2015 Fall Movie Preview- September and October
With August ending and September beginning, the time for summer blockbusters is over and we are now starting to see the Oscar films. September, October, November and December are important months for film, and is usually when we get the best films of the year. In this two-part article series, I will be breaking down the movies I am looking forward to most in these coming months, which ones I think are the most likely Oscar candidates and which movies to avoid. And yes, I know December is not a fall month, but I think it's better to put the rest of the year altogether in one article. So let's take a look at fall movies of 2015.
Before We Go- September 4th
This movie is interesting to me mainly because it's the directorial debut of Chris Evans. I really like him as Captain America, and I thought he was fantastic in Snowpiercer. I like him, so I'm interested to see how he does as a director. The trailer proposes this as a smaller, romantic film and I found it charming. Evans and Alice Eve seem to have really good chemistry. The movie is available on iTunes right now, but will be in theaters for a limited release on the 4th. Before We Go could end up being boring and a mediocre outing for Evans, but it could also be a funny, romantic film that proves Evans has an artistic eye as a director.
The Visit- September 11th
The Visit will be M. Night Shyamalan's return to greatness as a director... or will it? Shyamalan made a brilliant masterpiece of a film in The Sixth Sense, and Unbreakable was a good movie. I haven't liked any of his other movies, and I don't think The Visit looks good at all. But I'm still going to see it, because we may have another case of The Happening here... where it's so bad it's good. Leading up to the film's release, I'll be reviewing four of Shyamalan's movies: two good, two bad. So make sure to keep your eyes out for that. But no, I don't think The Visit will be a good movie. But hey, maybe it will surprise me. But I really don't think it will.
Black Mass- September 18th
Johnny Depp hasn't been on a roll as of late. I just haven't really liked any of his performances the last several years. But I think that's all going to change with Black Mass. In the film, he plays notorious Boston mobster Whitey Bulger, in what could be an awesome gangster movie. Maybe I'm a little biased because I'm from Boston, but I think the trailers have looked incredible. This could be the return of Depp, and the supporting cast sounds incredible, with the talents of Benedict Cumberbatch, Joel Edgerton, Corey Stoll, Kevin Bacon, Adam Scott and more. This is one to keep your eyes out for.
Everest- September 18th
Everest is the true story of a group of hikers who tried to climb Mount Everest, and let's just say not everything went according to plan. The scope of this movie looks incredible, and it seems like something special to experience in IMAX. It's got a great cast, including Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, Kiera Knightly, Jake Gyllenhaal and Sam Worthington. I think this is going to be an intense movie that will show what man becomes when he has to fight against the elements. I don't think this is on a lot of people's radars, but it should be. This could end up being something really surprising and fascinating. Whether it has Oscar possibilities, I don't know, but I think it will at least be entertaining.
Sicario- September 18th
Emily Blunt stars in this film as a FBI agent tasked to take down a drug cartel on the border of the U.S. and Mexico. I thought she was fantastic in Edge of Tomorrow, and she has what it takes to be a great action hero. Sicario looks like it could be a good action thriller. It has a great supporting cast, with Jon Bernthal, Victor Garber, Josh Brolin and Benicio del Toro as the villain. The trailer for this movie was excellent, and I am really looking forward to it. Hopefully this film delivers in showing us why Blunt is someone who is going to be around in this business for a long time, and possibly why she would be great for Captain Marvel.
Pawn Sacrifice- September 18th
Wow, the 18th is going to be a big day! I really like Tobey Maguire as an actor. I grew up with him as Spider-Man, and he'll always be Spider-Man to me, at least in some fashion. He hasn't had a lot work to do since, so this is one that I'm paying attention to. Maguire plays Bobby Fischer, a real life American chess player who competed in a Russian tournament. I thought the trailer was good. This could end up being boring and kind of stupid, but I thought Maguire looked good in the role. Liev Schriber and Peter Sarsgaard also look good in supporting roles. Like I said, this could be a boring movie or it could be an intense drama. And I'm hoping for the latter.
The Green Inferno- September 25th
This is a movie our other writer, Rob, is really pushing for. He is really excited to see this movie. So I finally saw the trailer, and it looks genuinely scary. I'm not a big fan of horror movies. I prefer psychological thrillers. So I'm hoping this movie messes with your mind more than relying on jump scares. It looks like it's going to be a very uncomfortable movie to see. Not one to see with your mom. This has a lot of potential to be a terrifying film that really gets into your head, or it could be a stupid movie that is overly gratuitous for no reason other than for shock value. It could go either way, but I'm hoping this is a good one.
The Intern- September 25th
I've really liked the trailers for The Intern. Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro are fantastic talent, and they seemed to have really good chemistry in the trailer. De Niro plays a retired man who becomes an intern at an online fashion site, run by Hathaway. It looks like this movie could have a lot of heart, and be an enjoyable comedy. It feels a lot like a Silver Linings Playbook, though I'm not expecting this movie to get any kind of Oscar buzz. Maybe for the screenplay, if it's really good. I think this is ultimately going to be a feel-good kind of movie about a friendship, and I think it has potential to be something special.
99 Homes- September 25th
99 Homes stars Michael Shannon and Andrew Garefield, in which, after having his house foreclosed on by Shannon, Garefield must work with him in foreclosing other people's homes to support his family. I really liked the trailer when I saw it, and the movie has been getting good buzz coming out of Sundance. It has the potential to be a drama with two powerful actors, or it could kind of fall flat. I'm hoping for the former, and if the trailer is a true indication of what we are going to get with this film, then I think this can be something really cool.
The Walk- September 30th
Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays Philippe Petit, a real life French high-wire artist who decided to stretch a single line of cable between the Twin Towers in the 1970's and walk it. The trailers make this movie out to be almost a heist kind of film, with them trying to set up the cable without the police or security knowing. It also looks visually spectacular: this is something to see in IMAX. The director, Robert Zemeckis, is also the mind behind films such as Back to the Future, Forest Gump, Cast Away and Flight. I think this is going to be a really cool, suspenseful movie that is visually incredible to watch.
What to Avoid:
Hotel Transylvania 2
I will admit that I did not see the first Hotel Transylvania, but I am not interested in this at all. I have become very anti-Adam Sandler as of late, and he has his whole crew involved in this movie, which we know is not a good sign from past films. The first film got a 44% on Rotten Tomatoes, and I did not like the trailers for the sequel at all. The jokes didn't land, and it just feels like it is going to be a flat, bland, stupid movie filled with poop jokes to simply cater to the kids. From my perspective, I don't think this is going to be very good, and I would personally hold out to see The Good Dinosaur for a good animated movie.
The Martian- October 2nd
Could this be the return of Ridley Scott? He's been on a bad streak as of late, with movie after movie being critical and (some) financial failures. The the trailers have been fantastic, and the cast is incredible, so I'm holding out hope for The Martian. If Scott knocks this one out of the park, then I'm going to be more excited for Prometheus 2, which is his next film (you can read about that here). This movie could be long and boring, or it could be a fun, exciting space movie that reminds us why Scott is such a good director.
Legend- October 2nd
Tom Hardy is one of my favorite actors working today. He was brilliant as Bane in The Dark Knight Rises. He had a subtle but memorable performance in Inception. He knocked it out of the park in Locke. Of course, he was great in this year's Mad Max: Fury Road. And now, he's playing twin gangsters in Legend. I think this could be the film that gets Hardy his Oscar nomination, but we're still a little ways from that. It looks fun, entertaining, with not one but two incredible performances from Hardy. I have really high hopes for this movie, and I just hope that it can deliver.
Steve Jobs- October 6th
This movie has gone through so much production turmoil. First David Fincher was directing. Then Danny Boyle joined. At first Christian Bale was in the lead, then Leonardo DiCaprio, then Bale again, then finally Michael Fassbender. It was originally being produced by Sony, but with last year's Sony Hack, the film moved to Universal. But after everything this film has gone through, it looks like it could be one of the top movies at the Academy Awards this year. Fassbender looks incredible. The story is fascinating. And it's beautifully shot. Especially after seeing the trailer, I am really looking forward to this movie.
Goosebumps- October 16th
I grew up reading Goosebumps books. I loved to read them. Until one scared me so much that I had nightmares and I wasn't aloud to read them anymore. So maybe this is a pure nostalgia impulse, but I'm interested in seeing the Goosebumps movie. I really like Jack Black, and I think the story they built around this movie is creative and inventive. This could end up being a really fun horror comedy. Or it could be overly juvenile and flat. But I'm holding out hope that this could be something really special and pay a lot of respect to the original source material.
Crimson Peak- October 16th
The talent behind Crimson Peak is enough to get anyone excited. It's being directed by Guillermo del Toro, the mastermind behind Pan's Labyrinth. It stars Tom Hiddleston and Jessica Chastain. Plus, it's del Toro's strongest genre-- horror. The cinematography looks beautiful from the trailer, and the colors are vibrant. I think this could be a really cool and scary horror film. My problem with horror movies (because I'm not a big fan of them) is that they're cheaply made with not a lot of thought put into them. But when you have talent like this behind a horror movie, you know you're in for something great!
Bridge of Spies- October 16th
I'm very surprised with how little attention this film is getting. It's a movie about the Cold War starring Tom Hanks and directed by Steven Spielberg. How does that alone not sell you on the film? I thought the trailer was fantastic. Spielberg is probably the best filmmaker working today, and when you get an actor like Hanks working with him, you know this will get award buzz. Spielberg has made some of the most classic films of all time, so you always have to give him the benefit of the doubt. And I have high hopes that Bridge of Spies will be a very good movie.
Burnt- October 23rd
Burnt stars Bradley Cooper as a chef who is hellbent on perfection. Cooper is one of the best actors working right now. He pretty much knocks it out of the park with every role he does. I recently saw the trailer, and I think this movie looks really good. Cooper is going to give us a passionate and intense performance, and that is something I'm really looking forward to. But I wasn't sold on how "high stakes" the world of cooking was. It seemed like they were exaggerating to the point where it was almost comical. So I mainly hope the movie can sell me on why this is so important. But other than that, I think Burnt could end up being a very solid film.
Suffragette- October 23rd
I saw the trailer for Suffragette a while back, and I haven't seen anything since. It seems like it's gone off everyone's radar altogether. Which is a shame, because I thought the trailer was really good. It's the story of the women who fought for the right to vote, despite the backlash from the government, men and even ultra-traditional women. I think this could be a very important and powerful movie, especially with talent like Meryl Streep and Helena Bonham Carter in it. I hope this movie resurfaces soon, because I don't think it's getting the attention right now that it deserves.
What to Avoid:
Jem and the Holograms
When I saw the trailer, I thought I was watching a Disney Channel TV movie. This just looks awful. Now, I don't know anything about the original Jem and the Holograms, but from what I've heard it's nothing like what this trailer makes this new film out to be. This movie looks cliched, amateurish and just a boring, crappy mess. Hey, maybe this will end up winning Best Picture, but right now it looks like it's going to be a compost heap of garbage. So this is one to definitely avoid.
Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse
This movie just looks so f*cking stupid. I've seen a few trailers for it in theaters, and it just looks like a dumb, uninventive piece of sh*t. None of the jokes are funny. It's just a bunch of terrible teenage actors running around screaming. It looks like either a homemade YouTube film or a straight to home video release. This doesn't look like it would even screen in theaters. Maybe I'm completely wrong about this movie, but I haven't been impressed with anything I have seen so far, and I just looks like a complete waste of time.
You can read part two of the movie preview here.
What do you think? What movies are you most looking forward to in September? What about October? Which ones are you going to avoid? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.
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