December is always one of the busiest months of the year. Work is wrapping up, which means deadlines move forward and new year strategies and goals are set. There are Christmas functions and various festive events, including a bunch of screenings for the film media. Distributors try and show outlets as many of their January releases as they can, so there are often 3-4 viewing options per week throughout December. I attended about half of the sessions I could have here, but still kept very very busy. I was lucky because I ended up seeing some of my favourite films of the year, which aren’t released until Jan.
In addition to finishing the The Last of Us, an absolute masterpiece of a game, I wound down the year by watching a few easy-going festive films, read a few novels and started playing Grand Theft Auto Five.
I revealed my 25 Best Films of 2015, but I also wanted to acknowledge here some great films I watched for the first time in 2015 that weren’t released then – Risky Business, Goldfinger, Dr. No, Velvet Goldmine, Winnebago Man, Wet Hot American Summer, Red Road, Re-Animator, The Secret of Kells, Toys, Swingers, Frailty and Baadassssss!
I ended up watching 345 films in 2015 – 20 short of one film per day, a feat I have eclipsed over the last three years. I caught 27 films in December – you can see how I ranked them after the jump: Continue reading »