The Oscar Project
This post is a week behind, but I wanted to at least put it here for archival purposes. There are a few wide release films that are coming out this weekend and I have my normal summaries below.
The list of limited release films is just the list with no descriptions this week. Sorry for slacking a little bit, but in the interest of time and getting this up, I didn't want to completely neglect the post.
With October and Halloween right around the corner, what better film to put out to horror fans than one about a amusement park/fright festival that has people actually trying to kill you?
As you know if you've read any of my previous posts about horror films, I'm not usually a fan. I know it's a niche that many people love, but I'm not one of them. This film seems to have callbacks to classics such as Halloween with the killer in a grotesque mask who follows the protagonists around silently killing.
Of course, if you've been paying attention to upcoming films, you'll know that there is an upcoming sequel to the original Halloween with Jamie Lee Curtis reprising her role from the original. In my unknowledgable opinion, I would probably recommend waiting for that later in October.
Leave it to Kevin Hart to keep finding films that highlight his characters in a situation that makes him a fish out of water. The latest is Night School where Teddy Walker (Hart) finds himself in need of returning to finish his GED in order to land a high paying job at a top investment firm. Enter Carrie (Tiffany Haddish), Teddy's unorthodox night school teacher who has to deal with a band of misfits in her class.
Now, don't get me wrong, I love Kevin Hart's comedy, but I struggle a little with films like this because they come across being so formulaic. If Teddy wasn't already proposing to his girlfriend at the beginning of the trailer, I would peg Haddish as the obvious love interest interfering with the need to focus on his teachings rather than his teacher.
If you're looking for a fun family friendly film this weekend, this is your best bet, and honestly the most family-focused film we've seen in several weeks. The last film I remember as pure family fun was Christopher Robin all the way back at the beginning of August.
The key here is that the film flips the famous search for Bigfoot on its head and we follow a tribe of Bigfoots (Bigfeet?) living in the mountains. One of them comes across a "Smallfoot" (aka human) half buried in the snow who gets pulled away by a parachute before he is able to bring the Smallfoot back to show the clan. Hilarity is bound to happen as the different species cannot understand each other and misunderstandings are rampant.
I do see an outside chance as a nomination for Best Animated Feature here although the field is already crowded with The Incredibles 2, Isle of Dogs, and the forthcoming Ralph Breaks the Internet and The Grinch.
I'm just a film buff who wants to watch great movies. Where else to find the best, than the list of those nominated by the Academy each year?