October. The month of Halloween. The month of Halloween movies. And, this year, the month of the Halloween reboot. Perhaps my favorite month of the year. October 2018 looks stacked. One exciting film being released after another, but, I hate to be purely optimistic. That’s why I’m going to Jekyll and Hide the five films I’m most intrigued by this month; play devil’s advocate with myself. Here goes:
A Star is Born
Directed by Bradley Cooper Starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga
Walter: 95% on Rotten Tomatoes would seem to suggest that director and star, Bradley Cooper, has pulled it off; it being a remake of an oft told story. All eyes will likely be on Lady Gaga, getting her first real star vehicle. She’s talented, Cooper’s a strong actor. That should be enough to sell A Star is Born 2018.
Tyrone: I’ve seen enough bad movies directed by actors to last me a lifetime. I don’t discourage their ambition to try and branch out, but, more often than not, the film turns into a vanity project. Bradley Cooper has given himself a plum role as an alcoholic with a country accent. Accents+sickness=Oscar Bait. The best version of A Star is Born is the 1954 musical starring Judy Garland and James Mason. That film knew to give Garland the spotlight. Will Cooper allow Lady Gaga to shine?
Directed by Ruben Fleischer Starring Tom Hardy
Walter: Hardy is an exciting actor. He’s never really had a starring role in a huge mainstream movie. With Venom, hopefully he brings something interesting to the somewhat obscure anti-hero.
Tyrone: Hardy’s mainstream attempts as the lead suck. Venom is a dumb character, and the fan base for this Marvel creation isn’t big enough to justify the blockbuster treatment. The trailer did little to change my mind. I don’t recall the context (it doesn’t matter), but Tom Hardy as Venom actually utters the line, “like a turd in the wind.” I don’t know anyone who’s happy about the PG-13 rating. I’m predicting a box office bomb and critical failure. I’m also predicting that I won’t know what Hardy is saying.
Directed by Damien Chazelle Starring Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy
Walter: An immersive look at Neil Armstrong’s quest to be the first man on the moon. Another critical favorite and a sure-fire bet for later Oscar consideration. Chazelle’s first two films were Whiplash and La La Land. That’s a good track record.
Tyrone: La La Land was overrated, and I’m not that interested in space travel. I thought Gravity was boring
Bad Times at El Royale
Directed by Drew Goddard Starring Jeff Bridges and Chris Hemsworth
Walter: The trailer is a knockout. Seven strangers with secrets clash in a secluded hotel. Directed by Drew Goddard, who gave us the insane Cabin in the Woods. I love a good mystery.
Tyrone: This looks extremely similar to Tarantino’s Hateful Eight.
Directed by David Gordon Green Starring Jamie Lee Curtis
Walter: Great slashers are few and far between. The original Halloween is one of the very best, and so, I couldn’t be more amped up for this reboot. Jamie Lee Curtis is back, and all the lame Halloween sequels (I don’t consider Season of the Witch a Halloween movie) are forgotten.
Tyrone: I don’t have any negative expectations with this film. I have huge expectations, and the only risk is it not measuring up.
-Walter Tyrone Howard-