It's finally autumn, and with it comes "important film season."
Don't get me wrong. I love popcorn flicks. I love to see things "get blown up real good." But when the summer ends, I tend to get a bit snobby. I stop seeing movies, and I begin to attend films. Usually by myself.
This will start next week when Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" will make its way to Little Rock. Anderson is my favorite director. He made my favorite film of all time, "Magnolia," and he made "There Will Be Blood." He's not exactly accessible, but in my opinion, he's brilliant. "The Master" is thought to be an expose on the roots of Scientology, but I have read that it is mostly a character study of two men and their convergent paths following World War II.
There are so many films coming out this season by directors I admire that all my weekends may be filled up.
There is "Sliver Linings Playbook" by David O. Russell. He made the incredible "Three Kings" with George Clooney. There is "Cloud Atlas," which stars Tom Hanks, Halle Berry and Hugh Grant, all playing multiple characters that span over centuries. It's from the people who made "The Matrix," so it could be a mindbender.
Ben Affleck has become a major director, and his film of the rescue attempt during the 1980 Iranian hostage crisis, "Argo," looks to be a crowd pleaser. Another could be Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" with Daniel Day Lewis in the title role. The film version of the musical "Les Miserables" could have a wow factor as well, coming from Tom Hooper, the director of "The King's Speech."
Then there is Quentin Tarantino. Love him or hate him, you can't dismiss him. I think he is the greatest storyteller of his generation. "Django Unchained," a story of a freed slave taking vengeance on a plantation owner, will certainly ruffle some feathers, but it is a can't miss.
Here are some others I will be seeing:
"Life Of Pi," " Anna Karenina," "Flight," "Zero Dark Thirty," "The Sessions," "Quartet," "Hyde Park on Hudson."
Go get your popcorn.