Friday 4 December 2015

Top 10s of the year

Lists of the year's best films are already starting to come in from critics and film-related organisations so I'm sharing some of them below. Please note a few of the movies mentioned won't even have been released in the UK yet (e.g. The Assassin, Son Of Saul, The Hateful Eight). George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road (above) crops up on all six of the lists, so far making it the favourite overall, with Todd Haynes' Carol (on four lists) second. I suspect some publications and websites won't be revealing their own choices until the very last minute so they can take into account Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which doesn't hit cinemas for a couple of weeks. I will be counting down my own top 30 again this year and it will be appearing towards the end of this month. Interestingly, none of my own top three films of 2015 appear on any of these lists!

Little White Lies
1. Carol
2. Sunset Song (trailer below)
3. The Look Of Silence
4. Taxi Tehran
5. Timbuktu
6. Selma
7. Eden
8. Mad Max: Fury Road
9. Horse Money
10. The Voices

Full top 20 here

1. Mad Max: Fury Road
2. Whiplash
3. Inside Out
4. Ex Machina
5. Sicario
6. Steve Jobs
7. The Martian
8. It Follows
9. Carol (trailer below)
10. A Most Violent Year

Full top 20 here

Sight & Sound
1. The Assassin (trailer below)
2. Carol
3. Mad Max: Fury Road
4. Arabian Nights
5. Cemetery Of Splendour
6. No Home Movie
7. 45 Years
8. Son Of Saul
=9. Amy
=9. Inherent Vice

Full top 20 here 

1. Inherent Vice
2. The Duke Of Burgundy
3. Love & Mercy
4. Carol
5. Mad Max: Fury Road
6. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance)
7. While We're Young (trailer below)
8. Wild Tales
9. Beasts Of No Nation
10. Timbuktu

Uncut website

Cahiers Du Cinema
1. Mia Madre
2. Cemetery Of Splendour
3. In The Shadow Of Women (trailer below)
4. The Smell Of Us
5. Mad Max: Fury Road
6. Jauja
7. Inherent Vice
8. Arabian Nights
9. The Summer Of Sangaile
10. Journey To The Shore

The National Board Of Review
Best film
Mad Max: Fury Road
Runners up
Bridge Of Spies 
The Hateful Eight (trailer below)
Inside Out
The Martian
Straight Outta Compton  


  1. Good gosh that Empire list is predictable. Still, I suppose there's something to be said for consistency.

  2. It's a list that sums up Empire perfectly I think - very safe and unimaginative. I could rant about this at length so it's perhaps best I shut up now.

    1. The only surprise is that they didn't squeeze a Speilberg in there.