With the summer movie season now behind us, it is time to dive head first into the next one: the fall\holiday season. A time when studios like to release the movies they hope will garner multiple golden statues and maybe even make a buck or two. Amidst all of the Oscar-bait movies, the fall movies will promise a few tent pole studio pictures for those who may miss the pure escapism entertainment of the summer months.
With the summer movie season now behind us, it is time to dive head first into the next one: the fallholiday season. A time when studios like to release the movies they hope will garner multiple golden statues and maybe even make a buck or two. Amidst all of the Oscar-bait movies, the fall movies will promise a few tent pole studio pictures for those who may miss the pure escapism entertainment of the summer months.
There are several movies on the horizon to look forward to. Take next week, for example. An all-star, Oscar nominated cast leads Steven Soderbergh's “Contagion,” an action-thriller about the break out of a deadly virus. “Contagion” has been heavily marketed and with its cast and director, I foresee it being the first successful (but not quite blockbuster) movie of the fall.
These movies are all about garnering awards buzz, but movies still need to make money. I predict the most successful movies of the rest of the year: Along with the money makers that will be vying for Oscar’s attention. Movies like “The Help” and the aesthetically flawless but structurally flawed “The Tree of Life” stand out so far this year as movies that could be remembered come Oscar time.
Let’s hope nothing disappoints. Whether it be Chipmunks, politicians, cats or historical figures, there will be something for everyone to enjoy this fall.
Fall movies sure to be successful
1. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part I This is a no brainer. After the success of the final Harry Potter films being released in two parts, the Twilight movies are bound to duplicate that success. With only two of these movies left (hooray!), “Breaking Dawn Part I” is already the most successful movie of the fall. It just needs to be released.
2. Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked The third Alvin and the Chipmunks movie is bound to continue the financial success of the first two films. While the movies are panned by most critics, “Alvin and the Chipmunks” are adored by families.
3. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows The first Sherlock Holmes was a surprise when it was released in 2009. It was expected to do over $100 million world-wide, but managed to cross the $200 million mark. Once the studio saw this, the script for a sequel was probably started. Robert Downey Jr., and Jude Law reprise their roles and Noomi Rapace (of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” series) joins the cast.
4. Puss in Boots Antonio Banderas' character from the Shrek films is the first Shrek character to receive a spin-off movie. Families and fans of the Shrek movies will more than likely show the same love for “Puss in Boots,” which will be released in 3D.
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5. The Muppets Thanksgiving and Christmas are always good times for families to go together to the movies, and The Muppets looks like it will be the family hit of the Thanksgiving holiday. Jason Segal and Amy Adams lead the cast.
Fall movies with Oscar potential
1. War Horse Steven Spielberg plus historical story equals Oscar. Spielberg has been out of the race since 2006 (for directing and producing “Munich”) and “War Horse” looks like a film that will give him a reasonable shot to get back into the race.
2. J. Edgar After Clint Eastwood's debacle last year “Hereafter,” the prolific director returns with J. Edgar the biopic of FBI leader J. Edgar Hoover. The historical biography starring Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role is guaranteed Oscar love, especially for DiCaprio who is rapidly becoming overdue for an Oscar.
3. The Iron Lady Meryl Streep stars as Margaret Thatcher which will bring her a 17th nomination. The only question is after 25 years will it bring her a third win? The odds look good given the subject matter and the star. Jim Broadbent co-stars.
4. The Ides of March George Clooney returns to the director's chair with “The Ides of March” which stars an Oscar friendly cast that includes Clooney, Ryan Gosling, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti and Marisa Tomei. This political thriller has received some good reviews in its festival run thus far, but will it be remembered come January?
5. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo David Fincher was handed $100 million to adapt the wildly successful Steig Larson book (already made into three Swedish films) and word of mouth for this adaptation has already begun. Rooney Mara (who was explosive in her two scenes in Fincher's “The Social Network”) was given the coveted role of Lisbeth Salander ,a computer hacker, for the remake. Fincher could find himself in the race again.
Those fall movies to look forward to the most
1. The Ides of March The trailers have made this star studded film look nothing but spectacular. This could be a real Oscar player if it is done right (and Clooney usually does it right).
2. J. Edgar The last time Eastwood took on a period piece (“Changeling”), critics did not take to it as kindly as one would expect. With one of our most reliable directors and stars (DiCaprio) leading this film, “J. Edgar” has the potential to break biopic clichés and become a best movie of the year.
3. The Artist The trailer alone is done so well, and this black and white homage to silent films will reach out to those who love them from the 1920s and 1930s. I am a big fan of Charlie Chaplin movies and silent films in general, which makes “The Artist” something to look forward to.
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4. The Descendants Alexander Payne returns to the director’s chair for the first time since 2004 (“Sideways”) and has yet to make a film that disappoints. “The Descendants” stars George Clooney as a father who has to take care of his children after his wife dies in an accident. It looks as if it could very well put Clooney back in the Best Actor race.
5. 5050 Seth Rogen co-wrote and co-stars in this comedy about his friend who is diagnosed with cancer. The trailer makes the film look funny, touching and personal and should be a rewarding experience for movie goers.