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The visions were dark but the filmmaking exciting in most of the best movies of 2015. People pushed by adverse circumstances or societal breakdown to the very brink of survival was a common theme of many notable films this year, even if they did not explicitly refer to specific events taking place in contemporary times. Ironically, the only films among my 10 best that can remotely be described as uplifting are those infused with a sense of life in 1950s New York City.
Some of the most striking films this year came from unlikely places and from directors few had heard of even a year ago, and I don't believe a single one was even partially shot at a Hollywood studio, which is sad. For the record, nine of the 10 played the festival circuit. There were several documentaries that easily could have bumped some of these films off the list, but I decided to include just one — and a very modest one at that — as a banner-carrier for the rest.
The number of films that seem to come out of nowhere continues to increase, as does the virtuosity of young filmmakers. Startlingly, four of the 10 on my list are feature directorial debuts (if we may chalk Anomalisa up to Duke Johnson rather than to Charlie Kaufman for this purpose), one is by a woman, two certainly cost well over $100 million, while seven or eight had price tags of $10 million or far less.
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