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: February 2017

Welcome to this month’s Modern Movies, featuring mini-reviews of the films I watched in February which were released after 1970. Missing from this post are Our Song (2000) and Savage Grace (2007), which will be getting full reviews for FilmStruck Friday. On to the films! The 1989 World Tour Live (2016) – I attended the 1989…

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…

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 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…

Films in 2015: Modern movies in December

The Ballad of Shovels & Rope (2014) – I love Shovels & Rope. Their music is great, they bring their dog on tour, and they’re a stinkin’ adorable couple. This is available on Hulu and I urge any fan of the band to watch it, as well as anyone interested in the creative process/recording process…

Films in 2015: Modern Movies in September

Another month has passed, with another handful of modern movies watched. Here are tiny reviews of the post-1970 films I watched in September! Alex of Venice (2014) – This is a film I’ve been looking forward to watching for some time. I’m a big fan of Chris Messina as an actor, and this marks his…