The Best Films of 2015 So Far – As Voted By You

July 1, 2015 by Simon Kinnear in Opinion with 0 Comments

1 Mad Max Fury Road

Every year at around this time, I run a poll to find the best films of the year so far.  I nearly forgot to run the poll this year (thanks to @MHarrison90 for reminding me!) and so, belatedly, I ran a rapid-fire, 48 hour vote on Twitter.

Delightfully, plenty of people voted (33 in total) to provide a reasonably robust survey of the year’s films to date (albeit based on UK release dates, so it includes several of 2013’s major Oscar winners).

I had predicted the top 2 with reasonable certainty.  Even so, the scale of their victory was remarkable, with over half of the respondents voting for at least one of these. (Had I included my votes, both would also have made my list.)

Here, then, is the top 10.  NOTE: Voter choices were in order of preference, so scoring 5 points for a 1st choice, down to 1 point for their 5th choice.

1. Mad Max: Fury Road (George Miller) – 75 points
2. Whiplash (Damien Chazelle) – 62 points
3. The Duke Of Burgundy (Peter Strickland) – 31 points
4= Birdman (A.G. Inarritu) – 26 points
4= Inherent Vice (P.T. Anderson) – 26 points
6. Ex Machina (Alex Garland) – 21 points
7. Mommy (Xavier Dolan) – 19 points
8. Foxcatcher (Bennett Miller) – 15 points
9. It Follows (David Robert Mitchell) – 14 points
10. John Wick (Chad Stahelski / David Leitch) – 12 points

All of these films (and no others) were chosen by at least 5 voters, ensuring that a small army of foreign language hopefuls – A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Contemplating Existence; The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya; Wild Tales – all got stuck outside the top 10 without sufficient support.  That John Wick garnered such acclaim reinforces the winning film in bringing old-school, well-crafted action back into cinemas.

With Fury Road and Whiplash dominating, the big battle was really for #3 and Strickland’s S&M romance pipped its more famous rivals due to a higher proportion of 1st places.  [And, if you’re wondering, Fifty Shades Of Grey didn’t get a single vote… although, more disappointingly, neither did The Tribe, despite 58 films getting a vote.]

Oh, as per bloody usual, there’s a film in the top 10 that I haven’t seen yet. (Mommy, since you ask.) That’s a tradition I’d like to break next year!

Lest we forget, the roll of honour for this annual poll is now as follows:

2011 Submarine
2012 Moonrise Kingdom
2013 Django Unchained
2014 Under The Skin
2015 Mad Max: Fury Road

Thanks to everybody who voted.  Same time next year, yeah?



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