The Cinematic Highlights of February 2015

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February 2015 was a better month in just about every regard. As such, I was able to watch a few more films than I did last month. Pretty much all of them were 2014 releases, except for Shadows, my first John Cassavetes film. Other highlights include one of the most talked-about horror films in quite some time, an animation master’s best and possibly-final film, a criminally underrated showbiz drama, and Alejandro Gonzalez Iñaritu’s best film.

Top 10

  1. The Babadook (Jennifer Kent, 2014)
  2. The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (Isao Takahata, 2014)
  3. Beyond the Lights (Gina Prince-Bythewood, 2014)
  4. Shadows (John Cassavetes, 1959)
  5. John Wick (Chad Stahelski & David Leitch, 2014)
  6. Whiplash (Damien Chazelle, 2014)
  7. Pride (Matthew Warchus, 2014)
  8. Dear White People (Justin Simien, 2014)
  9. The Drop (Michaël R. Roskam, 2014)
  10. Fury (David Ayer, 2014)

Best Re-watch: Moulin Rouge! (in theaters)

Special Mention: Birdman for being an impeccable achievement in almost every craft that features Iñaritu’s most ambitious direction in the service of a bland, sometimes fun, but mostly despicable script.

The Worst: The Judge


Best Director: Jennifer Kent, The Babadook | Isao Takahata, The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

Best Actor: Michael Keaton, Birdman | Miles Teller, Whiplash

Best Actress: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Beyond the Lights | Essie Davis, The Babadook

Best Supporting Actor: J.K. Simmons, Whiplash | Edward Norton, Birdman

Best Supporting Actress: Minnie Driver, Beyond the Lights

Best Screenplay: Whiplash

Best Cinematography: John Wick | Shadows

Best Costume Design: Dear White People

Best Production Design: The Babadook | Fury

Best Music: Whiplash | Beyond the Lights | Fury | The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

See my complete rankings on Letterboxd



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