It’s that time of year, with the temps dropping, the leaves starting to turn, and the cinema offerings a little less popcorn and a little more mature. You usually get a few decent horror movies this time of year, and maybe something with a little Oscar buzz. You may also find those really good films that they weren’t sure how to market, so they didn’t try to pack them into the busy summer schedule.
So here are five fall movies we’re looking foward to…
- The Thing (Oct 14) This one is being plugged as a prequel to the John Carpenter/Kurt Russell classic version that scared the living crap out of me when I was 10 or 11. Gave me nightmares for weeks. The trailer looks scary as hell. Will I be able to talk the wife into a horror film this fall? We shall see.
- Anonymous (Oct 28) No, it’s not about annoying hackers; it’s alternative history that posits some of William Shakespeare’s plays as attributable to the Earl of Oxford, and throws in some 16th century political thriller for good measure. The cast has impressive British types; Roland Emmerich directs. Color us curious.
- In Time (Oct 28) Saw this preview last month for a sci-fi thriller by Andrew Niccol (Gattaca, The Truman Show). The central premise concerns immortality and eternal youth, for those who can afford it, but you have to work your ass off to bank the time – so relative age becomes the central currency. Looks weird and intriguing. Starring Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried.
- J. Edgar (Nov 11) Clint Eastwood directs Leo DiCaprio in the title role. What else do you need? Should be a fascinating take on the Godfather of the FBI. How far will Clint and Co. delve into the controversial purported practices and, ahem, alternative behaviors of Hoover?
- The Muppets (Nov 23) In Beemsville, we love us some muppets. It’s been awhile since anyone has seen Kermit, Fozzie, Miss Piggy and company on the big screen. If you check the cast list, it’s pretty impressive. Looking forward to taking the family to this one.