The Blockbuster Report
So, I’m sorry, but this is getting a little tiresome. But instead of dwelling on the negatives (namely that this weekend doesn’t have anything special to offer), I’m going to look ahead at ten films I’m excited for during the last third of the year. Yes, we’re in a lull now (which means you have the chance to catch The World’s End, the best film of the summer, or something else you’ve missed to this point.
In case you are interested, films out this weekend in wide release are Closed Circuit (Eric Bana), Getaway (a front runner for worst film of the year), and the documentary One Direction: This is Us.
Anyway, on to the anticipated…
10) Ender’s Game: I’m not a huge fan of the work of Orson Scott Card, but I always get excited to see an iconic book adapted to the big screen, plus this features one of my favorite actors: Ben Kingsley.
9) The Wolf of Wall Street: DiCaprio in a long anticipated role, I still say an Oscar is unlikely, but when Leo teams with Scorsese, good things tend to happen.
8) Twelve Years a Slave: One of two films on this list starring both Brad Pitt and Michael Fassbender, Steve McQueen is directing this one, the store about a northern man kidnapped and sold into slavery around the time of the Civil War.
7) The Counselor: The other one with Pitt and Fassbender, this one is a thriller about a lawyer getting caught in the middle of a drug war.
6) The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug: Another return to Middle Earth, I’ll be more prepared this time for the complainers who just don’t get it.
5) Foxcatcher: There was some speculation as to if this would actually be released this year, but I’m glad it is. It stars Steve Carrell as an unlikely murderer in a true story that shocked the U.S.
4) Gravity: This one looks spellbinding, at least from the looks of the trailers. Two astronauts stuck in outer space, oh yeah, and stuck outside their shuttle/ship. Can’t wait.
3) Thor: The Dark World: Glad that we’re going to see more of the Nine Realms and more of Asgard. Marvel continues to steamroll the competition.
2) The Secret Life of Walter Mitty: One of my favorite short stories comes to the big screen and I was worried at first, but the trailer has settled me in. Hope this is a great one.
1) The Monuments Men: Clooney, Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Cate Blanchett…the list goes on. Hope the starpower is enough to make this film, about a crew who sets out to save priceless art from Hitler’s grasp, a success.
Where Do They Come From?
We have three originals this week, although I don’t count documentaries so only Closed Circuit and Getaway are added here.
Oscarwatch (Not including this weekend’s films)
1) Before Midnight
3) Blue Jasmine
4) Fruitvale Station
5) The Spectacular Now
6) What Maisie Knew
7) The World’s End
8) Much Ado About Nothing
9) Upstream Color
10) Frances Ha
New arrivals: The World’s End (#7)
Departures: Still Mine (#10)