Analysis: Most overlooked films of 2015
As we head into 2016, we asked our film reviewers to look back at some of the underappreciated movies of 2015, as well as trends they liked to see more — or less — of in the coming year.
“Experimenter”: Social psychologist Stanley Milgram’s notorious, eye-opening obedience experiments from 1961 — in which subjects were observed as they administered what they thought were harmful electric shocks to an unseen stranger — inspired a disarmingly playful, surprisingly poignant and regrettably overlooked biopic from writer-director Michael Almereyda.
“The Boy and the Beast”: This adventure confirmed the reputation of Mamoru Hosoda (“Summer Wars”) as one of the most interesting writer-directors working in animation.
“Boy Meets Girl”: A forthright young transgender woman’s friendship with both her childhood male pal and a newer acquaintance, a pretty local debutante, gets a thorough, quite beautiful workout in writer-director Eric Schaeffer’s wryly funny, profoundly sensitive dramedy.
“Blind”: Eskil Vogt’s sly drama stars Ellen Dorrit Petersen as a woman who compensates for her recent loss of sight by spinning the sounds of her husband and neighbors into elaborate fantasies.
“What We Do in the Shadows”: Working in the faux-documentary tradition of Christopher Guest, Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi crafted a droll delight — think “Big Brother: Transylvania” — that managed to give fresh bite to a genre that was admittedly feeling a little anemic around the fangs.
“She’s Lost Control”: A vastly underrated film by Anja Marquardt, featuring knockout performances by Brooke Bloom and Marc Menchaca.
“Clouds of Sils Maria”: Olivier Assayas’ spellbinding feature sets piercing character studies against a mysterious Alpine dreamscape.