Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…
Sometimes one dream is enough to light up the whole sky.
Based on the true story of Homer Hickam, a coal miner's son who was inspired by the first Sputnik launch to take up rocketry against his father's wishes, and eventually became a NASA scientist.
October Sky is one of the most inspiring and well done biopics I've had the privilege to witness. The film tells the true story of Homer Hickam, a teenager with nothing special going for him until one night he witnesses a rocket soar through the sky. This ignites a passion for rocket science in him and he sets out to follow his dream and escape his home town, which is basically a poverty-ridden coal mining settlement (not a fun place at all).
Like I said before, this is one of the most inspiring films that has been made in my opinion. The acting is something that could either make or break the film, and it certainly made it. Gyllenhaal is…
Film O of My A-Z Movie Challenge
No. The coal mine is your life, it's not mine... I'm never going down there again... I wanna go into space.
Well bloody shit's hell what a tear-jerker, eh? I'm a sucker for father-son stories. And on the basis of this one is a strong and wonderful true story of a son and his father who doesn't see much eye-to-eye. Homer (Jake Gyllenhaal) doesn't know what to do with his life. He tries out football akin to his brother who is very successful at it, but he is just not made for the tough guy stuff. His father who is a stubborn and proud man wants Homer to follow in his footsteps…
"October Sky" is a heartwarming, inspiring tale that is gorgeously directed and acted.
Jake Gyllenhaal, in his breakout film, plays Homer Hickham, the son of a miner from a small town where life is already mapped out for him. In this affecting and beautiful true story, we watch young Homer convince his town and stubborn father (who does stubborn better than Chris Cooper?) that he can break out of the mold and enter the exciting world of rocketry.
And by the way, I called it. When I left the theater after seeing "October Sky," I said to my friends: Jake Gyllenhaal is gonna be a star.
Featuring a fantastic performance from a young Jake Gyllenhaal, October Sky is a riveting and inspiring film anchored by marvelous acting and direction.
Yet another "Letterboxd Vault" film, this is a great coming of age story that I loved every second of. Gyllenhaal and his group of friends are all well potrayed and are really good at getting the kids of that decades personalities. It has a great score, some superb cinematography and an fascinating story that had me interested through the whole film to the very end. One of Jake Gyllenhaal's best films!
Film# 30 of the 2015 Scavenger Hunt November Challenge!
Task#13. A film with a month in its title!
" Sure Dr. Von Braun is a great scientist, but he isn't my hero."
You ever see a movie that you feel isn't that good, but everyone else seems to love? A movie where you see potential but seems to fall flat for you. That is this for me.
I can see why people love it. It has a great message and all, but it just didn't really do it for me.
Film #6 of the 2015 Scavenger Hunt November Challenge!
Task #13: A film with a month in its title! eg. "The November Man."
It's the kind of movie I would show students if I taught physics or something sciencey. There's nothing really innovative about the movie. It's just a nice, uplifting film about chasing dreams. And coal. Lots and lots of coal.
Very nice, inspiring family film.
FILM #6 of the November 2015 Scavenger Hunt
TASK #13: A film with a month in its title!
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The original list by Milo can be found here: letterboxd.com/milo123/list/scavenger-hunt-november-2015/
Gyllenhaal plays a young pretty boy, science nerd who's fed up with his dumbass, all-star football playing brother and his father's expectations of him. Motivated by a flirtacious "meet me after class, wink, wink" science teacher, his idol, Elton "Rocket Man" John, and the movie Interstellar, 18 year old Homer Hickham aspires to make homemade guided missiles. With the help from The Sherminator from American Pie he does just that; builds projectiles that almost blows up a house and threatens the town with a…
Rebellious youths play with rockets.
Little Jake.. so small.. Hes gotta be like 5 feet tall in this movie.. Very tiny
AH CINEMA, PARE DE ME FAZER FELIZ (apelo poético, é claro)
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Beautiful film. The performances, particularly from Cooper and Gyllenhaal, are fantastic. Perhaps the biggest selling point is Mark Isham's score, which has a life all its own in places (the ending sequence involving the launch of the last rocket, for example). The actors portraying students turn in quality work and the story of Laura Dern's teacher is impressively painful at the end.
Pleasant feel-good film.
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
Sometimes I get stuck in a rut when it comes to watching films. I either just watch anything that comes…