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
- 45 Years (Andrew Haigh, 2015)
- Midnight Special (Jeff Nichols, 2016)
- What We Do In the Shadows (Jemaine Clement & Taika Waititi, 2015)
- Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (Nicholas Meyer, 1982)
- Hail, Caesar! (Joel & Ethan Coen, 2016)
- Anomalisa (Charlie Kauffman & Duke Johnson, 2015)
- The Boy and the Beast (Mamoru Hosoda, 2015)
- Finding Dory (Andrew Stanton, 2016)
- The Dressmaker (Jocelyn Moorhouse, 2016)
- Kung Fu Panda 3 (Jennifer Yuh Nelson & Alessandro Carloni, 2016)
Best rewatch: The Lone Ranger
The Worst: The Road to El Dorado
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.