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Cinema Fanatic’s Favorite Fifteen Films of 2015


As you probably remember, I spent 2015 only watching films directed by women (save for Noirvember, where I watched films that were written by women), and although I still have one new-to-me film I’m going to watch this afternoon, it’s time to post my favorite 2015 releases. Last year I watched 67 “new” releases; this year I watched 66 (and I missed/skipped a few films). People talk a lot about the small number of female directors working today, but the key thing is that they are working and we can support them. I live in Los Angeles, so I was able to see a lot of films that I know don’t make it to other markets, but I also watched a lot of these new releases on VOD – and that’s something you can do anywhere in the USA. I urge everyone to take up Women In Film – Los Angeles’ #52FilmsByWomen challenge in 2016 and put their money where their mouth is! That said, you can see all 66 new films I watched here and tomorrow I will be posting both an end-of-the-month wrap up for December and an end of the year post, so look out for those! And now, without further ado, here are my Favorite Fifteen Films of 2015!

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Movie Quote of the Day – Bande de filles, 2015 (dir. Céline Sciamma)


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Vic: Remember when we went to Disneyland? We were walking to the castle. I stopped and I watched you. You were happy, you were beautiful. I told myself that was a perfect moment, and I’d never forget it.

A Year With Women: February 2015 in Films


So it appears I only watched 21 new-to-me movies in February, but I did see at least one new release in theaters every weekend in February (one weekend I saw three!). I got behind because on Tuesday nights I’ve been watching Jane the Virgin and Agent Carter, but now that the latter has ended (at least for now), I should pick my pace back up. Also, a reminder that I am making an exception for the TCM Classic Film Festival, which is coming up in three weeks, and will be watching a handful of (very old) films that weekend that aren’t written or directed by women. When I set out the guidelines for this back in December, I mentioned I would do this because this will be my 5th year at TCMFF. But after TCMFF, it’s back to nothing but ladies, I promise! I would also like to point out that in the first two months of the year I watched nine 2015 releases. For comparison, by this time in 2014 I’d seen three and in 2013, 2012 and 2011, I hadn’t seen any! As always, all the movies I watched last month are listed after the cut, as well as a breakdown by decade and a few favorites.

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