Hey there! Here’s hoping you had a productive week. Welcome to Pumpkin Season! I already see a lot of Halloween decorations up around the office and everywhere—gotta say, it’s a welcome sight. Anyhow, let’s see what’s worth watching this weekend at the theaters…
GIRL ON THE TRAIN
Another whodunit as seen through the eyes of one of the suspects—a boozy, down-on-her-luck young alcoholic named Rachel Watson (Emily Blunt). GONE GIRL bored me. I mean, it was very stylish, and the protagonist has quite a bite to her (which was the best part of the film for me), but really, it’s just drama about a broken marriage. This one, based on Paula Hawkins’ bestseller, is drama about a dead woman named Megan Hipwell (Hayley Bennett). Every day for years, as Rachel rode the train from Grand Central, she saw Megan prance about her gorgeous house with her hunky husband Scott (Luke Evans) in their apparently idyllic life—the IRL version of Facebook, if you will. Do you like to sympathize with an alcoholic? Will her problems find you forgiving the nonsense she may have engaged in during one of her blackouts? If your answer is yes, you’ll be quite entertained by Tate Taylor’s dark, very fall-ish flick. If not, and if you are dragged to see this, try and find joy in the splendid dark, brooding mood of this film as conveyed by cinematographer Charlotte Bruus Christensen. Or, you could nap. Here’s the trailer:
BIRTH OF A NATION
Nate Parker’s directorial debut is a gut-wrenching historical drama, even if a tad clumsy at times. It examines the lives of Nat Turner (Tony Espinosa), a slave from the South Hampton County plantation, and Samuel, a Caucasian boy (Griffin Freeman) destined to be Nat’s owner (Armie Hammer). As they grow up, their relationship changes, but it’s only when Nat (Nate Parker) is tasked with teaching black slaves subservience via the Bible that he finds his true calling. The subsequent 1831 revolt resulted in the deaths of 60 slave owners and 200 slaves. It’s certainly not easy to watch, and if you don’t find this flick moving, you need to see a psychiatrist pronto. Kudos to Parker for being brave enough to openly deal with a subject that Hollywood has always shied away from. Here’s the trailer:
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is the cream of the crop for this weekend. See you at the movies! Questions? Complaints? Let me know!