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The Lucky 13: Anticipated Films for the Fall of 2013

September 1, 2013

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Fall movie season is upon us, with the summer blockbusters coming to a close, we have the Oscar bait pictures and holiday blockbusters to look forward to. So? What’s my number one pick? May not surprise you, but what did and what didn’t make the cut on my Lucky 13 list just may.

13. “Anchorman: The Legend Continues” – There is only ONE Ron Burgendy. His absents has left us all in a state of wonderment. What happened to him? Where did he go? Who has he slept with lately? And why does Harrison Ford think it was a crazy idea to be in the movie? All of our questions will be answered this holiday season.

12. “12 Years A Slave” – Acclaimed British filmmaker Steve McQueen returns after his controversial drama “Shame”, with this epic true story about the life of Solomon Northup, a free black man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery. McQueen reteams with his right hand pal Michael Fassbender, along with Chiwetel Ejiofor as Northup, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Alfre Woodard, Scoot McNairy, Quvenzhané Wallis, and Brad Pitt. An Oscar bait movie for sure, but one I cannot miss, I’m such a fan of McQueen’s work, I could NOT pass up on this film.

11. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – Last Christmas we got the first part in the “Hobbit” trilogy, a trilogy no one really asked for, but we got it none the less. Now we finally get to see Bilbo (Martin Freeman) take on the infamous, terrible, fire-breathing dragon Smaug, and help Thorin’s company reclaim their home and gold. Meanwhile the movie offers greater detail of Middle Earth that clearly connects the dots leading into “The Lord of the Rings”.

10. “The Counselor” – Ridley Scott & Cormac McCarthy (author of “No Country for Old Men”) doing a crime thriller together??? With the ever amazing Michael Fassbender as the title character? Sign me up! Just watch the trailer alone and see if this doesn’t grab your attention. Even Javier Bardem is in it, playing another weird haired bad guy!

9. Out of the Furnace – In his first post Batman movie, Christian Bale stars in this gripping crime drama about a brother trying to rescue his younger brother (Casey Affleck), from a tyrannical hillbilly (Woody Harrelson) who runs an under ground fighting ring. While I thought “Crazy Heart” was adequate at best, this film, from the same writer/director, Scott Cooper, looks to be a lot more on the level and intense.

8. “Prisoners” – Speaking of intense, what I’m already hearing is being hailed as the most white-knuckled crime thriller since “Se7en” comes in the form of a kidnapping tale about two families coming together on Thanksgiving, after dinner their two younger daughters end missing, leading to a web of lies and conspiracy. Hugh Jackman just came off his first Oscar nomination, and already critics are saying this is the one that could get him that golden statue. Not to mention this will give my all time favorite cinematographer, Roger Deakins, another chance at winning too.

7. “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” – An upcoming epic fantasy drama film directed by and starring Ben Stiller. The film will be the second adaptation of James Thurber’s 1939 short story of the same name, following the 1947 film, although early projections are claiming the movie will be a more faithful adaptation to the Thurber story, than the Danny Kaye film. Don’t be too surprise that Stiller is directing a drama, this isn’t his first time, see his heavily underrated film debut “Reality Bites”.

6. Thor: The Dark World – Marvel Phase 2 continues with Thor! And man oh man does this look to be a promising picture. You’ve got Alan Taylor, the director behind countless episodes of HBO’s hit fantasy series “Game of Thrones”, who will be taking us on a Mysterious Journey to the other Nine Realms where a dark evil presence awaits Thor. To fight evil, one has to team with evil, hence the return of everyone favorite Marvel super villain, Loki!

5. “American Hustle” – An upcoming drama film directed by David O. Russell, from a screenplay written by Eric Warren Singer and Russell based on the FBI Abscam operation. Russell continues to knock it out of the park, directing hit after hit dramas, comedies, and sometimes a good mixture of both. His “Silver Linings Playbook” team returns, with Bradley Cooper & Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence, and his fellow “The Fighter” pals come back, Christian Bale & Amy Adams.

4. “The Wolf of Wall Street” – Scorsese! Scorsese! Scorsese! DiCaprio! These two guys have done wonders, not a single one of their collaberations have stunk, and this one looks no different. I cannot fathom how awesome this movie is going to be. I Love me a good Scorsese picture. “The Wolf of Wall Street” is biographical black comedy based on wall street tycoon & criminal, Jordan Belfort’s memoir of the same name.

3. “Gravity” – Alfonso Cuarón FINALLY returns with another hard core sci-fi thriller, not only does he return to direct, he has also co-written, co-produced, & co-edited this intense picture. It’s not a sci-fi in the general sense of the word. No aliens, no humanoids, no space fights, no robots, simply a story about two astronauts (Sandra Bullock & George Clooney) hurtling in the deep vacuum of space, with only so much oxygen to survive on.

2. “Her” – Nearly five years since we’ve seen a Spike Jonze film, and his last one was simply the most beautiful film I’ve seen in ages (“Where the Wild Things Are”), I don’t expect any less from him in this unconventional love story about a man (Joaquin Phoenix) who begins to develop a relationship with a computer operating system (voiced by Scarlett Johansson), and then subsequently falls in love with ‘her’.

1. “Inside Llewyn Davis” – My favorite directing duo is back at last! The Coen Brothers! Premiering at Cannes this year, already critics and international audiences alike have hailed this film to be the best movie in the Coen brothers entire filmography, you can understand now why I had to put this at the #1 spot, right?

Honorable Mention“Runner Runner”, “Metallica Through the Never”, “Kill Your Darlings”, “A.C.O.D”, “C.O.G”, “Captain Phillips”, “Parkland”, “Nebraska”, “Mandela”, “Dallas Buyers Club”, “The Monuments Men”, “Saving Mr. Banks”, “All is Lost”, “Mr. Nobody”, “Foxcatcher”, “Rush”, “Machete Kills”, “Escape Plan”, “Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa”, “Free Birds”, “Frozen”, “Catching Fire”, “Jack Ryan: Shadow One”, “Blue Caprice”, “All The Boys Love Mandy Lane”, “Grudge Match”, and “August: Osage County”

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