Hello again! I was debating on what to review on the blog today. Maybe another Shyamalan movie, like Unbreakable? Maybe a special review for a superhero film? But those who follow me on Twitter know that I am really hyped for Oscar season this year. We’ve got several films by famous directors, a couple animations, and a few additions to popular franchises. So, to celebrate that occasion, I am going to be giving you a fall movie preview of what is to come in the first two months of fall. This will include movies from September and October.
Alright, in the immortal words of Monty Python, “Get on with it!”
Many of you probably know that The Sixth Sense is one of my favorite movies of all time, and I am a fan of Unbreakable. And yes, even after The Happening, The Last Airbender, After Earth, and the like, I do still have some faith in M. Night Shyamalan. I do honestly believe that he is a good filmmaker, and I know that he can make great films. Will The Visit be his return to form? Perhaps. I have not been impressed with the trailers so far, but it is always interesting to see what M. Night will pull out of his bag of tricks. The Visit opens on September 11.
The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials
I, frankly, hated The Maze Runner, despite being a fan of the source material. However, The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials looks like an improvement on the first film, with its atmosphere and seemingly intense action sequences. Though, it could just be another YA disaster, but my fingers are crossed, with low expectations. The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials opens on September 18.
Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, Robin Wright, Kiera Knightly, and Jake Gyllenhaal? With a cast like that, who could refuse? This new film telling the true story of a climbing team caught in an avalanche definitely looks like one of the more unnerving experiences of the year. Even the trailers had me clutching the armrests of my seat. I’m going to be honest; I’m really looking forward to seeing this movie. You’ll definitely catch me at the theater seeing Everest on September 18.
Johnny Depp has sort have been on a downward spiral since the last Pirates of the Caribbean film. The Lone Ranger, Mortdecai, Transcendence, and Dark Shadows were all labeled as absolute disasters, while Depp himself has pretty much played parodies of himself. This looks like a genius return to form. He plays Whitey Bulger, one of the most notorious gangsters in U.S. history. The trailer promises a dark film with brutal violence, interesting characters, and an incredible performance by Depp. And it looks awesome. Black Mass will also be opening on September 18.
Emily Blunt last year proved herself to be a very capable action star in Edge of Tomorrow with Tom Cruise. In that regard, I am immensely excited for Sicario. Sicaro stars Emily Blunt, who is sent to take down a dangerous drug cartel. The film also stars Jon Bernthal, Benicio Del Toro, and Josh Brolin. I am always up for an exciting, gripping action thriller (which this certainly seems like), especially one starring the likes of Emily Blunt, who was in two films last year that I very much enjoyed; Into the Woods and Edge of Tomorrow. After singing with Meryl Streep and killing aliens with a machete; this seems like the obvious next step. Sicario opens in select cities on September 18, but opens widely on September 25.
Hotel Transylvania 2
Adam Sandler has also been on a slump in regards to film. This includes, but is not limited to, Jack and Jill, both Grown Ups films, and, most recently, Pixels. That being said, many people enjoyed Hotel Transylvania, and perhaps the sequel will restore what people liked about the original. Sandler has a chance to make a great film in 2015. For your own good, sir; please don’t screw it up. Hotel Transylvania 2 opens on September 25.
Robert Zemekis has made some of my favorite movies of all time, like Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Back to the Future. If you take a movie like The Walk, which looked very good from the start, and you tell me that Robert Zemekis directed it, you can bet I’ll be sitting in the theater on the opening weekend twitching with anticipation. The film stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Philippe Petit, the man who walked between the towers of the World Trade Center on a tightrope. Many people have heard this story, so Zemekis is taking the route of a heist thriller for The Walk and showing a side of the story people haven’t heard before. It is showing people how Petit’s team got into the Trade Center, rather than how Petit walked across it (although the trailer showcases a little of that too). So we have Robert Zemekis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and a heist thriller shot in IMAX? Count me in. Catch The Walk on September 25.
Tom Hardy is in consideration for actor of the year. He played the titular Max in Mad Max: Fury Road, and is going to co-star in Alejandro G. Inarritu’s new film The Revenent. But let’s not forget that he will be playing two identical twins named Reggie and Ron Kray, and they just so happen to be gangsters in Legend. This film is a crime thriller period piece set in the 1960s, and is sure to be classy, smart, and intense. Double performances can be incredibly impressive if done right, and Tom Hardy is the right man for the job. Legend is opening on a wide release on October 3.
Matt Damon has consistently proven himself to be one of the most talented actors working today, from his acting and writing in Good Will Hunting, to robbing a casino in Ocean’s Eleven, to becoming an action hero in the Bourne Trilogy. In The Martian, Damon stars as an astronaut who is stranded on Mars, and must find a way to survive. Damon is backed by a slew of stars, including Jessica Chastain, Kate Mara, Kristen Wiig, Sebastian Stan, Sean Bean, Jeff Daniels, Michael Pena, and director Ridley Scott of Alien and Blade Runner. Astronaut movies have become an annual event since 2013’s spectacular Gravity. I very much enjoyed 2014’s Interstellar, and named it one of the year’s best films. The Martian looks like a winning film in the spirit of those other movies, and looks as if it can stand beside them. The Martian opens on October 2.
Joe Wright is taking his own stab at the Peter Pan story with Pan. He seems to be going the route of the high-budget, CGI-filled adventure film instead of Hook’s comedy, or Disney’s family fantasy. Pan shows what happened when Peter (Levi Miller) first made that trip to Neverland, therefore taking the form of a prequel rather than a sequel. The film looks pretty overdone, and it seems to have a couple things going for it, including the great cast of Rooney Mara, Garrett Hedlund, Amanda Seyfried, Cara Delevingne, and Hugh Jackman as the infamous Blackbeard. Pan opens October 9.
Aaron Sorkin has proved with films like A Few Good Men, Moneyball, and my personal favorite of his films, The Social Network, that he is one of the best screenwriters working today. His words are quick and snappy, yet extremely deep below the surface. Steve Jobs will be his next endeavor, working with director Danny Boyle to construct a portrait of the man we all know as the founder of Apple. The film went through a lot of directors and actors, including David Fincher, again of The Social Network to direct, and Joaquin Phoenix to play Jobs. But, they eventually settled on Michael Fassbender to star. No one is really complaining. Steve Jobs also stars Seth Rogen, Kate Winslet, and Jeff Daniels, and opens on October 9.
Goosebumps is one of those nostalgia films, where they can just make a movie for kids, slap Goosebumps on the front, and expect adults to like it simply because they liked the books and the TV show as kids. Sorry, Hollywood. It doesn’t work like that. Goosebumps is a movie for kids, nothing else. However, Jack Black looks pretty funny in the role of R.L. Stine, and it might be cool to see all these monsters in one place. All in all, Goosebumps seems like an alright Nickelodeon TV movie, which means a half-decent film at best. Goosebumps opens on October 16.
Guillermo Del Toro will always be known to me as the director that made Stephen King squeamish. This refers to when Del Toro sat next to the horror novelist while viewing Pan’s Labyrinth, and he saw King shift in his seat. This, if anything, proves that Del Toro can make an effectively scary film, and he will be showing his chops once again in Crimson Peak. It takes place around the Gothic era in the 17th or 18th century, and stars Jessica Chastain as a woman who is taken in by Tom Hiddleston, who lives in a lavish mansion. And in her visit, she discovers something horrifying. Del Toro knows what nerves to press with his audience, and Crimson Peak looks like a delightful example of this skill. Crimson Peak opens on October 16.
Bridge of Spies
Steven Spielberg is, in my opinion, perhaps the best director in the history of film. Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jaws, and Jurassic Park are some of my favorite films of all time. Also, Tom Hanks is probably one of the best actors we’ve ever had. Big, Cast Away, and especially Forrest Gump are great films. If you put both of them together, with a screenplay by Joel and Ethan Coen, you have yourself a recipe for success. Hanks plays an insurance lawyer employed by the government to supervise the exchange of a spy with Russia during the Cold War. He eventually ends up behind enemy lines by being sent to Berlin, where it turns from a courtroom film to a war thriller. Everything about this film has me excited. The presence of great actors like Hanks, to the screenplay by the Coens (though this may be influenced by my first experiencing the masterpiece Fargo last night). I can hardly wait for Bridge of Spies to release on October 16.
The Last Witch Hunter
We have sort of already had The Last Witch Hunter in 2015 with Seventh Son. Of course, Seventh Son was terrible, so let’s not hope that they’re that similar. The Last Witch Hunter stars Vin Deisel plays Kaulder, a witch hunter who, like many hunters, are after the Witch Queen, who plans to unleash the Black Death upon the world. I think it is very clever to tie into actual things like The Black Death. However, it sounds pretty stereotypical, though the formula can work. The Last Witch Hunter also stars Elijah Wood and Michael Caine, and opens on October 23.
Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension
If you look up the plot for Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension it says “The fifth installment of the Paranormal Activity series”. Maybe that’s telling us something, but Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension could be a comeback for the once-revolutionary Paranormal Activity franchise. Again, fingers crossed. Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension opens on October 23.
All right, that is my fall movie preview for September and October. Look for the November and December additions later in the year. I’ll see you all soon.