The Cinematic Highlights of March 2014

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Just like last month, due to various life-related reasons, I was not able to watch as many films for the first time as I would have liked. Overall I watched 23 films, 14 were first-timers and nine re-watches. In addition to these, I watched the entire first season of Happy Endings in one sitting. Overall, it was a good month. The two true stinkers involved Chris Hemsworth. There were also a couple of films that weren’t good, but passable and the rest varied in quality from Great to good. But really, any month when you get to experience a new Wes Anderson, the supposed swan song of one of the all-time great filmmakers, and a great Muppet movie on the big screen is a good month. Anyways, on with the show.

Top 10

  1. Fright Night (Tom Holland, 1985)
  2. The Wind Rises (Hayao Miyazaki, 2013)
  3. The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson, 2014)
  4. The Bad News Bears (Michael Ritchie, 1976)
  5. Muppets Most Wanted (James Bobin, 2014)
  6. 20 Feet From Stardom (Morgan Neville, 2013)
  7. Bless Me, Ultima (Carl Franklin, 2013)
  8. The Grandmaster (Won Kar-Wai, 2013)
  9. Gloria (Sebastian Leilo, 2013)
  10. Robin Hood: Men in Tights (Mel Brooks, 1993)

Best Re-watch: A.I. Artificial Intelligence

The Worst: Rush | Thor: The Dark World

Superlatives

Best Director: Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel | Hayao Miyazaki, The Wind Rises

Best Actor: Ralph Fiennes, The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Actress: Paulina Garcia, Gloria

Best Supporting Actor: Raul Castillo, Looking-“Looking Glass” | Ricky Gervais, Muppets Most Wanted

Best Supporting Actress: Ziyi Zhang, The Grandmaster

Best Screenplay: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Cinematography: The Grand Budapest Hotel | The Grandmaster | Fright Night

Best Costume Design: The Grandmaster

Best Production Design: The Grand Budapest Hotel | The Wind Rises

Best Music: The Grand Budapest Hotel

See my complete rankings for the month on Letterboxd.

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