The countdown continues, here are 5 more films to lookout for.
Director: Andrea Arnold
Starring: Kaya Scodelario, James Howson
Why: This one promises to be an earthier, more grounded telling of the Bronte classic. Just look at the trailer for a taste of what they’re going for. It was shot in the boxier 1.33 aspect ratio just like Arnold’s brilliant Fish Tank (a movie any self-respecting Michael Fassbender fan would have seen by now). I am an admirer of the 1939 version, though I’ve never read the book. The movie has been well received already at many festivals, and with Arnold running the show I expect great things.
Director: David O. Russell
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Chris Tucker, Jacki Weaver
Why: Despite my indifference to Bradley Cooper, Playbook has a…shall we say…interesting cast. Based on a Matthew Quick’s book, it’s about two clinically unstable people finding something positive in their messed up relationship together. Or maybe not. Knowing writer/director David O. Russell (The Fighter), this will be anything but typical. The man has a knack for putting his own signature on projects that might otherwise seem uninteresting.
18. Holy Motors
Director: Leos Carax
Starring: Denis Lavant, Kylie Minogue, Eva Mendes
Why: I don’t like to do this, but I find it hard to distill the things that I’ve heard about this movie. So here’s the IMDb description: “From dawn to dusk, a few hours in the life of Monsieur Oscar, a shadowy character who journeys from one life to the next. He is, in turn, captain of industry, assassin, beggar, monster, family man…” The film had a rapturous response out of Cannes and if that plot synopsis tells me anything it’s that this film is going to be fucking crazy.
Director: Pablo Larrain
Starring: Gael Garcia Bernal
Why: It’s another fall film starring Bernal and it comes loaded with awards from festivals. The movie is the third in director Pablo Larrain’s Pinochet trilogy. The first two were Tony Manero and Post Mortem, films I also really want to see. This one is about ad men in 1988 Chile using their pitch abilities to take down the hated dictator. Sounds like Mad Men meets Z, which makes it sound fantastic.
16. Rust and Bone
Director: Jacques Audiard
Starring: Marion Cotillard, Matthias Schoenaerts
Why: The premise sounds okay. Two broken people, one a killer whale trainer, the other a bouncer, find each other and a special romance ensues. But if you’ve seen any of writer/director Audiard’s work you know to expect much more. His last film, Un Prophete, blew me away. Then I watched his previous films, The Beat That My Heart Skipped and Read My Lips, and they too were great. Marion Cotillard is merely the cherry on top. Also, Matthias Schoenaerts made a strong impression in last year’s best foreign film nominee Bullhead.
Check back tomorrow for five more films I’m excited about seeing. And stay tuned all week to get the full list.