Holea sinners and sinneritas. It’s your favourite movie greengo and his bweno round-up of the movies that are available to watch at your local cinema during the month of manyarners ahead. People often say to me “Nate, donday ester the next big film?” to which I always reply “Poor Favore”, and we have a good laugh about it.
September 2014 is a bit of a peculiar month. With the blockbuster season behind us, and kids about to return to their knowledge prisons, the next few weeks don’t really have any big flashy new releases.
Plus its way too early for the Oscar contenders to show their cards and so we are left in a bit of a no mans land when it comes to films. Let me steer you through that minefield and see if I can find you some safety…..
5) The Equalizer (Released 9/26/14)
What happens when Denzel Washington gets pissed and wants to do some “Denzel Washingtony” things to some bad guys? He makes a Denzel Washington movie, that’s what Denzel Washington does!
Based on the TV show of the same name starring Edward Woodward, The Equalizer refers to Denzel’s character, a retired cop who helps those who need his help the most.
Admittedly it looks pretty formulaic, and I am not particularly a fan of his work in general, but at least it seems like Denzel is trying to add some pressure to Liam Neeson in the “Older Man Seeks Vengeance” sub-genre, so it could turn out to be an entertaining ride.
4) The Longest Week (Released 9/5/14)
What does Jason Bateman do when he loses his trust fund and sense of entitlement? He makes a Jason Bateman movie, that’s what Jason Bateman does…..Ok, enough with that shtick.
In a previous month I spoke about my admiration of Bateman when he is in the right role, and one thing I like about him is that his characters range from the dead pan to the extrovert.
Here we see his more subtle side, as he players an Arthur-esque millionaire who is cut off from his family wealth, evicted, and dumped before finally finding love in the arms of his best friend’s beau.
It may be unlikely to win any awards, but it should be a solid pick for date night.
3) Tusk (Released 9/19/14)
Oh man. Is this really my number three? When a Kevin Smith film appears in my list of top films to watch, at number 3 no less, you know it’s not a stellar month.
For anybody who has yet to see the trailer, it stars Justin Long as a podcaster who specialises in interviewing weird and wacky characters. One assignment sees him visit an old sailor to hear him recount his tales from when he was at sea. Whilst there, Long is drugged and subjected to torture all in the venture to turn him into a walrus……
Only time will tell whether this batsh*t crazy concept turns out to be a cult classic, or a poor imitation of The Human Centipede. Either way, look out for Michael Parks and his crazed sailor-cum-surgeon to be the highlight of the film.
2) The Boxtrolls (Released 9/26/14)
Anyone who has seen Coraline or Paranorman in the last few years knows that the Laika studio are at the forefront when it comes to making dark stop motion animation films for kids.
Their latest effort, The Boxtrolls, tells the tale of feared underground trolls who are actually much nicer than they seem. One day, the trolls take in an orphaned boy and bring him up as one of his own, but they are soon discovered, and the boy has to try to reintegrate with society.
From the trailer alone this sure looks like it could be a lot of fun, and as ever the animators have created a very unique and interesting universe for it all to play out in.
With the voice talents of Elle Fanning, Ben Kingsley, Toni Collette, Jared Harris, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Richard Ayoade and Tracy Morgan, this could turn out to be the best animated film of the year.
1) The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him & Her (Released 9/26/14)
And for my final film I have gone for something a little different.
In some ways The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby is an unremarkable film. Telling the tale of the relationship between a couple from New York, the story doesn’t look to offer anything we haven’t seen before.
But throw in James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain in the lead roles, two incredibly talented actors, who could take any role, and you know that this is going to be something special.
What really sets this apart though is that it is in fact two films, one filmed from his perspective (Him) and one from hers (Her). There is even a combined version which condenses the story into one film (Them).
Whilst it remains to be seen whether this concept helps or hinders the project, the fact that director Ned Benson has taken an unconventional route should at least offer some hope that this will be an interesting tale.
So there we have it. Although its likely to be seen as a bit of a filler month, hopefully something here will be good enough for you to part with your hard-earned paysows, but if you think I have missed something, let me know on Facebook or Twitter. FYI, I take rejection and criticism really well…..Ciao Amigos.