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.