This… super makes sense as the first film in the filmography of two trans women. (I’m not counting Assassins because they said the script was totally taken away from them and they tried and failed to have their names removed from the credits.) It also makes sense for the Wachowski Sisters specifically because their influences (unfortunate as they are) are much more on the surface than in later films. However, so are the elements that are wholly their own which will expand and crowd out the tarantino/cohens-lite flourishes as the sisters very quickly come into their own in just their second movie.
4. Mad Max: Fury Road
Incredible action, incredible visuals, amazing soundtrack… just sublime.
3. Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation
Ghost Protocol might have a few highs that are higher than Rogue Nation’s, but I’m not actually sure about that. That opera scene was aces, the motorcycle chase was breathtaking… and really, even if you give Ghost Protocol the nod in this category for the Kremlin break-in and all the Dubai stuff (and I wouldn’t really be able to fault you), Rogue Nation is just so consistently great from beginning to end. And it has the most interesting villain the series has ever had.
2. The Thing (1982)
I love the isolated setting in this; I dare say it’s the reason I like it so damn much. There’s a (I think intentionally) similar episode of The X-Files which is one of my favorite episodes of the show despite a lot of the episodes from that first season being kind of hit or miss. It’s funny, because I actually fucking hate snow in real life (might have something to do with growing up in the Chicago area and then living in the Boston area for most of my adult life), but I absolutely love snow in movies. Make of that what you will.
1. The Martian
I’m kind of always an easy mark for space movies, but this one actually has an additional factor going for it. Once NASA realizes that Mark is alive, the story becomes about this incredibly huge group of smart and dedicated people putting all their resources into saving him. Just tackling impossible problem after impossible problem because failure isn’t an option. And yeah, hi? Are you kidding me? I’ll take two! That is exactly my kind of shit.