Dec 232015

45 Years Still

This was a year of so many wonderfully inclusive, sweet, exciting, different, heartbreaking and magical films. And if you were to think for a second that statement is an exaggeration – I believe that the top six films on this list are better than any film I saw last year. It was the year of smart, fun, thoughtful and strong women as protagonists in films. It could always be better, there’s always room for improvement, but I hope that the films on this list in some way represent the amazing women in film this year and my feelings regarding that.

The lack of descriptions for each film is intentional. I want to invite conversations with this list. ASK me about any of the choices, talk to me, tell me what you thought. They are exact in rank, but when all is said and done, they were all-inclusive and exciting in some way, and I learnt some thing from each and every one. These are the movies that made my year:

The rest of the best – Honourable mentions to Honourable movies:
Black Panthers: Vanguard Of The Revolution, Blackhat, Brooklyn, Crimson Peak, Inside Out, The Intern, Last Cab to Darwin, Nasty Baby, The Night Before, Spy, Tale of Tales, Unexpected, Victoria, Welcome to Me, Wild.

The Top 25:

25. Heaven Knows What


24. Lost River



23. Joy


22. Carol


21. Inherent Vice


20. Tales


19. Tangerine

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18. Beyond The Lights


17. By The Sea


16. Infinitely Polar Bear


15. The Lobster


14. Chappie


13. Ricki And The Flash


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12. Wild Tales


11. The Dressmaker


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10. Phoenix


9. The Homesman


8. Sicario


7. 99 Homes


6. Holding The Man


5. Taxi


4. Mad Max Fury Road


The trilogy of love:



3. Selma

The fight for love.



2. Magic Mike XXL

The Meaning of love. (What is love? Baby don’t hurt me, don’t hurt me, no more.)



1. 45 Years

The Destruction of love. The movie that broke me.

That trilogy of love should be compulsory viewing for every human existence. All three films dissected love and inclusiveness and they defined for me what I want to think or feel when I see a film.

Now, pretty please. Tell me of all the films that made your year.

By Chris Elena

  One Response to “My Favourite Films of 2015 [Chris]”

  1. I liked Inherent Vice a lot, and loved Wild Tales. There are many films on your list I want to see.

    My favourite film I saw this year was probably A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night.

    Oh and I really enjoyed the new Star Wars film.

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