Movie lovers get ready for these anticipated films
Every year, the general themes of movies do not stray far from the paths of their predecessors. This may not sound appealing or exciting, but predictability can be useful (as people can plan their schedules accordingly.) Typically, January starts out with post-Oscar buzz and a few horror movies. This leads to a nice transition to light-hearted comedy just in time for Valentine's Day. Once the Kleenex Company has been cleaned out of its supply, the films then shift into summer action mode. Here is where the high-profile blockbusters try to make up for all their studio costs. The year ends with uber-drama, uber-casts, and uber-Oscar contenders.
This time of year, however, is more of the "everyman's" turn: movies with more substantial plots than summer flicks, but still keeping drama to a reasonable limit. To put it more simply the better movies. Just to clarify, there are good movies all year round. However, the fall seems to offer a better variety than other times.
Here is what to look for in these next few months:
While Megan Fox is busy staring as the femme fatale vampire cheerleader in "Jennifer's Body", Matt Damon will be bringing in the fans with his quirky seventies faux mustache in the highly anticipated comedy "The Informant!" If that doesn't satisfy hunger try the beloved children classic "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" (however, being a huge fan of the book, I am anticipating some indigestion from it.) If a movie about food falling from the sky is not appetizing, perhaps the updated musical "Fame" (if you do not cringe every time the theme song comes on) will be more your style; after all, musicals and dance movies are slowly making a comeback. For the more intellectual crowd (especially English majors), check out the period piece about poet John Keats in "Bright Star."
Drew Barrymore will "Whip it!" Here, she trades in her acting skills for some roller skates and a camera as she makes her directorial debut in a film about roller derby. Joining her behind the camera in his big-screen directorial debut, Ricky Gervais (creator of BBC "The Office") is a man who discovers that lying can be good in "The Invention of Lying." The Coen Brothers, who are no strangers to directing, have a new-sure-fire-hit (as all their movies seem to be) with "A Serious Man." Comedic duo Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau write and star in "Couples Retreat." It seems that many familiar faces are returning both in front and behind the camera. "New York, I Love You" combines both of these attributes as it has several directors (including Portman) and tons of cast members (including Natalie Portman). Hopefully, all these cooks will not spoil the potential here.
What would October be without a few chills and thrills? Michael Moore explains why we are in an economic crisis (which could turn out to be a horror film) in "Capitalism: A Love Story," while Gerald Butler, a "Law Abiding Citizen," takes revenge into his own hands. Perhaps he has been getting his ideas from Jigsaw in "Saw VI" (there have already been five of these movies.) And of course, no Halloween fright fest is complete without zombies! "Zombieland" looks similar to "Shawn of the Dead," except the characters actually know what they are doing.
But if scary movies are something to be avoided, October also offers some new and old family favorites. The children story, "Where the Wild Things Are" takes a 10 sentence book and turns it into a full-length movie, whereas favorites such as "Toy Story" (one and two) and "The Nightmare Before Christmas" get revamped with a 3-D version for theaters.
Last but not least, the highly anticipated "Michael Jackson: This is it" and "Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day" are also rumored to be released in this month.
November is the month where Oscar contenders start to poke their heads out. The musical extravaganza "Nine," by the same director of "Chicago," could see another Best Picture nomination. "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus," Heath Ledger's last film, could also be a contender since it has four other actors filling in for the late actor's role. Jim Carrey tackles four roles by himself in a 3-D version of "A Christmas Carol," which seems to have excellent special effects, and "Twilight New Moon" takes on the fans once again, but with a new director.
The disaster film "2012" will tell us how the world will end (although if the film makers were really confident about the movie, they would have the release date be Dec 20, 2012). George Clooney will remind us just how odd he can be as he plays a psychic/Jedi warrior in "The Men who Stare at Goats."
Robert Downey Jr. takes on "Sherlock Holmes" in an amped version of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's renowned character. Peter Jackson attempts another huge success with the thriller/suspense movie based on Alice Sebold's novel, "The Lovely Bones." Finally, Alvin and the Chipmunks return in a squeakquel (their words, not mine - but props for the play on words).
It looks like a promising season. Enjoy!