BEST ‘GEEK’ FILMS of 2015 [Clergywide Top 5]: If I Ruled the World…

Now, for the moment you’ve all been waiting for… ***drumroll please!*** GHG’s Top Movies of the Year.

While we included “Geek” in the title, GodHatesGeeks didn’t limit our writers to just nerd flicks; we just wanted to make sure this didn’t wind up a Tribeca “who’s who”. Indies, rom-coms, biopics, police dramas, and what-have-you are cool, and we included those so long as our list (for the most part) stayed true to the game.

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Who had the best superhero film? Sci-Fi? Horror? Fantasy? Who faired better: Rey or Furiosa? Best animated? Find out below, and feel free to click on the respectibe bible scores to read our full reviews.



Lance Paul “The Apostle” @lance_paul

1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens – “On par with the best [Star Wars] film in the last six, and, after more viewings, may even surpass it.” – 4.75/5
2. Ant-Man4.75/5
3. Mad Max: Fury Road4.5/5
4. The Martian4.25/5
5. Creed4.25/5

Honorable mention: Buried Cain, Jurassic World, The Man from U.N.C.L.E..

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"Brother" Myke Ladiona @onemyke
“Brother” Myke Ladiona
@onemyke

1. Mad Max: Fury Road4.75/5
2. Inside Out – “IO takes beautifully developed characters through an honest, thought-out narrative with all the gorgeous visual cohesion that is to be expected.” – 4.75/5
3. Creed4.5/5
4. Sicario – “The vibrancy of Roger Deakins’ shots perfectly complemented the harsh and unrelenting narrative, without resorting to over-stylized filters.” – 4.5/5
5. Ex Machina – “Ex Machina‘s cohesive tone is helped by a steady, methodical pacing that gives equal weight to the plot developments as it does to the philosophical inquiries.” – 4.25/5

Honorable mention: Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Dope, Straight Outta Compton.

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Stephanie "Lady Croft" Panisello @Steph_Panisello
Stephanie “Lady Croft” Panisello
@Steph_Panisello

1. The Revenant – “The marriage between the cinematography and the fighting is beautifully done; almost so perfect, that you wonder how close and personal the camera really is when blood splatters the lens.” –  5/5
2. Mad Max: Fury Road5/5
3. The Martian4.5/5
4. Star Wars: The Force Awakens4/5
5. Inside Out4/5

Honorable mention: Minions.

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"Cardinal" Gary Brooks
“Cardinal” Gary Brooks

1. Mad Max: Fury Road5/5
2. The Avengers: Age of Ultron4.5/5
3. Star Wars: The Force Awakens4.5/5
4. Straight Outta Compton4.5/5
5. Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation4.25/5

Honorable mention: Furious 7, Creed, Sicario.

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"Deacon E" Esko @eskobts
“Deacon E” Esko
@eskobts

1. Straight Outta Compton – “The persona of each character is so unique and true to life, that I have a freshly renewed fear of Suge Knight and a new respect for Ice Cube.” – 5/5
2. Star Wars: The Force Awakens5/5
3. Avengers: Age Of Ultron4.25/5
4. Mad Max: Fury Road4/5
5. Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation3.75/5

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"Father" Joe Tower @whateverjoe
“Father” Joe Tower
@whateverjoe

1. Mad Max: Fury Road5/5
2. Creed4.5/5
3. Straight Outta Compton4.5/5
4. Ex Machina4.5/5
5. Inside Out4/5

Honorable mention: Dope, Spotlight, The Revenant, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Hateful Eight.

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"The Priestess" Eva CEja @evaceja
“The Priestess” Eva CEja @evaceja

1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens5/5
2. The Hateful Eight4.75/5
3. Ex Machina4.75/5
4. The Martian – “After a few laughs, great tragedies, lots of tears, and awesome astrophysical endeavors, The Martian is a movie that will definitely hold on its own in 2015.” – 4.5/5
5. Crimson Peak4.5/5

Honorable mention: Creed, Jurassic World, Sisters, Trainwreck.

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“Saint” Patrick Obloy @OffTheGeekEnd

1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens5/5
2. Ant-Man4.75/5
3. Mad Max: Fury Road4.5/5
4. Avengers: Age of Ultron4.25/5
5. Furious 74.25/5

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Kenny "Saint Superkick" Sanders @HueySkyywalker
Kenny “Saint Superkick” Sanders
@HueySkyywalker

1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens5/5
2. Straight Outta Compton4.5/5
3. Avengers: Age of Ultron4/5
4. Ant-Man4/5
5. Sicario3.5/5

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"Reverend" Ryan Ford @nayrdrof
“Reverend” Ryan Ford @nayrdrof

1. Mad Max: Fury Road4.75/5
2. Star Wars: The Force Awakens4.75/5
3. Ant-Man4.5/5
4. Inside Out4.5/5
5. Avengers: Age of Ultron4/5

Honorable mention: Jurassic World.

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Taffeta "Dutchess" Darling @TheTaffetaDarling
Taffeta “Dutchess” Darling
@TheTaffetaDarling

1. Bone Tomahawk5/5
2. Ant-Man4.75/5
3. Mad Max: Fury Road4.75/5
4. Jurassic World4.5/5
5. The Hateful Eight4.5/5

Honorable mention: Creed, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Ex Machina.

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“El Sacerdote” J.L. Caraballo Twitter @captzaff007
“El Sacerdote” J.L. Caraballo Twitter @captzaff007

1. Mad Max: Fury Road5/5
2. Creed5/5
3. What We Do In The Shadows – “This film is brilliantly staged, and each character is given enough backstory to make them fascinating and hilarious at the same time — all which gives it a great emotional core.” – 4.5/5
4. The Martian4.25/5
5. Star Wars: The Force Awakens4/5

Honorable mention: White God, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, It FollowsAnt-Man, Dangerous Men (5/7 Bibles).

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“Dynast” Dana Keels @hatandwand

1. Mad Max: Fury Road5/5
2. The Hateful Eight4.5/5
3. The Revenant4/5
4. Star Wars: The Force Awakens3.75/5
5. Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter3.5/5

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Lisa "The Goddam" Wu @the_goddamn_wu
Lisa “The Goddam” Wu
@the_goddamn_wu

1. Jurassic World4.5/5
2. The Martian4.25/5
3. Star Wars: The Force Awakens4/5
4. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 24/5
5. Mortdecai4/5

Honorable mention: Mad Max: Fury Road.

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Alex "The Vicar" @gradet
Alex “The Vicar” Gradet
@gradet

1. Mad Max: Fury Road5/5
2. Ex Machina5/5
3. Star Wars: The Force Awakens4.75/5
4. Creed4.5/5
5. Sicario4/5

Honorable mentions: Mistress America, Spotlight, Inside Out, Shaun the Sheep: The Movie, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, Trainwreck, Spy, Straight Outta Compton, What Happened Miss Simone?, Magic Mike XXL, The head-explodey scene in Kingsman: Secret Service.

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Bri “Countess” Calderon IG @brisa1115

1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens5/5
2. Inside Out5/5
3. Avengers: Age of Ultron4.75/5
4. Mad Max: Fury Road4.75/5
5. Black Mass4.5/5

Honorable mention: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, Cinderella, Pan, Terminator: GenisysEntourage, Straight Outta Compton, The Kingsman: Secret Service, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, The Good Dinosaur.

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Ryan "Salvation" Scott @radio_adventure
Ryan “Salvation” Scott
@radio_adventure

1. Jurassic World4.75/5
2. Star Wars: The Force Awakens4.75/5
3. Spectre: 0074.5/5
4. Mad Max: Fury Road4/5
5. It Follows4/5

Honorable mention: Spy, Avengers: Age of Ultron, San Andreas.

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"The Apostate" Adam Mondschein @AdamMondschein
“The Apostate” Adam Mondschein
@AdamMondschein

1. Mad Max: Fury Road – “MMFR‘s rampaging chase, stunt work and CG blends into a seamless torrent of beautifully-choreographed violence.” – 10/5
2. Creed4.5/5
3. Straight Outta Compton4.5/5
4. The Hateful Eight4.5/5
5. Star Wars: The Force Awakens – 4.5/5

Honorable mention: Ex Machina, Inside OutDope, Spotlight, The Revenant.

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JaDarrell "The Belser" @TheBelser
JaDarrell “The Belser”
@TheBelser

1. Straight Outta Compton5/5
2. Dope4.5/5
3. Ant-Man4/5
4. Creed – “Creed is a true Rocky spin-off, not a Rocky rip-off; and yet while it pays homage to the original flicks, it’s very much its own movie — and a damn good one at that.” – 4/5
5. Avengers Age of Ultron3.5/5

Honorable mention: The Kingsman: Secret Service.

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Jason "Bad Preacher" Bud
Jason “Bad Preacher” Bud

1. Mad Max: Fury Road5/5
2. The Revenant5/5
3. Sicario4.75/5
4. The Hateful Eight4.5/5
5. Beasts of No Nation4.25/5

Honorable mention: Ex Machina, Spectre: 007.

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Michelle "Magdalene" Kisner @RobotCookie
Michelle “Magdalene” Kisner
@RobotCookie

1. Ex Machina5/5
2. The Revenant5/5
3. Mad Max: Fury Road5/5
4. The Hateful Eight4/5
5. Crimson Peak3/5

Honorable mention: Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

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"Monsignor" Travis Moody @TravMoody
“Monsignor” Travis Moody
@TravMoody

1. Mad Max: Fury Road – 5/5
2. Star Wars: The Force Awakens – “I can’t remember the last movie that kept this geek journalist so glued to his seat, hands clenched together throughout every second of every minute of every scene without a flinch.” – 4.75/5
3. Straight Outta Compton4.5/5
4. Inside Out4.5/5
5. Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation – “Rogue Nation — arguably the franchise’s funniest film — offers an array of death-defying thrills that should get the heart beating faster than any other previous installment.” – 4.25/5

Honorable mention: The Hateful EightAnt-Man, The Revenant, Sicario, Terminator: Genisys, Avengers: Age of UltronCreed, Black Mass, The Martian.

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GodHatesGeeks @GodHatesGeeks
GodHatesGeeks
@GodHatesGeeks

***GHG’s Best ‘Geek’ Films of the Year***

1. Mad Max: Fury Road (TEN 1st place votes; ONE 2nd place votes; SIX 3-5’s).

2. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (FIVE 1st place votes; FOUR 2nd place votes; EIGHT 3-5’s).

3. Straight Outta Compton (TWO 1st place votes; FIRST 2nd place votes; FOUR 3-5’s).

4. The Revenant (ONE 1st place votes; TWO 2nd place votes; ONE 3-5’s).

5. Ex Machina (ONE 1st place votes; ONE 2nd place votes; THREE 3-5’s).


***GHG’s Superhero Film of the Year***

Ant-Man


***GHG’s Animated Movie of the Year***

Inside Out


***GHG’s Honorable mention***

Creed, Ant-Man, The Hateful Eight, Inside Out, Jurassic World, Avengers: Age of Ultron, The Martian, Sicario, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation.




Stay tuned for our Best Movies of 2015 Podcast, for a more in-depth listen on our Top 5’s, as well as Worst and Most Disappointing Movies of the Year, in addition to our forecast for 2016!!!

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