2015 top 25 video

It’s December, so you know that means: movie lists, and lots of ’em. As the final weeks of 2015 trickle by, the /Film team will be adding their voices to the chorus as we unveil our own personal top 10 lists recounting our favorite films from the past 365 days. No best of the year list is universal and no best of the year list is right, but every best of the year list is an opportunity for someone to share what they love with their fellow film fans, to summarize what has moved and excited them, and to give everyone a time capsule containing a snapshot of the great medium as it stands right now.

However, film critic David Ehrlich treats his annual list as an event. He never creates just a top 10, but a top 25. In video form. And edited with panache and passion. For those of us who love lists and video mash-ups and arguing about which films should outrank each other, his end-of-the-year videos are always a treat.

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World of Tomorrow trailer

One of the best films I’ve seen so far this year — and, indeed, in quite a while — is only seventeen minutes long and relies on stick figures to depict its characters. Don Hertzfeldt‘s short World of Tomorrow is dazzling, devastatingly effective science fiction which introduces the young Emily as she is confronted with her genetic descendent from the far future, who shows Emily how human existence has “evolved” over centuries of technological influence.  

Anyone who has seen Hertzfeldt’s other work, especially It’s Such a Beautiful Day, will be prepared for how this plays out. For those who haven’t, visualize sci-fi concepts about communication, memory and identity distilled into their purest form and brought to life with an emotional power that belies the simplicity of the film’s animation. Below, you can watch a World of Tomorrow trailer now, and you’ll be able to see the full film in March.

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