With the release of the pretty terrible looking 5th Wave starring Chloe Grace Moretz this weekend, this week’s top 10 will focus on the Top 10 Alien Invasion Movies of all time. I thought about including The Avengers but I’m not sure I’d consider that an alien invasion movie.  I mean aliens invade but that isn’t really the focus.  If that were the case several other superhero movies would fall under this category (like Man of Steel).  So I’ll just leave superhero movies out altogether.  Other than that, this one kind of speaks for itself, so let’s get started:

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the big short

It’s about the time of year to start catching up on Oscar movies that I haven’t seen.  What better place to start than one nominated for 5 awards, including best picture?

The Big Short is based on the true story of the housing market collapse in 2008.  It follows the separate, yet connected, stories of several people who saw the collapse coming, and therefore bet against the always stable housing market.  I know; it sounds super boring.

13 hours

Michael Bay doesn’t exactly have the best track record with making a good movie based on a true story.  Or for making good movies in general for that matter.  That has officially changed.

13 Hours is based on the true events that transpired in 2012 when the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya was attacked.  It details how several military contractors working for the CIA fought for the survival of themselves, and every other American in the area.

This week’s Top 10 is a Top 5.  This is because I’m looking at Michael Bay, a director who’s Top 10 would feature more really bad movies than good ones.  Don’t get me wrong, I actually enjoy Michael Bay for who he is.  He has a few fun, popcorn action movies that are guilty pleasures of mine.  But most of these movies are not good, based on pretty much every definition of the word.  So without further ado, let’s get to the Top 5 of the master of insane explosions and American flags:

GOT

I held out for a while, but finally gave in and tried to see what all the hype was about.

Game of Thrones is the worldwide phenomenon of an HBO show in which several noble families in the mythical land of Westeros try to take control of the world and get to sit in  the so-called “Iron Throne”, also known as the world’s most uncomfortable chair made out of melted swords.

the revenant

If Leo doesn’t win the Oscar this year, it’s pretty much hopeless.

The Revenant is about a group of fur trappers who get ambushed by Indians and are forced to find another way home.  Along the way Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) gets attacked by a bear and left for dead by Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy).  Glass has to fight to survive so he can exact his revenge on the man who wronged him.

The best horror movie this side of 2000 is getting a sequel. And now we have a trailer for said sequel that is really good… until it blows it in the last 10 seconds.

For my first trailer review of 2016, I felt the need to talk about the trailer for The Conjuring 2 that came out today (see below).  The Conjuring is one of my favorite horror movies of all time and is ripe for a sequel (or sequels), in my opinion.  The are plenty of “true stories” involving famed paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren that can be told.  So, I watched this trailer excitedly hoping for a sneak peek of more of the greatness that is The Conjuring.

This is the last “2015 in review” post I’ll do.  When creating my end of year lists, I realized that several grades I gave initially do not currently reflect my current opinion.  So, I have re-graded the following 4 movies based on how my thoughts have changed over time and further viewings.  I still stand by the original scores- nothing changes what I thought of a movie soon after seeing it.  I just happened to be mistaken (obviously not wrong though. Never wrong)  and these are just an update on how I feel now.  You can click on the titles to see my initial review.

Because The Revenant finally comes out where I live this weekend, this week’s top 10 will focus on the film’s star and one of the best actors working today, Leonardo DiCaprio.  In my opinion, this guy has come into his own much more during the 21st century.  A lot of his earlier movies are either terrible (looking at you, The Beach), or are supposedly good but I have never really had an interest in seeing (that would be you, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape).  That being said, here are my Top 10 Leonardo DiCaprio Movies: