The Cinematic Highlights of April 2014

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As it has been the case for the last couple of months, life has kept me from watching as many films and I’d like, but I watched plenty of good stuff.  The highlights of the month were two different French films, one a musical about dealing with finding love after the person you loved most suddenly passes away, and the other a deceptively simple film about a mouse and a bear that packs an emotional punch. I also watched a powerful film with what could have both the best performance and best cinematography of 2013.

As always, there’s a top 10 and some additional goodies, so read on.

Top 10

  1. Love Songs (Christophe Honoré, 2007)
  2. Ernest & Celestine (Benjamin Renner, Stephane Aubier, Vincent Patar, 2013)
  3. Mother of George (Andrew Dosunmu, 2013)
  4. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Peter Jackson, 2013)
  5. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Ang Lee, 2000)
  6. The Great Beauty (Paolo Sorrentino, 2013)
  7. The Fifth Element (Luc Beeson, 1997)
  8. Gremlins (Joe Dante, 1984)
  9. Mimic (Guillermo DelToro, 1997)
  10. Kill Your Darlings (John Krokidas, 2013)

Best Re-watch: Persepolis

The Worst: Lola Versus

Superlatives

Best Director: Benjamin Renner, Stephane Aubier, Vincent Patar, Ernest & Celestine

Best Actor: Louis Garrell, Love Songs | Tony Servillo, The Great Beauty

Best Actress: Danai Gurira, Mother of George

Best Supporting Actor: Dane DeHaan, Kill Your Darlings

Best Supporting Actress: Chiara Mastroianni, Love Songs | Ziyi Zhang, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Best Screenplay: Ernest & Celestine

Best Cinematography: Mother of George

Best Costume Design: Mother of George

Best Production Design: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Best Music: Love Songs

See my complete rankings for the month on Letterboxd

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