With summer behind us and the bi-annual dumping grounds of September/October upon us, there seems to be a little more amiss than usual. While the end of the year promises to lay out the ground work for the next Oscar race, I think it’s to be expected. While not everything looks as savory as, say, Inception, Toy Story 3, or even Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, there are definitely a few things to look forward to after all and here’s a weekly look at what’s coming our way!
Today director Paul W.S. Anderson returns to the franchise he birthed for the first time since the original. Resident Evil: Afterlife looks absolutely no better than any of the first three and even using James Cameron’s spiffy Fusion Cameras can’t keep me from thanking the movie lords that this was not pre-screened.
September 17 – Ben Affleck jumps back into the director’s chair while headlining another book-to-film adaptation as he strolls through The Town along with Jon Hamm and Jeremy Renner. Emma Stone steps into the spotlight in what looks like the second coming of Mean Girls but I hear it surprisingly leans more towards 10 Things I Hate About You. Easy A, consider me sold. On the other hand, M. Night Shyamalan takes the story and producing credits but his directing choice (the Dowdle Brothers, Quarantine) doesn’t exactly bring any inspiration of hope to Devil.
September 24 – Oliver Stone returns to Wall Street where Michael Douglas is going to teach Shia LaBeouf that Money Never Sleeps even if it’s with Gekko’s daughter. Kristen Bell, Odette Yustman, Sigourney Weaver, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Betty White headline an all-female cast to find out that history repeats itself in Andy Fickman’s You Again. Zach Snyder can hopefully bring us some true escapism with a film about talking hooters — no, not those hooters. Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole brings the season's longest title which hopefully the film can live up to. Ryan Reynolds gets to prove just how much you either love him or hate him as he brings a basically one-man act to Buried. While I wasn’t able to catch this one at Sundance I hear it’s quite the show.
Thankfully, October brings things back to life a bit.
October 1 - David Fincher brings us the behind the scenes shenanigans of everyone’s favorite site, Facebook. The Social Network combines Fincher with a stellar cast in Zombieland’s Jesse Eisenberg, the new Spider-man Andrew Garfield, our new Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Rooney Mara, and everyone’s favorite “mother lover,” Justin Timberlake. Matt Reeves makes things even more intimate than his POV-shot Cloverfield with his remake of the Swedish Let the Right One In. Say what you will about remakes, Let Me In looks pretty amazing but we shall all bear judgment.