October Movie Preview

With our Halloween Brackets in full force, we’re a little behind on the October preview, but here we go.  Have you already seen a couple of these?  We’d love to hear your thoughts.


Release Date: October 4

Synopsis: A medical engineer and an astronaut work together to survive after an accident leaves them adrift in space. Co-written and directed by Alfonso Cuarón and stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.

Our Thoughts:

Jennie: I am not totally sold on this movie. Now, I know I’ll see it, but I’m not quite sure I’m interested in a feature film (that appears to be mainly) about someone floating by themselves in space. At least it’s not a 2+ hour long movie though.

Editor side note – the below is not actually a spoiler, just snarky.  Moving on…

Felix: 1. Sandra Bullock dies
2. This movie will be about the human existence and about what we do when we know we are going to die. Gravity like death is inevitable.

Dave: 1. SPOILERS!!!
2. Could you sound any more pretentious?? I watched the trailer. It’s about space ‘plosions.

Felix: When Sandra Bullock burns on reentry, is she a “shooting star”?

Rob: Seeing as we’ve already seen most of the movie released in 3-minute chunks I think it’s safe to say that this should be awesome.

*Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.

Runner Runner

Release Date: October 4

Synopsis: When a poor college student who cracks an online poker game goes bust, he arranges a face-to-face with the man he thinks cheated him, a sly offshore entrepreneur. Directed by Brad Furman, and stars Justin TimberlakeGemma ArtertonAnthony Mackie, and Ben Affleck.

Our Thoughts:

Jennie: There may be a good movie in here, but I’m a little weary of it being overly predictable. The trailer seems to give away the whole story unless there’s some really good plot twists.

Felix: I’m so excited about this movie when it streams online

Jennie: I may check it out at the theater. Probably not right away though.



Release Date: October 4

Synopsis: A.C.O.D. follows a seemingly well-adjusted Adult Child of Divorce who is forced to revisit the chaos of his parents bitter divorce all over again after his younger brother decides to get married.  He then discovers he was unknowingly part of a study on divorced children and is enlisted in a follow-up years later, which wreaks new havoc on his family. Directed by Stu Zicherman, and starring Adam ScottAmy PoehlerJessica Alba and Jane Lynch.

Our Thoughts:

Jennie: With the cast and premise of this movie, I’m a little surprised how little I’ve heard about it.

Felix: Ooh, adult indie film comedy…it feels like watching every other adult indie film comedy…

Jennie: You may end up being right, but just going by the trailer, I think this one looks better than you’re inferring


Captain Phillips

Release Date: October 11

Synopsis: The true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years. Directed by Paul Greengrass and starring Tom Hanks and Barkhad Abdi.

Our Thoughts:

Felix: What can make shaky cam more better? Shaky cam on a boat!!! Bring your barf bags to this well acted movie!

Jennie: I’m sure Tom Hanks will be fantastic.

Rob: Pirates? Can Hanks pull off the Keith Richards impersonation? Will Keira Knightley be back?


Machete Kills

Release Date: October 11

Synopsis: The U.S. government recruits Machete to battle his way through Mexico in order to take down an arms dealer who looks to launch a weapon into space.  However, Machete soon learns the real threat is an international criminal organization led by an eccentric billionaire arms dealing terrorist named Luther Voz (Mel Gibson), who has launched a conspiracy to start riots in every country. Directed by Robert Rodriguez and starring Danny Trejo (and lots of other people).

Our Thoughts:

Felix: Someone needs to tell Robert Rodriguez to stop. He made one movie, which he didn’t intend to be a B movie, and it was good, and now he needs to stop. Go make another Spy Kids

Jennie: You’re right, I’m sure he’s not continuing to make these types of movies because of the dump trucks of money they are making him…

Felix: Well the original Machete didn’t make that much money. Neither did Planet Terror, the movie that Machete was a spoof preview of.
It’s dump trucks of pesos

Jennie: For general info, the original Machete made 4 times it’s budget in theaters and sold 691,317 dvds in its first week. I call that a win.

Felix: Stop justifying Robert Rodriguez

Jennie: For the record, you pushed me to this place

Felix: And you shall have your revenge, like Machete!

Rob: Will there be bullet-shooting bras?

Felix: Yes, they were manufactured by Victoria’s KGB Secret

Dave: Sure, why not. This looks dumb, but I’m sure it’s exactly what Rodriguez wants it to be. He’s got to spend all that Spy Kids money somehow, why not use it to make movies that you really want to make.


Romeo and Juliet

Release Date: October 11

Synopsis: When the star-crossed lovers of two enemy families meet, forbidden love ensues.  That’s all you get… you know the plot…  Directed by Carlo Carlei and starring  Hailee Steinfeld and Douglas Booth.

Our Thoughts:

Felix: What!?!?! They are doing a remake of West Side Story!!!

Jennie: I was really hoping that there would be something new and exciting about this remake. It looks however to be a by the book telling that’s only purpose would be to expose Shakespeare to teenagers who don’t like to read.

Dave: Not sure how anyone was convinced to give them money to make this movie.
 Producers: “OK, here’s the deal. We are going to make a movie of ‘Romeo and Juliet’.”
 Rich Movie Bankrollers: “Hasn’t that been done like a million times (seriously, look at this), in much more
interesting ways than you are planning?”

 Producers: “Yeah but we’ve got that Downtown Abbey guy ‘writing’ it.”
Rich Movie Bankrollers: “Take all our money!”

Rob: I’m off the opinion that all good Shakespeare productions should have either machine guns or Joss Whedon


The Fifth Estate

Release Date: October 18

Synopsis: A dramatic thriller based on real events, The Fifth Estate reveals the quest to expose the deceptions and corruptions of power that turned an Internet upstart into the 21st century’s most fiercely debated organization. Directed by Bill Condon and starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Daniel Brühl.

Our Thoughts:

Felix: This will be an interesting look at the incredibly controversial figure of Assange. I hope to watch it when it’s leaked on the internet (which is ironic, because he has disavowed this film)

Rob: I’m not sure that’s actually what “ironic” means…

Jennie: This was such a huge deal when it was happening, but even though it was really just a few years back, I think the spotlight on this story faded too long ago for the this film to be successful, even if it is good.

Dave: I don’t know. Looks kind of boring to me, but I suppose that doesn’t make it bad…I assume the acting will be good. Seems like a pretty narrow audience for this movie.



Release Date: October 18

Synopsis: A re-imagining of the classic horror tale about Carrie White, a shy girl outcast by her peers and sheltered by her deeply religious mother, who unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom. Directed by Kimberly Peirce and stars Chloë Grace Moretz as the titular Carrie White, and Julianne Moore as Carrie’s mother.

Our Thoughts:

Felix: So, remember when Chloë Grace Moretz was in Hugo? Was the telekinesis what made the 3D?

Jennie: I remember really not liking the first one, and I’m not big on horror movies anyway. Not saying this looks bad, just not for me.

Dave: Can we all be honest here? The original Carrie was not a good movie. It may just be because of the times it was made, but I really didn’t like it at all. This looks like it has potential to at least be well made. Still probably not going to rush out and see it.


Escape Plan

Release Date: October 18

Synopsis: When a structural-security authority finds himself set up and incarcerated in the world’s most secret and secure prison, he has to use his skills to escape with help from the inside and find out who framed him. Directed by Swedish filmmaker Mikael Håfström and starring Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Our Thoughts:

Felix: Hmm, it’s like Tango and Cash meets Lock Up.

Jennie: I have no doubt that this will at least be entertaining.

Dave: Have either of these guys made a good movie in the last 20 years? I don’t doubt that people will go see this movie, I do doubt that it will be any good.

Felix: Demolition Man!

Rob: It’s like Dave doesn’t even know about the three seashells…

Jennie: You know Demolition Man was 20 years ago (almost exactly) right?


12 Years a Slave

Release Date: October 18

Synopsis: Based on the 1853 autobiography Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup, a free black man who was kidnapped in Washington, D.C. after being lured from Saratoga Springs, New York in 1841 and sold into slavery. He worked on plantations in the state of Louisiana for 12 years before his release. The film is directed by Steve McQueen and Chiwetel Ejiofor stars as Solomon Northup.

Our Thoughts:

Felix: This movie looks like an amazing plot and that it’s going to be very well acted.
On the other hand, it’s a Steve McQueen movie, so it could be slow, silent, and with excessive Fassbender nudity.

Dave: I’m not sure this could scream “Oscar Nominations” any louder. I’m pretty excited about this one.

Felix: Again, it depends on how much Steve McQueen is driving the film. It could be a great escape of a movie.

Dave: I see what you did there.

Rob: I’m looking forward to this one, hopefully it’s not TOO depressing…


All Is Lost

Release Date: October 18

Synopsis: After a collision with a shipping container at sea, a resourceful sailor finds himself, despite all efforts to the contrary, staring his mortality in the face. The film is written and directed by J.C. Chandor and stars (only) Robert Redford.

Our Thoughts:

Jennie: Like with Gravity, as good as Redford is, I’m not sure I want to watch him struggle for survival in a boat and then a raft for nearly 2 hours

Dave: I’ve only heard really, really good things about Redford’s performance in this. It does have potential to be really boring.


The Counselor

Release Date: October 25

Synopsis: A lawyer finds himself in over his head when he gets involved in drug trafficking. Directed by Ridley Scott, from an original screenplay by Cormac McCarthy. The film stars Michael Fassbender, Penélope CruzCameron DiazJavier Bardem, and Brad Pitt.

Our Thoughts:

Jennie: This movie looks fantastic and I cannot wait to see it!!

Felix: Another Fassbender movie!!! OMG OMG OMG! I’m really hyped and excited about this one! And the cast looks amazing!

Dave: I don’t think I’m as excited about this movie as everyone else. I don’t know. Something about it doesn’t seem right to me. Maybe I’m just bitter about not thinking that No Country for Old Men was as good as everyone else thought it would be.

Felix: I didn’t think No Country for Old Men was as good as everyone else thought it was, but it was really well made, and brought to life the very uneasy reality of border life. The book was essentially everything we saw in the movie, there wasn’t much of a Coen twist, other than the haircuts


Bad Grandpa

Release Date: October 25

Synopsis: 86-year-old Irving Zisman is on a journey across America with the most unlikely companion: his 8 year-old grandson, Billy. Directed by the regular Jackass Director Jeff Tremaine and starring Johnny Knoxville.

Our Thoughts:

Jennie: I couldn’t possibly want to see this movie less

Rob: I bet it would make a mildly entertaining 4 minute clip on a basic cable TV show.

Dave: I literally haven’t seen a Jackass movie or show since High School. Probably not going to start now.

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