Every year, despite my best efforts to the contrary, I always end up missing a bushel (or two) worth of films that I would probably love…or, at the very least, get a huge kick out of. These could be films that have a tremendous amount of critical/award season buzz, productions by filmmakers/actors/writers that I follow or just things that look like they’ll be pretty interesting.
The reasons for this are myriad (my intense dislike of going to the theater; my general focus on horror and genre films, especially in the month of October; a desire to intersperse watching “new” films with past favorites; my tendency to binge-watch TV shows in between screenings) but the results are always the same: I spend the year cruising along, only to realize that it’s the end of December and I still need to see between 30-50 films.
Here, then (with very little rhyme, reason or sense of ranking), are all of the films that I missed out on this year. Needless to say, I’ll be trying to catch as many of these as I can before awards season hits but, for purposes of our end-of-the-year lists, these are all the ones that got away.
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Bridge of Spies
Krampus (missing this one hurt)
In the Heart of the Sea
The Big Short
The Revenant (missing this one really hurt)
Love & Mercy
Clouds of Sils Maria
The Hunting Ground
Far From the Madding Crowd
The Salt of the Earth
When Marnie Was There
Sicario (another near miss that I still regret)
Straight Outta Compton
The Diary of a Teenage Girl
Movement + Location
Scout’s Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse