Friday, December 18, 2015

2015 at 24fps

Of the 600+ titles I saw this year, these were my most favourite. A Top 30 & many many honorables. Also, my 2015 ballot at the Wandering Image, highlighting the year's best in film by category.



also, a mirror of this post on my grumblr.





here's the countdown:





TANGERINE
.
IT FOLLOWS
.
HEAVEN KNOWS WHAT
.
BONE TOMAHAWK

.
THE ASSASSIN

.
IN  JACKSON HEIGHTS

.
CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA

.
WESTERN

.
JAUJA

.
ROOM

.
GIRLHOOD

.
THE PEARL BUTTON

.
MEDITERRANEA

.
GETT: 
THE TRIAL OF VIVIANE AMSALEM

.
TAXI

.
THE TRIBE

.
PHOENIX

.
HEART OF A DOG

.
OF MEN AND WAR

.
QUEEN OF EARTH

.
WORLD OF TOMORROW

.
A PIGEON SAT ON A BRANCH  
REFLECTING ON EXISTENCE

.
CAROL

.
THE FORBIDDEN ROOM

.
HORSE MONEY

.
THE DUKE OF BURGUNDY

.
THE LOOK OF SILENCE
.
HARD TO BE A GOD
.
ANOMALISA
.
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD



***** 










 ALSO ESSENTIAL. NOT RANKED. 
 (the other titles of 2015 I loved that could've placed) 






 WHAT HAPPENED MISS SIMONE?

.
MUSTANG
.
THE PRINCESS OF FRANCE

.
EX MACHINA

.
BROOKLYN

.
YOUTH

.
BLACKHAT

.
BIG GAME

.
EDEN

.
'71

.
WELCOME TO NEW YORK

.
GÜEROS

.
BRIDGE OF SPIES

.
THE NIGHTMARE

.
JOURNEY TO THE WEST

.
GANGS OF WASSEYPUR I & II
.
COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK

.
PRINCE

.
ENTERTAINMENT

.
LI'L QUINQUIN

.
SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE

.
THE HUNTING GROUND

.
CHI-RAQ

.
EXPERIMENTER

.
THE GREEN INFERNO

.
TOKYO TRIBE

.
WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS

.
THE HATEFUL EIGHT [70mm Roadshow]
.
ABOUT ELLY

.
KUMIKO, THE TREASURE HUNTER

.
CYMBELINE

.
JAMES WHITE

.
DOOMSDAYS

.
CHARLIE'S COUNTRY

.
GIUSEPPE MAKES A MOVIE

.
THE SALVATION

.
WYRMWOOD: ROAD OF THE DEAD

.
LOVE & MERCY
.
THE LIFE AND MIND OF MARK DEFRIEST
.
THE VISIT: AN ALIEN ENCOUNTER

.
MATT SHEPARD IS A FRIEND OF MINE

.
CREED

.
MAPS TO THE STARS

.
SUNSHINE SUPERMAN

.
THE GIFT

.
PADDINGTON

.
A POEM IS A NAKED PERSON

.
DA SWEET BLOOD OF JESUS

.
STRAY DOG

.
RUN THE JEWELS:
CLOSE YOUR EYES AND COUNT TO FUCK
.
YAKUZA APOCALYPSE

.
IN THE BASEMENT

.
CRIMSON PEAK

.
TWO MEN IN TOWN

.
GOODNIGHT MOMMY

.
REALITY

.
SICARIO

.
CREEP

.
CHEATIN'

.
MAGIC MIKE XXL

.
HITCHCOCK / TRUFFAUT

.
LAST DAYS OF CONEY ISLAND

.
GOOSEBUMPS

.
CRUMBS

.
THE GOOD DINOSAUR

.
JUNUN

.
ZARAFA

.
IRRATIONAL MAN

.
THE WOLFPACK

.
DUDE BRO PARTY MASSACRE III



  ****




2015
TOP 30
  1. MAD MAX: FURY ROAD (George Miller)
  2. ANOMALISA (Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson)
  3. HARD TO BE A GOD (Aleksei German)
  4. LOOK OF SILENCE (Oppenheimer)
  5. DUKE OF BURGUNDY (Strickland)
  6. HORSE MONEY (Pedro Costa)
  7. THE FORBIDDEN ROOM (Guy Maddin)
  8. CAROL (Todd Haynes)
  9. PIGEON SAT ON A BRANCH.. (Andersson)
  10. WORLD OF TOMORROW (Hertzfeldt)
  11. QUEEN OF EARTH (Alex Ross Perry)
  12. OF MEN AND WAR (Laurent Bécue-Renard)
  13. HEART OF A DOG (Laurie Anderson)
  14. PHOENIX (Petzoldt)
  15. THE TRIBE (Slaboshpitsky)
  16. TAXI (Panahi)
  17. GETT (Elkabetz)
  18. MEDITERRANEA (Jonas Carpignano)
  19. THE PEARL BUTTON (Patricio Guzmán)
  20. GIRLHOOD (Sciamma)
  21. ROOM (Lenny Abrahamson)
  22. JAUJA (Lisandro Alonso)
  23. WESTERN (Ross bros.)
  24. CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA (Assayas)
  25. IN JACKSON HEIGHTS (Wiseman)
  26. THE ASSASSIN (Hsiao-hsien)
  27. BONE TOMAHAWK (Zahler)
  28. HEAVEN KNOWS WHAT (Safdie)
  29. IT FOLLOWS (David Robert Mitchell)
  30. TANGERINE (Sean S. Baker)


RUNNER-UP 
WHAT HAPPENED NINA SIMONE? (Liz Garbus), MUSTANG (Deniz Gamze Ergüven), PRINCESS OF FRANCE (Piñeiro), EX MACHINA (Garland), BROOKLYN (John Crowley), YOUTH (Sorrentino), BLACKHAT (Michael Mann), BIG GAME (Helander), EDEN (Hansen-Løve), '71 (Yann Demange), WELCOME TO NEW YORK (Ferrara), GÜEROS (Ruizpalacios), BRIDGE OF SPIES (Spielberg), THE NIGHTMARE (Ascher), JOURNEY TO THE WEST (Ming-liang), GANGS OF WASSEYPUR (Kashyap), MONTAGE OF HECK (Brett Morgen), PRINCE (de Jong), ENTERTAINMENT (Alverson), LI'L QUINQUIN (Dumont), SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE (Mark Burton/Starzak), THE HUNTING GROUND (Kirby Dick), CHI-RAQ (Spike Lee), EXPERIMENTER (Almereyda), GREEN INFERNO (Eli Roth), TOKYO TRIBE (Sono), WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS (Waititi), THE HATEFUL EIGHT (Tarantino), ABOUT ELLY (Farhadi), KUMIKO TREASURE HUNTER (Zellner bros.), CYMBELINE (Almereyda), JAMES WHITE (Mond), DOOMSDAYS (Eddie Mullins), CHARLIE'S COUNTRY (de Heer), GIUSEPPE MAKES A MOVIE (Adam Rifkin), THE SALVATION (Kristian Levring), WYRMWOOD (Roache-Turner), LOVE & MERCY (Pohlad), LIFE & MIND OF MARK DEFRIEST (Gabriel London), VISIT: AN ALIEN ENCOUNTER (Madsen), MATT SHEPARD IS A FRIEND OF MINE (Michele Josue), CREED (Coogler), MAPS TO THE STARS (Cronenberg), SUNSHINE SUPERMAN (Marah Strauch), THE GIFT (Edgerton), PADDINGTON (Paul King), POEM IS A NAKED PERSON (Blank), DA SWEET BLOOD OF JESUS (Spike Lee), STRAY DOG (Granik), RUN THE JEWELS: CLOSE YOUR EYES & COUNT TO FUCK (A.G. Rojas), YAKUZA APOCALYPSE (Miike), IN THE BASEMENT (Siedl), CRIMSON PEAK (del Toro), TWO MEN IN TOWN (Bouchareb), GOODNIGHT MOMMY (Severin Fiala/Veronika Franz), REALITY (Dupieux), SICARIO (Villeneuve), CREEP (Patrick Brice), CHEATIN (Plympton), MAGIC MIKE XXL (Gregory Jacobs), HITCHCOCK/TRUFFAUT (Kent Jones), LAST DAYS OF CONEY ISLAND (Bakshi), GOOSEBUMPS (Rob Letterman), CRUMBS (Miguel Llansó), THE GOOD DINOSAUR (Peter Sohn), JUNUN (P.T. Anderson), ZARAFA (Bezançon/Jean-Christophe Lie), IRRATIONAL MAN (Woody Allen), THE WOLFPACK (Crystal Moselle), DUDE BRO PARTY MASSACRE III (5secondfilms)










THE WITCH (Robert Eggers) 2016 release
HIGH-RISE (Wheatley) 2016 release
GREEN ROOM (Saulnier) 2016 release
UNCLE KENT 2 (Rohal) TBA release
STRESSFUL ADVENTURES OF BOXHEAD & ROUNDHEAD (Cowan) 2016 release
(festival films I loved that got no 2015 theatrical release & no distribution deal. 12/19/15)









HER WILDERNESS (Frank Mosley), AMOUR FOU (Hausner), WHITE GOD (Mundruczó), JOY (O. Russell), UNCERTAIN TERMS (Nathan Silver), EASTERN BOYS (Robin Campillo), SON OF SAUL (Laszlo Nemes), TU DORS NICOLE (Stéphane Lafleur), MISTRESS AMERICA (Baumbach), DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL (Marielle Heller), STATIONS OF THE CROSS (Brüggemann), LISTEN TO ME MARLON (Stevan Riley), FORT TILDEN (Sarah-Violet Bliss/Charles Rogers), SLOW WEST (John Maclean), TOM AT THE FARM (Xavier Dolan), THE WONDERS (Alice Rohrwacher), ARABIAN NIGHTS (Gomes), SUMMER OF SANGAILE (Alanté Kavaïté), CENSORED VOICES (Mor Loushy), THE VOICES (Satrapi), THE MEND (Magary), THE CUT (Akin), EMBRACE THE SERPENT (Guerro), REGULAR SHOW THE MOVIE (JG Quintel), PEACE OFFICER (Brad Barber/Scott Christopherson), INGRID BERGMAN IN HER OWN WORDS (Stig Björkman), BODY (Dan Berk, Robert Olsen), LAST JOURNEY OF MADAM PHUNG (Tham Nguyen Thi), SALVATION ARMY (Abdellah Taia), JANIS LITTLE GIRL BLUE (Amy Berg), PROPHET'S PREY (Amy Berg), AN OPEN SECRET (Amy Berg), 45 YEARS (Andrew Haigh) LOST & BEAUTIFUL (Pietro Marcello), BLEAK STREET (Arturo Ripstein), FINAL GIRLS (Todd Strauss-Schulson), RUNOFF (Kimberly Levin), COUNTING (Jem Cohen), WINDS THAT SCATTER (Christopher Jason Bell), THE SECOND MOTHER (Anna Muylaert), ONE & TWO (Andrew Droz Palermo), BAAHUBALI: THE BEGINNING (S.S. Rajamouli), COURT (Chaitanya Tamhane), THE KEEPING ROOM (Daniel Barber), DEMOCRATS (Camilla Nielsson), IRIS (Maysles), CARTEL LAND (Matthew Heineman), SAINT LAURENT (Bertrand Bonello), SOUL BOYS OF THE WESTERN WORLD (George Hencken), THE SEARCH (Hazanavicius), WHEN EVENING FALLS ON BUCHAREST METABOLISM (Corneliu Porumboiu), PIXADORES (Amir Escandari), LADY IN THE CAR W/GLASSES & A GUN (Joann Sfar), HOME FROM HOME: CHRONICLE OF A VISION (Edgar Reitz), FAR FROM MEN (David Oelhoffen), NED RIFLE (Hal Hartley), LA SAPIENZA (Eugene Green), APPROACHING THE ELEPHANT (Amanda Wilder), QUEEN & COUNTRY (Boorman), GLASS CHIN (Noah Buschel), SHOW ME A HERO (David Chase), WOLF TOTEM 3D (Annaud), A MURDER IN THE PARK (Christopher S. Rech, Brandon Kimber), DELI MAN (Erik Greenberg Anjou), 1971 (Johanna Hamilton), AGAINST THE SUN (Brian Falk), THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER (Lapid), WE COME AS FRIENDS (Sauper), STILL LIFE (Uberto Pasolini), LA ULTIMA PELICULA (Raya Martin, Mark Peranson), TIME OUT OF MIND (Oren Moverman)
 *CROSSED OFF:
WOLF TOTEM 3D (Annaud) - SEEN 12/19/2015
IRIS (Maysles) - SEEN 12/24/2015
JOY (O.Russell) - SEEN 12/27/2015
THE KEEPING ROOM (Barber) - SEEN 1/13/2016
EMBRACE THE SERPENT (Guerro) - SEEN 2/18/2016
SON OF SAUL (Nemes) - SEEN 8/23/2016



(I want to hear what your favorite films of 2015 were. do kindly post them below)