Whoof, that might have been the worst summer of movies that I can remember. Will the fall be any better? After taking a look through Entertainment Weekly‘s Fall Movie Preview, I actually have high hopes! Here’s what interests me:
Machete — Somehow Robert Rodriguez has lured an insanely great cast into this loony-looking feature-length version of one of the fake trailers from 2007’s Grindhouse. I’m in.
The Town — I thought the trailer looked dumb, but I adored Ben Affleck’s directorial debut Gone Baby Gone, so I’m interested in his follow-up, this Boston-based story of a bank robber who somehow gets involved with a woman he once terrorized in one of his heists. I know, the plot description sounds silly, but I’m interested nonetheless…
You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger — Though it’s been a long time since I have unabashedly loved one of his films, Woody Allen always has my ticket money. This one stars Josh Brolin, Naomi Watts, Antonio Banderas, and Anthony Hopkins.
The American — I don’t know much about this suspense movie starring George Clooney as a spy or an assassin (or both), but it had a great trailer, and Clooney has done some great work in spy/suspense films (Syriana, The Good German, Out of Sight), so I’m interested.
The Social Network — David Fincher + Aaron Sorkin = my ticket money.
Nowhere Boy — I’m not sure about this one, it certainly has potential to suck — but I’m intrigued by what I’ve read about this film. Aaron Johnson (Kick-Ass) stars as a young John Lennon. The film apparently focuses on his difficult relationships with his mother, and with the aunt who raised him. Could be a soap-opera, but I’m hoping for some interesting pre-Beatles Lennon material here.
Megamind — Will Ferrell voices a super-villain who succeeds in vanquishing his arch-nemesis Metro Man (Brad Pitt). Has potential.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I — As I’ve written here before, it wasn’t until the fourth film that I really started to dig this film series (I’ve still never read the books). It was film five that made me fall in love with the story and the characters, and film six was pretty solid as well. I’m very excited for part one of the final chapter.
The Tempest — It’s my second-favorite Shakespeare play (after Macbeth), so I’m eager to see what sort of zaniness Julie Taymor has brought to this adaptation.
Tron: Legacy — I was totally won over by the amazing trailer that appeared over the summer. Can’t wait.
How Do You Know — James L. Brooks has made another movie! This comedy genius is the master of films that are hysterical, while also telling a story with substantial dramatic heft. This one stars Paul Rudd, Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson, and Jack Nicholson. I have high hopes!
How many of the above movies will I actually get to see? I dunno, but I’ll try my best! That’s a lot of films to get excited about.