Hello once again, ladies and gentlemen. It is time for your bi-weekly dive into all things cinematic. Rotten Tomatoes shows just three movies opening this week, but we will forge on undaunted. We wanted to preview “First Man,” anyway. So the light week in Rotten Tomatoes gives us a rare opportunity to look back, as we as ahead. Life is good.
Before we get really and truly underway, though, I wanted to mention something about one other recently released movie. “Venom” is the current Number One movie worldwide, and is gathering truckloads of cash every minute somewhere in the world. Rotten Tomatoes gives it a “32,” and Gildshire gives it a 3.0. Don’t think hype doesn’t matter. That said, on with the week.
Halloween, rated R for horror violence and bloody images, language, brief drug use, and nudity…but you knew that. It has been 40 years since the original Halloween made Jamie Lee Curtis “The Scream Queen.” If you had the relationship with Micheal Myers that she has had, your hair would be gray, too. This is an iconic nostalgia trip for some, and the remake is well done with updated 21st Century touches. It isn’t Gildshire’s cup of blood, but it will appeal to many. In addition to Ms. Curtis, it stars Judi Greer, Andi Matichak, and James Jude Courtney. Rotten Tomatoes 80, Gildshire 2.0.
The Old Man and the Gun, rated PG-13 for brief strong language (one $%#%). Perhaps the term ‘national treasure” is thrown around too much, but it’s apt when its’s about Robert Redford. The man’s face is 40 miles of road construction, but he is still sexier than anyone on Mayans M.C. Well, the men on that show, anyway. Sarah Bolger is pretty hot. Anyway, we digress. This movie appears to have some drama, some adventure, and some comedy portrayed by veteran actors that know their craft. That’s why it is the Gildshire Movie of the Fortnight award winner. In addition to Mr. Redford, it stars Casey Affleck, Danny Glover, and Tika Sumpter. Rotten Tomatoes 90, Gildshire 5.0.
Wildlife, rated PG-13 for thematic material including a sexual situation, brief strong language, and smoking. Life was simpler during the 1960s. At least, that’s what they say. Truth told that is more myth than fact. The difference is we didn’t play out our angst over non-existent social media. In this film, a family is slowly and gradually torn asunder, and we see it through the eyes of a teenage boy coming to grips with his own life. In a less competitive week, this could easily be an award winner. It stars Carey Mulligan, Jake Gyllenhaal, Bill Camp, and Ed Oxenbould. Rotten Tomatoes 96, Gildshire 4.9.
First Man, rated PG-13 for some thematic content involving peril, and brief strong language. Gildshire Goes to the Movies wondered about this one. How can you ramp up suspense already knowing the outcome? Neil Armstrong returned safely back to Earth. Everyone knows that, and have seen the news footage. That’s why the filmmakers responsible for this movie made it less about space and more about family. Though there are plenty of shake-your-tummy peril and action scenes, at the end of the day, it is a moving story about a driven man and the toll his drive takes on those who know him, and love him, best. It stars Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Jason Clarke, and Kyle Chandler. Rotten Tomatoes 89, Gildshire 4.2.
That’s it for this week, so make sure to take time out for a movie. I don’t remember a week in which there were four 4+ movies all in the same issue of Gildshire Goes to the Movies. An epic way to close out October, for sure.
Be sure to join us again in two weeks as we examine the kind of movies available in the run-up to the Holiday season. Until then, have extra butter. None of us are promised tomorrow, so there is no need to wait for the fun.