My Top Media Picks of 2015

2015My Top 10 Films of 2015

Beasts of No Nation – Amazing and heart wrenching on a level rarely seen by U.S. audiences about how awful warfare in Africa tears people and their humanity apart. Idris Elba commands the screen, but the young Abraham Attah and filmmakers are the stars.

Brooklyn – Stories of our past compliment an enduring personal story as Saoirse Ronan (Hanna, Atonement) continues her great acting career.

Creed – Director Ryan Coogler and actor Michael B. Jordan are a stellar one-two punch as Stallone’s career solidifies and Tessa Thompson’s begins.

Inside Out – Disney and Pixar create another amazing animated film with great heart, emotion, and yet another great narrative.

Mad Max: Fury Road – Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron and Nicholas Hoult take us on one post-apocalyptic ride as director George Miller and his crew amaze at every turn.

The Martian – Great book adaptation with Matt Damon’s commanding lead performance as an astronaut stranded on Mars.

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation – This thrilling spy film series can easily continue. Hopefully Tom Cruise can get a reunion together for the next one as the cast grows with newcomers Rebecca Ferguson and Sean Harris who are likely to return and Jingchu Zhang’s role creating a new wrinkle in international audience consideration.

Room – Unthinkable situation bonded by a mother-son relationship in this drama. Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay perform well as filmmakers take a powerful approach without walloping the audience.

Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens – Great nostalgia combines with new characters as filmmaker J.J. Abrams boosts yet another film series. Daisy Ridley and John Boyega and Adam Driver debut with Oscar Isaac while Lupita Nyong’o and Andy Serkis add quick, but vital performances as CGI characters.

Sicario – Harrowing and well paced look into the drug world as Emily Blunt has our hearts as her mind tragically adjusts to a bleak war. Benicio Del Toro and James Brolin take the law enforcement leads in vital performances that eventually reveal true motives/situations.

My Top Books of 2015

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain–for Life by David Perlmutter

The Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt

Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America’s Gutsiest Troublemakers by Nick Offerman.

Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body’s Most Underrated Organ by Giulia Enders

The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey by Rinker Buck

So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson

My Top Music of 2015

The Magic Whip by Blur

Thrive by Casting Crowns

A Head full of Dreams by Coldplay

Compton: A Soundtrack by Dr. Dre

How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful by FLORENCE + THE MACHINE

To Pimp A Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar

Pentatonix by Pentatonix

Man Plans God Laughs by Public Enemy

This Is Not a Test by Toby Mac

Before This World by James Taylor

My Top Video Games of 2015

DiRT Rally

Disney Infinity 3.0

Fallout 4

Life is Strange

Madden NFL 16

Metal Gear Solid V: Phantom Pain

Rise of the Tomb Raider

Splatoon

Star Wars Battlefront

Super Mario Maker

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