Ard's Dozen Of Musings About 2015

Editor, Europe; Rotterdam, The Netherlands (@ardvark23)
While I saw more films in 2015 than I had in 2014, I can almost use the same text here that I wrote for my "dozen of musings" article of last year.

For again I have a big backlog of movies I've yet to watch, and while I'm not quite at the level of making a top-10 list while having seen only twelve films, neither do I feel completely comfortable with writing such a list.

So, like last year, I'll refrain from just posting my favorites from the small sample I was able to gather, and instead post some of my general thoughts. Yes, favorite movies will be in there, but also moments, events, news items, and stuff I bought. Personal highlights or otherwise memorable things which define the year of 2015 for me, film-wise.

Browse through them (they're in no particular order...), and feel free to discuss!

Souls in the Shell

One of the great highlights of 2015 was Alex Garland's Ex Machina. His debut as a director had none of the regular starting jitters and went straight for the jugular. Posing as an erotic treatise on artificial intelligence, it is actually a stinging indictment on human, and particularly masculine, stupidity.

When it played at the start of the Imagine film festival in Amsterdam (which had "We Love Robots" as this year's theme, as luck would have it), it not so much opened that festival as conquered it, immediately giving the fest its audience winner.

It ended up here at ScreenAnarchy as one of 2015's faves as well, even though not everyone was enamoured (see our team round-up of opinions on it).

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