The Cinematic Highlights of January 2014

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This month, as it will be for the first few months of the year, was mostly about catching up with 2013 films that I have missed. In the mean time, I also watched two 80s Eddie Murphy classics, one of the most underrated films of 2011, and a rewatch of a childhood staple. Overall, I watched 16 films for the first time and did six rewatches. I will post a top 10 but I must say that only the first seven are above being merely okay.

I must also say that this month I spent a fair amout of time watching television, such as the new episodes of Teen Wolf, Looking, and about 7 episodes of American Horror Story: Coven. I hope the rest of the year is kinder to my movie-watching

Top 10

  1. Inside Llewyn Davis (Joel & Ethan Coen, 2013)
  2. Short Term 12 (Destin Cretton, 2013)
  3. A Fish Called Wanda (Charles Crichton, 1988)
  4. Her (Spike Jonze, 2013)
  5. The Three Musketeers (Paul W.S. Anderson, 2011)
  6. Dangerous Liaisons (Stephen Frears, 1988)
  7. Wolf Children (Mamoru Hosoda, 2013)
  8. Dallas Buyers  Club (Jean-Marc Vallée, 2013)
  9. Akira ( Katsuhiro Ōtomo, 1988)
  10. Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (Jeff Tremaine, 2013)

Honorable Mention: American Horror Story: Coven (Episodes 1-7)

Best rewatch: Hellboy | Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World

The worst: August: Osage County

Superlatives

Best Director: Joel Coen & Ethan Coen, Inside Llewyn Davis | Spike Jonze, Her | Destin Cretton, Short Term 12

Best Actor: Oscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn Davis

Best Actress: Glenn Close, Dangerous Liaisons | Brie Larson, Short Term 12

Best Supporting Actor: Keith Stanfield & John Gallagher, Jr., Short Term 12

Best Supporting Actress: Kaitlin Dever, Short Term 12 | Amy Adams, Her

Best Screenplay: Inside Llewyn Davis

Best Cinematography: Inside Llewyn Davis | Her | The Three Musketeers

Best Costume Design: Her | The Three Musketeers

Best Production Design: Akira | Her | The Three Musketeers

Best Music: Inside Llewyn Davis | Her

See my complete rankings on Letterboxd.

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