Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Upcoming Movie Roundup -- October

October's here already, huh? Well, as predicted, I didn't get to the theater for any movies last month, but I did finally get to see a much anticipated movie that released four months ago... Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing! ...which I will be reviewing soon (whenever I simultaneously have time and inspiration) Anyways, October has more interesting movies than September did in my opinion, but still no absolutely-must-sees. (Just wait 'till November for that!)

Oct 4th, PG-13
This space disaster thriller starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock is already making waves with a current 96% tomatometer on Rottentomates. I think I may be missing something, but I'm wondering what is so amazingly interesting about a movie about two people who get lost in space? Because it's one of the most terrifying things EVER? Or just because it hasn't been done before? At any rate I'm only interested because other people are interested and that's not quite enough interest for now.

Captain Phillips
Oct 11th, PG-13
Based on a book that was based on a true story, Paul Greengrass (Bourne Supremacy and Ultimatum) directs the great Tom Hanks as the title character who has his ship hijacked by pirates. Pirates! This is very interesting to me, and promises to be exciting and well-acted. If the positive reviews keep coming in, I just may have to see this sometime.

Romeo and Juliet
Oct 11th, PG-13
It seems Shakespeare is back in style. And with it, I am becoming a fan, through Tom Hiddleston in The Hollow Crown, and Whedon's presentation of Much Ado. Romeo and Juliet follows in the footsteps, but it's important to have more drawing power for your Shakespeare adaption than just Shakespeare himself, like Hiddleston or Whedon. So what's this one's? Writer, Julian Fellows of Downton Abbey? Or young actress Hailee Steinfeld as Juliet? Steinfeld is certainly the most drawing to me, she is a brilliant actress, but her co-star, Douglas Booth does the opposite. But the cast also boasts Paul Giamatti and Stellan Skarsgård, and then with Steinfeld, and my new appreciation of Shakespeare, I think I must admit I'd like to see this movie.

The Fifth Estate
Oct 18th, R
Benedict Cumberbatch. Would any of us have even heard of this movie if it wasn't for that name? Nevertheless, here I am. Another true story, Cumberbatch stars as Australian Julian Assange, "founder" of a webpage where dirty government secrets are leaked to the world. Daniel Brühl, Dan Stevens, Laura Linney and Anthony Mackie support. The movie trailer asks us to consider whether right or wrong, whether Assange is a hero or traitor, but I worry the film may try to show us the answer. Reviews are very mixed, which boosts my theory, but honestly, if I see this, it will be for Cumberbatch's acting, and not much else.

What movies have caught your interest this month?


  1. Definitely curious about Romeo & Juliet. I don't expect to love it but I'll see it - for some reason, setting aside the horrible ending, I cannot get past the Shakespearian language! All of those thees and thous are just... distracting! ;)

    1. Same here. Though, while I have a difficult time with the language, I appreciate the beauty of it a lot, and would love to get to a point sometime where it wouldn't be distracting anymore!

  2. Glad to see I'm not the only one who thinks a movie about people floating in space is the most terrifying thing EVER! (I'm so not going to watch that one...)

    Might watch The Fifth Estate, not just because of Benedict, but also because of 'our' Dutch rising star actress Carice van Houten!

    1. I get freaked out just thinking about it... but I also have some curiosity for the movie, especially since it's being so well received!

      If you do see The Fifth Estate, I hope you enjoy it!

  3. I've no interest in seeing Gravity or Captain Phillips despite the reviews. George Clooney and Sandra Bullock don't really do it for me and I'm not much of a Tom Hanks fan. I can see why others rate him as an actor but his films just don't interest me. I don't know why.

    I'm probably going to see The Fifth Estate tomorrow, mainly because of Benedict if I'm honest! But it has got Dan Stevens and Peter Capaldi in it too, and Daniel Bruhl! I've really liked him since Goodbye Lenin. I think I'll also be seeing Romeo and Juliet too. R&J isn't one of my favourite Shakespeare plays but I do think it lends itself quite well to screen adaptations.

    I'll also be seeing Thor the Dark World this month which I am VERY excited about! And my local cinema is also showing a screening of Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller's Frankenstein. I think I'd quite like to see that as well.

    1. Honestly all my interest in Gravity comes from curiosity to know why everyone else is making such a great fuss over it. I feel like I'm missing important information that would make me suddenly want to see it... And Tom Hanks is the main draw for Captain Phillips, so I can see it being uninteresting if you don't care for him. My interest has gone down a little though since I heard that some people are saying the positive light the movie portrays Phillips in is undeserved.

      Oh, I didn't know Peter Capaldi was in The Fifth Estate, that's one more reason for me to want to see it. I haven't any version of Romeo and Juliet yet, so I was excited for this, until it started getting disappointing reviews... now I don't know if it'll be worth it.

      That is exciting! I'm envious! That is the movie I've been looking forward to all summer. But it's not too far away now! And I'd be very interested to see Cumberbatch and Miller's Frankenstein too if I had the chance. Very cool. Enjoy!