I am truly at my strongest during festival/award season. With Cannes, Venice, Telluride and Toronto already done we’ve had a pretty good look at the contenders for this years Academy Awards. Here’s a list (in order of release date) of my most anticipated fall releases.
A Simple Favor, dir. Paul Feig, September 14
“Centers around Stephanie (Anna Kendrick), a mommy blogger who seeks to uncover the truth behind her best friend Emily’s (Blake Lively) sudden disappearance from their small town.” (IMDB)
Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick teaming up with the king of comedy for this dark thriller and add Henry Golding on top? Count me in. Honestly, I haven’t fully decided how I feel about this film yet because I’ve read the book and the first half is really good but the second half was predictable so I’m interested to see how they portray it onto film.
The Sisters Brothers, dir. Jacques Audiard, September 21
“In 1850s Oregon, a gold prospector is chased by an infamous duo of assassins, the Sisters brothers.” (IMDB)
Honestly, that plot is not a lot to go on but I feel like you all know by now I will watch ANYTHING Jake Gyllenhaal is in, literally anything. A two second cameo and I still would have my ass planted in a cinema seat with a large soda and large popcorn ready to go. Then they added Riz Ahmed on top of that? I am THERE.
Colette, dir. Wash Westmoreland, September 21
“Colette is pushed by her husband to write novels under his name. Upon their success, she fights to make her talents known, challenging gender norms.” (IMDB)
Keira Knightley and period dramas are like a match made in heaven and apparently there’s some lesbian action in this one? I’ve only been waiting for Keira to play a lesbian since Bend It Like Beckham so let’s go kids !
Bad Times At The El Royale, dir. Drew Goddard, October 5
“Seven strangers, each with a secret to bury, meet at Lake Tahoe’s El Royale, a rundown hotel with a dark past. Over the course of one fateful night, everyone will have a last shot at redemption – before everything goes to hell.” (IMDB)
Jon Hamm, Dakota Johnson, Jeff Bridges, and a shirtless Chris Hemsworth star in a mystery-thriller esc kind of thing? If the cast alone doesn’t make you want to see this film then you clearly don’t have taste. I’m keeping away from the storyline of this film because I really want to go into it and be shocked.
Venom, dir. Ruben Fleischer, October 5
“When Eddie Brock acquires the powers of a symbiote, he will have to release his alter-ego “Venom” to save his life.” (IMDB)
Topher Grace’s Venom gets a LOT of shit that I completely disagree with and I will defend him until my dying day but I think it’s time that Venom got the big Marvel production he deserves. He’s incredibly compelling and Tom Hardy is THE perfect choice for him. I don’t know too much about the plot because I want to go in not knowing anything but Riz Ahmed is also in it. Riz + Tom = my ass in a cinema seat.
A Star Is Born, dir. Bradley Cooper, October 5
“A musician helps a young singer and actress find fame, even as age and alcoholism send his own career into a downward spiral.” (IMDB)
A lot of people are hating on this movie and Bradley Cooper and I’m not totally sure why. Bradley is an incredible actor and I’m very excited to see his directing effort. Lady Gaga is an incredible singer, I didn’t watch her season of AHS so I’m not sure about her acting ability but I’ve heard it’s really good. (I mean she did win the golden globe so.) It is a story that is slightly overdone but it seems they’ve changed a lot of it and I’m really excited to see it and maybe Bradley could finally win an oscar?
First Man, dir. Damien Chazelle, October 12
“A look at the life of the astronaut, Neil Armstrong, and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the moon on July 20, 1969.” (IMDB)
Ryan Gosling is on that list of actors who I will see every single thing they’re in no matter if I’m interested or not. It definitely helps that he has been in my favorite film of the year for the past 3 years so I’m hoping First Man is a continuation of that streak. Damien Chazelle is obviously an incredible director who has killed it twice now and I hope this is his third. Also, Claire Foy yelling at men? Count me in.
Beautiful Boy, dir. Felix Van Groeningen, October 12
“Based on the best-selling pair of memoirs from father and son David and Nic Sheff, Beautiful Boy chronicles the heartbreaking and inspiring experience of survival, relapse and recovery in a family coping with addiction over many years.” (IMDB)
Timothee Chalamet has proved himself to be one of the strongest actors today, and oh so young, after being robbed for the oscar (I said what I SAID) he has another chance playing a young addict in California. Along with Steve Carell who has proved he can do drama quite well, I’m very excited for these performances and this story.
Wildlife, dir. Paul Dano, October 19
“A boy witnesses his parents marriage falling apart after his mother finds another man.” (IMDB)
The other day I was looking at some of my really old tweets and I found my tweets from 2016 when I found out about this film. Zoe Kazan is one of my favorite writers (Ruby Sparks is one of the best films of all time.) and now with Paul Dano (an incredibly talented actor) they wrote, and he directed this film. That’s already enough for me to buy a ticket but then you add in Jake Gyllenhaal and Carey Mulligan, two of my favorite actors of all time. I’m so excited for this film I wish I could express that better. (Side Note: if you don’t know the love story of Carey and her husband and how Jake is involved, it’s adorable.)
Suspiria, dir. Luca Guadagnino, October 26
“A darkness swirls at the center of a world-renowed dance company, one that will engulf the artistic director, am ambitious young dancer, and a grieving psychotherapist. Some will succumb to the nightmare. Others will finally wake up.” (IMDB)
The original Suspiria is one of my favorite films and one of the most artistic films I’ve ever seen. I was very excited when Luca announced he was remaking it because I’m such a fan of his work and of Dakota Johnson. I was a bit shocked when the first set photos and the trailer were released because it’s definitely a different vision than the original, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it still looks intriguing and scary so catch me at the theatre.
Boy Erased, dir. Joel Edgerton, November 2
“The song of a Baptist preacher is forced to participate in a church-supported gay conversion program after being forcibly outed to his parents.” (IMDB)
Joel Edgerton isn’t just a talented actor but he’s an incredibly, incredibly talented director and writer. I’ve been not so patiently waiting for his next venture since The Gift and was shocked with this story being the one he chose to tell next but I’m very excited. It’s a very hard storyline to watch and I’m not really looking forward to that aspect but I think it’s an important story to tell for sure.
Bohemian Rhapsody, dir. Dexter Fletcher, November 2
“A chronicle of the years leading up to Queen’s legendary appearance at the Live Aid (1985) concert.” (IMDB)
Queen is one of those bands I grew up listening to and loving, I’m sure this isn’t the first time they’ve tried to make a film about them or about Freddie Mercury but I think it’ll be their best yet. Rami Malek is an incredible actor as we’ve already learned that from Mr. Robot and Short Term 12 and I am so incredibly excited for him to bring this amazing man to life.
A Private War, dir. Matthew Heineman, November 2
“One of the most celebrated war correspondents of our time, Marie Colvin is an utterly fearless and rebellious spirit, driven to the frontline of conflict across the globe to give voice to the voiceless.” (IMDB)
I’ve been saying since 2013 when The Fall was released that Jamie Dornan is one of the best actors of this generation, and no one has taken him seriously because he’s Christian Grey. But, I hope with A Private War he shows everyone just how talented he is. Rosemund Pike as well, she was robbed of her oscar for Gone Girl (I said what I SAID) so I’m really excited for her to be in a film that has been deemed more “oscar-friendly”, I have a feeling we’ll be seeing this film quite a lot during award season.
The Front Runner, dir. Jason Reitman, November 6
“American Senator Gary Hart’s presidential campaign in 1988 is derailed when he’s caught in a scandalous love affair.” (IMDB)
Gary Hart’s story is such a monumental part of American history, modern politics and modern journalism but it’s not taught in school and we’ve never heard this story before. It’s an incredibly fascinating story and Jason Reitman is one of my favorite storytellers so I’m very very excited.
Creed II, dir. Steven Caple Jr., November 21
“Under the tutelage of Rocky Balboa, newly crowned light heavyweight champion Adonis Creed faces off against Viktor Drago, the son of Ivan Drago.” (IMDB)
The Rocky films are definitely some of the best of all time and Creed was no exception, it’s one of the better boxing films and Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone’s performances are incredible. I’m very very excited for this one and for it to connect again to a boxing match in the Rocky films.
The Favourite, dir. Yorgos Lanthimos, November 23
“In the 18th century England, a frail Queen Anne (Colman) occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah (Weisz) governs the country in her stead. When a new servant Abigail (Stone) arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah.” (IMDB)
I ! LOVE ! LESBIANS ! I am excited for this film not only for the cast but for the lesbians.
If Beale Street Could Talk, dir. Barry Jenkins, November 30
“A woman in Harlem desperately scrambles to prove her fiancé innocent of a crime while carrying their first child.” (IMDB)
Moonlight is one of the best films ever made and we’ve all been anticipating Barry Jenkins next film and I know pretty much nothing about this film other than it’s directed by Barry Jenkins but that’s all I need to know to buy a ticket !
Mary, Queen Of Scots, dir. Josie Rourke, December 7
“Mary Stuart’s attempt to overthrow her cousin Elizabeth I, Queen of England, finds her condemned to years of imprisonment before facing execution.” (IMDB)
I’ll see anything with Saoirse Ronan and I’ll see anything with Margot Robbie and them together? Let’s go lesbians!
Under The Silver Lake, dir. David Robert Mitchell, December 7
“Sam, intelligent but without purpose, finds a mysterious woman swimming in his apartment’s pool one night. The next morning, she disappears. Sam sets off across LA to find her, and along the way he uncovers a conspiracy far more bizarre.” (IMDB)
Andrew Garfield’s choice in projects since finishing his run as Spider-Man has been one hit after another. So when this film was announced (originally co-starring Dakota Johnson) I was ecstatic and very excited for it. Then, she was replaced with Riley Keough (her best friend ironically) and my excitement was still high. I don’t know much about the plot, I haven’t even watched the trailer because I just want to be surprised with the characters and the storyline.
Aquaman, dir. James Wan, December 21
“Arthur Curry learns that he is the heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, and must step forward to lead his people and be a hero to the world.” (IMDB)
Jason Momoa shirtless for most of the film? Amber Heard there looking THAT hot and being a badass? Patrick Wilson looking like a thumb but being a villain? I am THERE. Aquaman deserves a badass story and James Wan is one of the most talented director to come out of the past decade so I’m intrigued to see what he’ll do with the action-superhero genre.
The Death and Life of John F. Donovan, dir. Xavier Dolan, TBD
“A decade after the death of an American TV star, a young actor reminisces the written correspondence he shared with him, as well as the impact those letters had on both their lives.” (IMDB)
Coming out of TIFF this film hasn’t gotten the best reviews which makes me really sad 😦 But, I will see anything from Xavier Dolan especially since this is his first film in English and the cast is incredible. Kit Harington, Jacob Tremblay, Natalie Portman, it only gets better.
I love film ! And I love having no money to see them !
All the love xx, Amalia.