Hope Springs Eternal

It happens every year.  Movies keep getting worse.  I venture to the theater less and less often, and when I do, the trailers I see make me want to slit my throat.  But every year I find a handful of Fall and Winter films that give me thin hope that perhaps all is not totally lost in Hollywoodland.  Herewith are the movies I’m looking forward to for Fall 2011.  Please, please gawd..don’t let them suck!

In roughly descending order of interest, they are:

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

GARY OLDMAN.  As the LEAD. In a movie for GROWNUPS.  That isn’t part of a kiddie book or a comic franchise!!!  HOLY LIVING SHIT!  The original of this had Alec Guinness as the lead; it kicked ass then, it will kick ass now.  I have always maintained (to anyone who’ll listen), that Gary is his generation’s Alec Guinness.  Vindication!


I’m obsessed with plagues.  I love plague movies.  Good director.  Get to watch Gwyneth die a horrible death.  Jude Law and Kate Winslet.  Consider my tickets pre-purchased.


Unlike Gwyneth, about the LAST person I’d like to see die a horrible onscreen death is Joseph Gordon-Levitt.  Yet this little dramedy about a young cancer victim looks charming.  Can you use “charming” and “cancer” in the same sentence?  Only JGL’s face could make such a thing possible.


Love Shakespeare adaptations.  Ralph Fiennes is a demigod.  This movie would be a lot higher up my list if not for the presence of Gerard Butler.  But it still looks very kick-ass, and Brian Cox is a BOSS.

The Thing

How convoluted is this?  This film is a prequel to John Carpenter’s 1982 The Thing…which in itself was a remake of the infinitely superior in every way Howard Hawks 1951 The Thing from Another World.   As you may tell, I never cared for the 80′s remake.  Tried to watch it again recently and my opinion of it only got lower.  John Carpenter is a hack!  Nonetheless, I’m interested in this prequel because: 1. Carpenter didn’t direct,  2.  effects (and soundtrack) can’t possibly be as cheesy,  3. Joel Edgerton.  Love me some Joel Edgerton.

Ides of March

Hate Ryan Gosling, but Phillip Seymour H. makes up for him.  I think Tinker Tailor will kick it’s ass, as far as being a political thriller goes.

3 Responses to “Hope Springs Eternal”

  1. LOUP Says:

    At least we will never fight over men. = ) I <3 Gerard Butler.

  2. tarsier Says:

    Except who gets to be Sid’s foster mom. ;)

  3. ReeRee Says:

    … Contagion !! I just saw the commercial on tv and was hooked… since I am quite the Germ-A-Phobe it freaked me out … but yet I just have to watch movies like this … it looks excellent !!

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