BEST MOVIES OF 2015

Highly anticipated. 100% subjective. Completed without referencing the Internet aka strong chance I have forgotten at least a couple key films. In no particular order...
  1. Ex Machina
    So sexy. So ominous. So gorgeous. I'm describing not only the movie but basically everything and everyone in it.
  2. Sicario
    This, like many others on the list falls into the "tough" category. (See: Room, Spotlight, 99 Homes etc) While not films I would necessarily want to watch again and again, they are powerful and phenomenally made, and, most importantly, often very timely and socially relevant.
  3. Wild Tales
    Outrageous, gasp-worthy, and so much fun. How many American mainstream movies can do that without also falling into crass Adam Sandler territory? (Answer: none I've seen this year)
  4. Brooklyn
    Just a truly lovely movie start to finish. Saiorse shines.
  5. Room
    See "Sicario." Also--- the tiny Jacob Tremblay is a revelation, I haven't been that emotional during a film.... ever, and Brie Larson is just incredible. So moving.
  6. It Follows
    Cmon, the surprise smash hit of the year! This one was a creepy, quiet, eerie piece of also-gorgeous cinema.
  7. The Revenant
    I feel this needs a caveat, as my (intense) appreciation for the film lay SOLELY in its cinematography and visuals. Go Luzbecki.
  8. Welcome To Me
    Kirstin Wiig continues to impress and fascinate with both her choices and performances. This dark dark dark comedy is a little gem.
  9. Spotlight
    See "Sicario." Also, WHAT AN ENSEMBLE! Spectacular, with no outshine the others but rather complementing.
  10. The Night Before / Trainwreck
    Not to imply less value by combo-ing, but these two 'mainstream,' big-budget comedies were just plain delightful. Popcorn flicks at their best. (Also, Michael Shannon deserves some kind of comedy award for his role in TNB)
  11. Far From the Madding Crowd
    I do not love period films, and I went into this with low expectations that were far exceeded by the incredibly chemistry from the leads and the lush, sweeping visuals. Also, sucka for a solid romance (don't tell!)
  12. 99 Homes
    See "Sicario." Also: enraging, frustrating, maddening, and essential viewing.
  13. The Diary of a Teenage Girl
    Such a refreshing and honest portrayal of adolescence. You don't see too many like this one made these days.
  14. MOVIES I HAVEN'T SEEN BUT PROB WOULD HAVE BEEN CONSIDERED:
    Tangerine, Carol, Heart of a Dog, The Look of Silence, Cartel Land, Amy, Clouds of Sils Maria, Anomalisa, The End of the Tour, Love and Mercy, Iris, Mistress America, James White
  15. MOVIES THAT MAY HAVE MADE OTHER'S LISTS BUT NOT MINE. (sorry!)
    [Granted, most of these have exceptions, primarily in acting. E.g. Alicia Vikander in The Danish Girl.] Black Mass, The Martian, Creed, The Danish Girl, Steve Jobs, Me & Earl & The Dying Girl, Dope,