Maybe a fun exercise is all of us sharing what/who we would give our own personal Best of the Year awards to in the past few years. I think it'd be a fun way of sharing what our taste in movies are like and we can talk about why we loved certain picks.
The one film that stands out for me was 'Leviathon', which I did see in the theater. I also enjoyed 'Downsizing', particularly the performance of Hong Chau.
Thinking back past a few years, three memorable films that stood out for me were 'The Straight Story', 'Frozen River' and 'Waking Ned Devine'. For foreign film, 'One Thousand Times Goodnight' (with Juliette Binoche).
And 'Whiplash' was good, although brutal.
How about all time faves: For me it's a toss-up between 'Apocalypse Now' (Coppola), 'Eyes Wide Shut' (Kubrick) and 'Short Cuts' (Altman).