2014 Fall Film Preview

This will be a quick one for original content this week. I’m hard at work promoting my short film (for now!), Patriots and Tyrants, via Social Media channels, preparing to do a full revision on the feature (new narrative structure!) and trying to soak up a little of what summer has left to offer on this three day weekend.

But I’d be remiss if I didn’t come up with something to share with you, my…3?…loyal blog readers (beyond visiting patriotsandtyrantsfilm.com – DO THAT NOW!!). Here’s a quick hit of five films I’m very much looking forward to this fall, and so should you!

(Yeah, another film post. Get over it.)

INTERSTELLAR
A group of explorers make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage. (IMDB)

Why? Have you SEEN the teaser trailer?? Watch it. I’ll wait. Seriously. Plus, you all know I’m a big Christopher Nolan fanboy. I also got weird looks when I claimed in the middle of the last decade that Matthew McConaughey was a highly mis-used serious dramatic actor, so enjoying his bit of a comeback. Also, everything in his little speech is true and, like most of Nolan’s films, this is where we’re headed if we don’t change things. Fast.

GONE GIRL
With his wife’s disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it’s suspected that he may not be innocent. (IMDB)

Why? (1) The book is awesome, (2) David Fincher is probably the only one who could direct this material with the perfect blend of narrative tension and creepiness and (3) Ben Affleck was born to play this part.

BIRDMAN
A washed-up actor who once played an iconic superhero must overcome his ego and family trouble as he mounts a Broadway play in a bid to reclaim his past glory. (IMDB)

Why? Michael Keaton is due for a big comeback, and no one could probably pull this off but him. Watch the trailer; see if you agree (Okay, maybe Woody Harrelson could too).

WILD
A chronicle of one woman’s 1,100-mile solo hike undertaken as a way to recover from a recent catastrophe. (IMDB)

Why? I’ve always had a soft spot for basic man vs. nature films. Nice to see someone make a WO-man vs. nature film, init? Some good tunes, nice scenery and minimalist dialogue – almost like taking a vacation to a wide open space for two hours. Watch Into the Wild, All is Lost and (to a lesser extent) The Way and you’ll see what I mean

FURY
April, 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Outnumbered and out-gunned, and with a rookie soldier thrust into their platoon, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany. (IMDB)

Why? David Ayer has made some terrific indie films which sadly never made it into the mainstream (End of Watch and Harsh Times – check them out, seriously). Looking forward to seeing what he can do with an all-star cast.