WHAT TO WATCH!
We're in the last quarter of the year (Wait, what?! Slow doooown!) -- and we're inching closer and closer toward awards season!! Just in case you didn't know, it's one of my most favorite times of the year! :) It usually means filmmaking at its best (hopefully!) -- and of course it also means, free screenings! I love free movies -- I mean who doesn't!? :)
October is here and it's kicking things off rather nicely -- and it's also pretty jam-packed! There's a very nice selection of dramas -- which includes a couple of "based on true events" ones -- a classic book thriller adaptation (that I mentioned in my Fall Reads post), and a highy anticipated (and long-awaited) sequel to a classic epic! I have my usual "maybes" too, that I'm sure some of you might enjoy -- and a mini list of "if that's your jam" as well!
So (as I always say) let's get to it! Here's what I plan on seeing (and hopefully you can catch a couple of these too) in the theater this month!!
- Blade Runner 2049
- The Snowman
BLADE RUNNER 2049 (Sci-Fi / Thriller)
"A young blade runner's discovery of a long-buried secret leads him to track down former blade runner Rick Deckard, who's been missing for thirty years."*
I've always known about the original Blade Runner, directed by Ridley Scott, but I never really watched it until my partner, Dan, bought it on iTunes a couple of years ago -- when he was buying a lot of oldies! :) Blade Runner is one of his favorites -- and it's clearly a staple in the sci-fi genre! Ridley Scott's older films are my favorite of his as well!
Harrison Ford starred in the original film, which was released back in 1982! He appears again in this one, alongside -- the oh so charismatic and main star of the movie -- Ryan Gosling!
Director Denis Villeneuve, from Prisoners, Sicario, and Arrival (talk about an eclectic, and great little group of films), directed this sequel! I can't get over the trailers for it. I mean, the look of the film is just so captivating to me -- which takes me to Oscar-nominated, Roger Deakins! :) The great Mr. Deakins is a fantastic cinematographer -- and Dan's favorite one (he's in my top 5)! :) The cinematography is beautiful from the trailers alone. I can't wait to see the overall product when I watch the film!
With the cast, which includes Oscar winner Jared Leto, my girl Robin Wright, and Dave Bautista -- and Denis Villeneuve at the helm -- this sequel looks to be promising! Make sure to catch Blade Runner THIS weekend, when it hits theaters on October 6th!
MARSHALL (Biography / Drama)
Marshall follows "a young Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court Justice, as he battles through one of his career-defining cases as a young defender with the NAACP."*
Yes, yes, yes! The extremely talented (and of course, one of my favorites!!) Chadwick Boseman stars as Thurgood Marshall in this "origin story"...so to speak! Chadwick has already played some iconic African-American men in films -- and was incredible as all of them, in my opinion! You might know him from films like 42 starring as Jackie Robinson, Get On Up starring as James Brown, and of course as Marvel's Black Panther (which hits theaters next year in February)!!
Before Thurgood Marshall became "Justice Marshall" and before he won the landmark case Brown v. Board of Education, he was a young defender who worked with the NAACP. The charming Josh Gad and two-time Emmy winner, Sterling K. Brown (from This Is Us!), also star in Marshall. Sterling K. Brown plays Joseph Spell. He was the man accused of rape and attempted murder of a woman, Eleanor Strubing (played by Kate Hudson) and Thurgood Marshall defended him, as part of the NAACP, in a case that was considered a somewhat jumping off point for him as a lawyer!
Directed by Reginald Hudlin, catch Chadwick Boseman, Sterling K. Brown, Josh Gad, Kate Hudson, Jussie Smollett and the rest of this great cast when Marshall lands in theaters on October 13th!
BREATHE (Biography / Drama / Romance)
This inspiring true story "follows Robin Cavendish, who was given only months to live after contracting polio at the age of 28, as he devotes the rest of his life to help fellow patients and the disabled -- with help from his wife Diana, his family, and inventor Teddy Hall."
One of my absolute favorite actors, Oscar-nominated Andrew Garfield (last seen in Hacksaw Ridge and Silence), stars in this heartwarming film with Claire Foy (from The Crown)! I mean, if I'm being really honest here, Andrew just being in this movie is enough for me to go and see it! (lol!) He really is a fantastic and truthful actor, and I'm looking forward to seeing him stretch himself with this film! :)
This movie also marks the directorial debut of film favorite, Andy Serkis (yes, Smeagol himself)! Serkis is very well known as the motion capture guy! He's been in numerous films (Lord of the Rings series, Planet of the Apes series, among others), and he owns a performance capture studio -- The Imaginarium Studios -- with producer...and the son of the man this film, Breathe, is based on...Jonathan Cavendish! I think Serkis has a great eye and I'm really looking forward to seeing his first film as a director.
Three-time Oscar winning cinematographer -- and a Quentin Tarantino fave -- Robert Richardson, shoots Breathe, and from just watching the trailer, I think I'm going to really love the photography in this one!!
Go out and see Breathe, directed by Andy Serkis and starring Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy, when it premieres on October 13th!
THE SNOWMAN (Crime / Drama / Mystery)
The Snowman is based off of the bestselling novel of the same name, by Norwegian author Jo Nesbø, that follows his most famous character --Detective Harry Hole (from Nesbø's crime novel series) -- as he gets caught up in a game of cat-and-mouse with a serial killer during his investigation of a woman's disappearance during winter. This adaptation stars another actor I really enjoy watching, Michael Fassbender!
As mentioned in my Fall Reads post a couple of days ago, I first found out about this story/book from a book blogger I follow (Abby from Crime by the Book)! She has said that this book is her all-time favorite book ever -- that's a huge statement! So The Snowman was on my radar after that -- and then the trailer dropped for the film which then really peaked my interest!
It looks like it has a lot of potential to be a good story that keeps us guessing -- and a good one to watch in the theater! I love a good mystery drama! And it being led by Fassbender makes it even more appealing to me. He's just too good! The film also stars Rebecca Ferguson.
Check out The Snowman (the film and the book), directed by Tomas Alfredson, when it slides into theaters on October 20th!
Some maaaaybe movies I might see:
- The Mountain Between Us (Action / Drama) -- starring Idris Elba and Kate Winslet (adapted from the novel of the same name about two strangers who try to survive while stranded in the wilderness on a mountain in treachorous conditions) -- in theaters on October 6th!
- Goodbye Christopher Robin, (Biography / History) -- starring Domhnall Gleeson, Margot Robbie, and Will Tilston (a snapshot of the life of A.A. Milne and the Winnie the Pooh series inspired by his son, C.R. Milne) -- in theaters on October 13th!
- The Foreigner (Thriller / Action) -- starring Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan (check out Jackie Chan's dramatic turn in this thriller as he seeks justice when his daughter is killed in an act of terrorism) -- in theaters on October 13th!
- Suburbicon (Mystery / Crime / Comedy) -- starring Matt Damon, Oscar Issac (ps: I love Oscar Isaac!), and Julianne Moore....with George Clooney as the director -- in theaters on October 27th.
If It's Your Jam!
A couple of Halloween films that are coming out this month that I'm personally going to pass on -- but maybe you'll enjoy -- are:
- Jigsaw, in theaters on October 27th.
- Happy Death Day, in theaters on October 13th.
There are some other indie films that are coming out this month (and that I might hear more about during awards season chatter) that I might revisit later in the year -- but for now, these are the films I'm most looking forward to seeing this month.
What's on your list? Get out there this month and check out what's playing near you! Reconnect with an old friend over a movie or have a date night. Get lost, for a bit, in the magic of cinema! :)
(*Movie description quotes taken from IMDb; movie posters belong to their respective owners.)