Favourite Films of 2015

These are the films that I felt were the most innovative, important and influential; taking into account my own personal response to each one including how likely I was to want to see them more than once. Previously I’ve only considered films with a full theatrical release, but changing distribution models mean I’ve also included films with limited seasons, VOD releases and released direct to home entertainment.

Favourite ten films released in Melbourne, Australia, in 2015

Birdman
1. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (Alejandro G Iñárritu, 2014)
Released January

 

Inside Out2. Inside Out (Pete Docter, 2015)
Released June

 

Inherent Vice
3. Inherent Vice (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2014)
Released March

 

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4. Mad Max: Fury Road (George Miller, 2015)

Released May

 

The Salt of the Earth
5. The Salt of the Earth (Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, 2014)
Released April

 

The Lobster
6. The Lobster (Yorgos Lanthimos, 2015)
Released October

 

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7. Holding the Man (Neil Armfield, 2015)
Released August

 

Wild
8. Wild (Jean-Marc Vallée, 2014)
Released January

 

Far from the Madding Crowd
9. Far from the Madding Crowd (Thomas Vinterberg, 2015)
Released June

 

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10. It Follows (David Robert Mitchell, 2014)
Released April

 

Honourable mentions

Twenty more films I loved this year, listed alphabetically:

'71
‘71 (Yann Demange, 2014)
Released March

 

A Most Violent Year
A Most Violent Year (JC Chandor, 2014)
Released February

 

A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on ExistenceA Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (En duva satt på en gren och funderade på tillvaron, Roy Andersson, 2014)
Released October

 

Amy (Asif Kapadia, 2015)
Released July

 

CloudsClouds of Sils Maria (Olivier Assayas, 2014)
Released May

 

EXM_D018_02784Ex Machina (Alex Garland, 2015)
Released May

 

LeviathanLeviathan (Leviafan, Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2014)
Released March

 

London RoadLondon Road (Rufus Norris, 2015)
Released September

 

Love & MercyLove & Mercy (Bill Pohlad, 2014)
Released June

 

MarshlandMarshland (La isla minima, Alberto Rodríguez, 2014)
Released June

 

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (Christopher McQuarrie, 2015)
Released July

 

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Released December

 

The AssassinThe Assassin (Nie yin niang, Hou Hsiao-Hsien, 2015)
Released November

 

The Diary of a Teenage GirlThe Diary of a Teenage Girl (Marielle Heller, 2015)
Released September

 

THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ELEANOR RIGBYThe Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her (Ned Benson, 2013)
Released March

 

The DressmakerThe Dressmaker (Jocelyn Moorhouse, 2015)
Released October

 

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Released December

 

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The Look of Silence (Joshua Oppenheimer, 2014)
Released November

 

The MartianThe Martian (Ridley Scott, 2015)
Released October

 

The Tribe by the Ukrainian writer-director Myroslav SlaboshpytskiyThe Tribe (Plemya, Miroslav Slaboshpitsky, 2014)
Released May

Special mention

Most of the other notable films I saw this year will be released in Melbourne in 2016, so I’ll include them on next year’s list rather than here, but I do want to give a special mention to one glorious film, whose fate in Australia outside of the festival screenings it received throughout 2015 seems to remain unknown:

Song of the Sea
Song Of The Sea (Tomm Moore, 2014)

This list was compiled for the Senses of Cinema 2015 World Poll

 

Thank you for reading my monthly summaries throughout the year and thank you to those of you who listen to my various radio spots. I was sad to finish up on the Breakfasters on Triple R (3RRR 102.7FM) a few weeks ago, but I decided that after being their Thursday morning film critic for the past six years, it was time to move on. However, Plato’s Cave keeps going from strength to strength and will return in 2016, and hopefully there will be a few more things that fall into place too.

But for now, I will leave you with the poem I was inspired to write after seeing Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation:

Cruise Control

Cruise Control (click to enlarge)

Thomas Caldwell 2015
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