Here’s a list of the ten Fall movie I’m most looking forward to, plus a few honorable mentions:
1. Burn After Reading
The Coen Brothers release a screwball comedy just a year after their bleak, Oscar-winning No Country For Old Men. Will this be akin to the release of The Big Lebowski after Fargo? Sure hope so.
2. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
David Fincher (Zodiac) directs this tale of a man who ages backward. Brad Pitt plays Button as both an old man and a child, through some extraordinary special effects. Could be very special.
3. Synecdoche, New York
Charles Kaufman directs for the first time. He’s responsible for some of my favorite films ever (including the inspiration for this blog’s name) so this is a must-see, even though I don’t know much about it. Phillip Seymour Hoffman stars.
4. Quantum of Solace
Follow-up to the best James Bond movie ever.
5. Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist
Michael Cera stars in a Before Sunrise for the millennial generation (do they have a name yet?). I’d watch Cera in pretty much anything, and the early word on this is good.
6. The Soloist
Mega-talented Joe Wright (Pride & Prejudice, Atonement) directs Robert Downey Jr. and Jamie Foxx in a true story about a mentally ill musician and the reporter who befriends him. Likely to be Downey’s third Oscar-worthy performance this year (he plays the reporter).
7. Miracle at St. Anna
Spike Lee’s World War II movie… hope it’s as good as Spike Lee’s bank heist movie.
Baz Luhrmann does David Lean. Anything Luhrman does is interesting, and it’s nice to see Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman using their actual accents (though I think I read she plays an Englishwoman?!).
9. Revolutionary Road
Kate and Leo, together again.
Fernando Meirelles’ third film has a lot of potential. His City of God remains one of the best films of the decade and The Constant Gardener had some very strong moments. This Twilight Zone-esque tale could be quite powerful.
Also on the radar:
Meryl Streep, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams… enough said.
Sean Penn goes gay.
Could be a diverting thriller. And it’s got Michelle Monaghan.
Rachel Getting Married
Looks to be strong work by Anne Hathaway, and a comeback for Jonathan Demme.
Maybe/If review are good:
Body of Lies