📽 MY 25 FAVORITE FILMS OF 2015, AND MORE YEAR-END MOVIE WRAP-UP STUFF

Tomorrow: Oscar nominations! Today: the movies of 2015 that hit ME the hardest. If it's not here, I didn't really care for it or I just damn didn't see it!
  1. 1. Mad Max: Fury Road
    Dir. George Miller. I wept the first time I saw this monumental pile of perfection -- out of pure, overwhelmed cinema bliss.
  2. 2. Victoria
    Dir. Sebastian Schipper. A cinematic high-wire act: the single-shot film that transcends its own "gimmick," and then some.
  3. 3. The Mend
    Dir. John Magary. A film I knew nothing about going in, a film that surprised and impressed me at every turn, a film as a bundle of raw nerve endings. [Alphabetical order for the rest of em]
  4. Anomalisa
    Dir. Duke Johnson and Charlie Kaufman
  5. The Brand New Testament
    Dir. Jaco Van Dormael
  6. Carol
    Dir. Todd Haynes
  7. The Diary of a Teenage Girl
    Dir. Marielle Heller
  8. The Duke of Burgundy
    Dir. Peter Strickland
  9. The End of the Tour
    Dir. James Ponsoldt
  10. Ex Machina
    Dir. Alex Garland
  11. Heart of A Dog
    Dir. Laurie Anderson
  12. Heaven Knows What
    Dir. Ben Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  13. Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter
    Dir. David Zellner
  14. Listen To Me Marlon
    Dir. Stevan Riley
  15. Love & Mercy
    Dir. Bill Pohlad
  16. Magic Mike XXL
    Dir. Gregory Jacobs
  17. Mistress America
    Dir. Noah Baumbach
  18. Mustang
    Dir. Deniz Gamze Ergüven
  19. A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting On Existance
    Dir. Roy Andersson
  20. Sicario
    Dir. Denis Villeneuve
  21. Son of Saul
    Dir. László Nemes
  22. Spotlight
    Dir. Tom McCarthy
  23. Tangerine
    Dir. Sean Baker
  24. The Tribe
    Dir. Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy
  25. Youth
    Dir. Paolo Sorrentino
  26. Favorite short film:
    World of Tomorrow, dir. Don Hertzfeldt
  27. Older films that came out theatrically in 2015 and blew my mind:
    Hard To Be A God, A Poem Is A Naked Person
  28. Seen and LOVED at film festivals this year, but not yet released theatrically:
    Chevalier, Krisha, The Lobster
  29. Released theatrically in 2015 and LOVED, but included on my lists of favorites from previous years due to film fests, screeners, etc:
    Clouds of Sils Maria, Maps to the Stars, Tom at the Farm, Wild Tales, White God
  30. Cinema on TV:
    The Jinx, The Knick, Making A Murderer
  31. I also enjoyed: 45 Years, 99 Homes, Ant-Man, Beasts of No Nation, Blackhat, Bridge of Spies, Chappie, Chi-Raq, Creed, Eden, Embrace of the Serpent, Experimenter, Far From The Madding Crowd, The Gift, Goodnight Mommy, Hyena, Inside Out, Irrational Man, It Follows, Joy, Macbeth, The Martian, Mediterranea
    Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, Mississippi Grind, Phoenix, Queen of Earth, Ricki and the Flash, Shaun The Sheep Movie, The Stanford Prison Experiment, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Straight Outta Compton, What We Do In The Shadows, Wild Canaries
  32. And I also enjoyed these documentaries:
    Amy, Approaching The Elephant, Ballet 422, Cartel Land, Finders Keepers, Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, Hitchcock/Truffaut, Iris, Junun, The Look of Silence, Meru, The Russian Woodpecker, Seymour: An Introduction, Western, What Happened, Miss Simone?, The Wolfpack
  33. Favorite performance of the year:
    Paul Dano as Brian Wilson in Love & Mercy
  34. 2015 MVPs:
    Domhnall Gleeson (Brooklyn, Ex Machina, The Revenant, Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Jennifer Jason Leigh (Anomalisa, The Hateful Eight), Ben Mendelsohn (Black Sea, Mississippi Grind, Slow West), Alicia Vikander (Burnt, The Danish Girl, Ex Machina, The Man from U.N.C.L.E.)
  35. Favorite ensembles of 2015:
    Carol, Chevalier, Joy, The Lobster, Mustang, Spotlight, The Stanford Prison Experiment, The Tribe, Youth
  36. More memorable performances of 2015:
  37. Abraham Attah as Agu
    Beasts of No Nation
  38. Bill Camp as Murry Wilson
    Love & Mercy
  39. Laia Costa as Victoria
    Victoria
  40. Benecio Del Toro as Alejandro
    Sicario
  41. Joel Edgerton as Gordo
    The Gift
  42. Rebecca Ferguson as Ilsa Faust
    Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation
  43. Tom Hardy as Ronald & Reggie Kray
    Legend
  44. Arielle Holmes as Harley
    Heaven Knows What
  45. Nina Hoss as Nelly Lenz
    Phoenix
  46. Quentin Kenihan as Corpus Colossus
    Mad Max: Fury Road
  47. Lola Kirke as Tracy
    Mistress America
  48. Rinko Kikuchi as Kumiko
    Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter
  49. Lollabelle as herself
    Heart of a Dog
  50. Josh Lucas as Mat
    The Mend
  51. Andie MacDowell as Nancy Davidson
    Magic Mike XXL
  52. Jason Mitchell as Eazy-E
    Straight Outta Compton
  53. Sonoya Mizuno as Kyoko
    Ex Machina
  54. Fatma Mohamed as The Carpenter
    The Duke of Burgundy
  55. Carey Mulligan as Bathsheba Everdene
    Far From The Madding Crowd
  56. Tom Noonan as Everyone Else
    Anomalisa
  57. Bel Powley as Minnie
    The Diary of a Teenage Girl
  58. Parker Posey as Rita
    Irrational Man
  59. Kitana Kiki Rodriguez as Sin-Dee
    Tangerine
  60. Graz Röhrig as Saul
    Son of Saul
  61. Mark Rylance as Rudolf Abel
    Bridge of Spies
  62. Jason Segal as David Foster Wallace
    The End of the Tour
  63. Michael Shannon as Rick Carver
    99 Homes
  64. Rick Springfield as Greg
    Ricki and the Flash
  65. Michael Stuhlbarg as Andy Hertzfeld
    Steve Jobs
  66. Charlize Theron as Imperator Furiosa
    Mad Max: Fury Road
  67. Tessa Thompson as Bianca
    Creed
  68. Taika Waititi as Viago
    What We Do In The Shadows
  69. Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Claire
    Faults
  70. Favorite older films I saw for the first time in 2015, and a few are pretty embarrassing BUT I was waiting to see them on the big screen (and GOT to) I promise:
  71. MASH (Dir. Robert Altman, 1970)
  72. Barry Lyndon (Dir. Stanley Kubrick, 1975)
  73. The Fortune (Dir. Mike Nichols, 1975)
  74. Hard Core Logo (Dir. Bruce Macdonald, 1996)
  75. Play (Dir. Ruben Ostlünd)
  76. THE END!