We are starting the month of November with a bang! Two big heavy hitters with two VERY different audiences in mind. But, as per usual, there are other choices to make this week. So, what’s coming out on November 7, 2015?
What’s it about? In 1947, Dalton Trumbo was Hollywood’s top screenwriter until he and other artists were jailed and blacklisted for their political beliefs
My thoughts? I’m a sucker for movies about movies…especially for films set in this era. This looks like a great and meaty role for Bryan Cranston and I’m sure his fans will enjoy seeing him eat up this performance.
What’s it about? The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core.
My thoughts? Tom McCarthy is a solid director with a pretty great cast. Movies about investigative journalist are kinda like watching a mystery movie. It’s all about finding the truth and what dark places do you go to get the truth. Finding the darkness within a religious community could mean that this film could get very dark.
What’s it about? The friendship between two life-long girlfriends is put to the test when one starts a family and the other falls ill.
My thoughts? Two strong performers directed by a decent and solid filmmaker (yes…even if she did direct the first Twilight film.) could make this film into a watchable tear jerker. Granted, having someone fight an illness is about as easy of a button as you’re gonna get if you want the water works in your audience’s eyes to start dripping, but if the chemistry and the relationship between Barrymore and Collette is good then who cares about cliches.
What’s it about? Snoopy embarks upon his greatest mission as he and his team take to the skies to pursue their arch-nemesis, while his best pal Charlie Brown begins his own epic quest back home.
My thoughts? Truthfully, I haven’t put a lot of thought on the Peanuts characters in years. So it kinda surprised me how much emotion I felt after seeing the first trailer to this movie. I was instantly reminded of all the comic strips I read, all the cartoons I watched and all the times I drew Snoopy. So to see them back again on the big screen it made me happy. Judging by the trailers they seem to be nailing characterization of whole Peanuts gang and I do have to say the film is visually beautiful. I love the aesthetic choice they made as the characters still feel like they have a hand drawn quality that’s reminiscent of Charles Schulz art, YET it has enough of a modern CGI 3D look that gives the characters fresh look. I’m glad to see these characters back, and I hope this creates a new generation of fans for Charlie Brown and the rest of the gang.
What’s it about? A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE.
My thoughts? I’m doing my best to keep my expectations kinda low. I was a HUGE fan of Skyfall and I loved what director Sam Mendes did with that film. And to really bring in the excitement, it’s the first time in DECADES that the Bond movies can use the villain organization SPECTRE! The new trailers have been cool, but it seems that early word on the film is that it’s good, but perhaps not AS good as Skyfall. We’ll see how the rest of the reviews are later in the week. Maybe they will spike HIGHER in acclaim or maybe they will drop lower. All that aside I am very much looking forward to see the further adventures of Daniel Craig’s Bond, especially now that he has all the classic Bond elements finally in place. (i.e. Moneypenny and Q.) I will say I’m hoping Christoph Waltz is a bit more interesting than just being the bad guy….but I am a HUGE fan of Waltz so I’m sure he’ll make the most out of the role. For me personally, the Craig era of the Bond films have been my favorite. It’s the era that made of a real fan of the franchise. It’s because of the Craig era that I really truly gave the other Bond films a proper watch. Here’s hoping Spectre can continue to keep my interest in the Bond series, and I’ve got a feeling it will.