Once again in 2015, Beth and I saw about 20 films each. Here are our top 10 films.

Beth’s list:

10. Spectre: a good Bond instalment with great performances and a satisfying ending.

9. Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation: continues the fun gadgets, camaraderie, and action of the series.

8. Man From UNCLE: a fun, action-packed, and visually captivating reimagining of the TV show (which I never saw, so I have to admit I cannot compare them).

7. Jurassic World: also brought back the best bits of the original film while giving us creative and startling new characters.

6. Into the Woods: a funny, creative twist on favourite fairytales, with technically difficult music performed well and contemporary messages.

5. Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Captured some of my favourite bits from the original trilogy while giving us a brand new episode. Also I was tickled to recognise one of the filming locations.

4. Bridge of Spies: tense plotline, interesting characters, excellent performances, and a message about justice.

3. Inside Out: I enjoyed this more the second time around because I noticed more clever details and little jokes.

2. The Martian: a witty and exciting story that kept me guessing (and hoping) right to the end and also points out the incredible value of even just one human life.

1. Trash: a suspenseful and action-packed (yet utterly believable) mystery which has a lot to say about poverty and justice.
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Jonathan’s list:
10. Bridge of Spies
9. Spectre
8. Spooks
7. Man From U.N.C.L.E
6. Spy
5. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
4. Trash
3. The Martian
2. Ex Machina
1. Inside Out
2015 was largely dominated by spy movies, the second half of my top 10 attests to that. Surprisingly for me, James Bond did not top that pack. Instead of a parody of the genre was my favourite of the bunch. At the top, it was difficult to decide between The Martian, Ex Machina and Inside Out. In the end, I found that Pixar’s movie struck me and stayed with me most with its story about what is going on inside your head.

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Previous winners:

Beth

2014 – Interstellar
2013 – The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug
2012 – Trade of Innocents
2011 – King’s Speech
2010 – Toy Story 3
2009 – Beth was indecisive and picked 5 films
2008 – Juno

Jonathan

2014 – Guardians of the Galaxy
2013 – Gravity
2012 – Django Unchained
2011 – Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
2010 – Inception
2009 – The Wrestler
2008 – The Dark Knight
2007 – The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

Image of Trash from Working Title, image of Inside Out from Wikipedia.