Wow, 2016 is fast approaching and as I look back over the year, I realize what a cool year for movies in particular science fiction and comedy that were female driven. They made money and were very good movies. So here’s to evolving and growing and let’s take a look at the Top Ten movies of 2015, in my humble opinion.

10. Amy – This heart breaking look at one of the most organically talented singers of our time, Amy Winehouse. It’s an incredibly hard movie to watch but important. An artist who was taken too soon by the horrible disease that is drug addiction. It’s a movie that requires a lot of tissues, but ultimately a great documentary.

9. The Wrecking Crew – A documentary about the sessions musicians behind some of the most iconic songs of our time. Produced and directed by Denny Tedesco who is the son of the late guitarist, Tommy Tedesco, who was a part of the west coast Wrecking Crew. It’s very interesting behind-the-scenes look at a group of talented musicians that haven’t gotten the recognition they deserve.

8. Ex-Machina – Starring Alicia Vikander, Oscar Isaac and Domnhall Gleeson.  Isaac plays a tech genius, Gleeson, his employee and Vikander is the AI who outwits them both to find the freedom she craves. It’s a beautiful movie without being too tech or effect heavy.

7. What We Do In Shadows – Written, directed and starring Jermaine Clement and Taiki Waititi, this mockumentary centers around four vampire roommates and is hilarious! Rhys Darby also kills it as a werewolf and I’m hoping there’s a sequel that focuses more on his character and the other werewolves.

6. The Big Short – This is a great movie that inspired me to live in the underground bunker I now reside. This movie will infuriate and scare you, but is very well done. It’s about the crash of 2008 and the people who predicted that it would happen.The Big Short stars Christian Bale, Brad Pitt, Steve Carrell, Ryan Gosling and is directed by Adam McKay.

5. The Hateful Eight – Quentin Tarantino, how I love thee. This is a beautiful movie! A violent, bloody, beautiful movie. I’m an unabashed fan so I watched through rose colored glasses but how can you not love the performances? Kurt Russell is so good as a bounty hunter on the way to turn in Jennifer Jason Leigh and claim his reward. On the way he stops at a lodge where he runs into, well everyone else and ya know, chaos ensues.

4. The Kingsman – I had no idea how this movie would turn out, I just knew I loved the concept and it didn’t fail to deliver! It’s fun, campy and had some fantastic action sequences. It stars Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Caine and Taron Egerton. It’s based on the comic, The Secret Service written by Dave Gibbons and Mark Millar.

3. Trainwreck – What can be said. Starring Amy Schumer who also wrote the movie. Trainwreck brought back the magical feeling of a Nora Ephron romcom, maybe a little more risqué but it was still magic. The relationship between Brie Larson and Amy Schumer as sisters, was one of my favorite aspects of this movie. Super funny with a lot of heart, really one of my favorites of 2015.

2. Mad Max: Fury Road – Or Mad Max: The Movie That Is Really About Furiosa. I mean that was Charlize Theron’s movie along with all of the other ladies that killed it in that movie. Mad Max was really a supporting player but man, this movie was bad ass! Beautifully shot, edited and empowering, the biggest car chase movie I’ve ever seen deserves all of the nominations it’s getting. Lets hope this genre movie gets the Oscar nod it deserves.

1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens – It is a toss up for me between Mad Max and Star Wars as my favorite movie of 2015, but I gave it SWTFA because of nostalgia, the amount of time I’ve been a fan and the pure excitement over this movie. J.J. Abrams brought us back to that feeling, that original feeling we had when we saw the original trilogy. He got back to basics but at the same time, moved the story forward by giving us the hero of the movie, Rey. I’ve seen it twice now and I think because of that, Star Wars: The Force Awakens has hit over one billion dollars faster than any other movie. You’re welcome!

Of course this list is purely subjective and is what I thought was the best of 2015 and I felt like this was a better year for movies than 2014. What are your thoughts? What was the movie that really got you? Tweet us!

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