This round of August favourites is pretty late, given that it’s now September the sixth. I’ve been stuck in my Twin Peaks rewatch marathon and have been writing so many reports on the computer at work that when I get home I’m simply unable to look at another computer screen at home. But still, there is plenty to celebrate about August, including some most excellent posts that I have gathered and would like to share with you all!
Firstly, a quick shout out to the Harry Potter film series. I’m currently re-watching Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001) and am loving this trip back into childhood. Myself and my partner are going to watch one Harry Potter film each Sunday night to re-watch the whole series over time. Which I think is going to be a really nice way to wrap up each week!
I love the series over at Through the Shattered Lens, where Valerie watches bad/cheesy films so we don’t have to. It always results in some pretty classic choices, but this month, I really enjoyed this very thorough write-up of Law Enforcement Guide to Satanic Cults, hailing from the fine year of 1994. It sounds like it should be a joke, but the funny thing is it totally isn’t. I suppose we now know just how to locate a Satanic cult if we ever need to. Good stuff!
The Sporadic Chronicles of a Beginner Blogger is getting married! Congrats ! wrangled (as she puts it) her bridesmaids by making them offers that they couldn’t refuse… with special Godfather-themed invites. These are so brilliant and perfect for soon-to-be-wedded film lovers.of
Meanwhile, Vinnieh has been on fire this month with some really beautiful posts that aim to make his readers happy and to boost their self-esteem. I loved Feel Good Day and Embrace Your Differences. It’s so nice to have words of positivity throughout your day and I think Vinnie is right on the money with this series.
Did you know that there are approximately a million familiar faces in Black Hawk Down (2001)? Niall of The Fluff Is Raging chronicles these faces in his post cataloging each now-famous actor who you may not have recognised back in 2001. I haven’t seen Black Hawk Down for a millennia, but now I want to watch it again!
Over at Three Rows Back, you can find a pretty amazing write up of Darren Aronofsky’s Pi (1998). That film is so multi-layered and interesting that I love reading reviews on it because it feels like each reviewer has a very individual approach to understanding the film and writing about it. Really great stuff.
For the past year, Biblioklept has been posting strips of Paul Kirchner’s iconic The Bus comic each Sunday. The comic strips have been so strange and clever that I’ve always had to stop and pause on them when scrolling through my WordPress reader. Here is a wonderful post showcasing some of the strips and explaining why they are so special. It’s funny that something so mundane (that is, riding a bus) can inspire a wide variety of imaginative and surreal works of comic art.
The one and only Shitfest at Isaacs Picture Conclusions finished this month! Congratulations to Brian and Brad of Hard Ticket to Home Video for their winning entry on It Follows (2014) – a controversial post, since everyone and their grandma loved that film (I haven’t seen it yet, unfortunately). Two other posts I loved this month were The Creative Fox Den‘s amazing video about the shittiness of Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 (2015), and The Critical Critic‘s “Binge of Rage” post, which features two lovely cats.
Lastly, John Michael of The Sixth Station wrote a really wonderful post this month about his experience of anxiety, with special help from works by filmmaker Yasujiro Ozu. A really beautiful post that I think everyone should read for its honesty and to better understand what anxiety means to those who experience it.
What have been your favourites this month? Feel free to share them below!