Race to the Oscars
Fall movies offer variety
Published: Thursday, September 12, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 22:09
Though the temperature may not agree, summer movie season is behind us, and it’s time for fall movie madness to rear its mighty head.
Looking back over the past 10 years, it’s easy to see what potentially lies ahead. Out of the past decade, eight out of 10 best-picture, Academy Award winning films have garnered their success in the fall and winter months, the other two being “The Hurt Locker” (June 2009) and “Crash” (April 2005). So, it isn’t conclusive that the Oscar-winning best picture film is yet to come, but statistically there are great things to be expected in the realm of film.
But this article isn’t just about what The Academy may be looking at, rather—and probably much more importantly—what we as audiences members are going to want to go see.
It’s impossible to talk at length here about all the movies coming out over the course of the next several months, so as any self-proclaimed movie officianado/cinephile would do, I perused other sites and blogs to help narrow down the list to a few movies that have people stirring in anticipation.
So here they are:
“Parkland,” Oct. 4
An account of the dramatic and chaotic events that transpired in the Parkland Memorial Hospital on the day that JFK was assassinated. Starring Zac Efron, Paul Giamatti and Billy Bob Thorton.
“Don Jon,” Sept. 27
From actor-gone-director Joseph Gordon-Levitt, this particular film is the story about what seems to be a Jersey Shore character who struggles to find love through his porn addiction.
“Blood Brother,” Oct. 24
This is a shameless plug by me. It comes from Director Tom Hooper, and I had the chance to see this stunning movie this summer at the Little Rock Film Festival. An absolutely mesmerizing tale of one man who leaves his home to spend time at a children’s home in India where all the children are stricken with HIV and AIDS.
“Ender’s Game,” Nov. 1
Based on the novel from Orson Scott Card, this film boasts a stunning cast in impressive young actress Abigail Breslin, as well as veterans Viola Davis, Ben Kingsley and Harrison Ford.
“Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” Nov. 22
Coming late fall, early winter, this movie is highly anticipated by an increasing fan base. The next film in the Suzanne Collins book trilogy, it’s a no-brainer that the midnight premieres will be packed out for this teen sci-fi/fantasy drama.
“Thor: The Dark World,” Nov. 8
Another installment in the string of comic book superhero movies, “Thor: The Dark World” comes with high expectations following the success of its predecessor.
“The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug,” Dec. 13
This film comes well into the winter months, but following the mixed reviews of the first film, it will be interesting to see how passionate Tolkien fans take Peter Jackson’s newest contribution.