Posted by Nicholas Rapp on August 28, 2012 at 11:15 pm
The days of Autumn last between September 22 and December 20. And as the leafy season approaches, we are fortunate enough this year to have some fantastic movies to look forward to. In fact, I would go so far as to say I am more excited for fall’s lineup than I was even for summer’s. Ten movies in particuliar have caught my eye, and I will break them down in order from least excited for to most excited for. Though I am terribly excited for all of these films.
10. Of the top ten movies I am anticipating for fall, the most exciting film of which I’m the least-most-excited for is the upcoming Bond film – SKYFALL. Quantum of Solace really kind of let me down, and that was the second of the Daniel Craig portrayals of our beloved Mi6 Agent. I loved the first Craig portrayal (in Casino Royale) so much, however, that this trailer below has given me hopeful anxiety. The villain is a blonde Javier Bardem. Blonde or not blonde, Bardem rocks at playing the villain.
9. FLIGHT is a film about a pilot who, as his aircraft is deteriorating and falling through the sky, manages to land the plane safely, saving the lives of everyone on board. He did this, however, with alcohol in his system: An offense with a catastrophic penalty. The pilot is played by Denzel Washington, and John Goodman will also play a part. This isn’t the type of role we’re accustomed to seeing Denzel Washington play and I am certain it has Oscar potential.
8. THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER is the film adaptation of a very famous book – one which captured the heart of seemingly every other introverted high schooler ever – and the film is directed by the same man who wrote the book: Stephen Chbosky. This could either be a very good thing, or a very bad thing – regardless, I am excited to see for myself. It will be a happy shock to see Hermione in the real world as well, being that Emma Watson plays the female lead.
7. SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS will be the latest film with Christopher Walken, which to me is cause enough to see it. To the rest of the world, it’ll be the next best film since In Bruges, the most famous film written by Martin McDonagh to date. McDonagh is multi talented and has written and directed Seven Psychopaths. What with the outstanding cast, I am most excited that this will be an ensemble-based film – each maniac with his own niche isms. The plot is unbelievably unique – these guys kidnap Shih Tzus!
6. LOOPER makes Joseph Gordon-Levitt look like such a bad a** that (500) Days of Summer no longer makes sense. Summer would not have passed up on this guy, this guy would have passed up on Summer. It’s an action film based around time travel, and Gordon-Levitt plays an assassin of sorts. He kills those who are ported to him from a different time. Complications occur when the person who is sent for execution is his own future self.
5. THE LIFE OF PI is another film adaptation of a famous book, though this adaptation is directed by a very well reputed man in the industry: Ang Lee. That’s right, the man behind Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, and Brokeback Mountain has spearheaded the adaptation of a childrens adventure book. The plot of the book is that there is a boy, Pi, and he is to survive on a 26 foot life boat with a tiger, a hyena, a zebra, and an orangutang. In doing so, he will discover himself.
4. THE HOBBIT is a film about… well, I think I can assume that literally everyone has heard of this film in some way or another. It is the prequel to the Lord of the Rings Saga, following Bilbo Baggins on his adventures with the cave, and the dragon, and Gollum and some ring of sorts. No big deal!
3. LINCOLN is going to slay me. Any presuppositions I had about what good film was will die at the hands of Spielberg’s latest blockbuster. How do I know this? After all there’s no trailer, and only two pictures up on IMDB (ridiculous for a film just a few months away). I just know. Daniel Day-Lewis is the face of this film, and it will be him bringing the North to victory in the American Civil War. And he, of all actors that there ever were – dating as far back to Thespus of Ancient Greece – is the greatest. He only does a film every couple of years, and so when he does… it is a big deal, and for his sake only. But now that he’s collaborating with Spielberg, and with Tony Kushner who has written the screenplay, and even other famous actors in the cast, I am confident that Day-Lewis won’t be the only one walking away from this movie with an Oscar nomination. I can’t give Lincoln my number one slot because I have no trailer, and hardly any pictures even to base my excitement on.
2. ARGO was quite nearly my number one pick for this list – and I didn’t even know about the film until I recently saw the trailer. I should preface this by stating bluntly that I like Ben Affleck as a director. The Town was awesome, and Gone Baby Gone was spectacular. But this movie in particuliar is based upon a true declassified story from the CIA. And I love spy movies, the more accurate the better. For example, I preffered Philip Seymour Hoffman as an Operations Officer in Charlie Wilson’s War more than I did Colin Farrell as an agent in The Recruit. Although the storyline for this film seems almost too genius to have been true…
1. Wow. That was about all I could say after seeing the trailer for CLOUD ATLAS. This film has the potential to be my favorite movie of all time. “The movie is hard to sell because it’s hard to describe, it’s hard to reduce, so we decided to make a really, really, really long trailer” said Tom Tykwer, and Lana and Andy Wachowski (the siblings responsible for The Matrix trillogy) – these three people collaborated in directing this film. Actors will play different characters of different gender and race spanning across the past, present and future. It looks to be even more philosophically stimulating than The Matrix films, with a theme of Karma, and actions in one life affecting another life ages into the future. The list of incredible actors is longer than any promoted cast list I’ve seen, so you’ll just have to watch the trailer. Go ahead and let your jaw drop, everyone else’s has.
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