Finally, after moving house and buying a new pup, I am back into my film-watching groove. And what a collection September brought! The brilliant Kurt Russell made an appearance a couple of times with sci-fi proving the most popular genre. There’s plenty more sci-fi classics on LOVEFiLM Instant at the moment, so hopefully I’ll get some more watched in October.
Elysium – Great effects, interesting premise and a strong cast, but as I was watching it I was hoping that Matt Damon’s character could have been given a break! It would have been nice to have just a glimmer of hope. ★★★½
Finding Neverland – Great Saturday afternoon film. ★★★★
Jumanji – First rewatch in a very, very long time, this has to be one of the best children’s films ever made. ★★★★
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time – A fun film to watch in the background. ★★★
Red Riding Hood – Full of teenage angst and lingering looks, but quite enjoyable. ★★★
Weird Science – Fun idea makes it more than your average teen movie. ★★★½
Escape from New York – An enjoyable action flick but didn’t quite live up to my expectations following its cult status. ★★★½
Beginners – Strong story with an Oscar-worthy performance from Christopher Plummer but a weak lead in Ewan McGregor. ★★★★
Your Sister’s Sister – With a cast of just three, happily the chemistry is very much there. ★★★★
Starman – A very sweet sci-fi that gave Bridges an Oscar nom. Deserved? Perhaps not, but very enjoyable nonetheless. ★★★★
StreetDance – Not my usual type of film but it kept my attention. ★★★
Logan’s Run – “It’s a cult classic,” the boyfriend said. “It’s absolutely terrible!” I replied. ★★½
The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Great character development and brilliant leads. ★★★★
Stargate – Kept reminding me of Indiana Jones and The Mummy… ★★★
September’s top film: There’s a few from the 1st timers that I would watch again – Beginners, Your Sister’s Sister and The Perks of Being a Wallflower – but it’s Starman that I give this month’s accolade to. Apparently it isn’t John Carpenter’s finest work – I’ve only seen four other films directed by him so can’t really comment yet – but it ticked all the boxes for me. Plus, it has a damn catchy theme song.
September’s worst film: Bearing in mind that it was made in the mind-1970s so the effects can be forgiven to a certain point, it was the acting and premise that I found so abysmal with Logan’s Run. At several points my boyfriend and I nearly turned it off but we kept going, just in case it improved. Sadly, it didn’t.
Cinema visits: 13
1st timers: 64