Friday, September 30, 2011

October Movie Preview

Go See Today:

The Help

Costume Designer: Sharen Davis (Ray, The Pursuit of Happiness)
Plot Summary: An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960's decides to write a book detailing the African American Maid's point of view on the White families they work for, and their hardships they go through on a day to day basis.

There's not much out there for period right now. September is usually a lull between Summer Blockbusters and Oscar Drama seasons. This movie has 60's dresses, though, and they look really good too.



Release Date: October 7
Costume Designer: unknown
Plot Summary: A historical drama based on the founding of the Republic of China when nationalist forces led by Sun Yat-sen overthrew the Qing Dynasty.

I love me some Jackie Chan. He's so talented, and seeing him get to actually WORK and do some good acting is a real joy. Period costumes make it even more yummy :D

The Three Musketeers

Release Date: October 21
Costume Designer: Pierre-Yves Gayraud (The Bourne Identity, Perfume: the story of a Murderer)
Plot Summary: The hot-headed young D'Artagnan along with three former legendary but now down on their luck Musketeers must unite and defeat a beautiful double agent and her villainous employer from seizing the French throne and engulfing Europe in war.

They've steampunked 17th century France, and it will be glorious! Don't expect accuracy from anyone, but plenty of eye candy!

In Time

Release Date: October 28
Costume Designer: Colleen Atwood (Chicago, Memoirs of a Geisha, Alice in Wonderland)
Plot Summary: In the future people stop aging at 25 and must work to buy themselves more time, but when a young man finds himself with more time than he can imagine he must run from the corrupt police force to save his life.

Contemporary clothing, but with Colleen Atwood doing them you know they'll be smashing all the same. Hopefully it will be released, I hear there's some pretty heavy litigation against letting this movie be seen at all.

The Rum Diary

Release Date: October 28
Costume Designer: Colleen Atwood (Chicago, Memoirs of a Geisha, Alice in Wonderland)
Plot Summary: American journalist Paul Kemp takes on a freelance job in Puerto Rico for a local newspaper during the 1950s and struggles to find a balance between island culture and the ex-patriots who live there.

Johnny Depp, Puerto Rico, and 50's fashion, what's not to like? Kinda odd that two Colleen Atwood movies are coming out against eachother, though.


Release Date: October 28
Costume Designer: Lisy Christl (John Rabe)
Plot Summary: A political thriller advancing the theory that it was in fact Edward De Vere, Earl of Oxford who penned Shakespeare's plays; set against the backdrop of the succession of Queen Elizabeth I, and the Essex Rebellion against her.

It's going to be hard to decide which movie to see Halloween week! This one is splashy Elizabethan finery by a newcomer, but it looks like this may get her more work!

Save Your Pennies:

The Artist

Release Date: November 23
Costume Designer: Mark Bridges (Boogie Nights, There Will Be Blood)
Plot Summary: Hollywood, 1927: As silent movie star George Valentin wonders if the arrival of talking pictures will cause him to fade into oblivion, he sparks with Peppy Miller, a young dancer set for a big break.

Next month is going to be a budget buster, but I had to go with the glam of silent film stars.

Coming in 6 Months:

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters

Release Date: March 2012
Costume Designer: Marlene Stewart (Coyote Ugly, Terminator 2)
Plot Summary: Catching up with Hansel and Gretel 15 years after their incident involving a gingerbread house, the siblings have evolved into bounty hunters who hunt witches.

Not exactly 6 months, but there's not much scheduled for April yet. This one has a very interesting premise, and I'm excited to see if it will get fantasy clothes to go with its fantastic plot!

Watch for in a Year:

Anna Karenina

Release Date: None Yet
Costume Designer: Unknown
Plot Summary: Trapped in a loveless marriage, Anna, looks for a better life, but finds only a more complicated one.

Keira Knightley and Jude Law in a Tolstoy classic? Count me in!

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