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The Loft Cinema Staff’s Top 10 Films of 2015

Here are the top 10 films of 2015 according to each of our staff members
View the overall staff top 10 list here


Bella Vanek, Projectionist

1. The Overnight
2. Inside Out
3. Room
4. Welcome to Me
5. Nasty Baby
6. Still Alice
7. Victoria
8. Trainwreck
9. Diary Teenage Girl
10. It Follows

Lisa Schaefer, Floor Staff

1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
2. Paddington
3. What We Do in the Shadows
4. The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
5. National Theater Live: Everyman
6. Tomorrowland
7. Lambert and Stamp


Nick Kelso, Development Coordinator

1. Seymour: An Introduction
2. Wild Tales
3. Kumiko: The Treasure Hunter
4. In Transit
5. Tangerine
6. Straight Outta Compton
7. Chi-Raq
8. Applesauce
9. A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence
10. Court


Haley McFeely, Floor Staff

Queen of Earth
It Follows
The Overnight
Ex Machina
Love 3D

Trent Castillo, Floor Staff

1. Mad Max: Fury Road
2. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
3. The Martian
4. Welcome to Me
5. Inside Out
6. Bone Tomahawk
7. Cooties
8. Ant-Man
9. Goosebumps
10. Straight Outta Compton

Keisha Richardson, Projectionist

1)Mad Max: Fury Road

The rest are not in any particular order:

Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr.Moreau
What We Do in the Shadows
Song of the Sea
It Follows

Also I just want to note that anyone who put “Star Wars Force Awakens” on their list hadn’t seen it yet!

Shawna DaCosta, Director of Education & Engagement

1. The End of The Tour
2. What We Do in the Shadows
3. The Salt of The Earth
4. Mr. Holmes
5. Call Me Lucky
6. Wolfpack
7. Whiplash
8. Boyhood
9. Iris
10. The Overnight

Daniela Ontiveros, Administrative Assistant

1. Clouds of Sils Maria
2. Hand Gestures
3. CitizenFour
4. 2015 Internet Cat Video Fest
5. Tangerine
6. In the Basement
7. A Pigeon Sat On A Branch
8. Yes Men Are Revolting
9. Felix and Meira
10. Ida

Pedro Robles-Hill, Assistant Manager & Projectionist

1. Ex Machina
2. Mad Max: Fury Road
3: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (yes, I acknowledge that I’m cheating by having this in my top three without actually seeing the film)
4. The Martian
5. The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?!
6. Tangerine
7. Dope
8. Finders Keepers
9. Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreau
10. What We Do in the Shadows

Kyle Canfield, House Manager

1. Salt of the Earth
2. Victoria
3. Mad Max: Fury Road
4. End of the Tour
5. Cartel Land
6. Room
7. Tangerine
8. A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence
9. Song of the Sea
10. The Wolfpack

Lenox Wiese, Floor Staff

1. Mad Max: Fury Road
2. Tangerine
3. Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck
4. Trainwreck
5. It Follows
6. Room
7. What We Do in the Shadows
8. Bone Tomahawk

I wish I could’ve seen Anamolisa, Sisters, and Carol before making this list

Jason Denholm, Director of Theatre Operations

1. Maps to the Stars
2. Clouds of Sils Maria
3. Slow West
4. The Last Season
5. Iris
6. Heart of a Dog
7. Tangerine
8. Welcome to Me
9. A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence
10. A Poem is a Naked Person (1974/realeased 2015)

Ana Humphrey, Projectionist

1. Room
2. Tangerine
3. Mad Max: Fury Road
4. Steve Jobs
5. The Overnight

MJ Watz, Floor Staff

1. Nasty Baby
2. Whiplash
3. The Grand Budapest Hotel
4. Tangerine
5. Room
6. The Interview
7. A Pigeon Sat on a Branch reflecting on Existence
8. Chi Raq
9. Grandma
10. Yakuza Apocalypse

Mike Wilkins, Projectionist

In no particular order:

Don Verdean
The Nightmare
It Follows
White God
Bone Tomahawk
In the Basement
Beaver Trilogy IV

Brooke Hartnett, Floor Staff

1. Nasty Baby
2. Victoria
3. What We Do In The Shadows
4. Inside Out
5. Sleeping With Other People
6. Southpaw
7. The Final Girls
8. Grandma
9. Trainwreck
10. Ant-Man

Peggy Johnson, Executive Director

1. (tie) Goodnight Mommy and Li’l Quinquin
3. Mustang
4. Macbeth
5. Carol
6. End of the Tour
7. Kumiko the Treasure Hunter
8. Victoria
9. Room
10. What we do in the Shadows

Amber Kleefeld, Development Associate

1. The New Girlfriend
2. Spy
3. Mistress America
4. Trainwreck
5. Appropriate Behavior
6. What We Do In the Shadows
7. The Overnight
8. Tangerine
9. Wild Tales
10. People, Places, Things

Jeff Yanc, Program Director

End of the Tour
Liíl Quinquin
Mad Max: Fury Road
Ex Machina
Wild Tales
What We Do in the Shadows
Goodnight Mommy
Diary of a Teenage Girl

Matt McCoy, Deputy Marketing Director

01 – Mad Max: Fury Road
02 – Bone Tomahawk
03 – Slow West
04 – Ex Machina
05 – Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter
06 – The End Of The Tour
07 – The Martian
08 – Inside Out
09 – What We Do In The Shadows
10 – Turbo Kid

David Correa, Inventory Specialist

Even Though the Whole World is Burning
When Marnie Was There
Ano Hana: the flower we saw that day (live action)
Ex Machina
Everything will be fine
The Man from Reno
Kiki’s Delivery Service (live action)

Zach Breneman, Deputy Director

1. Mad Max: Fury Road
2. Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter
3. Li’l Quinquin
4. Wild Tales
5. Timbuktu
6. Inherent Vice
7. Phoenix
8. It Follows
9. Victoria
10. The Nightmare

J.J. Giddings, Marketing Director

1 Lil Quinquin
2 Goodnight Mommy
3 Room
4 End Of The Tour
5 Kumiko The Treasure Hunter
6 Ex Machina
7 Applesauce
8 Welcome To Leith
9 Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey Of Richard Stanley’ s Island Of Dr. Moreau
10 Dangerous Men

Honorable Mention: In The Basement, Reality, Victoria, Entertainment, It Follows, Alleluia, The Jinx, Guiseppe Makes A Movie, The Overnight

Jonathan Kleefeld, Finance Director

1 Kumiko: The Treasure Hunter
2 Inherent Vice/Junun/Divers (music video)
3 Leviathan
4 The Duke of Burgundy
5 Li’l Quinquin
6 What We Do in the Shadows
7 Mad Max: Fury Road
8 In Transit
9 Wild Tales
10 Jafar Panahi’s Taxi

Also: Inside Out, It Follows, Of Horses and Men, Queen of Earth, Victoria, Court, In the Basement, Mistress America, Janis: Little Girl Blue, A Poem is a Naked Person, Welcome to Leith, Stray Dog, Tangerine, Phoenix, The Overnight, Going Clear, Clouds of Sils Maria, Jauja, Seymour: An Introduction, Timbuktu

And Roar.