Wednesday, September 26, 2012

A Reel Fall Preview: Episode II

First of last week’s Episode I, Reel Speak erroneously had KILLING THEM SOFTLY as an October release. The film is slated for November. This Blogger regrets the Reel Screwup. Now to business…
In Episode I, Reel Speak explored the first two months of the fall movie season. This week, it’s the monstrous month of November…

WRECK-IT RALPH – In this animated film, John C. Reily voices the main (video game) character who is tired of playing the role of the villain in his own video game. WRECK-IT RALPH looks to invoke a ton of early video-game arcade nostalgia by packing the film with cameos from classic characters such as Q*Bert and Lord Bowser.
FLIGHT – Director Robert Zemeckis (FORREST GUMP, BACK TO THE FUTURE) finally steps away from the world of motion-capture (BEOWULF, THE POLAR EXPRESS), and brings us a live-action film. Denzel Washington stars.

SKYFALL – Bond, James Bond is all you need to know about SKYFALL.
LINCOLN – Daniel Day-Lewis playing Abraham Lincoln in a Steven Spielberg film is all you need to know about LINCOLN.

GRAVITY- Alfonso Cuaron (CHILDREN OF MEN) continues to dabble in the world of science fiction; much to the benefit of all mankind. George Clooney and Sandra Bullock star as two astronauts stranded in space.
LIFE OF PI- Ang Lee (BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN) adapts Yann Martel’s adventure novel in which looks to be a visual stunner.

HITCHCOCK – Anthony Hopkins is a dead-ringer for Alfred Hitchcock in this film which tells the story of the making of PSYCHO. Scarlett Johannson stars as Janet Leigh, along with Helen Mirren, Danny Huston, and Toni Colette.
SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK – In what may be an Oscar sleeper, director David O’ Russell (THE FIGHTER) brings us a story of a depressed and down-on-his-luck man who must move back in with his parents. Stars Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert DeNiro, and Julia Stiles.

Next week, Episode III explores the month of December.

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