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We watched 467 films in 2015. Not a record (we used to watch over 500 pre-accident) but still a respectable total. 42 of those films were viewed in the fortnight running up to the Christmas break: no work + wet weather = bountiful viewing.

I wanted to list the best films that we saw. No top 10s or anything like that. This list reflects how much we are out of love with Hollywood. We only visited the cinema once in 2015; the experience is expensive and miserable (sticky floors, irritating audience, far too many ads and trailers). These days we head out to smaller DVD stores and stock up on world cinema. There are some absolutely brilliant films out there.

In no particular order (and not necessarily released recently):
Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (Iran)
The Tale of Princess Kaguya (Japan)
When Marnie Was There (Japan)
Blind (Norway)
Fukuchan from Fuku Fuku Flats (Japan)
Theeb (UAE/Jordan/Qatar)
Tangerines (Estonia/Georgia)
No Man's Land (Serbia)
The Tracey Fragments (Canada)
Jan Dara (Thailand)
The Pope's Toilet (Uruguay)
The Light Thief (Kyrgyzstan)
Han Gong Ju (Korea)
P'tit Quinquin (France)
Exit (Hui guang zoumingqu) (Taiwan)
Carandiru (Brazil)

America did produce some good viewing. We particularly enjoyed:
Boyhood (although it should have been called Childhood)
Birdman
Whiplash

Special 'how on earth can we be cinephiles and not seen this' awards go to: Les Enfants Terribles, Harold and Maude, and In Cold Blood (one of the best constructed films we've ever seen).

And no, we haven't seen Star Wars yet. Really can't get excited about it. And have totally managed to avoid spoilers without even trying.

Date: 2016-01-03 05:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pennski.livejournal.com
Yay! Happy New Year you guys!
Good to hear from you.

Date: 2016-01-05 11:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gummitch.livejournal.com
Gosh, I've seen none of the world movies, though I own A Girl Walks Home... and haven't had a chance to watch it yet. I'll take the rest as a recommendation list and do a trawl through Amazon later. (But not ...Kaguya, I'm boycotting Ghibli until they stop forcing me to buy two copies of the same movie (or the prices come down)(or I give in).

I did see Birdman a few months ago, and it filled me with joy. As for cinemas I've been mostly going to the Curzon Victoria cinema which is brand new, if pricey, but the seats are basically armchairs, and the preamble of ads and trailers is usually no more than 20 minutes.

Date: 2016-01-07 08:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gummitch.livejournal.com
The UK Blu-Ray releases of the Ghibli films are a bundle of the DVD and BD disks, there's no option to buy the Blu-ray alone, and I have half the bloody things on DVD already. I've looked at the French editions, but they don't have English subtitles. (The German covers, by the way, are interesting).

I'll give in eventually, I'm sure (and I've just ordered the updated book!).

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