Questionable Harvest: September 2016 Movie Preview

M: Five Fridays, and a whole bunch of wide releases makes for a lot of movies to talk to you all about this month!

C: Some of them even look pretty exciting.

E: Life turns serious in September: back to school, back to so called grown-up movies.  Popcorn is out, drama is in!

M: More that they’re leaving the popcorn for the start of the new TV season… which we’ll get to in a week or two.

E: I find myself in the weird position of asking first what’s wrong with these movies, and second how the November and December releases can possibly be any better.

C: I don’t know why you’d say that.

M: Because she’s E. And because Hollywood tends to suck at spacing out good releases.

E: Because this isn’t my first September, sis. Glance over our September previews from 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012 and 2011 and you’ll see almost no movies that you’ll remember; a few minor hits, a few critically acclaimed flicks, a few Halloween themed flicks, and one best picture nominee.  This year’s slate looks far more promising than that, which honestly weirds me out a little. Are we seeing a change in release patterns, or are these movies less promising than they appear?

C: Every year a few good films come out in September. It’s usually the ones that aren’t big enough for summer or the holidays, but aren’t arty enough to be Oscar favorites.

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July 2014 Movie Preview

C: July, always the month of second-tier blockbusters, and this year, the month of one- or two-word film titles. (Not all of them, but seriously, more than usual. Odd.)

M: Whoa whoa whoa… second tier blockbusters? Me thinks you need a history lesson. Are the Harry Potter movies second tier? What about the Dark Knight sequels? Pirates of the Caribbean? Forrest Gump? Saving Private Ryan? X-Men? Inception? Die Hard?

E: Yes, but she’s weirdly right about this year.

M: It was the “always” that caught my attention.

C: Okay, fine! I guess I did need a history lesson. But this year, without speaking for any other, they are sort of second tier, and a few of the summer’s biggest movies (like Guardians of the Galaxy) won’t come out till August. Which is not to say, by any means, that nothing in July looks good. In fact, the first of all looks pretty intriguing…

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