It is going to be a promising end to 2014 in cinema with these ⑤ive films on my must see list before the month is out. Originality, key actors and some fresh faced directors touch all different genre’s from Brad Pitt’s lead role as tank commander in Fury, to Jennifer Kent’s ‘film to watch with the lights on’, The Babadook. Whatever taste is yours, they’ll be something to earn your monthly, or weekly trip to the pictures.
What’s eating Nick Dunne?
Gone Girl | David Fincher’s idea of marriage
As Batman fans anticipate the arrival of 2016, the caped crusader to be, Ben Affleck, took some time out of the bat cave to link arms with The Social Network and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo director David Fincher for mystery thriller, Gone Girl.
Fincher’s adaptation starts when Nick Dunne [Affleck] returns home to find his wife Amy [Rosamund Pike] missing. The media quickly engross themselves in the disappearance and simultaneously put estranged and detached Nick in the cross hairs as the prime suspect. With supporting rolls from Neil Patrick Harris and Tyler Perry, tensions grow and secrets unravel as husband and wife’s stories finally align.
Gillian Flynn has stated that the story line deviates from her 2012 novel of the same name, a manuscript which gained the attention of Reese Witherspoon back in 2011. Witherspoon then teamed up with film producer Leslie Dixon, thus developing it’s cinematic potential and turning it into an October ‘one to watch’. With less than a week passed since it’s release on October 3rd, ratings have hit the mark averaging at 80% with most critics and has been raking in just over $13 million at the box office. Affleck seems to have made his presence known before hiding behind the pointy ears.
Gone Girl is in cinema’s now
Camp X-Ray | Kristen Stewart stays soft on the inside…
Set in a Guantanamo Bay detention center, Camp Delta, Private Amy Cole [Stewart] lets down her guard and becomes friendly with a detainee who’s been imprisoned for eight years. A directorial debut from Peter Sattler (who also wrote the screenplay) promises a heartfelt and consequential interaction between guard and prisoner with supporting roles by Peyman Moaadi, John Carroll Lynch, Lane Garrison, and Joseph Julian Soria.
Filmed in Los Angeles, Camp X-Ray premiered on January 17th at the Sundance Film Festival, receiving mixed reviews. Rotten Tomatoes revealed that 64% of 11 critics gave it a positive nod, giving it an average rating of ⑤.9 out of 10. But, regardless of the mixed reviews, Stewart’s performance has been spoken highly of, praising her poignantly awkward charm, as well as her continuous attempt to shake off Bella Swan’s shadow.
Camp X-Ray is in cinema’s October 17th
Prepare to lose some sleep
The Babadook | Something wicked this way comes…
‘ If it’s in a word, or it’s in a look, you can’t get rid of the Babadook.’ says six-year-old Samuel [Noah Wieseman] to his mother, Amelia [Essie Davis]. After the brutal death of her husband, Amelia struggles to come to terms as well as dealing with her troubled son who has developed an unhealthy fascination with the book of the Babadook. As the boys fear of the monster accumulates, so does the dark presence manifesting in their home. Is the Babadook real? Or is it just a black hole of imagination born from violence and suffering.
From Australian director Jennifer Kent comes this critically acclaimed horror that has gathered a rating of 96% from the Sundance Film Festival. Critics shared that “The Babadook relies on real horror rather than cheap jump scares — and boasts a heartfelt, genuinely moving story to boot.” It’s refreshing to hear about an urban legend story, free of cheap thrills, stereotypes and the gallons of fake blood and guts that put’s us off our dinner. So, after only watching the trailer once…Here’s my viewing tips. 1. Watch with the lights on, 2. Bring your friends, and 3. Grab a large bowl of Redenbacher’s and prepare to be intrigued from behind your pillow.
The Babadook is out in cinema’s October 24th [UK]
I’m ready for my close up, Mr Bloom
Nightcrawler | Gyllenhaal tries his hand at modern film making
After losing 20 pounds for the role, Jake Gyllenhaal undergoes his role as Lou Bloom, an inquisitive amateur who tumbles head first into the L.A underworld of freelance crime journalism. Also Starring Rene Russo and Bill Paxton, Dan Gilroy’s directorial debut will show how a compulsive man dabbles his way in and out of the world of ‘nightcrawling’.
Not to be confused with the X-Men character of the same name, (I did get excited) Nightcrawler speedily got the attention of Gyllenhaal, as he was the first actor to sign up for the role back in April 2013. Comparisons have been made to the 19⑤0’s TCM classic, Shakedown, with Howard Duff as the devout photographer willing to do anything for his shot.
Ratings on Rotten Tomatoes reached 8.7 out of 10, satisfying critics who viewed it in the special presentations section at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. Gyllenhaal definitely sunk his teeth into Gilroy’s crime thriller, looking the part of a driven and greedy videographer on the path of a sociopath.
Nightcrawler is out in cinema’s October 30th
Tank of brothers
Fury | David Ayer and his boys are on the attack.
Fury is my final choice for October, starring leader of the battlefield himself, Brad Pitt and an honorable pack of actors to complete the brotherhood of David Ayer’s second world war drama.
We follow staff sergeant Wardaddy [Pitt] through the invade of Nazi Germany in nothing more than a a Sherman tank called Fury, and ⑤ive brotherly soldiers. Focusing on their heroic drive to attack the heart of the war whilst looking out for rookie soldier Norman Ellison [Lerman], the platoon set out behind enemy lines to fight against the odds.
Hiring Tiger 131 from the Bovington Tank Museum and letting Brad Pitt get his hands on it on British soil must have been a sight for the Oxfordshire countryside. Despite the hiccup of shooting Nazi scenes on Remembrance Day, my prediction is Ayer will still project his finesse and writing skills through what should become another remembered revamp.
Fury is out in cinema’s October 17th