Another year has passed and I have seen more films than I can count, here are my favourites of the year that came out in UK cinemas in 2015!
1. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
Directed by Ana Lily Amirpour, this Iranian, vampire-western (yes, what a combination) was absolutely brilliant. Shot all in black and white it still manages to be visually interesting with compelling, surprising characters. It’s funny, it’s dramatic and there is a huge cat in it. What’s not to love?
2. Girlhood (Bande de filles)
Directed by Céline Sciamma, this powerful french drama is honest yet non-judgemental. It follows Marieme, a working class, black girl trying to find her place in the world. The film is structured in an interesting way and the cinematography is bright and colourful amidst often bleak settings.
3. Inside Out
This is the best Pixar film I’ve seen in years, funny and clever yet hard hitting at times. Plus some of my favourite TV actresses Amy Poehler and Mindy Kaling lend their voices to the film. You can read my review of it here.
Directed by Damien Chazelle in his first feature film. I don’t think I’ve ever felt so tense in a film, it was exhausting to watch in the best possible way.
Directed by Todd Haynes and shot in 16mm, this glamorous, beautiful love story set in 1950s New York at Christmas time was stunning. Amazing performances by Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara.
This moving, powerful film directed by Ava DuVernay about the Civil Rights Movement is brilliant and heartbreaking. With David Oyelowo giving a great performance as Martin Luther King Jr. You can read my review of it here.
Directed by Justin Kurzel, Macbeth has stunning cinematography and captivating performances by Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. You can read my review here.
8. The Tale of The Princess Kaguya
This beautiful animation by Studio Ghibli was incredibly unique in it’s style and is very different to anything i’ve seen from the studio before. You can read my review here.
9. Mockingjay Part 2
The final part in The Hunger Games franchise, featured some amazing acting by Jennifer Lawrence and rounded off the series brilliantly.
10. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
I just saw this last week and it has knocked off the film I had originally intended to take the number 10 spot. It’s fun, dramatic and engaging. Full of well developed female characters and I really enjoyed it.
I look forward to seeing more in 2016! I am particularly looking forward to seeing Joy, The Danish Girl, The Revenant and Room.