David Emms joined The Upside News in 2015 as our resident film reviewer and we think he’s pretty terrific.

He’s put together a list of the best and worst films of 2015 for your entertainment!


My Cinematic Movie Awards for 2015!

I ended up seeing 31 different new-release movies in 2015, which is a new record! Added to that, I saw Avengers: Age of Ultron and Star Wars Episode 7 three times each, so that actually made 35 visits to the cinema in 2015!

So here’s my awards for the best (and worst) films of 2015!


Worst Film of the Year:

By the Sea

By The Sea
No contest. This Angelina Jolie-Brad Pitt piece was horrendous. Easily one of the worst films I’ve ever seen. My now infamous comment of “beige camel turd of a film” sums it up completely!
[Half a star]

Dishonourable Mention: Minions [2 stars]


Most Disappointing Film of the Year:

Fantastic Four
The ‘reboot’ of the Fantastic Four franchise based on the Ultimate Fantastic Four storyline had promise, but was just bad, in so many ways. Fox totally insulted this Marvel Fanboy by delivering this piece of rubbish about one of his longest-loved Marvel comics / cartoons!
[2.5 stars]


Most Surprising (Positive) Film of the Year:

michael-keaton-birdman-flying-xlargeBirdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
I’d heard this movie was good. Thankfully I saw it before it won Best Picture at the Academy Awards last year so that I could judge for myself. It blew my frickin’ mind! Genius!
[5 stars]


Best Kids’ Film of the Year (as rated by me):
Inside Out
PIXAR knocks it out of the park, again!
[4 stars]

Honourable Mention: The Good Dinosaur [3.5 stars]


Best Kids’ Film of the Year (as rated by my daughter, Keely):

Inside Out
inside-out-651As a teenage girl who’s going through adolescence, she totally identified with the teenage girl protagonist in the film.
[5 stars]

Honourable Mention: The Penguins of Madagascar
[3 stars]


My daughter wanted an extra category this year:
Keely’s Favourite Film of 2015!

Avengers: Age of Ultron
[5 stars]


David Emm’s Top 5 Films of 2015:

#5 – Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
An amazing film. Brilliant acting, impeccable directing and a cinematographic twist that elevated this film to the heights it deserved.
[5 stars]

#4 – Mad Max: Fury Road
George Miller is a star! After a long break between films, a change of lead actor and a change of location caused by the Australian outback being too wet (ironically), he come out with this masterpiece! MORE! MORE!)
[5 stars]

#3 – The Martian
I don’t care what anyone else says. Ridley Scott is a God and Matt Damon can act. The story is riveting. The special effects are awesome. I loved this film.
[5 stars]

#2 – Avengers: Age of Ultron
Marvel Studios doing what it does best – bringing me a new ensemble superhero film with a great storyline, new characters and so many laughs. I think we should clone Joss Whedon, multiple times.
[5.5 stars]

#1 – Star Wars Episode 7: The Force Awakens
This is only the 5th film I’ve ever seen to earn the coveted “Emmsy’s 6 Star Rating”, for a film so perfect in every way that my investment in it is not misplaced and my soul becomes full. Plot. Character development. Action. Special Effects. Direction. Acting. Cinematography. Thank you JJ Abrams for giving the world our Star Wars back!
[6 stars]

By David Emms



David Emms is an electronic engineer, a father, and an avid movie goer.

He lives in Adelaide