Friday, 11 December 2015


Looking through Slant's Top 50 films of the year, one's reminded of just how brilliant a year in film 2015 was... and 2014... and 2013! Several of my personal favourites appear here, not only of this year but of the last two, including Hard to Be a God and Jauja. It's a varied list, with divisive films that even divided my own opinion, like Magic Mike XXL and Blackhat, placing highly. And any list in which neither Anomalisa nor The Duke of Burgundy can crack the Top 30, and 45 Years can only just make the Top 25, is either the sign of admirably active voters or plain old bad taste. It's Slant magazine, so I'll assume the former. On the other hand, their Worst Of list is full of potential titles for their Best Of list, alongside some indubitably awful ones. Check out their choices below:

Slant's Best Films of 2015
1. Mad Max: Fury Road
2. In Jackson Heights
3. Timbuktu
4. Horse Money
5. Magic Mike XXL
6. Hard to Be a God
7. Heart of a Dog
8. Blackhat
9. The Assassin
10. Chi-Raq
11. Li'l Quinquin
12. Taxi
13. Queen of Earth
14. The Look of Silence
15. Heaven Knows What
16. Jauja
17. The Forbidden Room
18. Phoenix
19. Carol
20. Creed
21. Mistress America
22. Son of Saul
23. Of Men and War
24. Eastern Boys
25. 45 Years
26. About Elly
27. Arabian Nights: Volume 1 - The Restless One / Arabian Nights: Volume 2 - The Desolate One / Arabian Nights: Volume 3 - The Enchanted One
28. Salvation Army
29. The Kindergarten Teacher
30. Tangerine
31. Anomalisa
32. Welcome to New York
33. A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence
34. Girlhood
35. Buzzard
36. The Duke of Burgundy
37. The Pearl Button
38. Of Horses and Men
39. Madam Phung's Last Journey
40. We Come as Friends
41. Entertainment
42. The Diary of a Teenage Girl
43. The Fool
44. Maps to the Stars
45. La Ultima Pelicula
46. Inside Out
47. Gangs of Wasseypur
48. Office
49. Coming Home
50. The Princess of France

Slant's Best Performances of 2015

Christopher Abbott (James White)
Emory Cohen (Brooklyn)
Tom Courtenay (45 Years)
Benicio del Toro (Sicario)
GĂ©rard Depardieu (Welcome to New York)
Arielle Holmes (Heaven Knows What)
Nina Hoss (Phoenix)
Michael B. Jordan (Creed)
Brie Larson (Room)
Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight)
Rooney Mara (Carol)
Elisabeth Moss (Queen of Earth)
Cynthia Nixon (James White)
Bernard Pruvost (Li’l Quinquin)
Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn)
Peter Sarsgaard (Experimenter)
Michael Shannon (99 Homes)
Sylvester Stallone (Creed)

Kristen Stewart (Clouds of Sils Maria)

Slant's Best Scenes of 2015
'Abstract thought' (Inside Out)
'Cause I Knew' (Li'l Quinquin)
'Convenience store dance' (Magic Mike XXL)
'Diamonds' (Girlhood)
'Dirtbike training' (Creed)
'Equine sex' (Of Horses and Men)
'Fantasy football' (Timbuktu)
'Fuck It!' (Tangerine)
'Home invasion' (Eastern Boys)
'King XXI' (A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence)
'Kite flying' (About Elly)
'Maid enters pool' (The Second Mother)
'Master closeup' (Queen of Earth)
'Mother and son in bathroom' (James White)
'Oh girl' (Chi-Raq)
'Opening' (It Follows)
'Opening' (Sicario)
'The second dinner' (Carol)
'Speak Low' (Phoenix)
'Veridis Quo' (Eden)

Slant's Worst Films of 2015
1. Beasts of No Nation
2. Accidental Love
3. 7 Minutes
4. Jason and Shirley
5. Vice
6. The End of the Tour
7. Ted 2
8. The Human Centipede III (Final Sequence)
9. Trainwreck
10. The Cobbler