Leftovers of October The Fresh, the So-So, and the Rotten

Leftovers of October

Fresh

Macbeth

Genre: Drama, War

IMDb: 7.5 of  6,160 ratings

Starring: Michael Fassbender

 Michael Fassbender is one of the best actors in the business today bar none. He took on the role in the legendary drama, Macbeth and apparently nailed it!

Check out this JumpcutUk review about his mastery in Macbeth.

http://jumpcutuk.com/portfolio/macbeth/

The Martian

Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama (Science Fiction)

Director: Ridley Scott

Starring: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Jeff Daniels, Kristen Wiig

IMDb: 8.2  148,741 ratings

I think the Martian was incredible. Beautifully crafted, well acted, strong writing and dialog, certainly one of Ridley Scott’s finest films.

Here is my review of the film.

https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2015/10/12/the-martian-movie-review-first-there-was-apollo-13-then-there-was-the-martian/

For a second opinion, here is another great review by JumpcutUk.

http://jumpcutuk.com/portfolio/the-martian/

The Walk

Genre: Drama

Director: Robert Zemeckis

Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Joseph Gordon-Levitt often pushes himself in his roles, he does it again with The Walk.  I have tremendous amount of respect for what he’s done in his career so far.   See the JumpcutUK review below.

http://jumpcutuk.com/portfolio/the-walk/

Room

Drama

IMDb: 8.0 of 1,623

People are saying it is one of the best independent films of this year with a very good cast. You may want to consider watching it yourself.

About a young boy discovering the outside world in all its glory. .

Bridge of Spies

Biography, Drama,History

Director: Steven Spielberg

Starring:  Tom Hanks, Alan Alda, Amy Ryan

Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg once again create a beautiful movie. Well crafted and well acted. Definitely among the fresher movies this year.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHWstQwAALI

Matter of Taste
Crimson Peak – Masterfully put together, stunning visuals, and well acted. Despite all these things, the writing was terrible and the movie sans the last twenty minutes moved far too slow. For more information, read my review below.
https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2015/10/16/crimson-peak-quite-apt-of-the-crimson-part-but-the-peak-of-little/

Goosebumps– Goosebumps was a fun ride. It felt very much like a Goosebumps tale and that is not a bad thing. For more details, check out my review. https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2015/10/26/movie-review-goosebumps/

The Final Girls
Comedy, Horror
IMDb-6.9
This was probably the best adult oriented Halloween-like movie out in October. Basically several women find themselves facing a 1980’s like serial killer. They must find a way to unite, fight, and survive. I missed this movie and I really wish I could have found it. If you like making fun of old 1980’s slasher films then you may enjoy this one.

Pan-  Pan got PANNED! (Oh, I went there.)  Another film that looked kind of cool, but was a major flop. This movie being here and not in the rotten section is only through my kindness. Don’t watch this movie. I even sent out a huge Peter Pan fan to watch the film, and he came back notably disliking the film.

Here is Jack’s review about this film.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-REy0BurQE

Steve Jobs– The story of Steve Jobs in several pivotal points of his life. This movie is brilliantly acted and well written. It isn’t for everyone as it doesn’t have much action. If you are a huge supporter of all things Apple, then this is a movie you should probably watch. If you aren’t, you can pass.

Another great review by Jack.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SU6WLTimZcw

Suffragette-the powerful story based on true events of the women who fought for their right to vote in the United Kingdom. If you like historical films, this may be for you. Jack’s Movie review- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWyo6GyKGkQ
The Last Witch Hunter – Another October disappointment was The Last Witch Hunter. Many said that there was potential for this film to be decent, but it never lived up to that. Even with Vin Diesel, Elijah Wood, and Michael Caine, the film could not muster much support and is borderline rotten. There are much worse films out there, but stay clear of this one still.
Burnt- A renown chef has a breakdown due to his drug addiction and diva actions. He loses almost everything, but aims to rebuild his career. Can he do it? This film reminded me a lot of Chef (the poor mans Chef). It has great acting, but predictable and cliche story-lines. My recommendation is to watch Chef instead.
Woodlawn – A talented young football player must learn to balance his sports career and his faith all while dealing with heighted racial tension on and off the field. Christian films have become more prevalent (or at least getting a wider release in recent years) and many of them aren’t very good. However, this one is an exception. It has a powerful message about faith, overcoming adversity. It provides evidence of some positives of religion.
Freeheld – A lesbian cop is stricken with terminal cancer, now they both battle to secure pension benefits. The idea is to expose the problems still facing many homosexual couples in America where one can get terminally ill, and their partner loses everything. This is a touchy subject for some, really depends on where you stand on these issues. I think the movie makes a valid point in trying to right a legitimate injustice that happens today in America still.
Scouts Guide the the Zombie Apocalypse– People were hoping for a new Zombieland, the movie isn’t a total waste, but seems to spoil a great horror comedy with extensively juvenile jokes and not enough action. This movie had a simple premise and some talented young actors (like Tye Sheridan), yet it couldn’t quite live up to expectations. If you like middle school level humor (not judging, you do you) then this is your film. If not, stay clear of this one.
Rotten (Avoid these movies if you can both in theaters and beyond)
Hell and Back
Knock Knock
Our Brand is Crisis
Rock the Kasbah
Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension
Jem and the Holograms
Truth

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