20 Best Films Of 2015

I’ve seen a handful of films this year and I must say, I was fortunate enough to enjoy most of them. So for my year ender list, I have compiled the 20 Best Films of 2015 and this is very subjective! You may or may not agree with me but I think I have made a very interesting and competent list.

So check it out below:

20. THE INTERN
“… the film was able to find an unorthodox chemistry between its lead and supporting stars.”

19. ME, EARL AND THE DYING GIRL
“… is undeniably solid. From the script that was written pretty good, the performances of the main leads were spectacular and the way the film was crafted is quite compelling.”

18. THE PEANUTS MOVIE
“… has kept its charm with a more polish character sketches, stunning colorful visuals and warmth that comforts your heart.”

17. HENERAL LUNA
“… It was a rousing journey with enough entertainment and hilarity.”

16. BROOKLYN
“Timeless, sophisticated and beautiful!”

15. BRIDGE OF SPIES
“… is an enjoyable ride marking complex moments of history in its simplest illustrations.”

14. TRAINWRECK
“Funny, hilarious, simple.”

13. SPOTLIGHT
“… is solid at its best and it was an intense  experience to be honest.”

12. STEVE JOBS
“… The way it was crafted is neat and cohesive. The script is well made. The performances of the actors and actresses were honor worthy. The film is simply riveting!”

11. ROOM
“… It was emotional, moving, exciting, crazy, a kick in the gut, a pull in the heartstrings — it was an emotional ride.”

10. MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: ROGUE NATION
“… The sleek production, thrilling pacing and cohesive writing worked for me big time. It was engaging, entertaining and fun. The film allows the characters to be characters and not just actors doing action stunts.”

9. THE END OF THE TOUR
“… it is nice to note how the film was crafted. It was filled with the right mix of tenderness and humor.”

8. ANT-MAN
“… It was exciting, had parts of pretty good laugh, action filled and somehow written cohesively. Paul Rudd won me over again.”

7. STAR WARS: EPISODE VII – THE FORCE AWAKENS
“The 7th episode of Star Wars is a good nostalgia – provided that the viewer has seen its predecessors.”

6. THE BIG SHORT
“… is not perfect but it has a right mixture of appeal and hilarity, drama and fluid storytelling and a phasing that is strong and consistent.”

5. MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
“… It was exhilirating from start to end. The film was action-packed. And I am amazed on how hefty the narrative is. The entertainment value is top notch.”

4. AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON
“… the parts that are lacking is properly served in an exchange of visual bombast and an explosive, thrilling and fantastic action sequences. It is an entertaining treat.”

3. FURIOUS 7
“… This film is a ball of epic-ness.”

2. THE MARTIAN
“… is an exquisite, thrilling and solid piece of art. The writing was impeccable. The premise is simple yet profound. And how the film was crafted had the right mix and amount of humor, spectacular visual effects and solid script.”

1. INSIDE OUT
“Smart, witty, hilarious.”

20 Songs Of 2015

A comebacking music jaggernaut. A new sound from a pop star brat. A band that finally got their well deserved popularity. New artists emerged. And a newly crowned American Idol. – 2015 is such a wonderful year for the music industry.

An girl power empowerment, two anthemic life song, some sweet pop tunes and of course, a couple of ode to heartbreaks and pain. We also saw songs that won the hearts of the nation but failed to make it on my list.

Now with no further adieu, here is a subjective list of the 20 Songs Of 2015. I tried to come up the most competent list. Such a good year of really great-LSS inducing songs.

HONORABLE MENTIONS: Alessia Cara – Here; Selena Gomez (ft. ASAP Rocky) – Good For You; Andy Grammer – Honey, I’m Good; Major Lazer & DJ Snake – Lean On; OMI – Cheerleader; Fetty Wap – Trap Queen; Rihanna, Kanye West & Paul McCartney – Fourfiveseconds; Tove Lo – Talking Body; Shawn Mendes – Stitches

20. NOBODY LOVE
Tori Kelly

– An outstanding pop tunes that showcased the dynamics that Tori Kelly has mastered over the years. From failing an American Journey to covering songs uploaded on her youtube account, Tori Kelly has come a long way. Her biggest single to date, an uptempo track that is bouncey, enthusiastic and simple.

19. HOLD BACK THE RIVER
James Bay

– One of the newest breed of promising artist of 2015, James Bay exploded in charts and the music industry with a riveting single Hold back the river. The single starts with an acoustic sound allowing us to listen on James’ lovely tone before the band kicks in and created a more textured still maintaining that juvenile vibe the track explored that works perfectly!

18. WHERE ARE Ü NOW
Skrillex & Diplo (ft. Justin Bieber)

– The understated quality of vocal performance from Justin Bieber in this track is nothing but an astonishing treat. The dance beat matched the underproduced electro-pop music that I personally enjoyed, putting Justin’s vocals front and center – and I am not complaining.

17. FIGHT SONG
Rachel Platten

– I believe the song. I sang with it. I breathe with it. I was inspired by it. Fight Song is an anthemic cry of empowerment. And with Rachel’s solid vocals matched by a uplifting beat, the track is just the perfect battle cry for something literally & figuratively you want to fight for.

16. COOL FOR THE SUMMER
Demi Lovato

– A departure from her usual pop tunes, Demi explored a more in depth of her music style and I love how she didn’t went over the top (Sorry Miley). Her lead single, Cool for the summer, may have explored some bi-curiousity status but the song itself is slick, beat friendly and a sexy summer jam!

15. BEAUTIFUL LIFE
Nick Fradiani

– Color me blind and screw the nay-sayers but despite the dwindling down of American Idol popularity, I can’t help but feel and see some high hopes of this year’s winner. His coronation single may did fairly in terms of reception but the anthemic life song is a celebration! It was powerful but not over. It was simple and with Nick’s vocals giving us with so much demand and gusto, he was able to pull an anthemic track that boasts some beats and fist pumps.

14. WHAT DO YOU MEAN
Justin Bieber

– A little bit repetitive? Sure. But there is no denying that there is something refreshing kn this Justin track that is adorable at its best. It is boasting a simple production backing up Justin’s vocals that sounded in paricular good. The dance track isn’t as if you will bang yourself on the dancefloor, it works perfectly in its simplest forms.

13. EARNED IT
The Weeknd

– Sexy, thumping and slick. It sure did capture the perfect 50 Shades of Grey soundtrack and this earned The Weeknd the attention that they deserved. Earned it nurtures an unassuming sexiness that is not offensive yet you translates well!

12. DRAG ME DOWN
One Direction

– Departing from their bubble gum pop sound, the now 4 piece band and soon to be on a hiatus status, One Direction delivered a new sound that is probably inspired by Maroon 5. The zig and zag of the track still sounds radio friendly. And the boys giving us a more gritty sound on a beat driven track like Drag me down.

11. HOTLINE BLING
Drake

– Excuse Drake’s attempt to dance but Hotline Bling is such a tune. It sounded honest with no sense of trying hard to impress. The rhythm is lying on its simplicity and the track is easy to listen.

10. WANT TO WANT ME
Jason Derulo

– I must say, this is probably Jason’s best single to date. A more inspired Michael Jackson driven track, Want to want me enjoys an upbeat rhythm that is not too much on the ears and a beat that is fun, enthisuastic and not limiting. 

9. CAN’T FEEL MY FACE
The Weeknd

– Another Michael Jackson inspired track, The Weeknd goes all pop with their debut single for their new album. Can’t feel my face starts with a verse that subtlely demands attention and when the chorus hits in, the track produces a LSS-induced effect.

8. BAD BLOOD
Taylor Swift (ft. Kendrick Lamar)

– For the record, I really really think this was miles better than the original single on Taylor’s 1989 album. The remix added color as we hear Kendrick’s impressive rap verses balancing the song. It makes more sense now and even if the whole track seems to be repetitive, I digress. It was a wonderful combination.

7. SORRY
Justin Bieber

– I never really thought he could top What do you mean but when he released Sorry prior to the album release? I am done. I seriously enjoyed every bit of Sorry. The verses sound slick. The chorus sounds sexy without trying. And oooh, it boasts a rhythm that is easy.

6. HELLO
Adele

– The music jaggernaut is back and once again Adele broke records. Her debut single Hello may not have the same hook like that of her past singles, but it was still a powerful pop ballad. Hello translates well in a production that allows us to feel Adele and her voice whole heartedly.

5. SHUT UP AND DANCE
Walk The Moon

Shut up and dance will definitely make you dance along. The breakdown in the bridge is just solid but the overall production of this track is just riveting and enthusiastic.

4. WORTH IT
Fifth Harmony (ft. Kid Ink)

– After the bubblegum pop Miss Movin On, the urban beat Bo$$ and their first top 40 hit, Sledgehammer – Fifth Harmony finally found their biggest hit on their belt. With the slick beat, horn driven, R&B empowered track, Worth it is a solid from the girls giving us a glimpse of their individual vocal stylings and power. Not to mention, Wortg it speaks strongly with girl empowerment, self assured driven by a catchy rhythm that is a winning combination. Oh, Kid Ink was a nice touch too.

3. LOVE ME LIKE YOU DO
Ellie Goulding

– Everything just explodes to gorgeousness after the line “What are you waiting for?” because Ellie has such power behind her quirky, lovely voice. But more so the impressive vocal dynamics from Ellie, Love me like you do is such a solid soundtrack driven by an infectious rhythm and catchy verses.

2. SUGAR
Maroon 5

– Classic and literally sweet! This is a single from Maroon 5 that showed a different yet not surprising side from the band. Sugar is all sorts of sweet echoing more and more on Adam’s underrated vocals from his slick falsettos and sexy verses. Adam has a natural ability to transcends such thing into charismatic hit! Sugar is the best bet of solid, simple yet sweet cravings.

1. SEE YOU AGAIN
Wiz Khalifa (ft. Charlie Puth)

– Emotional! There’s power to this trackthat simply hits home. See you again had the perfect combination of Wiz’s solid rap verses and Charlie Puth’s emotional vocal showing during chorus. The song is just exuding with so much natural emotions and brought Charlie Puth in the map of music industry! Who didn’t got affected of this song? It was so genuine and emotionally attached! Great stuff.

10 Worst Films of 2015

With a handful of films, I have seen this year. I guess I could say I was able to come up with a list of my personal vendetta on what films were the worst and best of the year. Again, the list is coming from the movie reviews that I did throughout the year and I did see a decent (at least for me) amount of films for 2015.

You may agree or disagree with me but just like any other taste, this is very subjective. So with no further adieu, here are the 10 Worst Films of 2015:

ALMOST BUT NOT QUITE: Pitch Perfect 2, Hot Pursuit, The Gallows, Blackhat

[10] FANTASTIC FOUR
“… it bombed in the cinema, it bombed from the critics.”

[9] THE LOVE AFFAIR
“… thank God Bea Alonzo is a fantastic local actress.”

[8] TRANSPORTER: REFUELED
“… I needed to be refueled. Zzz..”

[7] YOU’RE STILL THE ONE
“… wasted talent on a crappy film. Richard Yap is clearly miscast.”

[6] HITMAN: AGENT 47
“… more like: shit, man!”

[5] VACATION
“… a much needed.”

[4] JUST THE WAY YOU ARE
“… Liza Soberano is so beautiful, I’m so offended.”

[3] YOU’RE MY BOSS
“… I’ve seen this before. My Lady Boss? The Proposal?”

[2] PIXELS
“… I cried so much. Oh, it’s a comedy film.”

[1] EX WITH BENEFITS
“… thank God for shirtless Derek Ramsay!”

Movie Review: Concussion (’15 Peter Landesman)

To be fair, Concussion is a film that I never really expect so much to it prior on watching. Sure, I heard and read mixed reviews about it and the recent nomination from Will Smith somehow boost a little expectation from me but not quite. The film picks up after a while of a bit dragging moments and then celebrate its success on a solid performance from Will Smith himself. Indeed, he was stunning. anot to take away anything from the supporting cast as they delivered as well. The script was fine with some strong moments in parts that requires it to be solid. Although, some parts where you wished it was done or stretch more to have an added impact. Nonetheless, Concussion is a decent showing backed up by solid performances from its cast, in particular, Will Smith! 7.5

Movie Review: Joy (’15 David O. Russell)

Joy is in no way a perfect film but in my eyes it was a decent autobiography based taled that worked in most parts. The writing was well woven. The transition is a bit a mess though. I find the direction quite a let down as it never really cease the gorgeousness and potential of the film as a whole. Nonetheless, the winning part of Joy is that it was able to stand behind such incredible performances from the cast. From Jennifer Lawrence who I thought delivered her best to date to Bradley Cooper’s slick and stunning performance. Robert De Niro is also an added touch, giving us a well rounded all star cast performance. In the end, Joy‘s strengths definitely outweigh its weaknesses. 7.5

The Voice 9: 20 Best Performances (Wrap-Up)

It’s the culmination of the 9th season The Voice and yes it was that fast! This show needed some season break interval at some point but I guess the ratings and impact is still giving the producers and the network so much money, a break is nowhere near the future.

Anyway, season 9 has been spoiled since the blind audition of eventual winner Jordan Smith. Not that he is bad singer nor a terrible kid, but the obvious pimping from the coaches backed up with a great story line and edit is just the perfect recipe for his crown. Not to mention, he was an itunes jaggernaut seller!

But even if the season became lame and predictable, I must say there are really incredible performances that define this season of The Voice.

So with no further adieu, here are my subjective list of which I think were the 20 Best Performances of The Voice 9.

20. STYLE
Ivonne Acero
Blind Auditions

– From her tone alone, I fell in love with Ivonne from the moment she opened her mouth. It was rich, interesting and there’s a good quirk on it that is recognizable without being too polarizing. Was it a perfect audition? No. But it was memorable enough to stand out.

19. JEALOUS
Jeffery Austin
Top 10

– On my ears, Jeffery is the real stand out of the season. Save from his finale performances, he was the most consistent and probably a personal favorite of mine. His weakest of his best performances (his audition was good for honorable mention) on my list is his take on now popular Labyrinth’s hit, Jealous. His control is breathtaking. The dynamics he displayed is simply solid.

18. BRAND NEW GIRLFRIEND
Zach Seabaugh
Live Play-Offs

– Look, Zach isn’t the best vocalist on Team Blake but to my surprise everything work on him during this performance. The beginning was cool and then when the band kicks in, it was another level of energy and the hip grinding was just an added touch. He sounded good and there’s just an infinite charisma in his confidence on stage that was remarkable that night.

17. DANCING ON MY OWN
Jeffery Austin
Top 11

Dancing on my own is yet another reality show favorite to cover this year and Jeffery took a risk in doing such not so popular track. Again he sounded really good on the track and there is beauty in his storytelling that created a magical momentum from a now dark horse artist of the competition.

16. PART OF ME
Ivonne Acero
Knockouts

– Ivonne was screwed over when someone else is choosing songs for her. She nailed it when she did Katy Perry’s Part of me because aside from she chose the song, all the beauty of her tone and the great control that she showed is quite lovely.

15. SHE’S GOT YOU
Emily Ann Roberts
Top 10

– Beautiful! Just a sublime performance and I am saying this as a person who isn’t a country fan. The way she navigated her verses were lovely and there is just gorgeousness in the totality of her delivery.

14. WE DON’T HAVE TO TAKE OUR CLOTHES OFF
Ellie Lawrence
Blind Auditions

– Ellie is probably one of the most memorable auditions of the season. It is not as pimped as that of Jordan or underrated like that of Jeffery but it was well recognized, well received and well performed.

13. TURNING TABLES
Jeffery Austin
Knockouts

– Sam Smith during the auditions then Adele on his knockouts? Jeffery is giving me happy chills! Rightfully he did cover an underrated Adele song and gave it justice. It was beautiful, understated and just lovely in all moments.

12. GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN
Madi Davis
Top 10

– At first I was afraid that Madi would crash and burn just like what happened to Joey Cook (AI14) this year with the same song but there is something interestingly solid in Madi’s cover. She just kept an iconic 80s song and make it sound current. Sure it was a bit too dark but I digress.

11. LIPS ARE MOVIN’
Lyndsey Elm
Blind Auditions

– Lyndsey’s audition is solid! I enjoyed every bit of it. From tye quirky arrangement that she infused with her style yet keeping it with the original. The tone of her voice is lovely. The arrangement was interesting and her phrasing is just lovely.

10. MAKE IT RAIN
Jeffery Austin
Instant Save

– Once he started opening his mouth, I knew he rightfully deserve to be saved and sent through the finale. It wasn’t as gritty as Matt McAndrew or a diva version like that of Koryn Hawthorne but it was simply soulful with a nice touch of ad libs and the liberties he took were breathtaking.

9. THANK YOU
Andi & Alex
Blind Auditions

– It was ethereal. The combination of their voices were just beautiful! To me it was the best audition of the season. And it worked in all sorts of magical gorgeousness!

8. GREAT IS THY FAITHFULNESS
Jordan Smith
Top 12

– The simplicity in his delivery is what sold me especially in that first half. It was the perfect song choice and it gave us a more heartfelt insight of Jordan without any sorts of pimping from the coaches.

7. LET IT GO
Jeffery Austin
Top 12

– Jeffery is building up a steam for his resume and after that fantastic play-offs performance? I never really thought he would deliver yet another solid one! Taking James Bay’s Let it go, I thought it was a homerun. From his emotional connection to his fantastic dyanmics, Jeffery is just making it easy for me to love him more.

6. BLANK SPACE
Amy Vachal
Top 11

– Sure, I always thought Amy can deliver decent performances but could either be sleepy in the end or decently bland. But her take on this Taylor Swift megahit is surely her best to date. It was interesting, memorable and technically solid.

5. BELIEVE
Jeffery Austin
Top 9

– Sublime! I love how he slowed it down as it gave a more depth especially with what the song was trying to tell. And then Jeffery sung it beautifully with a gorgeous phrasing, not so over the top runs and the ending just sealed it! 

4. A CASE OF YOU
Madi Davis
Knockouts

– Not gonna lie my benchmark for this song would always that amazing performance of James Wolpert (Season 5) but Madi gave a really competent take on it too. It was sublime, lovely and strong.

3. SAMSON
Korin Bukowski/Chase Kerby
Battle Rounds

– You may be surprised, but my favorite battle for this season is the gorgeous of this Korin-Chase duel! It was all sorts of loveliness. Their voices just blended well. It was like butter that is melting beautifully and I can’t really complain. Though not techically perfect, it is just so hard to resist!

2. SOMEBODY TO LOVE
Jordan Smith
Top 9

– Glorious! I always say he is definitely a fantastic vocalist but with the pimping I feel like his magic got taken a bit away but with this performance? I was just left in awe. It was unbeleivably stunning!

1. SAY YOU LOVE ME
Jeffery Austin
Live Play-Offs

– I’m done! Best. Of. The. Season. Thank You!