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The Top 10 Films of 2015

February 16, 2016

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Seeing as how we are two months into 2016 (which has already seen the release of one stupendously great Coen brothers film), I’ll try to work through the backstory quickly so we can get to the main event. I saw 42 of the films that 2015 had to offer and overall I didn’t think it was an incredibly great year. Of course there were films that I missed (chief among them Anomalisa, Room, Bridge of Spies, 99 Homes, and 45 Years) and maybe they will shift my opinion by the time I get around to them in the future. Yet even amongst a general feeling of large view mediocrity, there were several films that I loved in 2015. These were the bright spots:

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The Top 10 TV Shows of 2015

February 7, 2016

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In a perfect world, the shows I love would be renewed for new seasons every year and remain the best shows on TV. Television is a fundamentally different narrative medium from film because of this ability to remain consistent from year to year.

 

I start with this as a way of saying that 2015 was a good year in television…which means this list won’t be all that different from the past couple years, so those of you who have read this blog in 2014 and 2013 might not read much that surprises you here. But hopefully you will nevertheless enjoy reading about what I enjoyed watching over 2015.

 

Of course there are always shows that I want to watch that I just don’t have the time to finish. This year I really wanted catch up with Mad Men before its final seven episodes, but it was a bit too much given everything else I was watching regularly. I enjoyed the first seasons of both Halt and Catch Fire and The Leftovers, but in the former case my DVR died and I lost all of the episodes, while in the latter case I fell behind and didn’t have time to finish before writing. On the streaming side, I really wanted to watch Sense8 on Netflix and The Man in High Castle on Amazon Prime, but sometimes those streaming shows can feel more like a task to be finished than a fun experience when all of their episodes are sitting in a long queue waiting to be watched.

 

And yet, there were so many good shows last year that I forced myself to only give five honorable mentions. This means I don’t have the time or space to tell you that Brooklyn Nine-Nine was solidly funny again in 2015, Review and Silicon Valley were probably even better in their second seasons than in their first, and Broadchurch started from the emotionally powerful ground at the end of season one and only got more powerful in season two. Too bad, some of those other shows were great and worthy of discussion, but they can’t even be mentioned here. 😉

 

Without further ado, here are the honorable mention shows (alphabetical) and top 10 from 2015:

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