September 2015 Favourites

fav-sept2015What a month. September was a pretty interesting time for me, mainly a happy time as I have some really exciting things to look forward to next month that I can’t wait to announce! Also, I finally saw Birdman (2014). Meanwhile, here are some fun posts I collected during the month of September and wanted to share with everyone.

Firstly, at Movie Morlocks, we have an excellent post on what is called the misunderstood legacy of Dr Caligari, of The Cabinet of Dr Caligari (1920), a film which I love and also love reading about. The Cabinet of Dr Caligari is an iconic German expressionist film which is pretty amazing for quite a number of reasons. This post elucidates a bit of a history behind the film and how it came to be, which adds to my respect for the film overall.

Over at Bradscribe, this marvellous post on the world of Dune (both the books and the films) was a wonderful reminder of how much I love that world and those books. And of how much I truly wish Alejandro Jodorowsky’s version of Dune existed. And of how much I wish someone would adapt the series properly already! Frank Herbert’s vision for the world of Dune was so rich and detailed and it’s just about time for another revisit in film form.

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Happy 75th birthday to fabulous giallo genius Dario Argento for September the 7th! To celebrate, Lisa of Through the Shattered Lens wrote about her love for the opening scene of Suspiria (1977), which I also love. It really is one of the most perfect opening scenes in cinema in terms of setting the tone and creepiness level, with some of that gorgeous cinematography that I’ve already waxed lyrical about.

And another happy birthday to wonderful blog Biblioklept! Biblioklept grew to be nine years in September which is amazing, and to celebrate, we were presented with nine sets of nine somethings. Very interesting stuff indeed. Happy ninth birthday Biblioklept!

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I loved this post by John Michael of The Sixth Station, where he describes three film-related memories during different stages in life, watching three very different films – Jurassic Park (1993), Princess Mononoke (1997), and Mulholland Drive (2001). The post feels simultaneously very comfortably nostalgic but also future-focused given his ongoing and continuous love of excellent film. I just really love his blog, please everyone go there now.

Another post with a number three theme, Cara of Silver Screen Serenade was challenged by the one and only Table9Mutant of Cinema Parrot Disco to watch three great filmsOne Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975), City Lights (1931), and The Terminator (1981) – and here are her thoughts on them. I was very pleased to see that she enjoyed the same ones I did! Great minds!

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For most of us film watchers who don’t know too much about silent film, it can be difficult to suss out whether we’re watching a good silent film or a not so great one. Luckily we have amazing blogs like Movies Silently, who post excellent posts educating us on silent film presentation and how to pick a dud if we’re watching one! Really interesting stuff.

There are a number of films that have come out this year that I still haven’t seen, which is why I’m more than happy to rely on the wonderful write-ups that I read throughout WordPress and other blogs. It’s no secret that I love Melissa’s blog Snap Crackle Watch!, and I really enjoyed her review of Straight Outta Compton (2015). I need to see that film post-haste because I secretly really love N.W.A.

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Sati of Cinematic Corner once again proves her awesomeness with some wonderful posts this month. My first favourite of hers is her Tom Hardy appreciation post for his birthday, because I’m more than happy to celebrate Tom Hardy on any day of the week. Also, September was the month in which I finally saw Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), so I also adored Sati’s post on her favourite images from the film. Some beautiful images collected there. The whole film is a piece of constantly moving visual art.

Finally, a post that I thought I’d end on because it has a very important message. Another of my favourite blogs lately has been Assholes Watching Movies, who have been hitting it out of the past post after post. Love it. But my most favourite one this month was Jay’s post entitled ‘Unable to Find the Disabled’, discussing disabilities, the public perception of invisible disabilities, and some stereotype-breaking performances of characters with various disabilities throughout film. A truly thought-provoking and important post!

Hope you guys enjoyed my collection of fun and interesting links this month! What were your favourites this September? Feel free to share below!

16 comments

  1. some great choices here Anna!

    1. Thanks heaps Rob! 😀

  2. Great post, Anna! Some great looking stuff here I’m gonna have to go check out. The Cabinet of Dr Caligari is an excellent film – sounds like an intriguing post. And I’m so glad Cara enjoyed my three movies! I was shocked she hadn’t seen them. 🙂

    1. Thanks heaps T9M! I love reading about The Cabinet of Dr Caligari, it always feels like there’s more to learn about it. Such an enigma of a film.

  3. Thank u Anna for accepting my lil Dune project as 1 of your Sept Faves!
    After a tough week, it’s so nice to end on a happy high note – and I’m in such fine company as well! Can’t wait to check some of these others out!
    Cheers!

    1. Loved that post! 😀 And hope you enjoyed the other links!

  4. Thanks again, Anna! And goodness, I realize that I haven’t written anything since that post. Time flies. I have a few unfinished essays in drafts, and this is some excellent motivation to get them done.

    And thanks, as always, for providing a terrific array of posts and blogs to check out.

    1. You’re welcome! I do love your posts. Time really does fly though, that’s fair enough! Hope you enjoyed the links!

  5. I’m very honored and humbled to be included in your September favourites! Thank you so much! 🙂

    1. You’re very welcome! 🙂

  6. Thank you so much for the links! ‘m so glad you liked Fury Road this much

    1. You’re welcome Sati! Oh man, I loved Fury Road. I’m waiting for the chance to actually see it on the big screen, hopefully soon!

  7. Wow so much great stuff here.
    I just watched Dr. Caligari for the first time a couple of weeks ago. We have some “pop up cinema” it our fine city – they randomly throw up a screen outdoors and have an impromptu free screening. I’ll be posting on that later, but I am anxious to check out this post because I was really blown away (they had musicians on hand to accompany the film live!).

    Also, on Dune: loved the books. Not my usual thing, but a good book is a good book and these did just grab me. I watched the documentary Jodorowsky’s Dune some time ago and it’s a real heartbreaker to see the enormous love and effort he put into the project and sadly never got to realize it.

    1. Oh my god, that Dr Caligari experience sounds amazing! I wish we had events like that here more often, when they do happen it’s a bit of a special occasion rather than a pop up event. That would have been so cool. Jodorowsky’s Dune was a bit of a heartbreaker, it’s true. I almost wish it had been made, it would have been mindblowing.

  8. Aw thanks for the link, lady! Another great bunch of stuff you’ve highlighted here! 🙂

    1. You’re welcome Cara! 😀 Loved that post!

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