September 2016 Recap

I’m a little late with this recap, as I’ve been without broadband for the past week. I’m also massively behind on my reviews as a result, but never mind; hopefully I will catch up over the coming days.

Anyway, I watched 32 films in September, of which a whopping 21 are 2016 releases (in the UK, anyway). At the start of the month I caught two fairly recent documentaries about female singers: Mavis! and Janis: Little Girl Blue, which examine the lives and careers of Mavis Staples and Janis Joplin respectively. Around the same time I watched Mia Hansen-Løve’s Things To Come, which features an excellent performance by Isabelle Huppert, and Brady Corbet’s directorial debut The Childhood Of A Leader, which left a strong impression; I also saw Woody Allen’s latest Café Society, which is probably one of his better films of the past 15 years, though not one that I’ve found myself thinking about much since.

There have been other worthwhile visits to the cinema: Hell Or High Water has been praised to the hilt elsewhere, so I don’t really need to say much more on that one, while Ira Sachs’s Little Men was a low-key highlight later on in the month (I’ll hopefully have a review up for that one in the next day or two). But there have been disappointments too: Tallulah, which was released on Netflix a couple of months ago, isn’t anything to write home about; Captain Fantastic is OK but I found certain elements of it irritating; Bridget Jones’s Baby had its moments but didn’t quite get near the level of the original; and Mike And Dave Need Wedding Dates also flattered to deceive. There were some comedic winners, though; I finally got around to watching Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, and laughed a lot more than I’d expected, while Hunt For The Wilderpeople also had its moments.

Finally, the only other new release I saw at the cinema last month is The Girl With All The Gifts, a British zombie film that has been lauded by some critics; I thought it had an excellent first act before losing its way a little during the following hour, but hopefully I’ll have a full review of that one up soon, too.

It’s quite difficult to pick a ‘Film of the Month’ for September. I could have easily gone for The Childhood Of A Leader, Things To Come or Little Men, but I’m going to plump for Hell Or High Water, simply because it’s the one that I enjoyed the most. And because Jeff Bridges.

 

Comments 12

    • Stu October 6, 2016

      Hi Keith – got one eye on that ‘favourites of 2016’ list by any chance?!! I must admit it’s good to take a break…I’ve been watching more and reviewing less, and not having broadband for a week was actually quite a nice change! I’ve still managed to miss out on a few films at the cinema that I was hoping to catch, like The Magnificent Seven, Kubo And The Two Strings and Swiss Army Man. Oh well! It has been a good month for new releases over here.

      • Keith October 6, 2016

        I’ve missed a few too but none I was desperate to see. Have a review coming up for Mag 7 shortly and need to catch up on my Blind Spots. Other wise I’m ready to see what the end of the year holds.

        • Stu October 7, 2016

          I’d be interested in reading your take on that; I may get a chance to see it tomorrow or Sunday, after all. And funny you should mention Blind Spots – I wrote down a tentative list for 2017 yesterday. I have put a couple of new wave French films in there that you recommended.

  1. Tom October 6, 2016

    Yes sir, love me some Hell or High Water. Such a blast. I’m envious of your being able to catch Captain Fantastic and Hunt for the Wilderpeople thiugh, both of those have been on my radar and both of which seem to constantly eluding me. I live 45 minutes from New York City and this market here is so bad in northern New Jersey. I just don’t get it

    • Stu October 7, 2016

      I’m surprised my local cinema had either of those, to be honest, given the rest of its programming! I’m a similar distance from London as you are from NY; I used to go in a lot for work, but spend more of my time locally now. I miss the access to a range of films more than anything else about the city, so I sympathise!

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