If you haven't heard ... November will be the most important month in our lifetime. And from what I understand it has nothing to do with the latest Bond film. Go vote.
Before we look forward, let's take a look back at October.
There was just an insane amount of films released. Nobody even had time to focus on films like How to Lose Friends and Alienate People or Flash of Genius. And there was no film to dominate the box office except Beverly Hills Chihuahua, which I have decided I can't fully rip on since I haven't sat through it. It almost sounds worth it.
Here's a quick list of the best of October.
5. City of Ember 4. Blindness 3. W. 2. Zack and Miri Make a Porno 1. Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist
Since Nick and Nora didn't dominate the the box office, I hope it will have a long DVD life. Now, onto November. Also, I didn't see Pride & Glory or Changeling, two films I plan on catching.
November 7, 2008 Madagascar 2: Escape from Africa Plot: Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe and Gloria the Hippo, aren't back in the New York City Zoo, but now they are stuck in Africa. Buzz: I really disliked the first film. Only the penguins were mildly funny, and since I am in the extreme minority, I decided not to review this one. McLaughlin is happily in charge of that. One more reason for people to watch ... Sacha Baron Cohen is doing a voice this time.
Also Opening: Soul Men Role Models Boy in the Striped Pajamas
November 14, 2008 Quantum of Solace Plot: James Bond (Daniel Craig) picks up right where he left off ... kicking arse. Still seeking revenge for the death of his true love (who betrayed him), Bond encounters Dominic Greene (Mathieu Amalric), an environmentalist who has sinister motives. Buzz: This is the first Bond sequel and Craig fits well as the brooding Bond. Hopefully this time we'll get more gadgets and memorable sidekicks. Another nice touch: Jack White and Alicia Keys are singing the song for the opening credits.
Also Opening: JVCD (Jean Claude Van Damme) We are Wizards
November 21, 2008 Twilight Plot: Based on the ultra-popular book by Stephenie Meyer, Bella (Kristen Stewart) is the new girl in school who is quite taken by the mysterious Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) and she soon discovers he and his family may just be vampires. Buzz: I'm really unsure about this one. I'm almost done with the book and while it's a nice, fun read, almost all the dialogue will fail on the big screen. Both Bella and Edward fawn over each other to a ridiculous degree that can be read, but watching it might be too much.
Also Opening: Bolt
November 28, 2008 Milk Plot: Harvey Milk (Sean Penn) is the first openly gay man to run for public office in San Francisco. Based on the true story set in the '70s. If you don't know this story, I won't spoil the ending for you here, but you'll really need to avoid previews and reviews. Buzz: Penn, Emile Hirsch, Josh Brolin and James Franco help to provide insight to the way this country was in the '70s, full of potential change and tons of fear on the other side. Sound familiar?
Also Opening: Australia Four Christmases Transporter 3