OCTOBER We Take A Look At Stephen King As Our AUTHOR Of The Month.
A Few Of His Horror, Supernatural Fiction, Suspense, and Fantasy Novels Books Turned Into Movies. Just In Time For Halloween!
Stephen Edwin King is an American author of horror, supernatural fiction, suspense, and fantasy novels. His books have sold more than 350 million copies, many of which have been adapted into feature films, miniseries, television series, and comic books. King has published 61 novels and six non-fiction books.
Born: September 21, 1947 (age 72 years), Maine Medical Center, Portland, ME
Released (US): November 3rd, 1976
The story of misfit high-school girl, Carrie White (played by Sissy Spacek), who gradually discovers that she has telekinetic powers. Repressed by a domineering, ultra-religious mother (played by Piper Laurie) and tormented by her peers at school, her efforts to fit in lead to a dramatic confrontation during the senior prom.
Released (US): May 23rd, 1980
Jack Torrance, his wife Wendy, and their young son Danny move into the Overlook Hotel, where Jack has been hired as the winter caretaker. Cut off from civilization for months, Jack hopes to battle alcoholism and uncontrolled rage while writing. Danny’s only companion during the long winter is an imaginary friend, Tony, who speaks to him and shows him visions of the murdered daughters of a previous caretaker.
Released (US): May 11th, 1984
The Department of Scientific Intelligence never anticipated that two participants in their research program would marry and have a child. Charlie McGee (Drew Barrymore) inherited pyrokinetic powers from her parents, Andy (David Keith) and Vicky (Heather Locklear) who had been given a low-grade hallucinogen called “Lot Six” while at college.
Released (US): March 9th, 1984
A twelve-year-old preacher named Isaac in the town of Gaitlin, Nebraska, commands the children of the town to kill everyone over the age of 18. When one child tries to escape 3 years later, his throat is cut by Isaac’s disciple, Malachai.
Released (US): March 6th, 2003
What was usually an annual routine hunting trip for four long-time friends, takes an unusual turn of events. Henry (Thomas Janes), Beaver (Jason Lee), Jonesy (Damien Lewis), and Pete (Timothy Olyphant), take in a disoriented stranger who they found wandering in the woods. They learn that the reason for his condition is that he has been taken over by an alien life-form.
Pet Sematary (1989)
Released (US): April 21st, 1989
The road in front of Dr. Louis Creed’s rural Maine home frequently claims the lives of neighborhood pets. Louis (Dale Midkiff) has recently moved from Chicago to Ludlow with his wife Rachel (Denise Crosby), their children, Ellie (Blaze Berdahl) and Gage (Miko Hughes) and pet cat. Near their house, local children have created a cemetery for the dogs and cats killed on the busy highway.
Stephen had a cameo as a minister at a funeral.
Released (US): August 12th, 1983
The Cambers’ once-friendly St. Bernard turns into a killer after being bitten by a rabid bat. Vic Trenton (Daniel Hugh-Kelly) is in New York on a ten-day business trip. His wife, Donna Trenton (Dee Wallace), has recently ended her affair with a local handyman, Steve Kemp (Christopher Stone). Left to fend for herself, she takes her ailing Pinto to Joe Cambers’ (Ed Lauter) deserted garage for repairs only to be trapped with her son Tad (Danny Pintauro) in the sweltering car by the monstrous dog.
Current Movie Reviews
I don’t even like Ronstadt but this movie was an exceptional look at her career & her talents. Dolly Parton says Ronstadt can sing anything & the movie goes to show you that she not only could but has. Excellent look at a stunning career & life. Grade…A
AUDIENCE SCORE 91% IMDB 9/10
I’m honestly torn on this one. Well acted, well-made film that is far from entertaining! Dark, dirty & very disturbing. I can see where fears of violence came from. Loved Phoenix & the booming soundtrack & songs. I can give it an A- but will recommend this to only a few.
AUDIENCE SCORE 94% IMDB 9/10
Oscar buzz for RZ is huge, & warranted. She tackles a tough task taking on Judy Garland. Looks the part, sounds the part but the singing not so much. Who could? The end of Garland’s life was not pleasant. Booze, drugs and little love. RZ is great, movie…good to v good B+
AUDIENCE SCORE 86% IMDB 7/10
Nice to see a challenging movie for a change. Not sure if this movie won’t require multiple viewings to completely catch all that is going on. Pitt heads to space to see if his long lost father is alive. I liked it but I’m not exactly sure of everything that went on. Trippy. B
AUDIENCE SCORE 58% IMDB 7.1/10
I’m a sucker for a good Rambo movie, but this is not a good Rambo movie. Living in what looks like Texas with an older woman & her granddaughter. The girl goes to Mexico alone (!) looking for deadbeat dad. Then it gets sleazy, really creepy, dark and uber-violent. C-
AUDIENCE SCORE 95% IMDB 7.2/10
Based on a Pulitzer prize-winning book that I have not read, this movie is a mess. At 2.5 hrs. I had plenty of time to shake my head, trying to figure out how this could have gone wrong. Deadbeat dads, terrorist strike, drug dealing Russians & a secret that everyone knew. C-
AUDIENCE SCORE 85% IMDB 6.4/10
Not sure about all this talk of an Oscar for J Lo? A true story inspired this story about strippers drugging men & stealing from them. Sounds exciting. It’s not. It’s pretty tame and dare I say, boring. The acting is only okay at best. The story?! C
AUDIENCE SCORE 83% IMDB 5.5/10
Never really a fan of CSN or CSNY but I loved this documentary about a 76 yr. old man with great stories and great regret. Byrds, Beatles, Dylan. Janis, Joni & Mama Cass. Brutally honest, in your face and without censor. Great joy and depths of grief. An excellent film! A-
AUDIENCE SCORE 88% IMDB 6.6/10
The original IT was a huge hit & this second chapter is as well. 27 years later the Loser Club is called to once again stop Pennywise the Clown. The cast is strong, the story well done and the film is full of creepy terror. Bloody, gory and at times intense. VERY R-rated. B+
AUDIENCE SCORE 87% IMDB 7.1/10
A painfully sad look at a female bee-hunter in Europe living in horrific poverty w/ a rapidly failing mother. She tends bees in cracks & crevices of the hilly terrain around her shack. A neighbor threatens this delicate balance. This didn’t work for me at all. Too bleak. C-
AUDIENCE SCORE 93% IMDB 8.1/10
Tough to review a movie with this much violence, profanity & blood BUT it is original, creative & in parts flat out funny. The bride surprised on her wedding night with a deadly game of hide & seek. If she lives til dawn, her in-laws die. Better than it looks with cautions!! B-
AUDIENCE SCORE 86% IMDB 7.2/10
With an unbelievably strong cast, this curiously titled film tells the story of two men and ultimately a woman on a quest to find a wrestling camp for their Down Syndrome companion. Dirt poor and broken people chasing their dreams. Wants to be more but doesn’t get past cute! B
AUDIENCE SCORE 90% IMDB 7.9/10
A heavy drama with twists & turns and a great cast w/ Williams, Cruddup & Moore. Williams travels to NYC from India to accept money for charity from a huge company. A chance encounter leads down a rabbit hole of surprising and painful memories. Good, but one twist too many. B
AUDIENCE SCORE 70% IMDB 5.7/10
Cate Blanchett is an actress willing to take great chances. Sometimes they work well and sometimes not. This is much closer to them later. World-famous architect/recluse struggling to deal with life. Eccentric or mentally ill? Maybe just annoying? I was not overly impressed! C/C+
AUDIENCE SCORE 80% IMDB 6.8/10
Moss, Haddish & McCarthy and horrible reviews. How could that be right? Start with a really bad story, horribly told and acted. Add a lot of blood and violence and finish it off with a little (okay a lot) of domestic abuse. What did these talented women see in this script? D
AUDIENCE SCORE 70% IMDB 5.1/10
The Farewell is one of those movies you don’t see often enough, thoughtful and thought-provoking with a very strong heart. Old & very ill Chinese woman near death but the family doesn’t want her to know. East vs. West, customs & traditions and love of family. Real emotions. B+
AUDIENCE SCORE 97% IMDB 8.2/10
This 3rd film in an unlikely series is the best yet. Freeman back as President, Butler, his faithful friend & protector. Butler, framed for the assassination attempt, out to clear his name & protect the President. Run of the mill action flick until Nick Nolte shows up. Wow! Fun! B+
AUDIENCE SCORE 89% IMDB 6.8/10
The big summer movies are in the rear-view mirror. The “important” films of fall still coming. In August we get films that didn’t make either cut. This is a mixed bag combining teen secrets, faith & rattlesnakes. It’s dark, very dark, but has moments. Strong acting & cast. B-
AUDIENCE SCORE 85% IMDB 5.2/10
Nearly impossible to review a Tarentino movie in 280 characters. Another wild, bloated, crazy ride with an A A-list cast. 1969 was a huge turning point for our country and Tarentino captures it perfectly. Great fun and joy with danger and evil lurking around every corner. A-
AUDIENCE SCORE 92% IMDB 9.2/10
Young Pakistani living a world with prejudice and overbearing parents are inspired to break free by the lyrics & music of Bruce Springsteen. Inspired by the true story this is a charming film with just enough emotional punch to strongly recommend. Lead actor, Kalra, is wonderful B+
AUDIENCE SCORE 84% IMDB 7/10
While not a great movie, it is a great story, well told with emotion, a touch of religion & very strong performances. Hodge plays a real-life college football player with NFL dreams who is falsely accused of rape & sent to prison. Can Kinnear get him exonerated? Powerful! B+
AUDIENCE SCORE 92% IMDB 6.5/10
Emma Thompson as a late night TV show host facing the end of her career when she adds an unknown new female writer to her all-male writing staff. Honestly, a great premise but the script struggles to reach that level. The writing is occasionally smart but not consistently. B+
AUDIENCE SCORE 79% IMDB 6.3/10
Christmas comes early for my sis-in-law Deb. The first spinoff from Fast & Furious. A loud, stupid & looong sequel that had greatness within reach but at 2:15 minutes, stumbles at the finish line. Many things to recommend, great action, stunts & cameos. Coulda been great… B-
AUDIENCE SCORE 91% IMDB 7.1/10
If you thought this could even come close to the original, your hopes were set too high going in. To remake a live version of possibly the greatest animated film of all time is a gutsy move. Some greatness here but more really goodness. The moving mouths were quite weird. B+
AUDIENCE SCORE 88% IMDB 7.2/10
Another dark and very funny comedy. Meek man (a typecast Jesse Eisenberg) mugged and ends up taking karate classes. Testosterone oozing everywhere. Learning to hate, to be mean and to hurt people. Does get pretty violent toward the end but still very funny. B/B+
AUDIENCE SCORE 76% IMDB 7.5/10
Sometimes it’s okay for funny movies to be stupid & that’s exactly where STUBER fits in. Uber driver named Stu spends the evening driving a nearly blind cop around. Crazy hijinks ensue. I did laugh more than I expected but this is an R-rated comedy not for kids! Many F-bombs. B-
AUDIENCE SCORE 83% IMDB 5.8/10
Joker’ Delivers Largest October Opening Ever With $93.5 Million
This weekend saw the Warner Bros. DC Comics adaptation Joker deliver the largest October domestic opening weekend of all-time and the fourth largest opening ever for an R-rated feature. The film was the #1 movie domestically and overseas, kicking things off with a $234 million global launch.
With an estimated $93.5 million, Warner Bros.’s Joker delivered the largest October domestic opening ever, topping the $80.25 million opening for Venom just last year, not to mention coming very close to the $93.8 million opening for Justice League in 2017, which it could very easily top once actuals come in on Monday.
The Joker’s performance is also the fourth largest domestic opening ever for an R-rated film and comes up just shy of becoming only the fourth R-rated film to ever open with $100+ million. Heading into the weekend the film had already broken a record, becoming the widest October opening ever, playing in 4,374 locations and on Thursday night it delivered an October record for preview grosses, bringing in $13.3 million. Now attention will turn to how well it will be able to holdover next week.
Opening day audiences gave the film a “B+” CinemaScore with the under-35 set giving it an “A-“. To go along with a solid critical opinion — 69% on RottenTomatoes — the film holds a 91% audience score on RottenTomatoes to go along with an impressive 9.1/10 from IMDb users. The opening weekend crowd skewed heavily male at 64% while 66% of the audience was under the age of 35.
Internationally, Joker debuted in 73 markets and brought in an estimated $140.5 million for a $234 million global debut. Leading the way was a $16.3 million opening in South Korea followed by the UK ($14.8m), Mexico ($13.1m), Russia ($10m), Brazil ($7.3m), Japan ($7.0m), Italy ($6.8m), Australia ($6.6m), Indonesia ($5.9m), Spain ($4.6m), India ($3.9m), Taiwan ($2.9m) and the United Arab Emirates ($2.7m). Of those openings, the debuts in UK, Russia, Italy, Spain, Poland, UAE, Japan, Korea, Indonesia, Brazil, Mexico and Australia marked the largest overseas openings for a WB title this year. Looking ahead, the film will open in France and Germany later this week.
A Few Netflix Series for BINGE Watching. Prepare to Get Hooked!
If you’ve never indulged in a binge-watching series sessions, you don’t know what you’ve lost. Watching a full season (or all the seasons) of some of the best shows on Netflix is a great way to keep up with all the TV shows you have missed out. It’s an excellent way to spend a rainy or snowy weekend with nothing to do! Netflix offers some of the best TV shows and Movies plus Netflix originals, and there’s always something to watch.
In the Shadow of the Moon
2019 ‧ Mystery
In 1988, a police officer is hungry to become a detective and begins tracking a serial killer who resurfaces every nine years. But when the killer’s crimes defy all scientific explanations, the officer’s obsession threatens to destroy everything.
Inside Bill’s Brain: Decoding Bill Gates
This three-part docuseries explores the mind and motivations of the celebrated tech visionary, business leader and philanthropist.
Netflix’s latest docuseries tackles the unsolved murder of Cathy Cesnik, a beloved nun and Catholic high school teacher in Baltimore. After disappearing on Nov. 7, 1969, Cesnik’s body was found nearly two months later — but to this day, the killer remains unnamed. In the ’90s, the case returned to the spotlight after one of Cesnik’s former students accused the high school’s chaplain of sexual abuse, and claims that she was taken to Cesnik’s then undiscovered corpse and threatened. Director Ryan White pieces together the story through conversations with friends, relatives, journalists, government officials, and Baltimore citizens, hoping to uncover the truth.
The Highlight’s of Movies Opening Around the Country
The Week of October 7, 2019
Check your local listings to see what movies are opening around you!
PG | 1h 58min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Maleficent and her goddaughter Aurora begin to question the complex family ties that bind them as they are pulled in different directions by impending nuptials, unexpected allies, and dark new forces at play.
R | 1h 39min | Action, Comedy, Horror
Columbus, Tallahassee, Wichita, and Little Rock move to the American heartland as they face off against evolved zombies, fellow survivors, and the growing pains of the snarky makeshift family.
October Must-See Movies on the Web-Monster Must-See List
Check Your Local Listings for Time and Locations:
THE ADDAMS FAMILY 10/11
Gemini Man 10/11
Lucy in the Sky 10/18
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil 10/18
Jojo Rabbit 10/18
Black & Blue 10/25
Web-Monster’s TOP OCTOBERS Movie Pick!
The Addams Family
The Addams Family (2019)
PG | 1h 45min | Animation, Comedy, Family
An animated version of Charles Addams’ series of cartoons about a peculiar, ghoulish family.
Directors: Greg Tiernan, Conrad Vernon
Writers: Matt Lieberman (screenplay by), Charles Addams (based on characters created by)
Stars: Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloë Grace Moretz