One of my favorite list of the year is MUBI Notebook’s Fantasy Double Features and it is the second year I’m contributing with the list. If you are not familiar with the list, here is a very short introduction: ” How would you program this year’s newest, most interesting films into double features with movies of the past you saw in 2015? Looking back over the year at what films moved and impressed us, it is clear that watching old films is a crucial part of making new films meaningful. Thus, the annual tradition of our end of year poll, which calls upon our writers to pick both a new and an old film: they were challenged to choose a new film they saw in 2015—in theatres or at a festival—and creatively pair it with an old film they also saw in 2014 to create a unique double feature. All the contributors were given the option to write some text explaining their 2015 fantasy double feature. What’s more, each writer was given the option to list more pairings, with or without explanation, as further imaginative film programming we’d be lucky to catch in that perfect world we know doesn’t exist but can keep dreaming of every time we go to the movies.”
Here is my list for Notebook’s 8th Writers Poll: Fantasy Double Features of 2015:
NEW: Noc Walpurgi (Marcin Bortkiewicz, Poland) + OLD: In Darkness (Agnieszka Holland, Poland/Germany/Canada, 2011)
NEW: The Brand New Testament (Jaco Van Dormael, Belgium) + OLD: The Last Temptation of the Christ (Martin Scorsese, 1988)
NEW: Love (Gaspar Noe, France) + OLD: Nymphomaniac – Vol 1 and Vol 2 – Director’s Cut (Lars von Trier, 2013)
You can read the whole story and other critics list here, it is abandant with good sugestions and intersting films.