Movie Blog Post Part 2: Fall Films Boogaloo
Last week I took a look back at the summer movie season. Now it's time to look forward to fall.
As usual, the autumn leaves and crisp temperatures bring a slate of more serious films (read: Oscar contenders) to theaters. Many sound intriguing, but here are a few that I am most anxious to see.
"Elizabethtown": I never miss a Cameron Crowe film, whether it's great ("Say Anything") or, um, not so much ("Vanilla Sky"). Even if this one turns out to be a colossal failure, at least I can look at Orlando Bloom for a couple of hours.
"Jarhead": I can't say I'm a huge fan of war movies. But this one, about the Gulf War, is directed by Sam Mendes ("American Beauty") and boasts an impressive cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jamie Foxx, Chris Cooper and Peter Sarsgaard.
"Walk the Line": It's a movie about Johnny Cash. That means "Ring of Fire" has to be on the soundtrack. Even without the participation of Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon, that's worth the price of admission.
"Rent": I know, I know, the whole "Rent" phenomenon has gotten pretty tired. But I still have a soft spot for this musical and am very curious to see how it translates to the big screen. The fact that Chris Columbus -- who sucked all of the magic from the first two "Harry Potter" movies -- is directing makes me wary. But the cast consists of many of the stars from the original Broadway production. And that makes me eager to revisit "La Vie Boheme."
"King Kong": Peter Jackson is the director. A massive ape is the star. Enough said.
"Munich": I still can't believe Steven Spielberg can turn around this movie about the hostage crisis at the 1972 Olympics in time for its December release date. At this point, I'm as curious about whether Spielberg makes his deadline as I am about the film itself.
Of course, I've only skimmed the cinematic surface. In the coming days, the Post's fall arts preview -- which will include a full list of all the season's theatrical releases -- will debut in print and online. Then you can comb through and highlight the movies that most excite you. In the meantime, let us know what you're itching to see by posting comments below.
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