All Eyes on Bloggers, Ed. 3 + Month in Review: October

Hey all! I have VERY much enjoyed a week off from blogging to catch up on other projects. Of course, I’ve watched a few movies and TV shows this week too. Since I’m a little behind in my blogging, I decided to combine two of my newer series, All Eyes on Bloggers, which will feature some of my favorite posts I’ve read over the month of October, as well as Month in Review for the previous month, into one post.


 All Eyes On Bloggers, Ed. 3

There were so many great posts that made it around this month with the premiere of Gone Girl (2014) and Halloween, that I had a difficult time narrowing down which posts to highlight. One post in particular was written by a friend and previous coworker who is a graphic artist in the Chicago area. Doug reviews the movie Fury (2014) from a unique point of view that I would certainly encourage other friends to read on his site, Point of Exquisite Suspension.

I recently started a new TV review series called All Eyes on the Small Screen, featuring currently aired episodes from season 5 of The Walking Dead (2010 – ). One of my favorite sites to follow these days is Girl Meets Cinema, featuring the fantastic writing of Katy Rochelle. Katy recently wrote one of the most interesting posts on the character Beth from the TWD that had me nodding in agreement the whole time!

And while I know the focus ought to be on the October, November seems to be the month of blogathons since I’ve joined two to participate in later this month. Fritzi Kramer is hosting the Fairy Tale Blogathon at Movies Silently, where I’m excited to review Sabrina (1995), a movie with a Cinderella twist. Get the details here, and if there are any movies left, join in on the fun: the blogathon is held November 9-11!

The second blogathon I’m excited to take part in is hosted by Caz at Let’s Go to the Movies. Unlike any other blogathon I’ve participated in previously, Caz’s blogathon allows each participant to write about movies that take place in their hometown, thus naming the series My Hometown Blogathon, taking place November 22 and 23. Having grown up in the suburbs of Chicago, I am incredibly excited to write about some awesome films and famous people associated with the Windy City. This blogathon is a great one to join if you’re interested as there’s still a few weeks left.

There’s some exciting news for those who follow Tyson over at Head in a Vice. He’s recently started a new site that focuses solely on the horror genre, aptly titled Talking Horror. With a slew of slick writers and new ideas, Tyson’s site is sure to attract anyone who particularly or casually enjoys a horror flick or show.

Speaking of horror, there were many posts published on scarier movies in honor of Halloween. Since I just saw The Shining (1980) for the first time a few days ago, I was more drawn to posts that mentioned the film over the week. Ms. Coolsville of Coolsville reviews ten horror movies, one of which is The Shining; one of my favorite movie blogger writers and friends, Tom of Digital Shortbread, reviews The Shining as part of his Throwback Thursday series on the site; and Laura at Film Nerd Blog included a character from The Shining in her post 10 Films that Prove Kids Are Scary.

And that about wraps up All Eyes on Bloggers, Ed. 3! Now to recap the month . . .


Month in Review: October

Here’s the breakdown for the month of October on All Eyes On Screen:

Blogathons

  • One of the most unique blogathons I’ve participated in thus far was a recast-athon that was hosted at Andrew’s site, A Fistful of Films. I recasted Oscar-winning female lead roles in the films Up in the Air (2009), Black Swan (2010), and Silver Linings Playbook (2012).
  • The other blogathon I was a part of was hosted at Tyson’s previous site, Head in a Vice. Titled “Recommended by,” I watched a movie that I was recommended by a fellow movie blogger, and then reviewed it myself on his site. The great part about the blogathon is that it introduced me to the “Before” series by Richard Linklater.

Shame List, From Page to Screen,
and AEOS Reviews

  • A little over a month ago, I came up with my own Shame List that includes 31 must-see-movies-for-any-movie-buff. The first one I was able to cross off my list was Roman Holiday (1953), one of the few movies I awarded a FOUR EYES ON SCREEN review.
  • The second film I was happy to cross off my Shame List was Annie Hall (1977), a film that while I didn’t quite dig, I still enjoyed and did not regret watching.
  • One of the most time-consuming posts I enjoy writing are my From Page to Screen reviews, where I review both the book and film adaptation of a story, and then compare and contrast the two. My heavily debated review certainly raised some eyebrows, but I stand by my thoughts on David Fincher’s film, Gone Girl (2014).
  • An unexpected gem that I will not be revisiting any time in the near future is The Skeleton Twins (2014), a depressing dramadey that stars SNL alumns Kristen Wiig and the wonderful Bill Hader.
  • One of the best movies I’ve seen so far this year starred none other than Keanu Reeves. John Wick (2014) was my must-see film for the month of October.

Lists/Miscellaneous Posts

All Eyes on the SMALL Screen Recaps

  • My newest series for the site is All Eyes on the SMALL Screen, which features detailed recaps for the current season of The Walking Dead. The premiere is killer (pun-intended) and a must-watch for fans of the show.
  • I combined my recaps for episodes 2 and 3 in this nifty post here. Stay tuned for Episode 4’s recap coming soon.

Best Movie [I saw in theaters] This Month

John Wick

Unfortunately, I didn’t make it to the theater as often as I would have liked this month. That being said, John Wick was one of the most solid, unexpectedly awesome thrillers I’ve seen so far this year. From beginning to end, it was a fast-paced ride that showcased some great cinematography as well as complemented Keanu Reeves’s growing filmography.

Worst Movie [I saw in theaters] This Month

Gone Girl

Let it be known that I saw far fewer films in theaters that I was hoping to for the month. Gone Girl was an exceptionally good movie from David Fincher, although I wouldn’t consider it among his top five best films. That being said, I still thoroughly enjoyed Gone Girl, and it makes this spot only for the lack of films I saw in theaters during the month of October.

Looking Forward to November

After looking at my previous month in review, I’m disappointed to say that I saw only half the movies on the list that I was highly anticipating. Some of the films never even made it into a wide enough release to be shown in theaters near me, while other movies received negative enough reviews that I didn’t bother spending the money to see them in theaters. Looking beyond last month, here are the major movies I’m anticipating for the month of November.

Interstellar (11/7)

The movie that makes it highest on my list for Most Anticipated Movie of the Year goes to Interstellar, the latest film Christopher Nolan has made. I’m very excited to see it over the weekend, despite the somewhat mediocre reviews I’ve glimpsed so far.

Big Hero 6 (11/7)

Big Hero 6 is a movie I know relatively little about. In spite of that wrinkle, I’ll be participating in a podcast later next week that’s all about the movie, so stay tuned!

Theory of Everything (11/7)

The big pull for me to see Theory of Everything has everything to do with Eddie Redmayne. Of course, the story seems intriguing as well, but it seems very Oscar-baitish. I’m hoping my instinct is wrong and that it will deliver, but then again, I was rooting for The Judge too, and look how that turned out.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (11/21)

Of course this list would not be complete without the next Hunger Games (2012) movie making the list. Mockingjay Part 1 certainly appears to have potential, aside from the fact that it’s adapting only half a book and making us wait an entire year for the conclusion. Having read the books already, I know what will be happening, but watching it unfold on screen is an entirely other experience. I was a big fan of the first two installments, particularly Catching Fire (2013), so my expectations are high.

The Imitation Game (11/21)

Yet another movie that appears full of Oscar bait, yet appears to deliver having already established itself with some solid reviews from critics. No doubt one of my favorite actors, (who is also recently engaged) Benedict Cumberbatch, will offer one of his best performances yet (or so I hope). I think this movie will be making a hit at February’s Academy Awards, but maybe I shouldn’t be that hopeful this soon.

It’s your turn now. What were the best movies you saw this month? What movies are you anticipating most next month? Please join the conversation below, because I would love to know your thoughts.

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20 thoughts on “All Eyes on Bloggers, Ed. 3 + Month in Review: October

  1. I’m quite excited about ‘Big Hero 6’ as I am a Disney fanatic, after all, lol!

    I also really wanna see ‘The Imitation Game’ (as Benedict Cumberbatch is amazing and the story of Alan Turing is quite interesting) and ‘The Theory of Everything’. Did you know that Benedict Cumberbatch played Stephen Hawking in a 2004 TV film called ‘Hawking’?

    I want to see ‘Interstellar’ and ‘Mockingjay Part 1’ also, but not too ecstatic about either.

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    • Hey there, Mark! I thought you might be. I’ll definitely have to post a link to the podcast I’m taking part in next week. We’re talking all about Big Hero 6, so I’m looking forward to learning about a movie I don’t know much about.

      Ooo, yes! I’ve heard the story of Alan Turing is very interesting too. Ya know, I think I heard something about that way back when, but I can’t say I’m surprised. Cumberbatch seems like a sucker to play tried and true geniuses! Haha.

      Glad we both are excited about some of the same movies! Looking forward to discussing them with you.

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  2. Yay on John Wick!! Glad we agree on that Kris! Btw, looking forward to your review of Sabrina (1995) I LOVE LOVE that movie, it’s so charming and I actually prefer that to the original. I actually like Ford and Kinnear as the Larabee brothers and Julia Ormond is just gorgeous and lovely.

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    • Hey Ruth! Thanks. I’m excited to see it. My sister totally agrees with you and prefers it to the original as well too! I noticed you are participating in the blogathon too – which movie did you pick?

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        • Oh wow! I didn’t even realize that. I’m still looking forward to your review! I’ve been pretty behind the last couple weeks in responding to comments as well as commenting on posts. I’ll probably be getting to all of your awesome posts late, but hey late is better than never, right? 🙂

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    • Ooo, very cool! Thank you so much for the comment. Ya know, I just saw the trailer for Foxcatcher and I’m intrigued just for Steve Carell. He hardly looks himself, and I’m interested in what I’ve heard is his “game-changing performance.” What did you think of Birdman? I wasn’t sure what to make of the trailer as I thought it looked crazy!

      I’d love to hear what you think of John Wick! It was definitely a fun action movie, I think. I’m also very pumped to see HG!

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  3. Glad to see the love for John Wick! That picture with that cool-looking shotgun is so bad-ass. Kind of shocking to see Gone Girl on a worst movie of the month list but you mentioned that you have not seen any. I’d personally put it on my favorites of the year list.

    November does look quite fun. The Imitation Game looks interesting!

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    • Hey there! I know, right? He looks awesome. Well, I saw VERY few movies in the theater that month, and I actually loved Gone Girl. I just rated it as #3 out of three movies I saw in theater over the month. More than likely, it will make my top 10 list for the year. 😉

      I know, right? I think so too!

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  4. Thank you so much for the kind words and linking my Beth post! 🙂
    I wasn’t able to make it to the movies very much this month either. I’ve wanted to check out more movies on Netflix but I usually go to sleep to early to do so. Interstellar was the one big “event” and it didn’t disappoint. Here’s to hoping December is a little busier with movie watching especially with John Wick. 🙂

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    • Absolutely! It was one of my favorite posts of the month!

      Haha, I get that. Ya know, I just don’t think there will ever be enough time in the day to watch everything and get to blog about it all.

      Ooo, I’d love to hear what you think of John Wick after you get to see it, Katy.

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