A Scary Movie Month

| 10/1/2009 10:57:38 AM

Jean TellerAlthough it makes me sad, I have to say it: October is going to be a lousy month for movies. I see four or five that may, repeat may, make it to my must-see list, and a whole bunch that I know I won’t even rent. How sad is that!

Since I have so few favorites this month, I’m listing a number of films that might capture your attention, as well as the few I’ll probably see. To tell you the truth, I’m not going to as many movies as I used to; not sure why, probably time and money.

A Serious Man: The latest from the Coen Brothers, A Serious Man looks fairly interesting, although I have to say I’m not a major Coen Bros. fan. Dubbed a black comedy, the film is set in 1967 and follows a Midwestern professor as his life comes apart. Rated R, A Serious Man opens in limited release October 2.

Zombieland: Starring Jesse Eisenberg and Woody Harrelson, Zombieland may be a hoot to watch. The trailers offer some humor, and Harrelson is always fun. I’m just not sure I can handle any entire zombie movie, although I hear those zombies are fairly funny. Rated R (and parts of the website are age restricted as well), Zombieland opens October 2.

Whip It stars Ellen Page and Drew Barrymore (who also directed).

Whip It: One of the movies I may try to catch in the theater, Whip It stars Ellen Page and Drew Barrymore. Barrymore also directed and served as executive producer. A coming of age film, this one has a bit of a twist: young Bliss Cavendar (Page) discovers life and happiness while whipping around a roller derby rink. The Texas teen joins the Hurl Scouts, a team already populated by Maggie Mayhem (Kristen Wiig), Bloody Holly (Zoe Bell) and Smashley Simpson (Barrymore). I used to enjoy watching roller derby when I was much younger; we’ll see how this one unfolds. Rated PG-13, Whip It opens October 2.

Jean Teller
10/7/2009 9:56:12 AM

Dave, The Blob was (and is) the scariest movie I have ever seen. We saw it during a summer kids' movie package when I was about 12 - we were going on vacation the next day, and I didn't get much sleep. I kept imagining the Blob coming up over the end of the bed. Scary stuff! And don't get me started on Jaws! Drive-ins were terrific. My parents used to bundle up the four of us (I have three younger sisters) in our pjs and plenty of blankets in the back seat and head for the drive-in. That's where I saw 2001: A Space Odyssey. Hmm, which reminds me - I don't remember too much of that one. Must add it to the rental list! Many people I know don't even like to go to the theater. There's just something about the movie-going experience - whether it was in a drive-in or in a multiplex - that is magical. I enjoy renting as much as the next person, but I would never give up my going-to-the-movies experiences! Unfortunately, I'm not seeing too many in the next couple of months that strike me as must-sees. I do see a few - mainly science fiction - that I'll try to see in the theaters. Sad days for this movie fan.

Nebraska Dave
10/7/2009 9:29:19 AM

Jean, the past few years I’ve noticed starting in October it seems the movie viewing takes a turn for the worst. I’m with you on all the saw, vampire, guts and gore movies. Gone are the days when a scary movie meant Alford Hitchcock or the destruction of Tokyo every Saturday night by some giant creature. Who could forget the Blob or Trepids (giant plants). It wasn’t about the blood and gore but the scary music and the suspense of something that might happen. It was about things that made you jump in your seat and spill your popcorn. And really, who could forget the drive-in movie. About 15 years ago when my daughter was 10, my wife and I decided to take her to the last in the area drive-in theatre. The next day we asked her about the experience and she exclaimed, “It was hot, the bathroom was far away, the car was cramped, and the sound was awful. Next time just rent the movie and we’ll watch it at home.” I guess that’s why the last known drive-in for this area is no longer with us. It truly is a wonderful memory to think back and remember the summers when the local drive-in would have buck night. Buck night was a dollar a car. Can you imagine all the kids we could cram into a car. The place became a sea of teenagers. There were no cops or security guards that I know of. There was no fighting or unruly behavior. The only unlawful thing that happened was someone would try to sneak in the exit. Ah, I can’t tell you how I know that one. Good reviews.

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