Here are the Top 10 Films of 2015, as chosen by Cinedlephia founder and PhilaMOCA Director/Curator Eric Bresler:
1. Meathead Goes Hog Wild (dirs. Kevin Cline, Zach Harris, Sean Pierce)
An eye-opening indie out of the Chicago area that could lazily be dubbed “FALLING DOWN for the millennial generation”. A combination of familial annoyances, career troubles, relationship problems, and silly modernities such as CrossFit and GrubHub drive a twenty-something into the shadowy areas of Chicago where he spends a long night attempting to deliver meat to strangers. Brilliant, subversive, and endlessly enjoyable (at least for the like-minded), this is the type of film that renews my faith in truly independent American filmmaking.
2. Crumbs (dir. Miguel Llansó)
It’s tough to decipher, but this beautifully shot Ethiopian dystopian sci-fi adventure is one of the most unique films I’ve seen in years. An unexplained alien ship, a Santa Claus that lives in the bowels of a bowling alley, a future world where the trinkets of today have true value…a celebration of popular culture by a filmmaker who appreciates it.
3. Der Bunker (dir. Nikias Chryssos)
Possibly my favorite film of the twenty-tens. Comparable to the Greek Weird Wave (Dogtooh, Attenberg) or the films of David Lynch, this German indie perfectly matches my sensibilities in every way. Character driven in a fully realized environment that doesn’t waste any time or overstay its welcome. Thoughtful, frightening, hilarious, heartbreaking, and, most importantly, delightfully strange.
4. Director’s Commentary: Terror of Frankenstein (dir. Tim Kirk)
A fictional and highly engaging commentary track is laid over a forgotten 1977 Frankenstein film in this experimental outing from the producer of ROOM 237. The climax is just as exciting as any action film I saw this year.
5. Lost River (dir. Ryan Gosling)
Holy cow, the writing/directing debut from Ryan Gosling is an absolute masterpiece, a lyrical southern small town nightmare that will someday find a very appreciative audience. I haven’t talked to one other person that saw this one, which is a real shame.
6. The Incredible Adventure of Jojo (And His Annoying Little Sister Avila) (dir. Brian Schmidt)
A delightfully loose throwback to a time when family films were infused with adventurous and dangerous realism. Packs an emotional punch far beyond its modest budget.
7. Tangerine (dir. Sean S. Baker)
You may have seen this one, absolutely brilliant.
8. The Devil’s Candy (dir. Sean Byrne)
Super intense Satanic heavy metal horror film featuring a great performance from Ethan Embry, some of the most fun I had in a theater this year. The opposite is true for that other heavy metal horror film that came out this year, which I didn’t enjoy at all.
9. Klown Forever (dir. Mikkel Nørgaard)
I’m a big Klown fan, this one is darker than the first film with some absolutely huge laughs, the leads are just as likable as ever.
10. Who Killed Captain Alex? (dir. Mikkel Nørgaard)
Beautiful Wakaliwood madness.
Author: Eric Bresler
Eric is the Founder/Site Editor of Cinedelphia.com whose additional activities are numerous: Director/Curator of the Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art (PhilaMOCA), founder of Tokyo No Records, the brain behind Video Pirates, and active local film programmer including the Unknown Japan screening series. He’s served as a TLA Video Manager, Philadelphia Film Society Managing Director, and Adjunct Professor in Cinema Studies at Drexel University. He is shy and modest. Email Eric.