Since my days are now primarily occupied by chasing after and caring for a toddler, my current moviegoing habits are decidedly less robust than in my pre-parenthood days. That being said, with the help of a very loving and supportive partner, I have somehow managed to see enough films in the past year that choosing only ten favorites proved to be quite a challenge. Thus, I humbly offer below my top ten films of 2015.
1. Carol, dir. Todd Haynes
2. Phoenix, dir. Christian Petzold
3. Mad Max: Fury Road, dir. George Miller
4. Brooklyn, dir. John Crowley
5. Room, dir. Lenny Abrahamson
6. Clouds of Sils Maria, dir. Olivier Assayas
7. The Wolfpack, dir. Crystal Moselle
8. Tangerine, dir. Sean Baker
9. The Big Short, dir. Adam McKay
10. Ex Machina, dir. Alex Garland
A particularly remarkable year for strong female leads, though only one film, Tangerine, featured a (trans) woman of color; and only one, The Wolfpack, a documentary, was directed by a woman.
Honorable Mentions include: Dope, directed by Rick Famuyiwa; Inside Out, directed by Pete Docter and Ronnie Del Carmen; Spotlight, directed by Tom McCarthy; The Duke of Burgundy, directed by Peter Strickland; Slow West, John Maclean; Beasts of No Nation, directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga; Iris, directed by Albert Masles; White God, directed by Kornél Mundruczó; Jauja, directed by Lisandro Alonso; and Far from the Madding Crowd, directed by Thomas Vinterberg
For anyone who might be interested in seeing how this list stacked up against those of a few other noted film writers and scholars with whom I am privileged to be friends, please head on over to Michael Anderson's site, Ten Best Films.