It has been a great year at the movies for me so far and it’s only September. Over the next few months, Hollywood will unleash its prestige films- titles they’ve been saving for Oscar season- and I will be in a constant state of elation seeing, talking, and blubbering about these films. I’ve picked out some 36 titles I’m planning to check out between now and late January. Here are the films I am most excited about and want to put on your radar.
1) The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
I decided to not read the books or see the Swedish films once I heard David Fincher would be taking a pass on the best selling series. Fincher should have been crowned Best Director at last year’s Oscars, so I’m hoping for some vindication this Christmas.
2) A Dangerous Method
Fassbender, Fassbender, Fassbender Fassbender, and Fassbender
This film about the beginnings of psychoanalysis features Michael Fassbender as Carl Jung to Viggo Mortienson’s Sigmund Freud. Did I mention Micheal Fassbender was in this?
3) Tinker Tailor Solider Spy
My favorite prestige title to say 5 times fast stars Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, and Benedict Cumberbatch in a spy thriller based on the Alec Guinness mini-series and John LeCarre novel.
Roman Polanski’s newest film stars Kate Winslet, John C. Reilly, Jodie Foster, and Christoph Waltz as two New York couples trapped in an argument after their kids get into a fight. I’m expecting verbal fireworks.
5) J Edgar
Now is the time. Leonardo DiCaprio needs to get the Oscar this year. J Edgar may be the vehicle with Clint Eastwood directing this biopic. Say what you want about Eastwood’s directing, but he has a good track record of directing Oscar winning performances. Year of DiCaprio- you heard it here first.
Sometimes I wonder when I’ll be able to show my unborn children their first Scorsese film. How long will it be until little Marty and I can sit and watch Taxi Driver together? Thankfully, Scorsese has directed a children’s film, in 3D to boot, so I won’t have to wait until my kids are of age to introduce them to
my the master.
7) Ides of March
George Clooney stars and directs this political thriller featuring Ryan Gosling, Paul Giamatti, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, and Marissa Tomei.
I wish I had a t-shirt that said, “I survived Lars Von Trier’s ANTICHRIST.” Early chatter about Melancholia hasn’t reported any fainting or vomiting and Kirsten Dunst won best actress at Cannes for her starring role, so I’m unreservedly excited to see this film.
9) My Week With Marilyn
Every time I see promotional material with Michelle Williams as Monroe for this film, I get chills. I think Williams has the chance to bring something about this iconic star to light that devotees and cultural novices never imagined.
Another dose of Gosling this summer in an intense drama about a stunt man who moonlights as a getaway car driver for criminals. Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Christina Hendricks, and Albert Brooks make up the rest of the cast.