So, September means Autumn in my book – though, admittedly, that ‘book’ is now a bit dog-eared, yellowing, and amateurishly covered in wallpaper, because “they last longer that way”.
And Autumn means park football, pouring rain, chilly mornings, shrinking daylight hours (not too dissimilar to August, then), and no longer feeling guilty about being indoors watching films when you should be outside “getting some fresh air (and/or a girlfriend)”.
If our Top 20 September Movies feature is anything to go by (we do one of these every month), there’s a score of very good reasons to continue “going square-eyed”.
Top of the pops for me is Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy – the cinematic remake of John le Carre’s legendary novel. Gary Oldman takes over the role of George Smiley (that Alec Guinness played so memorably in the 1979 BBC mini-series), hired to root out a mole right at the top of the British Secret Service during the height of the Cold War.
Quite like the look of the Fright Night remake too, with Colin Farrell and former Tardis-keeper David Tennant in vampire horror antics, and Drive, a chase actioner that’s one of two Ryan Gosling movies on the list. And I’ve already seen Warrior, a stunning, superbly shot fight film starring Tom Hardy. It opens on 23 Sept. All I can say is: Book. Tickets. Now.
We’ve got two Pirates voyages on streaming – POTC 1: Black Pearl to watch at no extra cost, and POTC 4: On Stranger Tides on pay-per-view. And there’s a double helping of Leonardo DiCaprio too – Blood Diamond and Body of Lies both available to watch instantly as part of your normal subscription.
Loads more good stuff besides, of course, so have a look for yourself to see what you fancy.
Final shout must go to a DVD movie that somehow slipped below my radar until now: Tucker & Dale vs Evil. It stars Firefly/Serenity’s Alan Tudyk as Tucker, one half of a redneck duo who are mistaken for backwoods killers by a bunch of spring-breakers. It’s a teen slasher parody, it might be terrible, it might be great; but either way, I cannot wait…
Darren Bignell, Senior Communications Manager