The Cinematic Highlights of October 2015

I started out the month wanting to watch a ton of horror films because, you know, October and all, but things didn’t go according to plan as it tends to be the case recently. I did watch 17 films, which is more than the last two months, so there’s that. It’s a shame that only about six of them were really good, with the rest being good, interesting, or just downright crap.

As for horror, I only managed to watch about five of them. Only three were good. Two of them surprisingly so. The others were shit.

The rest were mostly 2015. I watched two of the biggest films of the year, one an excellent Tom Cruise vehicle, the other yet another Marvel factory-line product. There was also what could possibly the last film by a venerated Japanese anime studio, and yet another excellent adventure featuring some of the most-beloved anime characters of all time. And other things, so here’s the usual stuff…

Top 10

  1. What’s Up, Doc? (Peter Bogdanovich, 1972)
  2. Mission: Impossible- Rogue Nation (Christopher McQuarrie, 2015)
  3. The Age of Adaline (Lee Toland Krieger, 2015)
  4. Love & Mercy (Bill Pohlad, 2015)
  5. Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection “F” (Tadayoshi Yamamuro, 2015)
  6. When Marnie Was There (Hirosama Yonibayashi, 2015)
  7. The People Under the Stairs (Wes Craven, 1991)
  8. The Innocents (Jack Clayton, 1961)
  9. Poltergeist (Gil Kenan, 2015)
  10. I’ll See You in My Dreams (Brett Haley, 2015)

Best Re-watch: ParaNorman

The Worst: Re-Animator & Creepshow

Superlatives

Best Director: Peter Bogdanovich, What’s Up, Doc?

Best Actor: John Cusack, Love & Mercy

Best Actress: Deborah Kerr, The Innocents | Blythe Danner, I’ll See You in My Dreams

Best Supporting Actor: Paul Dano, Love & Mercy

Best Supporting Actress: Elizabeth Banks, Love & Mercy

Best Screenplay: Love & Mercy

Best Cinematography: The Innocents

Best Costume Design: What’s Up, Doc? | The Age of Adaline

Best Production Design: Tomorrowland

Best Music: Love & Mercy

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