The Cinematic Highlights of January 2016

 

q2deqixJanuary was mostly about catching up films from 2015, particularly those that got Oscar nominations. Other than that, in an attempt to watch all of the Coen brothers films before Hail, Caesar! Comes out, I caught up with most of the films of their that I had not yet seen. I also watched seasons 2 and 3 of Arrow, so that’s an extra 18 hours of stuff.

In the end I had 19 first-time viewings and 6 repeats (mostly Coen-related). It was a good month over all, with only a few mediocrities and a couple of abominations in the mix.

Top 10

  1. Carol (Todd Haynes, 2015)
  2. Spotlight (Tom McCarthy, 2015)
  3. Something New (Sanaa Hamri, 2006)
  4. Barton Finke (Joel Coen, 1991)
  5. Sicario (Denis Villeneuve, 2015)
  6. The Martian (Ridley Scott, 2015)
  7. The Man Who Wasn’t There (Joel Coen, 2001)
  8. The Walk (Robert Zemeckis, 2015)
  9. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (Alfonso Gomez Rejoin, 2015)
  10. The Final Girls (Todd Strauss-Schulson)

Best Rewatch: Fargo

The Worst: The Revenant | Intolerable Cruelty | Minions

Superlatives

Best Director: Todd Haynes, Carol

Best Actor: John Turturro, Barton Fink | Matt Damon, The Martian

Best Actress: Cate Blanchett & Rooney Mara, Carol | Sanaa Lathan, Something New | Emily Blunt, Sicario

Best Supporting Actor: Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Liev Schreiber, Spotlight | Benicio Del Toro, Sicario | Kyle Chandler, Carol

Best Supporting Actress: Rachel McAdams, Spotlight

Best Screenplay: Barton Fink | Something New

Best Cinematography: Carol | Sicario

Best Costumes: Carol | Spotlight

Best Production Design: Carol | The Hudsucker Proxy

Best Music: Carol | Goosebumps | Sicario

See my complete list for the month on Letterboxd

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