It was truly a long, hot, miserable summer here in Texas, with temperatures skyrocketing past 100 degrees for more than 2 months! Believe me, I have the brown grass in my yard to prove it. But now we are feeling the cool breezes of September, which mean Fall is here at last. Cool weather, falling leaves and a new crop of Fall and Winter movies.
This is a wonderful time of year for true movie lovers. In the Summer, with kids out of school and people on vacation, movie studios release the big blockbuster movies, like X-Men: First Class, Super 8 and Captain America. However, in Fall, movie studios have their eyes firmly fixed on the golden boy, Mr. Oscar. Big movies with big stars will be released on a weekly basis, with not a super hero or mutant in sight.
There are quite a few movies that I am really looking forward to. A few are chick flicks and some just really look interesting, a few others feature my favorite actors (you know there is a Hugh Jackman movie in the mix).
The Fall Chick Flicks
I Don’t Know How She Does It
Sarah Jessica Parker stars as Kate Reddy, a successful executive who is bringing home the bacon for her husband (played by Greg Kinnear) and two kids. When a new account is added to her already full plate, it also adds temptation in the form of a handsome business associate played by Pierce Brosnan). Mmm…Pierce’s salt & pepper would melt almost any woman’s resolve.
I would love to see a movie that moves Sarah Jessica Parker away from her Sex & The City persona. Let’s see how she does it. Release Date: September 16th
What’s Your Number?
I like Anna Faris. She is a very good comic actress. She was especially funny with Ryan Reynolds in Just Friends and Waiting. She just needs to find a really good script and a director who knows how to make a comedy for a woman without turning her into an idiot or a sex kitten or both.
In her latest movie Anna Faris stars as a single woman who reflects on all her old romances and flings and wonders if one of them might have been her one true love. And let’s be honest, who of us hasn’t done that. It is usually accompanied by either a bottle of Malbec, a pint of Blue Bell Cookies and Cream or a bag of Pepperidge Farm Brussels cookies (which goes along with Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream). I am sure you have your favorites too. Release Date: September 30th
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
David Fincher (The Social Network, Fight Club directs Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Robin Wright and Stellan Skarsgård in one of the most anticipated movies of the year. Based on the popular mystery novel by Swedish author Stieg Larsson, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo follows investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist, played by Daniel Craig in his search for a woman who has been missing for forty years, He is aided in his investigation by a young computer hacker with a penchant for piercings and tattoos, Lisbeth Salander.
For those of us who have seen the Swedish language version of the movie, the question remains: Can cute little Rooney Mara take on the role of Lisbeth Salander in the way that Noomi Rapace embodied the character? I am not a fan of Daniel Craig, but he seems suited to the role of Mikael Blookvist. I also wonder if David Fincher will stay true to the book. Lisbeth experiences some brutal and disturbing treatment that gives greater insight into her character. I feel confident that the man who brought us Fight Club‘s Tyler Durden, can do justice to The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Release Date: December 21st
The Iron Lady
Meryl Streep portrays the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady. The movie focuses on the price she has to pay to become a powerful figure in British politics.
Featuring Our Favorite Male Movie Stars
The Fall movie line up was looking a bit bleak, then we come to October and Hugh appears! You know how I feel about Hugh, so this may not be an entirely unbiased assessment of Real Steel.
Director Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum, Date Night) takes the night off from the museum to direct this futuristic story where robot boxing is a popular sport. Hugh stars with Lost’s Evangeline Lilly as a struggling promoter who thinks he’s found a champion in a discarded robot. Release Date: October 7th
Justin Timberlake continues his movie career in the Andrew Nicols’ futuristic story set in a world where people stop aging at 25 and are genetically engineered to live just one more year. But what if you could buy more time? Then you would be young forever. In Time also stars Amanda Seyfried and Cillian Murphy.
Justin is getting better and better roles. Recently starring in Friends With Benefits and doing a fantastic job in the role of Sean Parker in The Social Network. Release Date: October 28th
The Rum Diary
Mmmmm! Johnny Depp! Finally, we get to see Johnny without gold teeth and dreadlocks. Depp stars as American journalist Paul Kemp, who takes on a freelance job in Puerto Rico for a local newspaper during the 1950s and struggles to find a balance between island culture and the ex-patriots who live there.
This is the beauty of Johnny Depp and a tribute to his talent as well. he can play the staggering, gold-toothed Captain Jack Sparrow, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Sweeney Todd as easily as he can a journalist living in 1950’s Puerto Rico. But you can bet your DVD of Edward Scissorhands that Johnny will give the role his own unusual twist. Release Date: October 28th
The Ides of March
George Clooney directs Paul Giamatti, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Ryan Gosling in a tense political drama, in which a young idealistic staff member (played by Ryan Gosling) learns more than he wants to know about dirty politics during his time on the campaign trail for presidential candidate played by Clooney.