Tempus fugit, said the Roman poet, and October seems to be pretty well fugiting too (although the Romans would probably have been talking about August, of course, but that’s not especially relevant). What IS important is that we’ve already reached the ides of October, so with half the month left, here are a few must-see pointers:
First and foremost, you can stream RED at no extra cost, like about a gazillion members have done already since we launched it last week. Maybe loads of people missed it at the cinema, maybe it’s just massive fun – but get a load of Bruce Willis and his OAP A-Team (Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman and John Malkovich) while you can.
A slightly younger crew of special ops agents also get grumpy and vengeful in The Losers. And R-Patz, K-Stew and T-Laut continue their L-Tri in the third instalment of the Twilight saga, E-Clipse. You can stream both of these as part of your subscription too. I know, like OMG, right?!
Far more serious vamp action comes in the pared-down, road-movie form of Stake Land – which is premium pay-per-view (so £3.50 to stream), but pretty damn good. And also combining damn and good, Devil’s Advocate is on streaming – yeah, it’s 14 years old already, but who doesn’t enjoy Al Pacino over-acting his head off and Keanu Reeves getting into seriously hot water?
Texas Killing Fields looks dark and thrilling at the cinema – that’s Sam Worthington (Avatar, The Debt) and Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Watchmen) hunting a serial killer in the Texan swamplands. Not 100% sure about The Three Musketeers, but it might be rompy fun (and director Paul WS Anderson’s Event Horizon is one of my all-time favourites). And Contagion is the 21st century version of Outbreak, which we’ve got on streaming, if you fancy a global viral epidemic nostalgia trip.
Plenty more to enjoy, of course, in every department. I’ve just added Life In A Day to my DVD rental list – director Kevin Macdonald’s collage movie of YouTube films from across the world, all sent on one day: 24 July, 2010 – and I’ve added The Beaver too. Stop sniggering.
But if I’m looking forward to one thing more than any other this month, it’s George Clooney returning to triple-hatted duties as star/writer/director of a US political thriller (based on the play Farragut North, which itself is based on a real-life Presidential primary campaign). It’s released on 28 Oct, and it’s called The Ides of March.
See…? All that nonsense in the first paragraph makes some vague degree of sense now, right…?
Darren Bignell, Senior Communications Manager