Fall Movie Preview 2013

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This fall is jam packed with great films. My ability to dwindle the list down to just 10 movies I’m most excited for was near impossible.

Just look at the list of filmmakers with features coming out in the next few months: Peter Jackson, Spike Jonze, Alexander Payne, David O. Russell, Paul Greengrass, George Clooney, Alfonso Cuarón, Martin Scorsese, Jason Reitman, The Coen Bros., Ron Howard, Robert Rodriguez, Ridley Scott, and Roman Polanski just to name a few.

Below are the 10 films that I am most excited to see this fall. But I need to be honest and say that any of the honorable mentions could crack the top ten at any time depending on my mood. That’s how good this fall’s lineup looks.

10: The Wolf of Wall Street

Leo continues his streak of movie trailers featuring Kanye West songs. But he also continues his streak of starring in Scorsese pictures (I’m not counting Hugo). Talk about one crazy demented trailer. This looks like it fits nicely within Scorsese’s playbook and should be a solid film.

9: The Counselor

Ridley should be a steady hand as director especially given the masterful Cormac McCarthy wrote this original screenplay. Combined with a steller cast, this looks like a winner.

8: Anchorman: The Legend Continues

If you’re at all into Will Ferrell’s brand of humor you know that Anchorman was his finest hour. His fans have demanded a sequel for years and this trailer promises a return to hilarity.

7: Inside Llewyen Davis

With Folk music’s rise in the past few years, this Coen Bros. film adequately takes a look back at the NYC folk movement of the 60s. After a great debut at this year’s Cannes Festival, there is a lot of hype surrounding this film. But the Coen Bros. have created a brand and a fan base that will be hard to disappoint.

6: 12 Years a Slave

Nevermind the borrowed Inception music; this trailer will knock you on the floor. Steve McQueen is still a fresh filmmaker despite making films that look like seasoned classics (Hunger, Shame). With this cast and story, look for it to make a massive push come awards season.

5: The Monument’s Men

Intriguing concept. Proven director. Great cast. This movie looks like a hell of a lot of fun.

4: Gravity

Alfonso Cuarón’s first picture since 2006′s gorgeous and haunting Children of Men should be enough reason to see this film. I don’t think there’s much to the plot considering the synopsis but that adds all the more intrigue.

3: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

I’ve been dying for Ben Stiller to direct a more dramatic film than his previous three, The Cable Guy, Zoolander, and Tropic Thunder. All three are great, and it’s easy to see that Stiller has the vision and skill to hold his own as a director. Walter Mitty is a long time comin’ and I can’t wait to see how Stiller delivers.

2: Nebraska

Maybe I’m most excited about this being a film from a Nebraska-born Acadmey Award winning director that’s a tribute to his home state. The film carries a positive Cannes Film Festival reaction and best actor award being given to Bruce Dern. Although Alexander Payne didn’t pen the script, he’s kept it in his back pocket long enough that I know he’ll do a great job. The choice to go B&W should also prove interesting.

1: Her

Maybe it’s Spike Jonze’s long history of making emotionally striking films. Maybe it’s the scary real concept of an A.I. device that humans interact with more than each other. Maybe it’s his vision of a near future L.A. Maybe it’s Joaquin Phoenix’s performance in the trailer. Whatever it is, this trailer has stuck with me.

Honorable Mentions: American Hustle, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Rush, Machete Kills, Oldboy, Thor: The Dark World, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, August: Osage County, All is Lost, Labor Day, Captain Phillips, Blue is the Warmest Color, Out of the Furnace, Grace of Monaco, Diana, Jack Ryan: Shadow One, Prisoners, Don Jon, Dallas Buyers Club, Escape PlanSaving Mr. Banks, and Lone Survivor

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