Fall is here and I’m ready to spend the shorter and cooler days with a hot bucket of movie popcorn sitting in a dark theater or all comfy on my couch with home-popped popcorn.
Here are the motion pictures that have piqued my interest as we head into that season. No, not winter, but Oscar-bait season.
The movies that I want to see in the theater will have trailers and the ones that I’ll likely see, but I’ll wait for the DVD release will have just movie posters.
My first selection is already playing at select theaters across the country and I doubt that it’ll play in the Quad Cities. So, I’ll be waiting for the DVD release on November 19, 2013 and I’ll buy it to add to my collection.
The comedy, “C.O.G.”, is the first-ever screen adaptation of the work of writer David Sedaris. It stars Jonathan Groff (“Glee”), Denis O’ Hare (“American Horror Story”), and Troian Bellisario (“Pretty Little Liars”).
WAITING FOR THE DVD RELEASE
As much as I love Lady Gaga and “Modern Family” seductress Sofia Vergara, I’ll wait to see “Machete Kills” (release date: 10/11) on DVD, just in case it’s so bad I’m only out $1.20 at Redbox.
The latest thriller starring Academy Award winner Tom Hanks, “Captain Phillips” (release date: 10/11) is based on a true story of Somali Pirates taking over the “Maersk Alabama” in 2009. The film, which is already getting Oscar buzz, is directed by Paul Greengrass (“United 93”).
And, as much as I love Julianne Moore and Chloe Grace Moretz, I’ll be waiting to watch the remake of the Stephen King classic, “Carrie” (release date: 10/18) at home on DVD.
The new version is directed by Kimberly Peirce, who was behind the incredible “Boys Don’t Cry” in 1999. That movie earned Hillary Swank her first Oscar, as Brandon Teena, a murdered transgender man.
Here are the movies that I’m marking my calendar to see in theaters.
“KILL YOUR DARLINGS”
Now that “Dexter” has ended its eight season run on Showtime, I have to get my Michael C. Hall fix somewhere.
I get that in “Kill Your Darlings” (limited release: 10/16), which also stars Daniel Radcliffe (“Harry Potter”) and Dane DeHaan (“Chronicle”).
It’s based on the murder of David Kammerer (Hall) by Lucien Carr (DeHaan) in 1944. It also brings the great beat generation poets Allen Ginsberg (Radcliffe), Jack Kerouac, and William S. Burroughs (Ben Foster) together.
“12 YEARS A SLAVE”
The star of “12 Years A Slave” (release date: 10/18) that is getting heavy Oscar buzz is Chiwetel Ejifor.
He plays a free black man who was sold into slavery after he was lured away from his home in Saratoga Springs, New York in 1841. He was forced to work on a Louisiana plantation for 12 years before his release.
The movie also stars sexy Michael Fassbender as an evil plantation owner, along with Brad Pitt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Alfre Woodard, Sarah Paulson, Paul Giamatti, and Quvenzhane Wallis.
“DALLAS BUYERS CLUB”
Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto are garnering the best reviews of their acting career for their upcoming drama, “Dallas Buyers Club” (release date: 11/1), which is based on a true story.
McConaughey plays Ron Woodroof, a drug using, womanizing, homophobic man who was diagnosed with HIV/AIDS in 1986 and given only thirty days to live. It tells the story of how he began smuggling non-toxic, alternative medicines from all over the world, thus forming the “Dallas Buyers Club”.
For his part, McConaughey lost around 40-50 pounds and his co-star, Leto lost 30-40 pounds to play Rayon, an HIV-positive transgendered woman, who became business partners with Woodroof.
This isn’t the first time that Leto has significantly altered his body for a part. Check out this photo of him playing Mark David Chapman, the man who murdered John Lennon in December 1980.
In that movie, “Chapter 27” from 2007, Leto gained 67 pounds! And, it’s disgusting how he did it. He would drink microwaved ice cream by the pints that was mixed with olive oil and soy sauce every night!
I expect that both McConaughey and Leto will get several nominations in this upcoming awards season!
“THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE”
There isn’t much I have to say about the second installment of Katniss Everdeen fighting for her life in “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” (release date: 11/22).
Gretel has read all three books and she’s excited to see this one.
This movie (limited release 12/13; wide release 12/25) has the “Midas Touch”.
It’s directed by David O. Russell, who was nominated for a Best Director Oscar for “Silver Linings Playbook” last year. That movie earned “American Hustle” star Jennifer Lawrence an Academy Award and a nomination for her co-stars Bradley Cooper and Robert DeNiro, who are both back in this film.
It also stars Oscar winner Christian Bale (“The Fighter) and four-time Academy Award nominee Amy Adams, who was also in Russell’s “The Fighter” in 2010, which earned him another directing Oscar nomination!
“AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY”
This black comedy-drama (release date: 12/25) has Oscar written all over it.
It stars Oscar’s favorite Meryl Streep as a woman with oral cancer that develops an addiction to drugs and Oscar winner Julia Roberts as her daughter.
So, I have my movie rewards card ready to sit in the dark, stare up at the big screen, and stuff myself with popcorn and Coke Zero. Now, you know what movies excite me this fall and Oscar season.
And, the Oscar goes to….