I started out the month with a goal to watch one movie for every day of the month. Things started out smoothly, but then two things happed: The Flash & Jessica Jones. The two best things that have happened to Superheroes in filmed media. And I did watch a bunch of Gilmore Girls as well. I’ve not finished Jones, but between those two things, I spent a lot of hours with those two that I could have spent watching films.
But I did manage to watch 20 film, more than in the last three or so month. It wasn’t a particularly great month, but there were a lot of things to admire. Among the highlights were the first installment of one of cinema’s holy grails, Marvel’s best film, a couple of lovely 1939 Best Picture Oscar nominees, and the Coen brothers’s outstanding directorial debut. Things ended on a high note thanks to the Guillermo Del Toro film I’ve been waiting for him to make since Pan’s Labyrinth.
- Pather Panchali (Satyajit Ray, 1955)
- Crimson Peak (Guillermo Del Toro, 2015)
- Love Affair (Leo McCarey, 1939)
- Goodbye, Mr. Chips (Sam Wood, 1939)
- Ant-Man (Peyton Reed, 2015)
- Blood Simple. (Joel Coen, 1984)
- Paper Towns (Jake Schreier, 2015)
- Wayne’s World (Penelope Spheeris, 1992)
- Regular Show: The Movie (J.G. Quintel, 2015)
- Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame (Tsui Hark, 2010)
Worthy Mentions: Raising Arizona | The Good Dinosaur
Best Re-watch: Inside Out | Shaun the Sheep Movie
The Worst: The Thief and the Cobbler (1993)
Best Director: Satyajit Ray, Pather Panchali | Guillermo Del Toro, Crimson Peak
Best Actor: Robert Donat, Goodbye, Mr. Chips
Best Actress: Irene Dunne, Love Affair | Mia Wasikowska, Crimson Peak
Best Supporting Actor: M. Emmet Walsh, Blood Simple.
Best Supporting Actress: Jessica Chastain, Crimson Peak | Cara Delevigne, Paper Towns
Best Screenplay: Goodbye, Mr. Chips
Best Cinematography: Crimson Peak | The Good Dinosaur
Best Costume Design: Crimson Peak | Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame
Best Production Design: Crimson Peak | Ant-Man
Best Music: Crimson Peak | Pather Panchali | Paper Towns | Dope | Raising Arizona
See my complete rankings for the month on Letterboxd.