Rank & File: Movies in 2015

Welcome back to Rank & File, the latest and greatest GameTimeBro feature – it’s not your father’s listicle!

Two months ago, seven bros lent their opinions on how the television landscape stacked up in 2015. Today, those same seven bros are pleased to provide takes of a similar nature. With the 88th Academy Awards right around the corner, the time is right for us to reflect on the movies we saw in 2015 – or perhaps more accurately, on the movies released in 2015 that we mostly saw in 2016. Normally I let Keith come up with all of our brand-centric forced puns, but this one’s just staring me right in the face, so without further ado, ladies and gentlemen – welcome to the Broscars!

I know, right? Anyway, here’s our collaborative list: letterboxd.com – gametimebro-ranks-film-in-2015

Our individual lists can be found after the jump.

In the event that letterboxd isn’t running properly, here’s our complete collective ranked list:

RANK MOVIE
1 The Martian
2 Mad Max: Fury Road
3 Creed
4 Star Wars: The Force Awakens
5 Room
6 The Revenant
7 Ex Machina
8 Jurassic World
9 Furious 7
10 Brooklyn
11 Inside Out
12 Ant-Man
13 Spotlight
14 The Hateful Eight
15 Bone Tomahawk
16 Avengers: Age of Ultron
17 Kingsman: The Secret Service
18 The Big Short
19 Bridge of Spies
20 The Gift
21 Steve Jobs
22 Trainwreck
23 Anomalisa
24 The Visit
25 Focus
26 Pitch Perfect 2
27 The Walk
28 Beasts of No Nation
29 Sicario
30 Jupiter Ascending
31 Taken 3
32 Magic Mike XXL
33 Sisters
34 Ted 2
35 Fifty Shades of Grey

And here are the individual ballots we submitted:

Steve MOVIE
1 The Duke of Burgundy
2 Room
3 Mad Max: Fury Road
4 Anomalisa
5 The Revenant
6 The Martian
7 Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
8 Creed
9 The Hateful Eight
10 Spring
11 Bone Tomahawk
12 Brooklyn
13 Star Wars: The Force Awakens
14 Kingsman: The Secret Service
15 Furious 7
16 Inside Out
17 Phoenix
18 Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter
19 Sicario
20 Steve Jobs
21 A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence
22 Spotlight
23 The Big Short
24 Ex Machina
25 Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom
26 Pitch Perfect 2
27 Ant-Man
28 Avengers: Age of Ultron
29 The Overnight
30 Tangerine
31 Jurassic World
32 Bridge of Spies
33 Goodnight Mommy
34 Timbuktu
35 Magic Mike XXL
36 Beasts of No Nation
37 Sisters
38 Chi-Raq
39 Focus
40 Queen of Earth
41 Circle
42 The Human Centipede 3
43 Taken 3
44 Dark Places
45 My Mistress
46 Fifty Shades of Grey
Marissa MOVIE
1 Mad Max: Fury Road
2 The Martian
3 Brooklyn
4 Star Wars: The Force Awakens
5 Pitch Perfect 2
6 The Hateful Eight
7 The Revenant
8 Room
9 Creed
10 Kingsman: The Secret Service
11 Inside Out
12 The Big Short
13 Avengers: Age of Ultron
14 Furious 7
15 Focus
16 Ex Machina
17 Sicario
18 Jurassic World
19 Steve Jobs
20 Magic Mike XXL
21 Spotlight
22 Sisters
23 Taken 3
24 Bridge of Spies
25 Insurgent
26 Fifty Shades of Grey
Trevor MOVIE
1 Creed
2 Ex Machina
3 Inside Out
4 The Revenant
5 Mad Max: Fury Road
6 Ant-Man
7 The Martian
8 Steve Jobs
9 Star Wars: The Force Awakens
10 Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
11 The Hateful Eight
12 The Visit
13 Room
14 Going Clear
15 The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
16 Trainwreck
17 Straight Outta Compton
18 The Gift
19 Spectre
20 The Night Before
21 Bridge of Spies
22 Spotlight
23 Furious 7
24 Jurassic World
25 Spy
26 Chappie
27 Kingsman: The Secret Service
28 Anomalisa
29 Crimson Peak
30 Terminator Genisys
31 Black Mass
32 What We Do in the Shadows
33 Avengers: Age of Ultron
34 The Peanuts Movie
35 The Good Dinosaur
36 While We’re Young
37 American Ultra
38 Taken 3
39 Brooklyn
40 Tomorrowland
41 The Big Short
42 The Search for General Tso
43 Pixels
44 Knock Knock
45 Shaun the Sheep: The Movie
46 Jupiter Ascending
47 Ted 2
48 Listen to Me Marlon
49 Mortdecai
50 Aloha
51 Fantastic Four
Keith MOVIE
1 Jurassic World
2 The Revenant
3 Room
4 Star Wars: The Force Awakens
5 Spotlight
6 Creed
7 Ant-Man
8 The Martian
9 Brooklyn
10 The Visit
11 Mad Max: Fury Road
12 Furious 7
13 Bridge of Spies
14 The Walk
15 The Gift
16 Avengers: Age of Ultron
17 The Big Short
18 Ted 2
19 The Green Inferno
Danielle MOVIE
1 The Martian
2 Creed
3 Room
4 Brooklyn
5 Spotlight
6 Jurassic World
7 Star Wars: The Force Awakens
8 The Revenant
9 The Gift
10 Inside Out
11 The Walk
12 The Big Short
13 Bridge of Spies
14 Mad Max: Fury Road
15 Furious 7
Stevie MOVIE
1 Star Wars: The Force Awakens
2 The Martian
3 Furious 7
4 Avengers: Age of Ultron
5 Jurassic World
6 Ant-Man
7 Kingsman: The Secret Service
Sweeney MOVIE
1 Ex Machina
2 Mad Max: Fury Road
3 Bone Tomahawk
4 Dope
5 Furious 7
6 Trainwreck
7 Beasts of No Nation
8 Focus
9 Jupiter Ascending

The ballots speak for themselves in lieu of annotations. If you’ve got an axe to grind with regard to where so-and-so ranked such-and-such, please, by all means, let us hear about it.

Lastly, some parting notes.

  • The collaborative list is based on the same ranking algorithm used in our 2015 Television Rank & File feature. The algorithm takes into account both the number of ballots each film appeared on and also the average position on those ballots. A weighted average is used that rewards high rankings more than it punishes low ones. The lowest-ranked movies on our combined list can thus more accurately be described as our “least loved” movies rather than our “most hated.”
  • To qualify for our ballots, a movie must have been shown in a non-festival setting in the U.S. for the first time in the calendar year of 2015.
  • To qualify for our collaborative ranked list, a movie must have appeared on more than one ballot.
  • Only one movie was seen by all seven bros: Furious 7. Not coincidentally, it remains the only movie to which we have ever devoted an entire podcast.
  • Interestingly, the eight Oscar nominees for Best Picture show up on this list in a largely different order than they did in our recent Oscar podcasts. This can be partially attributed to new contributions from Stevie and Sweeney, but it’s also due to some re-ordering from three of the five podcast distributors. There’s nothing wrong with that – opinions change!
  • Compared against a vague critical consensus, our biggest collective omissions seem to be Carol45 Years, and Son of Saul. Our biggest snubs that didn’t garner any Oscar nominations were The Assassin and It Follows.
  • All seven contributors had different movies ranked first overall, which speaks to both a diversity of tastes and also an abundance of quality movies.
  • The only movie ranked worst by multiple people was Fifty Shades of Grey, which speaks to just how bad that movie was.
  • The ballots are already out of date. We needed to finalize our feature and we set a cutoff date accordingly. Since then, Trevor has seen two more movies and started a third. Marissa plans to see one this weekend. I’ve got one on deck myself, and I believe Sweeney does too. So it goes!
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