Sunday, October 2, 2011

HOLLYWOOD SPY SPOTLIGHT ON OCTOBER FILMS: "MARGIN CALL", "TAMARA DREWE", "THE THING", "BLACKTHORN", "THE BIG YEAR", "FIREFLIES IN THE GARDEN"

October has started, believe it or not, and beside the big blockbusters which already had their spotlights at HOLLYWOOD SPY - epic THE THREE MUSKETEERS, action packed REAL STEEL, futuristicIN TIME and medieval ANONYMOUS, today's spotlight will guide you through the rest of the October films.

STELLAR MARGIN CALL
Set in the high-stakes world of the financial industry, MARGIN CALL is a thriller entangling the key players at an investment firm during one perilous 24-hour period in the early stages of the 2008 financial crisis. When an entry-level analyst unlocks information that could prove to be the downfall of the firm, a roller-coaster ride ensues as decisions both financial and moral catapult the lives of all involved to the brink of disaster. Amazing cast including Zachary Quinto, Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Penn Badgley, Jeremy Irons, Stanley Tucci and Simon Baker, will hit cinemas October 21st. Click to watch the trailer.

CHARMING TAMARA DREWE
Premiering October 8th is TAMARA DREWE, a live-action feature adaptation of Posy Simmonds' acclaimed graphic novel which is itself a modern re-imagining of Thomas Hardy's classic
novel "Far From the Madding Crowd".Gorgeous Gemma Arterton (QUANTUM OF SOLACE, CLASH OF THE TITANS, PRINCE OF PERSIA), plays Drewe, a sexy flirt who returns to her small country village and stirs up dark passions among the locals. Beside Arterton, gorgeous and super talented cast also includes stunning Welshman Luke Evans (CLASH OF THE TITANS, IMMORTALS) and Dominic Cooper (CAPTAIN AMERICA THE FIRST AVENGER). Click for trailer.
FIREFLIES IN THE GARDEN
Although it was shot a few years ago, October 14th will finally bring the premiere of FIREFLIES IN THE GARDEN, a drama with quite a big cast. If follows the Taylors who are the very
picture of the successful American family to an outsider: Charles (Willem Dafoe) is a tenured professor on track to become university president, son Michael (Ryan Reynolds) is a prolific and well-known romance novelist, daughter Ryne is poised to enter a prestigious law school, and on the day we are introduced to them, matriarch Lisa (Julia Roberts) will graduate from college— decades after leaving to raise her children. But when a serious accident interrupts the celebration, the far more nuanced reality of this Midwestern family’s history and relationships come to light. The cast also includes Emily Watson, Ioan Gruffudd, Hayden Panettiere and Carrie Anne Moss. Click for the trailer.

FRIGHTENING  THE THING
Direct prequel to John Carpenter's classic from the 70's, THE THING premieres October 14th set at an Antarctica research site that's invaded by an "alien life form". The discovery of an alien craft brings in graduate student Kate Lloyd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) who partners with Sam Carter (Joel Edgerton), a helicopter pilot, to hunt down this alien. It's interesting that Universal Studios Florida will open a maze inspired by the film in the form of an abandoned scientific research facility in the midst of a vast and frozen Antarctica in which guests will get an unprecedented first-hand preview of the much-anticipated thriller.  Check out the scary trailer.
ACTION PACKED 13
Intriguing and strange action thriller 13  rounds up a pretty huge cast including Jason Statham, Mickey Rourke, Alexander Skarsgard, Ray Winstone, Michael Shannon and even 50 Cent. Premiering October 28th,  the film follows a naive young man who assumes a dead man's identity and finds himself embroiled in an underground world of power, violence, and chance where men gamble behind closed doors on the lives of other men in some very strange game. And if you're not into action films, you might at least like Jason Statham's rather fancy and totally unusual and dashing outfits in the film :) Click for the trailer.
SPOOKY RETREAT
Premiering October 21st is RETREAT. As you know, this exciting and intriguing suspense thriller has quite a stunning cast including amazing Cillian Murphy, gorgeous Thandie Newton and always freaky Jamie Bell. In the rather atmospheric and spooky story Thandie Newton and Cillian Murphy  appear as a married couple who go on a beautiful but remote island to relax, but there they unexpectedly encounter a strange stranded man (Jamie Bell) who tells them that everyone on the mainland had been killed by an airborne virus and that the three of them are the only survivors. Click to watch the trailer.
FUN CHALET GIRL
Premiering October 14th is CHALET GIRL: Pretty tomboy Kim (Felicity Jones) used to be a champion skateboarder, but now she flips burgers to support herself and her dad. Opportunity
comes knocking when she flukes a winter-long catering job in one of the plushest ski chalets in the Alps. At first, Kim is baffled by this bizarre new world of posh people, vintage champagne, epic mountains and waist deep powder. Then Kim discovers snowboarding, and her natural talent soon sees her training for the end-of-season competition, with a chance to win major prize money. But before she can become a champion again, Kim needs to overcome her deepest fears – and figure out what’s going on with Jonny (Ed Westwick), her boss’ handsome but apparently unavailable son.The cast of this British film also includes Bill Nighy, Sophia Bush, Tamsin Egerton and Brooke Shields.
DRAMATIC BLACKTHORN
It’s been said (but unsubstantiated) that Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid were killed in a standoff with the Bolivian military in
1908. In BLACKTHORN, Cassidy (Sam Shepard) survived, and is quietly living out his years under the name James Blackthorn in a secluded Bolivian village. Tired of his long exile from the US and hoping to see his family again before he dies, Cassidy sets out on the long journey home. But when an unexpected encounter with an ambitious young criminal (Eduardo Noriega) derails his plans, he is thrust into one last adventure, the likes of which he hasn’t experienced since his glory days with the Sundance Kid. Hitting cinemas on October 7th, the film also stars Nikolaj Coster Waldau. Watch the trailer.

HILARIOUS THE BIG YEAR
If you like comedies, you might like THE BIG YEAR which premieres October 14th. Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson are at a crossroads- one is experiencing a mid-life crisis, another a late-life crisis, and the third, a far from ordinary no-life crisis. From David Frankel, the director of beautiful classics "The Devil Wears Prada" and "Marley & Me", comes a sophisticated comedy about three friendly rivals who, tired of being ruled by obligations and responsibilities, dedicate a year of their lives to following their dreams. Their big year takes them on a cross-country journey of wild and life-changing adventures. Watch the trailer.

29 comments:

  1. Your link for "Fireflies in the Garden" led to a different film.

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  2. It didn't, Debs, the link leads to my official YouTube page where you have all of these videos, just look on the menu in the right side :)

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  3. I feel so out of touch. I heard of one of these. When I went on hiatus - I really went on hiatus! LOL

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  4. im going to check some of these out, thanks!

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  5. now's the time to catch up :) Autumn is here, colder weather, nice cozy cinemas ...

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  6. @Dora
    hope you will enjoy some of them ;)
    And don't forget that November will be a much richer month when it comes to movies

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  7. Thanks for the wrap-up. You know Anonymous is the big movie for me, but Retreat and 13 are kind of interesting in a dark and scary kind of way too.

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  8. Great previews list. I'm interested most especially in The Thing, Retreat and Fireflies, especially knowing Ioan is in it. 13 looks great as well. Luke Evans and Gemma make Tamara Drewe look intriguing. And Ed Westwick is so hot, he could make me willingly sit through a Nicholas Sparks film. :)

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  9. Retreat is going to be one to watch - I'm looking forward to that one :)

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  10. I want to see Fireflies. Wow, it was so touching and powerful. Also, anything with Statham in it...well, that's a must see.

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  11. "Margin call" sounds like something I would watch. Can not believe it is already October:-)
    hugs from New York,
    xx
    Ask Erena
    http://askerena.blogspot.com/

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  12. I can say any of them really turn my crank, may be a buy once they hit the 5 dollar bin at wal mart, but other than that who knows. Hate prequels almost as much as remakes too.

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  13. very nice post. lol jason statham, must see that one.

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  14. thank you so much for this reminder Dezzy :)

    I almost forgot about Margin Call. will search the dvd once it comes out. I have just watched Creation, my admiration on Bettany increases because of it.

    still hoping Retreat will b played herethank you so much for this reminder Dezzy :)

    I almost forgot about Margin Call. will search the dvd once it comes out. I have just watched Creation, my admiration on Bettany increases because of it.

    still hoping Retreat will b played here

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  15. @Luanne
    I hope ANONYMOUS won't disappoint us, although I'm not expecting much except the medieval atmosphere in the film

    @Come At Me
    glad you like it

    @Melsy
    I hope Ioan has a big enough role in it. Luke Evans' role in TAMARA DREW is actually my favourite of his roles so far, because although he played a hunky guy (shirtless mostly) he had such amazing facial expressions in it, and you know how much I love and prefer expressive actors. The film generally has that lovable warm British comedy vibe!

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  16. @Jamie
    I reckon you already watched some of the films since they were already released in UK

    @Clarissa
    it could be an interesting drama, I'm not sure why it took so long for it to be released

    @Erena
    yep, it's weird, it's shocking to realize that Xmas is almost around the corner :(

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  17. @Pat
    hey, Pats, how come you rhyme only at your place? :)

    @MAybe
    Statham rules :)

    @Novia
    it's your month with both Bettany and Cillian having new films out :)

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  18. Retreat, Margin call, and 13(Even with the inclusion of 50 cent) look the most interesting to me

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  19. October is looking rather sad for movies. The one about the birds really looks bad. Maybe I'll just raid our DVD collection instead. I can always watch Over the Hedge one more time.

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  20. @Dirty
    yep, those are the better ones this month

    @Diane
    Autumn months are always the saddest when it comes to movies. The same goes for the first months in year.

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  21. Looking forward to 13 and the Retreat and curious about the Thing (scary!!!)
    Also The Big Year sounds good too.

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  22. THE THING should be super freaky with that isolated, polar setting ..... nowhere to run ...

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  23. I'll see them all. BLACKTHORN tops that list. RETREAT is a must. TAMARA DREWE for sure. 13 might be a pass, though.

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  24. I thought BLACKTHORN wouldn't be my cup of tea, since I'm not into westerns and Shepherd, but the trailer really does look intriguing and very unusual, and the visuals are great, so I might check it out. TAMARA DREW was a charming British film, the type I like best.

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  25. yup :) and Cillian has 2 movies. Too bad i am not sure I will see them all in cinema :(

    I really can't guess what's on cinema anymore

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  26. the same is with me and Serbian cinemas ...

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  27. wow! so comprehensive! thanks for putting this together dezz!

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  28. hope it was useful and helpful, Vics! And hope you're still breathing from all the work :)

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