December 2013- Best & Worst

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This month was a mixed bag in terms of quality. I saw a few of my favorites of the year, some unexpected surprises (both good and bad), and plenty of bland stuff. Also I didn’t watch as many older films as I wanted to during my school break, but due to the fact that our terrible internet connection is being shared by ten people who are constantly watching videos or playing games, even accessing Netflix is a nightmare. As such, most of my month consisted of theater viewings and library loans of recent films. And I didn’t do any mini-reviews because I had to do a huge paper at school and I had to use all of my writing juices for that. But anyways, the month is over, and as always, here is my top 10 of the month, along with the usual bells and whistles.

Top 10

  1. Frozen (Chris Buck & Jennifer Lee, 2013)
  2. All is Lost (J.C. Chandor, 2013)
  3. Roman Holiday (William Wyler, 1953)
  4. Blue is the Warmest Color (Abdellatif Kechiche, 2013)
  5. C.O.G. (Kyle Patrick Alvarez, 2013)
  6. About Time (Richard Curtis, 2013)
  7. The Wolf of Wall Street (Martin Scorsese, 2013)
  8. Saving Mr. Banks (John Lee Hancock, 2013)
  9. Our Idiot Brother (Jesse Peretz, 2011)
  10. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Francis Lawrence, 2013)

Best Rewatch: The Family Stone

The Worst: Elysium

Superlatives

Best Director: J.C. Chandor, All is Lost | Martin Scorsese, The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street | Robert Redford, All is Lost | Jonathan Groff, C.O.G.

Best Actress: Adele Exarchopoulos, Blue is the Warmest Color | Emma Thompson, Saving Mr. Banks

Best Supporting Actor: Jonah Hill, The Wolf of Wall Street | Bill Nighy, About Time

Best Supporting Actress: Audra McDonald, The Sound of Music (2013) | Shailene Woodley, The Spectacular Now

Best Screenplay: Blue is the Warmest Color

Best Cinematography: C.O.G.

Best Costume Design: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire | Saving Mr. Banks

Best Production Design: Frozen | Saving Mr. Banks

Best Music: Frozen

See my complete rankings for this month on Letterboxed

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