Get ready for the largest 'Monthly Media Roundup' yet! It was a slow month of September for movie fans. However, we have made it through the drought and there are a bevy of upcoming films that will soothe your entertainment needs.
Gone Girl - October 3rd
Official Plot Synopsis: Directed by David Fincher and based upon the global bestseller by Gillian Flynn – unearths the secrets at the heart of a modern marriage. On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) reports that his beautiful wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike), has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick's portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife?
Se7en, Fight Club, and The Social Network are just some of the films that have entertained me, despite going into each of those movies with substantial reservations. This seems like a standard murder mystery, however Fincher rarely delivers the ordinary, particularly with his visual style.
There is a long way to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but honestly I will be watching to see how Affleck pulls off the public performances to the media that he will have to do in this film. This duality should give a small glimpse into what we may see from a future Bruce Wayne.
Annabelle - October 3rd
Official Plot Synopsis: She terrified you in "The Conjuring," but this is where it all began for Annabelle. Capable of unspeakable evil, the actual doll exists locked up in an occult museum in Connecticut - visited only by a priest who blesses her twice a month. New Line Cinema's supernatural thriller "Annabelle" begins before the evil was unleashed. John Form has found the perfect gift for his expectant wife, Mia - a beautiful, rare vintage doll in a pure white wedding dress. But Mia’s delight with Annabelle doesn't last long. On one horrific night, their home is invaded by members of a satanic cult, who violently attack the couple. Spilled blood and terror are not all they leave behind. The cultists have conjured an entity so malevolent that nothing they did will compare to the sinister conduit to the damned that is now... Annabelle.
(Are you still with us after that long-ass synopsis?) The direction by James Wan and actors involved, Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson, is what made The Conjuring an enjoyable experience for me. This prequel really doesn't offer much of what I'm into. But if you are looking for an early Halloween scare, this is one of the first options available.
Automata - October 10th
Official Plot Synopsis: An insurance agent of ROC robotics corporation routinely investigates the case of manipulating a robot. What he discovers will have profound consequences for the future of humanity.
This movie looks surprisingly good on a small budget. It's always a delight to see the blend of practical and visual effects being used. Hopefully giving Banderas something tactile to act against, will improve the believability of the performances and film world. After his scene-stealing turn in Expendables 3, there is a little bit of spotlight shining on him. I will be there to find out if he makes this film as good as it seems to be.
Official Plot Synopsis: From the producers of the award-winning "Searching for Sugarman" comes an intimate and heart-warming look at the man behind the legend – as we've never seen Ali before. "I am Ali" is told through exclusive, unprecedented access to Ali's personal archive of 'audio journals' combined with touching interviews and testimonials from his inner circle of family and friends, including his daughters, son, ex-wife and brother, plus legends of the boxing community including Mike Tyson, George Foreman and Gene Kilroy. Experience Ali's extraordinary story, as a fighter, lover, brother, father - told from the inside for the very first time.
Dracula Untold - October 10th
Official Plot Synopsis: Luke Evans stars in the origin story of the man who became Dracula.
Honestly, I had no intention of checking out the superhero version of Dracula. However, it may feel fresh to see the story of the young vampire before he aged...or whatever happened. Recently the producers of this film announced that Dracula Untold is the beginning of their Universal Monster Horror-verse that will team up Dracula, Frankenstein, the Mummy, the Wolfman, and more in a cohesive movie universe. My expectations couldn't be any lower. Let's hope it ends up being good.
Official Plot Synopsis: In "Fury," it is April, 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theater, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy (Brad Pitt) commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Outnumbered and outgunned, and with a rookie soldier thrust into their platoon, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.
David Ayer has already made his mark as a screenwriter after his success with Training Day. He is now growing as a director as well. His last film, End of Watch, was a critical success and, from the looks of his latest project, he is taking an even bigger leap as a filmmaker. The cast is outstanding, featuring Michael Pena (Crash, End of Watch), Logan Lerman (3:10 To Yuma), Shia Lebeouf, and Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead, The Wolf of Wall Street). Did you notice how Ayer gave the bullets different colored traces of light? A very meta and stylistic choice. Seeing this film is near or at the top of my list of things to do in October.
Birdman - October 17th
Official Plot Synopsis: Birdman or "The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance" is a black comedy that tells the story of an actor (Keaton) – famous for portraying an iconic superhero – as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career, and himself.
Alejandro González Iñárritu's (Babel, Amores Perros) resume lets you know that despite this film's title, Birdman, it should be taken very seriously. Well, with a smile. The cast is phenomenal, with Zack Galifinakis, Edward Norton, Emma Stone, and Naomi Watts, among other actors filling out the roster.
As a kid there was a time after the Tim Burton Batman films, that I went on a Michael Keaton video store binge. (Yup remember those?) I ended up watching most of Keaton's filmography and what I discovered about him, is that he has formidable dramatic and comedic acting skills. It's a shame he has seemingly gone underground the past decade or so, only showing up here and there in random films. The early buzz on Birdman has been deafening, so it really is good to see Keaton might be up for some long due recognition. Not to mention the film seems to be a personal story for him, as many of the plot elements certainly mirror his real-life.
Official Plot Synopsis: "Young Ones" is set in a near future when water has become the most precious and dwindling resource on the planet, one that dictates everything from the macro of political policy to the detailed micro of interpersonal family and romantic relationships. The land has withered into something wretched. The dust has settled on a lonely, barren planet. The hardened survivors of the loss of Earth's precious resources scrape and struggle. Ernest Holm (Michael Shannon) lives on this harsh frontier with his children, Jerome (Kodi Smit-McPhee)and Mary (Elle Fanning). He defends his farm from bandits, works the supply routes, and hopes to rejuvenate the soil. But Mary's boyfriend, Flem Lever (Nicholas Hoult), has grander designs. He wants Ernest's land for himself, and will go to any length to get it.
This looks like a winner. We are definitely getting our fill of post-apocalyptic westerns this month and the grin on my face couldn't be any wider. Michael Shannon (Man of Steel), Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Elle Fanning (Maleficent) and Kodi Smit-McPhee (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) are all stellar actors, each with their own badge of geek movie cred.
Official Plot Synopsis: From producer Guillermo del Toro and director Jorge Gutierrez comes an animated comedy with a unique visual style. "The Book of Life" is the journey of Manolo, a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart. Before choosing which path to follow, he embarks on an incredible adventure that spans three fantastical worlds where he must face his greatest fears. Rich with a fresh take on pop music favorites, "The Book of Life" encourages us to celebrate the past while looking forward to the future.
St. Vincent - October 24th
Official Plot Synopsis: In "St. Vincent," Maggie (McCarthy), a single mother, moves into a new home in Brooklyn with her 12-year old son, Oliver (Lieberher). Forced to work long hours, she has no choice but to leave Oliver in the care of their new neighbor, Vincent (Murray), a retired curmudgeon with a penchant for alcohol and gambling. An odd friendship soon blossoms between the improbable pair. Together with a pregnant stripper named Daka (Watts), Vincent brings Oliver along on all the stops that make up his daily routine – the race track, a strip club, and the local dive bar. Vincent helps Oliver grow to become a man, while Oliver begins to see in Vincent something that no one else is able to: a misunderstood man with a good heart.
So basically... this movie has Bill Murray in it...
Hopefully that is all you need to hear to go check it out.
The film stars Murray, Melissa McCarthy, Chris O'Dowd, and Naomi Watts. The early word about the movie on the festival circuit has been lukewarm. But you don't know what you have got until it's gone and Bill Murray is precisely one of those rare treasures not to be taken for granted.
Official Plot Synopsis: "Nightcrawler" is a pulse-pounding thriller set in the nocturnal underbelly of contemporary Los Angeles. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Lou Bloom, a driven young man desperate for work who discovers the high-speed world of L.A. crime journalism. Finding a group of freelance camera crews who film crashes, fires, murder and other mayhem, Lou muscles into the cut-throat, dangerous realm of nightcrawling -- where each police siren wail equals a possible windfall and victims are converted into dollars and cents. Aided by Rene Russo as Nina, a veteran of the blood-sport that is local TV news, Lou thrives. In the breakneck, ceaseless search for footage, he becomes the star of his own story.
This movie looks brutal. Jake Gyllenhaal seems scarily believable in his role as a desperate journalist. I can't wait to see what twisted situations that character gets himself into. Bill Paxton and Rene Russo should ground the film with realistic performances that may take this movie to another level. Another flick to look out for.
Official Plot Synopsis: An ex-hitman comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him. With New York City as his bullet-riddled playground, "John Wick" (Keanu Reeves) is a fresh and stylized take on the "assassin genre."
Assassins and precision action choreography. Keanu Reeves is in the zone, in rare homicidal form. I'm there opening day. Nuff said...
Which movie are you most excited for this month?
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Source: Point of Geeks, Coming Soon