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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Oscar 2015 Wrap Up – Winners and Losers

E: There’s something a little deflating about an Oscarcast when you don’t really like the film that wins.   I don’t expect it to be my favorite film of the year (though obviously that’s the ideal), but it’s still good to like the movie. It’s been since No Country For Old Men that I’ve felt so deflated; this year might be a little more disappointing, even, because while I liked Birdman more than No Country, I loved Boyhood, and was hoping against hope that it could pull out a better showing. Maybe it was that the marvelous Neil Patrick Harris wasn’t as consistently funny as I hoped, or maybe it’s just that the mad season of trying to see all the nominees is done with, but I’m feeling a lot tired, and a little melancholy.

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