Sunday, August 21, 2011


I'm sure you've noticed that the summer is almost over and September is here with new school and work season. So, what shall we watch in the rare moments of relaxation between two working weeks? Check it
out in HOLLYWOOD SPY'S GUIDE THROUGH SEPTEMBER 2011 FILMS! Hope you'll find something to suit your taste.
 This is probably the most awaited film this September, Gerard Butler's attempt to possibly get an Oscar, which tells the true story of an ex-biker and gang member who makes the life-changing decision to go to East Africa to help repair homes destroyed by civil war and gets outraged by the unspeakable horrors faced by the region’s vulnerable populace, especially the children. Ignoring the warnings of more experienced aide workers, he breaks ground for an orphanage where it’s most needed—in the middle of territory controlled by the brutal Lord’s Resistance Army, a renegade militia that forces youngsters to become soldiers before they even reach their teens. Determined to save as many as possible, he also leads armed missions deep into enemy territory to retrieve kidnapped children, restoring peace to their lives and eventually his own.

Coming out September 23rd, is a sf film ABDUCTION, which is kinda a vehicle for young star Taylor Lautner who wants to
become an action star (and he has chiseled abs to prove his ready for it).  With the cast which also includes another teen star Lily Collins (SNOW WHITE) and some older actors Jason Isaacs, Sigourney Weaver, always weak Maria Bello and Alfred Molina, this thriller centers on a young man who sets out to uncover the truth about his life after finding his baby photo on a missing persons website. Feeling disconnected from his parents he will try to figure out the truth in a quest which will unleash a chain of violent events. Click for the trailer.

Since September will be mostly filled with dark action films and grim horrors, I'm sure you might need a relaxation in the form
of a charming new romantic comedy? And WHAT'S YOUR NUMBER, which hits cinemas on September 30th has a rather adorable and cute cast lead by mega gorgeous people Anna Faris, Chris Evans, Chris Pratt, Mike Vogel, David Annable and Zachary Quinto. The story centers on a woman who treks through her sexual past to find Mr. Right, exploring the idea of sexual quotas and whether such numbers matter. She basically looks back at the past twenty men she's had relationships with in her life and wonders if one of them might be her one true love. Click for the trailer.

Probably the most positive film to premiere this September (on the 16th) is a heartwarming drama DOLPHIN TALE which,
inspired by a true story, follows the friendship between a boy and a dolphin whose tail was lost in a crab trap. It will take the expertise of a dedicated marine biologist, the ingenuity of a brilliant prosthetics doctor, and the unwavering devotion of a young boy to bring about a groundbreaking miracle—a miracle that might not only save the dolphin but could also help scores of people around the world. The brilliant cast includes Ashley Judd, Harry Connick Jr, Morgan Freeman and young Nathan Gamble. The story of this dolphin is still a huge inspiration to both able and disabled who have been touched by her remarkable recovery and rehabilitation. Click for the trailer.

Premiering September 9th is Steven Soderbergh's extremely expensive viral thriller CONTAGION which follows the rapid progress of a lethal airborne virus that kills within days. As the fast-moving epidemic grows, the worldwide medical community races to find a cure and control the panic that spreads faster than the virus itself. At the same time, ordinary people struggle to survive in a society coming apart. Stellar cast includes Jude Law, Kate Winslet, Gwyneth Paltrow and Marion Cotillard. Click for the trailer.

One of the films you liked a lot back when I played you the rather
scary and exciting trailer is the remake of famous STRAW DOGS which follows the idea that everybody has a breaking point. James Marsden plays an L.A. screenwriter who relocates with his wife (Kate Bosworth) to her hometown in the deep South. There, while tensions build between them, a brewing conflict with locals becomes a threat to them both. The cast also includes amazing Alexander Skarsgard, Dominic Purcell, Anson Mount and James Woods.

Action fans will surely be satisfied with a female action hero in COLOMBIANA, a thrilling action packed  movie in which STAR TREK's and AVATAR's Zoe Saldana, joined by two charming gents Michael Vartan and Callum Blue, plays a girl named Cataleya who, after witnessing her parents being murdered by the mob as a 10-year-old kid, sets off on a 15-year journey for revenge that takes
her across the world. Click for the trailer. And if that isn't enough of girl power for you, the same month will also bring us CITIZEN JANE in which Michelle Rodriguez plays Charlotte Foster Jane, a lethal assassin hell bent on avenging the murder of her parents in the guns blazing, action packed retelling of Orson Welles 1941 classic CITIZEN KANE. Click for the trailer.

But if you still prefer boys doing all the action you will probably
prefer KILLER ELITE which premieres on September 23rd. This dynamic action movie revolves around a retired member of Britain's Elite Special Air Service (Jason Statham) who is forced into action after his mentor (Robert De Niro) is taken captive. His mission is to kill three assassins dispatched by their cunning leader (Clive Owen). This irresistibly manly cast also includes Dominic Purcell. Click for the trailer.

September should also bring some other films to cinemas which I've already mentioned before, or which still don't have trailers and
posters: I DON'T KNOW HOW SHE DOES IT with Sarah Jessica Parker, Greg Kinnear and Pierce Brosnan (trailer), MACHINE GUN PREACHER with Gerard Butler, RESTLESS with young Henry Hopper and Mia Wasikowska (trailer), WARRIOR with Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton (trailer), APOLLO 18 bringing the actual and shocking footage which the astronauts captured on the famous space mission. While NASA denies its authenticity, others say it’s the real reason we’ve never gone back to the moon.


  1. "Machine gun preacher" sounds Clint Eastwoody. I'll be keeping an eye out for it.

  2. Dezzy - You have all sorts of fabulousness. I really want to see ABDUCTION (as I've already told you on FB - my secret sin - LOL). And MACHINE GUN PREACHER looks great, too.

  3. @Inverse
    it should be a great film and a very touching story

    yep, I know you're into seeing Lautner on the big screen :)

  4. I remember liking the trailers for a few of those: What's Your Number, Dolphin Tale, and Straw Dogs. Killer Elite will be on my Netflix list for sure. :D

    Nice wrap up.

  5. well, you know that HOLLYWOOD SPY often announces films years ahead :)

  6. How have I not heard of Machine Gun Preacher? Because it looks AWESOME.

  7. Pretty cool. I have a friend who talks about movies a lot, so this'll help me converse with him.

  8. Exciting movies coming up. I don't know if I'll be able to watch all of them down here in Mexico but I'll be watching for some. Thank you for compiling this detailed list.

  9. machine gun preacher looks interesting

  10. Lots of awesomeness today, thanks Dezzy. The Straw Dogs remake and Machine Gun Preacher are on my must watch list.

  11. warrior looks promising. Thanks for the post. Perhaps my torrent client will be very busy next month.

  12. Id like to invite you folks to come to Amish Stories for a recipe for "Famous Pennsylvania Dutch Sticky Cinnamon Buns" along with a book signing schedule for Amish fiction writer Wanda Brunstetter for Pennsylvania and Ohio as well as a contest to meet her. I hope everyone so far is having a great weekend. Thanks everyone. Richard from Amish Stories.

  13. Yay for the ladies Colombiana and Citizen Jane all the way. I think women should have these kinds of roles henceforth. I'm hoping there will be a whole new subgenre of female action films that just rakes in all the box office dollars so we can shit-can all the tired male driven action movies.

    Machine Gun Preacher looks awesome as does Straw Dogs and Warrior. I really want to see Dolphin Tale, too. Great post, Dez.

  14. @Admin
    glad to be at service, Admin :)

    glad you enjoyed the list of September films, Clarissa, I can promise you a much better one for October and November :)

    it sure does!

  15. @Michael
    both MACHINE GUN PREACHER and STRAW DOGS look really exciting and intriguing, and have great lead actors, I won't miss them either

    he he ,yep, torrents will be working like crazy :)

    oh,how very amishy of you to promote yourself for free without even giving us some of those cinnamon buns for our personal pleasure!

  16. @Melsy
    I knew you'd gonna like those two, but for some reason I'm not really convinced they will score any bigger success at the box office, especially not CITIZEN JANE :) But I know you will enjoy them.

  17. It may take Taylor a few movies to break away from the Twilight image though.

  18. 'tis true, Diane, but he is doing a better job of making people forget about his TWILIGHT role than that Pattinson guy :)

  19. Well.. Nothing is more boring than September in term of movie release. Other than Dream House and (probably) Contagion, I think I'll only watch Asian releases that are more interesting (The Sorcerer and the White Snake, My Kingdom, The Mural).

  20. machinegun preacher sounds like it could be a brilliant movie- but i hate the name.

    the dolphin one looks sooooooo good!

    and colombiana- zoe AND callum!?!?! whoo hoo!

  21. @Jaccsy
    and don't forget that January is also a dumpster for films :)
    I actually did put DREAM HOUSE in the post, but then decided to leave it out because you know what's my opinion of kids used in horrors.
    You will really enjoy those Asian epics, and we'll have to find them on torrents :)

    it is an interesting name, and it could be a really touching film if done right.
    We do like crazy Callum, don't we? :)

  22. Hmm, Machine Gun Preacher doesn't look half-bad. Abduction on the other hand... oh boy.

  23. I think you will like MACHINE GUN PREACHER, it is the biggest movie next month. ABDUCTION is more for teen girls :))

  24. Thanks for promoting MGP, Dezzy, you know that one is dear to me and not only because GB is in it. Now the sad thing is it might not even be released next month where I live, hiks... if only I could fly to Toronto and see it at TIFF. In any case, I do hope our Gerry Berry finally gets recognized for his work as it's way overdue!

  25. yep, it seems like a perfect role for an Oscar hunt :)

  26. CONTAGION, MACHINE GUN PREACHER, STRAW DOGS, WARRIOR for sure. Maybe a few others, but we'll see.

  27. those would be my choices as well, but I'll watch DOLPHIN TALE and WHAT'S YOUR NUMBER too since Dezzy loves romcoms and touching dramas :)

  28. Just watched the Straw Dogs trailer, looks a great thriller. Definitely going to see that upon release!

  29. it is an extremely intriguing trailer! They've also just released some nice character posters for the film which are also lovely and scary at the same time :)