As Oscar season approaches, you’ll be more and more motivated to get off the couch and go to your local multiplex. Here are the five movies I am most anticipating for the fall season:
A film many are claiming could mark Michael Keaton’s comeback to serious, high quality cinema, Birdman looks to develop the superhero movie into something more psychologically grounded yet still explosive. Keaton is supported by a stellar list of actors: Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton and Emma Stone, to name a few. With already glowing reviews from the few critics who have had a chance to preview the film, Birdman is sure to make a splash when it comes out on October 17th. Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJfLoE6hanc
Nightcrawler, the latest film by director Dan Gilroy, stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a novice independent crime reporter more concerned with getting the story than with journalistic ethics. Judging from the trailer, Nightcrawler has a dark, thrilling undertone, and it is good to see Gyllenhaal reprising a role more akin to his days in the films Zodiac and Donnie Darko. Coming to theaters October 31st. Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1uP_8VJkDQ
Interstellar is Christopher Nolan’s latest and much anticipated project, announced almost more than a year ago. Interstellar tells the story of an astronaut (Matthew McConaughey) making a last-ditch effort to save humanity from its own self destructive tendencies. Interstellar looks quite similar to the 1997 sci-fi film Contact (based on a book of the same title by the famed astronomer Carl Sagan) which also featured McConaughey in a lead role. Where Interstellar seems to differ, however, is in Nolan’s focus on the human angle. Coming to theaters November 7th. Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vxOhd4qlnA
When Foxcatcher debuted at the Cannes film festival, two reactions were heard. First, critics were instantly naming this their pick for movie of the year. Second, critics were thrilled by Steve Carrell’s fantastic acting chops in a serious role. And Foxcatcher is in fact Carrell’s first serious role in, well, forever. That alone makes it worth seeing. The movie is based on a true story and focuses on the relationship between a boxer and his coach. Foxcatcher comes to theaters just one week. Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PypvNBTdxnY
I saved my personal favorite for last. Inherent Vice, an adaptation of the eponymous book by Thomas Pynchon, is the work of director Paul Thomas Anderson (famed for films including There Will Be Blood and Magnolia) starring Joaquin Phoenix. The trailer for this film came out just a few weeks ago and it looks fantastic. The narration is done by famous indie harpist Joanna Newsom, and the score is composed and performed by Radiohead lead Jonny Greenwood. Inherent Vice is Anderson’s return to his earlier ensemble movies like Boogie Nights and Magnolia with its sprawling cast (Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Martin Short, Reese Witherspoon, and countless more). Inherent Vice comes to theaters December 14th, or as Newsom states at the end of the trailer in her iconic, quirky voice, “Just in time for Christmas.” You’d be remiss if you didn’t check this one out. Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OUZgOQ186-A
Those are the 5 movies that I am most looking forward to this fall. Agree? Disagree? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!