feature: Top Must See Movies – October 2013No Comment
It’s time again for my picks of what you should watch this month. Naturally, I think you should go to the cinema a lot… so here’s… more than a few picks.
A bipolar, bigoted junkie cop manipulates and hallucinates his way through the festive season in a bid to secure promotion and win back his wife and daughter.
Director: Jon S. Baird
Cast: James McAvoy, Jamie Bell, Imogen Poots, Eddie Marsan, Jim Broadbent
Why you should see it: Great trailer. Based on a novel by Trainspotting scribe, Irvine Welsh, it promises to be, if nothing else, one wild ride.
An American girl on holiday in the English countryside with her family finds herself in hiding and fighting for her survival as the third world war breaks out.
Director: Kevin McDonald
Cast: Saoirse Ronan, George MacKay, Tom Holland, Harley Bird, Anna Chancellor
IMDb: How I Live Now
Why you should see it: She might be getting a little type-cast but Saoirse Ronan always puts in a excellent performance and I have no doubt that How I Live Now will be no exception. Kevin McDonald as well has proved himself with the excellent documentary Touching The Void and The Last King of Scotland. Plus, I’m a huge fan of post-apocalyptic drama in any shape or form so I’m always going to recommend them when they come up.
The Irish Pub is a tribute to the greatest institution in Irish society, the pub or more specifically the traditional Irish publicans who run them.
Director: Alex Fegan
IMDb: The Irish Pub
Why you should see it: At the heart of it, The Irish Pub is a loving tribute to the tradition of the Irish pub. If you want to know what a REAL Irish Pub is, watch this film.
The U.S. government recruits Machete to battle his way through Mexico in order to take down an arms dealer who looks to launch a weapon into space.
Director: Robert Rodriguez
Cast: Danny Trejo, Amber Heard, Sofía Vergara, Alexa Vega, Vanessa Hudgens, Jessica Alba, Michelle Rodriguez, Lady Gaga, Mel Gibson, Charlie Sheen, Antonia Banderas, Demian Bichir
IMDb: Machete Kills
Why you should see it: The first Machete was a fun slice of exploitation cinema… and just look at the cast Rodriguez has assembled for the sequel. Incidentally it’s also Lady Gaga’s big screen acting debut.
Searching for a missing student, two private investigators break into his house and find collection of VHS tapes. Viewing the horrific contents of each cassette, they realize there may be dark motives behind the student’s disappearance.
Director: Simon Barrett, Jason Eisener, Gareth Evans, Gregg Hale, Eduardo Sánchez, Timo Tjahjanto, Adam Wingard
Cast: Samantha Gracie, Lawrence Michael Levine, Adam Wingard, Bette Cassatt, Fachry Albar
Why you should see it: If you missed the first V/H/S, the concept is, a number of up and coming directors have got together to produce short horror films and they’re strung together with a vague framing story. As with all anthology films, some segments work better than others, but given that this is the only horror film coming out in time for Halloween… this is what you’ve got.
There were probably 2-3 properly good segments in the last one and one of those directors is back for more here. Also, Gareth Evans – director of The Raid has pitched in for a segment as well so that could be good.
86-year-old Irving Zisman is on a journey across America with the most unlikely companion: his 8 year-old grandson, Billy.
Director: Jeff Tremaine
Cast: Johnny Knoxville, Jackson Nicoll, Spike Jones, Georgina Cates
IMDb: Jackass presents: Bad Grandpa
Why you should see it: The last Jackass movie, Jackass 3D (a documentary, according to IMDB), was pretty damn funny. I, for one, am curious to see what their first non-Jackass film will be like.
70 years after a horrific alien war, an unusually gifted child is sent to an advanced military school in space to prepare for a future invasion.
Director: Gavin Hood
Cast: Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis
IMDb: Ender’s Game
Why you should see it: I will always recommend sci-fi when it comes up. In any case, Ender’s Game is the film adaptation of one of the most influential series of sci-fi novels of all time, so definitely one that’s worth highlighting.
Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.
Director: Alan Taylor
Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Natalie Portman, Christopher Eccleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba
IMDb: Thor: The Dark World
Why you should see it: The Avengers marvellous adventure continues with the second Thor movie. Miss it at your own peril.
That’s it for another month. Which films are you most looking forward to this month?
Synopsis sources: IMDb
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