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Flaco's Fall 2015 Movie Preview

Flaco's Fall 2015 Movie Preview

Fall movie season is here and there is a surprising amount of films to cover, especially considering it's mostly October releases I'm highlighting. That's because, as what often happens in October, there are a lot of movies trying to grab the Halloween crowd. There are a couple of Oscar nominee wannabes as well, and considering the last five best picture winners were early fall releases, I'm not surprised.


OCTOBER 2


The Martian




This movie is getting nearly the same release that Gravity did two years earlier. It is pretty much taking a lot of what Gravity did and upping the stakes: Big movie star, terrible accident in space, has to survive alone. Now if it can match the seven Oscars Gravity pulled in, that would be a real feat.

OCTOBER 9


Steve Jobs




This was the Steve Jobs movie that many were anticipating, especially after the TV-movie quality Ashton Kutcher biopic crashed and burned. Then the Sony hack happened and revealed a lot of behind the scenes drama surrounding the production. Still, this film has an award winning director at the helm and a great actor in the lead, so maybe it can pull through and be the big critical and financial hit the studio is looking for. 

Pan




After a delay from an initial summer release, this new take on Peter Pan lands in a strange spot on the schedule.  Kids are still in school, it doesn’t have a spooky holiday theme, and I doubt it’s going to be much of an Oscar contender. Maybe it will give audiences that summer movie feel in the middle of fall.

OCTOBER 16


Goosebumps Movie




Instead of adapting individual books, the movie is going all in and bringing multiple stories to life in one big plot. Seems similar to Pixels conceptually, but I'm sure everyone involved is hoping for a better result than that disaster. It's releasing in the right season at least.

Crimson Peak




As a fan of Pan's Labyrinth I've been anticipating this del Toro film for a while. Again it's an appropriate time of year for something creepy and hopefully audiences are ready for a horror throwback that isn't another found footage clone.

OCTOBER 23


Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension




Did I say found footage clone? Producers promise this is the last of the Paranormal Activity films, though with the franchise circling the drain and the sub-genre doing the same, it probably couldn’t sustain much longer anyway. Perhaps the promise of a conclusion gives it the box office boost the studio is looking for.

Jem and the Holograms




Ouch, that trailer. Just like with World War Z, I think the studio picked up this property for name recognition and nothing more. It doesn’t even look like the campy fun that was the Josie and the Pussycats movie, just a straight cash-in on nostalgia with a kid’s TV movie plot.

The Last Witch Hunter




Vin Diesel’s career is very much like a roller coaster, and with the resurgence of the Fast and Furious franchise, he’s back on top. Will taking another high concept fantasy project send him back down again or will he continue riding high for now? I don’t know if he’s yet to have a big hit movie where his co-star wasn’t a vehicle.

NOVEMBER 6


The Peanuts Movie




It’s great they’ve found a way to incorporate the 2D art style of the original Peanuts comics and cartoons into the 3D computer animation of this new film. The only issue is that it doesn’t appear to tread any new territory for the characters, but maybe exposing it to a new generation is reason enough to get this made.

Spectre




With rumors circulating that Daniel Craig’s reign as James Bond might be done soon, this latest chapter picks right up where Skyfall left off. This movie is poised to rake in some serious money before the holiday season kicks in a few weeks later.

And that’s it for fall and it won’t be long before the holiday movies start breaking box office records with two major franchises taking over the rest of November and December. Will there be room for any other movies in the coming months? Check out my holiday preview in November to see. Be sure to rank the movies from the fall season below and feel free to comment about any of the movies I didn’t mention.


Flaco Jones is a former film school grad and current professional A/V nerd. You can follow him @flaco_jones on Twitter.

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What Fall 2015 Movies are YOU most anticipating?

Flaco's previewed the movies for this Fall, which ones are you anticipating the most?

Based on 10 Participants

  1. The Martian
    (Average Rank: 3.40)

  2. Steve Jobs
    (Average Rank: 3.40)

  3. The Peanuts Movie
    (Average Rank: 4.50)

  4. Spectre
    (Average Rank: 4.50)

  5. Crimson Peak
    (Average Rank: 4.70)

  6. The Last Witch Hunter
    (Average Rank: 6.00)

  7. Goosebumps Movie
    (Average Rank: 6.20)

  8. Pan
    (Average Rank: 6.30)

  9. Jem and the Holograms
    (Average Rank: 7.90)

  10. Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension
    (Average Rank: 8.10)

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Comments

skie
skie
10/15/2015 11:42 PM

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I didn't catch any movies Flaco missed because really the only thing I care about in the coming months is JAMES BOND :D
Flaco_Jones
Flaco_Jones
10/16/2015 10:47 AM

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Are you a big Craig fan? Are you sad he seems to be fed up with working on the movies? I think he's been great so far.
skie
skie
10/16/2015 4:39 PM

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Craig is outstanding but I wish he wouldn't put his foot in his mouth in some of the interviews, I'm worried he won't be back for the next one... I get that these shoots are tremendously long but eesh. Anyway, Skyfall was honestly one of the best they ever did so I'm jazzed Sam Mendes is back too. Just upset Judi Dench is not back >:(
TigerClaw
TigerClaw
10/17/2015 6:09 AM

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The only movie on that list I seem interested in is the Peanuts movie, that film I think is going to do very well, lots of people grew up with the Peanuts comic strip and cartoons.
Flaco_Jones
Flaco_Jones
10/20/2015 11:38 AM

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I am looking forward to it and can't wait to take my kids. They've been getting into the Peanuts gang a lot lately, with the Halloween special and all, and I think they're going to really enjoy it. Hopefully it appeals to us grown-ups as well, and I think it will.
Dungeonbuster
Dungeonbuster
10/21/2015 4:20 PM

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I'm a huge Bond fan so Spectre is automatically at the top of my list. One movie that I had also recently seen that wasn't up there was Bridge of Spies, the Cold War thriller by Spielberg with Tom Hanks. My Cold War geek enjoyed it!

It's interesting about what Craig said about the role, though I think someone mentioned that it might be a ploy to renegotiate his contract for what might be his final film. It's also kind of understandable since Craig hasn't really done too much outside of Bond though I liked him in Defiance and the Hollywoodized version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Maybe he's just getting tired of seeing all of these other roles he could be in pass him by because of his commitment to Bond. Even Connery had gotten fed up with the role until he was literally given a princely deal to come back in Diamonds Are Forever and Never Say Never Again.
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