2014 brought about a string of films that worked to extend the medium of film, testing its boundaries to see where it could take both the filmmaker and the viewers. Examples of such films include Interstellar, with is breathtaking special effects which transported us into space, Boyhood, causing us to question what exactly realist cinema is, and Birdman’s experimentation with cinematography and editing. Marvel continued to crank out super-hero films with Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain America: The Winter Solider. Ben Affleck decided to blur the lines between art and life with his portrayal of Nick Dunne in Gone Girl and moviegoers developed an appetite for dystopian trilogies (The Hunger Games series and the Divergent series). Want to know what quality cinema came out this year? Check out the list below:
This was the first year that a single studio, Universal Pictures, released three films that each grossed over $1 billion; the first year that a single studio released two films that both grossed over $1.5 billion, and the first year a single studio released two films that both grossed over $1 billion outside of North America. These movies are Jurassic World, Furious 7 and Minions. Minions became the first non-Disney animated film to gross over $1 billion, and it is currently the fourth highest-grossing animated film of all time. 2015 was also the year of the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris, we won the fight for net neutrality, and the world exploded over what colour the dress was. In June, the Supreme Court made a landmark decision when they voted to allow same-sex couples to marry nationwide, while Ireland was the first country in the world to approve same-sex marriage. In July of 2015, we got the clearest picture of Pluto after more than 9 years of waiting for the New Horizons craft to reach this distant planet. We also got to see the day that Doc Brown, Marty McFly and Jennifer descended upon, October 21st, 2015… though our time seems to have a lot less hover boards. Star Wars, The Force Awakens was released at the end of 2015, and became the highest grossing film of 2015.