Out This Week: 05 October 2017

This weekend, we have Blade Runner 2049! And also My Little Pony.

October is kicking off to a great start with the release of the much awaited Blade Runner 2049. But that it is not all, there’s more releases to look into. Keep reading…

Blade Runner 2049

Directed by: Denis Villeneuve
With: Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Jared Leto, and Ana De Armas
What is it about? A young blade runner’s discovery of a long-buried secret leads him to track down former blade runner Rick Deckard, who’s been missing for thirty years.
Heads Up: The sequel to the 1982 scifi noir classic Blade Runner is already declared by most critics as a masterpiece. I am not surprised coming from one of the best young directors working today: Denis Villeneuve (Arrival, Sicario, Enemy, Prisoners). Am I recommending this one? HELL YEAH!

The Foreigner

Directed by: Martin Campbell
With: Jackie Chan, Pierce Brosnan, and Charlie Murphy
What is it about? A humble businessman with a buried past seeks justice when his daughter is killed in an act of terrorism. A cat-and-mouse conflict ensues with a government official, whose past may hold clues to the killers’ identities.
Heads Up: The two leads are the real selling point, as the reviews are not very strong, neither is buzz around it. Martin Campbell had made amazing action thrillers before (GoldenEye, Casino Royale, Mask of Zorro), but he had his share of duds as well (Green Lantern, Edge of Darkness). I say watch it but only after you are done with Blade Runner 2049.

Personal Shopper 

Directed by: Olivier Assayas
With: Kristen Stewart, Lars Eidinger, and Sigrid Bouaziz
What is it about? A personal shopper in Paris refuses to leave the city until she makes contact with her twin brother who previously died there. Her life becomes more complicated when a mysterious person contacts her via text message.
Heads Up: Even th0ugh this film has been out for a year or so, it’s unanimously beloved and Kristen Stewart is getting a ton of praise for her recent roles. I would highly recommend it for all the cinephiles.
Note: the movie will be censored for local release, which can possibly leave out important scenes.

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power

Directed by: Bonni Cohen, Jon Shenk
With: Al Gore
What is it about? A decade after An Inconvenient Truth (2006) brought climate change into the heart of popular culture comes the follow-up that shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution.
Heads Up: This sequel to the Oscar winning hit documentary from a decade ago. The consensus is that “it makes a plea for environmental responsibility that adds a persuasive — albeit arguably less impactful — coda to its acclaimed predecessor”.

My Little Pony: The Movie

Directed by: Jayson Thiessen
With: Emily Blunt, Kristin Chenoweth and Liev Schreiber
What is it about? A dark force threatens Ponyville, and the Mane 6 embark on an unforgettable journey beyond Equestria where they meet new friends and exciting challenges on a quest to use the magic of friendship to save their home.
Heads Up: The much awaited Hollywood adaptation of the worldwide phenomenon finally arrives in cinemas. There should be little persuasion required to watch this movie event of the year. For those in doubt (are there any?), look no further than the innocent eyes of these magical creatures. Or just move along.


Directed by: Raja Menon
With: Saif Ali Khan, Padmapriya, and Dhanish Karthik
What is it about? The film is a unique tale of a journey that Roshan Kalra undertakes to find out his true priorities and source of happiness. It’s a story of food and love and family and togetherness. And that of a father’s rediscovery of the bond with his son.
Heads Up: This is the official Bollywood remake of Jon Favreau’s 2014‘s Chef. I liked the original but did not really love it, so I am on the fence on this one. The average-looking trailer doesn’t help much to sell it either.

About Abdullah Y

Abdullah Y is based in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. He is an avid consumer of everything Pop Culture; movies, TV, music, photography, podcasts, and social media. He loves to travel and to share his experiences.