The Best and Worst Films of 2015

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

  1. The Hateful Eight by Quentin Tarantino review

  2. Steve Jobs by Danny Boyle review

  3. Ex Machina by Alex Garland

  4. Kingsman: The Secret Service by Matthew Vaughn review

  5. Spotlight by Tom McCarthy review

  6. Youth by Paolo Sorrentino

  7. Best of Enemies by Robert Gordon & Morgan Neville

  8. Creed by Ryan Coogler review

  9. The Revenant by Alejandro González Iñárritu review

  10. The Night Before by Jonathan Levine

honorable mentions in alphabetical order:

the worst films of 2015

  1. Pan by Joe Wright review

  2. Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance by Gregory Hatanaka

  3. Mortedcai by David Koepp review

  4. The Ridiculous 6 by Frank Coraci

  5. Terminator Genisys by Alan Taylor review

  6. Hot Pursuit by Anne Flecther

  7. I Spit on Your Grave: Vengeance is Mine by R.D. Braunstein review

  8. Aloha by Cameron Crowe review

  9. Fifty Shades of Grey by Sam Taylor-Johnson review

  10. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 by Francis Lawrence review

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

list by Paul Katsaros

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