3. ‘Jupiter Ascending’ (2015)
Widely lampooned on its initial release (maybe surprise premiering it at the Sundance Film Festival wasn’t the best idea), this often-delayed, mega-budget original science fiction film can now rightfully be seen as a visionary, overstuffed delight. As someone on Twitter recently put it, they created an entire cinematic universe in one movie. And it’s true. The tale of Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis), a lowly immigrant cleaning lady, who discovers she is the genetic match for a galactic ruler, is over-the-top and swoony in its romanticism. (The Wachowskis said they were inspired, in part, by Bollywood musicals.) It's not perfect by any stretch of the imagination, oftentimes the story becomes overwhelmingly complicated and whatever Eddie Redmayne is doing, it doesn’t really work. But it’s hard not to fall in love with a movie so full of ideas and creatures and ingenious, next-level designs. Also, the movie has at least two all-time classic Wachowski sequences: a spacecraft chase in downtown Chicago (Channing Tatum plays a wolf-man who wears flying rollerblades, that cannot be overstated enough) and a prolonged, Terry Gilliam-esque sequence of galactic bureaucracy that features a cameo by Gilliam himself. Inspired and inspiring, “Jupiter Ascending” is a cult classic in the making. Or maybe it’s just a classic.