tv 2015: m's through r's
tv 2015: s through z, plus the 100, plus a best-of

what i watched last year

A summary, sorted by my ratings. I tend to save the 10/10 ratings for older classics, so a more recent film that gets 9/10 is very good indeed. Movies that are just shy of greatness will get 8/10. I waste more time than is necessary trying to distinguish 7/10 from 6/10 … both ratings signify slightly better-than-average movies, where if I like them I’ll pop for a 7 and if I don’t, I’ll lay out a 6. I save 5/10 for movies I don’t like, and anything lower than 5 for crud. This explanation comes after the fact … I don’t really think it through when I give the ratings. They skew high because I try very hard to avoid movies I won’t like … if I saw every movie ever made, my average might be 5/10, but I skip the ones that would bring the average down. Thus, the average for the 136 movies I rated in 2015 is 7.1 out of 10 (last year: 127 movies, 7.4).

Anything I give at least a 9 rating is something I recommend ... might sound obvious, but if someone is actually looking to me for suggestions, that limits the list to 12. So I’ve included links to my comments on those movies.

10:

The Battle of Algiers

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Third Man

The Wizard of Oz

Yojimbo

 

9:

Boyhood

Carlos

Daisies

The Interrupters

Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai Du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles

My Neighbor Totoro

Out of the Past

 

8:

An Autumn Afternoon

The Babadook

The Big Parade

Bob le Flambeur

The Cameraman

Casualties of War

Design for Living

The Face of Another

How to Survive a Plague

Ida

Ikiru

Ivan’s Childhood

Le jour se lève

Love & Mercy

Midnight in Paris

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

Pandora’s Box

Pride & Prejudice

Purple Noon

The Raid 2

Reservoir Dogs

The River

Shadow of a Doubt

Shake! Otis at Monterey

The Shop Around the Corner

Short Term 12

Snowpiercer

Spotlight

Sympathy for Lady Vengeance

Vagabond

We Are the Best!

Zatoichi

 

7:

À Nous la Liberté

Ace in the Hole

American Psycho

Ant-Man

Atonement

Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans

Ballast

Battle Royale

Beyond the Lights

Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant

The Bourne Supremacy

Burden of Dreams

Chef

Claire’s Knee

Crimson Peak

Cronos

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Easy Money

Finding Vivian Maier

Fish Tank

Force Majeure

Get Carter

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief

Gone Girl

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

I Saw the Devil

Ichi the Killer

The Imitation Game

In Bruges

Inherent Vice

The Last Samurai

Maleficent

Me and You and Everyone We Know

Mean Girls

Memories of Murder

My Summer of Love

News from Home

Night Will Fall

Nightcrawler

Once Upon a Time in the West

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

Places in the Heart

Ratcatcher

Salesman

San Andreas

Spectre

Still Alice

The Suspect

The Theory of Everything

Virunga

Wendy and Lucy

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

The Wolf of Wall Street

 

6:

Anna Karenina

Arlington Road

August: Osage County

Beverly Hills Cop

Bug

Closer

Doctor X

8 1/2

Fear

Fellini’s Casanova

Fitzcarraldo

The Giver

I Shot Jesse James

Jack Reacher

The Love Goddesses

Love in the Afternoon

The Man Who Could Work Miracles

Monkey Business

A Most Wanted Man

Mountains of the Moon

Oculus

Out of Africa

The Sandlot

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Two Days, One Night

We Own the Night

Wild at Heart

World War Z

Wuthering Heights

 

5:

Death Proof

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

Neal Cassady

A Nightmare on Elm Street

Guys and Dolls

7 Women

The Water Diviner

 

4:

Blazing Saddles

Killing Them Softly

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