Fall Movie Preview

The fall movie season always has a number of potential blockbusters and award season hopefuls. This year will be no different with many promising movies coming out from now till the end of the year.  “Gravity” kicked off the season with a huge opening weekend of $55 million and a 96 % approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

The film stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as astronauts who have to survive in space after their spaceship is destroyed. It has been marketed as a 3D spectacle with amazing special effects that has to be seen in theaters. “The movie makes you feel as if you’re actually in space, and the 3D isn’t used as a gimmick,” GCC student Jayne Kramer said.

In the middle of October, “Carrie” and “The Escape Plan” open. “Carrie” is a remake of the 1976 film starring Chloe Moretz as the title character. It has a great chance of becoming a hit because it is the only horror movie being released during the month.

Normally, numerous horror movies are released during October because of Halloween. However, this year many of those movies such as Paranormal Activity V were delayed. “The Escape Plan” starring Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger could also do well, but a few people are skeptical”. “I would’ve rather seen them make a movie together when they were in their primes, and not when they’re almost seventy years old,” GCC student Chris Gernert said.

The last weekend of October sees two very different movies going head to head. The first is “Bad Grandpa” starring Johnny Knoxville as a grandpa taking his grandson on road trip. The movie contains stunts like in “Jackass” but adds them into a narrative format. This includes crashing a wedding, accidentally ruining a funeral, and even a stripper routine at a toddler pageant.

The other movie is “The Counselor” starring Michael Fassbender, Cameron Diaz, and Brad Pitt. “No Country for Old Men” writer Cormac McCarthy wrote the screenplay, and with an all-star cast assembled the movie should be a hit with critics and audiences alike.

In November, “Enders Game” is hoping to become the next big book to film franchise. However, 2013 hasn’t been kind to many of those films. “Thor: The Dark World” comes out the next week, and will definitely do well.

Superhero films are big right now and the character Thor was a crucial part of “The Avengers”. “The Wolf of Wall Street” directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio is supposed to come out the following week. However, the film might be postponed until Christmas or 2014. The current cut is rumored to be over three hours long, and Scorsese is still trying to edit it down to get it released on time.

“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” is guaranteed to do well over the Thanksgiving weekend. In all likelihood it’ll probably be the top earning movie of the fall as it appeals to both males and females.

December has a lot of big movies and most of them come out on Christmas Day. Opening on December 12th is “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” which is the second part of the new “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. Many people felt the first one was boring and slow, but part two should have more action.

“Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” opens the next week, and has been anticipated by many for years. “Anchorman is one of my favorite comedies, and I can’t wait to see what they do with the second one,” GCC student Matthew Martinez said.

Christmas Day has a few different movies opening. “American Hustle” stars Christian Bale as a con artist and Bradley Cooper as a federal agent who have to work together to bring down mobsters and politicians. With a strong cast and intriguing premise the film should do well over the holidays.

“47 Ronin” starring Keanu Reeves has been delayed for over a year and could be the biggest disappointment over the holiday season. “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” stars Ben Stiller in a movie about a man who lives in fantasy worlds. The upcoming fall movies are looking promising with something for everyone to enjoy.

Top 10 movies of the summer

The summer months are reserved for movies that will make a large sum of money. These movies are known as blockbusters and it has worked this way since 1977 when “Star Wars: A New Hope” went on to make over $400 million at the US box office.

This summer was no exception and there were numerous hits. Firstly, “Iron Man 3” went onto make over $400 million domestically and over $1 billion worldwide. Some of its success could be attributed to coming a year after “The Avengers”.

“The Avengers was the biggest movie of all time and Iron Man is the most popular superhero member of the team,” says Matthew Martinez. Second, “Despicable Me 2” out grossed its predecessor by a wide margin and surprisingly became the top grossing animated film of the summer.

With a relatively low budget of $75 million, a chance to pass $1 billion worldwide, and toys that sell very well the “Despicable Me” brand will be around for years to come. Coming in third place was the Superman reboot “Man of Steel”.

The reboot comes seven years after “Superman Returns” which wasn’t well received by fans of the series. The film has made $290 million domestically and that could be attributed to a strong marketing campaign which emphasized the action sequences and the fact that comic book movies are more popular than ever at the present moment.

“Monsters University” came in fourth place and its success is thanks in part to the legacy of the first film. “I remember seeing the first one ten years ago or so, and it is still one of my favorite animated movies,” says Nicole Ybarra.

“Fast and the Furious 6” came in fourth place with $240 million domestically and almost $800 million worldwide. The series has changed in various ways since the first film came out all the way back in 2001.

What originally started off as a strictly car racing series has delved more into big action sequences involving cars. These action sequences get the original fans into theaters, as well as moviegoers that weren’t fans of the older films.

“Star Trek Into Darkness” came in fifth place with $228 million domestically and made more in foreign markets than the first film. There are many Star Trek fans from the original movies and television shows, as well as casual moviegoers who liked the reboot from four years ago which made Into Darkness a hit.

Surprisingly in sixth place was the Brad Pitt zombie thriller “World War Z”. The film had missed two of its original release dates, had very bad press, and even had the ending of the movie completely redone. A PG-13 rating instantly helped the film garner a larger audience as well as zombies being a big deal right now thanks to the television show “The Walking Dead”.

The Sandra Bullock/Melissa McCarthy buddy cop film “The Heat” came in seventh place. Both actresses have had hit films and blending their different comedy styles worked. The film surprised many people in its first week as it out grossed the much more expensive “White House Down” by almost $15 million proving female led comedies are here to stay.

“The Great Gatsby” came in 8th place with $145 million domestically. The film had a huge star in Leonardo DiCaprio, is a well-loved book, and had a trippy visual style. It also had a unique soundtrack which featured songs from modern artists, but still stayed faithful to the source material.

The horror film “The Conjuring” came in ninth place as it has made $130 million so far. The film was marketed as being based on true events and the advertisements let filmgoers know that it was rated R based off of how scary it was. “The Conjuring was scary without having to rely on blood and gore,” says Nicole Ybarra.

In tenth place was the Adam Sandler comedy “Grown Ups 2”. The film was panned by critics, but audiences flocked to see Sandler’s movie regardless of critic’s opinions. While not as big as the summer of 2012 in terms of box office intake there were many hits as there will continue to be every summer.