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J. Hoberman’s Top 10 of 2015

J. Hoberman's Top 10 of 2015

Given his new job as the New York Times’ home video columnist, we’re not getting as much J. Hoberman on new films as we might like. But his Artforum Top 10 gives us a sense of what he’s loving these days. Topping his list, as it did his Sight & Sound poll ballot, is Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s “The Assassin,” which he calls “the only movie I saw this year that, as soon as it ended, I wanted to see again.” As you’d expect from the critic who famously Top Tenned Game Six of the 1986 World Series, it’s an eclectic bunch, including a repertory series on Mexican Film noir, a new collection of short films, some unseen, by “Flaming Creatures'” Jack Smith, and an imagined hybrid of Manuel DeLanda’s video series “Continuous Variation” with “the fifteen-minute megabuck midair stroll” from Robert Zemeckis’ “The Walk.” Notable by omission: Asaf Kapadia’s “Amy,” which rounded out Hoberman’s S&S Top 5 but gets knocked off his Artforum list by Hoberman’s more idiosyncratic choices.

J. Hoberman’s Top 10 of 2015

1. “The Assassin” (Hou Hsiao-Hsien)
2. “The Guests” (Ken Jacobs)
3. “No Home Movie” (Chantal Akerman)
4. “Hard to Be a God” (Aleksei German)
5. “Mexico at Midnight: Film Noir From Mexican Cinema’s Golden Age” (series at New York’s Museum of Modern Art)
6. “Cemetery of Splendor” (Apichatpong Weerasethakul)
7. “Hamlet in the Rented World (A Fragment)” (Jack Smith/Jerry Tartaglia)
8. “Phoenix” (Christian Petzold)
9. “Continuous Variation” (Manuel DeLanda)
10. “The Walk” (Robert Zemeckis)

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