For the Reel Guys, the beginning of September means not only the changing of the leaves, but the switch from popcorn season to Oscar time. This week, Richard and Mark discuss which films might get Academy attention and which one definitely won’t!
Richard Crouse: Mark, the silly season is pretty much over. That should mean an end to superhero stories, remakes, reboots and reimaginings and a beginning to Oscar season, right? It seems like the studios want to remind us of the balmy days of summer because it appears to me there is still lots of silly stuff on the way. When I see movies like Paranormal Activity 3 and Johnny English Reborn on the schedule it feels like summer in October.
Mark Breslin: Richard, come on, the theatre owners need to pay their rent. And that means popcorn sales. Which means sequels, remakes, and all the rest. But have no fear! Leonardo DiCaprio will be donning the fat suit to play J Edgar Hoover. What could be more original -- and weird -- than that, unless it was Bob Dylan starring in a Ben Johnson biopic. Surely there's some stuff coming up that has piqued your interest...
RC: Absolutely. Wedged in between remakes like The Thing are some Oscar contenders like Moneyball, Ides of March, and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, but I think the movie I'm most excited to see is My Week with Marilyn. It's the story of Marilyn Monroe and Laurence Olivier and their tumultuous relationship as they made The Prince and the Showgirl. It's the kind of turning the camera on itself that Hollywood does really well, and I hear Michelle Williams absolutely nails the performance as Marilyn Monroe. What are you excited to see?
MB: That does sound good! I'm most excited about The Descendents, which pairs George Clooney and Alexander Payne, who directed Sideways, in a Hawaii location. I'm also jazzed about David Cronenberg's new movie, A Dangerous Method, which imagines a love triangle among Freud, Jung, and a hot female patient. Freud and Jung rarely are seen in the same movie, but Cronenberg's got a lot of clout these days. And let's not forget Puss In Boots. Puss has always been my favorite character in the Shrek franchise. Interestingly, these are all autumn releases. The Christmas slate looks kind of tepid to me. What do you think?
RC: Tepid! Not with A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas topping my Christmas list. Looks hilarious. On the other end of the scale is The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. If anyone can improve on the originals, it’s David Fincher.
MB: Yes, well, been there, done that. In Swedish, no less. At least there's no installment of the Focker franchise, and that may be the best Christmas present of all.