The year saw some massive movies breaking all sorts of box office records. The Hunger Games saga concluded in spectacular form with Mockingjay Part 2, The Avengers added a mediocre chapter to its cannon with Age Of Ultron, James Bond returned in the lacklustre Spectre, while Jurassic World proved that the public was still hungry for Spielberg's doomed theme park (as well as Chris Pratt on a motorcycle). Reluctant though I am to say it, 2015 will be remembered as the year JJ Abrams successfully rejuvenated the Star Wars franchise with his wildly entertaining The Force Awakens, but despite this, the surprising cream of this year's blockbusters actually turned out to be Mad Max: Fury Road. A dark and stylised action rollercoaster, this adrenaline ride is the surprise contender in awards lineups, as well as one of the best reviewed films of the year.
Pixar let its imagination loose on Inside Out, while Disney's Big Hero 6 introduced us to the most lovable inflatable robot on film. Ridley Scott turned out his best film in over a decade with The Martian. Female-led comedy saw its strongest box office year, with Trainwreck, Spy, Pitch Perfect 2 and Sisters all box office successes. Meanwhile, Fifty Shades Of Grey raked in the big bucks proving that hype certainly can overcome poor reviews when it comes to soft-core-Jamie-Dornan-porn.
Birdman was the surprise winner of Best Picture at the Oscars in February, but arguably Whiplash was the strongest film of its cohort. So with this year's Oscar crop already including Bridge Of Spies and the astonishing Carol, will one of this list be taking the prize in February 2016? Or will the winner be featuring in next year's list?
So what were Haus of Phag's Top 20 Films of 2015? Take a look below...
Even though you already know the ending, this compelling documentary makes you hope above hope for a different outcome for its tragic heroine.
7. Mad Max: Fury Road
Slick, stylish and dark, this new chapter in the Mad Max franchise is an adrenaline-filled crowd pleaser, with as much substance as all the other summer blockbusters combined. Charlize Theron is superb.
6. Inside Out
Pixar hit the ball out of the park again with this peculiar imaginarium about the voices in your head. Funny, silly, but equally poignant, this is family entertainment of the highest quality.
Who knew a film about drumming could be so tense? Miles Teller and JK Simmons (in his Oscar-winning role) dazzle in this story of intensely competitive musicianship.
The best adaptation of Shakespeare this century, Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard are astonishing in this brutal and stylish masterpiece.
3. The Martian
An astronaut gets stranded on Mars and the world goes crazy for his rescue. But it's Matt Damon's wildly comic performance that makes this film such an enthralling watch and subsequently Ridley Scott's best effort since Gladiator.
2. The Lobster
Therese (Mara) works at a toy counter in a department store and when she meets glamorous housewife Carol (Blanchett) in the store, there is an instant spark between them. Returning the gloves that Carol deliberately left behind, Therese is pulled into a whirlwind romance just as Carol is going through an ugly divorce with her husband (Chandler), who is aware of her previous sexual history. Determined to prevent Carol from seeing her daughter, he begins to employ increasingly devious tactics to win sole custody of the child, leaving Carol an increasingly desperate wreck... CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL REVIEW