Happy October!! 🍂 Fall is definitely in the air and I do love this season with the changing colors and crisp, cooler temps. It’s the season that follows that I’m not too crazy about, though I don’t mind the Wintry scenery around Christmas. For now, let’s not even think about the white fluffy stuff, shall we?
So September went by like a breeze and I feel like I barely have time to watch anything. Well, the first new release I saw last month (at an early press screening) was The Woman King and I’m glad that it’s still in the top 5 on its second weekend. I’m so thrilled to be featured by The Cherry Picks, too!
.@womankingmovie (86% #CherryScore): “A triumphant historical epic where the quieter moments are as memorable as the rousing battle scenes. It’s #ViolaDavis‘ magnum opus indeed.” – Ruth Maramis, @flixchatter
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— CherryPicks (@TheCherryPicks) September 19, 2022
In any case, here are what I watched last month:
Royal Night Out (2015)
The Woman King*
Above All Else doc*
With the passing of Her Majesty The Queen, she was definitely on my mind earlier this month. As she has been a monarch for over six decades and was the cornerstone of modern British history, the documentary title is definitely fitting as she has such an extraordinary sense of duty that she placed above all else. It’s a fascinating look back at her life and lifelong service to the English throne.
Brideshead Revisited (2008)
I’ve been meaning to watch this film for some time and it’s filled with a bunch of my favorite actors: Emma Thompson, Matthew Goode, Ben Whishaw, Haley Atwell and Michael Gambon. I love period dramas and this one tells a poignant story of forbidden love and the loss of innocence set in England prior to World War II. Despite the cast though, I wasn’t as taken by this adaptation, but I’m curious to check out the mini-series starring Jeremy Irons which sounds like a more faithful adaptation of the novel.
Apparently Luca Guadagnino wanted to do a remake with Cate Blanchett, Ralph Fiennes and Andrew Garfield but the project has been officially shelved per this article, too bad!
The 355 (2022)
This movie got such bad reviews so I didn’t watch it right away. But y’know what, the female cast was kick-ass and they’re really fun to watch here. I’m a big fan of Jessica Chastain and she’s terrific as a female spy (one of the first roles I saw her in was The Debt). Apparently, she proposed the idea of a female spy in the vein of James Bond and Mission: Impossible, and to some extent this movie does carry those vibes. I like the camaraderie between Chastain and Lupita Nyong’o, and the rivalry with Diane Kruger who could be a bonafide action star. The fight scenes between Chastain and Kruger are pretty intense, while Penélope Cruz actually provides some comic relief as the non-spy character of the team.
The weakest link is Sebastian Stan who isn’t believable in his role despite having played The Winter Soldier. I really think a more suitable actor might’ve done his character justice. Same with the director Simon Kinberg, having just butchered the X-Men franchise with Dark Phoenix, I think the movie would’ve been much better under a more seasoned action director like David Leitch or Christopher McQuarrie. That said, I don’t think it’s as bad as the reviews made it out to be. I still find it enjoyable thanks to the bad-ass female cast who made it a fun Saturday night entertainment.
Don’t Worry Darling*
See How They Run (2022)
The Infernal Machine (2022)
Review + Interview with Filmmaker coming later this week!
DC League of Super Pets
Sleepless In Seattle*
I’ve rewatched this rom-com classic so many times but I still absolutely love this movie!! You just can’t beat Nora Ephron’s wit and charm… her dialog is just so memorable and even iconic.
The Lord of The Rings: Rings of Power
Mystic Quest (season 1) + Irma Vep (limited series)
I tried to watch two of these series but I’m not sold to continue past the first episode. Mystic Quest is pretty funny but and I don’t think one has to be an avid gamer to enjoy it, but I just wasn’t all that invested in the story to want to keep going. As for Irma Vep, despite the intriguing premise and having Alicia Vikander as the lead, the first episode is just too weird and gives me kind of a bad taste afterwards. Maybe I’ll give it another shot at some point, not quite sure.
52 Films By Women pledge
Movies indicated with * (asterisk) indicate those directed by women.
I’m short one movie this month as I only saw three new movies directed by women, plus 1 rewatch – Sleepless In Seattle by Nora Ephron.
SEPTEMBER MOVIE OF THE MONTH
THE WOMAN KING
This is an easy pick for this month! The Woman King reigns supreme as the best movie I saw in September and would likely make my Top 10 list of 2022!
UPCOMING SCREENINGS: Ticket To Paradise
6 thoughts on “September 2022 Recap + Movie of the Month”
That’s easy, Moonage Daydream. I saw Blonde yesterday and… man, it’s gotten a lot of polarizing reactions from people. I just posted my review and…. man… it’s going to piss off a lot of people. I can guarantee you that I will be getting cancelled.
Moonage Daydream sounds terrific! I’m not sure I want to see Blonde and I currently don’t have Netflix anyway, we canceled our subscription back in August so probably won’t subscribe again until November.
Yeah, I can’t believe September went by so fast! I do enjoy the weather this time of year, definitely not looking forward to the cold and snow in a couple of months.
I didn’t see any new movies in theaters, but saw two new movies that I missed. The Contractor and The Outfit, the latter was more enjoyable than Chris Pine’s action thriller. I have The 355 on my watch list. As for TV shows, I’m quite surprised how much I’m enjoying She Hulk and even though I’m Star Wars out, Andor is a big surprise to me. I think it’s the best Star Wars related show since The Mandalorian. I’ll finish The Rings of Power but so far, it’s not living up to my expectations. Hopefully, it will finish strong so that I’ll keep watching the up coming seasons.
I’m still watching She-Hulk despite its silliness because I just love Tatiana Maslany! Can’t believe they still haven’t shown Daredevil yet
Glad. you’re liking Andor despite being Star-Wars-ed out, Ted! It’s really good and the grounded story of ordinary people trying to defeat the empire sets it apart from other SW movies/shows.
I think that’s the reason why I really enjoy She-Hulk, it’s silly just like sitcoms from the 90s like Seinfeld, News Radio, Cheers or Friends. I totally forgot that they’re going to re-introduce DareDevil in this show! That’s how much I’m enjoying it. Lol!
So far, they haven’t bring anything relates to the Skywalker clan in Andor and I hope they won’t. I’m so tired of the other shows tying everything to the Skywalker family.
Yes! I totally agree with you about ANDOR, I mean 4 episodes in they haven’t mentioned Luke, Leia or even Vader!! Have you seen ep 4 yet? That one makes me like the show even more and a character from ROGUE ONE makes an appearance.