After a bit of a dull August for Hollywood, things once again brightened up in September with a range of different genres on show, and a definite jump in quality. Expect things to get even better in October! We have big directors, big stars, and interestingly, many non-franchise movies all set to entertain us and pull us once more in the magical world of movies. Skipping a movie sounds like criminal this October, such is the kind of list of movies that is being rolled out. So imagine the difficulty in having to choose those five movies that hold the maximum potential to entertain! Bravely though I have attempted to select five movies that cannot be skipped this October, helped by the fact that they all have stalwart directors behind the cameras.
5) The Walk: The 1974 daredevilry / madness displayed by high-wire artist Philippe Petit when he walked between the two Twin Towers of the World Trade Centre is now a stuff of legend. The 2008 documentary on this feat even won an Oscar. So no wonder, in this period of Hollywood where biopics are the flavour that every studio wants a taste of, Sony decided to gamble with a movie adaptation of the remarkable feat and the story behind it. Directed by Robert Zemeckis, the movie seems to be a perfect fit to watch on an Imax screen. And then we have Joseph Gordon-Levitt speaking with a French accent. Who would want to miss that!?
4) Crimson Peak: There is little reason one can give for skipping a Guillermo del Toro directed movie. There is little reason for not getting excited about a movie that stars Jessica Chastain, Charlie Hunnam and Tom Hiddleston. In brief, there is hardly any valid reason for not wanting to watch Crimson Peak! The movie has elements of fantasy and horror in it, and the initial promos have made it look quite appetizing. I am expecting the movie to be even better!
3) Steve Jobs: A movie on Apple’s enigmatic founder has been done already. But the reason the latest film titled Steve Jobs looks to be the one to watch is because of the names associated with it. The screenplay comes from Aaron Sorkin, the genius behind The Social Network, and is based on the bestseller written by Walter Isaacson. The movie is being directed by none other than Danny Boyle who is in a class of his own. Steve Jobs will be portrayed by Michael Fassbender, and I am truly excited to see this transformation take place on the big screen because Fassbender would have worked his socks off to get this part right. Seth Rogen plays Steve Wozniak, an interesting choice there, while Kate Winslet too features in the movie. Darn exciting!
2) Bridge of Spies: Steven Spielberg & Tom Hanks. Amen! They made Saving Private Ryan, they made Catch Me if you Can, they made The Terminal. This pair cannot disappoint. That alone could be a reason for buying a ticket to this movie without even knowing what it is all about. But if you do want to know more, then Bridge of Spies is based on a true story of an American lawyer who was recruited by the CIA during the Cold War to help rescue a pilot detained in the Soviet Union. The initial trailers make it look very promising indeed, a mix of drama and thriller. Knowing Steven Spielberg, the movie is bound to bring out moments of pure cinematic beauty and teach us a lesson or two on humanity itself.
1) The Martian: Movies based in space are becoming a ‘thing’ in Hollywood now, after Gravity stunned with its beauty and elegance and then Interstellar mesmerized with its larger-than-life tale. In 2015, we get The Martian. The movie is based on the popular book by Andy Weir which came not too long ago and went on to become a best-seller. It’s the tale of an astronaut who is presumed dead on the red planet during a manned mission to Mars, but survives and now finds himself stranded and alone. The beauty of the premise lies in the fact that it isn’t about escaping, rather about surviving. Matt Damon gets to play the protagonist – a role which has generated the most excitement in his career since his Bourne days. Director Ridley Scott has been calling the shots, and he does know a thing or two about events in space after delivering Alien and Prometheus. Equally exciting could be the 3D look of this movie, since Ridley Scott really used the technology to its fullest in Prometheus and then Exodus: Gods and Kings. The Martian is out in theatres in the first weekend of October itself… so we get to start this month many miles away!