I should have published this on NYE, but due to some scheduling conflicts with my posts, it’s a little bit late, but better late than never, no?
Here are a few of the more outstanding films I’ve watched in 2015, perhaps you can check them out if you wish ☺
This is a very gentle film; I don’t really know how else to describe it except that it is very nuanced and subtle. A lot of pauses and things left unsaid, and even things said (in the dialogue) require the viewer to really pay attention. If you actually understand what the script is trying to convey, it can hit you like a ton of bricks how relatable the emotions in this film is. There are specific lines I can quote to describe this, but I don’t want to spoil the movie for anyone who hasn’t watched it yet.
Another bonus point, of course, is that the film is set in the 50s, so the fashion is unapologetically retro and definitely something I don’t mind. Cate in gorgeous clothes, with red lips and cigarette in hand? I say yes ☺
Going slightly off tangent here, but another thing that made me interested to watch this film is realising both Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara identify as INFJs (yes, secret MBTI nerd here) and it always intrigues me to see how INFJs behave. Perhaps I’m trying to see whether I can observe the same tendencies in them that I see in myself, so I like to watch their interviews. You can see a great one here where they discuss the film, along with Todd Haynes (the director).
I’d strongly recommend this film, though I understand it’s not for everyone (I have friends who didn’t really like it) as it’s quite slow-paced.
Anyway, cinematography-wise it’s brilliant, in terms of the framing and b&w. Plot-wise, it’s pretty simple, but I think sometimes the films that appear the most simple requires the most contemplation after viewing.
I just realised something while writing this – both Carol and Ida have similar themes of being focused on the (complicated) relationship that forms between two women and how this bond affects them. Maybe if that sounds interesting to you, you’ll like these films ☺
3. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
See my thoughts here.
Another great film that I couldn’t stop thinking about the few days after I watched it.
One thing that really impressed me was the soundtrack, and how the different songs featured in different parts were really damn good choices. After all, Xavier Dolan did mention that the film was inspired after he heard Ludovico Einaudi’s Experience, which was used in one of the most haunting scenes in the film.
Of course, I have to mention the aspect ratio of this film, which is probably its most outstanding part. I’ve not seen any film prior to this one that played with this factor as brilliantly as Mommy. If you’ve seen this film, you know what I’m talking about when I say that the first time the screen ‘opens up’ is one hell of a breath-taking scene!
Technically a 2014 film but I only managed to catch it in 2015. There’s nothing much for me to say about this one, given all its Oscar wins and all that, but I’d say that the parts that struck me most were the shots (the one-takes), the score and the ending, which in my opinion was just perfect.
Similarly, not gonna write much about this one but you have to admit that when a film comes along and it was filmed over, oh, 12 years, there is really no way you can not watch it.
Perhaps the best part about this one, I guess, is how relatable it is – the growing up process, along with all its complications, is universal.
7. Dior and I
Technically not a film but a documentary, but I had to mention it. An in-depth look at Raf Simons and how he put together his first haute couture collection for Dior.
Humorous and definitely an eye-opening experience, it was so interesting to see the ‘behind the scenes’ of how the collection came to be when all people usually see is the end product of perfectly dressed models walking down the runway.
This is a must-watch for any fashion enthusiast, but I’d say it’s not limited to such a niche audience. As long as you’re interested in understanding the creativity, effort and human relations that goes behind trying to create something with a vision, both individually and with a team, watching this should be time well spent ☺
And that’s my favourite films I watched in 2015; here’s hoping for even more this new year!