The 2021 Film Release Calendar: October

It’s been such a protracted year, but finally we’re ready to finish the Release Calendar (and finally I can actually start watching stuff from this year in earnest.

By now, the calendar’s starting to get more filled out than it usually is when I start going over everything and we’re starting to get a sense that maybe, just maybe, by the latter half of the year movie theaters will be open and operating again at a level relatively near to what we’re used to.

So, in the hopes of that happening, let’s go over all the stuff that’s fixing to come out.

Here’s October:

October

Dune

Feature adaptation of Frank Herbert’s science fiction novel, about the son of a noble family entrusted with the protection of the most valuable asset and most vital element in the galaxy.

It’s Denis Villeneuve. Automatic 4 stars. At this point he’s almost at 4.5 as an automatic, but I have to be leery about something on this level like I was with Blade Runner. Blade Runner was incredible, so I’m hopeful to get something like that. So I’ll keep myself to 4 and hope I love this as much as I did Blade Runner.

The Addams Family 2

The Addams get tangled up in more wacky adventures and find themselves involved in hilarious run-ins with all sorts of unsuspecting characters.

I didn’t particularly care for the first one, so I can’t imagine this’ll be any better.

2.5 stars.

No Time to Die

James Bond has left active service. His peace is short-lived when Felix Leiter, an old friend from the CIA, turns up asking for help, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.

It’s a Bond movie. 4.5 stars automatic. It’s gotta be real shitty to drop below 4, and this being Craig’s farewell, something tells me they went all out to try to make this one special. So I’ll play the odds and go with that.

The Last Duel

King Charles VI declares that Knight Jean de Carrouges settle his dispute with his squire by challenging him to a duel.

Damon and Affleck co-wrote this and are starring and Ridley Scott is directing. 4 stars is the minimum on this. I have no reason to think this won’t be fantastic.

Halloween Kills

The saga of Michael Myers and Laurie Strode continues in the next thrilling chapter of the Halloween series.

The first one disappointed me. I can’t imagine this will suddenly get better.

3 stars.

Last Night in Soho

A young girl, passionate about fashion design, is mysteriously able to enter the 1960s where she encounters her idol, a dazzling wannabe singer. But 1960s London is not what it seems, and time seems to fall apart with shady consequences.

Edgar Wright gets an automatic 4 stars. He’s earned it. And as much as I’m leery about the prospect of a horror movie, I know Wright’s style well enough to know that this isn’t just gonna be a simple genre movie and will have more to it than that.

Ron’s Gone Wrong

The story of Barney, an awkward middle-schooler and Ron, his new walking, talking, digitally-connected device. Ron’s malfunctions set against the backdrop of the social media age launch them on a journey to learn about true friendship.

Animated movie that’s by Fox. Which is Disney, but not proper Disney. And because of that, 2.5 stars has to be the guess. There are very few non-Disney/Pixar animated movies that legitimately are any good. So I have to assume that I won’t give a shit because that’s how I feel most of the time with these.

Cry Macho

A one-time rodeo star and washed-up horse breeder takes a job to bring a man’s young son home and away from his alcoholic mom. On their journey, the horseman finds redemption through teaching the boy what it means to be a good man.

I love that Clint Eastwood is still directing and starring in movies at 90.

Sounds a lot like less extreme Gran Torino, but let’s not pretend like John Wayne didn’t play variations of the same three roles when he was older either (and three might even be generous).

Clint’s directorial style was always relaxed, so I’m not worried about that part. I am slightly worried about how he comes across on screen at 90, especially given that he’s at a place where not many people will say anything to him about it. The Mule also was questionable, but that may have just been the character he was playing. So I guess we’ll see.

3.5 stars. Clint’s earned it, and this feels more interesting than the flag-waving he’s done with other stuff.

Snake Eyes

A G.I. Joe spin-off centered around the character of Snake Eyes.

I mean, cool. I did like that first G.I. Joe movie in a weird ‘bad-good’ kinda way, but by-and-large these are all generic action movies. So I pretty much know what I’m getting here.

3 stars.

Antlers

In an isolated Oregon town, a middle-school teacher and her sheriff brother become embroiled with her enigmatic student, whose dark secrets lead to terrifying encounters with a legendary ancestral creature who came before them.

It’s Scott Cooper, who has earned my trust. He’s normally an automatic 4 stars from me, but this is a horror movie, and that concerns me. So I’m gonna say 3.5 stars and take solace in the fact that even if I’m wrong, I’ll only be a half-star wrong.

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