Movies in October 2022

Following on from my previous movie summaries, this is my October review. Overall, I watched 24 new movies this month, taking the total for the year to 278!

  • The Alpinist

    A free-spirited 23-year-old makes some of the boldest solo ascents in history. With no cameras and no margin for error, his approach is the essence of solo adventure.

  • Disconnect

    A drama centered on a group of people searching for human connections in today's wired world.

  • Dinner in America

    An punk rocker and a young woman obsessed with his band unexpectedly fall in love and go on an epic journey together through America's decaying Midwestern suburbs.

  • American Animals

    Four young men mistake their lives for a movie and attempt one of the most audacious heists in U.S. history.

The Alpinist is another extraordinary climbing documentary, in a similar vein to Free Solo and The Dawn Wall . Following a free-spirited 23-year-old, we're exposed to the enthusiasm and risks as he makes more and more dangerous ascents. Similar to those other movies, it is very difficult to watch in places, knowing one mistake would mean certain death. The progression from the (relative) safety of consistent rock climbing to mixed-surface and ice-climbing with axes takes the risks to another level.

Disconnect reminded me a lot of the interconnected stories of Oscar winner Crash. It follows a few seemingly independent relationships and the effects that seemingly innocuous decisions can have great consequences. Each story is interesting in its own right and although they're only slightly connected, they work as an overarching narrative. This 2012 movie is a hidden gem, although the drama has a dark undertone, it is filled with great performances and worth seeking out.

Dinner in America is a fun story following two oddball outcasts as they navigate dysfunctional families. The connection between the two protagonists starts rather unceremoniously but soon blossoms as the cock-sure punk rocker helps the young woman gain her self-confidence. The mentor/mentee relationship is rather odd but heartwarming yet there is a hidden secret that could change the dynamic drastically. The story is punctuated with actual dinners that showcase different aspects of American life, each with its own quirk and undertone. When the secret finally comes out, it is handled wonderfully. Overall this is a unique movie with interesting characters set against the lesser-shown American Midwestern suburbs.

American Animals is a bizarre true story following an attempted heist. The movie mixes brief interviews with the real-life protagonists alongside the fictionalised account – sometimes showing multiple versions based on who remembered what. The story follows the meeting of the unusual mix of characters and their plans to steal and sell valuable books from the secured library. It is an unusual but interesting story, with good production and acting throughout that keep you engaged.

  • Bad Education

    The beloved school superintendent and his staff, friends and relatives become the prime suspects in the unfolding of the single largest public school embezzlement scandal in American history.

  • Brian and Charles

    After a particularly harsh winter Brian goes into a deep depression; completely isolated and with no one to talk to, Brian does what any sane person would do when faced with such a melancholic situation. He builds a robot.

  • Entergalactic

    Jabari, a charming, streetwear-clad artist on the cusp of real success. After a chance run-in with his cool new photographer neighbor, Meadow, Jabari has to figure out whether he can make space for love in his life.

  • You're Next

    When the Davison family comes under attack during their wedding anniversary getaway, the gang of mysterious killers soon learns that one of the victims harbors a secret talent for fighting back.

Bad Education is a true story about an American embezzlement scandal set in early 2000. It's a story that many people would be unaware of but features Hugh Jackman and Allison Janney who give wonderful performances as the smarmy superintendent and colleague. More potential scandals are hidden and as the story progresses the decisions become more deceptive and manipulative. The duplicitous characters manipulate one another until the world comes crashing down around them. It's quite a dry story but there is enough intrigue to keep you watching.

Brian and Charles is a very quirky movie about an unkept middle-aged lonely inventor in rural Wales who builds a personal robot that comes to life. It is full of kind people overcoming bullies and finding their self-worth. It's a touching movie about friendship and connection that many can relate to.

Entergalactic is a beautiful animated modern love story. The style of the movie is reminiscent of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse; it's bold and energetic. It captures life in New York City, with friendship, exes and a new lover, set against the backdrop of an underground art world. The movie is worth watching for the vibe alone.

You're Next is a home-invasion thriller with a violent twist. The opening scene will grab your attention before focusing on the build-up to the main show. After introducing the dysfunctional characters, things start going downhill. A decent pace is kept up all the way through, with some inventively bizarre tortuous moments. It's a straightforward slasher/horror movie, with decent production design and is definitely worth watching if you're a fan of the genre.