Marc Savlov's Top 10 Films of 2015

Mad Max

1) Mad Max: Fury Road

Fantastic, turbo-charged imagery and steely, humanistic characters make for the one true epic of 2015. 100% unforgettable. Go Team Furiosa!

2) Victoria

Filmed in a single, 138-minute shot and mostly improvised, this is hyperkinetic, Berlin-based chaos at its best.

3) Son of Saul

A Holocaust movie like no other. Director László Nemes and lead Géza Röhrig make the horror intimate and personal.

4) Chi-Raq

Spike Lee updates Aristophanes' Lysistrata for our death-heavy, gun-crazy age with raging panache and an iconic Samuel L. Jackson.


5) Spotlight

Remember those scrappy, underdog newsrooms of yore? Spotlight nails the true story of The Boston Globe vs. the pedophile priesthood.

6) Tangerine

A pair of bestie trans prostitutes wander L.A. noir on Christmas Eve. Sisterhood is powerful, hilarious, and human.

7) The Look of Silence

This sequel to 2012's The Act of Killing doubles down on the Indonesian genocide, seen here through the eyes of the survivors.

8) Youth

Youth may be wasted on the young, but Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel have a helluva nice Swiss spa.

The Tribe

9) The Tribe

Life, death, and sex at a ravaged Ukrainian school for deaf kids. Devastating without a single word spoken.

10) Phoenix

No one's who they seem to be in the rubble of post-World War II Berlin. The best new Hitchcock film in ages?

Near Misses

The Duke of Burgundy, Macbeth, The World of Kanako, Carol, Mustang

Most Overrated

Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens, Anomalisa, The Good Dinosaur

Most Underrated

The Diary of a Teenage Girl, It Follows, Paddington

Wild Card

Best Kiwi Black Metal Horror-Comedy: Deathgasm has heart, soul, Satan, and the augmented fourth chord of the damned. Really, what else do you want?

Acting Kudos (Male)

Jacob Tremblay (Room), Elias and Lukas Schwarz (Goodnight Mommy), Sylvester Stallone (Creed), Jacir Eid Al-Hiewtat (Theeb), Paul Rudd (Ant-Man)

Acting Kudos (Female)

Laia Costa (Victoria), Charlize Theron (Mad Max: Fury Road), Bel Powley (The Diary of a Teenage Girl), Rinko Kikuchi (Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter), Nina Hoss (Phoenix)

Best Director

George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road), Tetsuya Nakashima (The World of Kanako), Paolo Sorrentino (Youth)

Best Original Screenplay

The Gift (Joel Edgerton), Sicario (Taylor Sheridan), Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (David Zellner, Nathan Zellner)

Best Adapted Screenplay

The Martian (Drew Goddard, based on book by Andy Weir), Mr. Holmes (Jeffrey Hatcher, based on book by Mitch Cullin), The End of the Tour (Donald Margulies, based on book by David Lipsky)

Worst Film

Entourage. A blatant cash-grab that was universally viewed, correctly, as painfully ill-advised in this terrific Netflix/Amazon streaming moment.

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