Best of 2015: The Davids


2015 was an enormous year at the box office and produced four of the biggest films of all time in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Jurassic World, Avengers 2: Age of Ultron and almost inexplicitly, Furious 7.

These were all big, bold and brash and perhaps with the exception of Ultron, all kinds of fun. However amongst these Goliaths they were also a few Davids who dared to be different, who stood out from the crowd and captured the heart of this little man.

So here are the 2015 Davids, five films from 2015 in no particular order, which for numerous reasons failed to capture an audience at the box office, but deserve to be seen by more people. We have two satires, a short film, a character drama and one to sit back, crack a beer and tap your foot to.

Some of these will no doubt find their way onto my 2015 Top Ten List, which should be dropping in the near future, but some will not, though they are all worthy of your time. I urge you seek them out and give them a go.

So without further ado, here’s to all the Davids out there, this ones for you.


Carol (2015)

  • Director – Todd Haynes
  • Starring – Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Kyle Chandler & Sarah Paulson
  • Writer – Phyliss Nagy (screenplay), Patricia Highsmith (novel)
  • Year – 2015
  • Running Time – 118 mins


Love comes in many different ways. It can be instantaneous, gradual or familiar, though when it arrives, is almost always surprising. Love is also often complicated and after the initial surprise and the elation settles, there are often barriers to overcome, struggles to surpass and it can feel like the world is conspiring to keep you apart.

This is true in Carol, the latest film by Todd Hyanes, based on the seminal novel by Patricia Highsmith, which tells a complicated and in 1950s New York, an unconventional and misunderstood love story about truth in the face of conflict.