best films of 2015
new year's eve with sleater-kinney

what i watched last year

To copy what I said at this time in 2015: “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. 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 10.  So I’ve included links to my comments on those movies.”

I watched 82 movies last year, which is quite a total ... approximately one every five days. But for whatever reason, my viewing was way down from recent years. For instance, in 2015 I watched 136 movies. I have no explanation for this. It’s not like I “got a life” in 2016. Suffice to say, the sample size is smaller this year.

Which doesn’t change the results. My average rating this year was 7.4 ... last year, 7.1 ... two years ago, 7.4.

Here we go:

10:
My Darling Clementine
Richard Pryor Live in Concert

9:
Beauty and the Beast
The Kid
Kwaidan
Last Day of Freedom
Late Spring
Macbeth
Odd Man Out
Weekend

8:
About Elly
Amanda Knox
The Asphalt Jungle
Blue Is the Warmest Color
Carol
Citizenfour
City Lights
City of Hope
Diary of a Teenage Girl
Ex Machina
The Gleaners & I
Mind Game
Mother
On Her Majesty's Secret Service
Paju
Pather Panchali
The Phantom Carriage
Picnic at Hanging Rock
Secret Sunshine   
World of Tomorrow
Zazie dans le métro

7:
2001: A Space Odyssey
Advise & Consent
The Americanization of Emily
Amy
Arrival
The Barbarian Invasions
The Blue Angel
Bridge of Spies
Bridget Jones's Diary
Captain America: Civil War
Cartel Land
Chau, beyond the lines
Cure
East Side Sushi
Edge of Tomorrow
Eye in the Sky
The Great Escape
The Gunfighter
Hannah and Her Sisters
Hot Fuzz
L'Eclisse
Licence to Kill
The Martian
Mouchette
Obvious Child
Only Lovers Left Alive
Pride
Rogue One
Room
Sicario
Spotlight
Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens
Straight Outta Compton
Suffragette
Tallulah
Tangerine
We Need to Talk About Kevin
What Happened, Miss Simone?
When Marnie Was There
Whiplash
Winter Light
Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom

6:
Cinderella
Night Catches Us
Quartet
Star Trek Beyond
Unbreakable

5:
Guardians of the Galaxy
The Last Five Years
O Lucky Man!

4:
Survivor

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