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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Best of 2015: Films That Were New To Me

Every year my friend, the awesome cinematographer and writer Cybel Martin, asks me to do an end-of-the-year #NFOTD list. I usually just post on my Twitter feed, but this year I am going the extra mile and writing a full post about it. In case you are unfamiliar, the goal of NFOTD (or "New Film of the Day"), is simple: watch one film that is new to you each day. At least, that's the goal. Many of us, including myself, either do several films in one day and skip some days in a week, or just do what we can at our own pace. And yes, we keep a yearly spreadsheet of our activity. But no, it's not a competition (though I have watched a whopping 200 new films this year, and we still have a few more days left of it. Just saying).

Anyway, here's my list:

FAVORITE FILM SEEN THEATRICALLY



Title: Room (my review)
Year of Release: 2015
Director: Lenny Abrahamson
Writer: Emma Donoghue
Cinematographer: Danny Cohen
Cast: Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Sean Bridgers

FAVORITE FILM VIEWED ONLINE




Title: Advantageous (my review)
Year of Release: 2015
Director: Jennifer Phang
Writer: Jacqueline Kim, Jennifer Phang
Cinematographer: Richard Wong
Cast: Jacqueline Kim, James Urbaniak, Freya Adams

FAVORITE FILM SEEN ON DVD



Title: A Most Violent Year
Year of Release: 2014
Director: J.C. Chandor
Writer: J.C. Chandor
Cinematographer: Bradford Young
Cast: Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo

FAVORITE OBSCURE FILM



Title: Man From Reno (my review)
Year of Release: 2014
Director: Dave Boyle
Writer: Dave Boyle, Joel Clark
Cinematographer: Richard Wong
Cast: Ayako Fujitani, Pepe Serna, Kazuki Kitamura

FAVORITE DOCUMENTARY (THREE-WAY TIE)




Title: What Happened, Miss Simone? (my review)
Year of Release: 2015
Director: Liz Garbus
Cinematographer: Igor Martinovic
Cast: Nina Simone, James Baldwin, Stokely Carmichael, Walter Cronkite



Title: Paris Is Burning
Year of Release: 1990
Director: Jennie Livingston
Cinematographer: Paul Gibson
CastAndré Christian, Dorian Corey, Paris Duprée 




Title: Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People
Year of Release: 2014
Director: Thomas Allen Harris
Writer: Thomas Allen Harris, Paul Carter Harrison, Don Perry
Cinematographer: Martina Radwan
Cast Arthé Anthony, Anthony Barboza, Hugh Bell

MEMBER'S CHOICE: FAVORITE FILM SEEN ON TV



Title: The Miracle Worker
Year of Release: 1962
Director: Arthur Penn
Writer: William Gibson
Cinematographer: Ernesto Caparros
Cast: Anne Bancroft, Patty Duke, Victor Jory

2 comments:

Phantom said...

I really liked A MOST VIOLENT YEAR, and I've heard a lot of good things about ROOM. I'll have to check that out! (My #1 theatrical was MAD MAX: FR)

Brittani Burnham said...

I have The Miracle Worker on my Blindspot list this year and Room is one of my favorites of the year so far too.

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