I love September for many reasons: the cool brisk air, the beautiful warm colors, and, most importantly, it's the beginning of film season! And what do we love more than film season? ... Probably Daniel Radcliffe, but that's it really...
Once autumn rolls around, I always get that itch for strap on my directors hat and go hit the cinemas like the big time film critic I am. I am really looking forward to this season; hopefully it will top last year's phenomenal slew of films. Here are my top six most anticipated films for the latter half of 2014.
The Imitation Game
This one is fairly obvious. And it's not just because of my insentient love for the Cumberbabe, but you all know I am a slave to British war dramas. The Imitation Game has gotten some serious hype over the past couple months, most recently at TIFF. I think we may be looking at a potential Oscar frontrunner here (... Maybe even a nod to Cumberbatch for his fantastic portal of Alan Turning). With a fantastic cast, a beautiful story, and outstanding directing, I think The Imitation Game is going to be one of the best films this year.
The Theory of Everything
Although it echos the 2004 TV movie Hawking, I have high hopes for this new Stephen Hawking drama. Just off a successful stint at TIFF, there has been a lot of buzz around Eddie Redmayne's performance. I have been a fan of Redmayne since his award winning performance in Red, so I have had high hopes for this rising star. I am very much looking forward to seeing Eddie's portal of the famous scientist, and we'll see where it takes him this award season.
Okay, number one: Abi Morgan is the screenwriter. Abi Morgan is hands down my favorite screenwriter ever (i.e. see my undying love for The Hour). Number two: this cast is killer: Queen Meryl, Helena Bonham Carter, Carey Mulligan, Ben Whishaw, Brendan Gleeson, Romola Garai, and Samuel West. Yes, you read that right: Meryl Streep, Carey Mulligan, and Ben Whishaw... All performing the gorgeous words of Abi Morgan... This is a fantasy come true! And to make it even more perfect, it's a period drama! Although we haven't gotten much yet in terms of a trailer, needless to say, I'm pretty excited for this one!
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby looks like an absolutely breathtaking film. The plot, split up between three films, tells the story of two lovers through different points of view. I love films like these; they push conventional film making to the limit and create something that is absolute groundbreaking and beautiful. I definitely applaud director Ned Benson for being a risk taker. Jessica Chastain is a marvel, and James McAvoy is quickly becoming one of my new favorite actors.
The Riot Club
"Posh English lads acting like idiots because daddy has the money to clean up their mess," yeah that's my kind of movie. Self destructive characters are my absolute favorite. From the director of An Education, The Riot Club will definitely have that beautifully dreary English feel that I love so much. The grit, grim, and filth of the spoiled life is the main attention of The Riot Club, but not to mention the cast is just sprinkled with gorgeous men. I guess I'll just have to suffer through this for two hours, won't I.
I love a good mystery drama, and Gone Girl ticks off all the boxes in the mystery genre. I have heard a lot about the book, constant mentions of how fantastic the story, so I was very excited to see a movie was on it's way. On the surface, it's essential a "who-dunnit" mystery; did he or didn't he? But I think the story holds a lot more secretes than that! And it's a David Fincher (one of my favorite directors) film, which makes me like it even more! Gone Girl is sure to be a big box office hit this fall.
Originally Posted on ActorNerdFashionista.blogspot.com on September 17, 2014
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