My Fall 2013 Movie Wishlist
Feel that nip in the air? That means there’s more on the horizon than an opportunity to break out our “I Heart My Cat” sweaters; it also means fall movie season has arrived. Fall movies mean angst, big performances, Oscar bait and the stray superhero movie. It means little indies and giant showstoppers and Benedict Cumberbatch everywhere. Having seen most of the trailers, my hopes are so high that the only outcome is for at least half of them to be dashed. But will that stop me from composing a fall movie wishlist? Absolutely not.
Gravity from director Alfonso Cuarón looks visually stunning and I love Bullock and Clooney…but they’re Bullock and Clooney. Sometimes actors become so big that it’s hard to accept them in a truly audacious role. For instance, Brad Pitt has proven to be quite the chameleon over the years, but I can’t see Tom Cruise as anyone other than Tom Cruise.
Since I love the duo, I’m going to go in with an open mind, I just hope I don’t walk out thinking of Gravity as that movie where Clooney and Bullock were lost in space. I want the movie to absorb my attention in the same way the extraordinary trailer captivated my imagination.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a true wunderkind and Don Jon is his baby. The trailer is brilliantly edited, and Gorden-Levitt looks incredible. As does his co-star Scarlett Johansson, who has become one of my favorite modern actresses both for her on-screen skills and how she handles the press off-screen. Hopefully, this pseudo-romantic comedy about love and addiction will be every bit as cool as it looks.
I predict this will be the hardest movie to watch this fall, but also the most rewarding. Chiwetel Ejiofor owns every second of the trailer, and it’s way past time for Hollywood to realize just how versatile and compelling he is as an actor.
May the Oscar odds be ever in his favor.
Oh, Benedict. I know it is shallow to say this, but I’m going to need to be wowed to watch you with that hair for two hours. Truly and utterly wowed.
I live by the mantra that Chloe Grace Moretz can do no wrong, and I am excited by the idea that the wicked coming of age tale that is Carrie is being reimagined by the director of Boys Don’t Cry.
However, do we really need another Carrie when the first Carrie directed by Brian De Palma and starring Sissy Spacek was so haunting? There doesn’t seem to be much of a difference between the two films except for one has a higher budget, but maybe Moretz and company will prove me wrong.
Living in a movie desert means there is a very good chance that I might have to miss out on seeing C.O.G., inspired by my favorite David Sedaris essay, on the big screen. Either that or I’ll have to embark on a voyage similar to the one Sedaris took and just hope that I don’t end up sleeping in the fetal position on a bus floor.
Adam Scott! Amy Poehler! In a movie together! I’ve been waiting for this sucker for a long, long time and if it doesn’t come soon to a theater near me, there will be actual tears shed on my part.
I have seen the original Old Boy–and fanboys, shut your eyes–I loathed it. As in intense, powerful, I never, ever want to see this movie again loathing. Now there’s an American version. Oh joy.
May the movie gods be on my side and no one I love forces me to see this remake. I doubt it will match the intensity of the original, but either way, this is one ride I don’t want to go on again.
On the flip side, I want August: Osage County to be a big winner. It’s a dark, family comedy starring Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Margo Martindale and a half a dozen other awesome people. It’s the kind of movie where I always end up being the youngest member of the audience, but I don’t care. Those ladies are amazing. I would watch them watching themselves. That’s how good they are.
I have the utmost respect for Chris Hemsworth as an actor. But I also like his abs. He has two movies coming out this summer, so all I’m saying is if he happens to change his shirt on camera in one (or both) of them, I will not complain.
What’s on your Fall 2013 Movie Wishlist, guys? Share your lists in the comments or Tweet me your number one fall movie must.
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