The Cinematic Highlights of August 2014

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When it comes to film, August has been my most productive month of the year with 20 first-time viewings and 12 re-watches. Not only that, but the movies were mostly very good. I not only caught up with the two non-musical films from the recent “The Essential Jacques Demy” box set from Criterion, but I also watched a cult musical from one of the most unlikely people to have ever made a musical, the quintessential cheer leading movie, and a couple of the big movies from the past Summer that I managed to miss when they opened. I also watched a couple of stinkers, but none as bad as the directorial debut of the man who fancied himself as the next Christopher Nolan.

So, without further ado…

Top 10

  1. Bay of Angels (Jacques Demy, 1963)
  2. Only Lovers Left Alive (Jim Jarmusch, 2013)
  3. Bring it On  (Peyton Reed, 2000)
  4. Down With Love (Peyton Reed, 2003)
  5. The Birdcage (Mike Nichols, 1996)
  6. X-Men: Days of Future Past (Bryan Singer, 2014)
  7. Phantom of the Paradise (Brian DePalma, 1974)
  8. Lola (Jacques Demy, 1961)
  9. Panic Room (David Fincher, 2002)
  10. Paprika (Satoshi Kon, 2006)

Best Re-watch: The Perks of Being a Wallflower & Attack the Block

The Worst: Transcendence (And a shout out to Jules and Jim for being such a big disappointment)

Superlatives

Best Director: Peyton Reed, Bring it On & Down With Love

Best Actor: Robin Williams & Nathan Lane, The Birdcage

Best Actress: Jean Moreau, Bay of Angels | Tilda Swinton, Only Lovers Left Alive

Best Supporting Actor: Paul Williams, Phantom of the Paradise

Best Supporting Actress: Gabrielle Union, Bring it On | Sarah Paulson, Down With Love

Best Screenplay: Bay of Angels

Best Cinematography: Phantom of the Paradise

Best Costume Design: Down With Love

Best Production Design: Down With Love | Panic Room

Best Music: Only Lovers Left Alive | Phantom of the Paradise

See my complete Rankings for the month on Letterboxd

 

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