The Year of Our Lord 2015 was a busy media year for me. On top of writing a graduate thesis project on 1980s counterculture and cult film, I spent roughly six months freelancing from my living room couch. Which meant a lot of hours sitting in my underwear, inoculating myself against emotional vacillations with hours of A-, B-, and C-grade entertainment. While my brain cells suffered, Netflix and Amazon profited.
In my youth I was opposed to most forms of mainstream entertainment. I’ve always seen entertainment as a form of consumption, and getting excited about mainstream products (like those produced by Marvel or Pixar) I saw as the entertainment equivalent of getting excited about dinner at McDonalds. But as I grew out of my 20s, I realized the value of sharing in a larger cultural conversation. So most of what I watched this year was to get up to date on what people have been talking about the past few years while I had my head buried in work, school, and whatever else.
There are 204 film and TV titles included in this list. For the sake of simplicity, I count a season of a TV series as one entry (e.g. two seasons of House of Cards count as two entries). Because I don’t like how it feels to hate myself I haven’t done the math to approximate how many hours I spent prone in front of this god. But surely for this servitude my reward will be great in heaven.
- Favorite 2015 Movie: A Most Violent Year
- Favorite Movie: Nightcrawler
- Favorite 2015 TV Show: True Detective (S02) or Fargo (S02) or Better Call Saul (S01)
- Favorite TV Show: Northern Exposure (Seasons 1-6)
- Least Favorite 2015 Movie: Kingsman: The Secret Service
- Least Favorite Movie: Tank Girl
- Least Favorite TV Show: Californication
My favorite titles are in bold and every 20 entries I’ll post a video because who the hell is going to read this stupid list anyway?