Todd Haynes has come a long way since filming an unlicensed Karen Carpenter bio with Barbie dolls instead of actors (unfortunately unlikely ever to see the light of legitimate DVD release, Superstar is still a fascinating watch if you get the chance). His latest, an adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's scandalous-in-1952 lesbian romance, stars super-A-listers Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara and has been nominated for six Academy Awards.
This Colombian drama was nominated for Best Foreign Language film at this year's Oscars, and took home an award at Cannes.
I'll let the New York Times' Manohla Dargis speak for Frederick Wiseman's latest documentary masterpiece, "Magnificent... The movie is at once specific and general, fascinating in its pinpoint detail and transporting in its cosmic reach. It's about art and process, money and mystery. . . (a) privileged three-hour virtual tour of the museum."
Hou Hsiao-Hsien won Best Director at Cannes for his unexpected foray into the martial arts genre. The New York Times Manohla Dargis called it "staggeringly lovely".
Joshua Oppenheimer's sequel-of-sorts to the devastating The Act of Killing flips its predecessor's point of view on the Indonesian genocide to no less harrowing effect. Nominated for a Best Documentary Feature Oscar.
Exerpted from Noel Murray's review for the AV Club:
"Throughout this year's Sundance Film Festival, whenever I'd run into my fellow critics, we'd go through the usual ritual exchange of, "What have you liked so far?" Passing movie titles back and forth, more often than I could count, the conversation would end with one or both of us saying, "Of course, the best thing I've seen is that Don Hertzfeldt cartoon, World Of Tomorrow. I don't expect anything to top it."
Can an animated short be the best film at a festival? Or the best of the year? Because although World Of Tomorrow is only 15 minutes long, it's as funny, imaginative, and heartbreaking as anything released so far in 2015, and I wouldn't be surprised if I could make that same claim on December 31. At Sundance, where I had a link to an online screener, I watched World Of Tomorrow nearly every night before I went to sleep, as a pre-bedtime devotional."
World of Tomorrow is available BluRay only. It was nomintated for the Best Animated Short Oscar.