This topic deserves a longer post or series of posts someday, but I’ve noticed some tendencies in my reactions to different nations’ film outputs.
I’m almost always likely to enjoy Japanese films, for the obvious reason (in addition to early exposure and possible innate aesthetic preferences) that I lived in Japan for three of the last ten years. But I also have fairly consistent reactions to movies from countries I’ve never visited, and with no clear correlation.
A few of these may not be eligible for the real awards, but let’s ignore Oscar guidelines for now; we’ll do a separate post predicting the actual winners. These are the Best of 2015 as I see it.
Best Picture:Clouds of Sils Maria — ★★★★ — See my Flickchart review here. I neglected to compare it to Ingmar Bergman’s Persona, but the similarities are great. A quick edit may be in order before the Oscar nominations make the review relevant again. Kristen Stewart is getting the buzz, thanks in part to Cannes voters’ enthusiasm for her performance, but my own preference is seen in the picture above.