Halloween is a mere week away. This weekend brings with it the one movie all other purveyors of horror product fear. Every October it seems that anyone with a horror movie to shop avoids October; more specifically, they avoid lat October. The Saw franchise has proven to be quite profitable over the years, even when the movies are not so good. It is almost an institution. Anyway, there is some competition in the family and teen sector, but there are no other bloody movies to give it much of a challenge, especially with Zombieland having been around for a few weeks already.
Amelia. (2009, 111 minutes, PG, biopic) I cannot say that I feel overly excited about this movie. Still, the story of Amelia Earhart would seem to be a perfect fit for the big screen. However, as pretty as the trailer images seem, I do not feel much of a pull. I am still planning on seeing it and hope that is a good movie, but it will be one I enter with not much in the way of expectations. The film was directed by Mira Nair who also made the excellent The Namesake. The cast includes Hilary Swank, Richard Gere, Ewan McGregor, and Cherry Jones.
Astro Boy. (2009, 94 minutes, PG, animated adventure) This computer animated film is based on one of the earliest anime series, produced back in the 1960s. It is the story of a robot created by a scientist named Tenma. The boy robot is imbued with great powers and he seeks to be accepted and learn what it is like to be human. He also is charged with using his powers to save his creator, friends, and his city. The story reads a little like Pinocchio. I am looking forward to seeing this one, despite the odd-sounding voice work from Nicolas Cage. Other cast members include Freddie Highmore, Kristen Bell, Bill Nighy, and Nathan Lane.
The Vampire's Assistant. (2009, 94 minutes, PG-13, fantasy) Based on the a book from the Cirque du Freak series, this looks like it could be fun. It also looks like a reaction to the Twilight craze. It centers on a teenage boy who is generally good, but when he crosses paths with a traveling freak show things begin to change. He is turned into a vampire and inadvertently becomes a central figure in a war between the vampires and their deadly rivals. The cast includes Chris Massoglia, Josh Hutcherson, John C. Reilly, Salma Hayek, and Ray Stevensen.