Sunday, September 30, 2012

September in Movies.

Wowsers. Tomorrow we'll be in double digits months. Is anyone sitting there wondering where the heck 2012 has gone? It honestly feels like just yesterday I was partying hard on New Year's Eve and watching Inception before the year ticked over. And now I feel like I haven't had the time to watch Inception in 2012. Jeez, I've had nine whole months.
Anyways, some of you will be pleased to see that this end of month post doesn't come with an announcement saying that I will be leaving you all for a few weeks. I take that as a sign of a new beginning. Lately, I've been so down on blogging, but I refuse to give up. I'm rolling straight into my third year of blogging in October, so it is going to be out with the old and in with the new. Which also means no more trying to be a film critic. This is a blog, and I'm going to endeavour to make it so. So if you don't like my really funny jokes, tough.
I have three weeks of "extended study break" (a.k.a. holidays with exams jammed on the end), four weeks of school and then proper exams after that. You'll have to bear with me, but I promise, I'll do my best to bring awesomeness to as many days as I possibly can. Now let's all hold hands and sing some ABBA songs. I feel like we couldn't get much more awesome than that.
Plus, I'm totally disappointed by how few movies I saw this month. I blame the show, and the fact that no-one wanted to release any new DVDs until last week.

Movies I hadn't seen until the month of September...

Badlands - Jeez, I watched that this month? Feels like ages ago. Alas, I did very much like this Malick film, which slides itself behind Days of Heaven and ahead of The Tree of Life. Plus, Sissy Spacek is awesome.
The Lucky One - Came out on my birthday, but didn't have time to watch it then. Yes, I still make a habit of watching Nicholas Sparks adaptations even though I know I'm going to dislike them. This was no exception.
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen - I need to stop taking the piss out of this title. However, it was still a splendid little film. Emily Blunt and Ewan McGregor were lovely.
The Darkest Hour - Watched this because it came out in like, May, and for some reason I didn't get 'round to it. If I wasn't such a completest, I wouldn't have to watch one of the worst scripts ever being put into play.
Margin Call - On the other hand, I watched this directly after The Darkest Hour and was pleasantly surprised by how great the script for this one was. And I actually understood this film. Which is a big deal.
W.E. - Had I left my best of 2011 lists til now, Andrea Riseborough would have been a sure bet to be in my top five favourite female performances.
A Doll's House - Watched it in Drama because we're performing an act from the play (by Henrik Ibsen) for our next assessment. Which reminds me, I must learn those bagillion lines.
Lars and the Real Girl - Decided it would be a good idea to watch this after a show, so I was up into the wee hours of the morning. Still, a very good film.
The Deer Hunter - My English teacher gave me this to watch, despite the fact that it is an R18. I liked it enough, but there were just too many flaws holding it back.
Notes on a Scandal - I'm actually terrified of Judi Dench now.
Man on a Ledge - Surprisingly, this movie was about a man on a ledge.
The Lady - I didn't really have much interest in this film, but I came out liking it.
The Woman in Black - This movie was actually kinda scary. Also, I have a feeling that Daniel Radcliffe might be onto something.
Batman - Got the entire series from work, and I'm slowly making my way through them. This one was okay, but I admit that it is hard to view them post-Nolan.
The Pirates! Band of Misfits - Actually loved this movie. It was so funny. You can't go past British humour.
This Must Be the Place - The best thing about this movie is that 'This Must be the Place' is my favourite song, and it played it so many times during this film. There was even an unbroken, complete run through the song. So while I didn't enjoy the film, I could still sing along with it.
Dark Shadows - See the 'review' for this film? That's the kind of stuff I'm going to be striving for in the future.
The Five-Year Engagement - I liked it, but I have a feeling that's because I love Emily Blunt. Although, this movie was actually kinda depressing.
Mirror Mirror - I'm not sure why so many people hated this film. I thought it was pretty good for a family film. And anyone hating of Lily Collins' eyebrows can go swallow a tea bag. She's beautiful.
Batman Returns - Liked this one a lot more than the first one. Michelle Pfeiffer's performance as Catwoman was perfect.
The Cabin in the Woods - 300th film of the year. And yeah, I finally got to see it. Admittedly got really scared, but I don't deal well with horror films. I would write a review, but so much has been said about it already so yeah, it was cool.
True Romance - It was actually a lot different to what I was expecting. And oh, Gary Oldman.

Movies I've already seen before but felt the need to see again because I'm cool like that...

Mulholland Dr. - Had to savour it before I sadly sent it back. What a marvellous film.
The Help - I have a feeling that this is my new "sick" movie...I always want to see it when I'm sick. Between all the coughing and snivelling and headaches, I was dying inside because I'll never be as lovely as Jessica Chastain.

Also, a big happy birthday to Ezra Miller! I don't know how I made it through an entire month without seeing any of his films. Anyway, what do you think of these films? Seen anything good this month?


  1. Good list of films. I loved Cabin in the Woods too. I really need to watch Salmon Fishing and This Must be the Place soon-ish.
    I saw Deer Hunter this month as well. I sort of loved it though.
    How adorable is Lars in the Real Girl? I'm attracted to Gosling even in that.
    And yaay- Dan Radcliffe *is* on to something :)

    Here's to a better October.

    1. Ah, so you finally saw The Deer Hunter? I'm glad you loved it!
      Gosling was mega adorable in Lars and the Real Girl. That's one of my favourite performances from him.

      And yes, here's to a better October!

  2. Seems like a decent list. I barely watched any movies this month.. funny. I should start making a list myself, just to see how much I actually spend time on movies and how much on TV-shows. I bet the difference is quite shocking.

    Anyway, glad you're back.. you'll find the love again, I remember when I hit the wall. Didn't post anything, didn't like anything and then, it just all came back! Plus, you have a lot of readers who would miss the hell out of you.

    PS: I met my first actual person from New Zealand this week! :D

    1. Definitely make a list! I find them to be interesting ways of seeing how weird my life is these days, haha.

      I feel like everything is coming back now. I know by the time study leave hits, this blog will be my chance to stay sane. Plus, I'll be redesigning the site soon, so I'll be feeling all fresh!

      Yay! Hopefully they gave an awesome representation of how awesome NZ is!

  3. Great month for you- loved the Judi Dench comment, especially since I am almost always terrified of her :P
    This month I've seen quite a lot because of a great film event I attended at the beginning of September- my highlights were Anna Karenina and Untouchable (the French comedy).

    1. Haha, same actually. She's always looking so...I don't know, sinister.

      Can't wait to see Anna Karenina!

  4. Im off to read your Dark Shadows review, it sounds interesting that you want to change things up a little... I used to try to be a film critic too, but hey this isn't school, we can do what we want - and it's much funnier to be funny.
    I also watched Notes on a Scandal last months, Judi Dench is not only terrifying but also terrific.
    Also, I love the title of Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. Really need to see it.

    1. Exactly. I have enough of school to deal with, so may as well not make my blog like school too!

      Judi Dench was terrific in Notes on a Scandal! Wow, what a film.

  5. Glad you caught up with Badlands. It's a wonderful film.

  6. I actually like October, as we're entering awards season and a lot of good films - story wise gets released at the cinema. Looper which was just released this week was awesome!

    Glad to hear you enjoyed Margin Call. A lot of people complained about it receiving an Oscar nomination for Best Screenplay even though they haven't seen it. It is actually good. Gosling in Lars And The Real Girl was fantastic. Such a layered performance.

    1. Yay for October! I'm excited for more exciting movies coming out.

      It was a fantastic script. It deserved to win, if anything. Gosling was great in Lars and the Real Girl!

  7. Nice month of films. I love Badlands, and Margin Call really does have a well-crafted screenplay. Sorry you didn't like The Deer Hunter more.

    1. Yay, glad someone else loves Margin Call's screenplay!

  8. You've had a great movie viewing month! There are many movies here I like, especially The Deer Hunter, Cabin in the Woods, and Lars and the Real Girl. I'm sorry you didn't like The Deer Hunter as much as I did. I'd love to hear more of your thoughts on that. :)

    Funny that you have a "sick" movie. Like comfort food. Makes sense. :)

    1. I've pretty much forgotten most of The Deer Hunter...but I'd love to see it again in a few more years.

      Movies *are* my comfort food, haha.

  9. I hardly saw anything all September, still in that slump I've been in since late June. But October is horror month and so I'm going to try and pull my socks up...

  10. I did like The Deer Hunter but that first act (the wedding scene) is way, way, way, way too long.


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