What a grand sentiment expressed in Anne of Green Gables! If you missed Anne with an E on Netflix, you may wish to check it out. Both the critics and the audience give it an 85% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Now, on to the movies of October, although I must admit there are always too many Halloween horror movies for my taste.
A Star is Born — I have seen this trailer so many times that I am becoming jaded. Asked whether Lady Gaga can act, hasn’t she been acting her entire musical career? Cooper went through eighteen months of vocal training to prepare for the role. Cooper and Gaga record the songs live. Early Rotten Tomatoes reviews sit at 90%. Even if there is great music, it’s still a sad story.
Venom — As you can see, the above is not my cup of tea. I really like Tom Hardy and Michelle Williams, but seriously? As I said, it’s October.
First Man — How can a movie about Neal Armstrong be controversial? The director chose not to show the Americans “planting” the flag on the moon. Then Ryan Gosling says this “was widely regarded not as an American, but as a human achievement.” That’s how you start a controversy. Nevertheless, early Rotten Tomatoes ratings are 89%. Not bad for a kid from Wapakoneta.
Bad Times at the El Royale — Jeff Bridges, Jon Hamm, Chris Hemsworth, Dakota Johnson, and Nick Offerman make one really bad trailer, but then again it’s October. Seven strangers, each with a secret to bury, meet at Lake Tahoe’s El Royale, a rundown hotel with a dark past. Over the course of one fateful night, everyone will have a last shot at redemption – before everything goes to hell. Maybe it’s the movie that will go to h___!
Can You Ever Forgive Me? — Since we are likely never to completely forgive her for The Happytime Murders, Melissa McCarthy gets a chance at redemption in a true story of a writer turned forger and thief. Whatever the outcome, it will be nice to see McCarthy in a different role. Her turn as a foul-mouthed comedienne needed to come to an end.
Halloween — For those of you into it. I don’t review them; I don’t preview them.
Hunter Killer — I just mentioned this in Tuesday Morning Tea-8/14/18 and here it is. An untested American submarine captain teams with U.S. Navy Seals to rescue the Russian president, who has been kidnapped by a rogue general. If only Tom Clancy had written this, but I am still hopeful.
Overlord — This starts out so promising as American paratroopers drop in behind enemy lines to destroy a Nazi Radio Tower. Besides Nazis, they find “horrifying, bloody, and violent creatures that are a result of a secret Nazi experiment.” Did I mention this is October?