The Daily Knight #5 – My 2015 Movie Picks

The Daily Knight #5 – My 2015 Movie Picks

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* HUGE NOTE: I didn’t include Star Wars: The Force Awakens in this list since it hasn’t come out yet as of the recording of this podcast. But I’m sure it’ll be the #1 movie on any/all of the lists that I will be making for the next 365 days. Maybe that’s why I’m doing this now, because my mind will be Star Wars mush in a couple weeks;)

Show Notes

This is The Daily Knight for Monday, December 7, 2015. This episode is brought to you by GeekSwag, original geek art and paraphernalia. Check us out at or our Facebook page at I’m your host, Gerardo San Diego, and today I want to talk about my movie picks for 2015, talk about Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, movies that I have seen and haven’t seen, and why.

Side Notes / Tips

  • Save your money for the blockbusters, watch the smaller movies during $6 matinee days.
  • 3D is darker than 2D movies.
  • Know your local theater–call ahead of time to see which screens are sold out, or have a lot of room left.

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation

  • More lighthearted, not as serious as Mission Impossible III (Philip Seymour Hoffman as bad guy) version. Faster paced than Ghost Protocol.
  • You never feel totally hopeless, which is a good thing.
  • Closer to a superhero movie than a spy movie, again a good thing on this case.
  • Rebecca Ferguson is perfect in role. Combination of a Bond woman and action hero. Hopefully she comes back in the next mission impossible.
  • Main villain is the right amount of creepy and you like to hate him.
  • Great twist ending, perfect for a mission impossible movie.
  • I think it’s the best Mission Impossible movie, but want to see it a couple more times to make sure.

Haven’t Seen Yet

  • James Bond: Spectre
  • Inside Out
  • Furious 7
  • Creed
  • Spy
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2
  • Fantastic Four
  • The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
  • Chappie

Have Seen

  • Jurassic World (8/10)
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron (8/10)
  • Kingsman: The Secret Service (8/10)
  • Focus (2015) (6.5/10)

Recommended Movies of 2015

  • Ex Machina (7.5/10)
    True science-fiction. Has that certain coldness/starkness similar to 2001: A Space Odyssey, Silent Running, and Moon. (If you haven’t seen Moon yet, go see it–I like it better than Ex Machina.)
    Star Wars: The Force Awakens actors Domhnall Gleeson (General Hux) and Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron) are good contrasts to one another.
    Not a popcorn movie, not necessarily a bright, happy ending, but it does get resolved.
  • San Andreas (8.5/10)
    Surprisingly good. Not once did I get angry at gaping plot holes.
    It does the most with what it had to work with–an earthquake movie with a family trying to reunite to save each other.
    Nobody tripped at the wrong moment, or get hung up on something stupid, or did something stupid that caused the more able person to die.
    I did get pissed at the little crying girl near the beginning that resulted in the assistant having to die to save her life.
  • Ant-Man (9/10)
    Funny, unique, a good break from all the serious SHIELD/Hydra stuff going on, especially in Winter Soldier.
    Paul Rudd does a good job, IMHO 8.5/10 performance.
    Main bad guy, Corey Stoll (Darren Cross/Yellowjacket) was kinda cliche, no surprises, 7.5/10.
    Evangeline Lilly, same 8.5/10.
    Michael Pena, provided the comedy spark, 9/10.
    Michael Douglas, right on 9/10.
    Ants = 10/10.
  • The Martian (9.5/10)
    Science-fiction + Absolutely Entertaining + Sounds accurate + Not too hard to keep up with explanations.
    Matt Damon nailed it again, combining level-headed sensibility with just right amount of humor and emotion.
    To me, the supporting cast was easily the best in any movie this year, from Watney’s flight crew, to mission control, to the JPL engineers, to the PR team.
    Try not to take any bathroom breaks past the first 30 minutes or not at all, because, similar to Tom Hank’s Cast Away, you’ll want to immerse yourself in the loneliness and waiting that the main characters go through.
  • Mad Max: Fury Road (9.5+/10)
    This is pure. Simple story told in a near-flawless way. 90% action and chasing, but the story continues to be told even when things are blowing up. The other 10% of quiet moments are breathtaking, especially two scenes, one during Furiosa’s cry of exhaustion, and the other during the night. You’ll know them when they happen. For a movie that could easily have many plot holes or frustrating moments during the action scenes. For example, they didn’t cheap out and make the hero drop the bullets at the last second, that sort of thing. You have to see it in a theater or a large home theater. Immerse yourself in it. Easily my pick for the best movie of the year.


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