As the summer closes, so do the big summer blockbusters, making way for the new crop of fall films that may or may not be part of the Oscars which air next year on February 28. Chris Rock has been announced as the host but time will tell if his kind of brash comedy will fly on network television. Censors, keep your fingers on the delay button. But with the fall comes a lot of films that studios hold back on, deciding whether or not to push certain films as Oscar contenders
On the top of the Oscar list is Jem and the Holograms. Well okay, I am of course, kidding. The trailers for this look horrendous, but it has a built in audience so maybe it will do some business. Okay, I have had my fun.
In October, comes Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs, which is getting rave reviews and talks for Best Director for Boyle and Best Actor for Michael Fassbender as the title character. Told in three different installments in three different formats, Steve Jobs chronicles his life in 1984 and is shot in 16MM. Then the films moves to 1988 and Boyle has shot this in 35MM and finally in 1998 which was shot digitally. My understanding is that it is an unconventional telling which makes it fresh and fascinating.
Rock The Kasbah has been receiving some buzz, most notably for star Bill Murray who plays a down-on-his-luck rock promoter whose only client leaves him high and dry in Afghanistan. It is Barry Levinson’s first major release since Robin William’s starred in Man Of The Year in 2006. Levinson has had some smaller films released but nothing worth mentioning. Based loosely on a true story and a script by Mitch Glazer, this film features Murray doing what he does best; dry, sarcastic humor. This worked for me in Ghostbusters, so I am ready for this one. Barry Levinson is also no stranger to comedy with classics like Diner, Tin Men, and Good Morning, Vietnam. He has also done some great dramas with films like Rain Man, Avalon and Bugsy. So I am hoping for a return to greatness for Barry Levinson
Suffragatte has an all star cast with Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Meryl Streep and Anna-Marie Duff and chronicles the birth of the feminist movement, which began almost as an underground movement and was met with hostility and brutality. A great cast is always a plus and Suffragatte is no exception.
Burnt has Bradley Cooper cooking up a storm as a brilliant but abusive and substance addicted chef who gets one more chance at greatness in London. Sienna Miller, Daniel Bruhl and Ricardo Scamarcio round out the cast. Even if the plot does not sound interesting, Cooper can make painting a fence exciting.
The Last Witch Hunter sees the return of Vin Diesel as humanities last hope between good and evil with Elijah Wood, Rose Lesie, Olaf Darri Olafsson and Michael Caine. Yes, THAT Michael Caine. Who would have thought we would ever mention Vin Diesel AND Michael Caine in the same sentence let alone see them in the same film. Directed by Breck Eisner whose Saraha (not great but not as bad as some have painted it as) was a disaster but saw some success with his updated version of The Crazies (actually an excellent film).
Our Brand Is Crisis is the latest film from David Gordon Green and features Sandra Bullock as an ace political campaigner and strategist who gets the task of spear heading the 2002 Bolivian Presidential election. Based on a true story and in addition to Bullock stars Scoot McNairy, Billy Bob Thorton, Anthony Mackie, Anne Dowd, Zoe Kazan and Joaquim de Almedia.
October is only the beginning. November promises some even bigger films so check back with Movie Slackers for what is coming next month!