Saturday 19 December 2015

Films of 2015 - Supercinephile Barrie Pattison provides his list

 Below are the films which I saw for the first time in 2015 which most impressed me. Each year I think that the crop is getting thinner and each year I end up chopping off a dozen titles that I feel really should get in, on the don't be greedy principle. Don't ask me what need it all serves.

BOYHOOD (Richard Linklater, USA, 2014) - now there's determination,

INSIDE OUT (Pete Docter, USA, 2015) which was playing on every second
seat back when I looked round the plane.

TO THE LAST MAN (Victor Fleming, USA, 1923) amazing that something so accomplished could vanish for the best part of a century.

LOIN DES HOMMES/ Far from Men (David Oelhoffen, France, 2014),

RELATOS SALVAJES /Wild Tales (Damián Szifrón, Argentina,2014)

RICKI & THE FLASH ( Jonathan Demme, USA, 2015),

KOI NO HANA SAKU: IZU NO ODORIKO/ The Dancing Girl of Izu (Heinosuke Gosho, Japan 1933) which can be seen here on You Tube with English subtitles

THE DELUGE/Potop (Jerzy Hoffman,Poland 1965) Extended but still incomplete,

FOXCATCHER  (Bennett Miller,USA, 2014)

THE DESCENDANTS (Alexander Payne, USA, 2011)

LES MISERABLES (Henri Fescourt, France, 1925),

BRIDGE OF SPIES (Steven Spielberg, US, 2015)

DIPLOMATIE/Diplomacy (Volker Schlöndorff, France, 2014),

PHOENIX (Christian Petzold, Germany, 2015)

RESURRECTIO ( Alessandro Blasetti, Italy,1930) first Italian talkie  

HEART OF THE SEA (Ron Howard, USA, 2015) great in 3D 

WOMEN HE’S UNDRESSED (Gillian Armstrong's Orry Kelly doc, Australia, 2015.) 

KISHIBI NO TABI/Journey to the Shore (Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Japan, 2015)

LISTEN TO ME MARLON (Stevan Riley, USA, 2015)

LE TOUT NOUVEAU TESTAMENT/The Brand New Testament  (Jaco
an Dormael, France, 2015), where Benoît Poelvoorde strikes again,

MR HOLMES (Bill Condon, UK, 2015)

SHREW’S NEST/Musarañas
(Juan Fernando Andrés & Esteban Roel, Spain, 2014)

AMERICAN SNIPER (Clint Eastwood, USA, 2014), 

PROLOGUE (Richard Williams, UK, 2015, short),

THE FIFTY YEAR ARGUMENT (Martin Scorsese & David Tedeschi, USA, 2014) Documentary on the NY Review of Books


TIGERS (Danis Tanovic, India, 2014)

THE WHOLE SHEBANG/Alles inklusive (Doris Dörrie, Germany, 2014) 

STRAITS OF HUNGER/Kiga kaikyô (Tomu Uchida, Japan, 1965).

That's 21 in theatres, including one off events, four on broadcast TV, one on You Tube and two on DVD.

I compared this with the Sight and Sound poll which netted 288 titles. Even given that they have better access than someone in Australia, there is remarkably little relation. Their people of course see different films and like different films and some of the difference will be ironed out as the material finally gets to me. A few of mine were on their last year's list and a few of theirs, surprisingly, on mine. Both lists include re-issues.

Still I find it curious that twenty of the films I've singled out don't figure in their three hundred

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