MySky+ … Movies in September

The latest sequels to The Hunger Games, Thor and Anchorman headline September’s HD movie premieres on Sky but more deserving of attention are movies like Rush, Blue JasmineFruitvale Station, and the History Channel miniseries Houdini.

Houdini, which stars Adrien Brody as the escape artist, will screen on Movies Extras two weeks after its US premiere.

It was written by Nicholas Meyer, who scripted Star Trek II, IV and VI, directed by Uli Edel (The Baader Meinhof Complex), and co-stars House of Cards’ Kristen Connolly.

Variety reports it will focus on Houdini as he finds fame, engages in espionage, battles spiritualists and encounters important figures from his time.

In Rush, director Ron Howard reunites with Frost/Nixon screenwriter Peter Morgan for this character-driven dramatisation of the odd-couple rivalry between ‘70s Formula 1 champions Niki Lauda and James Hunt.

The movie bombed at the box office probably because there wasn’t enough racetrack action for petrolheads while those averse to grand prix racing presumed there would be too much.

In fact, the balance is as perfect as the film makers’ evocation of the era and the gladiatorial personalities who risked death to enjoy the rush of winning.

Blue Jasmine is Woody Allen’s best movie since his ‘80s heyday.

It stars Cate Blanchett in an Oscar-winning turn as the chic but impoverished and disgraced widow of a Wall Street fraudster struggling to adapt to life at the bottom with her adopted, working-class sister in a shabby San Francisco neighbourhood.

Rarely has starting over been depicted as so funny, fraught and sublimely fragile.

In Fruitvale, writer/director Ryan Coogler says more about the black American experience in what seems like half the time of The Butler — and does so with vastly more subtlety and authority.

About the last day in the life of 22-year-old Oscar Grant, who was the victim of a shocking police shooting in Oakland, California five years ago, it’s a spare, powerful dramatisation that feels extraordinarily real and natural, with phenomenal performances by an ensemble cast, especially lead Michael B Jordan who’s clearly a Denzel Washington in the wings.

Screening in order of their appearance are:

MOVIES PREMIERE 

  • Citizen Gangster (3rd)
  • Rush (7th)
  • Fruitvale Station (10th)
  • The Family (14th)
  • Good Neighbours (15th)
  • The Best Man Holiday (16th)
  • The Counselor (17th)
  • Thor: The Dark World (21st)
  • Freezer (24th)
  • Getaway (27th)
  • Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (28th)
  • The Lords of Salem (29th)
  • Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (30th)

MOVIES EXTRA 

  • Textuality (1st)
  • Every Day (3rd)
  • The Hot Potato (6th)
  • Sisters & Brothers (8th)
  • Charlie Zone (9th)
  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (13th)
  • Serious Moonlight (17th)
  • Houdini Part 1 (18th)
  • Blue Jasmine (20th)
  • Ass Backwards (22nd)
  • The Hot Flashes (24th)
  • Houdini Part 2 (25th)
  • Plush (26th)
  • Her (27th)
  • Badge of Honor (30th)

MOVIES GREATS 

  • Just Married (4th)
  • Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigalo (7th)
  • The Lake House (11th)
  • X-Men: The Last Stand (13th)
  • 50 First Dates (14th)
  • The 40 Year Old Virgin (21st)
  • The House Bunny (25th)
  • Three Kings (26th)
  • Traffic (27th)
  • Pineapple Express (28th)
  • The Whole Nine Yards (30th).
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One Response to “MySky+ … Movies in September”

  1. The Family, Blue Jasmine and Thor 2 are of interest to me.

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