June 2016

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This was a good month as I pretty much enjoyed everything I watched except for one film, but even that one wasn’t completely terrible. Among the highlights were a number of new films by some of the best filmmakers in the world, including some of my most-anticipated animated films. Overall, I had 10 first-time viewings and 2 rewatches.

On with the show

Top 10

  1. 45 Years (Andrew Haigh, 2015)
  2. Midnight Special (Jeff Nichols, 2016)
  3. What We Do In the Shadows (Jemaine Clement & Taika Waititi, 2015)
  4. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (Nicholas Meyer, 1982)
  5. Hail, Caesar! (Joel & Ethan Coen, 2016)
  6. Anomalisa (Charlie Kauffman & Duke Johnson, 2015)
  7. The Boy and the Beast (Mamoru Hosoda, 2015)
  8. Finding Dory (Andrew Stanton, 2016)
  9. The Dressmaker (Jocelyn Moorhouse, 2016)
  10. Kung Fu Panda 3 (Jennifer Yuh Nelson & Alessandro Carloni, 2016)

Best rewatch: The Lone Ranger

The Worst: The Road to El Dorado 

Superlatives

Best Director: Andrew Haigh, 45 Years | Jeff Nichols, Midnight Special

Best Actor: Ian McKellen, Mr. Holmes | Tom Courteney, 45 Years

Best Actress: Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years | Kate Winslet, The Dressmaker

Best Supporting Actor: Alden Ehrenreich, Hail, Caesar! | Ricardo Montalban, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

Best Supporting Actress: Judy Davis, The Dressmaker

Best Screenplay: 45 Years

Best Cinematography: Midnight Special

Best Costumes: The Dressmaker

Best Production Design: Kung Fu Panda 3 | Hail, Caesar!

Best Music: Midnight Special | 45 Years for the use of “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” by The Platters

P.S. I’m hoping to finally publish my “Best of 2015” article by the end of July. In the meantime, catch up with last year’s as I’ve made some aesthetic and content changes (new #1 film). You can find that one here.

And as always, see my complete rankings for the month on Letterboxd.

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