Best Films of 2015

Kennelco Best of 2015 list

I watched too many movies this year.  Too many to write about and fully retain awareness of.  I think I did this last year too.  So, my apologies for the long list of favorites.

Best new film, well, I’m going to go with Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) like a lot of people, though it’s now been 6 months and I’d almost like a refresher.  I could have maybe added Star Wars: The Force Awakens or The Hateful Eight here, but like each year, I haven’t seen all the movies that are supposed to be tops.  I still want to see Todd Haynes’s Carol, Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s The Revenant, and Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Look of Silence just to name a few.  My list is just my favorites that I saw within a given year.

Most impressive re-discovery was seeing Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) on the big screen.  And recently watching Charles Laughton’s great noir The Night of the Hunter (1955) was terrific too.

My favorite old film discoveries include the psychedelic Canadian horror film The Mask (1961) and the “so bad its surreally brilliant” Canadian horror film Things (1989).

Most recent great film I’d never seen before, which I added to my image for 2015 is Toshiya Fujita’s revenge film extraordinaire Lady Snowblood (1973).

All of the films on this list are worthwhile, if you get a chance.

Ex Machina (2015)
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014)
Song of the Sea (2014)
Boyhood (2014)
Hard to Be a God (2013)
Pontypool (2008)
Weekend at Bernie’s (1989)
Things (1989)
Creepshow (1982)
The Road Warrior (1981)
Mad Max (1979)
Over the Edge (1979)
Coonskin (1975)
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974)
Lady Snowblood (1973)
Horror Express (1972)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Kill, Baby, Kill (1966)
Daimajin (1966)
Juliet of the Spirits (1965)
West Side Story (1961)
The Mask (1961)
The Angry Red Planet (1959)
The Monolith Monsters (1957)
The Night of the Hunter (1955)
On Dangerous Ground (1951)
Thieves’ Highway (1949)
Mr. Bug Goes to Town (1941)
His Girl Friday (1940)
Greed (1924)

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