Saturday, September 8, 2012

Fall Movies 2012

Bad news: Summer is over. Good news: with fall comes the release of many highly-anticipated new films. Where does one start? Here's a rundown of some that look like they'll be worth that $16 movie ticket:

The Master
P.T. Anderson's much anticipated film starring Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman is a must-see! Anderson's last film was the Oscar-winning There Will Be Blood, so expectations are running high for his latest film. So far, the film (that's "not" about Scientology) has been getting rave reviews after it premiered at the Venice Film Festival. This is definitely a film to look out for this Oscar season. (Sept. 21st)

Cloud Atlas
Based on the novel by David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas not only has three directors, the Wachowski siblings and Tom Tykwer, but a $100 million budget, making it the largest non-studio film ever made. The film has quite a heavy plot, including six different time periods (some take place in the past, some in the future) and a star-studded cast: Tom Hanks, Halle Barry, Jim Sturgess, and Susan Sarandon (who plays an Indian man!) just to name a few. The trailer looks insane!(Oct. 26) 

Life of Pi
Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon) directs this 3D adaptation of the best-selling novel "Life of Pi", starring newcomer Suraj Sharma. Lee reportedly said this film was the hardest movie he's ever made. I'm excited to see why! (Nov. 21st)

Watch out Pixar, because this Disney movie looks so good. If you grew up in the early video game era like I did, you'll want to check out this movie about the world of old school video game villains, from Atari to Halo. The film follows the story of a video game villain, Ralph (voiced by John C. Reilly) who gets fed up with being the bad guy and longs to be a hero in another video game. The movie has some of the most recognizable characters in video game history, including M. Bison, Dr. Robotnick, the ghosts from Pac-Man, and even Bowser. The trailer will have you sold. (Nov. 2nd)

Django Unchained
One of the most highly-antcipated movies this year, just cause it's Tarantino. The film boasts an all-star cast (Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson) and a story that follows a slave-turned-bounty hunter set to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner. Although I'm not entirely sold on this trailer, anything Tarantino deserves a shot, so why not?

Here are some other must-see films this fall season: Resident Evil: Retribution (Sept. 14th), Liberal Arts (Sept. 14th), The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Sept. 21st)The Paperboy (Oct. 5),  Argo (Oct. 12th), Killing Them Softly (Oct. 19th), The Flight (Nov. 2nd), Skyfall (Nov. 9th), Lincoln (Nov. 9th), The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Dec 14th), Les Miserables (Dec. 14th), This is 40 (Dec. 21st)

What are you excited to see this fall season?

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