September Movie Watching Recap and Movie of the Month

Hello October!
Oh I so love Autumn. It’s my favorite season ever and one of the perks of living in Minnesota is we’ve got such a gorgeous foliage here. I’m glad that the sweltering hot & humid days are now behind us, I just hope the white stuff won’t arrive for at least a couple of months yet.

Fall movie season is now in full swing too, there are at least a dozen films I’m still looking forward to, half of them are in Josh’ September Oscar Prediction. I’m also excited for TCFF, can’t believe it’s only 3 weeks away! October is surely going to be one super hectic month, but hey it’s a great time to be a movie blogger as there’ll be no shortage of movies for me to watch 😀

Well, here are some of my posts this past month:

New-to-me Films Watched:


The Dark Knight Returns Part I

DonJonDon Jon (full review)

EverybodysFineEverybody’s Fine

The Family (full review)

GravityGravity (review coming later this week)


WWZWorld War Z (full review)

Now that I think about it, I didn’t see too many films this month. In fact, I didn’t pay for any cinema viewings at all so all of the new releases I saw were from press screenings. We were planning to see RUSH this weekend but somehow it just didn’t work out. Perhaps this weekend we’ll go see that, the good reviews really got me curious about that one. Speaking of which, I’ll be working on my review of Gravity this week, easily the best one I saw this month.

On the TV front, well I hope there’ll be two shows I’ll be watching regularly this Fall. I like the pilot of Agents of SHIELD so far, but what I look forward to most is Almost Human with Karl Urban! I posted the trailer of that show here.

AgentsOfSHIELDSAgents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (pilot review)


ManIntheIronMaskThe Man with the Iron Mask


LivingDaylightsThe Living Daylights

SeptRecap_SleepingBeautySleeping Beauty

Nine_musicalNine (see my Music Break post)

LoveActuallyLove, Actually

Apart from Nine, all the movies I rewatched I could easily see once a year. It’s been ages since I saw Face/Off but it’s as awesome as the first time I watched it. I actually just rewatched Love, Actually last night, though I fast forwarded most of Bill Nighy stuff as he swore way too much. I forgot how much lovely but also frustrating the segment with Laura Linney and Rodrigo Santoro was, and Andrew Lincoln is so adorable as the ‘man with the sign’ who’s in love with Keira Knightley. Of course I also just realized that three Austen heroes/heroine are in this movie: Mr. Darcy (Colin Firth), Elizabeth Bennet (Knightley) and my personal fave, Col. Brandon (Alan Rickman)!

Movie of the Month:

(full review)

The buzz for this film has been strong from various film festivals but I can happily report that it’s worth the hype! It’s only 90-min long but it’s such an intense and emotional roller coaster ride that speaks about our humanity. ‘Don’t Let Go’ the tagline says, well the film certainly grabs you right from the start and doesn’t let go.

Well, that’s my monthly recap folks. What’s YOUR favorite film you saw in September?

44 thoughts on “September Movie Watching Recap and Movie of the Month

  1. Well, aside from my Blind Spot assignment, I would Winter Light by Ingmar Bergman. It’s just an incredible film as I hope to watch the rest of his Faith trilogy as I’m now working on a watch list of films to see for next year (that isn’t in my WIP Blind Spot list for next year as well as the Auteurs profiles for the next year as well).

    1. Hi Steven, again I’m guilty for not having seen any by Ingmar Bergman. Sooo many auteurs’ work so little time 😀 Love your profile on Jane Campion btw!

  2. Ted S.

    Can’t believe September is gone but yeah I love this weather too, not looking forward to the cold and snow though. Still feels like last winter just ended a month ago.

    I think I saw only two new movies in September, Prisoners and Now You See Me. Re-watched WWZ, Star Trek 2 and Iron Man 3, funny enough I really enjoyed all those films when i saw them back in theaters but on second viewing, I like them all a lot less, especially WWZ and Iron Man 3. I plan to go see Gravity this Friday so hopefully it’ll be my movie of the month too. Very disappointed though that Warner Bros. isn’t producing any 70mm prints so it won’t be shown at the real IMAX theaters, only the fake ones, oh well.

    1. Yeah I know, can’t believe Winter is just around the corner. MPR kept saying we’d have a cold one this year too 😦

      I don’t think I’ll be rewatching WWZ but Star Trek 2 & Iron Man 3 are quite fun indeed. Too bad you had to waste your time watching Now You See Me.

      Bummer that Gravity isn’t showing in the real IMAX, boy that’s a film that needs to be screen in as big a screen as possible.

      1. Ted S.

        I’m not looking forward to another long winter, I was bummed that I didn’t get that job in Vegas, was hoping I’d be in the desert by now.

        Yeah I know, I was so looking forward to seeing it on the tall screen. Guess I’ll just have to settle for the fake IMAX theater.

  3. I don’t know what happened to September, it just disappeared! We’ll all be checking out Christmas movies before we know it!

    I think Rush was probably my favourite film I saw in September and is right up there as one of my favourites of the year so far. I also finally got around to watching Stand By Me, which was excellent and well worth the praise. Oh and I rewatched The Godfather which just gets better every time I watch it.

    Looking forward to your review of Gravity, Ruth!

    1. Ahah you’re right, September went by like a breeze. The blogging highlight was your Debut blogathon though, right? 🙂 I actually don’t have a tradition of watching Christmas movies during the holidays, it’s weird but I can watch Christmas movies any time of the year, ahah.

      Just read your review of RUSH, now I’m even more excited to see it!! I’ll be working on my review of Gravity for Friday, stay tuned 😀

  4. Really want to see Gravity, Ruth, so I’m very interested in your take on it. I’m starting to fall behind again with recent movies but that’s too of my list so far. The best thing I’ve seen in September (aside from a few rewatches) is World War Z

    1. Hello Mark! I think you’d very much enjoy Gravity. You saw Children of Men right, seems that Cuaron is a master in creating a cerebral sci-fi that’s not all about special effects. Though in Gravity, the effects is quite amazing, it sucks you in for 1.5 hours as if you’re actually in space!!

      1. I did see Children of Men and it’s one of my favourite movies. That’s the whole reason I’m drawn to Gravity. It looks like something Cauron could really pull off.

        1. Yay! I don’t remember reading a review of that one on your blog, sorry if I missed it. It’s such an indelible film, perhaps Clive Owen’s best role to date. Gravity is not as complicated in terms of plot, in fact it’s very simple, but I’m amazed how deep Cuaron could go into in a relatively short time. Curious to hear what you think Mark!

          1. Yeah, I do have a review of Children of Men but it was written when I wasn’t taking writing or the blog very seriously. Thankfully I didn’t have that many followers who read it. Lol. It’s very poorly written and one that I’m going to amend some day.

            Please! Speak no more of Gravity. It’s getting to the point that I can’t wait any longer. 😉

    1. Hi Tyson! Hey I actually like a horror film this time, World War Z, though it’s not as gory as I had thought, thankfully.

      I think you’d like my review of Everybody’s Fine as I’d have nice things to say about your man Bobby D 😉

    1. Hi Cindy! I could watch Love Actually any time of the year. I love how each segments work with one another in such a cohesive way. It’s quite a feat as there have been imitations *cough* New York I Love You *cough* which I could barely got into at all. LOVE seeing so many Austen alums in that one 😀

  5. Thanks for the link Ruth! 😀

    The best parts of Autumn are the weather and the new movies. 🙂 My favorite film I saw in September is Hitchcock’s Sabotage, but Duel in the Sun is a close second.

    1. You’re welcome! I think your predictions are pretty spot on, Josh. Ahah, great to hear you dug Duel in the Sun, that got panned when it was released as a GWTW wannabe. The behind-the-scenes stories about O. Selznick is quite interesting to read. I saw it when I was so obsessed w/ Gregory Peck and I just couldn’t get over how hunky he’s here playing against type. It’s as far away from Atticus Finch as you can get! 😀

    1. Hi Fernando, how are you buddy? Gravity opens on Oct 11 in Mexico right? I just checked on IMDb 😉 So only 10 days to go man! I still need to see your two fave movies!

      1. Great, Ruth, thanks! A bit under the weather but good. And you?

        And yeah, hopefull it opens nationwide on that date.

        Hope you see them soon! Would love to hear your thoughts on them.

        1. Hope you’re feeling better soon man. I’m doing good, though October is gonna be one hectic month for me so hopefully my stamina can keep up 😀

          I hope to catch up on a lot of those older movies after TCFF!

  6. September was a pretty crappy movie month for me. Very little interested me at the theater so I basically played catch-up with some older stuff. But that all changes starting this weekend. A series of weekends with really good movies are on the horizon. I’m ready to get back into the swing of things.

    1. Hi Keith! Well there’ll be tons of great stuff between now and Christmas! Playing catch-up w/ some older stuff is ok by me though, granted we can’t see every new thing all at once, even w/ my press screenings I still can’t do that!

  7. Oh no! You fast forwarded through Nighy? His segment was my favorite. British swearing is actually quite an art – they raise it to the whole new level with all the metaphors and because of the accents it never sounds as crude as in US movies/shows. The sign scene is still the most romantic scene I’ve ever seen.

    Cannot wait for your review of Gravity!

    1. I like Nighy and I suppose you’re right, British swearing sounds funny and amusing somehow but I just wasn’t in the mood for it last night. His character is hilarious though.

      But yeah, the sign scene is just sooooo sweet, Andrew Lincoln is so adorable though I like Chiwetel Ejiofor so I’d be upset if Keira cheated on him 😀

      I still don’t know if my review of Gravity will be very short or very long but it definitely made an impression on me!

    1. Hi Eric, ha..ha.. well you’re on vacation so naturally! I’m still in awe at how good Gravity was, that’ll be the one to top this year I think.

  8. Hey Ruth. I didn’t think much of Gravity until some early reviews came out, now I’m excited for it. Yeah, I’m looking forward to Almost Human too! 🙂 My favorite movie I watched in September is City of God, it’s soooo goood!

    1. Hi Mikey, I wasn’t either but glad it lived up to the hype though. I can’t wait to see Karl Urban every week in Almost Human! 😉

      I think I’ve read great reviews of City of God, it’s way too intense for me though.

  9. My expectations of Gravity are very high…there is a midnight screening tonight and I would go if I wouldn’t have to work tomorrow….hopefully be able to go out and see it soon.

  10. Like Nostra, I can also say my expectations for Gravity are very high. I would go on opening night if I could but I have too many things going on. I will probably get to it within the next week and I certainly cannot wait. If Children of Men is anything to go by, Gravity should be a spectacle.
    I also have a soft spot for Face/Off. I consider it one of the better action movies stemming from the 1990s, even though there’s a lot of improbable ridiculousness taking place, it’s damn fun to watch.
    Don’t miss my Tri-Monthly recap. I’m going back to blogging frequently for the next few weeks. I should be posting the recap either today or tomorrow, and I have two more posts already finished waiting in the pipeline. I hope you can visit.

    Looking forward to your full review of Gravity of course!

    1. Hi Niels! Well hope you can see Gravity soon, it needs to be seen on the big screen as visually it’s just so stunning! Story-wise it’s not as complex as Children of Men, in fact it’s strikingly simple, but it’s got so much heart.

      Glad to see another fan of Face/Off! Yes, the ridiculous-ness actually adds to its charm, ahah.

      I just checked your site yesterday actually. Are you not answering comments anymore? just curious as I always make a point to get to everyone who commented 😀

      1. Hey Ruth,

        It’s not a new policy not to answer to comments haha
        As you mught have noticed, I have just had the hardest time to try to keep my blog from dying due to my hectic summer life. I’ve barely managed to post like 4-5 times in the last 3 months. With more time on my hands I promise to get to all comments while also posting more often.

        1. Ahah, well I didn’t mean to rat you on that Niels. I just think it’s common courtesy to respond to them. I totally understand life gets busy though, it’s a delicate balance for sure.

          Thanks for stopping by, remind me when your new post is up ok?

  11. I had the chance to see an early preview of Gravity but skipped it because that preview wasn’t in IMAX. I remember you saying how great it was in that format and I want to make it my first IMAX experience! My favorite film of September so far is Rush.

  12. Looks like you had a busy month! Curious, how many times have you seen The Living Daylights? Must be a lot since you are so fond of Dalton 🙂
    Is Love Actually worth seeing? It’s one of those I somehow missed, and everyone else has seen.

    1. Ahahaha, I lost count! 😀 No, in all honestly I’ve only seen it probably less than a dozen times, but really can you blame me? Dalton is so gorgeous and bad ass!

      Oh my, yes you should see Love Actually! The cast is phenomenal and it’s actually funny and sweet, well apart from the swearing in some segments and also partial nudity, but it’s done in a hilarious way.

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