The Best September Movies On Netflix

Every month Netflix releases new movies for people to watch as licenses are negotiated and new companies join the fold. This month, September, 2016, here’s what’s coming on Netflix and is definitely worth seeing: Footloose (1984) Is there a more iconic 80’s movie about dancing, freedom and adolescence? Well, sure, there are all the great John Hughes movies, but still, Footloose is worth a re-watch for a young Kevin Bacon, the nostalgia and the terrific…Read More

Review: Dallas Buyers Club

Some actors are the very same character in every movie. Think John Wayne or Cary Grant, George Clooney or Denzel Washington. It’s not that they lack range, it’s just that they don’t demonstrate it through either their choice of roles or how they choose to play the character. Dallas Buyers Club demonstrates the opposite, with Matthew McConaughey delivering a superb, Oscar-worthy performance as rodeo cowboy, two-bit hustler and unlikely AIDS activist Ron Woodroof. The film…Read More

Review: True Grit

The original True Grit was released in 1969 (see my review) was one of the films that marked the end of the Western in cinema. Primarily about the relationship between hard-as-nails teen Mattie (Kim Darby) and grizzled old marshall Rooster Cogburn (John Wayne, in an Academy Award winning performance), it worked because Mattie was fearless and dogged in her pursuit of justice for the ranch hand who murdered her father, and because Cogburn was a…Read More

Flashback Review: True Grit

WIth the impending release of the Coen Brothers remake of True Grit (starring Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon and Hailee Steinfeld), it seemed like a good time to go back and watch the original 1969 True Grit, directed by Henry Hathaway and starring John Wayne, Kim Darby and Glen Campbell. The wrinkle: I am not a fan of John Wayne and find that he played the same gruff bully in just about every film I’ve seen…Read More