Movies are like anything else – we tend to have a preference for things that we can relate to. Nonetheless, there’s also a certain skill needed to make a movie and due to some artists’ past glory in the movie industry, or early buzz from critics and film festivals, some movies are more anticipated than others. Below are some of my (somewhat biased) choices – favorite movies coming out this fall – one in each genre.
Sully – the Biography – September
According to IMDb, this is “the story of Chesley Sullenberger, who became a hero after gliding his plane along the water in the Hudson River, saving all of the airplane flights 155 crew and passengers.”
Why should you watch it? Clint Eastwood is the director, so it’s bound to be a good direction and you’ve got Tom Hanks and Laura Linney as two of the leads, meaning the acting will likely be good too.
Is it going to be a blockbuster? Maybe, maybe not. Judging from Eastwood’s past projects, most aren’t the blockbuster type. They’re extremely well made and containing beautiful storytelling, though, which is exactly why you’ll want to watch it.
Rings – the Horror – October
Not surprisingly there’s a horror movie premiering on October 28th, just in time for Halloween. More surprisingly I realized my former neighbor is acting the lead role, having taken the place of Naomi Watts.
So now, given I know her I have to say you should watch it. Right. But it’s the third film in the franchise, with a budget of 33M, and it’s highly anticipated, so if you’re into the horror genre, you probably already know it’s coming and planning to watch it anyway. If you aren’t into horror, but rather Halloween dates, then this could be an option.
And the plot, right, the plot…I forgot the plot when I saw the lead! It’s about a woman who has fallen foul for a curse and has seven days to reverse it or she’ll die. But a lot can happen in seven days, right?!
Bonnie’s great, go see the movie!
Arrival – the Sci-fi – November
A linguist is recruited to help the military decipher alien communication, as the aliens are hovering above the Earth and chaos is breaking out. Arrival premiered at the Venice film festival and critics were kind to it, stating it’s one of the better sci-fi movies out there. So for sci-fi lovers, this is a must see.
La La Land – the Arthouse Movie – December
Here’s the thing, I’ve probably watched The Holiday ten times. Why? Because as a film and theater director I’m so impressed…not. I happened to watch The Holiday just after breaking up with an ex and then went on to going on a date with someone after the movie, so I could relate to it. Later, after leaving London, I moved to Los Angeles and fell in love. With the city. Not unlike some characters in The Holiday.
So you can imagine how I feel about a movie called La La Land, can’t you? And it’s not just me – the critics are going wild. Unlike The Holiday this is an arthouse movie with a dreamlike quality to it. It’s an ode to a magical and heartbreaking City of Angels, filled with music and art.
Oh, and the plot (why do I always forget the plot?): “A jazz pianist falls for an aspiring actress in Los Angeles.” Well, that doesn’t give too much away does it, but at least now you have an inkling…
Lion – the Drama – November
This movie sounds like a tearjerker and inspirational kick-in-the-butt at the same time. According to IMDb: “A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia; 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family.”
Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire) and Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) star in the lead roles, together with Nicole Kidman and David Wenham. Sounds like a good cast, well worth watching on the big screen! Besides, who doesn’t like a tearjerker, ever so often? Just not on a first date…
Bridget Jones Baby – the Romantic Comedy – September
The opening scene in the first Bridget Jones’ Diary was worthy of an Oscar. A woman, in her PJ’s checking her answering machine (yes, this was back in the year 2001, before the whole world got addicted to cell phones), whilst getting drunk, watching TV and singing “All by Myself.” And Renée Zellweger was killing it – never before has a scene nailed having PMS whilst feeling terribly single so well.
To add to its appeal to the female population, the movie had Hugh Grant and Colin Firth (as Mr. Darcy, as he played Mr. Darcy in the BBC production of Pride and Prejudice) in it.
Bridget Jones’ Diary is one of the few romantic comedies I’ve seen that’s well made and funny. As we all know, romantic comedies coming out of Hollywood aren’t always worth watching, but Bridget Jones’ Diary got 81% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Bridget (answering the phone): “Bridget Jones, wanton sex goddess, with a very bad man between her thighs… Dad… Hi.”
As mentioned, it was before cell phones and knowing everyone’s caller ID.
The second Bridget Jones movie wasn’t exactly great, but I still liked it enough to do impersonations of Bridget for a week, much to my ex’s amusement (we were both in drama school at the time).
So the new one? Bridget is older…and pregnant. Only she doesn’t know who the father is. Is it her ex-husband (Colin Firth), or another man (Patrick Dempsey)? Unlike most stories where men are afraid of commitment and babies, here both men want to be the father. Leading to some hilarious situations with two gorgeous male leads. Drool.
Will it be as funny as the first one, or as bad as the second one? Who knows, but I, for one, am seeing it! If, for nothing else, to see one of my favorite characters return to the scene, so I get to do impersonations of her for a week or two…