Friday, September 14, 2012

Fall/Winter Movie Preview

We're in movie limbo right now, in between the summer blockbusters and the fall/winter Oscar-potentials. Here are a few films I'm looking forward to seeing in the months to come:

Lincoln (Steven Spielberg): With Daniel Day-Lewis portraying the greatest American president in history, and a cast that includes Tommy Lee Jones, David Strathairn, Sally Field, Hal Holbrook, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, John Hawkes, James Spader, Jackie Earle Haley, and Jared Harris, this has potential to be Spielberg's most interesting and well-crafted film since Catch Me If You Can. And there are no vampires in this one.

The Master (Paul Thomas Anderson): One of my favorite directors has created a masterpiece based on the rise of L. Rob Hubbard and scientology. Based on the critics, they can't decide if Joaquin Phoenix or Philip Seymour Hoffman give the best performance of their careers. Perhaps they both do. It's a year of great acting. P.T. Anderson's movies, while pretty bleak at times, offer plenty of spiritual insights into the nature of humanity's brokenness.

Argo (Ben Affleck): Ben Affleck is pretty good actor, but he's simply a great director. Both Gone Baby Gone and The Town were gripping crime thrillers that received Oscar nominations, and Argo sounds like it surpasses both those excellent films. Argo is based on an extraordinary true story about an extraction team rescuing American hostages from Iran by posing as a film crew. Roger Ebert is betting that it will win Best Picture.

Skyfall (Sam Mendes): When Casino Royale came out and reignited the James Bond franchise, I was eager to see the follow ups. Quantum of Solace didn't really satisfy, but from the looks of it, Skyfall will be one of the most darkly intense and aesthetically-pleasing of the Bond films.

Killing Them Softly (Andrew Dominik): The darkest film on this list, I loved Andrew Dominik's debut film, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. So this second film with the Dominik-Pitt partnership looks like an intriguing and creative take on the mob-hit movie.

Anna Karenina (Joe Wright) Leo Tolstoy's epic novel has been put to film multiple times, but director Joe Wright is taking a creative approach by filming the entire story in the context of a theater stage. Keira Knightly has given her best performances in Wright's films (Pride and Prejudice, Atonement), and the costumes and cinematography look bright and marvelous.

Looper (Rian Johnson): A sci-fi action movie that involves time travel, with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis? Count me in. Time travel movies have always fascinated me (Primer is one of my favorite films), and this one looks like plenty of fun.

To the Wonder (Terrence Malick): The enigmatic Malick is my favorite director. Period. The Thin Red Line and The Tree of Life are two of my favorite films ever made, and I've been so excited that Malick has decided to actually start making movies quicker than once a decade. Though the reviews coming from festivals for Malick's latest have been less than stellar--it sounds like a lot was left on the editing floor, including any dialogue--I'm still eager to see Malick's latest.

What movies are you looking forward to seeing this fall/winter season?

1 comment:

  1. You don't know this, but you are my personal movie advisor. I love your taste in movies and your ability to capture an entire film in written word and connect it to faith, life, and culture! Also I am very excited about Javier Bardem in the new Bond movie.