September 2014 — Curds Way? Milk turns into it!

Pride PosterSo that was summer then. It’s amazing how quickly the seasons can and do change — one minute you’re queuing up for the latest 3D blockbuster and the next leaves are falling from the trees, it’s dark by eight and The Equalizer is the biggest film being released that week.

What September’s films lacked in self-importance, however, they more than made up for in quality. The worst film I saw this month was The Giver, but even it had its moments. Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, Into The Storm and What We Did On Our Holiday were similarly flawed, but they too had their own redeeming qualities. But then I never saw Sex Tape.

For the most part September was a roaring success. The Rover, The Boxtrolls, Pride and The Riot Club rank alongside some of the very best films I’ve seen this year, while Before I Go To Sleep and The Guest were perfectly good fun. I ended the month with A Walk Among The Tombstones, probably the best Liam Neeson vehicle yet. Scratch that, easily the best Liam Neeson vehicle yet.

It’s hard to choose an overall favourite, but as much as I want to say The Boxtrolls (it is LAIKA, after all) I feel I would be doing Pride an enormous disservice. Matthew Warchus’ film was truly special — British cinema at its very best. In a month plagued by doubt and dissolution, in which the Scottish independence debate dominated every waking moment, it was a privilege and a pleasure to spend time with people — old fashioned though they may be — who believed in working together.

Perhaps the biggest discovery of the month wasn’t even cinematic. Having recently submitted a few articles to the upcoming inaugural edition of SixteenbyNine magazine, I have for the last few months been widening my critical faculties to incorporate television too. In September I began watching American Horror Story when I was randomly lent the second series, Asylum, and quickly fell in love with it. A sort of Cabin in the Woods mash-up of every horror sub-genre going (incorporating into its narrative everything from alien abductions to demonic possession), only pushing for terror where Joss Whedon’s film mined for comedy, Asylum is like all of your favourite scary movies rolled into one.

Film of the month: Pride

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About popcornaddiction
I am a psychology graduate, a News Writer for HeyUGuys/BestforFilm and, most importantly, a hopeless popcorn addict.

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