Monthly Roundup: September Movie Watching Recap

I didn’t realize Autumnal Equinox was eight days ago. The best part of this season for me is the gorgeous fall foliage. I love driving past all the colorful trees, the mix of warm colors are just absolutely beautiful! I wish we could just have the next six months be Autumn and skip Winter altogether until April! 😀

Well, you could say I wasn’t as prolific this past month with just 20 posts in 30 days (compared to 25 last month). I deliberately took most of the weekends off as it’s been quite a hectic month for me.

There’s no blogathon I’m participating this past month, but I’ve been busy prepping for the Small Roles… Big Performances. It’s scheduled to go LIVE on Monday at NOON US Central Time, along with a couple of separate posts from FC’s contributors. Thanks to those of you who have submitted their entry. For those who haven’t I’ll still be taking submissions all next week, so just email it to me or leave it in the comments and I’ll add it to the main post.

Well, here are some of the posts you might’ve missed from September:

Well, what did I manage to watch this month?

Movies I haven’t seen before:

  1. 2016: Obama America (2012)
  2. Robot & Frank (2012)
  3. The Crow (1994)
  4. Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story (1993)
  5. Endgame (2009)
  6. Frequency (2000)
  7. Headhunters (2011)
  8. Hysteria (2011)
  9. Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989)
  10. Looper (2012)
  11. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011)
  12. Lumpy (2012)

Re-watch:

  • Monsters, Inc. (2001)
  • For Your Eyes Only (1981)
  • The Avengers (2012)

Favorite September Movie(s):

I haven’t got a chance to review Looper yet as I’ve been busy with the blogathon, but let me just say it’s a solid sci-fi thriller that’s as much a thrill ride as Headhunters was. I can’t choose which one I like the best, and I think I’d end up giving it the same rating of 4.5 out of 5. Interestingly, both directors of Headhunters and LooperMorten Tyldum and Rian Johnson respectively — have only got three feature films under their belt. Not only that, this marks the second collaboration with an actor they worked with previously (Tyldum with Aksel Hennie and Johnson with Joseph Gordon-Levitt).


So, what movies did you get to see in September and which one is your favorite?

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38 thoughts on “Monthly Roundup: September Movie Watching Recap

  1. keith7198

    Looks like I’m going to end up with 19 NEW movies watched in September. Not as ludicrous as August but it adds a lot to my 2012 NEW Movie Project.

    Excited about the blogathon! Bring it on!

    1. Wow, 19 new movies! Good for you Keith! I might hit that with TCFF coming this month, I plan to watch at least 10 movies just during that week alone, fingers crossed 🙂

  2. Looks like our two favorite films for the month of September happen to be the exact same ones: Headhunters and Looper. So unexpectedly great. Thanks, Ruth.

    p.s., looking forward to the start of your blogathon.

    1. Oh so it’s not playing during the day? I forgot how the cinema works back home now. What do you think of Premium Rush? I’m not that interested in seeing it from what I’ve read so far. The Crow is awesome Andina, I wish Brandon Lee were still around 😦

  3. Ted S.

    I think the only new movie I saw the last few weeks was The Hunger Games, which I enjoyed quite a bit. I plan to go see Looper sometime this week, was planned to see it last Friday night but my date, she’s a flight attendant and she was on call so we decided not to go because she might get a call and have to leave in the middle of the movie.

    I’m avoiding any reviews of Looper, I want to go in as fresh as I could.

    1. Glad to hear you enjoyed The Hunger Games! I haven’t rewatched it but I wouldn’t mind doing so.

      Yeah, avoiding the reviews of Looper beforehand is a good idea, I didn’t know much about it either and glad I didn’t!

  4. Going to see Looper on Tuesday other than that I haven’t seen anything in the theater. TV wise I finished watching Breaking Bad and now it’s on to Homeland. On Netflix I saw Dead Man’s Shoes (Paul W… it was good as expected. I remember why I hadn’t seen it earlier… no subs… stupid Netflix). It’s not as bad as a the cockney in a Ken Loach film but still… Considine was great in it. It was well documented on here that I saw John Carter. Also on Netflix I’m trying to finish Angel and starting on Alias. I’ve also been watching Bryan Singer’s web series H+ on You tube. Pretty cool.

    Up and comming is the digitally restored version Lawrence Of Arabia on Thursday Oct 4th. One day only! Sadly I’m probably going by myself. End of Watch, from the writer of Training Day and Harsh Times and P.T. Anderson’s The Master are out next week too! Oscar season is kicking off… yea!

    Definitely going to check out Headhunters ASAP Ruth. Thanks for the heads up.

    Watched a bunch of the TED talks on Netflix. They’re nice and short so I can catch them throughout the day. The one on education, Knowledge Is Power, was particularly inspiring. Check the first one out if you have 20 minutes to kill.

    1. Bummer, I think I’m gonna have to miss Lawrence of Arabia, I totally forgot it’s this week!

      TED talks is quite fun to watch indeed, though I usually only watch them with my hubby on his iPad.

      Headhunters is great, Dave, hope you get to see it soon!

  5. jackdeth72

    Hi, Ruth and company:

    I did manage to catch ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’ earlier this month.

    The high points are that Tom Hardy is every bit as good as Hywell Bennett was as Rikki Tarr in the UK mini-series from the 1982 mini-series. Benedict Cumberbatch is serviceable as Smiley’s right hand man, Peter Guillam, though is a bit too young. And Toby Jones, (The Dream Lord from ‘Doctor Who’) is arrogantly, naively, obnoxiously perfect as Percy Alleline!

    Gary Oldman is good as Smiley. Though, overall, the film is far too condensed. As though all the key scenes from the mini-series were put on the screen alone. With no back story or story afterwards. All sizzle, but no steak and completely lacking the Circus jargon and intrigues that made Sir Alec perfect for George Smiley.

    I should be squared away with a ‘Small Roles… Big Performances’ post and another about ‘First impressions’.

    1. Hi Jack! I feel like Tinker Tailor is best as a miniseries, the film seems condensed but also very s-l-o-w. I like the performances but the film itself is just so so for me.

      Did you submit the ‘Small Roles… Big Performances’ post to me? I wasn’t sure which one that is. Could you email me again or just let me know which one you’ve sent already? I’ll post that later this week then.

      1. jackdeth72

        Hi, Ruth:

        E-Mail’s on the way. 🙂

        And yes, ‘Tinker Tailor…’ is very slowwwwwwwwwwwwwwww. Along with a color palette that’s entirely to drab and dreary.

        1. Ahah, you’re right about that color palette! It’s definitely not a movie for when you’re feeling blue as you might end up feeling even more depressed!

    1. It was pretty silly, I mean I cringed at some of the humor but I like Keanu so it was bearable. I’m really curious to see the sequel though.

      1. “Silly” is a good word to describe both of the films. Fun, though. But there’s certainly nostalgia influencing my views. Bill and Ted are very much a product of their time, so I’ve always wondered what someone who didn’t see them the first time around would think. Glad you liked it some anyway.

  6. Nice post. I am jealous that you’ve already seen Looper. DYING to watch that one. I watched few movies in September, mostly re-watches, though I did manage to sneak in a few new films. My favorite of the month was Intouchables, which I just saw a couple hours ago.

    1. Oh I’m sure it’ll be around for a while Fernando. No worries about not watching a lot of movies, just enjoy what you can, no fret 🙂

    1. Ahah, well I’ve seen some stores start selling Christmas decorations already, it’s nuts!

      Dredd or Untouchable? Those are VERY different movies, interesting matey!

  7. I have finished my doctor who marathon on Sept…will start the marathon again early January (if I can hold it)

    I didn’t watch as much as last month. You have more movies than I was

    1. Wow, you really are crazy for Dr. Who! I haven’t been so nuts about a TV show since BSG (Battlestar Galactica). I am excited for ARROW that’s coming Oct 10, it reminds me of Nolan’s Batman movies and that lead actor is delicious!! 😉

    1. What did you think of Avengers and TBEMH? I have the Avengers Blu-ray and I think that’ll get a lot of play in my house 🙂 Looper is great indeed, glad when a movie lives up to the hype!

  8. hope you liked MARIGOLD HOTEL, such a delightful cast! I’m having something new on Judi Dench (bow immediately) later today. She always has great role. And something on Bond too tonight 🙂

    1. Oh I definitely did, Dezzy. My hubby liked it too! I LOVE the cast, esp. Dame Judi. She is great no matter how small the role but I’m glad she had a big part in this movie.

  9. Awesome you liked Looper, I’m definetly going to see that one in cinema, sci fi movies that are actually good are so rare. I wish we could skip winter too, I love the snow when I’m inside the house, watching it, but going outside…that’s just pain in the ass. Plus I need to buy a winter coat for Gustav and I predict it will be a sturggle whenever I’ll have to dress him in it 🙂

    1. Looper is worth seeing on the big screen Sati. You’re right good sci-fi movies are rare, and this one still feels quite original which is even more scarce in Hollywood!

      You have to post pics of Gustav in whatever coat you decide to get for him!!

  10. Wow. That’s a lot of variety you managed to get in 15 films. 🙂 My two favorites I saw last month are The Ox-Bow Incident and Jackie Brown.

    And you obviously liked Looper much more than I did. 😉

    1. Ahah yeah, I like to genre jump within a weekend, sometimes a bit too much. What’s The Ox-Bow Incident about? Did I miss a review on your blog? Yeah I quite like Looper, the idea is intriguing and they cast great actors to make it work.

  11. ilovethatfilm

    I was a bit disappointed by Looper. It was still very good but my expectations were far too high. Really want to see Headhunters. The Crow and Bill and Ted in one month… good times!!!

    1. Oh no, your expectation for Looper must be super high. I actually enjoyed it, and the more I think about it the more I like it. Headhunters is great indeed, both that and Looper are ace thrillers!

  12. OK, now I’m even more excited to see Headhunters! I just noticed it is on Netflix Instant so I’m going to try to give it a watch this month. Also need to see Looper, hopefully this weekend!

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