Total: 208 (full list here.)
…plus 8 other (NT Live & Doctor Who)
Free: 81 (+ festival)
…all told I paid $587.75 in total for movies in 2015, giving us an average ticket price of $2.83, almost a buck more than last year. I blame Cinerama.
Films of my heart: Carol, Crimson Peak, and Sworn Virgin
Very close runners-up: 99 Homes & Spotlight, both of which are hard to watch at points, but always incredibly important. Also, Xavier Dolan’s Mommy*
Most feminist films that are also terrific genre pictures: Ex Machina, Spy
Most indescribable film: The Forbidden Room
Favorite performances: Charlotte Rampling in 45 Years, Nina Hoss in Phoenix, Teyonah Parris in Chi-Raq, Juliette Binoche & Kristen Stewart in Clouds of Sils Maria, Elisabeth Moss & Katherine Waterston in Queen of Earth, Mark Rylance in Bridge of Spies
Favorite queer films: Appropriate Behavior, Grandma, Eisenstein in Guanajuato, The New Girl, Tangerine
Favorite popcorn movies: Mission Impossible (for Ethan Hunt becoming the sidekick of his own picture), Furious 7 (for everything, but especially the Rock), Star Wars: The Force Awakens (for the two straight guys next to me who went “awwwww!” when Poe said “it suits you”)
Favorite sweet, old-fashioned romances: Amira & Sam, Brooklyn, I’ll See You in My Dreams
Favorite animated films: When Marnie Was There, Inside Out
Favorite horror movies: Goodbye Mommy (far and away my favorite), also It Follows & We Are Still Here. And Deathgasm, for doing exactly what it said on the tin
Best vampire movies: A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night (also best cat on film since Inside Llewyn Davis), What We Do in the Shadows
Best Noah Baumbach film: Mistress America
Favorite musical: Liza the Fox Fairy
Favorite teen movie: Seoul Searching
Best foreign court double feature: GETT: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem & Court
Favorite documentaries: The Wolfpack, Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock & Roll, Tig, One Million Dubliners, All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records, Remake, Remix, Rip-Off: About Copy Culture and Turkish Pop Cinema
Best revival experiences: The Old Dark House (which was just a blast, and a clear influence on RHPS), the glorious restored Apu Trilogy, Silent Movie Mondays (as always!), Spartacus, Flowers of Shanghai, and Tom at the Farm
Non-film stuff that made me happy: limited comic series Giant Days (first trade paperback available now), Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Hamilton obviously (you know if you have Prime you can download it to your offline library?), Jane the Virgin, The Wiz live and just Uzo Aduba in general, the mobile game Monument Valley, Master of None, Younger (think Gilmore Girls meets Sex & the City, and watch it all online before it comes back in mid-January), The Brothers Sinister series (I’m trying to make them last), the final season of Hannibal, Transparent, The Seattle Process comedy show, Sydney Lucas performing “Ring of Keys” at the Tony Awards, our social media watchalong of Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonlea, Eileen Myles reading at Elliott Bay Books, NSYNC performing “That Thing You Do!” (from ages ago obviously but I just found out about it this year), the library’s summer reading program #BookBingoNW.
Things I’m still waiting for: mostly just Anomalisa to be honest.
How about you? What did you love? What did I miss?
* I recently came across the “Wonderwall” scene on YouTube and accidentally watched it three times in a row, though the way the light works in the cinema on that scene alone is an incredibly strong argument for the theatrical experience. Dolan’s work with aspect ratio makes my toes curl.