The Cinematic Highlights of November 2014

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In terms of quantity, this month was about the same as the previous with 24 first-time viewings and 16 rewatches (a majority of them being Tim Burton films as I’ve been going through his filmography from the beginning). Even so, the overall quality of the films this month were lower than October’s. Out of the first time viewings, I’d say that I only downright loved three of them (with one immediately becoming an all-time favorite). There were a couple more that I enjoyed very much but found problematic in their storytelling, but had more than enough great things about them to overcome these obstacles. The rest (with the exception of two downright stinkers), ranged from tolerable to quite good. So, yeah, there’s not much to say about this month in movie-watching, so let’s go on with the show.

Top 10

  1. Meet Me in St. Louis (Vincente Minelli, 1944)
  2. A Most Wanted Man (Anton Corbijn, 2014)
  3. The ‘Burbs (Joe Dante, 1989)
  4. Big Hero 6 (Don Hall, Chris Williams, 2014)*
  5. Citizen Ruth (Alexander Payne, 1996)
  6. Shadow of a Doubt (Alfred Hitchcock, 1943)
  7. Double Indemnity (Billy Wilder, 1944)
  8. Chef (John Favreau, 2014)
  9. Chicken Run (Peter Lord, Nick Park, 2000)
  10. You’re Next (Adam Wingard, 2011)

Honorable Mention: Earth to Echo | Planes: Fire & Rescue | Arachnophobia

Best Rewatch: The Wind Rises (now tied for my #1 of 2013 with Ernest & Celestine) | The Bourne Ultimatum

The Worst: Brett Ratner’s Hercules

Superlatives

Best Director: Vincente Minelli, Meet Me in St. Louis

Best Actor: Philip Seymour Hoffman, A Most Wanted Man

Best Actress: Judy Garland, Meet Me in St. Louis | Laura Dern, Citizen Ruth

Best Supporting Actor: M.C. Gainey, Citizen Ruth

Best Supporting Actress: Margaret O’Brien, Meet Me in St. Louis

Best Screenplay: The ‘Burbs

Best Cinematography: Mood Indigo

Best Costume Design: Meet Me in St. Louis

Best Production Design: You’re Next | Mood Indigo

Best Music: Meet Me in St. Louis | A Million Ways to Die in the West

See My Complete Rankings for the month on Letterboxd

*I do plan to have a review for this eventually for the sake of having a complete series of reviews, but I need to watch it again and who knows when that will be.

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