It goes without saying that “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is shaping up to be the movie of the year, hell maybe the decade. With beloved characters we haven’t seen in over thirty years, a director with the reputation of elevating the existing properties he touches, the biggest most powerful studio in the world backing their 4 billion dollar investment. And let’s not forget the most important reason: lightsabers!
So aside from the worldwide phenomena that we are all getting for Christmas, there are still some other things to look forward to this Fall movie season.
Bridge of Spies(10/16)- Let’s forget the last time Hanks and Spielberg teamed up, or even the last time Hanks worked with the Coens, and focus on what we know: A Cold War thriller co-written by the Coen Brothers, directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Tom Hanks. It sounds amazing on paper and I have little doubt it will deliver upon execution. Again forget about “The Terminal” and “The Ladykillers”.
Legend (10/2)- I’ve always enjoyed writer/director Brian Helgeland crime scripts from “L.A. Confidential” in the 90’s to “Mystic River” in 2003. Here taking a pair of real life twin brother criminals, both played by the now almost legend himself, Tom Hardy seems like the perfect fit.
Crimson Peak (10/16)- Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth) bringing a gothic horror film to life? Who else can do it better? Plus you got Loki himself Tom Hiddleston playing it extra creepy, throw in some ghosts for good measure, and del Toro is right at home. I can’t wait to visit this haunted mansion.
The Hateful Eight (12/25)- Okay so Tarantino’s last western wasn’t perfect, but all you need to see in this trailer is his cast, and it looks like “Reservoir Dogs” in the west. I’m sold. And Kurt Russell with that mustache is just a bonus.
The Revenant (12/25)- You will want, scratch that, crave to see this film by “Birdman” director Alejandro G. Inarritu after you get just a glimpse of his phenomenal trailer. The atmosphere, the cast, the cinematography. All of it looks magnificent. With this, Hateful Eight, and the afore mentioned lightsabers, this could wind up being the best Christmas at the movies ever.
Also looking forward to: The Visit, Sicario, The Walk, The Martian, The Final Girls, Beasts of No Nation, Spectre, Trumbo, Creed, Steve Jobs, Youth
–Robert L. Castillo