The Cinematic Highlights of December 2015

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December wasn’t as eventful as November when it came to quantity as I only managed to watch 13 films, all of them from these past two years. Even so, it was a good month, with only three bad movies in the mix. Among the highlights are the finest American feature-length animated production of the century so far, a post-World War II drama with a few Hitchcock elements, and that one movie about wars in space that a lot of people are talking about.

Top 10

  1. Over the Garden Wall (Nate Cash, 2014)
  2. Phoenix (Christian Petzold, 2015)
  3. Brooklyn (John Crowley, 2015)
  4. Mistress America (Noah Baumbach, 2015)
  5. Testament of Youth (James Kent, 2015)
  6. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (J.J. Abrams, 2015)
  7. The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (Guy Ritchie, 2015)
  8. Tangerine (Sean Baker, 2015)
  9. Trainwreck (Judd Apatow, 2015)
  10. Ricki and the Flash (Jonathan Demme, 2015)

Best Re-watch: The Wind Rises

The Worst: Fantastic Four (2015) | A Very Murray Christmas

Superlatives

Best Director: Nate Cash, Over the Garden Wall | Christian Petzold, Phoenix

Best Actor: Elijah Wood & Collin Dean, Over the Garden Wall

Best Actress: Saoise Ronan, Brooklyn | Nina Hoss, Phoenix | Alicia Vikander, Testament of Youth | Daisey Ridley, Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Supporting Actor: Emory Cohen, Brooklyn | Christopher Lloyd, Over the Garden Wall

Best Supporting Actress: Greta Gerwig, Mistress America | Melanie Linskey, Over the Garden Wall | Mya Taylor, Tangerine

Best Screenplay: Brooklyn | Mistress America

Best Cinematography: Tangerine

Best Costume Design: The Man from U.N.C.L.E. | Brooklyn

Best Production Design: Over the Garden Wall

Best Music: Over the Garden Wall | Mistress America | Brooklyn

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One thought on “The Cinematic Highlights of December 2015

  1. Love your list! If I was including tv I would include Over the Garden Wall at top of my list too. It’s brilliant. I also loved Testament of Youth and Brooklyn. Inside Out was my favorite movie followed by Star Wars FA and then Spotlight and The Martian

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