MONTHLY HIGHLIGHTS: October 2011

The further we get into the Fall/Winter movie season, the more we get to see the high-profile releases that we’ve been anticipating all year. By the end of this month, we should have a clearer idea of the Oscar race as we approach the first major precursor awards of the year. There are also some exciting changes coming to Film Misery this October including a slightly updated look and some new talent.

Film Releases

The Ides of March
Released on October 7

This George Clooney directed political thriller received lukewarm reviews at the Venice Film Festival, but has been increasing its Rotten Tomatoes rating over the past couple of days. I actually saw an early screening and was impressed with the film enough to recommend it to just about anybody going out to the movies this week. It’s certainly not flawless, but it has strong performances all around.

The Thing
Released on October 14

This remake of the John Carpenter movie from the 1980s is no doubt highly anticipated by the legions of Film Misery readers who suggested this movie to Phil and me when we did our top 5 alien movies on the podcast. The release of this movie will probably be excuse for me to go visit Carpenter’s original for a fun compare/contrast.

The Skin I Live In
Released on October 14

Pedro Almodovar teams up with Antonio Banderas again for the first time since Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! in 1990. Despite seeing multiple trailers and reading several reviews after it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, I still have little grasp on what it is about. However, I’m willing to sign up for just about anything Pedro Almodovar is offering.

Paranormal Activity 3
Released on October 21

I was none too impressed with the cheap scare tactics in Paranormal Activity 2, but I still love the original from two years ago. I’m not sure if the third movie will be more like the second or the first movie, but I hope that they don’t hold the plot in high esteem and focus on creative and original ways to be scary.

Martha Marcy May Marlene
Released on October 21

Pretty much only New York and Los Angeles will get this movie in October, but the buzz will definitely be there. This film won a directing prize at the Sundance Film Festival and was well-received in Cannes and Toronto. It stars Elizabeth Olsen as a psychologically fragile girl who tries to rejoin her family after living with a cult. The performances have gotten excellent reviews and the previews all look quite compelling.

Anonymous
Released on October 28

As bizarre as it is that Roland Emmerich is doing a period film about Shakespeare, I am still very excited about this movie. I am a sucker for the Bard and this one looks like it could be a surprise favorite. If nothing else it should be a fun bit of escapism with enough to please Shakespeare nerds.

The Rum Diary
Released on October 28

Johnny Depp reprises his role as the Hunter S. Thompson proxy in this film about a journalist’s mishaps in Puerto Rico. I am not the biggest fan of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, but I am interested to see what direction writer/director Bruce Robinson takes the seemingly unfilmable subject.

Film Releases I am Indifferent About:
Real Steel – October 7
The Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence – October 7
The Big Year – October 14
Footloose – October 14
Johnny English Reborn – October 21
The Three Musketeers – October 21
In Time – October 28
Puss in Boots – October 28

Film Events

Gotham Award Nominations
Announced on October 28

The first real precursor award is this recognition of independent film that will take place in late October. The Gothams do not necessarily have a huge impact on the Oscar race, but they are a fun start to the Awards season which seems to be getting longer and longer.

Changes at Film Misery
Coming this Sunday, October 9

You probably have noticed a lack of activity over the past several days and that is because I’ve been doing a lot of work behind the scenes. I am working on a slightly revamped design that will launch this Sunday followed by the introduction of four new members to the Film Misery team. I want to clean things up and make them pretty before the new guys arrive.

What movies and events are you most anticipating this October?

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  • Jose

    Concerning The Thing, its supposed to be a prequel and it takes place less then a week before the events of the John Carpenter version. Thing is though it looks way to similar to the original to be something similar.

    Movies I want to see:
    Martha Marcy May Marlene
    Being Elmo
    Like Crazy
    Paranormal Activity 3

    and maybe Ides of March, still unsure of The Thing, and I have yet to see Drive.

    Events:
    The Rocky Horror Picture Show Midnight Screening. This weekend!

  • i can’t wait for:

    Martha Marcy May Marlene
    The Ides of March
    Like Crazy
    Anonymous
    Being Elmo

    and movies that i will watch though not much anticipating them:

    The Thing
    Footloose
    Real Steel
    The Three Musketeers

    and i still have to see some other movies……

  • I’m only truly ecstatic towards “Martha Marcy May Marlene”. I’ll have no opportunities to see it until November at the earliest, which disappoints me as there’s very little of interest coming out between now and then.

    “The Ides of March” looks fine, if a little bit stale and repetitious, but I’ll have to wait to see that one because of the more mainstream focus of the small local theater, and I have no real interest in seeing “Real Steel” this weekend.

    And other than that, I think the only wide release I’m really interested in is “In Time”, which oddly enough looks like a really entertaining sci-fi film. I’m hooked simply on the mention of Roger Deakins as D.P. I’ll consider the (mostly) strong cast as an added bonus.

  • Casey Chapman

    Very excited to see a lot of big buzz films at the Chicago Film Fest over the next 2 weeks!

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