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A few of 2015’s most overlooked films, filmmakers, and performances

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As the year that was 2015 comes to a close, I want to start paying tribute to the things that I enjoyed most over the past 365 days or so. This article contains what I feel are some of the more overlooked and underrated work of the year. There will be another piece on the very best of 2015 tomorrow, but today is one what’s not getting enough love, at least in my eyes. I’ve got the most overlooked/underrated films, filmmakers, performances, and more listed below, so I hope you enjoy reading this. It’s short, but sweet, or at least I hope so. I have a dozen in each category, but I could have easily gone 20 deep. Anyway, enough talk. Here goes nothing…

What you’ll see in the lists to come below are 12 films, performances of each gender, filmmakers, and technical artists/miscellaneous who really stood out for me in 2015 and aren’t getting the acclaim that they deserve. Remember, these aren’t necessarily the best for me in each category, though many are, but they’re the overlooked or underrated ones. For example, only about three of the films I’m listing are going to be on my best of the year list tomorrow, with more or less the same correlation everywhere. It’s a way for me to spread the love and cite things like Sleeping with Other People, John Cusack’s work in Love & Mercy, Sara Snook’s work in Predestination, Denis Villeneuve’s directing on Sicario, and the soundtrack to Ricki and the Flash, especially since most other pundits aren’t doing so. If nothing else, they’ll now have me giving them a small moment in the sun. Take a look now at these lists, see how they stack up for you, and sit tight for another one tomorrow, before the year is out. Enjoy!

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12 Overlooked/Underrated Films

5 to 7
The End of the Tour
It Follows
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Sleeping with Other People
Slow West
Steve Jobs
The Stanford Prison Experiment
Where to Invade Next

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12 Overlooked/Underrated Male Performances

John Cusack in Love & Mercy
Bruce Dern in The Hateful Eight
Sam Elliot in Grandma
Richard Gere in Time Out of Mind
LeBron James in Trainwreck
Ben Mendelsohn in Mississippi Grind
Jack O’Connell in ’71
Seth Rogen in Steve Jobs
Jason Segel in The End of the Tour
Jason Sudeikis in Sleeping with Other People
Robin Williams in Boulevard
Anton Yelchin in 5 to 7

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12 Overlooked/Underrated Female Performances

Alison Brie in Sleeping with Other People
Jessica Chastain in The Martian
Olivia Cooke in Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Arielle Holmes in Heaven Knows What
Lola Kirke in Mistress America
Jennifer Jason Leigh in Anomalisa
Maika Monroe in It Follows
Amy Schumer in Trainwreck
Sarah Silverman in I Smile Back
Sarah Snook in Predestination
Kristen Stewart in Clouds of Sils Maria
Olivia Wilde for Meadowland

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12 Overlooked/Underrated Filmmakers

Judd Apatow for Trainwreck
Danny Boyle for Steve Jobs
Ryan Coogler for Creed
Ryan Gosling for Lost River
Lesyle Headland for Sleeping with Other People
Duke Johnson and Charlie Kaufman for Anomalisa
Victor Levin for 5 to 7
David Robert Mitchell for It Follows
Dito Montiel for Boulevard
Bill Pohlad for Love & Mercy
James Ponsoldt for The End of the Tour
Denis Villeneuve for Sicario

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12 Overlooked/Underrated Technical Efforts/Miscellaneous

Maryse Alberti’s Cinematography for Creed
Luca Bigazzi’s Cinematography for Youth
Amy Byrne’s Makeup for Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Mike Gioulakis’s Cinematography for It Follows
Elliot Graham’s Editing for Steve Jobs
Jóhann Jóhannsson’s Score for Sicario
Tom McArdle’s Editing for Spotlight
Rich Vreeland’s Score for It Follows
The Soundtrack for Ricki and the Flash
The Ensemble for Magic Mike XXL
The Ensemble for The Stanford Prison Experiment
The Ensemble for Trainwreck

Be sure to stay tuned for my piece on the very best of 2015, coming tomorrow!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He contributes to several other film-related websites and is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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