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October Films

October Films

By Tim Parks

Humor Me

Jackass 3D star and producer Johnny Knoxville recently stated in an interview that “We’re going to take the same 3D technology James Cameron used in Avatar and stick it up Steve-O’s butt. We’re taking stupid to a whole new dimension.”

So rather than a visit to the world of Pandora, get ready for the boys of Jackass to be up to their usual tricks of death defying stunts and mutilating body parts-related shenanigans, all provided courtesy of the eye popping three dimensional film process.

Jackass 3D will be comin’ at ya when it opens on October 15.    

Lights, Camera, Action!

What happens when four of the CIA’s best agents become targeted by the agency for fear of the secrets that they collectively know? In Red, the quartet of Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich and Helen Mirren decide to fight back and set forth on a dire mission that finds them breaking into a top-secret CIA nerve center.

The action film, which also plays up the laughter quotient, features Willis treading into familiar bad ass territory, while his co-stars are showcased in decidedly different roles as gun-toting mercenaries of the “retired and extremely dangerous” variety. Opens October 15.   

Drama Queens

Two-time Academy Award-winning actress Hilary Swank headlines Conviction. This is a true-life tale of Betty Anne Waters, a 1983 house frau and mother of two, who decides to re-enroll in high school and puts herself through college and law school in order to overturn her older brother’s (Sam Rockwell) guilty-as-charged murder verdict.  

Her own conviction of seeing that justice is served in her brother’s case is aided and abetted by her best friend (Minnie Driver) and a wealth of suspicious evidence presented in the original trial. Opens October 15.

The Company Men chronicles the cracks developing in pursuing the American dream, as Bobby Walker (Ben Affleck) discovers upon his corporation’s downsizing efforts, which leaves himself and co-workers (Tommy Lee Jones and Chris Cooper) jobless.

The trio is now faced with the realization that their resumes as men, husbands and fathers needs to be updated, as they grasp how expendable their professional worlds have been. Walker is forced to go to work for his brother-in-law (Kevin Costner) building homes, and being among the hammer and nails set does not coincide with his expertise of putting deals together, but may just open his eyes to what really makes the world go ’round. Opens October 22.

 Oh The Horror!

Director Clint Eastwood delves into supernatural subject matter by cinematically exploring three people that have a connection with death and the afterlife with Hereafter.

Matt Damon stars as a psychic who is able to converse with the deceased, while co-star Cécile De France is a French journalist who has evidently come back from the great beyond after being killed during a tsunami. Frankie McLaren rounds out the acting threesome as a London schoolboy dealing with the loss of his twin brother, in this story of three people touched by the icy grip of death in one way or another. Opens October 22.

 

The Sci-Fi thriller Monsters has the tagline of “Now, it’s our turn to adapt” for good reason. The premise of the fright flick revolves around a NASA probe that crash landed in Central America with alien life form samples among the wreckage.

In the course of six years, the samples have developed into a new species of life, which resemble extraterrestrial octopus creatures, and has half of Mexico quarantined into an “Infected Zone.” A journalist (Scoot McNairy) agrees to shepherd a tourist (Whitney Able) through the ravaged country and into the safe haven that waits across the U.S. border. Opens in limited release on October 29.      

Article first published in October 2010 in The Rage Monthly.

About timparksmediaho

I am a self professed Media Ho, which is the nicer version of being a Media Whore. My mother actually inspired me to come up with the term

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