Shamefully this year, I had to post the best and worst films list rather late. As due to the factors of changing job, environment, schedule and so on, didn't make it easy to watch all the films I would have wanted and also with the same ease as before. Nevertheless, with time I accustomed to the new status quo and found different ways of getting back in tune with my love of cinema. Binge watching some of the most mediocre films of the year, going to the theater to see the occasional greatness (The Hateful Eight) and also the usual worthlessness at work. (50 Shades of Grey).
Though, truth be told, I don't think there was something too magnificent or controversial this year to really stir the pot or get us going. There was no talk of the town film such as "Avatar", "Inception", "Crash" or "Boyhood". Nothing to fall in love with because the story was so emotional, the filmmaking so groundbreaking or an experience that we felt to be transcendental. Not even something to hate because it was being loved for all the wrong reasons (The Kings Speech). Where every year seemed to be a polarizing one, this past year seemed subdued and without much dialogue about the films themselves.
And besides the usual run of the mill Oscar bait films, another spectacular Tarantino film and some recognized figures in the field contributing reasonable amounts of entertainment and art. I'm afraid 2015 will be remembered as a particularly dry year of cinema, with too many comic book films and the love for BDSM and the Force going strong.
the best films of 2015
Ex Machina by Alex Garland
Youth by Paolo Sorrentino
Best of Enemies by Robert Gordon & Morgan Neville
The Night Before by Jonathan Levine
honorable mentions in alphabetical order:
99 Homes by Ramin Bahrani
Legend by Brian Helgeland
Mad Max: Fury Road by George Miller
Spy by Paul Feig
Straight Outta of Compton by F. Gary Gray
The Big Short by Adam McKay
The Diary of a Teenage Girl by Marielle Heller
The Program by Stephen Frears
the worst films of 2015
Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance by Gregory Hatanaka
The Ridiculous 6 by Frank Coraci
Hot Pursuit by Anne Flecther
P.S. This an ever-evolving list. I haven't seen all the films of 2015 and there are many more I still wish to see. So even if some are not on the list, that doesn't mean they won't be later or that they don't deserve to be.
List of all the films I saw this year (from best to worst): HERE
All films picked are based on the first country of release.
Last updated as of October 21, 2016