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
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    Dir. George Miller. I wept the first time I saw this monumental pile of perfection -- out of pure, overwhelmed cinema bliss.
  2. 2. Victoria
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    Dir. Sebastian Schipper. A cinematic high-wire act: the single-shot film that transcends its own "gimmick," and then some.
  3. 3. The Mend
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    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
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    Dir. Duke Johnson and Charlie Kaufman
  5. The Brand New Testament
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    Dir. Jaco Van Dormael
  6. Carol
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    Dir. Todd Haynes
  7. The Diary of a Teenage Girl
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    Dir. Marielle Heller
  8. The Duke of Burgundy
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    Dir. Peter Strickland
  9. The End of the Tour
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    Dir. James Ponsoldt
  10. Ex Machina
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    Dir. Alex Garland
  11. Heart of A Dog
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    Dir. Laurie Anderson
  12. Heaven Knows What
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    Dir. Ben Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  13. Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter
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    Dir. David Zellner
  14. Listen To Me Marlon
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    Dir. Stevan Riley
  15. Love & Mercy
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    Dir. Bill Pohlad
  16. Magic Mike XXL
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    Dir. Gregory Jacobs
  17. Mistress America
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    Dir. Noah Baumbach
  18. Mustang
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    Dir. Deniz Gamze Ergüven
  19. A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting On Existance
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    Dir. Roy Andersson
  20. Sicario
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    Dir. Denis Villeneuve
  21. Son of Saul
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    Dir. László Nemes
  22. Spotlight
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    Dir. Tom McCarthy
  23. Tangerine
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    Dir. Sean Baker
  24. The Tribe
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    Dir. Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy
  25. Youth
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    Dir. Paolo Sorrentino
  26. Favorite short film:
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    World of Tomorrow, dir. Don Hertzfeldt
  27. Older films that came out theatrically in 2015 and blew my mind:
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    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:
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    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:
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    Clouds of Sils Maria, Maps to the Stars, Tom at the Farm, Wild Tales, White God
  30. Cinema on TV:
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    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:
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    Paul Dano as Brian Wilson in Love & Mercy
  34. 2015 MVPs:
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    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:
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    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
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    Beasts of No Nation
  38. Bill Camp as Murry Wilson
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    Love & Mercy
  39. Laia Costa as Victoria
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    Victoria
  40. Benecio Del Toro as Alejandro
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    Sicario
  41. Joel Edgerton as Gordo
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    The Gift
  42. Rebecca Ferguson as Ilsa Faust
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    Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation
  43. Tom Hardy as Ronald & Reggie Kray
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    Legend
  44. Arielle Holmes as Harley
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    Heaven Knows What
  45. Nina Hoss as Nelly Lenz
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    Phoenix
  46. Quentin Kenihan as Corpus Colossus
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    Mad Max: Fury Road
  47. Lola Kirke as Tracy
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    Mistress America
  48. Rinko Kikuchi as Kumiko
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    Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter
  49. Lollabelle as herself
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    Heart of a Dog
  50. Josh Lucas as Mat
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    The Mend
  51. Andie MacDowell as Nancy Davidson
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    Magic Mike XXL
  52. Jason Mitchell as Eazy-E
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    Straight Outta Compton
  53. Sonoya Mizuno as Kyoko
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    Ex Machina
  54. Fatma Mohamed as The Carpenter
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    The Duke of Burgundy
  55. Carey Mulligan as Bathsheba Everdene
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    Far From The Madding Crowd
  56. Tom Noonan as Everyone Else
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    Anomalisa
  57. Bel Powley as Minnie
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    The Diary of a Teenage Girl
  58. Parker Posey as Rita
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    Irrational Man
  59. Kitana Kiki Rodriguez as Sin-Dee
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    Tangerine
  60. Graz Röhrig as Saul
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    Son of Saul
  61. Mark Rylance as Rudolf Abel
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    Bridge of Spies
  62. Jason Segal as David Foster Wallace
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    The End of the Tour
  63. Michael Shannon as Rick Carver
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    99 Homes
  64. Rick Springfield as Greg
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    Ricki and the Flash
  65. Michael Stuhlbarg as Andy Hertzfeld
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    Steve Jobs
  66. Charlize Theron as Imperator Furiosa
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    Mad Max: Fury Road
  67. Tessa Thompson as Bianca
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    Creed
  68. Taika Waititi as Viago
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    What We Do In The Shadows
  69. Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Claire
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    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)
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  72. Barry Lyndon (Dir. Stanley Kubrick, 1975)
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  73. The Fortune (Dir. Mike Nichols, 1975)
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  74. Hard Core Logo (Dir. Bruce Macdonald, 1996)
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  75. Play (Dir. Ruben Ostlünd)
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  76. THE END!
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