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Coming back to my previous efforts of somehow ranking the films that I have seen… oh my there was a gap, a gap since December 2014… never mind, fortunately the films are documented in the blog, so I can try to assess which ones I really liked, which ones not so much, even if in some cases I do have little recollection about them. Matter-of-fact, doing the ranking with a bit of a distance may be a good idea, perspective changes over time and I am sure this list now looks differently from what I would have written a year ago.

Previous entries were:

Best films of the last two years (Update Dec. 2014)

Best 2011-2012 Releases I have seen

The Movies of the Year, or the previous rather, and a bit of the one before

My top 10 list of good films of 2009 and 2010…

So here are the 2014-2017 releases (incl. the odd 2013 one) that I have seen and documented on the blog since early 2015. I do not remember most films well enough to rank them in detail (and who would want to pretend precise ranking anyway?), so I introduced categories, not necessarily suggesting precision of ranking within the categories.

Will try to update this with more once I get down to writing up some that I have still on the backlog.

Tier 1: The Favourites

  1. Room (Lenny Abrahamson 2015)
  2. Whiplash (Damien Chazelle 2014)
  3. Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan (Norte – The End of History) (Lav Diaz 2013)
  4. The Revenant (Alejandro G. Innaritu 2015)
  5. Ex Machina (Alex Garland 2015)
  6. Foxcatcher (Bennett Miller 2014)
  7. Force Majeure (Ruben Östlund 2014)
  8. Elle (Paul Verhoeven 2016)
  9. Manchester by the Sea (Kenneth Lonergan 2016)
  10. Birdman (Alejandro González Iñárritu 2014)

 

Tier 2: Pretty Good ones

  1. Krigen (A War) (Tobias Lindholm 2015)
  2. The Big Short (Adam McKay 2015)
  3. Arrival (Denis Villeneuve 2016)
  4. Captain Fantastic (Matt Ross 2016)
  5. Anomalisa (Charlie Kaufman 2015)
  6. Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade 2016)
  7. What Richard Did (Lenny Abrahamson 2013)
  8. Slow West (John M. Maclean 2015)
  9. The Drop (Michael R. Roskam 2014)
  10. Spotlight (Tom McCarthy 2015)
  11. Inside Out (Pete Docter 2015)
  12. Creed (Ryan Coogler 2015)
  13. Sicario (Denis Villeneuve 2015)
  14. The Lobster (Yorgos Lanthimos 2016)
  15. 山河故人 (Mountains May Depart) (Jia Zhangke 2015)
  16. 天注定 (A Touch Of Sin) (Jia Zhangke 2013)

 

Tier 3: Was alright

  1. Midnight Special (Jeff Nichols 2015)
  2. The Invitation (Karyn Kusama 2016)
  3. The Martian (Ridley Scott 2015)
  4. 22.63 (Hulu)
  5. Lion (Garth Davis 2016)
  6. The Tunnel (터널) (Kim Seong-hun 2016)
  7. The Girl with all the Gifts (Colm McCarthy 2017)
  8. The Birth of a Nation (Nate Parker 2016)
  9. Train to Busan (부산행, Busanhaeng) (Sang-ho Yeon 2016)
  10. Deadpool (Tim MIller 2016)
  11. Moana (Ron Clements, John Musker, Chris Williams (IX) , Don Hall 2016)
  12. Kong: Skull Island (Jordan Vogt-Roberts 2017)
  13. 10 Cloverfield Lane (Dan Trachtenberg 2016)
  14. It Follows (David Robert Mitchel 2015)
  15. Big Hero 6 (Don Hall, Chris Williams 2014)
  16. American Sniper (Clint Eastwood 2015)
  17. Southpaw (Antoine Fuqua 2015)
  18. John Wick (David Leitch, Chad Stahelski 2015)
  19. Bridge of Spies (Steven Spielberg 2015)
  20. Black Sea (Kevin McDonald 2015)
  21. Straight outta Compton (F. Gary Gray 2015)
  22. Out of the Furnace (Scott Cooper 2013)

 

 

Tier 4: ah well…

  1. Everest (Baltasar Kormákur 2015)
  2. Rogue One (Gareth Edwards 2016)
  3. Split (M. Night Shyamalan 2016)
  4. Doctor Strange (Scott Derrickson 2016)
  5. Jian Bing Man (Da Peng 2015)
  6. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (J.J. Abrams 2015)
  7. Crimson Peak (G. del Toro 2015)
  8. All is Lost (J.C. Chandor 2013)
  9. Selma (Ava DuVernay 2015)
  10. Unbroken (Angelina Jolie 2014)
  11. The Imitation Game (Morten Tyldum 2014)
  12. Big Eyes (Tim Burton 2014)
  13. The Great Wall (Zhang Yimou 2016)

  

Tier 5: Not good, no really, not good

  1. The Mermaid (Stephen Chow 2015)
  2. Poltergeist (Gil Kenan 2015)
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