From Dirty Dancing to La portrait de la jeune fille en feu, let’s discuss the movies I’ve seen in September in this freshly squeezed cinema club.
Now that the days are getting shorter and the nights colder, it’s the perfect time to either brave the rain outside and seek shelter in the movie theaters or stay at home and put on a good movie. These are the films I watched this September, with French costume drama La portrait de la jeune fille en feu being my absolute favorite this month – although Hustlers is a very strong contender.
★★★★ Nobody puts Baby – or this classic – in a corner. Released back in 1987, Dirty Dancing chronicles the summer of Frances “Baby” Houseman (Jennifer Grey), during which she carries watermelons into a sexy dance party, falls in love with dance instructor Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze) and learns how to bust some moves herself. It’s funny, sweet and the soundtrack is actually pretty great.
A Rainy Day in New York
★I went to go and see the latest Woody Allen-flick A Rainy Day in New York out of curiosity, but to be completely honest, I thought it was just really boring. The plot was all over the place, the dialogues forced and overall I found the movie just uninspiring. Not even Timothée Chalamet could save this one, and that’s saying something.
★★★★ Douze points for Pantouffle! Chocolat is just the ultimate classic movie to watch on a cold Fall night. Starring Juliette Binoche, Judi Dench and Alfred Molina, Chocolat follows the story of single mom Vivienne and her daughter Anouk, as they set up a chocolaterie in a small and rigid French village. At first the townsfolk resist the modern ladies and the sweets they sell in the shop, but they soon they find them both irresistible.
Harry Potter series
You know Fall has really begun when you find yourself on a Harry Potter-binge. I recently started reading all of the books in English for the first time, as I had previously read them in Dutch, but as soon as you dive back into the Wizarding World, there’s really no way back. So I bought a DVD-player and started watching all of the Harry Potter films again and I loved every single second of it.
★★★ Downton Abbey is a comfortable and thoroughly enjoyable trip down memory lane for the true fans. All the elements that made the original series so irresistible are still there: the glitz and the glam of the Crawley family, the strong friendships and hardships of the employees of the estate, and the glimpse into early twentieth century England. You are, however, expected to bring quite a bit of knowledge of its characters and previous storylines with you. But even if you don’t, Maggie Smith’s sassy oneliners as old lady Grantham are still as sharp and witty as ever and reason enough to go and see Downton Abbey.
★★★★ I really didn’t expect it, but Hustlers is actually really good. The writing is clever and the cinematography is sharp and colorful, while the performances by Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu are emotionally gripping. J. Lo is already generating Oscar-buzz and I’m here for it. Her performance in Hustlers is nothing short of amazing – and I’m not just talking about her pole dancing skills. She’s completely in control of her character Ramona and the entire film for that matter, and the result is magnetic.
Portrait de la jeune fille en feu
★★★★★ If you’re going to see just one movie in October, let it be La portrait de la jeune fille en feu. You will not be disappointed. It’s a costume drama set in France and focuses on two women: one is secretly painting a portrait of the other. But who’s painting who? The film is sensual, intelligent and multi-layered. Every shot looks like a carefully constructed yet elegantly executed painting. It’s breathtakingly beautiful, from the very first to the very last second.
How To Be Single
★★★ Besides bingewatching Harry Potter, this time of the year is perfect to watch light-hearted comedies. Cue How To Be Single, starring Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson, Leslie Mann and Alison Brie. The movie follows four women as they navigate their single lives in New York City. The result is fun, endearing, but ultimately very formulaic.
That concludes the cinema club for September! Do you want to keep up to date with movie reviews and films you need to watch in the upcoming month? Be sure to follow me on Instagram for movie and book reviews, adorable pictures of Ziggy and the occasional film photo.