The year wraps up with old franchises making big bucks: some of the highest earners that fit this category don’t make it in this list (Jurassic World and The Avengers: Age of Ultron were decent movies that failed to live up to the high benchmark of earlier films in their series). However, some of the better ones, Mad Max, Star Wars and Mockingjay Part II, offered some of the most enjoyable film events of the year.
The three central fingers raised with thumb and pinky connected; the Mockingjay Salute. This time it’s not appearing in a film, but instead in the Philippine Senate. Miriam Defensor Santiago has her arm elevated; what does it mean? A symbol of defiance, a sign saying that she is not going to take the corruption anymore, a warning that she is going to speak truth to power. When a gesture becomes a poignant metaphor in a real political arena, you know a film is not just pop culture froth. The groundbreaking Hunger Games franchise, the most fascinating of recent globalized cultural products, reaches its finale this week with the release of Mockingjay Part 2.