Sometimes I get stuck in a rut when it comes to watching films. I either just watch anything that comes…
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.
A nice true drama about how four kids in West Virginia doomed for the coal mines escape into the world of rocket building in the late 1950s. Another quality movie from Jake Gyllenhaal, that failed to ignite the box office. Chris Cooper plays his dad...who of course final sees the light at the end of the movie.
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…
They played this movie in every class, at least once, in my high school. Especially on days when they couldn't find their community copy of Remember the Titans.
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!
Well, this is a charming movie. It hits the right notes emotionally, even if only on a surface level, and it tells an engaging story. Chris Cooper in particular is excellent, playing someone much more layered than the stereotypical "tough father" character. While I don't know that I'm likely to remember this movie much beyond this one viewing and don't REALLY have all that much to say about it, I enjoyed it pretty well.
How it entered my Flickchart:
October Sky > The Fellowship of the Ring
October Sky < The Scarlet Pimpernel
October Sky > The Hangover
October Sky < The Kite Runner
October Sky < The Prestige
October Sky < Rachel Getting Married
October Sky < The Tourist
October Sky > All That Jazz
October Sky > Choke
October Sky < Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
October Sky > Topsy-Turvy
Final spot: #746 out of 2023.
Elton John would be proud
A standard bio-pic that hits all the right places its competent brethren hits. It's a good movie, not great, but the performances have depth and I hadn't heard of this so it made for an interesting story.
This movie is ridiculous. Cheap "American Graffiti." Cheap everything. Paint by numbers filmmaking. Jake Gyllenhaal's character knows nothing about the science behind making rockets, but he's the hero, because he's "good-looking," and "a leader," and his "charisma" (despite his father not believing in him, aw shucks) brings his classmates together in a "team effort." So fucking "American." Some of my favourite gems of dialogue from the film:
"He don't know what he wanna be, but I know what he is" - disapproving father about to (what a surprise) have his socks blown off by his special flower of a son, a son so exceptional that even his jaded, iron-hearted father must deign to give an uncharacteristic display of warmth in…
Excellent character development and plot. Captures the wonder of the space race. Classic.
Such a great film. Jake Gyllenhaal and Chris Cooper are fantastic.
The boys get falsely accused for setting a forest fire, the local mine collapses with workers inside, father gets injured in the rescue; even after the science fair victory, the inspirational teacher gets Hodgkins, and the screenplay touts lines like "I'm leaving this place and I ain't ever coming back." Likable innocence saves the day, harkening back to simpler ambitions, a community standard under scrutiny for its blind pragmatism, although there's not one iota of maliciousness - something maybe Capra would have done in the late 30's, obviously with more dexterity and a tougher journey towards resolution. Push for acceptance by Homer is hard to resist by end. Cooper placing his once reluctant hand around his son, a sparkle in…
donnie darko builds his spaceship; everything makes sense now
October Sky is a beautiful and inspiring biopic about young Homer Hickams dawning passion for rocketry. Jake Gyllenhaal plays young Hickam, who despite his coal miner fathers wishes decides to build himself a rocket from whatever parts and pieces he can find. Bringing along his 2 best friends and school geek. They start experimenting and building their rockets. Gyllenhaal, Chris Cooper and Laura Dern lead an exceptional cast. Dern's Miss Riley stands out as Hickam's teacher, advisor and most vocal supporter.
This film is one of the most inspiring movies I've seen in a long time and I only regret it took me this long to see it. You'll leave feeling you can capture any dream you have.
- Miller's Crossing
- Army of Shadows
- Boudu Saved from Drowning
- Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story
- An Angel at My Table
- Pastoral: To Die in the Country
- American Splendor
- Secret Honor
- One Night the Moon
- Once Upon a Time in the West
- Only God Forgives
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