It might be the first official day of summer, but October will be here before you know it, and it comes with equally good things: Amidst being in a constant state of drunkenness for Oktoberfest, try to fit seeing these flicks into your busy schedule.
#1: Don Jon (October 13, 2013)
This movie was first released at the Sundance Film Festival this January. Director/producer Joseph Gordon-Levitt is also the main character, a dual role entirely too familiar to anyone living in the northeast. He plays masochistic Jersey boy and guido-type Jon Martello, whose only pleasures in life involve objectifying women and being addicted to porn.
Scarlett Johansson is the typical Jersey shore girl (a role that made me cringe to see her play, even in the trailer) whose job it is to help him find a more gratifying sex and love life. For someone who (like most of the state of New Jersey) absolutely despises the “Jersey Shore” lifestyle, I couldn’t be happier with the casting.
#2: Carrie (October 18, 2013)
For those of us who read the book, it seems promising that this movie is being made… again. It’s my belief that this movie was made for the skeptics who saw the first version of the Stephen King novel, which some critics argued fell short in terms of true drama and was seen as banal and melodramatic. The casting seems perfect, with Chloe Moretz (Hit-Girl from the Kick-Ass movies) playing telekinetic Carrie, and Julianne Moore as the fanatically religious mother who only spurs the poor girl on with religious guilt and emotional abuse.
The original was praised for its attention to bullying and the cruelty that high school can bring, especially to a social outcast like Carrie. This 2013 re-imagining of the book looks more like a horror movie at parts, based on the trailer. And since it’s rated R, I’ll be interested to see just how gruesome the massacre of the graduating class will be. If there’s one thing her cinematic history has proven, it’s that Chloe Moretz’ audience loves to watch her kill people.