August might be a dead time of year for movies, but my favorite time of year is coming soon. Oh, it’s coming, my friends. And I can’t wait. Awards season starts picking up steam in a month. September through December is when all of the good stuff is released. In the last five years, there have been 39 Best Picture nominees for the Oscar. 27 of those were released between September and December (one other, There Will be Blood, was released in January). This year is no different. The rest of this year (and the early part of 2013) is packed with great film choices.
There is nobody better qualified than Quentin Tarantino to make an exploitation homage about a slave exacting revenge on slave-owners in the antebellum south. The trailer might be the Quentin Tarantinoiest 3 minutes of film you’ll ever see. It hits theaters on Christmas day.
I’ve been going bonkers waiting for The Master much in the same way the rest of the world went bananas waiting for The Dark Knight Rises. It’s been on P.T. Anderson’s radar for that long, and I’ve wanted to see it for years. It releases on September 14th. I’ll be there.
Killing Them Softly
The last time Andrew Dominik and Brad Pitt paired up, it was to make The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford in 2007. They’re together again, this time for a crime film about an enforcer hunting down a couple of thieves who knocked over the wrong poker game. The cast is a who’s who of mafia movie (and TV) veterans, featuring Ray Liotta, James Gandolfini, Vincent Curatola, and Max Casella. It arrives in theaters October 19th.
I first heard that Steven Spielberg was working on a Lincoln biopic in 2004, when faux stock in the film was available on the Hollywood Stock Exchange. It’s been on my radar ever since then. Daniel Day Lewis is the perfect choice to play Abraham Lincoln, and Spielberg has done well with historical films. There’s no reason to expect Lincoln to be any different. There’s still no trailer, but the first image of Daniel Day Lewis dressed in full garb was released the other day. The film is slated for a limited release on November 9th, and a wide release one week later.
The concept behind Argo is fascinating. Ben Affleck directs the film, based on the true story of a rescue mission to save six U.S. diplomats from Tehran, Iran during the Iran hostage crisis in 1979. The rescue mission: convince Iran that the six diplomats were actually a film crew scouting locations for a (fake) sci-fi film named Argo.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Alright, Lord of the Rings nerds. On December 14th, it’ll be time to dust off your hobbit capes and prosthetic elf ears or whatever and rush to the theater, because Peter Jackson’s adaptation of the works of J.R.R. Tolkien continues with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
The fall movie season kicks off with Lawless, on August 29th. It focuses on a depression-era bootlegging gang in Virginia, and some trailers for the film carry a bit of a Boardwalk Empire vibe, if you could transport the show to the south. Mostly, it’ll be nice to understand what Tom Hardy is saying again now that the Bane mask is gone.
American crime gets a third look during the upcoming months, as Los Angeles police struggle against the east coast mafia in the 1940s. The film recently acquired a lot of press for all the wrong reasons. Certain portions of the film were edited out in light of the recent violence in Aurora, Colorado. It’s my least anticipated of the three gangster films coming out this fall, but it has too good of a cast to pass up. It has a January 2013 release date.