My birthday threw off my blogging schedule a bit there, didn't it? Let's ease back in with this fist dose of movies watched in September.

77. (1015.) Thank God It's Friday (1978)
Holy crap, I enjoyed this far more than this deserved. Despite the inclusion of Jeff Goldblum, Debra Winger, The Commodores and Donna Summer (who gave the movie its Oscar-winning theme, Last Dance), the whole thing feels very amateurish in the best possible way. Utterly charming if you're in the mood for something frivolous and very, very 70s.

78. (1016.) Hellcats of the Navy (1957)
Ronald Reagan made a great submarine captain. At least, that's what this based-on-a-true-story movie needs me to believe. (It's no wonder that Reagan was able to play such a convincing president. It was a role he'd been groomed into for years.) So far as movies about submariners in WWII go, it's not bad, but that hardly makes it great.

79. (1017.) Any Number Can Play (1949)
I stumbled across this film by accident on TV and simply couldn't turn it off. Clark Gable is another of those actors I only learned to appreciate late in life (only after seeing his last film, The Misfits, in fact). He's on top of his game here and totally worth sticking around for.

80. (1018.) Grey Gardens (1975)
I'd heard so much about this documentary, but when I finally got around to watching it, I found I really couldn't stand it. The secret to any documentary is to make the subject matter (no matter how dull or esoteric) fascinating. In this case, all I felt was revulsion and pity. I only made it to the end with the aid of my fast forward button.

81. (1019.) Nothing Left Unsaid: Gloria Vanderbilt & Anderson Cooper (2016)
On the other hand, I had no idea that Gloria Vanderbilt had lived such an amazing life. She's like the 20th century's real-life Forest Gump. Amazing. Not surprisingly, the documentary made with the assistance of her most famous son glosses over a lot, but there's still so much to explore.

More to come.

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