If I thought 2014 was a bad year for me in terms of movie watching, 2015 just slapped me around the face with an ex-rental tape. I did not even break the 100 barrier for total number of films watched as spare time is not something I am exactly blessed with these days. However, that did not stop me from checking out select movies that piqued my interest and the below 10 are particular highlights.
It’s hard to pick out one, but both Enemy and Mistress America blew my mind. A joint win, if you will.
This year was my lowest film tally to date, but I put that largely down to a new job that presented itself slap bang in the middle of the year. At worst, my film count is usually around the top end of the 200s or lower 300s, but we’re talking less than 150 in this calendar year.
That means that there are some HUGE casualties that I missed at the cinema and probably won’t get around to until the latter stages of 2015.
I toyed with the notion of not even publishing a list, especially considering that I have averaged two a month for the past six months, but I felt there were some strong inclusions regardless. Please judge the selections accordingly. You would not believe some of the ‘misses’ – Birdman, Interstellar, It Follows, Whiplash, Only Lovers Left Alive, Boyhood etc.
Horrendous year for me as mentioned in my Top 10 of 2014 list, but luckily I managed to sneak in a lot of ‘gold’ in those early months. A strong list for any year, but even more impressive for me considering I didn’t even break the 150 mark. The top two are pretty much inseparable but if pushed…
As predicted last year, my top 10 has been heavily influenced by my trip to Fantastic Fest in September with four films breaking into the list from that particular event. Admittedly, I have missed a lot of hyped releases this year and won’t get chance to catch up now until 2014, but it’s still a pretty solid top 10.
Not a great year in terms of volume for me, averaging roughly 20 movies a month. That meant I had to be very careful with my viewings. And aside from the occasional side-step – Nukie and Nightbreed: The Cabal Cut – I managed to see some pretty great older movies.
The top 3 were so hard to separate as nothing I have seen this year has stuck with me more than these three movies. I could watch either of them again right now. In fact, I find these almost impossible to compile in order past the first 5 or 10, so don’t pay too much attention to the numbers as you go down. And there were far too many honourable mentions to list. Yes, even more than I already have.