Greetings to 6 Degree Film Fans: I am back from a short break, and looking at some good films to finish off the month of October and to celebrate Halloween. Turner Classic Movies is showing High Anxiety,Mel Brooks’ classic homage to Hitchcock, and on this Halloween weekend there is a great lineup including The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, a classic romance with Gene Tierney and Rex Harrison from 1947, and then The Ghost andMr Chicken, a silly spoof on haunted houses with Don Knotts from 1966. Later this week, on Halloween day TCM shows the original Night of the Living Dead from 1968, directed by George Romero.
To my mind, one of the spookiest of Halloween films, other than the original Halloween, is the 1962 classic, Carnival of Souls, directed by Herk Harvey, and this is the film I would recommend to round out Halloween night. It’s recommended viewing for those who want to end the month with a good fright!
At the movies this week there are mixed reviews for the film, Bohemian Rhapsody about the formation of the rock group Queen, and the film, Suspiria, remade from a 1977 classic film about a ballet school that is run by witches. And of course, there’s the Halloween remake with Jamie Lee Curtis, which has garnered mostly positive reviews. For those looking for something light, Johnny English Strikes Again is opening with the first release since the last 2011 “English” film.
The Oscar race is on, with talk of Lady Gaga’s performance in A Star is Born garnering a pick. In animated films, Isle of Dogs and Incredibles 2 have both been submitted for Oscars.
We are heading into November and the holiday film season begins, so stay tuned for our November list coming out next week. Till then, Happy Halloween from 6 Degrees and see you at the movies!-ML
Friday Flix: Welcome, film fans, to the last Friday in October. It’s traditionally the time when many of the best classic horror movies are shown on TV and debuted at the movies. The horror movies that have been touted as “classics” in so many cases in the articles collected in 6 Degrees magazineare simply not as powerful as many of the originals. The degrees are less than six that lead us to similarities, in many cases direct reboots and other films that pale next to the originals using some of the techniques borrowed from Hitchcock and other masters of the genre. On TCM this weekend: We’ve featured a Repulsion Review in the magazine…The review finds a “Deeply disturbing psychological thriller…one of Roman Polanski’s most brilliant films.” Also on TCM: The Lost Weekend: An excerpt from the review: Popular Cinema has found drunkenness amusing. Only occasionally has Hollywood tried to wipe the indulgent smiles off the audience’s faces…”The Lost Weekend is the original “Portrait of a Drunk” which was re-worked for Nicolas Cage’s Oscar-winning film, Leaving Las Vegas. Current Film Reviews are featured in 6 Degrees magazine of the original Blade Runner and the current The Florida Project. And about the Blade Runner remake, a look at the “The Tears of a Machine: The Humanity of Luv in Blade Runner 2049.” Also featured is in-depth look at the Colin Farrell/Nicole Kidman film The Killing of a Sacred Deer from Film Comment and Rogerebert.com; also reviewed: Thank You for your Service, the Miles Teller film. After Weinstein: The Fall of Toxic Masculinity and the Rise of Feminine Consciousness is an article from Rogerebert.com that takes a look at the evolving scene not only in Hollywood, but nationwide as we continue to out some of the worst offenders. Cinema in 67:Camelot Revisited talks about the beautifully made, but in some parts lacking musical version of Camelot with Vanessa Redgrave and Richard Harris. The theme of Camelot was one that was carried through not only in the metaphor presented in the tragedy of the Kennedy Assassination, but also the evolving culture of the sixties. This film was a kind of ode to a dying era. Losers besides Weinstein:Geostorm could lose $100 Million dollars. An Understatement from6 Degrees magazine: This has not been a great year at the movies for Hollywood… Halloween Horror Movies: Featuring a questionable list of top grossing horror movies (Ghostbusters is not a horror movie!) The list includes Halloween; The Sixth Sense..(Not a Halloween pick!) and other likely suspects; The list is terrible from TheStreet.com. site. So… Here’s A better list of Horror films: The Amityville Horror; Sleepy Hollow; Annabelle; Paranormal Activity;The Conjuring; The Blair Witch Project; Get Out; It; The Exorcist;And here’s some older “Classics” that fit the bill for classic horror:The Changeling; 13 Ghosts; Frankenstein; Halloween; Carnival of Souls (1962); The Haunting (1963); The Portrait of Dorian Gray; The Tingler (1959) and The Thriller Video with Michael Jackson and Vincent Price
Finally, Cosmopolitan has a list of some of the releases to watch for in 2018. This is an edited version of film picks that seem to range from fairly interesting looking to mildly entertaining!
Movies for 2018:
Black Panther:It’s a superhero film that actually looks a little different! Releases in February.
A Wrinkle in Time: From Disney and highly-anticipated, with Reese Witherspoon and Oprah! Opens in March. Tomb Raider: Alicia Vikander in the remake of Angelina Jolie’s signature role. Debuts in March
Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs: Not too much information on this, other than the fact that it’s from quirky Indie director Wes Anderson. Opens in March Overboard remake with Anna Faris: This one opens in April, and is a remake of the smallball comedy with Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell. Avengers: Infinity War: Also: in April, another entry in the Marvel series. A Star is Born:Bradley Cooper & Lady Gaga star in this remake of the Judy Garland hit (which was also remade with Barbra Streisand and Kurt Kristofferson in 1976) This one opens in May Solo: A Star Wars Story: This film is a Prequel about Hans Solo’s life before he joined the Rebellion. Opens in May. Ocean’s Eight: The Female Reboot with the obligatory “all-star” cast line up including Kate Blanchett, Rihanna, Sandra Bullock, Julia Roberts and Anne Hathaway. Opening in June. Mamma Mia: Here we go again: July release set with some of the original cast and Cher joining the line-up for this, also a pre-quel. Barbie Movie: An August release for this kids film starring Anne Hathaway as the world’s most famous doll. Mary Poppins Returns: Set for December of 2018, Emily Blunt will star in this reboot. Aquaman: Also set for December of 2018, Jason Momoa will star as the super-hero of the sea.
I notice in this batch not a lot of original thought went into these releases. They are all reboots or sequels/prequels to an existing series…Surprise! Surprise! There still may be an interesting list coming our way when we see the Indies and some of the smaller films that don’t get as much press. That’s always the way of things: good word of mouth and great storytelling wins the race every time. Until next week, see you at the movies!-ML