With each passing year, my annual lists (which seem to mark the only time I have in a given year for writing “for fun” about film) become increasingly, unintentionally esoteric, purposefully defiant of any form of order, woefully incomplete, and predictably homoerotic. As each year comes to an end, I lament the films upon films I haven’t seen and frantically try to fit as many of those into my December schedule as possible. This year, I realized that my list was going to comprise of a bunch of films most people hadn’t heard of, no matter how many Oscar screeners I try to hustle through, and I accepted that. When I was in my early 20s, I would have marveled at a list of films only the most elite of cinephiles had even heard of, but these days, I just feel like an asshole.
These 10 films impressed me more than all the others. I’m slightly embarrassed that there isn’t a single film by a female filmmaker on the list, but I suppose I’d be more ashamed if I included one just for the sake of inclusion. Feel free to share your thoughts or possible suggestions (my to-see list is already epic). I’ve included distribution information for all of the films I could find it for (in the U.S., U.K., and France). And without further adieu, my 10 favorite films of 2015, listed alphabetically:
- All Yours (Je suis à toi). David Lambert. Belgium/Canada.
- Carol. Todd Haynes. USA/UK.
- The Club (El club). Pablo Larraín. Chile.
- Everlasting Love (Amor eterno). Marçal Forés. Spain.
- Full Contact. David Verbeek. Netherlands/Croatia.
- The Here After (Efterskalv). Magnus von Horn. Sweden/Poland/France.
- Neon Bull (Boi Neon). Gabriel Mascaro. Brazil/Uruguay/Netherlands.
- Nova Dubai (New Dubai). Gustavo Vinagre. Brazil.
- Tales of the Grim Sleeper. Nick Broomfield. UK/USA.
- Te prometo anarquía (I Promise You Anarchy). Julio Hernández Cordón. Mexico/Germany.
I also wrote about 10 additional films that left an impression on me, as well as the two films I hated the most in 2015: Jurassic World and The Overnight. Look for my 2015 television and music wrap-ups later this week.
Oh, and the most overrated film of 2015? Mad Max: Fury Road, which might have made my honorable mentions list had the world not praised it to high heaven and set my viewing up for disappointment. Alas.