It's that wonderful time of year where the pyro and explosions of summer are a blissfully low volume as they spin in my DVD player. As much as I loved the kaiju-fightin' Khan catchin', Mandarin impersonatin' of the movies this summer, I'm ready to get to some good indies and Oscar contenders. It's like my job or something. Anyway, before my Southern accent makes a sudden re-appearance, let's get down to business.
1. Ender's Game (November 1st). Orson Scott Card's sci-fi classic is finally going to the big screen. It has a super stellar cast, with Harrison Ford, Viola Davis, Ben Kingsley, Asa Butterfield, so on so forth (I'm nearly positive I've already enthused about this movie in another post). I am a little less enthusastic about Gavin Hood (X Men Origins: Wolverine) directing, but hey, one bad movie does not a bad director make. So far, all talk of the movie has been focused more on Card's admittedly sketchy anti-gay politics, but that ain't gonna stop me from seeing this movie.
2. Inside Llewyn Davis (No wide release date yet)- The Coen Brothers (True Grit, Fargo) take on 1961 New York with a great cast and an even better soundtrack. Especially looking forward to seeing Stark Sands in an off-Broadway role (he's currently Charlie Price in one of my new favorites, Kinky Boots).
3. The Book Thief (November ???). Geoffery Rush and Emily Watson star in an adaptation of one of my favorite books pretty much ever. The Book Thief is told from the point of view of Death. Sound pretentious and boring? Not really. The voice of the novel is extremely engaging, and the story that unfolds matches it's intensity. Since the book works so well in it's original format, it's going to be interesting to see how it can work on just as much of a powerful level as on the big screen.
4. Catching Fire. Cinna yadda yadda yadda Katniss does stuf yadda yadda. Everything I could possibly say about my anticipation for this movie has been said, both by me and other people with better writing skills. Moving on.
5. Thor 2. I have so many questions about this movie. Will the Game of Thrones director make it darker? Is Loki going to die? How will Jane fare in Asgard? Will we get ANY Darcy? Will I finish my Loki in Suttutgart cosplay in time? Probably not, but as for the rest, we'll just have to wait and see.
6. This doesn't count but.... SHERLOCK SEASON 3 IS COMING TO PBS ON JANUARY 19th GET PUMPED.
7. The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug. With an overly pretentious title. this next Hobbit movie is make it or break it for me. As much as I cried seeing the title sprawled out on the big screen after eight, count 'em eight years of waiting, I'm still not sold. I really enjoyed Unexpected Journey, but like it's parallel Fellowship of the Ring, it was mostly exposition and getting to the part where the getting gets going. Jackson has got to bring it with this next chapter to convince the new generation that Hobbits are still worth their time. To be fair though, Benedict Cumberbatch playing a vindictive dragon is enough for me.
8.Only Lovers Left Alive. (Still no official date) Why so many cheesy titles this year? Anyway, Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton are two vampires who have been in a relationship for pretty much forever. They take an exisential walk through the modern day world. Good music ensues. Apparently almost nothing happens in this movie, but I'm interested to take a look.
9.Wolf of Wallstreet. You said DiCaprio and Scorsese and I listened.