What To Look Forward To in … September 2010

15 08 2010

Weird to think that the circle is complete and I’m back doing my second September preview post!  All strangeness aside, we have emerged from a summer that many people loathed.  Now it’s up to fall, which begins in September, to redeem the year.  With the big film festivals beginning, it’s time for the Oscar hopefuls to hit the stage and make it or break it.

September 1/3

Getting a head start on the weekend is Anton Corbjin’s “The American,” starring George Clooney.  The director has only one other film under his belt, “Control,” which received enough raves that it’s sitting comfortably on my DVR.  Nevertheless, it’s George Clooney’s only movie of awards season 2010, so that makes it worth seeing.  Added bonus is the trailer gives very little of the plot away.

Apparently Robert Rodriguez didn’t get the memo that more is more when it comes to having old people in action movies, as August’s “The Expendables” bloated cast translated into cash.  But “Machete,” with Danny Trejo as the titular swordslinger along with Steven Seagal (tragically overlooked by Sly), Cheech Marin, and Robert DeNiro, still looks pretty fun.  Plus, there’s Jessica Alba, Michelle Rodriguez, and America’s favorite jail bait, Lindsay Lohan!

Going the Distance” finds a home in September for Labor Day weekend after August just seemed a little too crowded.

Americans remake foreign movies all the time, but “A Woman A Gun and A Noodle Shop” switches it up on us and remakes an American movie.  The source: The Coen Brothers’ “Blood Simple.”  Should be interesting…

September 10

Haven’t we seen enough “Resident Evil” in the last 8 years?  In case we haven’t, “Resident Evil: Afterlife” is here.  I will give the marketing executives credit for the trailer: they get that people can tell phony 3D from real 3D, and they are selling the fact that this is real 3D.

The prospects don’t look much better off the beaten path, either.  “The Virginity Hit” just looks like “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” for the YouTube era.

September 15/17

Emma Stone’s “Easy A” looks to make “The Scarlet Letter” much more enjoyable for the juniors at my school who have to read it (I was not among those).  Hopefully this can make a star out of Stone, best known as Jules from “Superbad.”

I have absolutely no idea what to make of the trailer for “The Town” or “Never Let Me Go.”  But with a cast including the likes of Jon Hamm, Jeremy Renner, and Ben Affleck for the former, which opens in wide release this weekend, I’m definitely in.  Ditto for the latter which opens in limited release on Wednesday and stars Oscar nominees Carey Mulligan and Keira Knightley.

“Devil” looks kind of freaky … but I’m wondering how many viewers Universal lost for this movie after “The Last Airbender” was so poorly received.  Maybe selling the movie based on M. Night Shyamalan wasn’t the best idea…

The weekend also brings Philip Seymour Hoffman’s directorial debut, “Jack Goes Boating,” starring he and Oscar nominee Amy Ryan.  It’s a very quirky, melancholy-looking romance.  Hoffman would.

Hey, look, another talking animal movie!  I’ll give “Alpha and Omega” the fact that it has the slight distinction of being Dennis Hopper’s last movie.  Don’t cry; he wouldn’t want us to.

September 22/24

I’m interested in “You Again” because it’s a different kind of high school movie – one where all the students are out of school.  Forced to be around each other, old high school rivals duke it out.  And Betty White watches.  What could be better?

Is “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” a zeitgeist-tapping look at our economy?  Or just Oliver Stone trying to reclaim his glory days?  Carey Mulligan is in it … good reason for me to see it.

Ryan Reynolds inside a coffin for an entire movie?  Will it work?  I want to see “Buried” if for no other reason than to see how they pull it off.

Wednesday sees the latest film from prolific director Woody Allen, “You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger.”  It has a great ensemble cast, but it didn’t get the greatest reviews at Cannes.  We’ll see how this goes.

I lost so much respect for “Legend of the Guardians” when the filmmakers attempted to convince me that their movie about talking owls was comparable to “The Lord of the Rings.”  Talk about a stretch…

What are YOU looking forward to in September?  Planning on going to the movies at all?  Or just clearing out your DVR…

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8 responses

16 08 2010
Simon/Ripley

Machete comes out in Setember, right? Then yes, that.

16 08 2010
Harry

The American looks interesting. The Town, I don’t know, good director, good cast, but the trailer struck me as kind of silly, and they gave away the twist.

Interesting you should mention Shyamalan being a potential negative for Devil because when I saw Scott Pilgrim today, the entire audience burst out laughing when it said “from the mind of M. Night Shyamalan.” Probably not a good sign.

Any idea when Jackass 3d comes out? That looks funny. Sorry if I seem like a doofus for saying that, but I’m a simple man with simple tastes.

16 08 2010
Mad Hatter

For me the biggest thing to look forward to in September is The Toronto International Film Festival…and as fate would have it, seven of the trailers you just posted will be playing the fest!

How do I ever manage to narrow it down to twenty films?

16 08 2010
Marshall

JEALOUS.

16 08 2010
Castor

The Town really reminds me of Gone Baby Gone in atmosphere and tone. We shall see but I’m looking forward to it.

17 08 2010
Fitz

Same milieu, different take on the story. It will be nice to see Jon Hamm in a film for more than thirty second cameos (A Single Man, A-Team)

16 08 2010
Red

The Town is easily the top movie that I’m looking fowad to next month. Huge fan of GBG, and this should be a good jump forward for Rebecca Hall.

Plenty of intriuging movies coming out, and even a couple that feature Carey Mulligan. I still need to watch the first Wall Street, but the trailer for the sequel has me interested, even if it does have Shia Labooooof.

18 08 2010
CMrok93

The Town looks good, but not as good as Gone Baby Gone, probably cause this one relies too much on dramatic substances. Machete gives way too much away in its trailer so it’s not really going to shock me of what I’m going to get. Devil looks creepy and really suspenseful, in a Saw kind of way, but having M. Night’s name in it won’t get any people in the seats.

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