sight and sound best of 2015

Of the hundreds of “best of the year” lists assembled by various publications around the world, Sight & Sound magazine’s top 20 always tends to be the most fascinating. This year is no different. It’s hard to argue with any list that finds room to contain brutal holocaust immersions and artful LGBT romances and post-apocalyptic action adventures and tear-jerking animated family movies and stirring stop-motion animated dramas and high-concept horror movies and unrelenting documentaries about genocide and stoner film noir.

As usual, the list skews arthouse (there are a few titles here that we aren’t familiar with at all), but consider this list a homework assignment – if it’s on this list, it’s surely going to be worthy of any serious movie fan’s time. Check out the complete Sight and Sound best of 2015 ranking after the jump.

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The Assassin trailer

The Assassin, the latest film from Chinese master Hou Hsiao-hsien, was Hou’s seventh Palme d’Or nomination at Cannes, and won the filmmaker the Best Director award at Cannes 2015.

The film is also Hou’s long-in-development foray into Wuxia, making a significant change from the reservedly composed dramas we expect from the director. That doesn’t mean the film is a parade of action, however. The film, judging by reviews out of Cannes, is slow going and even challenging, but as The Assassin trailer shows, it may reward viewers with some wildly beautiful sights. Read More »