Fall is here ladies and gents, and you know what that means: The return of pumpkin spiced lattes! … and Oscar season is upon us. It’s the time of year when movies stop all the water gun fighting, video game playing, and frivolous fun and get down to the semi-serious business of vying for awards — Hollywood is going back to school. In fact, it’s already started, with a few late September releases, Black Mass and Everest, which we mention in the video above.
Undoubtedly, the big man on campus is Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens, which has a tractor beam strong enough to swallow up nearly every film in its path, the latest installment of the sci-fi franchise won’t blast off until the very end of the Fall, giving some of these other movies a chance to make their mark before the nation turns its eyes to the most anticipated cinematic event of this millennium.
As we began looking through this Fall’s lineup, it was hard not to be excited — giddy, even. A Star Wars sequel, a Quentin Tarantino original, a Shakespeare adaptation, a DiCaprio/Iñárritu collaboration and The Hunger Games finale — throw in a partridge and a pear tree and we’re all set for Christmas. Kidding aside, this feels like a truly special lineup of films. So without further ado, let’s dig in:
October 2015 releases
Sci-fi Messiah Ridley Scott and Matt Damon team up for a big-screen adaptation of Andy Weir’s novel of the same name. The film’s marketing team has taken a very cool, non-traditional approach to hyping this film and has put several different viral-style shorts up on YouTube in addition to several different trailers. The steady drip of promotional materials has movie fans everywhere salivating and this is probably one of the five most anticipated films of the Fall.
“The story of French high-wire artist Philippe Petit’s attempt to cross the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in 1974,” says IMDB’s official synopsis, but that leaves out one very important detail: The walk was attempted without the use of any sort of safety harness or netting. We’ll have to see if Director Robert Zemeckis (Cast Away, Forest Gump) can sustain audiences’ attention for the portions of the film that takes place off the wire, but if this is done well, it could be the season’s sleeper hit. For his part, it looks like Joseph Gordon-Levitt has committed to the role, linguistically (that accent), sartorially (that turtleneck), and follicularly (that haircut). If a bout of vertigo sounds like a good time to you, you can also catch this one in IMAX 3D.
M. Barrie’s iconic ageless sprite has had his story told and retold in almost every conceivable medium. This iteration boasts a star-studded cast, and looks to distinguish itself from its predecessors by making some notable changes to the tried & true formula. Blackbeard (Hugh Jackman) and not Hook (Garrett Hedlund) seems to be the central villain this time around and the latter is even seen palling around with Peter Pan in parts of the trailer. That being said, the film has also generated a lot of bad press, including multiple delays of its theatrical release (originally scheduled for June 26, 2015) and controversy over its casting of Rooney Mara as Tiger Lily, a character who is commonly portrayed as Native American. Hopefully Joe Wright (Atonement, Pride & Prejudice) can keep this flying pirate ship on course.
The last time we saw Steve Jobs’ story on screen was in Jobs (2013), a biopic starring Ashton Kutcher as the tech mogul, that was generally panned by critics. Luckily, Hollywood dusted itself off and tried again, and early returns on Steve Jobs have been excellent. With just 10 reviews counted thus far, the film has a 90 percent on the Tomatometer, and it seems that Michael Fassbender was a much better fit as the visionary Apple CEO.
With all the new-age actors and directors making waves this Fall, Bridge of Spies wants to remind you that classics never go out of style. Tom Hanks and Alan Alda in a Steven Spielberg-directed espionage thriller? Is it 1998? Is Backstreet back? Either way, we’ll happily shell out a few shekels to see these veterans suit up again.
“A down-on-his-luck music manager discovers a teenage girl with an extraordinary voice while on a music tour in Afghanistan and takes her to Kabul to compete on the popular television show, Afghan Star,” says IMDB. And this is exactly the sort of off-the-wall comedy that Bill Murray was born to star in. Throw in the Zooey Deschanel as a temperamental diva and Bruce Willis as a smoldering security officer and you’ve got what looks like one of the most entertaining movies of the Fall season.
Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, and Academy darling Meryl Streep starring in a movie about the struggle for women’s right to vote certainly sounds like a recipe for Oscar success. This film centers around members of the British women’s suffrage movement and is the first film in history to shoot inside the Houses of Parliament. If you like politically charged drama, this should be right up your alley.
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