I had a lot of fun putting together a list like this last year, so I decided to do it again. And I discovered something severely weird: nearly half of these were released this year. Craziness! It was a really good year for movies I would love, I guess. And another oddity: only one of these was made before the year 2000. It's not like I didn't watch lots of old movies this year, because I always do, but most of them were either things I'd seen before, or things I didn't love. As usual, I've linked to any reviews I posted.
1. The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015) (Second review)
An American (Henry Cavill), a Russian (Armie Hammer), and a German (Alicia Vikander) team up during the Cold War to stop neo-Nazis from creating a nuclear bomb. This is an unabashedly fun movie, and I love it ever so dearly.
2. North & South (2004)
A woman (Daniela Denby-Ashe) from the pastoral south of England moves to the industrial north and spends months ignoring the fact that a wealthy manufacturer (Richard Armitage) is in love with her. Yes, it's technically a mini-series and not a movie, but that does not matter. I MUST include it here.
3. Cinderella (2015)
Ella (Lily James) treats her stepmother (Cate Blanchett), a prince (Richard Madden), and her fairy godmother (Helena Bonham Carter) with courage and kindness. It's a fabulously faithful retelling of the classic fairy tale, and it delights me. (Yes, my new header is in honor of the Cinderella blog party/blogathon I'll be involved in next week!)
4. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)
A bunch of new characters join forces with a bunch of old characters and try to defeat some bad characters. Seriously, I'm sooooo spoiler-shy that I don't want to say more than that. I hope to see this again this weekend, and then I'll post a real review. But for now, just know it's in my top 5 on this list!
5. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947)
A meek magazine editor (Danny Kaye) spends his life getting trampled on by everyone around him while he daydreams about being a hero, until the girl of his dreams (Virginia Mayo) shows up and involves him in a dangerous spy mission. I just watched this for the first time last night, and it zipped right onto this list!
6. Mission: Impossible -- Rogue Nation (2015)
Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) goes rogue with a lovely female spy (Rebecca Ferguson) to stop a bad guy from being evil. This series keeps improving, doesn't it?
7. The Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
The Avengers create an evil robot and then have to stop it from destroying the earth. No, I didn't love it like I loved The Avengers (2012), but it's still a fun ride.
8. Dracula Untold (2014)
Vlad (Luke Evans) becomes a vampire temporarily to save his family and his kingdom from certain destruction. This is the only Dracula movie I have ever loved, and yes, I have seen quite a few of them. It has such a great twist on the character and the curse, and I wish I'd seen it in the theater.
9. Inkheart (2008)
A young girl (Eliza Bennett) learns that her dad (Brendan Fraser) can bring characters from books into the real world, and this causes all sorts of problems and mayhem and excitement. I like this So Much Bettter Than The Book!!!
10. 13 Going on 30 (2004)
A teenage girl wishes she was 30 instead of 13, her wish gets granted, and she discovers that being an adult is actually harder and more confusing than being a teen. Jennifer Garner and Mark Ruffalo Could Not Be More Lovable If They Tried.
Happy New Year!