September is here and so is the rain (at least in Vancouver). That means it’s back to school for me, and also more time to check out movies, as there’s not much else to do in the rain. September looks like an exciting month for movies considering we’re now done with all the big summer blockbusters.
Here are my picks for this month…
Wednesday night I had the unfortunate opportunity to see the embarrassingly terrible film Getaway, a film that packs an hour and a half with so many crashes, wrecks, flips, stunts and swerves that the audience barely knows where they are or what is going on at any given moment. After about 20 minutes I was nauseous with a headache.
Allegedly there was a very thin plotline somewhere underneath the crashes and explosions but I found it hard to keep track of or give enough attention to. The film follows retired racecar driver Brent Magna (Ethan Hawke) who comes home to find his wife has been kidnapped. He soon learns that if he doesn’t follow the instructions of a mysterious man on a phone (Jon Voight), his wife will be killed. His first instruction is to steal a car, and this is where the film goes downhill. Magna soon picks up an unexpected passenger (Selena Gomez), who turns out to the owner of the car attempting to steal her own car back from Magna. If this sounds as stupid to you as it did to me, you might as well stop here.
Remember when Matthew McConaughey lost all that weight for a movie role? The first trailer for Dallas Buyers Club has finally made its debut. The film, directed by Jean-Marc Vallée, makes its worldwide premiere early next month at the Toronto International Film Festival.
In Dallas Buyers Club, McConaughey portrays a real-life cowboy named Ron Woodroof. In 1985, Woodroof was diagnosed as HIV-positive and given 30 days to live. After being shunned by friends, the medical establishment and pharmaceutical companies, he took the fight against the virus into his own hands. Along with Rayon, an HIV positive transsexual woman played by Jared Leto, the two smuggled non-toxic alternative treatments from all over the world through both legal and illegal means by way of a “buyers club” for fellow HIV-positive people.
Originally, the film was supposed to hit theaters on December 6, but has been pushed up to November 1 to avoid the glut of Oscar-bait films being released in December. Check out the first trailer below.
In between Miley Cyrus fingering herself for Robin Thicke and Justin Timberlake’s very, very, very brief reunion with ‘N Sync, MTV aired the first movie trailer for the highly-anticipated film, Divergent. If you thought the 13 second teaser released last week was glorious, the minute-long clip will have you watering at the mouth. Especially if you’ve read the best-selling young-adult books which the movie is based on.
Divergent is set in a futuristic Chicago where people are divided into five factions based on their personalities. Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) is warned she is Divergent and will never fit into any one group. When she discovers a sinister plot to destroy her kind, she must find out what makes being Divergent so dangerous before it’s too late. The film also stars the incomparable Kate Winslet, fierce Maggie Q and that sexy English stud, Theo James.
On a side note. Winslet is totally giving me Jodie Foster Elysium realness but without a weird mashed up accent. If you saw the Matt Damon film, you know exactly what I’m referring to. What was that?
Divergent hits theaters on March 21, 2014. I predict Tris will give Katniss from The Hunger Games a run for her money as the baddest kick-ass literary heroine. Check out the movie trailer below.
Although many of you would like to play doctor with Zac Efron, this is not that kind of film. Continuing his trend of delving into more “serious” feature films, Zac Efron is playing the role of Jim Carrico, the first doctor to examine President John F. Kennedy after he was shot. The film is called Parkland and also stars Marcia Gay Harden, Tom Welling, Billy Bob Thornton, Colin Hanks, Paul Giamatti, Ron Livingston and more.
Parkland is described as “a recounting of the chaotic events that occurred at Dallas’ Parkland Hospital on the day U.S. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.” The film hits theatres starting September 20, 2013 to coincide with the upcoming 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination.
Check out the first trailer for the film below.
Cheap as in…. well, not amazing.
The only reason I fought the urge to ignore yet another “demonic possession” movie scoring a whopping 4% on Rotten Tomatoes was the protagonist role accredited to the ever-lovely Julianne Moore. The ageless ginger has constantly saved difficult movie after difficult movie for me with her tremendous acting ability and today is no different- though, this time she can only do so much to bolster this pained script. Honestly, I wonder if she was friends with the director or owed her bookie a couple mil cause things production seemed sloppy at best.
6 Souls is an admittedly scary look at the intersection of multiple personality disorder and demonic possession (according to this film they mingle). Julianne plays the role of a critical psychologist who debunks cases of MPD (actually referred to in the psych world as Dissociative Identity Disorder… but that sounds less sexy to the audience). Called in on a special case by her father, she starts to question how her (quite handsome) subject can so perfectly portray the personalities of other dead actual living beings. Played by Jonathan Rhys Meyers, the “antagonist” of the film also adds some decent acting chops to the film but between the two of them it’s really not enough to call this film an actual success.
Oh Kristen, can’t you please just focus on finishing the Veronica Mars film?
The Lifeguard is a boring look at an existentially angsting 30-something (good god I hope she’s not pretending to be in her 20s) who quits “the rat race” lifestyle of big city living and working as a reporter to return to her sleepy town in Nowheresville to take up her old home with the rents’ and job at the local pool as a lifeguard. Already I can tell you’re clicking to the next article. Yes, this movie is much more for those looking for drama, a pseudo love story and for us 20-30 year olds who likely have too much time on our hand to think about the minutia of daily comings and goings as they/we search for meaning outside of “making money and being powerful“.
Kristen Bell is by all means a fine actor in this production and there’s nothing hoakey or bad about it, but good lord does this thing move slowly. Focusing on her sad return to a simpler time, this movie follows the older lifeguard as she slowly but surely falls for a high school senior (I think his name is David Lambert… he is MUCH too young for me to call hot, but he’s cute enough for those into that type). The story is painful as you watch the blond regress but eventually discover herself through the eyes of a younger and non-spoiled younger man. To be honest, I did NOT watch this one all the way through but saw enough to warn you about it.
Just in case you ever find yourself in a predicament where someone has kidnapped a loved one, be sure to call Selena Gomez. Not only can she shimmy as evident in her “Come and Get It” and “Slow Down” video, but she’s a gifted hacker as well. At least she plays one in an upcoming film. Getaway pairs her up with Ethan Hawke, as they try to save his wife from a mysterious kidnapper. Warner Bros. recently released a brand new trailer for the thriller which hits theaters next weekend, August 30. Check it out below.
Getaway is the gritty, heart-pounding action thriller from Warner Bros. Pictures and Dark Castle Entertainment in which former race car driver Brent Magna (Ethan Hawke) is pitted against the clock. Desperately trying to save the life of his kidnapped wife, Brent commandeers a custom Shelby Cobra Mustang, taking it and its unwitting owner (Selena Gomez) on a high-speed race against time, at the command of the mysterious villain holding his wife hostage.