Modern Movies: September 2017

Modern Movies is back! I haven’t done one of these since April, but last month I watched a handful of recent films I wanted to briefly share my thoughts on. Here are September’s mini-reviews! Dunkirk (2017), written and directed by Christopher Nolan I’m glad I managed to see this before it left theaters. It’s definitely…

Modern Movies: March 2017

I watched a lotttt of modern movies in March! A couple of them will be getting full reviews, but here are the rest: Beauty and the Beast (2017) – Like many a young bookworm, Belle has always been my favorite of the classic Disney princesses. I was skeptical about this live-action version, especially when the…

Modern Movies: Dec. 2016/Jan. 2017 Pt. 2

Here we are with the second half of the big December/January modern movie mini-review dump! Part 1: HERE Miss Sloane (2016) This was one of my favorite new releases of the 2016 thanks in large part to a stellar performance by Jessica Chastain. The film on the whole takes many turns toward melodrama, but that…

Modern Movies: Dec. 2016/Jan. 2017 Pt. 1

I did a whole lot of movie-watching in December and January, but never got around to making a Modern Movies post for the December viewings, so today and tomorrow I’m combining the months into one big recap! Here’s the first half of the post-1970 flicks I watched in December and January. Creed (2015) My sister…

FilmStruck Friday: Harold Lloyd Shorts

Welcome to this week’s edition of FilmStruck Friday! Every Friday here on TMP, with the exception of the first Friday of the month (which is reserved for “Favorite things about…”), we’ll be taking a look at a film available through the TCM and Criterion Collection streaming service. Today I’m highlighting a pair of Harold Lloyd…

Films in 2016: Modern Movies in November

Two of my post-1970 watches from November will be getting full reviews: Allied (2016), reviewed for my series on period films, and Lady Snowblood (1973), for the new “FilmStruck Friday” feature. A third, Arrival (2016), won’t be reviewed because I don’t have much to say that hasn’t already been said! Anyway, here are miniature reviews…

Films in 2016: Modern Movies in September

I managed to catch a handful of post-1970 films in September — most of them quite enjoyable, but there’s always at least one dud, isn’t there? Here are brief reviews of the five films! The Hotel New Hampshire (1984) – This has to be one of the craziest movies I’ve ever watched. Bears on bikes,…

Films in 2016: Modern movies in August

Bad Moms (2016) A very formulaic and at times eye-roll-inducing film, but I did enjoy it a whole lot more than I expected to. (My expectations were in the far negatives, so that wouldn’t have been hard to do.) The Bell/Kunis/Hahn trio is fun to watch. Kathryn Hahn in particular steals the show. Side note:…

Films in 2016: Modern movies in July

Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong (2015) The slow, painful death of the romantic comedy has been very difficult on me, since it’s one of my favorite genres. Every once in a while an indie flick comes along that could be classified as a rom-com, but other than that, zilch! I picked this film on Netflix…