Best Films of 2015 (In Alphabetical Order)


These are the best new release (or VOD) titles, out of the 456 films and TV series that I watched over the last year.

Amy (Asif Kapadia, 2015)

Anomalisa (Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson, 2015)

The Assassin (Hou Hsiao-Hsien, 2015)

Best of Enemies (Robert Gordon & Morgan Neville, 2015)

Blackhat (Michael Mann, 2015)

The Black Panthers (Stanley Nelson, 2015)

Carol (Todd Haynes, 2015)

Cartel Land (Matthew Heineman, 2015)

Crimson Peak (Guillermo del Toro, 2015)

Dark Star: H. R. Giger’s World (Belinda Sallin, 2014)

The Duke of Burgundy (Peter Strickland, 2014)

Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon (Douglas Tirola, 2015)

Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films (Mark Hartley, 2014)

Entertainment (Rick Alverson, 2015)

Experimenter (Michael Almereyda, 2015)

Hard to Be a God (Alexei German, 2013)

The Hateful Eight (Quentin Tarantino, 2015)

Jauja (Lisandro Alonso, 2014)

Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck (Brett Morgen, 2015)

Listen to Me Marlon (Stevan Riley, 2015)

The Look of Silence (Joshua Oppenheimer, 2014)

Lost Souls: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreau (David Gregory, 2014)

Mad Max: Fury Road (George Miller, 2015)

National Gallery (Frederick Wiseman, 2014)

The Nightmare (Rodney Ascher, 2015)

The Otherworld (Richard Stanley, 2013)

Phoenix (Christian Petzold, 2015)

Queen of Earth (Alex Ross Perry, 2015)

Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine (Alex Gibney, 2015)

Welcome to New York (Abel Ferrara, 2014)

About Budd Wilkins

Budd Wilkins is a writer, film critic and instructor. He is a Staff Critic for Slant Magazine, and his work has also appeared in the Nordic Issue of Acidemic Journal of Film and Media. He is currently writing a chapter for an anthology on international horror directors to be published by Intellect Press and distributed by University of Chicago Press. Mr. Wilkins was born and raised in Hollywood, Florida. He attended Penn State for several years before moving to North Carolina in 1994, where he earned his Bachelor's in Religious Studies and a Master's in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Film Studies from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His primary focus is film history, film literacy and criticism, with the goal of bringing obscure, foreign and films that are labeled "difficult" to the attention of film aficionados of all kinds. Other interests and focus of critique include comparative religion, black humor, 19th century European literature, horror and graphic novels. Mr Wilkins lives in Greensboro, North Carolina with his wife, Tina. Follow @buddwilkins on Twitter.
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