taliban's attack on Pakistani schoolgirl, Malala Yousafzai, for speaking out on girls' education followed by the aftermath, including her speech to the United Nations.
Why you should watch it: Malala Yousafzai is only 18 years old (I believe 17 when this was filmed) but she has made SUCH a difference and given a voice to those who don't have one. She did SO much by the time she was 15 including almost dying for standing up for speaking up.
Watching this documentary you will notice that her biggest supporter is her father. While having his support means a lot she wouldn't have changed a thing if she didn't have his support.
2016 Oscar Nominations
Actor in a Supporting Role: Rachel McAdams
Actress in a Supporting Role: Mark Ruffalo
Writing (Original Screenplay)
R | 2h 8min | Biography | 25 November 2015
Director: Tom McCarthy
Writers: Josh Singer, Tom McCarthy
Stars: Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schrieber, John Slattery, Stanley Tucci
Synopsis: The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core.
Why you should watch it: Because it's a true story, no matter how hard it may be to accept or how religious you are, this happened, and it happened for years. I immediately went to read the original article after watching. You will notice in the movie this story took a back seat to 9/11 but it was still a story that needed to be told.
2016 Oscar Nominations
Actress in a Leading Role: Jennifer Lawrence
PG-13 | 2h 4min | Comedy, Drama | 25 December 2015
Director: David O. Russell
Writers: David O. Russell (screenplay), Annie Mumolo (story) | 1 more credit »
Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper | See full cast & crew »
Synopsis: Joy is the story of the title character, who rose to become founder and matriarch of a powerful family business dynasty.
Why you should watch it: It's based on the real life business woman Joy Mangano and it's pretty inspiring. It's also very quirky.