Fall Movie Preview: Top 10 You Have to See Part One

 The Soothsayer is back once again at a look at the films coming out between October 16 and the end of year. There are alot interesting films coming out during that time and many more potential blockbusters than in previous years. What makes this time of year different than other years is that it still seems to be an open race for the Oscars in March. The Academy has kind of crippled the studio campaigning for a Best Picture win when they announced that there would be 10 Best Picture nominees this year. Personally I think they are out their minds and have just devalued what it means to win Best Picture.

You dont see any films really jockeying for position in the last week of the year just so they can be counted as an Oscar hopeful. You also don’t see alot of films that could even be counted as a Best Picture nominee. Of my selections of “films not to be missed” I kind of went across the board, Oscar hopefuls and well films to fight the winter blues. It looks to be a fun Fall and hopefully I can bring you my reviews of each one as they roll out. Here is 10-6, look for the top 5 tomorrow!

10. 2012

Who’s in it? John Cusack, Thandie Newton, Woody Harrelson, Amanda Peet, Danny Glover.
Directed by: Roland Emmerich
Why see it? Basically this film is a summer blockbuster shoe-horned into a winter release. If this film opened would have opened in any other May but this year. It would have made a killing. May was very crowded this year so the studio went on the defensive and claimed the special effects weren’t completed and shift it to November. Well it will probably be quite a spectacle as the film is about what happens if the Mayan calendar’s prediction that the end of the world will come in 2012. Emmerich is also no stranger to disaster flicks, you could say they are what he makes best, since he is responsible for The Day After Tomorrow and Independence Day. He has lined up and all-star cast that kind of reminds me of that movie Earthquake with Chuck Heston. The cast is also headlined by John Cusack who is always interesting in everything he does. I als have to admit this is on my list because I am a sucker for giant disaster flicks.
Release Date: NOVEMBER 13th
Trailer link: HERE

9. Armored

Who’s in it? Matt Dillon, Laurence Fishburne, Jean Reno, Skeet Ulrich, Milo Ventimiglia.
Directed by: Nimród Antal
Why see it? This kind of reminds me of Point Break with Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves except they are armored truck drivers. You do have to wonder if someone is an undercover police officer. I really like the cast assembled and the plot looks like a fun, stable action thriller. We all know Matt Dillon can be great as an unstable, charismatic leader, heck, he has been doing that since The Outsiders. Then as his backup you got great character actors like Fishburne, Reno and Fred Ward. This movie just looks fun from all angles. It does make you wonder why it has shifted release dates twice, though. Nimrod Antal (is that his real name?) directs this movie and he was brilliant with the 2003 Hungarian Kontroll but kind of missed a step with his first Hollywood feature in Vacancy. Also the screenwriter of the film is a first-timer. So from the back-end this film is quite weak but with a killer cast and trailer it still makes my list to see.
Release Date: DECEMBER 4th
Trailer link: HERE

8. Men Who Stare at Goats

Who’s in it? Ewan McGregor, George Clooney, Kevin Spacey, Jeff Bridges, JK Simmons.
Directed by: Grant Heslov
Why see it? Okay, first off with a name like that who in their right mind is going to run out and see the movie. Then when you hear Clooney, McGregor and Spacey are attached you might be curious. But that is the hardest title to talk about since The Shawshank Redemption (or was it the Skimshank Rejection, just kidding) The trailer is awesome and it is sort of a comedic-adventure through the black ops side of the CIA. I don’t know alot about the book in which the movie is based but the screenwriter also adapted How to Lose Friends & Alienate People which had some pretty serious laughs but another film with a real awful title. This is the director’s first major outing but he has been connected to Clooney since Good Night and Good Luck and is partners with Clooney at his production company Smoke House. Heslov has also  been an actor since the early 80s.
Release Date: NOVEMBER 6th
Trailer link: HERE

7. The Road

Who’s in it? Viggo Mortensen, Charlize Theron, Robert Duvall, Garret Dillahunt, Kodi Smit-McPhee.
Directed by: John Hillcoat
Why see it? Based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy, Viggo Mortensen tries to get his son to the coast after the a nuclear war has ravaged the US. He fights off vagrands, bandits, and anyone who gets in his way so he can make a better life for his boy. The film version has been adapted from probably McCarthy’s darkest book to date. The role of Viggo’s wife, played by Charlize, has been expanded at the request of the studio. Other shifts in tone and numerous recuts have plagued the production since it was delayed almost a year.  Basically the production sounds as cold and cryptic as the story itself. Director John Hillcoat hasnt released a film in almost five years. His last film was the very dirty western, The Proposition with Guy Pearce. There are many signs here of a film in distress but for me anything with Charlize and Viggo in it is worth watching. Plus you would hope since Hillcoat is so familar with this kind of subject matter then it should be a film worth seeing.
Release Date: OCTOBER 16th
Trailer link: HERE

6. Avatar

Who’s in it? Sam Worthington, Sigourney Weaver, Zoe Saldana, Michelle Rodriguez, Giovanni Ribisi, Stephen Lang.
Directed by: James Cameron
Why see it? Okay, there has been alot of talk on the web about how bad the trailer looks, how the aliens in the film look like rip-offs of everything from Ferngully to Delgo. But 95% of those haters didnt see the 20 minutes of footage I saw during Avatar Day in 3-D. This film will deliver! The reason it isnt higher on my list is because I think it will be more amusement park ride than a substantial movie. I think this film will also bore alot of people who aren’t hard-core sci-fi or videogame lovers. So with that I know the film will not have mass market appeal. But I am very sure it will be the film to see in 3-D this fall! Go 3-D or Go Home! Should be the motto when it comes to this film.
Release Date: DECEMBER 18th
Trailer link: HERE
My Avatar Day Story: HERE

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