Friday, 1 January 2016

THE FILM STAGE PUBLISHES ITS BEST OF 2015 LISTS


The Film Stage has been gradually rolling out its Best Of lists for the year over the past few weeks. With the addition of a Best Film top 50, the full slate of categories is now ready for posting here! Some are ranked, others are not, but the diversity among their choices is impressive, their tastes laudable as ever. Have a look below:

Best Film
1. Mad Max: Fury Road (George Miller)
2. Carol (Todd Haynes)
3. Spotlight (Tom McCarthy)
4. Phoenix (Christian Petzold)
5. Ex Machina (Alex Garland)
6. Son of Saul (Nemes László)
7. Hard to Be a God (Aleksei German)
8. Clouds of Sils Maria (Olivier Assayas)
9. Chi-Raq (Spike Lee)
10. Sicario (Denis Villeneuve)
11. Inside Out (Pete Docter)
12. Magic Mike XXL (Gregory Jacobs)
13. World of Tomorrow (Don Hertzfeldt)
14. Eden (Mia Hansen-Løve)
15. The Assassin (Hou Hsiao Hsien)
16. Heaven Knows What (Benny Safdie and Josh Safdie)
17. The Mend (John Magary)
18. Steve Jobs (Danny Boyle)
19. The Look of Silence (Joshua Oppenheimer)
20. The Hateful Eight (Quentin Tarantino)
21. Jauja (Lisandro Alonso)
22. Tangerine (Sean Baker)
23. Mistress America (Noah Baumbach)
24. Anomalisa (Duke Johnson and Charlie Kaufman)
25. Horse Money (Pedro Costa)
26. In Jackson Heights (Frederick Wiseman)
27. Saint Laurent (Bertrand Bonello)
28. Taxi (Jafar Panahi)
29. Arabian Nights: Volume 1 – The Restless One / Arabian Nights: Volume 2 – The Desolate One / Arabian Nights: Volume 3 – The Enchanted One (Miguel Gomes)
30. 88:88 (Isiah Medina)
31. Right Now, Wrong Then (Hong Sang Soo)
32. The Diary of a Teenage Girl (Marielle Heller)
33. Shaun the Sheep Movie (Mark Burton and Richard Stanczak)
34. Da Sweet Blood of Jesus (Spike Lee)
35/ Bridge of Spies (Steven Spielberg)
36. Mommy (Xavier Dolan)
37. Youth (Paolo Sorrentino)
38. Room (Lenny Abrahamson)
39. Tom at the Farm (Xavier Dolan)
40. Embrace of the Serpent (Ciro Guerra)
41. Bone Tomahawk (S. Craig Zahler)
42. The Forbidden Room (Evan Johnson and Guy Maddin)
43. Creed (Ryan Coogler)
44. James White (Josh Mond)
45. Ballet 422 (Jody Lee Lipes)
46. Amy (Asif Kapadia)
47. Sunset Song (Terence Davies)
48. The Sky Trembles and the Earth Is Afraid and the Two Eyes Are Not Brothers (Ben Rivers)
49. Mississippi Grind (Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck)
50. The Big Short (Adam McKay)

Best Cinematography
Adam Arkapaw (Macbeth)
Sean Baker and Radium Cheung (Tangerine)
Christian Berger (By the Sea)
Charlotte Bruus Christensen (Far from the Madding Crowd)
Roger Deakins (Sicario)
Stuart Dryburgh (Blackhat)
Sofian el Fani (Timbuktu)
Erdély Mátyá (Son of Saul)
Martin Gschlacht (Amour Fou)
Vladimir Ilin and Yuriy Klimenko (Hard to Be a God)
Benjamin Kasulke and Stéphanie Anne Weber Biron (The Forbidden Room)
Nicholas D. Knowland (The Duke of Burgundy)
Edward Lachman (Carol)
Lee Ping Bin (The Assassin)
Emmanuel Lubezki (The Revenant)
Sean Porter (Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter)
Robert Richardson (The Hateful Eight)
Robbie Ryan (Slow West)
Timo Salminen (Jauja)
John Seale (Mad Max: Fury Road)
Sebastian Schipper (Victoria)
André Turpin (Tom at the Farm)

Best Score / Soundtrack
1. Carter Burwell (Carol)
2. Ennio Morricone (The Hateful Eight)
3. Shye Ben Tzur and Jonny Greenwood (Junun)
4. Rich Vreeland (It Follows)
5. Eden
6. Keegan DeWitt (Queen of Earth)
7. Jóhann Jóhannsson (Sicario)
8. Britta Phillips and Dean Wareham (Mistress America)
9. Tom Holkenborg (Mad Max: Fury Road)
10. Chi-Raq
11. Jed Kurzel (Slow West)
12. Michael Giacchino (Inside Out)
13. Daniel Pemberton (Steve Jobs)
14. Atticus Ross and Brian Wilson (Love & Mercy)
15. John Williams (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)
16. 17. Michael Brook (Brooklyn)
18. Michael Giacchino (Jupiter Ascending)
19. Carter Burwell (Anomalisa)
20. Faris Badwan and Rachel Zeffira (The Duke of Burgundy)
21. Magic Mike XXL
22. Jed Kurzel (Macbeth)
23. The Diary of a Teenage Girl
24. Dan Romer (Beasts of No Nation)
25. Howard Shore (Spotlight)
26. Geoff Barrow and Ben Salisbury (Ex Machina)
27. Bryce Dessner, Carsten Nicolai and Sakamoto Ryûichi (The Revenant)
28. Ryan Figg, Josh Lambert, Yvonne Lambert, Toto Miranda and Dominique Preyer (Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter)
29. Johnny Jewel (Lost River)
30. Tangerine
31. Joe Kraemer (Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation)
32. Craig Armstrong (Far from the Madding Crowd)
33. Michael Giacchino (Tomorrowland)
34. Entertainment
35. Patrick Doyle (Cinderella)
Daniel Pemberton (The Man from U.N.C.L.E.)

Best Ensemble
The Assassin
Carol
Chi-Raq
The Hateful Eight
Mad Max: Fury Road
Magic Mike XXL
Mistress America
Mustang
Sicario
Spotlight

Best Documentary
Amy (Asif Kapadia)
Ballet 422 (Jody Lee Lipes)
Best of Enemies (Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville)
Call Me Lucky (Bobcat Goldthwait)
Cartel Land (Matthew Heineman)
Cobain: Montage of Heck (Brett Morgen)
Democrats (Camilla Nielsson)
Finders Keepers (Bryan Carberry and J. Clay Tweel)
Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (Alex Gibney)
Hitchcock/Truffaut (Kent Jones)
The Hunting Ground (Kirby Dick)
In My Father’s House (Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg)
Iris (Albert Maysles)
Junun (Paul Thomas Anderson)
In Jackson Heights (Frederick Wiseman)
Listen to Me Marlon (Stevan Riley)
The Look of Silence (Joshua Oppenheimer)
The Pearl Button (Patricio Guzmán)
The Russian Woodpecker (Chad Gracia)
The Salt of the Earth (Juliano Ribeiro Salgado and Wim Wenders)
Stray Dog (Debra Granik)
We Come as Friends (Hubert Sauper)
Welcome to Leith (Michael Beach Nichols and Christopher K. Walker)
What Happened, Miss Simone? (Liz Garbus)
The Wolfpack (Crystal Moselle)

Most Overlooked Film
10,000km (Carlos Marques)
Amour Fou (Jessica Hausner)
Appropriate Behaviour (Desiree Akhavan)
Arabian Nights: Volume 1 – The Restless One / Arabian Nights: Volume 2 – The Desolate One / Arabian Nights: Volume 3 – The Enchanted One (Miguel Gomes)
The Assassin (Hou Hsiao Hsien)
Beloved Sisters (Dominik Graf)
Bone Tomahawk (S. Craig Zahler)
Buzzard (Joel Potrykus)
Christmas, Again (Charles Poekel)
Da Sweet Blood of Jesus (Spike Lee)
The Duke of Burgundy (Peter Strickland)
Eden (Mia Hansen-Løve)
Entertainment (Rick Alverson)
Experimenter (Michael Almereyda)
Faults (Riley Stearns)
The Forbidden Room (Evan Johnson and Guy Maddin)
Gangs of Wasseypur (Anurag Kashyap)
Girlhood (Céline Sciamma)
Güeros (Alonso Ruizpalacios)
Hard to Be a God (Aleksei German)
Heaven Knows What (Ben Safdie and Joshua Safdie)
Horse Money (Pedro Costa)
James White (Josh Mond)
Jauja (Lisandro Alonso)
Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (David Zellner)
Li’l Quinquin (Bruno Dumont)
Man from Reno (Dave Boyle)
The Mend (John Magary)
Mississippi Grind (Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck)
Mustang (Deniz Gamze Ergüven)
A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (Roy Andersson)
Queen of Earth (Alex Ross Perry)
Respire (Mélanie Laurent)
Results (Andrew Bujalski)
Saint Laurent (Bertrand Bonello)
She’s Funny That Way (Peter Bogdanovich)
Sleeping with Other People (Leslye Headland)
Slow West (John MacLean)
The Summer of Sangaile (Alanté Kavaïté)
Spring (Justin Benson and Aaron Scott Moorhead)
Tangerine (Sean Baker)
Taxi (Jafar Panahi)
Time Out of Mind (Oren Moverman)
Tokyo Tribe (Sono Sion)
The Tribe (Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy)
Tu Dors Nicole (Stéphane Lafleur)
Unexpected (Kris Swanberg)
Victoria (Sebastian Schipper)
The Voices (Marjane Satrapi)
When Marnie Was There (Yonebayashi Hiromasa)

Best Directorial Debut
’71 (Yann Demange)
Bone Tomahawk (S. Craig Zahler)
Christmas, Again (Charles Poekel)
The Diary of a Teenage Girl (Marielle Heller)
Ex Machina (Alex Garland)
Faults (Riley Stearns)
The Gift (Joel Edgerton)
Güeros (Alonso Ruizpalacios)
James White (Josh Mond)
The Mend (John Magary)
Mustang (Deniz Gamze Ergüven)
Partisan (Ariel Kleiman)
Son of Saul (Nemes László)
Slow West (John MacLean)
Uncle John (Steven Piet)

Best Breakthrough Performance
Christopher Abbott (James White)
Abraham Attah (Beasts of No Nation)
Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation)
Arielle Holmes (Heaven Knows What)
Teyonah Parris (Chi-Raq)
Bel Powley (The Diary of a Teenage Girl)
Daisy Ridley (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)
Kitana Kiki Rodriguez (Tangerine)
Röhrig Géza (Son of Saul)
Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies)
Mya Taylor (Tangerine)
Jacob Tremblay (Room)

Best Double Feature
99 Homes / The Big Short
Amour Fou / A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence
Arabian Nights: Volume 1 – The Restless One / Arabian Nights: Volume 2 – The Desolate One / Arabian Nights: Volume 3 – The Enchanted One / Li’l Quinquin
Bone Tomahawk / The Hateful Eight
Cartel Land / Sicario
Chi-Raq / Tokyo Tribe
Hard to Be a God / Mad Max: Fury Road
Heaven Knows What / Time Out of Mind
Room / The Wolfpack
Shaun the Sheep Movie / The Tribe

Best Poster
1. Shelter (CHIPS)
2. Cop Car
3. It Follows (Palaceworks)
4. Wild Canaries (Corey Holms)
5. The Revenant
6. Carol
7. Sicario (LA)
8. Tangerine (P+A)
9. The Forbidden Room (Galen Johnson)
10. Magic Mike XXL (Concept Arts)
11. Welcome to Me
12. The Hateful Eight
13. By the Sea
14. Far from the Madding Crowd
15. Hyena
16. Love
17. Horse Money
18. Brooklyn
19. Felt
20. Focus
21. The Age of Adaline
22. The Seventh Fire
23. The Assassin
24. Freeheld
25. The Visit