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Here’s a list of the 30 films I’m looking forward to the most for Fall (September-December) movie season. All films are based on U.S. release dates. After the top 30 there is a list ( in alphabetical order) of all the other films I’m interested in seeing, to varying degrees.

30. Stray Dogs (Tsai Ming Liang, Sept 12th)

29. Whiplash (Chazelle, Oct 10th, limited)

28. Winter Sleep (Nuri Bilge Ceylan; Dec. TBD)

27. Selma (DuVernay, Dec 25th, limited)

26. Zero Motivation (Lavie, Dec 3rd, NYC)

25. Revenge of the Green Dragons (Sept 11th (online), October (limited), Lau & Loo)

24. Horns (Aja, october 31st)

23. Tracks (Curran, Sept 19th, limited)

22. Nightcrawler (Gilroy, Oct 31st)

21. Men, Women & Children (Reitman, Oct 17th)

20. The Zero Theorem (Gilliam, Sept 19th, liimted)

19. St. Vincent (Melfi, Oct 24th)

18.Maps to the Stars (Cronenberg; Oct. 31st)

17. The disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (Benson, Sept 12th note: the two seperate films of this will be released one month later)

16. Dear White People (Simien, Oct. 17th)

15. Mr. Turner (Leigh, Dec 19th)

14. The Guest (Wingard, Sept 17th)

13. The Tale of The Princess Kaguya (Takahata, Oct. 17th)

12. Big Eyes (Burton, Dec 25th)

11. Rosewater (Stewart, Nov 7th)

10. The Better Angels (Edwards, Nov. 7th)

9. The Babadook (Jennifer Kent, Nov. 28th)

8. Clouds of Sils Maria (Assayas, Dec 1st)

7. Camp X-Ray (Sattler, Oct 17th)

6. Interstellar (Nolan, Nov 7th)

5. White Bird in a Blizzard (Araki, Oct 24th)

4. Foxcatcher (Miller, Nov 14th)

3. Birdman (Iñárritu, Oct 17th, limited)

2. Gone Girl (Fincher, Oct 3rd)

1. Inherent Vice (Anderson, Dec 12th, limited)

The rest

20,000 Days on Earth
A walk among the tombstones
American sniper
At Devil’s Door
Bird People
But Always
Darker than Night
Dumb and dumber to
Eternity: The Movie
Force Majeure
Fort Bliss
God help the girl
Goodbye to Language 3D (Jean-Luc Godard; Oct. 29th)
Horrible Bosses 2
If You Don’t, I Will
Into the Woods
Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart
Jimi: all is by my side
Kelly and Cal
Kill the Messenger
Leviathan (Andrey Zvyagintsev; Dec. 31st)
Life Partners
Listen up phillip
Stonehearst asylum
The Book of Life
The boxtrolls
The Cobbler (not sure if this has a release date)
The Drop
The Great Invisible (Margaret Brown; Fall TBD)
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
The imitation game
The interview
The Judge
The Overnighters
The skeleton twins
The two faces of January
two Days, One Night (Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne; Dec. 24th)
Two night stand
Young Ones

Here's this years Fall 2013 most anticipated films list, along with an alphabetical listing of the other films I have interest in seeing. Which ones are you looking forward to the most?

Top 30 Most Anticipated Fall 2013 Films (September to December)

Note: All release dates are U.S.

30. A Single Shot (September 20th)

29. Labor Day (December 25th)

28. Anchorman 2: the legend continues (December 20th)

27. Therese (September 27th)

26. Nebraska (November 22nd)

25. August: Osage County (October 16th)

24. The Counselor (October 25th)

23. Monuments Men (December 18th)

22. Camille Claudel, 1915 (October 16th)

21. Diana (November 1st)

20. Shepard & Dark (September 25th, limited)

19. Concussion (October 4th)

18. American Hustle (December 25th)

17. Foxcatcher (December 20th)

16. Prisoners (September 20th)

15. Blue Caprice (September 13th, limited)

14. Kill Your Darlings (October 16th)

13. Catching Fire (November 22nd)

12. All Is Lost (October 18th)

11. Out in the Dark (September 27th)

10. Out of the Furnace (December 6th)

9. Dallas Buyers Club (November 1st)

8. The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete (October 11th)

7. Secret Life of Walter Mitty (December 25th)

6. Wolf of Wall Street (November 15th)

5. Gravity (October 4th)

4. Blue is the warmest colour (October 25th)

3. Inside Llewyn Davis (December 20th)

2. Her (December 18th)

1. 12 Years of a Slave (October 18th, limited)

The Rest (in alphabetical order)

All is Bright
All the boys love mandy lane
As I Lay Dying
Captain Phillips
Don Jon
Enough Said
Enzo Avitabile Music Life
From the Rough
Generation Iron
Good Ol’ Freda
Grace of Monaco
Herb and Dorothy
How I live Now
in the name of
Last Days on Mars
Le Week-End
Lone Survivor
Mademoiselle C
Mandela: long walk to freedom
The Motel Life
Mr. Nobody
My father and the man in black
Nuclear Nation
On the Job
Sample This
Saving Mr. Banks
Thanks for Sharing
The Armstrong Lie
The book thief
The Fifth Estate
The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug
The Invisible Woman
The New Rijksmuseum (Parts 1 and 2)
The Past
The Short Game
The Summit
Wilde Salome


This was originally reviewed and posted when it premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2011. You'll see in my review that I was concerned about the marketing of it and sadly, they've done what I didn't want: trying to sell it as a straight up home invasion film rather than the campy, fun ride it really is. Don't be put off thinking this is another generic slasher flick. See it: it's fresh, fun and entertaining.


You’re Next (Wingard, 2011)
Written September 21, 2011

You’re Next is a fun, thrilling ride that offers blood, laughs, and moments of revenge that inspired boisterous applause from the audience at it's Toronto Film Festival screening. An official selection of Midnight Madness, director Adam Wingard had only finished mixing the film days before it screened at the festival. This past week it was announced the project has been optioned by Lionsgate. Lionsgate tends to be overly serious in their marketing campaigns and thus one can only hope they market it currently, playing up its rather fun slasher film nature and not attempting to turn it into a serious home invasion suspense/horror such as The Strangers or Straw Dogs. You’re Next already seems to have garnered a cult status given the reaction from my audience and it deserves to be portrayed for what it is.

The film opens the way any self-aware slasher film should – with the selling of sex. A couple is bed together, the young woman silent and seemingly bored out of her mind. While he takes a shower, she wanders downstairs to fix a drink and blast some music on repeat. These two are not our protagonists but merely a taste of the terrorization that is to follow. The entire opening sequence is magnificently crafted, from the song usage to the deliberation of the camera’s eye.

Our real story occurs a little ways down the road. The scene is a family reunion at a house a wealthy couple own but haven’t inhabited as of late. We’re quickly introduced to the family. Just enough time is spent on the introduction to the characters wherein we learn the dynamics and move on – the film doesn’t drag and feels natural all while maintaining a welcome self-aware aura.

The violence begins on a rather epic note and continues from there. Wingard finds new and interesting ways to kill the film’s victims (and their captors), back-dropping the action to a soundtrack which runs from standard shrill, loud, ominous notes to upbeat techno music. Most of the action takes place on the main floor of the house, where the lights are bright and glowing, rather than silhouetted in darkness. This is a welcome change. Another nice moment is the obvious homage to Hitchcock’s Rear Window, even if it does turn out to be the least exciting part in terms of action.

The central character becomes Erin (played magnetically by Sharni Vinson) and it’s refreshing to see a unique take on The Final Girl without all of the connotations that term conveys.

Wingard’s film does require suspension of disbelief (when you stop and think about it thereafter, the events of the film would never actually have happened this way given the film’s ‘twist.’ Yet, they needed to in order for there to be a film) and is perhaps a bit too obvious from the get-go (I knew one of the twists as soon as one particular moment occurred). One segment, in which the characters mention the existence of a possible intruder, seems like an afterthought and thus is not realistic.

Nevertheless, these discoveries do not take away from the film’s scares, thrills, or immense entertainment.

My submission for Hit Me With Your Best Shot version The Wizard of Oz, as hosted by The Film Experience.

The Wizard of Oz (Fleming, 1939)

The Wizard of Oz is a film that was ingrained in my childhood as something I always loved yet maybe didn’t fully understand why. Now, it’s a film I will consistently watch whenever it is on TV and not just as a “background” film either. That’s because my eyes are constantly drawn to it, absorbing the cinematography, the art direction, and the popping colors when Dorothy arrives in Oz.

When I see the trailers and TV spots for Raimi’s new film, a piece of my heart sinks; the colors I’m seeing aren’t natural, the visual effects are cartoonish and overt. In 1939, Cinemascope and (glorious!) Technicolor allowed a fascinating, gorgeous film to be made. 74 years later and Hollywood has succumb to overwrought special effects and a mindset that excess = quality. This simply isn’t the case. I would take the gorgeous shots and visuals from the original 1939 film than anything I’ve seen thus far of Raimi’s latest (except, perhaps, the black and white shots of the hot air balloon).

To pick one shot from The Wizard of Oz seems impossible. However there was one that immediately jumped out at me:

This shot seems like it should be something out of a thriller or a horror film. As if a killer has taken to writing on the wall, stating “you’re next” or something equally horrifying. Except this is in the sky, a grand scale threat, and the witch is telling Dorothy to surrender. “Surrender.“ Such strong verbiage. The shot itself is perfectly framed; the moment evoked intense and jarring.

Other shots that were very strong contenders:

It’s one of the most obvious choices but, seriously, just look at it. It’s stunning. And the slow reveal is one of the best in cinematic history.

I love the music that fits perfectly with this shot. The colors are irrestiably. Those ruby red slippers contrasting with the sharp yellow of the brick road. It's a feast for the eyes.

(screencaps found here)

What's your favorite shot?

Top 5 Worst Posters of 2012

February 24th 2013 21:29
I admittedly didn't spend as much time on this as my favorite posters list. But, here you go, the things I think just suck. One of these has been on the list before and I'm going to keep putting it on until it actually (ever?) gets a release.

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