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Fandor Keyframe Poll Picks the Best Movies and Best Documentaries of 2015

Fandor Keyframe Poll Picks the Best Movies and Best Documentaries of 2015

Keyframe, the online publication of the great streaming site, Fandor, polled 43 of of its contributors for the best movies and documentaries of 2015. (Voters included Adam Cook, Jordan Cronk, Mike D’Angelo, David Ehrenstein, Eric Hynes, Richard T. Jameson, Kevin B. Lee, Adrian Martin, Sheila O’Malley.) Though “Mad Max: Fury Road’s” position in the top slot has become a familiar sight, the results diverge nicely from there. Christian Petzold’s “Phoenix,” in particular, hasn’t made much of a showing in polls or critics awards so far, nor has Lisandro Alonso’s “Jauja,” although the deadlines for the Indiewire, Village Voice, and Film Comment polls in the next few weeks may change all that. Perhaps the strangest quirk of the results is that Joshua Oppenheimer’s “The Look of Silence,” which tops Keyframe’s list of best documentaries, appears nowhere in its Top 25 films, despite the fact that three of the 25 — “In Jackson Heights,” “The Pearl Button” and “The Royal Road” — are documentaries. (They finished third through fifth on the documentaries list, also behind J.P. Sniadecki’s “The Iron Ministry.”) Because polls, unlike individual ballots, can’t explain themselves, we can only guess at why, but then that’s part of the fun of poring over lists like these.

Fandor’s Top 25 Films of 2015

1. “Mad Max: Fury Road” (George Miller)
2. “The Assassin” (Hou Hsiao-hsien)
3. “Phoenix” (Christian Petzold)
4. “Carol” (Todd Haynes)
5. “Arabian Nights” (Miguel Gomes)
6. “Timbuktu” (Abderrahmane Sissako)
7. “Taxi” (Jafar Panahi)
8. “Jauja” (Lisandro Alonso)
9. “The Duke of Burgundy” (Peter Strickland)
10. “Hard to Be a God” (Aleksei German)
11. “Brooklyn” (John Crowley)
12. “It Follows” (David Robert Mitchell)
13. “In Jackson Heights” (Frederick Wiseman)
14. “Magic Mike XXL” (Gregory Jacobs)
15. “Clouds of Sils Maria” (Olivier Assayas)
16. “45 Years” (Andrew Haigh)
17. “The Forbidden Room” (Guy Maddin)
18. “Spotlight” (Tom McCarthy)
19. “Son of Saul” (Laszlo Nemes)
20. “The Royal Road” (Jenni Olson)
21. “The Pearl Button” (Patricio Guzmán)
22. “Horse Money” (Pedro Costa)
23. “Tangerine” (Sean Baker)
24. “The Wonders” (Alice Rohrwacher)
25. “A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence” (Roy Andersson)

Fandor’s Top 10 Documentaries of 2015

1. “The Look of Silence” (Joshua Oppenheimer)
2. “The Iron Ministry” (J.P. Sniadecki)
3. “In Jackson Heights” (Frederick Wiseman)
4. “The Pearl Button” (Patricio Guzmán)
5. “The Royal Road” (Jenni Olson)
6. “Heart of a Dog” (Laurie Anderson)
7. “Amy” (Asif Kapadia)
8. “What Happened, Miss Simone?” (Liz Garbus)
9. “Iris” (Albert Maysles)
10. “Listen to Me Marlon” (Stevan Riley)

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