August was a lovely month for my movie-watching. Of the 20 films I watched, I at the very liked 15, and found a few things to admire in the rest that I didn’t. I guess I could have watched more things, but reading did take a bit of my time this month.
- Kubo and the Two Strings (Travis Knight, 2016)
- The Blair Witch Project (Daniel Myrick & Eduardo Sanches, 1999)
- April and the Extraordinary World (Frank Ekinci & Christian Desmares, 2016)
- The Shallows (Jaume Collet-Serra, 2016)
- Sing Street (John Carney, 2016)
- Pete’s Dragon (David Lowery, 2016)
- The Joy Luck Club (Wayne Wang, 1993)
- My Cousin Vinny (Jonathan Lynn, 1992)
- Eye in the Sky (Gavin Hood, 2016)
- The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 (Sanaa Hamri, 2008)
Best Re-watch: Over the Garden Wall
The Worst: Batman: The Killing Joke
Multi-Media Honorable Mentions:
“Supergirl: Season 1” for being such a lovely and warm remedy for when you’re feeling blue, despite the fact that it can be unbearably corny and cliched.
Issues 41-60 of “Chew” by John Layman and Rob Guillori for being so hilarious, emotionally powerful, and bad-ass. I hate that I have to wait close to a year to read the last 10 issues in my preferred format, but I also don’t want it to end.
“The Hike” by Drew Magary for not letting me put it down by giving me a great fantasy thriller that made me reflect on existence.
Best Director: Travis Knight, Kubo and the Two Strings
Best Actor: Collin Farrell, The Lobster | Mark Rylance, The BFG
Best Actress: Blake Lively, The Shallows | Heather Donahue, The Blair Witch Project
Best Supporting Actor: Jack Reynor, Sing Street
Best Supporting Actress: Marisa Tomei, My Cousin Vinny
Best Screenplay: Kubo and the Two Strings | The Joy Luck Club
Best Cinematography: Kubo and the Two Strings | The BFG | Pete’s Dragon | The Shallows
Best Costume Design: Kubo and the Two Strings | The BFG | Sing Street
Best Production Design: April and the Extraordinary World | Kubo and the Two Strings | The BFG
Best Music: Kubo and the Two Strings | Sing Street | The Joy Luck Club