This year has treated us to some delightful comedies and heartfelt dramas, with a hearty sprinkling of stellar biopics. Unfortunately, the avalanche of big-budget blockbusters has forced most of these films to go unnoticed. Fortunately though, you can still catch them on DVD. If you want to enjoy some of the finest films of the year, look no further. Here are 15 brilliant films you missed in 2015:
Phoenix was cinema’s gift to everyone who enjoys film noir. The stylish film, which followed the journey of a Holocaust survivor, is one of the most powerful love stories of 2015. A film that could melt even the biggest cynic’s heart, this is definitely one of the best movies we’ve seen all year.
Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood has been known to be inspired by music from across the globe. But it wasn’t until Junun that we were given a glimpse into Greenwood’s creation process. The film traces his journey to Rajasthan, where he creates musical magic with some of India’s finest and most underrated musicians.
Listen to Me Marlon
No one can deny that Marlon Brando was one of the most influential figures in cinema. Listen to Me Marlon works because it gives us a glimpse into the workings of a genius in his own words. Featuring voice recordings by Marlon himself, the film has been called one of the greatest documentaries ever made. And we can’t say we disagree.
An ordinary twenty-something is forced to get his act together when tragedy strikes his family. This is an old tale, but it has rarely been told as well as it has in James White. The film, which features brilliant performances by Christopher Abbott and Cynthia Nixon, is an eye-opening look at life as we know it.
Watching the hero’s rise and fall (and occasionally, eventual rise) always makes for a good cinematic experience. Eden takes this formula and applies it to the world of electronic music. The film, which traces one man’s journey from hope to disillusionment, is a must-watch whether or not you are a music fan.
A working girl embarks on a journey of heartbreak, sadness and eventual self-discovery in Tangerine. The film strikes the perfect balance between drama and comedy, making it nearly irresistible. It also features award-worthy performances by Kitana Kiki Rodriguez and Mya Taylor, who deserve much more recognition than they receive!
Everyone dreams of a more exciting life. But as Girlhood shows, that might not always be the solution to our problems. The film is a powerful piece of cinema that is as aesthetically pleasing as it is profound. Don’t miss this one!
An experiment like Stanley Milgram‘s isn’t easy to depict on screen. But if there are four actors who could do it, they are Peter Sarsgaard, Winona Ryder, Taryn Manning and Anton Yelchin. Experimenter follows the haunting pursuit for unlocking the human mind’s potential for obedience. One that will stay with you long after you’ve watched the film.
The Stanford Prison Experiment
Philip Zimbardo’s controversial experiment made waves in the ’70s, and it’s just as shocking today. With a plot like this, it would have been easy for this Ezra Miller-starrer to be unnecessarily provocative. Thankfully though, the film turned out to be a haunting and memorable look at human psychology. One that’s going to be almost as iconic as the experiment it’s based on.
Dope was the ultimate throwback for everyone who enjoyed pop culture and hip-hop in the ’90s. Though the protagonists’ encounter with a drug dealer takes a dark turn, the film still manages to be surprisingly lively. Add to that an excellent soundtrack and brilliant references, and you have a film that mustn’t be missed.
At first glance, it’s easy to write off The DUFF as your run-of-the-mill high school comedy. It’s no surprise then that the film flew under the radar. However, anyone who has watched it knows that The DUFF is one of 2015’s most charming comedies. In fact, we’d even go so far as to say that it’s one of the best high school rom-coms we’ve seen in years!
A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence
Reality and fantasy meet in a beautiful melange in A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence. The film, which is as unique as the name suggests, is a poignant look at everyday life through the eyes of two novelty salesmen. Though this film takes on the mundane, it’s safe to say that Pigeon is the furthest thing from ordinary!
This was the year for people who like both music and movies. Between Amy and Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, there was a lot to look forward to. And Amy didn’t disappoint. The docu-drama took photos, paparazzi footage and recordings from Amy’s life to piece together a story that is as heart-wrenching as it is beautifully crafted.
We all have at least one family member whose presence threatens to create chaos in our lives. And no film depicts this quite as well as Mistress America, which follows a turbulent relationship between two sisters. The film will make you laugh, cry and leave you thinking long after it’s over. Isn’t that the perfect recipe?
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
The story of an unlikely friendship, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl was just as witty and heartfelt as we expected it to be. Based on the bestselling book of the same name, the film took us on a gut-wrenching, roller-coaster ride. And dare we say it- we’d embark on it once again!