Down A Dark Lane’s Top 5 of 2015

Coming across new, high-quality horror media is undoubtedly a tough quest. There’s plenty of horror fiction that comes out yearly, but most are uninspired, poorly made, and/or unoriginal. Though there were plenty of examples of bad horror fiction that came out in 2015 (Unfriended, The Visit, and Poltergeist come to mind), there was a surprisingly large amount of good, and even great, horror movies, comics, and even video games. What follows is a list containing my top five absolute favorite pieces of horror fiction of the past year.

5. Crimson Peak – Co-Written/Directed by Guillermo Del Toro

Perhaps Crimson Peak tells a tale that is simple. Perhaps it’s one that you’ve heard many times before. Perhaps you could predict the outcome of the story by the halfway point. All of these plot misgivings aside, Crimson Peak is still one of the best movies of 2015. Crimson Peak doesn’t succeed due to its plot, no, but instead because of its design. Visionary director Guillermo Del Toro takes a tale told time and time again, and makes it interesting by creating a wonderfully beautiful Victorian-era world of ghosts, forbidden love, and Gothic design. This film includes some truly astonishing cinematography, along with the year’s best set and costume designs. The plot may be thin, but everything else about the film is so effectively executed that it’s easy to look past the shortcomings in the story. For more on why I believe that style is actually more important than substance in Crimson Peak, read my original review of the film.

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Jake and Michael’s Top 10 Albums of 2015

Album CollageIn case you didn’t see the post from yesterday, we here at the Jet Fuel Review Blog are celebrating the end of the year with a handful of end-of-the-year lists. Yesterday, we posted the Jet Fuel Jukebox’s Top 50 Songs of 2015, and today we follow suit of every other publication under the sun (Like this one, this one, and this one, to cite a few) and present to you mine and Jake’s top 10 albums of 2015!

Michael: Creating this list was incredibly tough for me, as I was forced to cut many records off my list that I actually really love. I’ve been going through my backlog of records that I’ve needed to listen to and actually stumbled upon a couple of latecomers that have fallen pretty high on my list. The list you see below could be different by the end of the week, when I stumble upon some record that I somehow missed. But for right now, this is my final top ten albums of 2015 and I’m sticking to it!

Jake: This year has been an interesting one for me musically. Being an avid pop fan, 2015 gave me some of the best records in the genre in years. Many albums that made my list truly surprised me, but kept me coming back for more. While I left many behind that just barely missed the cutoff, the following albums truly represented my mood and emotions throughout the year.

Jake and I will present our respective top ten lists in order starting with number ten and moving down to number one, beginning with Jake’s number ten, then my number ten, then Jake’s number nine, and so on and so forth.

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Jet Fuel Jukebox’s Top 50 Songs of 2015!

Jukebox_picIt’s my favorite time of the year! End-of-the-year lists time! Whether it’s for movies, books, video games, or albums, you’ll likely run into a bunch of lists from every publication under the sun chronicling their favorites from the past 365 days. We here at the Jet Fuel Review Blog will have our own fair share of end-of-the-year lists to share with you as well, with this first post dedicated to mine and our resident music blogger’s personal top 50 songs of 2015.

For this list, Jake and I began in the mindset of creating a list of our respective top ten songs. Deciding on only ten songs from a year with plenty of amazing tracks proved too difficult, so we bumped it up to 25 favorite tracks each. Keep in mind there is no actual ranking to the songs in this list, it’s just our favorite 50 songs from 2015.

Before you go onto read and/or listen to our list of favorite songs, know that we will have a much more detailed post coming tomorrow regarding mine and Jake’s respective top 10 albums of 2015, so be on the lookout for that one!

— Michael Lane, Blog Editor

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