Tuesday, October 1, 2013

October Movies to See and Skip! (2013)

September was kind of a lame duck month, Lee Daniel's The Butler capitalized on the lack of quality/adult films, and the film scored the elusive 100 million dollar mark.  I have a feeling that once this films score numerous Gold Globe nominations it will be re-released and make even more.

On to the actual September releases, the films with the largest weekends were Insidious 2, and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.  Insidious 2 had a big drop off, and will not hit the level of The Conjuring, they opened at the same numbers.  Cloudy 2 is approaching its second weekend, the film could hold tight, but it will not be an amazing box office marker.  Prisoners was a small drama, with great marketing which made about 21 million its first weekend, look out for this film at awards shows, it was also the runner up for the audience prize at the Toronto International Film Festival.

I think Don Jon did well for its subject matter, but word of mouth is that its the porn film, but its so much more.  The film is good, go see it.  Rush seemed dead on arrival along with the forgotten The Family and Riddick.

Can October save things?  There are at least 4 major Oscar contenders being released this month, will they live up to the hype, and bring people to the movies?

October 4th 

Gravity is the best film I have seen so far this year.  Read my review here http://eternalthoughtsofkevinsmind.blogspot.com/2013/09/gravity-is-one-of-most-awe-inspiring.html Do not miss this film, beautiful.

If Runner Runner was intended to be a comedy, then I am in, being that the film is supposed to serious then I am going to pass on this, maybe Affleck and Timberlake should think a little more carefully about their acting choices.

October 11th

Captain Phillips is fantastic, a must see film.  Tom Hanks is great.  I will add that the initial trailer made me skeptical, but the television spots and second trailer sold me.  The film also got a standing ovation at the NY film festival.  The film is also a combination of Paul Greengrass (Bourne, United 93) and Tom Hanks win, win.

Machete Kills looks like it will be more of a cult hit so if you want stay ahead of the game with this new Robert Rodriguez film then head to the theatres.  I think it looks pretty funny.

Buzz on The Fifth Estate is that its a exciting (somewhat) and that Benedict Cumberbatch is great as Julian Assange the founder of Wikileaks, but this film apparently flounders in familiarity.  Asange is a complicated person, and I am not sure Bill Condon (Twilight) was the man for the job.

October 25th

Carrie is the only "scary" movie with a release date during this month, bad move.  The preview looks like a shot for shot remake of the original.  We saw how that played out for Gus Van Sant's Pyscho remake.  While Chloe Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore are well cast I can't imagine this story being necessary. 

If you are a fan of Stallone and and Schwarzenegger grasping for their action careers in their 60s and 70s than Escape Plan is the film for you, enough said.

Steve McQueen's film 12 Years a Slave is being marveled by critics, and is ahead in many prediction for the Oscars this year.  With a great cast, and being named the audience favorite (even with dark subject matter) at the Toronto Film Festival this is a must see film.

J.C. Chandor's follow up to Margin Call, entitled All is Lost starring Robert Redford looks less like a thriller and more like a meditative drama.  Reviews say that Redford is the star, and that this film could be his second acting nomination in his career. Go for Redford.

October 25th

I am not sure I like the way The Counselor is being marketed, and the whole "have you been bad" hash tag.  I admire Ridley Scott as a director, and Cormac McCarthy's work, but I have this guy feeling this film will flop.  McCarthy's material has been handled well (Coens-No Country for Old Men), and not as well (Hancock-The Road).  I imagine Scott will be more in the middle.

How do I say this without losing credibility, I saw the preview for Bad Grandpa, and laughed louder at the preview than any other in a long time.  I imagine all the funny parts are in the preview, I will probably watch this when it hits HBO.

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