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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.
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