I know the two pictures above make no sense and have no relation whatsoever with September, I’m not crazy. I’m just hungry and in need of a new black dress.
This month I’ve made a conscious effort to post semi-regularly, thus managing to post nine successful posts – which if you’ve been following this blog for a while you know is quite a feat for me in a back-to-school month. And because I have a better schedule this year, I’m confident I can increase this number in October.
the books of september
The best books I’ve read this month were the first three instalments of the Knitting in the City series, by Penny Reid. As I’ve said before, Neanderthal Seeks Human was a strong breakout novel, but the I’m afraid the other two didn’t quite click with me – especially the second book, Friends Without Benefits. I still enjoyed it, but the plot felt a bit soap-operish at times. Also I cringe at love words spoken by a man in italian – I’m sure it can be very romantic in real life, but in my mind it always sounds so corny!
The third book (Love Hacked) was better, but still not like Neanderthal. For some reason the latter rang truer to me, more realistic (for a romance novel), and Janie – the leading female character – was interesting and flawed in a way that appealed to me in particular.
my favourite movies of the month
directed by JOSH BOONE
with SHAILENE WOODLEY and ANSEL ELGORT
Yes, I saw the film every teenager is raving about and I liked it and I read the novel and liked it too, and I cried way too much because this is the most depressingly beautiful thing ever. To some extent. I think I loved the parents more than the main characters though, which made me feel really old. When did teen movies stop being my movies?
directed by RYAN MURPHY
with MARK RUFFALO and MATT BOMER
I’ve written about this one, and what I’ve expressed before
still applies. There’s still a terribly huge amount of ignorance and prejudice when it comes to homosexuals, perpetuated by stereotypes and biased theories, or masked under slap-inducing hypocrisy. I don’t know if it’s a worldwide phenomenon, but in my daily life this is what I see.
While The Normal Heart has the AIDS discovery and fight as its foundation, it was the sensible portrait of a loving relationship between two men that got to me. The usual routine for the portrayal of gays is the flamboyant or promiscuous homosexual; and, even if they resemble a section of the gay community, in movies they are caricatures, used for mockery or for their shock value. Few are the movies and shows who tell a different story, and I cannot understand why.
directed by WOODY ALLEN
with COLIN FIRTH and EMMA STONE
This was seriously adorable. Like Midnight in Paris adorable, except this time I identified with its message on a much deeper level, which made it better for me. It’s not exactly funny, but sweet and blissful, and it has some killer costume design straight from the 20s – look at those flappers! And Colin Firth is most certainly not too old.
directed by JOHN CARNEY
with KEIRA KNIGHTLEY and MARK RUFFALO
Andina’s review pushed me to watch it within a few hours of reading her thoughts, and I’m happy to say the expectations she instilled in me were thoroughly met. Begin Again is one of those cute little films that feel fresh and rewarding. It’s original and truthful, everyone involved seems comfortable in their own roles, and it makes for a relaxed, easy, no worries movie night.
what were the best movies you saw in September?