Hey, it’s been a while.
Fall has always been known as the most important time for films, award season usually begins to lock down on films and Oscar baits come everywhere. Sometimes it’s a nice change of pace to see films that want speak up or films that provide clarity to a director’s visions. I wanted to discuss some of the ones I’m anticipating and some I’m staying away in no particular order:
Films I’m extremely excited for:
Man what a cast and crew!!! Academy Award winning director Steve McQueen and author/screenwriter Gillian Flynn remakes the 1983 British TV show of the same name to the big screen. Widows is about an armed robbery gone wrong which resulted in the death of four men those four men wives now widows have to finish the score and clean up the mess left behind by their former husbands. With a cast of Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Cynthia Erivo (Known for Broadway work her theatrical debut), Colin Farrell, Brian Tyree Henry (Paper Boi playing a villain), Daniel Kaluuya (Holy shit have I heard great things about his character in this film and man what filmography for him already), Jacki Weaver, Carrie Coon, Robert Duvall, Jon Bernthal, Liam fucking Neeson I was sold before seining a trailer then I saw the trailer and maaaaaaannnn Hollywood THIS is how you build strong women characters that has to face the odds.
If Beale Street Could Talk
Barry Jenkins put himself in the spotlight big time after creating a near perfect film in Moonlight, he now takes his turn to adapt the classic 1974 novel written by James Baldwin If Beale Street Could Talk. A story of love, struggle, and overcoming the impossible with love. The story follows a young African-American woman who sets out to clear the name of her wrongly-convicted husband and prove his innocence before the birth of their child. With an already impressive cast itself and the name Barry Jenkins attached to it there’s a lot of pressure for this to not only be great but sweep away award season. This film has been getting massive praise already so I cannot wait to see what this film has to offer.
Jamie Lee Curtis is back, Blumhouse has been on a ROLL with horror films are producing it and no more Rob Zombie that alone has me sold on this film.
A Star is Born
Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut Lady Gaga’s in a starring role that was almost Beyoncé’s role twice. A remake of the 1937 film this time with musicians. I was very skeptical on the film until I saw the trailer and instantly thought someone is going for the Oscar here (Lady Gaga). This film has the very basic formula of struggling act meets attractive hot-shot and overcome the obstacles set by the lives before they met. Simple but can be very effective with the right people behind the wheel. This looks like they have it all covered.
I want/need this to deliver. Creed is one of my favorite in this decade it revived a dead franchise and also created a franchise that can surpass the one before it. Creed one felt like the way they should’ve went with Rocky 5. Ryan Coogler was an excellent hire and Michael B Jordan proved Fruitvale Station wasn’t a fluke. However, due to Coogler taking on Black Panther (Good fucking job by the way), MGM had to go in another direction. Stallone penned the sequel and what I feared came to light Ivan Drago is back. I wanted Creed to move away from Rocky but it is going head first back into the world of Rocky’s shadow. BUT the trailer has me very optimistic about this even without Coogler I think they know what they’re doing. Coogler handpicked the new director Steven Caple Jr (best known for his movie the Land) takes over and this has a different feel than Creed but one I’m genuinely excited to see.
Bad Times at the El Royale
This looks fun. Drew Goddard is directing this thriller about seven strangers in a rundown motel. Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Dakota Johnson, Jon Hamm, Nick Offerman, and Chris Hemsworth star in this film as well. I’m very interested in what this film to present.
What a shitty title for a film but honestly this looks to be very very good. Jonah Hill’s directorial debut a kid who becomes gets into of the culture of skateboarding in you guessed it the mid 90’s. This has been incredible reviews already some calling it a masterpiece. Jonah Hill is an extremely underrated act to me so this has my interest. Sidenote: the film is shot in 4:3 which is insane itself.
Virgo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali retell the story of Don Shirley and Tony Lip. Virgo and Mahershala in the same film enough said.
Wreck-It Ralph: Ralph Breaks the Internet
A sequel to the hit Wreck-It-Ralph with John C Reily and Sarah Silverman reprising their roles. Easy win.
Bryan Singer is a creep FINALLY someone told people about it and he’s out. I’m a little worried with directorial changes during production but I’m fully confident Rami Malek’s protrayl of Freddie Mercury. This is the 1st biopic on the rock band Queen. The bar is very high on this film and Rami is already hearing Oscar buzz.
Films I’m skeptical of:
No Spiderman just Venom. Sony’s 3rd attempt with Spiderman. Kevin Feige is not involved with this film too. I’m more than worried about this film. If Tom Hardy wasn’t cast as Venom I would scream abandon ship but Hardy makes this alone something I’m curious in.
The Hate U Give
This might get some backlash but I have a fear of Hollywood cashing in on Police Brutality which is disgusting especially if it offers nothing to the table but to paint the same picture. Based on the novel with the same name (which is also a homage to Tupac’s acronym THUG LIFE: The Hate U Give Little Infants Fucks Everybody). Where Blindspotting provided a message and perspective on the matter of this issue. I don’t see The Hate U Give following suit but being a film that pains the same story as usual and get folks even more upset. An unwanted cash grab with a really great cast (even if I dislike the lead in this film, Amandla Stenberg). Russell Hornsby is one of the most underrated actors alive, Regina Hall serious roles have been really good as well. There’s been a lot of praise for this film but I usually wonder if the praise is due to fear of not being someone to speak against the film. Not sure if I want to watch it but I do fear the problem this film can cause by profiting off of the issue itself.
Fantastic Beasts The Crimes of Grindelwald
After a very underwhelming 1st film, we get a sequel which is planned to be a six film series based on 2 books (Someone didn’t learn from the Hobbit at all), and Johnny Depp is in this? Yeah…pass…….
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
Current Live Action Disney minus Jungle Book and Marvel projects has sucked. I can only go by history with this company and I saw nothing that screams excitement.
This batch of films will offer something to everyone and will be a very interesting topic of discussion when it’s all said and done. Personally I find it very interesting I’m more invested in the fall films than I was with the summer. Hopefully everyone finds a film worth investing in and some sleepers at that as well.