Top 15 films of 2015

A strong year for cinema, I must say. With the exception of the summer it’s been veritably crammed with decent stuff to watch month on month. As usual, I missed the boat on loads. What I did catch though I liked a lot, for the most part.

Here’s my top 15 of the year, plus a list of ones I assume I’d have loved, had I seen them.

1. Mad Max: Fury Road
2. Ex Machina
3. Inside Out
4. Amy
5. Kingsman: The Secret Service
6. Whiplash
7. John Wick
8. Birdman
9. Wild
10. Avengers: Age of Ultron
11. Legend
12. The Theory of Everything
13. Far From The Madding Crowd
14. American Sniper
15. The Man From UNCLE

And some I haven’t seen/are not out yet and would, in all probability, make my list otherwise. They are:

Brooklyn
Macbeth
Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
Me And Earl And The Dying Girl
A Most Violent Year
It Follows
The Martian
Steve Jobs
Sicario
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Victor Frankenstein
By The Sea
Beasts Of No Nation
Black Mass

Top 10 films of 2014

It’s starting to feel like these lists come round unsettlingly fast. Too darn often for my liking. However, it’s been a good year for those that love cinema. Some great stuff has hit the silver (or, increasingly, digital) screen over the last twelve months. Here’s my pick, from my top ten (you have to be ruthless) to ones on my ‘to watch’ list.

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THE TOP TEN
1. Nightcrawler
2. The Wolf of Wall Street
3. Gone Girl
4. Guardians of the Galaxy
5. Her
6. Pride
7. The Imitation Game
8. The Guest
9. Interstellar
10. Dallas Buyers Club

MY ‘TO WATCH’ LIST
Maps To The Stars
Two Faces of January
Chef
Cold In July
The Babadook
How To Train Your Dragon 2
The Raid 2
Starred Up
Only Lovers Left Alive
22 Jump Street
’71
Locke
12 Years a Slave
Under The Skin
Calvary
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Edge of Tomorrow
What We Do In The Shadows

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So there we have it.

What’s your favourite film of the year? And what’s on your ‘to watch’ list?