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The Lucky 13: Most Anticipated Films of Fall 2012

August 28, 2012

The summer movie season has come to a close, in my recent post I’ve discussed what my favorite films were, now it’s time for us to prepare for the Fall/Oscar conternder season. The following are my lucky thirteen picks of the most anticipated films of the Fall. By all means, share with me your most anticipated films of the upcoming end of the year. Enjoy!

13. “Hyde Park on the Hudson” – It’s Bill Murray as FDR! I mean c’mon, Bill ‘fucking’ Murray playing one of the great real life presidents in American history, what more can you ask? My only reason why this film is at the top of my list is that the story focuses on the quaint weekend where FDR meets the royal family of Great Britan, and being a Weinstein Company produced film, this is their second film featuring his royal highness, the stammering, King George VI. We’ve already seen “The King’s Speech” in 2010, so it already seems kinda early to have yet another film featuring him by the same Oscar winning production company.

12. “Killing Them Softly” – This delayed crime thriller featuring Brad Pitt has become one of the most talked about films of the year. Pitt reunites with “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford” director Andrew Dominik, bringing the crime drama based on the 1974 George V. Higgins novel Cogan’s Trade to life. Many believe that this could very well be Pitt’s biggest attempt in winning one of those lil golden statues come Oscar time, still I think his biggest competition yet is Matthew McConaguhey in “Killer Joe”.

11. “Argo” – Whether you love him or hate him, Ben Affleck is a damn fine director. Directing his third title, second to feature him as the star, “Argo” follows the unbelieveable, risky, and some have called mornic plot to save six American’s during the Iranian hostage crisis. With a healthy cast behind Affleck; John Goodman, Alan Arkin, and Bryan Cranston to name a few, this spy thriller has my up most attention. If Affleck succeeds for a third time, bringing Warner’s another Oscar contender picture, the skies the limit for Ben.

10. “The Master” – P.T. Anderson returns after a five year hiatus, along with him is the absent-minded Joaquin Phoenix, after his crazy little stunt a few years back, by pretending he lost his mind for the Casey Affleck directed faux-doc, “I’m Still Here”. Anderson’s last picture was the critically acclaimed, Oscar winner, and now cult hit film “There Will Be Blood”, now he’s decided to take a stab at the scientoligst ‘cult’ religon. The movie is already one of the most discussed films of the year; Philip Seymour Hoffman and Phoenix star as a religious zealot and his protege, respectively however, the story has been reportedly mirroring L. Ron Hubbard’s formation of Scientology in the 1950s. Whether it’s here to defended or make a mockery of it, a P.T. Anderson film is always a must see.

9. “Zero Dark Thirty” – Perhaps it’s too soon, or perhap’s it’s for a quick cash grab, nevertheless, the story about the decade long hunt for one of the most infamous mass murderer since Hitler has become quite the important topic of our generation. Oscar winning director, Kathryn Bigelow returns in her follow up to “The Hurt Locker”, about the hunt for Osama Bin Laden, starting from the 9/11 attacks, leading all the way to the May 1st, 2011 announcment of his ultimate death. Bigelow & “Hurt Locker” scribe, Mark Boal, reunite.

8. “Wreck-It Ralph” – Walt Disney Animation knows how to bring out the child in all of us, but when they make a film based on classic 8-bit video games we’ve grown up with since the early 90’s, that changes everything. “Futurama” director Rich Moore tackles a story about a video game bad guy who’s fed up with being the bad guy, and wants something more out of his 8-bit life. He game jumps into a Candyland-esq racing game to a Call of Duty copycat known as Heroes Duty. John C. Reilly stars as the title character. I had the chance to visit Disney Animation this summer and witness the final touches of the film, I can promise all of this…we’re in for a big treat.

7. “This is 40” – Judd Apatow in my oppinon is a fantastic comedy filmmaker. He’s produced cult comedy hits since “Anchorman” that have changed pop culture forever. “This is 40” is his fourth film as director, and perhaps his first attempt at Oscar contendership. The film is a spin-off/quasi-sequel to “Knocked Up“, focusing on the mid-life crisis’s of Pete and Debbie (Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann) as they turn 40. The film seems like another winning dramedy from the Apatow company. Apatow continues to cast his features to perfection: Albert Brooks, Megan Fox, Melissa McCarthy, Jason Segal, Chris O’Dowd, Lena Dunham and John Lithgow all co-star. No word yet whether original “Knocked Up” stars Seth Rogen and Katherine Heigl will appear, but I’m optimistic.

6. “Clous Atlas” – “Cloud Atlas” has one of the year’s best trailers and casts Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Susan Sarandon, Jim Sturgess, Jim Broadbent. However, can the Wachowski’s (back behind the camera for the first time since “Speed Racer”) and Tom Tykwer (“Run Lola Run”) faithfully bring David Mitchell’s extended 2004 novel to life on the big screen? That question is one of the biggest of 2012, and its answer will go a long way to deciding whether or not “Cloud Atlas” becomes a major Oscar player next year. It’s the biggest gamble of the Wachowski’s career, it’s a 100% German produced production, with only Warner Brother’s doing US distribution rights.

5. “Looper” – Rian Johnson’s time traveling sci-fi action thriller stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a special mob hitman tasked with killing criminals from the future, sent back in time to his present. His latest job is to kill his future self (Bruce Willis). Paul Dano, Jeff Daniels and Emily Blunt co-star. Rian has become one of my top 10 favorite working directors of this generation, the same tenacious filmmaker behind the indie neo-noir cult hit “Brick”, also starring JGL.

4. “Seven Psychopaths” – A rogues’ gallery of character actors from Colin Farrell to Sam Rockwell to Christopher Walken to Woody Harrelson and many more star in Martin McDonagh’s follow-up to the critically acclaimed and Oscar winning film “In Bruges”, which still reigns as one of my favorite films of the last decade. The story is simple; dog-napping a mob kingpin’s shih-tzu and it all goes to hell in a hand basket from there.

3. “Lincoln” – FINALLY! After nearly a decade of wonder will they, won’t they, when they, Steven Spielberg’s highly anticipated Abraham Lincoln biopic is finally coming at last. With brilliant character actor Daniel Day-Lewis behind the beard as the greatest president who ever lived. The film will chronicle on the political collision of Lincoln and the powerful men of his cabinet on the road to abolition to the end of the Civil War, and finally his sudden assasination. If there ever was an early frontrunner for Best Actor (besides McConaughey for “Killer Joe”) it would be for Daniel Day-Lewis, just look at that picture people!

2. “Skyfall” – Que classic James Bond theme! Bond is back baby– I mean Daniel  Craig is back! The best Bond since Connery continues to rial up fans with his gusto on screen presence. In this third outting to the Bond reboot series, Agent 007 has died…well so it seemed. MI6 is under attack, and a dark force only M (Judy Dench) is familiar with returns with a vengeance. M’s only advantage…her best agent comes out of semi-retirement to save the organization and kick some major ass. But, Bond is gonna need a little help, in comes the gadget wiz-kid…Q (Ben Whishaw). FINALLY we’re getting Q!

1. “Django Unchained/The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” – This entire list was very tricky, because there were nearly over twenty titles I’m anticipating this Fall, but only two that come hand-in-hand as they tie. Quentin Tarantino’s southern spaghetti western and Peter Jackson’s return to middle earth, in now what has been announced as a full fledge “Hobbit” trilogy. Christmas has never looked so geektastic.

HONORABLE MENTION:

“The Words”, “Perks of Being A Wallflower”, “Trouble with the Curve”, “Hotel Translyvania”, “Frankenweenie”, “For a Good Time, Call…”, “Taken 2”, “The Paperboy”, “Sinister”, “Nobody Walks”, “The Promise Land”, “The Sessions”, “Flight”, “The Man with the Iron Fist”, “This Must Be the Place”, “Silver Linings Playbook”, “Life of Pi”, “Rise of the Guardians”, “Jack Reacher”, “The Impossible”, “On the Road”, “The Guilt Trip”

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