I shall not sugarcoat it, 2013 has been a rather disappointing year in film. It could have been something special with all the talent involved. Plus, there were only like one and a half summer blockbusters that rounded up any satisfaction on my part (how bad was it really? Before Midnight came out this year and I’m still complaining).
But finally, finally, comes the turning point in which I hold full responsibility for lifting my spirits. Oscar season is upon us! And this means we get to start making our predictions. Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, Actress, Editing, Visuals, Score, Picture, everything. Mmm, it’s like fantasy football for us arthouse folk.
So, after garnering great inspiration from my viewing pleasure of Gravity I decided to give all of you my week by week forecast from now until those last few stragglers after Christmas time. I will try to keep it to one film a week, but just know my anticipation can be quite large causing a few honorable mentions to pop up here and there. Spend wisely over these next few months, you’ll need it, for my paychecks will promptly be cashed and used at a variety of theaters around my living quarters.
This was a rather easy pick for the week. Although my respect for Robert Rodriguez is high, I never saw Machete, so Machete Kills is out, and the new Romeo & Juliet is out simply because it doesn’t even look like they tried to expand the adaptation. Leaving Captain Phillips as the obvious choice, as we get to see Tom Hanks in what should earn him another Oscar nod. On top of that, Paul Greengrass directs, bringing an intensely shocking true story to the screen of pirates, Boston-like accents, and Navy SEALS. Plus after seeing the trailer so many times I can’t get the lines, “Look at me. Look at me. I’m the captain now” out of my head.
October 18th is a great day for film. There are about four or five films opening this day I would go see, but ultimately my pick must be reduced to one. My excitement for this film started almost immediately with its announcement. First Hunger, then Shame, Steve McQueen re-teams with Fassbender to create what is shaping up to be his most critically acclaimed project yet. Unlike his prior films, McQueen has opened up his cast list and talent came flooding in leaving us with the likes of Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Giamatti, Paul Dano, Sarah Paulson, and Quvenzhane Wallis. An early favorite in all categories, you will not want to miss 12 Years a Slave.
To be honest, I am not too familiar with this film. First of all, there isn’t really anything else coming out this week of dramatic importance. More importantly, it’s Ridley Scott directing an otherworldly ensemble of immense talent. However, the number one reason why I will be paying money for this film is because – and it is shocking I had to find this information out on my own – Cormac McCarthy is responsible for the penmanship. This is not an adaptation of one of his novels or writings of any kind, this is an original screenplay penned by Mr. McCarthy himself. It kind of makes sense now why The Counselor was backed by the A-list of Hollywood.
Comedic Honorable Mention: Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa