Boom, Bust, or Meh: October 2018

Welcome to the BBoM of September, ladies and gentlemen, where we focus on five films of the month and the predictions we have for them!  As with every BBoM article, each film receives one of the following scores:
Boom: A film you’ll remember for the rest of the year.
Bust: A film you’ll regret watching.
Meh: A film that you’ll…kind of debate about for the rest of the months. 
With that introduction, let’s crank open the month of September vault!

The Results

Before we get to our film predictions, let us take a look at the outcome of our August predictions!

1. The House With A Clock in its Walls – Meh…

Rotten Tomatoes
Critic Score: 67%
Audience Score: 50%
Box Office
Production Budget: $42 million
Domestic: $46 million
Trey: Looked interesting, but I had my worries. Glad it did better than expected. 

2. Smallfoot – Meh…

Rotten Tomatoes
Critic Score: 71%
Audience Score: 71%
Box Office
Production Budget: $80 million
Domestic: $25 million  
Trey: Again, better than expected. 

3. Night School – Bust.

Rotten Tomatoes
Critic Score: 30%
Audience Score: 51%
Box Office
Budget: $29 million
Domestic: $31 million 
Trey: Is it really surprising? 

4. The Predator – Bust. 

Rotten Tomatoes
Critic Score: 34%
Audience Score: 44%
Box Office
Budget: $88 million
Domestic: $48 million 
Our Review

5. The Nun – Bust.

Rotten Tomatoes
Critic Score: 27%
Audience Score: 43%
Box Office
Budget: $22 million
Domestic: $110 million
Trey: You can make all the money, but if the movie does poorly in reviews, how will people remember it?
Each “Boom, Bust, or Meh” article will include each writer’s current record next to their name. My record is (79-37), Tyler Hummel is at (24-18).

Venom

Rating: PG-13
Release Date: October 5, 2018
Synopsis: Investigative journalist Eddie Brock attempts a comeback following a scandal, but accidentally becomes the host of an alien symbiote that gives him a violent super alter-ego: Venom. Soon, he must rely on his newfound powers to protect the world from a shadowy organization looking for a symbiote of their own (Rotten Tomatoes). 
Director: Ruben Fleischer 
Starring: Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Reid Scott, Jenny Slate

The Predictions

Trey Soto (79-37): Bust – Huge comic book fan right here, but as much as I wanted to root for Venom, it was definitely a studio cash grab. With how poorly they’ve treated their Spider-Man films in the past decade, I really can’t expect much of an improvement for this, even if Tom Hardy is in it.
Tyler Hummel (24-18): Bust – We all seem to be forgetting the age when superhero spin-off films were unabashedly terrible. This is coming from the same team that made the awful Amazing Spiderman reboots. There is very little reason to think this will be tolerable.

A Star is Born

Rating: R
Release Date: October 5, 2018
Synopsis: In this new take on the tragic love story, Bradley Cooper plays seasoned musician Jackson Maine, who discovers–and falls in love with–struggling artist Ally (Gaga). She has just about given up on her dream to make it big as a singer…until Jack coaxes her into the spotlight. But even as Ally’s career takes off, the personal side of their relationship is breaking down, as Jack fights an ongoing battle with his own internal demons (Rotten Tomatoes). 
Director: Bradley Cooper
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga, Sam Elliot, Andrew Dice Clay, Dave Chappelle, Rafi Gavron

The Predictions

Trey Soto (79-37): BOOM! – While I am not too big on the film itself, it looks like it will perform well with the names behind it. Bradley Cooper has been doing a phenomenal job in both his acting and directing, and based on how the film looks with Lady Gaga doing a fantastic job, I have hope this film will perform excellently. Maybe even an Oscar!  
 Tyler Hummel (24-18): Meh… – I have mixed feelings from the trailer. Good music in the trailer, but it could go either way. 

First Man

Rating: PG-13
Release Date: October 12, 2018
Synopsis: On the heels of their six-time Academy Award-winning smash, La La Land, Oscar-winning director Damien Chazelle and star Ryan Gosling reteam for Universal Pictures’ First Man, the riveting story of NASA’s mission to land a man on the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong and the years 1961-1969 (Rotten Tomatoes). 
Director: Damien Chazelle 
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Jason Clarke, Kyler Chandler, Corey Stoll, Ciaran Hinds

The Predictions

Trey Soto (79-37): BOOM! – I’ve great impressions so far, and I am honestly interested to see it. Great cast, great award winning director. Can’t wait! 
Tyler Hummel (24-18): BOOM! – Controversy aside, Damien Chazelle is awesome given his immense success with Whiplash and La La Land. There’s good reason to assume this could be very good. 


Johnny English Strikes Again

Rating: PG
Release Date: October 26, 2018
Synopsis: When a cyber-attack reveals the identity of all active undercover agents in Britain, the country’s only hope is called out of retirement. English’s new mission is his most critical to date: Dive headfirst into action to find the mastermind hacker. A man with few skills and analogue methods, English must overcome the challenges of modern technology – or his newest mission will become the Secret Service’s last (Rotten Tomatoes). 
Director: David Kerr
Starring: Rowan Atkinson, Olga Kurylenko, Ben Miller, Jake Lacy, Emma Thompson, Adam James

The Predictions

Trey Soto (79-37): Bust – …..Why? 

Tyler Hummel (24-18): Bust – I have no reason to want to see this.

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween

Rating: PG
Release Date: October 12, 2018
Synopsis: Halloween comes to life in a comedy adventure based on R.L. Stine’s 400-million-selling series of books (Rotten Tomatoes). 
Director: Ari Sandel
Starring: Chris Parnell, Keon Jeong, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Madison Iseman, Jeremy Ray Taylor

The Predictions

Trey Soto (79-37): Bust – I honestly really enjoyed the first for what it was. Interesting story and characters. As for the sequel, not so much. Uninteresting story, the original cast is nowhere to be found, and the editing for the trailer was honestly boring and very poor. Not expecting much that is a studio cash grab. 
Tyler Hummel (24-18): Bust – Why did they make a sequel to this? I’m guessing these films are gonna wind up on Cartoon Network within a year. Maybe it would be fun for free viewing.

Thanks for reading this month’s edition! Let us know your predictions in the comment section. Join us next month for another edition of “Boom, Bust, or Meh!”

Are you looking forward to any of these films? What are your predictions? What film are you looking forward to most in October?

Trey Soto

Trey Soto holds a B.A. in Communication Studies from Biola University, emphasis in Interpersonal/Rhetorical Theory. He has been a Film Critic/Analysis for over a year at Geeks Under Grace and other websites such as Temple of Geek. In his spare time, he enjoys comic book literature, screenwriting, production assistant freelancing, photography, cosplay, and hosting his own film podcast T.V. Trey on Podbean and iTunes.

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