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I've seen 9 of the 20 (and nodded off during 2 of them), plus I nodded off during Part 1 of Arabian Nights (my fault, not the film's) so I decided not to see Parts 2 or 3 until I had rectified that. Two or three of the films I *haven't* seen yet are either on Netflix or I have access to a screener.

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National Board of Review.

Best Film:  Mad Max: Fury Road
Best Director:  Ridley Scott – The Martian
Best Actor:  Matt Damon – The Martian
Best Actress: Brie Larson – Room
Best Supporting Actor:  Sylvester Stallone – Creed
Best Supporting Actress:  Jennifer Jason Leigh – The Hateful Eight
Best Original Screenplay:  Quentin Tarantino – The Hateful Eight
Best Adapted Screenplay:  Drew Goddard – The Martian
Best Animated Feature:  Inside Out
Breakthrough Performance:  Abraham Attah – Beasts of No Nation & Jacob Tremblay – Room

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Carol is the big winner with the NY Film Critics Circle.

Best Film: "Carol"
Best Director: Todd Haynes, "Carol"
Best Actress: Saoirse Ronan, "Brooklyn"
Best Actor: Michael Keaton, "Spotlight"
Best Supporting Actress: Kristen Stewart, "Clouds Of Sils Maria
Best Supporting Actor: Mark Rylance, "Bridge Of Spies"
Best Screenplay: Phyllis Nagy, "Carol"
Best Cinematography: Edward Lachman, "Carol"
Best Animated Film: "Inside Out"
Best Foreign Language Film: "Timbuktu"
Best Nonfiction Film: "In Jackson Heights
Best First Film: "Son Of Saul"
Special Award #1: Posthumous Award honoring the legacy of William Becker and Janus Films
Special Award #2: Ennio Morricone, Composer

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Los Angeles Film Critics Association named Spotlight best film, but Fury Road got a lot of recognition, including George Miller as best director. 

Best Film: “Spotlight” Runner-up: “Mad Max: Fury Road”

Best Director: George Miller, “Mad Max: Fury Road” Runner-up: Todd Haynes, “Carol”

Best Actor: Michael Fassbender, “Steve Jobs“ Runner-up: Geza Rohrig, “Son of Saul”

Best Actress: Charlotte Rampling, “45 Years” Runner-up: Saoirse Ronan, “Brooklyn”

Best Supporting Actor: Michael Shannon, “99 Homes” Runner-up: Mark Rylance, “Bridge of Spies”

Best Supporting Actress: Alicia Vikander, “Ex Machina” Runner-up: Kristen Stewart, “Clouds of Sils Maria”

Best Documentary: “Amy” Runner-up: “The Look of Silence”

Best Animated Film: “Anomalisa” Runner-up: “Inside Out”

Best Foreign Language Film: “Son of Saul” Runner-up: “The Tribe”

Best Screenplay: Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy, “Spotlight” Runner-up: Charlie Kaufman, “Anomalisa”

Best Cinematography: John Seale, “Mad Max: Fury Road” Runner-up: Edward Lachman, “Carol”

Best Editing: Hank Corwin, “The Big Short” Runner-up: Margaret Sixel, “Mad Max: Fury Road”

Best Musical Score: Carter Burwell, “Anomalisa” and “Carol” Runner-up: Ennio Morricone, “The Hateful Eight”

Best Production Design: Colin Gibson, “Mad Max: Fury Road” Runner-up: Judy Becker, “Carol”

New Generation Award: Ryan Coogler, “Creed”

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Toronto Film Critics Association winners:

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Best Picture: Carol

Best Director: Todd Haynes, Carol

Best Actress: Nina Hoss, Phoenix

Best Actor: Tom Hardy, Legend

Best Supporting Actress: Alicia Vikander, Ex Machina

Best Supporting Actor: Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies

Best Screenplay: The Big Short

Best First Film: Ex Machina

Best Foreign Language Film: Phoenix

Best Documentary: The Look of Silence

Best Animated Feature: Shaun the Sheep Movie

 

 

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More Fury Road awards, this time from The Online Film Critics Society (Ken Morefield voted in this one).

Best Picture:
Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Animated Feature:
Inside Out

Best Film Not in the English Language:
The Assassin (Taiwan)

Best Documentary:
The Look of Silence

Best Director:
George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road)

Best Actor:
Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs)

Best Actress:
Cate Blanchett (Carol)

Best Supporting Actor:
Oscar Isaac (Ex Machina)

Best Supporting Actress:
Rooney Mara (Carol)

Best Original Screenplay:
Spotlight (Josh Singer, Tom McCarthy)

Best Adapted Screenplay:
Carol (Phyllis Nagy)

Best Editing:
Mad Max: Fury Road (Margaret Sixel)

Best Cinematography:
Mad Max: Fury Road (John Seale)

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Here are the Vancouver Film Critics Circle (of which I am a member) nominees announced today (the winners will be decided later this week and announced next Monday; I'll bold them at that time):

BEST FILM
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant
Spotlight

BEST ACTOR
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
Michal Fassbender, Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl

BEST ACTRESS
Cate Blanchett, Carol
Brie Larson, Room
Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
Michael Shannon, 99 Homes
Sylvester Stallone, Creed

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight
Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl
Alicia Vikander, Ex Machina

BEST DIRECTOR
Todd Haynes, Carol
Alejandro González Iñárritu, The Revenant
George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road

BEST SCREENPLAY
Emma Donoghue, Room
Charlie Kaufman, Anomalisa
Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy, Spotlight

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
The Assassin
Goodnight Mommy
Son of Saul

BEST DOCUMENTARY
Amy
Cartel Land
Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief

BEST CANADIAN FILM
The Forbidden Room
Room
Sleeping Giant

BEST ACTOR IN A CANADIAN FILM
Michael Eklund, Eadweard
Christopher Plummer, Remember
Jacob Tremblay, Room

BEST ACTRESS IN A CANADIAN FILM
Marie Brassard, Sabali
Brie Larson, Room
Julia Sarah Stone, Wet Bum

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A CANADIAN FILM
Patrick Huard, My Internship in Canada
Reece Moffett, Sleeping Giant
Nick Serino, Sleeping Giant

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A CANADIAN FILM
Joan Allen, Room
Suzanne Clement, My Internship in Canada
Tara Pratt, No Men Beyond This Point

BEST SCREENPLAY FOR A CANADIAN FILM
Benjamin August, Remember
Andrew Cividino, Blain Watters & Aaron Yeger, Sleeping Giant
Emma Donoghue, Room

BEST DIRECTOR OF A CANADIAN FILM
Lenny Abrahamson, Room
Andrew Cividino, Sleeping Giant
Atom Egoyan, Remember

BEST CANADIAN DOCUMENTARY
Haida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World
Fractured Land
How to Change the World
Hurt

BEST FIRST FILM BY A CANADIAN DIRECTOR
Hit 2 Pass, Kurt Walker
Sleeping Giant, Andrew Cividino
Wet Bum, Lindsay Mackay

BEST BRITISH COLUMBIA FILM
Eadweard
Haida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World
No Men Beyond This Point

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I usually wait until early January to post this, but I'm tired of feeling the stupid pressure to watch more new movies.

Favorite Theatrical Releases

Favorite films that had a one-week run in NYC during 2015. In order of preference.

  1. Horse Money (Pedro Costa)
  2. Carol (Todd Haynes)
  3. The Mend (John Magary)
  4. Phoenix (Christian Petzold)
  5. The Assassin (Hou Hsiao-hsien)
  6. Timbuktu (Abderrahmane Sissako)
  7. Li’l Quinquin (Bruno Dumont)
  8. Amour Fou (Jessica Hausner)
  9. Beloved Sisters (Dominik Graf)
  10. Tu dors Nicole (Stéphane Lafleur)

Favorite As-Yet Undistributed Features

In order of preference.

  1. No Home Movie (Chantal Akerman)
  2. In the Shadow of Women (Philippe Garrel)
  3. Right Now, Wrong Then (Hong Sang-soo)
  4. Cemetery of Splendor (Apitchatpong Weerasethakul)
  5. The Sky Trembles and the Earth Is Afraid and the Two Eyes Are Not Brothers (Ben Rivers)
  6. Santa Teresa and Other Stories (Nelson Carlo de los Santos Arias)
  7. The Academy of Muses (José Luis Guerin)
  8. Campo Grande (Sandra Kogut)
  9. The Other Side (Roberto Minervini)
  10. Minotaur (Nicolás Pereda)

Favorite New Experimental Shorts

In alphabetical order.

  • Cathode Garden (Janie Geiser)
  • Faux Départ (Yto Barrada)
  • Mad Ladders (Michael Robinson)
  • Mars Garden (Lewis Klahr)
  • Navigator (Björn Kämmerer)
  • Prima Materia (Charlotte Pryce)
  • Scales in the Spectrum of Space (Fern Silva)
  • Something Between Us (Jodie Mack)
  • Something Horizontal (Blake Williams)
  • Traces/Legacy (Scott Stark)

Favorite Discoveries

Older films I saw for the first time this year, limited to one film per director. In chronological order.

  • Stark Love (Karl Brown, 1927)
  • Heroes for Sale (William A. Wellman, 1933)
  • The Thin Man (W.S. Van Dyke, 1934)
  • History is Made at Night (Frank Borzage, 1937)
  • Adieu Philippine (Jacques Rozier, 1963)
  • Cheyenne Autumn (John Ford, 1964)
  • The Soft Skin (François Truffaut, 1964)
  • The Inner Scar (Philippe Garrel, 1972)
  • Something to Remind Me (Christian Petzold, 2001)
  • Augustine (Alice Winocour, 2012)
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Your #1 is the last thing I need to see before the list is made. But five of yours are in that blob of films at the top of consideration.

"...the vivid crossing of borders between film and theology may save the film from the banality of cinema and festival business, and it may also save the church from the deep sleep of the habitual and the always known."

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On 12/17/2015, 5:31:24, Darren H said:

 

  • Stark Love (Karl Brown, 1927)

Stark Love! I saw this recently, too. An impressive piece of regional filmmaking in the tradition of Flaherty and Griffith.

What was the context of your screening? I hope it was better than my crappy VHS tape.

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2 minutes ago, Darren H said:

 

Much better, I'm sure. The Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound rented MoMA's new 35mm print and projected it at the Tennesee Theater!

Envious! I hope this means we'll see a high-def transfer soon, although I would love to see it in a theater.

Quick question, before I completely derail this thread: Do you recall if the MoMA print featured a '60s-sounding folk guitar soundtrack? Mine did, although I wasn't able to figure out who composed it. 

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Just posted mine here with some extended commentary: https://medium.com/@MLeary/favorite-films-and-themes-of-2015-e1a645839c69#.k4nlf9cra

  1. L’il Quinquin (Bruno Dumont)
  2. Horse Money (Pedro Costa)
  3. Experimenter (Michael Elmereyda) 
  4. Hard To Be A God (Aleksei German) 
  5. Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem (Ronit and Shlomi Elkabetz)
  6. Mad Max: Fury Road (George Miller) 
  7. Jauja (Lisandro Alonso) 
  8. Phoenix (Christian Petzold) 
  9. Man From Reno (Dave Boyle)
  10. Steve Jobs (Danny Boyle)

About Elly; The Assassin; Black Coal, Thin Ice; Carol; 45 Years; The Kindergarten Teacher; Listen To Me, Marlon;Love & Mercy; The Mend; Mississippi Grind; Mustang; Paddington; Queen of Earth; Results; Something, Anything; Spotlight; Timbuktu; World of Tomorrow.

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"...the vivid crossing of borders between film and theology may save the film from the banality of cinema and festival business, and it may also save the church from the deep sleep of the habitual and the always known."

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My personal faves from 2015. Elaboration here:

10) Stations of the Cross

9) Paddington

8) Creed

7) The Big Short

6) (Dis)honesty: The Truth About Lies

5) Spotlight

4) Mad Max: Fury Road

3) Brooklyn

2) Our Little Sister

1) Love & Mercy

 

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Here is my top 10 favorite films of 2015 list, which also serves as an ode to my wife for her role in our family this past year.

1. Mad Max: Fury Road

2. About Elly

3. World of Tomorrow

4. Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem

5. Inside Out

6. Phoenix

7. The Assassin

8. Something, Anything

9. Spotlight

10. It Follows

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Going by Australian release dates - My favourites (in order of preference):

1. PHOENIX 
2. INSIDE OUT 
3. SELMA 

4. MAD MAX: FURY ROAD 

5. THE END OF THE TOUR
6. MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - ROGUE NATION 
7. WHEN MARNIE WAS THERE 
8. LEVIATHAN 
9. EX MACHINA 
10. CINDERELLA 
11. LOVE & MERCY 

Runners-up (alphabetical):

1. AMERICAN SNIPER
2. BRIDGE OF SPIES 
3. FOXCATCHER 
4. THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PART 2 
5. THE IMITATION GAME 

6. KNIGHT OF CUPS
7. THE MARTIAN 
8. SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE 
9. STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS 

Honourable Mentions (alphabetical):

1. '71 
2. 99 HOMES 
3. AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON 
4. CREED 

5. GETT: THE TRIAL OF VIVIANE AMSALEM
6. GIRLHOOD 
7. A MOST VIOLENT YEAR 

8. MR. HOLMES
9. STILL ALICE 
10. TRAINWRECK 

Others worth mentioning (alphabetical): 

1. ANT-MAN 
2. DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL 
3. FAR FROM MEN 
4. JURASSIC WORLD 

5. MAN UP
6. MOMMY 
7. SICARIO 

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My favorite discoveries.  Top ten with runners up will be out in a week or so.

 

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/1morefilmblog/favorite-2015-discoveries-evan-cogswells-list/

"Anyway, in general I love tragic artists, especially classical ones."

"Even the forms for expressing truth can be multiform, and this is indeed necessary for the transmission of the Gospel in its timeless meaning."

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North Carolina Film Critics Association:

BEST NARRATIVE FILM
***Spotlight***

BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM
***Amy***
 

BEST ANIMATED FILM
***Inside Out***

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
***Phoenix***


BEST DIRECTOR
***George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road)***
 

BEST ACTOR
***Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs)***
 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
***Mark Ruffalo (Spotlight)***
 

BEST ACTRESS
***Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn)***

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
***Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina)***

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
***Josh Singer, Tom McCarthy (Spotlight)***
 

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
***Charles Randolph and Adam McKay (The Big Short)***
 

TAR HEEL AWARD
(To an artist or film with a special connection to North Carolina.)
***Ramin Bahrani (99 Homes)***
 

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