Who Gives A Flick – The Fall Film Flickerview

Welcome everyone, to the Fall Film Flickerview! The Flicker Man is getting excited for Fall, Football, Halloween, and best of all, a new season of flicks! Leading the pack for the Fall of 2015, is the massively anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The movie that is at the top of everyone’s list, is going to break records and usher in a new dawn of Star Wars films. So get excited, because while the leaves are falling and your sipping on your pumpkin spiced coffee, with your pumpkin donut, pumpkin flavored napkins, and pumpkin flavored pumpkins, there are flicks to be seen! Seen between Tuesday and Wednesday, since Football is on Sunday, and Monday, and Thursday, and then college on Saturday. There is always Fridays, but sorry folks, I don’t want to go to the movies the same day as you! So bring some pumpkin flavored popcorn, and fill your pumpkin flavored soda, because there is more to fall then just pumpkin flavored things (lies!). There are tons of space explorations, haunted houses, Joseph Gordon Levitt, and things from our past at the movies this year.

The theme that emerged for the Fall Films of 2015, was things from our childhood. I was born in the early 80’s, so Star Wars, Peanuts, Peter Pan, Rocky and Apollo Creed, were some of the first things I ever watched. Even films like Goosebumps, The Ring, and Victor Frankenstein (kind of), are straight out of our childhood. And not to mention, the handful of “Based on a True Story” films, like The Revenant, The Walk, Black Mass, and of course, Krampus.

But, that appears to be the trend now in Hollywood. Why produce something completely new and original, when we can make something easy that already has a built in fan base? I’m one of those guys that enjoys both. I love remakes, I love brand new ideas, there is a place for all of it in this world. Taking someone’s initial work, and expanding and reinventing it sometimes creates a better result…sometimes. And really, who doesn’t want more Rocky, Ring, or as many Star Wars films as we can handle. There can never be enough, so dump it out in droves, because I will be there in line with a smile and happy anticipation shouting at you to move forward! Come on man! What the flick!

Of course, there are original ideas this fall. There are two men who live in the world of originality, and those men are Guillermo Del Toro and Quentin Tarantino. Every year or so we get a burst of their genius on film, and its sweeter than a pumpkin spiced Frappuccino!

What else is super sweet? How about Batista kicking James Bond’s ass? Or another superhero team up for Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg? Or even better, two Tom Hardy’s! Even with all that excitement, I will take Emily Blunt kicking ass, because of all this talk of sweets, nothing is sweeter then Blunt spice. Except for maybe Joseph Gordon Levitt, who has 2 films premiering for the final portion of 2015, and that is some flicking good news.

I ranked the Fall films from most anticipated onward, so starting with the best and moving down the list. If you are asking yourself, where the hell is this film or that film, that means I didn’t give two flicks about it. So while you’re watching your silly movie that isn’t on my list, I’ll be in a theater beside you that’s thumping and rocking the walls because its way more awesome then your movie! So grab your pumpkin popcorn and pumpkin soda, and don’t you dare touch that last pretzel and cheese, it’s got the flick guy’s name on it!

Get ready! It’s flickin time to reveal, my Fall Film Flickerview!  Here are the top 25 Films that can not be missed during this Football holiday season.


Star Wars – Episode VII: The Force Awakens

December 18, 2015

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Did you expect anything else to be the Flick Man’s most anticipated movies?  Or anybody else reading this for that matter?  Childhood dreams are coming true, and adult dreams as well.  I dropped a tear the first time the trailer debuted on IMAX for The Force Awakens, and I am man enough to admit it.  Return of the Jedi is one of my first movie memories, and certainly the first film I wanted to, and did, watch over and over and over and over again.  I am one of the few people that embraced and enjoyed the most current trilogy, even the Phantom MenaceEveryone wants to be a purist, but get off it, the movie is entertaining, it’s about the Star Wars universe, so it gets thumbs up all around from this flicking guy.  The Force Awakens is numero uno on any list of most anticipated movies, and it very well should be.  I haven’t looked forward to a movie like this in a long, long, time, and its well deserving.

With JJ Abrams running the show, I have 100% faith that this is going to be everything we want, and then some.  The original members are all back, so Mark Hamill can be awesome, and Harrison Ford can mumble his way to greatness.  The old generation mixes with the new generation, and with the new world of special effects, one can only imagine how amazing this can be.  The Flicker man is calling it now, bold prediction!, but Luke Skywalker, will finally turn to the dark side.


Crimson Peak

October 16, 2015

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Holy crap, yes! October 16th is marked on my calendar for months.  I absolutely adore all things Guillermo Del Toro, going all the way back to Cronis, The Devil’s Backbone, and the ever popular Mimic, I’ve been a massive fanboy. Everything the man touches is pure genius. His style is beyond original and inventive, and his mind weaves stories unlike anything we have seen before.  Pacific Rim, was one of the coolest most enjoyable movies I have ever experienced, and that’s just his icing on the cake. Hellboy and Pan’s Labyrinth truly showed the world what he can do, but now it’s time to take his fantasy horror genious to all new levels with Crimson Peak.

Sprinkle in the amazing cast of Loki, Charlie Hunnam, Jessica Chastain, and creepy ass ghosts in a haunted house, all I can say is, FLICK YES! Take my money.


The Martian

October 2, 2015

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Matt Damon, Jeff Daniels, Ridley Scott, Chewatell whatever, and 90 other major Hollywood actors, will bring this beloved book to life. I can’t say if this movie will be great, or unbelievably great, but I can say the source material is absolutely incredible. If you can read this book really quick before seeing this movie, please do so. I don’t know how Ridley Scott is going to transfer so many thoughts and mental comments into film, but I’m extremely intrigued to see how he will do so. Lots of Matt Damon talking to himself, listening to disco and being witty, now let’s get your ass to Mars!


The Revenant

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It’s actually winter, not fall, but flick you. I’m flicking excited about it, so it’s included, just like Star Wars, and a few others from December.

Leo! You need to act more buddy, these one every year or so isn’t satisfying anyone’s Leo fix. But maybe that is part of his ploy, since no one is better at choosing movie roles than this guy. He needs to win an Oscar for Best Actor, when he isn’t even nominated, that’s how good he is. But in all honesty, just start watching The Wolf of Wall Street now, and when The Revenant comes out, it will just be ending. Twenty bucks says The Revenant is nearly 3 hours, but that isn’t always a bad thing.  It works so well for Monday Night Raw, right?

Leo plays Hugh Glass, in, surprise! a movie based on true events. Tom Hardy and Leo are back again, since their last collaboration Inception, one of the greatest flicks of all time.  Teaming up with the genius funny Spanish dude who made Birdman, which was by far the best film of 2014, this is guarantee to be awesome.


Black Mass

September 18, 2015

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After a bunch of crappy movies, Johnny Depp has made his comeback flick.  Playing James “Whitey” Bulger, Depp looks evil and intense, leaving the Jack Sparrow gimmick at home. I mean, has there been a worse list of films. Here goes: Dark Shadows, The Lone Ranger, Transcendence, Into The Woods (THE WORST MOVIE OF ALL THE TIMES), Mortdecai, I mean goodness. But, lucky for us, he’s Johnny Depp, and he is so damn cool that he can make one good one, and be right back where he belongs. Black Mass, is that one movie.

If anyone missed Tusk, which I’m sure is all of you, give it a watch.  You probably didn’t even know Johnny Depp was in Kevin Smith’s walrus movie, but he is, and he’s flickerishious.


Goosebumps

October 16

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Wait, someone was smart enough to release Goosebumps and Crimson Peak on the same weekend? They must have thought flick it, people like the flick man himself Jay Martell will just go twice! And that’s exactly what is gonna happen, so long as we can get someone to babysit twice in one weekend. Jack Black as R.L. Stine could be fantastic, and the plot of this movie seems like a perfect way to include all the Goosebump stories and monsters.

Like Jurassic Park, Avengers, Terminator, this is a piece of fan fiction. All these glorious movies we grew up watching, we are now the ones who get a chance to write the stories and screenplays, and it’s impossible not to let our fandom come through on the pages. This is another example of that. I just hope they can make the classic books I obsessed over as a kid into the flick they deserves. Books like Deep Trouble, Monster Blood, The Haunted Mask, Welcome to Camp Nightmare! This is getting cut short, I am going to watch as many old episodes of the Goosebumps TV show as I can!


The Walk

October 9, 2015

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If you didn’t realize from the trailer, Robert Zemeckis is directing a new movie! Since Cast Away in 2000, he hasn’t accomplished his standard for greatest like Back to the Future and Forrest Gump. It’s been inventive movies like Beowulf, Polar Express, and A Christmas Carol, followed up by Flight, which was very good, but not great. I think it’s time to be great again, said this flicking guy.

When I saw Man on Wire years ago, I always thought it would make a great movie, add Zemeckis and JGL, its definitely going to make a great movie. Philippe Petit’s story is one of wonder and glory, and having a film that showcases the Twin Towers in such a beautiful and powerful way, is exactly what audiences are ready to see.


Krampus

December 4, 2015

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My good buddy Mike Dougherty, the same writer for the X2 and Treat R’ Treat, is back injecting his brilliance into some Christmas horror. If you haven’t seen the trailer for this bad boy, seek it out, because this looks like something else. I’m one of those weird flickers who watches horror movies for each holiday, typically it would be Silent Night, Deadly Night for Christmas, or the original Black Christmas, but in my house this year, it’s all about the Christmas demon known as Krampus.

It looks stylistic, terrifying, and just an all around holly jolly good time.   Sometimes it’s just wonderful to watch nasty family members get picked off one by one, and a little Christmas scare this year is just what I asked for!


The Peanuts Movie

November 6, 2015

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Every holiday season, one thing I always look forward too, is the Peanuts special. Peanuts never gets old, no matter how many times I watch the same special every year over and over again. It has a beauty and class most cartoons could only dream of, and appeals to every last generation since it grew to popularity in the 1950’s.

Right now, is the perfect time to reinvent this brilliance to the new generation, who doesn’t seem to appreciate anything deserving of your attention. The animation looks bright and beautiful, and I am truly excited to take my son of the new generation to share in something that has transcended all generations.


The Hateful Eight

January 8, 2015

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Quentin Tarantino is back, which means it’s going to be a great fall/winter. The master of discourse, Tarantino has another game changer on his hands. The Hateful Eight appears to be somewhat of a love child of Reservoir Dogs and Django Unchained. A group of bounty hunters find themselves trapped during a blizzard, caught between betrayal and deception. Two hours plus of witty, intriguing dialogue and a gorgeous snow filled Wyoming setting, means we have a potential Oscar looming on the horizon.


The Night Before

November 25, 2015

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Joseph Gordon Levitt JGL! hits the list for the second time!  Two very different movies, this one clearly being his break between Robert Zemeckis (The Walk) and Oliver Stone (Snowden), and what better way to take a break then by making a stoner comedy with Seth Rogen about the Holidays. Which I’m sure means lots of free weed and endless laughter, hopefully that’s what the Flicker Man gets for Christmas!


Victor Frankenstein

November 25, 2015

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Harry Potter and Professor X meet Frankenstein!  Whoever thought this was a good idea, was a smart man. Two great actors are tackling an overdone topic, but somehow with actors like this, it gives it a fresh feel.  This one sounds legit, and after loving Daniele Ratcliff in Horns, here is another chance to show he is more than just a Hogwarts wizard. Let’s just hope Professor X’s big yellow wheelchair can out run the clumsy monster!


Bridge of Spies

October 16, 2015

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It has been far too long since Tom Hanks appeared in a leading role on the big screen. Saving Mr. Banks was ultimately a letdown, it could have been great, but it wasn’t. Captain Phillips was his latest starring role which was of course, fantastic, and Cloud Atlas deserves a mention. Say what you will but I love Cloud Atlas, the book was fantastic, and the movie was even better. But for Bridge of Spies, Steven Spielberg is directing Hanks in a war film, which means greatness.


Spectre

November 6, 2015

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I’m sure most of you are more excited for the newest James Bond then this guy. I haven’t been much of a fan of the Daniel Craig movies, in fact, so far, all of them have put me to sleep. And I can stay awake watching Chrisley Knows Best for hours.  They just don’t do it for me, Jason Bourne would whoop his ass. But this one, has Christopher Waltz and Bautista, so I’m getting suckered in once again. The last one had Javier Bardem and Sam Mendes, and that got me to go, but I just straight up did not like it. Regardless, this looks like one hell of a fun ride, and I want in!


Legend

October 2, 2015

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Two Tom Hardy’s are certainly better than one, and I get pretty damn excited for a single Tom Hardy, but two? Hell yes!  I don’t know what it’s about, but honestly I don’t really care, I’m in with the gimmick Hardy boys. I’m kidding, Tom Hardy plays identical twin gangsters Reggie and Ronnie Kray, who in the 1960’s became two of London’s most no..no.nooo. Notorious crimals. This one is going to be fantastic.


Sicario

October 2, 2015

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Nothing brings in October like a bad ass, woman empowerment flick. Sweet, sweet Emily Blunt goes up against some drug lords? Yes, please. Add in some Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro, and Jon Bernthal, one can only dream what Thanos, The Collector, and The Punisher will come up with! This flick looks flickerishious, like one hell of a bad ass movie. With Emily Blunt leading the ass kickers, this one shouldn’t be missed. If only she could come and kick my ass, I’d take down a Mexican cartel for that any day!


Everest

September 25, 2015

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It’s movies like Everest, and The Walk, that were exclusively created to be viewed on an IMAX screen near you. Great effects, great cast, this is definitely one I am excited for. The trailer is intense, and with Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, Gyllenhall, and Mount Everest, it has a great cast. Sometimes a great disaster movie where good old mother earth picks off some men, is just what the doctor ordered.


The Green Inferno

September 25, 2015

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Filmed on location in Santiago, Chile, Eli Roth basically risked his life to flick this movie. Most of the extras on this film were actual villagers, who when asked if they wanted to be in the movie, literally had no comprehension or concept of what a movie was. Flick me, but I’m happy there are still parts of the world like that, except flickin Eli Roth ruined it. What does one do when Amazon natives don’t know what a movie is? Have a viewing of Cannibal Holocaust of course! To which the natives cheered, and agreed movies are awesome.  I wonder what would have happened if he showed them Mel Gibson’s Apocalypto instead?

Rated R for aberrant violence and torture, grisly disturbing images, brief graphic nudity, sexual content, language and some drug use, now that sounds like one hell of an Eli Roth movie! Risking his own life to make this movie, I will happily pay to watch it, as should each of you.


Rings

November 13, 2015

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Samara returns!  For round 3!  I knew this was in the discussion to be remade, but this one snuck up outta nowhere.  Apparently we are getting The Ring – Part 3?  Haven’t heard or seen anything more than that, but that’s honestly all I need. The Ring is one of the scariest movies of all time, and a new one, count me in. 


Trumbo

November 6, 2015

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Bryan Cranston, thank goodness. He could be portraying a painter who watched his paint dry, and I would be excited. Here he is playing Dalton Trumbo, the cigarette smoking screenwriter who was blacklisted from Hollywood for being a Communist. Directed by Jay Roach, of Meet the Parents and Austin Powers fame, this one really sparks my interest. Add in one hell of a cast, Elle Fanning, Diane Lane, Helen Mirren, Alan Tudyk, John Mother Flickin Goodman, Mr Echo, Stephen Root, and good ol Louie CK.

I hope Walter White left some space on his award shelf for an Oscar! Who needs all those silly Emmys anyways!


Steve Jobs

October 23, 2015

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When Danny Boyle is directing, and Aaron Sorkin is writing, you have greatness on paper and on the screen. Add in a cast with Michael Fassbender, Seth Rogen, Kate Winslet, and Mr. Jeff Daniels, you have an Oscar contender. Together, they are making Steve Jobs, a film that will show the late CEO of Apple, in all of his greatness, and all of his failings.


Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension

October 23, 2015

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This is on the list, because why not. I am a nut for found footage horror films, can never get enough, and this series is the absolute best. Some hate, some love, but they are inventive and original and created a great series of movies. This is the final installment, and I am truly looking forward to seeing a film like this in IMAX.  Usually it’s the big budget summer blockbusters that get me there, but a horror movie like this, here, take my money.


In The Heart of the Sea

December 11, 2015

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In The Heart of the Sea is a fantastic book, and should be a great epic film. But, when it got pushed back from March to December, one starts to worry. One has to hope it was to save it for Oscar contention, because it was that good, but I have an odd feeling about it. Ron Howard is an amazing director, and given the source material is going to make one hell of an intense and heartbreaking tale into a magical movie. What could go wrong when the god of thunder takes on the great Mody Dick?


The Visit

September 11, 2015

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I know it’s been 15 years since someone heard the name M. Night Shayamamamamalan, and got excited.  I am one of those people that still has hope, and still believes he has the ability to create great things.  This one I have trust in, and will get excited to go see it.  It looks clever and inventive, and will make me think twice every time I drop off my son at his Grandparents house.

I will actually be kicking of my fall film extravaganza this evening with The Visit.  The silly old Grandmother asking her granddaughter to get in the oven, is just creepy enough to make this special.  Either it will be nice and scary as it should, with What A Twist! or it will be so laughable I’ll have fun anyway.  Win or lose, this will be a good time.


Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse

October 30, 2015

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Zombie movies rule, and when Zombie movies inject comedy into the horror, it makes for brilliance.  Zombieland, Shaun of the Dead, are great, great films, and this has the promise to fill out the Zom Com.  Plus, there is a Schwarzenegger in it!  Might not be Arnold, but this at least will be better then Maggie.


And there you have it, the Flicker Man’s films to get excited about for the fall!  When fantasy football crushes your hopes and dreams (Go Bully Jay’s!), go find your escape at the movies.  And If none of those films tickle your fancy, or you drafted Drew Brees with the number 2 pick in your fantasy draft, here are a few extra that might just provide the escape you need.


Daddy’s Home – Christmas 2015

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Knock Knock – October 9, 2015

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Point Break – Christmas 2015

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99 Homes – September 25, 2015

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Sisters – December 18, 2015

John Cena is in it! (Its the only reason its on the list)

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Creed – November 25, 2015

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Joy – Christmas 2015

David O. Russell!

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Spotlight – November 6, 2015

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Pan – October 9, 2015

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Goodnight Mommy – September 11, 2015

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And there you have it flickers, the fall film flickerview!  I hope you found some flicks to get excited about this coming fall, there are plenty to go around!

Coming Soon!  It’s all about Halloween and Horror!  So get excited, and a little scared, because the Flicker Man, will be right back!

Author: Jay Martell