Hot buttered (or golden topping) popcorn. Or maybe nachos with cheese and salsa dip instead. Iced tea drink. A box of M&Ms for dessert. All overpriced when you go to a movie theatre but it is part of the experience, if you decide to indulge in, when you watch a film on the big screen.
A couple of days ago, I read an article on The Globe and Mail website highlighting their list of 30 must-see movies. After looking at their selections, it turns out I want to see half of the movies on that list. Looks like I’ll be indulging my closeted cinephile tendencies this fall. I honestly can’t remember a time where there seemed to be so much I wanted to see on the big screen.
But I’m not a big enough cinephile to head over to the annual Toronto International Film Festival partake in its events. I’m not into watching celebrities and movie actors walking the red carpet. To be in the middle of it seems maddening. Not really my cup of tea.
Anyway, my night out at the movies usually occurs about once every four to six months. So, I might be asking a lot of myself to watch 15 new theatrical releases between now and December. I could wait for the movies to come out on Blu-ray or show up on Netflix but I get the feeling these movies will be better enjoyed on the big screen.
I can say whole-heartedly that Dumb and Dumber To is NOT on my personal must-see list. Never saw the first movie, no way in hell am I going to watch this sequel.
From my list, I am most-excited to see The Imitation Game starring Benedict Cumberbatch. God, that man can act. I’m also curious about the real-life person he portrays — British mathematician Alan Turing. Turing’s work during World War II interests me. I’m not a history buff by any stretch of the imagination. I guess certain aspects of history piques my interest.
The Penguins of Madagscar is another film I want to see. I simply cannot resist an animation film that features the talents of Benedict Cumberbatch and John Malkovich. I’m such a fangirl.
Considering the acting chops of Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson, No Good Deed should be an above-average thriller. I’m not much for this kind of thriller but I’m willing to give it a shot because of Elba and Henson.
Birdman, Foxcatcher, St. Vincent also rate high on my must-see list. It’s been awhile since I watched Michael Keaton in anything and by the looks of the trailer, Birdman looks promising. With Foxcatcher, I’m really looking forward to seeing Steve Carrell take on a dramatic role. The early buzz around this movie is Carrell’s performance is Oscar-worthy. I only know him as a funny man so this should be a treat to watch. And of course, I have to watch Bill Murray in St. Vincent. The man is hilarious and I loved him in Lost in Translation. Another funny man who could pull out a great dramatic performance. Now, I’m thinking of Robin Williams… sigh.
Watching a good film will be a welcome break from the busy fall I am about to enter. Harvesting the vegetable garden. Harvesting the apple trees. Preparing the yard and home for winter. Yes, I said winter. All the stuff I still need to do for the book launch… one of which is to get the book files to the printer this week. The files are pretty much ready but I’ll have a final look-through before the printer receives them. I’ll be relieved when they have it in their hands. Another step in the process.
Maybe I’ll celebrate this step by watching a movie.