The Cinematic Highlights of November 2015

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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.

Top 10

  1. Pather Panchali (Satyajit Ray, 1955)
  2. Crimson Peak (Guillermo Del Toro, 2015)
  3. Love Affair (Leo McCarey, 1939)
  4. Goodbye, Mr. Chips (Sam Wood, 1939)
  5. Ant-Man (Peyton Reed, 2015)
  6. Blood Simple. (Joel Coen, 1984)
  7. Paper Towns (Jake Schreier, 2015)
  8. Wayne’s World (Penelope Spheeris, 1992)
  9. Regular Show: The Movie (J.G. Quintel, 2015)
  10. 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)

Superlatives

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.

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