Favorite Film Finds of 2015

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As the year is almost over, I’ve decided to put together a list of my favorite film finds of 2015. Some were movies I had wanted to see for a long time; others were delightful surprises (though perhaps “delightful” isn’t quite the right word for some of them, excellent though they were). It’s been so long since I watched some of them that I’m afraid I have nothing particularly intelligent or insightful to say — “This was funny! You should watch it!” — so I’m just going to go with a numbered list. Without further ado and in some vague semblance of order, here are my top thirty (or thirty-two, if we’re going to be technical):

  1. The Emigrants (Jan Troell, 1971)/The New Land (Jan Troell, 1972)
  2. El Sur (Victor Erice, 1983)
  3. Aparajito (Satyajit Ray, 1956)/Apur Sansar (Satyajit Ray, 1959)
  4. Diary of a Country Priest (Robert Bresson, 1951)
  5. Playtime (Jacques Tati, 1967)
  6. The Man Who Sleeps (Bernard Queysanne, 1974)
  7. Museum Hours (Jem Cohen, 2012)
  8. Here Is Your Life (Jan Troell, 1966)
  9. The Mother and the Whore (Jean Eustache, 1973)
  10. The Wrong Box (Bryan Forbes, 1966)
  11. The Return (Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2003)
  12. The Cremator (Juraj Herz, 1969)
  13. I Am Twenty (Marlen Khutsiev, 1965)
  14. Brink of Life (Ingmar Bergman, 1958)
  15. The Story of a Cheat (Sacha Guitry, 1936)
  16. This Is Not a Film (Jafar Panahi, 2011)
  17. Nobody Knows (Hirokazu Koreeda, 2004)
  18. Pygmalion (Anthony Asquith and Leslie Howard, 1938)
  19. Legend of a Duel to the Death (Keisuke Kinoshita, 1963)
  20. Hour of the Wolf (Ingmar Bergman, 1968)
  21. Donkey Skin (Jacques Demy, 1970)
  22. The Suitor (Pierre Étaix, 1962)
  23. The Chess Players (Satyajit Ray, 1977)
  24. Orchestra Rehearsal (Federico Fellini, 1978)
  25. The Panic in Needle Park (Jerry Schatzberg, 1971)
  26. The Exiles (Kent Mackenzie, 1961)
  27. L’Assassino (Elio Petri, 1961)
  28. Neighbours (Norman McLaren, 1952)
  29. Cherry Blossoms (Doris Dörrie, 2008)
  30. The Burmese Harp (Kon Ichikawa, 1956)
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6 thoughts on “Favorite Film Finds of 2015

    1. Thanks! As I went through my Letterboxd account, I was surprised by how eclectic it was too. It’s sort of an odd mix of movies I really wanted to see, movies that were in my Netflix queue for a while that I only ended up watching because they were about to expire, and totally unknown-to-me movies that I stumbled across and watched on a whim. If you want to know more about any of them, I’d be happy to offer my thoughts (as best I can).

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  1. Same here about bookmarking! I’m making myself a “to watch” list for next year with Apu trilogy for sure, and The Emigrants I remember being a huge fave of my parents’ so I need to see that… more Breson. The Wrong Box is such a blast, isn;t it? 🙂

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    1. Thanks! The Apu trilogy is great (I had seen Pather Panchali two years ago, which is why I didn’t include it), and I absolutely loved The Emigrants and, to a slightly lesser extent, The New Land. As for Bresson, I also watched L’Argent this year — very odd and minimalistic, but certainly interesting. I still need to see Au Hasard Balthazar, along with some of his less well-known films. And yes, The Wrong Box is so much fun! I recorded it from TCM without knowing much about it, and I just watched it this week — an instant favorite.

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