Screen Anarchy's Top 10 Movies Of The First Half Of 2015

Associate Editor, Features; Rotterdam, The Netherlands (@ardvark23)
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As mentioned before, the year 2015 is moving on with breakneck speed, it seems. Currently we're already at the halfway point, and can look back at what's been a pretty surprising cinematic six months. So we asked ourselves what we liked best from 2015 so far, similar to what we asked our readers earlier. We checked each other's preferences, decided the time was ripe for another poll, and tallied the results.

This time, no fewer than 24 Screen Anarchy contributors submitted lists of their Top 5 films of the first half of 2015, and 82 films featured in it. A complete list of all those titles can be found at the end of our countdown.

So click through the images, and check if your own favorites are on our list!
Or better yet even, maybe discover some titles to get curious about...


Ryland Aldrich, Kwenton Bellette, Christopher Bourne, Dustin Chang, Simon Cocks, Pierce Conran, Patryk Czekaj, Michele "Izzy" Galgana, Zach Gayne, Jaime Grijalba Gomez, Kurt Halfyard, J Hurtado, James Marsh, Peter Martin, Eric Ortiz Garcia, Hugo Ozman, Shelagh Rowan-Legg, Daniel Rutledge, Trung Rwo, Jim Tudor, Ben Umstead, Loïc Valceschini and Ernesto Zelaya Miñano contributed to this story.

Let's start with five runners-up: these films all were literally one vote shy from entering the Top 10!

A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (seen above)
Amy
It Follows
What We Do in the Shadows
Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck

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Bradley HadcroftJuly 1, 2015 12:56 PM

This isn't a top ten list at all is it ?

Paul MJuly 1, 2015 12:57 PM

Kung Fu Jungle was the best action movie with a modern day setting Donnie Yen has made since SPL. Looking forward to tracking down more on this list.

cjohnstonJuly 1, 2015 1:41 PM

I found Ex Machina to be absolutely SteLLaR.

...Automata was my fav. as far as 'bot films go. but this one has its number.
..and visa versa.

Unflinching_EyeJuly 1, 2015 3:52 PM

Man I was looking forward to WE ARE STILL HERE sooo much, and it ended up disappointing me. I think my expectations were too high.

Mr. CavinJuly 1, 2015 6:30 PM

A fist-bump to whoever it was listed CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA. I'm with ya, buddy. I'd have commented about it on the other thread, but I couldn't tell whether it was released this year or in 2014. Anyway, nice to see it getting some love.

BenUmsteadJuly 1, 2015 8:19 PM

Depending on festival runs and theatrical releases, some folks saw it in 2014, others saw it in 2015. I saw it this year. And it is in my top ten. Had we been asked to submit 10 films each instead of 5 it very well could have cracked the collective top ten.

Mr. CavinJuly 1, 2015 8:48 PM

I figured. I couldn't really remember on which side of New Year's Eve I saw it here in Europe, and lord knows that'd be no guarantee as to which year it actually opened in the states. Glad it made your list, though. I thought it was marvelous.

BenUmsteadJuly 1, 2015 11:49 PM

It's such a wonderfully nuanced satire.

Jerry SköldJuly 2, 2015 4:11 AM

I couldn´t personally accept a list that leaves both "A pigeon..." and "What we do in the shadows" out from the top 10, but never the less an interesting read!

jammamonJuly 2, 2015 8:00 AM

Hurrah for Mad Max!

BenUmsteadJuly 2, 2015 4:56 PM

The major issue with A Pigeon... is that most of us haven't seen it. I'm very much looking to rectify that later this month when the film releases in Los Angeles.

Jerry SköldJuly 4, 2015 4:11 AM

One one hand, it is terrible that you have had to wait for so long to be able to see it. On the other, you´ll be able to do so for the first time! I´m rejoicing with you!

(Seriously, I had no idea that it took so long to find decent distribution abroad. I guess I shouldn´t be surprised, though.)