The fall movie season is probably my favourite for a number of reasons. First: sweaters. Everyone likes sweaters. This has nothing to do with the movies themselves, but it’s just a general statement I though I’d make. Second: movies and lots of them! After a not particularly exciting summer, most of us are looking forward to fall especially since it appears to be stacked with lots of goodies. I’ve already seen movies like Wild, Nightcrawler, Foxcatcher and Whiplash thanks to TIFF (click HERE for those reviews) so lets look at everything else coming out in the next few months.
For those living under a rock, Gone Girl was the book of 2012. The novel follows the mysterious disappearance of a married woman (Rosamund Pike) and her husband (Ben Affleck) who becomes the prime suspect in the case. If you haven’t read it, you have two weeks to do so and it’s so filthy, fun and full of twists that you’ll end up finishing it in a night. I promise.
The anticipation for David Fincher’s adaptation of the best-seller has been killing me, especially since the marketing has been excellent on every single level. I’ve read the book, I know how it ends, and I can’t wait for it. I almost wish it won’t come out because I’m enjoying the anticipation so much.
This. Movie. Looks. Insane.
The film is about a washed up actor who, in an attempt to capture his past glory, tries to mount a Broadway play. It stars Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Edward Norton and Michael Keaton.
I’m trying to read and see as little about Birdman as I possibly can because I don’t want to be spoiled. The film has been receiving stellar reviews and I can’t wait.
The trailer for Tim Burton’s Big Eyes premiered the other day and the general reaction from the internet seems to be “this is the first time, in a long time, I’m excited for a Tim Burton movie.”
Based on a true story, Big Eyes centres on painter Margaret Keane whose husband takes credit for her work. It has everything we once loved about Burton: interesting characters, a plot, a sense of fun and imagination, and just a pinch of that Burton-wackiness minus what made us turn on him: Johnny Depp.
The other day my brother had asked me if I’d seen the trailer for John Wick. I hadn’t, and he described it as basically “about Keanu looking for his dog.” I was sold. Then I saw the trailer, and THEN it premiered at Fantastic Fest the other day where it got a very positive reaction, and I was even more sold on it. It looks ridiculous and I will be there.
Before I Go To Sleep
The S. J. Watson novel was one of my favourite books I read last year. It’s a solid, tight little thriller that follows a woman who has anterograde amnesia and, as a result, wakes up every day without knowledge of who she is. Sadly, the film will get overshadowed by Gone Girl. The casting is excellent and I’m hoping it turns out to be some fun.
Having left The Dark Knight behind, Christopher Nolan returns with Interstellar — a movie no one knows anything about because Christopher Nolan is full of secrets (that’s why his hair is so big!). What I do know is that there was a screening held the other day in New York and the reaction was very promising.
Dumb and Dumber To
Harry and Lloyd are back! This time they go off on an adventure looking for their long lost children in hopes of getting a new kidney.
Even though a certain major cameo in this movie may have been ruined for me (Google “Dumb and Dumb Too cameo” if you too wish to be spoiled), I’m still very excited about this. I have my reservations, of course. There is a very high chance that this turns out to be a big ol’ dud but that first teaser made me laugh harder than it should have been and my love for Jim Carrey knows no bounds. Please, don’t let this suck.
I’ve been excited about Inherit Vice for a very long time. Based on Thomas Pynchon’s novel, it stars Joaquin Phoenix as a drug-fuelled private eye.
I bow at the altar of director Paul Thomas Anderson and with this cast (Phoenix, Benicio Del Toro, Reese Witherspoon, Maya Rudolph and so many more), I might just die in the theatre once the credits roll.
Exodus: Gods and Kings
Biblical movies are all the rage right now. Earlier this year we had Darren Aronofsky’s Noah which was good and did well enough. Next comes Ridley Scott’s movie about Moses which looks particularly grand. Hallelujah!
My favourite writing comedy duo right now is Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen. They routinely knock each project of theirs out of the park, critically and financially (for the sake of this argument, let’s ignore The Green Hornet) and this seems like another win for them, especially with its ridiculous plot (a TV talk show host and his producer are recruited by the CIA to kill their next interviewee: North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un). Also: it has Lizzy Caplan.
Into The Woods
The first trailer for Into The Wood was released last month and it’s kinda, sorta great. Does it feature the fact that it’s a musical? Not so much, but the visuals are ace and that cast is a dream (Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Meryl Streep and Emily Blunt just to name a few). While I’m excited, it could go either way as director Rob Marshall has made both an incredible musical (Chicago) and a not-so-incredible one (Nine).
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
Uh, do I even need to explain? Katniss. Fucks. Shit. Up. See everyone there!