Sunday, December 27, 2015

Best Films of 2015

This year Film Comment invited me to vote in their "Best Movies of 2015" poll. Here's my ballot for their two categories:

20 Best films that received a commercial/theatrical run in the U.S. in 2015

1. Hard to Be a God (Aleksey German, Russia)

4. Jauja (Lisandro Alonso, Argentina)

5. The Assassin (Hou Hsiao-hsien, Taiwan)

6. The Gift (Joel Edgerton, USA)

7. Phoenix (Christian Petzold, Germany)

8. Carol (Todd Haynes, USA)

9. Office (Johnnie To, Hong Kong)

10. Tokyo Tribe (Shion Sono, Japan)

11. The Princess of France (Matías Piñeiro, Argentina)

12. Two Shots Fired (Martín Rejtman, Argentina)

14. A Poem is a Naked Person (Les Blank, USA)

15. Mad Max: Fury Road (George Miller, Australia)

16. Breathe (Respire) (Mélanie Laurent, France)

17. Stinking Heaven (Nathan Silver, USA)

19. Experimenter (Michael Almereyda, USA)

20. The World of Kanako (Tetsuya Nakashima, Japan)


20 Best new films without U.S. distribution (i.e. films screened in festivals or elsewhere but with no U.S. theatrical release plans or distributor at the moment)

2. The Smell of Us (Larry Clark, France)

3. Men Go to Battle (Zachary Treitz, USA)

4. The Devil’s Candy (Sean Byrne, USA)

5. The Sky Trembles and the Earth Is Afraid and the Two Eyes Are Not Brothers (Ben Rivers, UK)

6. Mountains May Depart (Jia Zhangke, China)

7.  Revivre (Im Kwon-taek, South Korea)

9. Violet (Bas Devos, Belgium)

10. Violator (Dodo Dayao, Philippines)

14. Machine Gun or Typewriter? (Travis Wilkerson, USA)

15. Crocodile Grennadiy (Steve Hoover, USA)

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