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These lists are always hard to compile, particularly the order. It’s a matter of personal taste, of course, and sometimes it’s hard to explain exactly why a film moves someone. I’ve added links of my reviews for most of the films below, in which I attempt to do so. Those with no links I watched after their release and therefore didn’t publish written reviews.
Some of these titles did badly at the box office but were great films. Some were little known indie releases. Others were blockbuster hits, but critics shouldn’t turn up their noses at these. When I review and rate I films, I try to do it considering “what it is”, that is, taking into account its genre and intended audience (even if this might not always include me). Thus, an action film and cinema nouveau drama can end up with the same rating out of five.
The films are rated in order from top to bottom, and I’ve included a “best of” for various genres as well, although genres tend to be fluid. This is why Birdman, my number one film, is not best drama, as it’s classified as a comedy musical/drama.
The shortlist for the Man Booker Prize 2015 was announced on Tuesday 15 September. This is only the second year the competition has been opened to writers of any nationality. Previously, the prize was open only to authors from the UK & Commonwealth, Republic of Ireland and Zimbabwe.
Marlon James (Jamaica) – A Brief History of Seven Killings (Oneworld Publications)
Tom McCarthy (UK) – Satin Island (Jonathan Cape)
Chigozie Obioma (Nigeria) – The Fishermen (ONE, Pushkin Press)
Sunjeev Sahota (UK) – The Year of the Runaways (Picador)
Anne Tyler (US) – A Spool of Blue Thread (Chatto & Windus)
Hanya Yanagihara (US) A Little Life (Picador)
The winner will be announced on 13 October 2015.