2015 Year in Review

The Letterboxd Year in Review

What a year! What a lovely year! Okay, yes, Mad Max was huge in 2015 but he was far from the only highlight. The envelope please…

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Mad Max: Fury Road

Highest Rated Films

Mad Max: Fury Road

A true marvel of action choreography and an instant cult-classic, Mad Max: Fury Road is a breathlessly exhilarating and gloriously orchestrated cautionary tale that sets a new gold standard for action cinema. Ruslan Mavrodinov Ruslan Mavrodinov

Mad Max: Fury Road

If I’m gonna die, I’m gonna die historic on the Fury Road!



Inside Out

Highest Rated Films

Inside Out

This is a speedy, often hilariously funny action-adventure, but it’s also a mighty empathetic, sweet attempt to understand what sadness means, and why it’s an important part of life. Tasha Robinson Tasha Robinson

Inside Out

I say we lock ourselves in our room and use that one swear word we know.




Highest Rated Films


The aching for it all to end, to come to some conclusion never leaves you. It haunts you with every hazy frame, every moment of longing. Savannah Oakes Savannah Oakes


What a strange girl you are. Flung out of space.

Carol Aird

More Highly Rated Films

Here are the next ten highest rated films by our members for 2015. See the full list.

  1. Spotlight
  2. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  3. The Second Mother
  4. Anomalisa
  5. Room
  6. Creed
  7. Son of Saul
  8. Sicario
  9. The Hateful Eight
  10. Ex Machina
Ex Machina

Isn’t it strange, to create something that hates you?


Highest Rated Foreign Language

The Second Mother

An effortless, insightful examination of class interaction, a heartfelt study in motherhood and, like it wasn’t enough, [a] breezy, good-natured, hilarious comedy. Raul Marques Raul Marques

  1. The Second Mother
  2. Son of Saul
  3. Wild Tales
  4. Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem
  5. Victoria
  6. Taxi
  7. Phoenix
  8. Tangerines
  9. A Wolf at the Door
  10. Hard to Be a God

Highest Rated Documentary

The Look of Silence

For the first time I have seen, no one in the audience stirs as the credits slowly work their way to the top of the screen. A silent vigil, or a communal prayer of hope? Tom Sheridan Tom Sheridan

  1. The Look of Silence
  2. Amy
  3. Listen to Me Marlon
  4. Call Me Lucky
  5. Cobain: Montage of Heck
  6. An Honest Liar
  7. What Happened, Miss Simone?
  8. The Hunting Ground
  9. Best of Enemies
  10. Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief

Highest Rated Drama


It’s a truly wonderful feeling … to find absolute beauty in the depiction of such powerful intimacy, where each physical contact between Carol and Therese sends out multiple shockwaves, … numbing my senses. YI JIAN YI JIAN

  1. Carol
  2. Spotlight
  3. The Second Mother
  4. Room
  5. Creed

Highest Rated Animation

Inside Out

A comic-adventure with an emotionally vibrant soul, Inside Out continues Pixar’s tradition of creating rich entertainments that are narratively, technically, and artistically outstanding. … A celebration of what makes the heart click and the mind tick. Travis Lytle Travis Lytle

  1. Inside Out
  2. Anomalisa
  3. Shaun the Sheep Movie
  4. When Marnie Was There
  5. The Peanuts Movie

Highest Rated Sci-Fi

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

JJ Abrams has made a film that fans will love. It’s a creation that comes from a place of respect and reverence (and irreverence) for the original Star Wars films, and although I fear my enthusiasm may wane over the next few days, at this point I believe that this film is superior to all that came before it. Grant Berridge Grant Berridge

  1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  2. Ex Machina
  3. The Martian
  4. Hard to Be a God
  5. Ant-Man

Highest Rated Horror

It Follows

The film recycles its predecessor’s dreamy, nostalgic atmosphere, but tempers it with a consuming, paranoid dread, and its scares land hard. … It Follows is less concerned with punishing teenagers for their sexual proclivities than it is with the idea that sex opens the door for the looming specter of adulthood. Rob Weychert Rob Weychert

  1. It Follows
  2. Bone Tomahawk
  3. Deathgasm
  4. Spring
  5. Crimson Peak

Highest Rated Action

Mad Max: Fury Road

Action cinema at its finest — a vibrant, uncompromising masterpiece of motion, grit and nihilistic mayhem, and an absolutely gonzo, brutally unhinged genre picture filmed with clarity and restraint. … Look out, rest of 2015; Fury Road is the movie to beat. josh lewis josh lewis

  1. Mad Max: Fury Road
  2. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  3. Sicario
  4. Kingsman: The Secret Service
  5. '71
Avengers: Age of Ultron

You get hurt, hurt ’em back. You get killed… walk it off.

Captain America

The Year in Numbers


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During 2015 we logged 7,423,256 hours watching films

And we wrote 115,862,005 words about them!

Of the films watched, 21.2% were 2015 releases

And 1.96% were Star Wars films

Bridge of Spies

I’m Irish, you’re German, but what makes us both Americans? Just one thing, one, one, one. The rule book.

James B. Donovan
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

How do we blow it up? There’s always a way to do that.

Han Solo
It Follows

It’s in the house. I saw it.

Jay Height
Jurassic World

Corporate felt genetic modification would up the wow factor.

Claire Dearing

Human beings simply aren’t built to function at the cruising altitude of a 747.

Rob Hall
The Martian

Mars will come to fear my botany powers.

Mark Watney


Women in Hollywood

Women in Hollywood celebrated a landmark year with this reel of 2015’s highest-grossing films helmed by women. Seven women directors cracked the top 100 list in 2015 compared with just two in 2014. There’s still a long way to go, so why not join Women in Film’s #52FilmsByWomen project in 2016, and watch a film a week directed or written by a woman.

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Mistress America

I think I’m sick, and I don’t know if my ailment has a name. It’s just me sitting and staring at the internet or the television for long periods of time, interspersed by trying to not do that and then lying about what I’ve been doing.

Brooke Cardinas

Highest Rated / Women Directors

The Second Mother

Um filme lindo, verdadeiro, leve e sensível, que ao terminar de assistir deixa marcas profundas no espectador, dada a intensidade do que foi mostrado. Translation: A beautiful, true, light and sensitive film, which after watching leaves deep marks on the viewer, given the intensity of what is shown. gbxavier gbxavier

  1. The Second Mother
  2. Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem
  3. Mustang
  4. What Happened, Miss Simone?
  5. Breathe
The Hateful Eight

Auckland? What the fuck is in Auckland?

Joe Gage

In Memoriam

Wes Craven

The conceit itself takes A Nightmare On Elm Street most of the way, because [Wes] Craven solved a problem that plagues many movies about dreams: he makes the nightmare world both abstract and physical, so it’s not all scary elasticity on Freddy’s part—it’s a nightmare that literally bleeds into the real world. And that’s what makes it scary to me, because nightmares, no matter how menacing they are, can end once the dreamer wakes up. —Scott Tobias, The Dissolve

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A tribute to Wes Craven by Jacques Stickman

Pawn Sacrifice

A man prepared to commit suicide has the initiative.

Boris Spassky

One-sheet Wonders

Beige Brigade

If there was any trend in poster art last year it was this one: a sea of cream, bone, off-white, ivory and beige. And these weren’t the only ones either. Jeff Goldblum would like a few words.

  1. The Lobster
  2. Black Mass
  3. Diary of a Chambermaid
  4. Mr. Holmes
  5. Freeheld
  6. Queen of Earth
  7. Knight of Cups
  8. People, Places, Things
  9. Burnt
  10. Sicario
The Revenant

He’s afraid. He knows how far I came for him.

Hugh Glass

You are a kite dancing in a hurricane, Mr Bond.

Mr White

Most Obsessively Rewatched

Mad Max: Fury Road

This is just a flat-out, balls-to-the-wall, pedal-to-the-metal action film, no pissing about with long scenes of expository dialogue, no thrown-together romance to bring in the tween crowd, just a simple story that makes sense and a shit-ton of vehicular carnage. bree1981 bree1981

  1. Mad Max: Fury Road
  2. Whiplash
  3. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  4. Inherent Vice
  5. Avengers: Age of Ultron
Steve Jobs

Musicians play their instruments. I play the orchestra.

Steve Jobs

Most Divisive Film


Its narrative of relational discord, male ego, and selective memory is bankrupt of thematic insight—an essential ingredient for any story with an insufferable protagonist. Jared Gores Jared Gores

  1. Love
  2. Kung Fury
  3. Mortdecai
  4. The Longest Ride
  5. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2
  6. Blackhat
  7. Entourage
  8. Fifty Shades of Grey
  9. The Ridiculous 6
  10. Pixels

Film we Most Loved to Hate

The Boy Next Door

Some people denounce the January-March slate of wide releases but the truth is that they’re often goldmines of unintentional comedy. The Boy Next Door is a gloriously over-the-top, awkward masterpiece of cheese.Account removed

  1. The Boy Next Door
  2. Fifty Shades of Grey
  3. Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!
  4. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2
  5. Jupiter Ascending

Lowest Rated Film

Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2

It’s shallow, dense, formulaic, cliched, sexist, uninspired, lethargic, lazy, fundamentally flawed and … poorly made. Direction is absent and the screenplay is, to a degree, repulsive. Chaim Kindergelt Chaim Kindergelt

  1. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2
  2. The Gallows
  3. The Ridiculous 6
  4. The Boy Next Door
  5. Fifty Shades of Grey
  6. Fantastic Four
  7. Hot Pursuit
  8. Unfinished Business
  9. Mortdecai
  10. The Lazarus Effect
Straight Outta Compton

People are scared of you guys. They think you’re dangerous, but the world needs to hear it.

Jerry Heller

Video Countdown

25 Best of 2015

Letterboxd member and Rolling Stone staff writer David Ehrlich once again provides a thrilling look back at the year in cinema, and his picks for the top 25 films of 2016. Headphones recommended.

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You’re asking me how a watch works. For now we’ll just keep an eye on the time.

Alejandro Gillick

Ones to Watch

Heneral Luna

  1. Heneral Luna
  2. Boy & the World
  3. Kaaka Muttai
  4. Embrace of the Serpent
  5. Stations of the Cross
  6. Right Now, Wrong Then
  7. Corn Island
  8. Marvellous
  9. James White
  10. Liza, the Fox-Fairy

The acting is beyond impressive. John Arcilla brings genuine humanity and … a really compelling sense of madness. Mek Mek "Walter Fernandez" Torres

Most Anticipated in 2016

The Witch

  1. The Witch
  2. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
  3. High-Rise
  4. Deadpool
  5. X-Men: Apocalypse
  6. Captain America: Civil War
  7. Finding Dory
  8. Suicide Squad
  9. Hail, Caesar!
  10. Midnight Special

See the full list for 2016 and beyond…

Listen to Me Marlon

And the reason they don’t have light in the theater is because you are there with your fantasy.

Marlon Brando

That’s a wrap!

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