Best Films of 2015

Favorite Theatrical Releases

Favorite films that had a one-week run in NYC during 2015. In order of preference.

  1. Carol (Todd Haynes)
  2. Horse Money (Pedro Costa)
  3. The Mend (John Magary)
  4. Phoenix (Christian Petzold)
  5. The Assassin (Hou Hsiao-hsien)
  6. Timbuktu (Abderrahmane Sissako)
  7. Li’l Quinquin (Bruno Dumont)
  8. Amour Fou (Jessica Hausner)
  9. Beloved Sisters (Dominik Graf)
  10. Tu dors Nicole (Stéphane Lafleur)

Favorite As-Yet Undistributed Features

In order of preference.

  1. No Home Movie (Chantal Akerman)
  2. In the Shadow of Women (Philippe Garrel)
  3. Right Now, Wrong Then (Hong Sang-soo)
  4. Cemetery of Splendor (Apitchatpong Weerasethakul)
  5. The Sky Trembles and the Earth Is Afraid and the Two Eyes Are Not Brothers (Ben Rivers)
  6. Santa Teresa and Other Stories (Nelson Carlo de los Santos Arias)
  7. The Academy of Muses (José Luis Guerin)
  8. Campo Grande (Sandra Kogut)
  9. The Other Side (Roberto Minervini)
  10. Minotaur (Nicolás Pereda)

Favorite New Experimental Shorts

In alphabetical order.

  • Cathode Garden (Janie Geiser)
  • Faux Départ (Yto Barrada)
  • Mad Ladders (Michael Robinson)
  • Mars Garden (Lewis Klahr)
  • Navigator (Björn Kämmerer)
  • Prima Materia (Charlotte Pryce)
  • Scales in the Spectrum of Space (Fern Silva)
  • Something Between Us (Jodie Mack)
  • Something Horizontal (Blake Williams)
  • Traces/Legacy (Scott Stark)

Favorite Discoveries

Older films I saw for the first time this year, limited to one film per director. In chronological order.

  • Stark Love (Karl Brown, 1927)
  • Heroes for Sale (William A. Wellman, 1933)
  • The Thin Man (W.S. Van Dyke, 1934)
  • History is Made at Night (Frank Borzage, 1937)
  • Adieu Philippine (Jacques Rozier, 1963)
  • Cheyenne Autumn (John Ford, 1964)
  • The Soft Skin (François Truffaut, 1964)
  • The Inner Scar (Philippe Garrel, 1972)
  • Something to Remind Me (Christian Petzold, 2001)
  • Augustine (Alice Winocour, 2012)