The Very Best of 2015.

TOP TEN:

1 BY THE SEA/CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA

Passionate, polyglot observations of the processes we plant up for ourselves. We are unexceptional rocks; the fine part comes from what is revealed in the collisions of livelihood, and loving, and engaging in amateur pharmacology, and exorcising the legacy of lovers after , and finding the way back to ourselves. Finding that victory, that pure sense of creation, and accomplishment, is a terrifying and amazing trip that goes through the weird shit. I grasp these films to my chest; there is always a way through anything lies before us.

2 MAD MAX FURY ROAD

Everything clan have been saying is true. A august new myth for the coming horrors of our collective eradication. Creates and passes the DodecaBechdel Test as well.

3 PHOENIX/SAINT LAURENT

A manor-house of elegant mirrors, where the wearing of costume and the telling of tales seeks to forge in place a vision of a life unruffled of moments, memories. Let’s delve deep and get at the Who. Let’s swandive into the shadows and accompany what we can find.

4 CAROL

Aesthetically without a break, semiotically charged, and filled, ultimately, by a fierce hope. When Carol Aird says “We are not unlovely people,” it’s the cinematic instant of the year. But in the not fictitious world outside, in 2015, what through the Trumpery and the Tennessee parade legislature, maybe that’s not the trial anymore. An immaculate jewel.

5 THE ASSASSIN/THE HATEFUL EIGHT/LI’L QUINQUIN

How is it that we psychotic apes get managed to survive as long to the degree that we have? The land itself bears the get ~ of of our sickness, with blood spilled clinging to us like some unremovable shroud that tangles the knees and clouds the faculty of volition to try and do better. Sometimes you require to laugh to keep from vomiting in alarm. Sometimes you have to stay the track of the procedural to keep from slipping over the rails and into the deep pit. Upholding expectations is not, however, every inherently moral act. And that awareness defines us.

6 MAGIC MIKE XXL

A fanciful vision of egalitarian, pleasure-driven lives at what place the primary commodity is joy, not wealth, and smiles and orgasms are for what cause a good day are properly restricted.

7 THOU WAST MILD AND LOVELY/TOM AT THE FARM

Gloriously surreal maps of human ask, bound in exterior, ‘other’ spaces. Humor and detestation only a heartbeat away at any given moment.

8 ARABIAN NIGHTS/CHI-RAQ/HARD TO BE A GOD/THE TRIBE

How does some actually forge a community? Is the kind of we perceive as civilization a starting sally, a hard-won but tenuous triumph, a delusional pipe dream, or a hiccup ~ward the metaphorical road to something besides?

9 JUPITER ASCENDING/STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS

Joyful intergalactic romps that reexamine (and in some cases gleefully explode) the structures that stand by our imaginations (and selves) locked in a small corner of ignorant space. Mapping desires onto strange bodies, new stars, and offering the widest continuua of enjoyment.

10 INSIDE OUT/LOVE 3D/THE MEND

Messy, maddening, meaningful visions of the emotion and soul in crisis. The ritual brings catharsis. Sadness and helplessness fuels adaptability and evolution.

BEST DIRECTOR:

Bertrand Bonello (Saint Laurent)

Guillermo Del Toro (Crimson Peak)

Xavier Dolan (Tom At The Farm)

Fabrice Du Welz (Alleluia)

Miguel Gomes (Arabian Nights)

Todd Haynes (Carol)

Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson (The Forbidden Room)

George Miller (Mad Max Fury Road)

Gaspar Noe (Love)

Angelina Jolie Pitt (By The Sea)

Sam Taylor-Johnson (Fifty Shades of Grey)

Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski (Jupiter Ascending)

BEST ACTOR:

Matt Damon (The Martian)

Benicio Del Toro (Sicario)

Tom Hanks (Bridge of Spies)

Stephen Plunkett (The Mend)

Bernard Pruvost (Lil’ Quinquin)

Gaspard Ulliel (Saint Laurent)

Leonid Yarmolnik (Hard to exist a God)

BEST ACTRESS:

Cate Blanchett (Carol)

Luisa Cruz (Arabian Nights Volume 2: The Desolate One)

Anne Dorval (Mommy)

Lola Duenas (Alleluia)

Amy Everson (Felt)

Nina Hoss (Phoenix)

Rinko Kikuchi (Kumiko The Treasure Hunter)

Lola Kirke (Mistress America)

Teyonah Parris (Chi-Raq)

Charlize Theron (Mad Max Fury Road)

Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina)

Arielle Walker (Heaven Knows What)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:

Louis Garrel (Saint Laurent)

Oscar Isaac (Ex Machina)

James Marsden (The D Train)

Jason Mitchell (Straight Outta Compton)

Michael Pena (Ant-Man)

Colin Quinn (Trainwreck)

Michael Stuhlbarg (Steve Jobs)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:

Jessica Chastain (Crimson Peak)

Deanna Dunagan (The Visit)

Jennifer Jason Leigh (Anomalisa)

Julianne Moore (Maps to the Stars)

Jada Pinkett (Magic Mike XXL)

Kristen Stewart (American Ultra)

Kristen Stewart (Clouds of Sils Maria)

Mickey Sumner (The Mend)

Mya Taylor (Tangerine)

Tessa Thompson (Creed)

Katherine Waterston (Queen of Earth)

BEST SCREENPLAY:

Olivier Assayas (Clouds of Sils Maria)

Bruno Dumont (Lil’ Quinquin)

Joel Edgerton (The Gift)

Rick Famuyiwa (Dope)

Drew Goddard (The Martian)

Charlie Kaufman (Anomalisa)

Max Landis (American Ultra)

John Magary (The Mend)

Phyllis Nagy (Carol)

Abderrahmane Sissako and Kessen Tall (Timbuktu)

Quentin Tarantino (The Hateful Eight)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY:

Peter Andrews (Magic Mike XXL)

Sean Baker and Radium Cheung (Tangerine)

Christian Berger (By The Sea)

Roger Deakins (Sicario)

Josee Deshaies (Saint Laurent)

Stuart Dryburgh (Blackhat)

Erdely Matyas (Son of Saul)

Vladimir Ilin and Yuriy Klimenko (Hard to be a God)

Alwin Kuchler (Steve Jobs)

Dan Laustsen (Crimson Peak)

Mark Lee Ping-Bin (The Assassin)

Emmanuel Lubezki (The Revenant)

John Mathieson and Seamus McGarvey (Pan)

Sayombhu Mukdeeprom (Arabian Nights)

Robert Richardson (The Hateful Eight)

BEST 3D:

In the Heart of The Sea

Jupiter Ascending

Love

The Martian

Pan

Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension

Point Break

The Spongebob Squarepants Movie

The Walk

BEST EDITING:

Clouds of Sils Maria

The Gift

Kingsman: The Secret Service

Last Shift

Love

Mad Max Fury Road

Saint Laurent

BEST COSTUMES:

Crimson Peak

Eden

Jupiter Ascending

Love

Saint Laurent

Tangerine

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN:

Crimson Peak

Hard To Be A God

Jupiter Ascending

Mad Max Fury Road

The Martian

The Night Before

The Revenant

Saint Laurent

BEST DOCUMENTARY:

Amy

Approaching the Elephant

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of The Revolution

The Creeping Garden

Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten

In Jackson Heights

The Look of Silence

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS:

Chappie

Ex Machina

The Last Witch Hunter

The Martian

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

BEST ORIGINAL SONG:

“The Final Derriere” (The Forbidden Room)

“Flashlight” (Pitch Perfect 2)

“Grip” (Creed)

“Love Me Like You Do” (Fifty Shades of Grey)

“Mean Ol’ Moon” (Ted 2)

“None of Them are You” (Anomalisa)

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE:

Alleluia

By The Sea

Carol

The Creeping Garden

The Duke of Burgundy

For The Plasma

Girlhood

The Hateful Eight

It Follows

Mad Max Fury Road

Maps To The Stars

The Revenant

BEST RESTORATION:

The American Friend

Until The End of The World

Rocco and His Brothers

The Decline of Western Civilization Trilogy

The Swimmer

Out 1

The Miracle Woman

The Apu Trilogy

Apocalypse Now

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM:

Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai

Alleluia

Arabian Nights

Eden

Girlhood

Hard to Be a God

Lil’ Quinquin

Saint Laurent

Timbuktu

Tom at The Farm

The Tribe

BEST SUPPORTED ACTOR:

Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation)

Louis Garrel (Saint Laurent)

Tom Hardy (Mad Max Fury Road)

Oscar Isaac (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)

Olafur Darri Olafsson (The Last Witch Hunter)

Michael Pena (Ant-Man)

Stephen Plunkett (The Mend)

James Ransone (Sinister 2)

Clemens Schick (Point Break)

Michael Stuhlbarg (Steve Jobs)

WORST PICTURE:

Black Mass

Hot Tub Time Machine 2

The Lazarus Effect

Seventh Son

Stonewall

Terminator: Genisys

SONGS OF THE YEAR: 2015

1 Brandon Flowers/Lonely Town

2 Carly Rae Jepsen/Your Type

3 Sparks/The Final Derriere

4 Chvrches/Clearest Blue

5 The Weeknd/The Hills

6 Madonna/Ghost Town

7 Sufjan Stevens/John My Beloved

8 Ryan Adams/Style

9 Jidenna/Classic Man

10 New Order/Plastic

11 Chromatics/Yes (Symmetry Remix)

12 Adele/Hello (NOLA Bounce Mix)

13 JR Castro/Get Home

14 One Direction/Perfect

15 Jeremih/Royalty

16 Hailee Steinfeld/Flashlight (Math Club Remix)

17 Jonny Telafone/The Prayer

18 Prince/Screwdriver

19 J. Cole/Wet Dreamz

20 Taylor Swift/New Romantics

ALBUMS OF THE YEAR: 2015

1 Carly Rae Jepsen/E MO TION

2 Chvrches/Every Open Eye

3 Sufjan Stevens/Carrie and Lowell

4 The Weeknd/Beauty Behind The Madness

5 Shamir/Ratchet

6 (knit) Robyn & La Bagatelle Magique/Love is Free EP

Susanne Sundfor/Ten Love Songs

7 Trickfinger

8 New Order/Music Complete

9 Giorgio Moroder/Deja Vu

10 Grimes/Art Angels

TV OF THE YEAR: 2015

(in alphabetical instruction)

Broad City

Community

Difficult People

Grace and Frankie

Hannibal

Inside Amy Schumer

Key and Peele

Nathan because You

Penny Dreadful

Review

Rick and Morty

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