The summer is winding down, and it’s been a pretty solid summer for films. But that’s a list for another day. Today, I’d like to reveal my choices for the films that I’m most excited for during the fall. We always get the best of the best when it comes to Hollywood and independent films, with filmmakers like David Fincher, Clint Eastwood, and Jason Reitman to name a few, have films that will be released this year. Their films along with several others could end up on my list. So, I don’t really care to dabble around too much, let’s get to my ten most anticipated films of fall 2014.
10. American Sniper
American Sniper is a biopic on Chris Kyle, who at one point was one of the most feared and respected snipers in the U.S. military. The film was originally going to be directed by Steven Spielberg, but he left and Clint Eastwood stepped in. Bradley Cooper put on several pounds to play the role of Kyle, and Mr. Cooper has been on a role as of late, with his Oscar-nominated work in David O. Russell’s last two films. Eastwood impressed me for the first time in a few years earlier this summer with Jersey Boys (I was apparantly one of the few that was), so I’m hoping that in this later stage of life, Mr. Eastwood hits them hard again. The film will open on Christmas Day and expand nationwide in January.
9. Men, Women and Children
There are no photos of the new Jason Reitman film, no paparazzi or official photos. Maybe that has to do with the fact that Reitman shot the film in lovely Austin, Texas, which if it hasn’t occurred to you yet, is where I live and breath. Based on the novel by Chad Kuitgen, Men stars Adam Sandler, Jennifer Garner, Judy Greer, and many more as the film chronicles the sexual frustrations with both teenagers and adults today (the IMDB synopsis). The film does not have a release date yet, but it will screen at the Toronto International Film Festival, and I assume the film will continue to make the festival circuit (hopefully Reitman makes a stop in Austin in October).
8. Exodus: Gods and Kings
Ridley Scott has been making one film a year since 2012’s Prometheus. That film may not have lived up to the massive hype around it, but it was pretty entertaining. Then Scott made last year’s The Counselor, which is one of the biggest film disasters I’ve ever seen. It sucked majorly. But Scott may be back to his early 2000’s roots, with this sandal and swords epic in Exodus: Gods and Kings. The film is based on the book in the Bible and is, in a way, Scott’s interpretation of The Ten Commandments. Christian Bale stars as Moses, Joel Edgerton is Ramses, and we will see countless character actors like Aaron Paul, Sigourney Weaver, Ben Kingsley, and many more appear in this biblical epic, which Scott has called the biggest film he’s ever made. The trailer for the film looks massive and huge, and here’s to the film being worth a damn. The film opens on December 12th.
7. Big Eyes
Big Eyes is the new film by Tim Burton, but this may end up being something that’s really special. Burton reunites with screenwriters Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, who last wrote Burton’s Ed Wood, which is my favorite Burton film and one of my favorite films in general. The film chronicles the marriage and divorce of painters Walter and Margaret Keane, with Walter claiming to have painted the famous and beautiful paintings, while his wife painted all of them. It will chronicle the heated divorce battle between the two. Harvey Weinstein is behind the film as well, so if the film is really special, expect for the film to pop up at major awards shows come next year. The film will be released on Christmas Day.
Birdman is the new film from acclaimed Mexican filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu, who last directed the films Babel and 21 Grams. This seems like a very unique film, as Michael Keaton plays an actor who once played a superhero named Birdman, and is now washed up and forgotten. The actor is trying to mount a comeback on Broadway, and the film will chronicle that comeback. Obviously, there are many parallels to Keaton’s real life and work in here, and the film is expected to premiere at several film festivals in the fall. The film looks very original and visually stunning. So here’s to Keaton’s film career getting back on track as well. The film opens on October 17th.
5. The Interview
The Interview has already stirred up tons of controversy over in North Korea, with the government calling the film “an act of terrorism”and so on. And this controversial film happens to be from the guys behind This Is The End, Neighbors, Superbad, and so on. James Franco and Seth Rogen play TV journalists who are given an interview with Kim Jong-Un. However, The CIA hires them to kill the dictator instead. The film released a teaser trailer earlier in the summer, and I feel that this could be a nice break from the Oscar bait come fall. The film was recently pushed back from October to Christmas Day, so hopefully Sony is very confident with this release. Franco and Rogen have incredible chemistry on-screen together, so here’s to that streak continuing in The Interview.
I’ve been looking forward to Foxcatcher for quite some time now. The film was originally supposed to be released during Christmas last year, but was delayed so Bennett Miller could have more time on the film. The film premiered at Cannes to unanimous praise, and Miller was awarded Best Director. Foxcatcher is the true story of how Jon Du Pont trained an Olympic wrestling team, and eventually killed one of the Schultz brothers, played here by Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo. Steve Carell is unrecognizable as Du Pont from the photos and trailers that I have seen, and I’m hearing nothing but praise for his work in the film, along with Tatum and Ruffalo. Miller last directed Moneyball, which has quickly become one of my favorite films in general. Here’s to Miller making a film that has the potential to be even better. The film will be released on November 14th.
3. Inherent Vice
Inherent Vice is the new film from writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson, fresh off 2012’s The Master and 2007’s There Will Be Blood, with the later being one of the greatest films ever made. Vice seems like a bit of a departure from Anderson’s recent work, as it’s based on the novel by Thomas Pynchon, with Joaquin Phoenix playing a pothead PI in the late 60’s Southern California. I read a little bit of the novel, and from what I read, it promises to be a very strange and darkly funny little film, with a massive cast that includes Josh Brolin, Reese Witherspoon, and many more. The film will open on December 12th, and the expand nationwide in January.
2. Gone Girl
Gone Girl is the new film from director David Fincher, and is based on the novel of the same name by Gillian Flynn. Flynn adapts her novel to screenplay herself in this adaptation that stars Ben Affleck as a husband whose wife has gone missing, and may or may not have been involved in the disappearance of his wife, played by Rosamund Pike. The trailers give off a chilly and dark feeling to it, which has been a standard in Fincher’s work. All of Fincher’s reoccurring characters behind the scenes are here, with Jeff Cronenweth as the cinematographer, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross scoring the film, and Kirk Baxter editing the film. Fincher has impressed with The Social Network and his remake of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo recently, so here’s to Gone Girl being another really special and suspenseful thriller from Fincher. The film opens on October 3rd
Christopher Nolan’s latest film is my most anticipated film of the fall, and of the year, because of the potential it could be. The trailers that have been released of the film highlight what could be Nolan’s ode to Stanley Kubrick, telling from several of the shots in the film. I’m still not entirely sure what the film is about, but it has to do with space travel and colonizing. Matthew McConaughey, fresh off his Oscar win, plays the lead in the film, with a cast that includes Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine, and many more. The trailers just look stunning, and the first full length trailer had me nearly in tears, it was that beautiful. Hopefully Nolan can deliver big time with this film, but chances are it will divide audiences again. Here’s to that gap between folks who love it and folks who hate it being a lot smaller this go around. Interstellar opens on November 7th.
So those are my most anticipated films of the upcoming fall. What do you think?