2008 Fall movie preview

Brad Pitt is this season’s most valuable player, at least going in. He stars in my top two most anticipated films of the Fall.

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.

8. Australia
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.

10. Blindness
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:

Doubt
Meryl Streep, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams… enough said.

Milk
Sean Penn goes gay.

Eagle Eye
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:

The Road
Body of Lies
The Duchess
Righteous Kill
Changeling
W.

4 thoughts on “2008 Fall movie preview

  1. Amy says:

    “Sean Penn goes gay” – really? That’s your only comment on Milk? Sheesh, you sound like a Republican 😉 Your list is very similar to mine, though I’m not quite as enthusiastic about Button and Blindness. I’m most excited about Baz Luhrman’s return, the Coen brothers’ true return and the directorial debut of Kaufman. The rest is gravy. (Though the chance to see a third Downey master class performance is always a thrill).

  2. Clay says:

    Hey, I love the idea of Sean Penn going gay.

  3. Amy says:

    I would imagine that the filmmakers would hope that a film about Harvey Milk’s assassination would garner comments that were a bit more sensitive ;-P Or did you describe Brokeback Mountain as the film where “Heath Ledger goes gay”? That said, I, too, love the idea of Sean Penn playing this character and am thrilled the fact that the film took so long to make ensured the early casting talk of Robin Williams as Milk never came to pass. However, I just did a search to see what other actors had been attached to the project over the years (including Robin Williams, Kevin Spacey, Daniel Day-Lewis, Kevin Kline, James Woods, Richard Gere and Steve Carell)and was surprised to see that I would have approved of several of them (esp. Day-Lewis and Kline). It’s difficult to imagine Kevin Spacey actually having the guts to play this character, though I sure would be happy for him if he would have done so. Anyway, thinking and reading about it just makes me all that more excited to see the film.

  4. Clay says:

    No, I called Brokeback Mountain the “gay cowboy movie” like everybody else. 🙂

    Daniel Day-Lewis and Steve Carell are the most intriguing options to me from that list. I’d like to see Robert Downey Jr. tackle it as well. Penn, of course, is a brilliant actor and I’m sure he’ll be great.

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