The end of September ushers in the final quarter of the year, and many reasons to be excited. Hollywood is now all set to unleash the final set of its best movies that fall in both categories, big blockbusters and the critically acclaimed ones which have a shot at the Oscars. While the last two months are when things start getting really hot, do not knock off the month of October. It was this month last year which unleashed the giant of a film called Gravity that not only was a resounding box-office success but also swept the Oscars. But looking back at the five movies I had selected for viewing for this month last year, Gravity had been placed at fifth while for some reason I believed that the likes of The Fifth Estate and The Counselor deserved a watch more than the Alfonso Cuarón epic. That tells you how much I know about movies! (The Counselor in fact turned out to be one of the worst films I have ever seen.) Ignoring that part, I venture again in selecting five movies which could attract attention in October, though there are indeed a lot many interesting flicks this time of the year as compared to the previous year. It’s going to be a tough competitive month indeed, where hopefully, quality will triumph.
5) Nightcrawler: This one may just turn out to be a sleeper hit, and if not commercially than at least put Jake Gyllenhaal in the running for acting awards. If the trailers are anything to go by, this crime drama has a lot of potential with Gyllenhaal in a much different avatar of an ambitious fellow who ventures into the world of freelance journalism. Will the potential translate into something more meaningful, we will soon find out.
4) Annabelle: In a year when horror films have largely disappointed, Annabelle could set things right again. After all it has the goodwill from last year’s The Conjuring to begin with. This spin-off is set to narrate the (prequel) tale of the scary doll from The Conjuring and will be directed by John Leonetti who worked in the cinematography department of the previous film. The massive success of The Conjuring will definitely bring attention to Annabelle, but that itself won’t be enough, and the movie will have to live up to its promise of delivering those chills.
3) Fury: A director does not usually have two of his/her works releasing in the same year. Though that is the case with David Ayer. The fact that his first movie of the year was Sabotage is not a good way to promote his upcoming Fury. But this one has Brad Pitt in the lead role along with Shia LaBeouf and Logan Lerman; now we would have got some people interested. It’s a WW-II flick, and the initial promos have been captivating enough, with Brad Pitt dominating the screen as usual. Let’s see whether they can dominate the box-office too.
2) The Judge: Robert Downey, Jr. is a name right there at the very top of the present popularity charts, and so even if he is not in his Iron Man suit of Sherlock avatar, he evokes interest. The Judge is the kind of movie that will allow Downey, Jr. to express himself more as an actor. And with Robert Duvall in the same frame, it could even make him grow as an actor. The plot of the film revolves around the lawyer, Robert Downey, Jr. returning to his childhood home where his father who is also the town’s judge, is suspected of murder. There is enough room here for drama, emotion, suspense, as Downey, Jr. prepares to enchant us once again!
1) Gone Girl: It’s a David Fincher movie. It’s based on the popular novel of the same name written by Gillian Flynn. It’s a drama-cum-thriller where a man is the prime suspect behind his wife’s disappearance. It has Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike in the lead roles. And it is a David Fincher movie! Who misses a David Fincher movie? Gone Girl ticks a lot of check boxes to be one of those movies that finds equal love from the audience and the critics. The promos of the film have evoked further interest and there is a lot of positive buzz going around it. It is releasing on the first weekend of October in the USA, and so many of us will know soon enough as to whether it meets the high expectations or not. It is battling Annabelle at the box-office though which could be a problem. But this thriller is bound to have a strong fanbase of its own (through the book, or David Fincher, or even Ben Affleck) which could propel it to greater heights. How high will this one rise to? A plentiful and competitive October begins…