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Now that summer is behind us, let's think (again!) about other films to see in the upcoming months. Therefore, it's time for me to share with you my 10 most anticipated movies of the fall. Needless to tell you that I had to reorganize my time at the movie theatre when I learned that Shutter Island was postponed for February.
While we think about it, 45 R.P.M. might be a very touching teenager film about life in a small town. After all, scriptwriter/director David Schultz manages to create so much unspoken depth in the relation between the characters. However, despite being good, the film obviously comes with its flaws, which are a few plot holes here and there.
Jordan Gavaris, Michael Madsen, Kim Coates, August Schellenberg, MacKenzie Porter, Justine Banszky and Amanda Plummer
At the first look, The Wind That Shakes the Barley might seem hard to appreciate because of its one-sided depiction of the events we see in the film. However, on a second thought, Ken Loach's gem manages to use that one-sidedness to its advantage in order to give to itself some depth. All in all, this is not your usual historical drama.
|Starring:||Cillian Murphy, Padraic Delaney, Liam Cunningham and Orla Fitzgerald|
For his latest film, director Quentin Tarantino gleefully flouted the rules of period films if not film making in general. Therefore, don't expect a historically accurate film about World War II like Saving Private Ryan because the film takes place in an alternate reality. Besides, Inglourious Basterds succeeds at providing you a good time at the movie theatre.
|Starring:||Brad Pitt, Eli Roth, Mélanie Laurent and Christopher Waltz|
Who went into this film with high expectations? Honestly, if you haven't seen this film, your expectations are just not enough. In fact, for a science-fiction film, District 9 will simply exceed your expectations. This means that Neill Bloomkamp's gem - which was shot with a budget of $30 million - gives credibility to the genre of science-fiction the same way 28 Days Later does it to zombie films.
|Origin:||South Africa/New Zealand (2009)|
|Screenplay:||Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell|
|Starring:||Sharlto Copley, Vanessa Haywood and Mandla Gaduka|
Have in mind that I went into this film without knowing who on earth Darren Aronofsky is. From what I've heard, I wouldn't have the patience to watch many of Aronofsky's films. However, I actually liked The Wrestler mostly for its simplicity although I abhor wrestling as much as fights in hockey.
|Screenplay:||Robert D. Seigel|
|Starring:||Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei and Evan Rachel Wood|
Honestly, Snow Cake is quite hard to appreciate, subjectively speaking. However, if you're willing to put some effort into the film, you'll probably find it appreciable. Besides, the film's biggest strength is definitely the cast's great performance given that the leading actors are Alan Rickman, Sigourney Weaver and Carrie-Anne Moss.
|Starring:||Alan Rickman, Sigourney Weaver and Carrie-Anne Moss|
Although Pineapple Express may not be better than some comedies made by Woody Allen, it stands out from most Hollywoodian comedies. Of course, we can forgive the script for being a little bit childish at times. Besides, if it wasn't for the cast's terrific performance, I'm not sure I'd have enjoyed watching it.
|Screenplay:||Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg|
|Director:||David Gordon Green|
Seth Rogen, James Franco, Danny McBride, Gary Cole, Rosie Perez and Amber Heard
Six Feet Under, season 1
The more I think about it, the more I'm convinced that HBO has every right to have this slogan: "It's not television. It's HBO." Now that I've gone through the first season of this immortal TV series, I became a fan of it and I strongly recommend it if a little bit of humour and drama is what you need to be elated.
Intelligence, season 1
This TV series was described as one that stands alongside The Wire and The Sopranos. I haven't seen these two TV series, but with that in mind, I was prepared to like Intelligence. Well, although it's produced by an over-the-air TV network (CBC), Intelligence is a proof that traditional TV networks can be taken seriously when compared to cable networks.
Man, I didn't like this film as much as I'd have wanted to despite all the buzz surrounding it. While being enjoyable and a little bit funny, I Love You, Man is unfortunately formulaic. Nonetheless, the film is still worth renting because the cast's performance makes it easy to digest.
|Screenplay:||John Hamburg and Larry Levin|
|Starring:||Paul Rudd, Jason Segel, Rashida Jones, Jaime Pressly and Sarah Burns|
This is not the best French comedy I've seen although it contains a few good laughs. However, the film was seriously pleasant to watch. In fact, it's unashamedly hilarious without being silly to the point that you'd consider it as a film targeting children.
|Screenplay:||Christian Clavier and Jean-Marie Poiré|
Christian Clavier, Jean Reno, Valérie Lemercier, Marie-Anne Chazel and Christian Bujeau
Now, let's get to the bottom of things: Childstar was actually a film that I was glad to discover because it made fun of many Hollywood executives who clearly like to insult people's intelligence. Besides, I never thought that Don McKellar was beyond many North American humorists' league. However, any praises for the film should stop there.
|Screenplay:||Don McKellar and Michael Goldbach|
|Starring:||Mark Rendall, Don McKellar, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Kristin Adams, Gil Bellows, Brendan Fehr, Dave Foley, Noam Jenkins and Peter Paige|
Although I've only seen two of Francis Veber's films (Le placard and this one), he's one of my favourite comedy directors. Besides, guess what? You'll be elated to learn that this comedy actually got nominated at the César Awards (the French Oscars) for Best Film! Even though Le dîner de cons didn't win that César Award, it sure deserved its nomination.
|Starring:||Thierry Lhermite, Jacques Villeret and Alexandra Vandernoot|
One word to describe this film: excellent! This film about a secular-minded Jewish family leaving Germany and finding home in Kenya during the Second World War had made me gone through all kinds of emotions. In fact, who would have thought that a "family" film can efficiently warm your heart?
|Original title:||Nirgendwo in Afrika|
Juliane Köhler, Merab Ninidze, Lea Kurka, Karoline Eckertz, Sidede Onyulo and Matthias Habich
Shot with a budget of $11 million, The Hurt Locker is not your usual war film and it's going to be considered as a classic in the upcoming years. In terms of action, it's not Saving Private Ryan (not that the action scenes in this film suck). As for the script, don't expect to see something like Flags of Our Fathers or L'ennemi intime (not that the script is lame). In short, be aware that The Hurt Locker definitely turns the war genre upside down.
|Starring:||Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie and Brian Geraghty|
The least we can say is that Down to the Dirt is one of the few films that rightfully bears its title. In fact, the title could certainly refer to where I'd have liked to throw it. However, since I borrowed it from my local library, I couldn't do it because I didn't want to have a librarian on my back.
|Screenplay:||Joel Thomas Hynes|
Joel Thomas Hynes, Mylène Savoie, Robert Joy and Hugh Dillon
Honestly, I'm not a fan of comedies or sci-fi films. However, although this spin-off of a cult TV series (here in Quebec) is a disposable entertainment material, the film will make you laugh. Of course, it's easy to accept it provided that you sometimes accept the film's blatant silliness.
|Screenplay:||Claude Legault and Pierre-Yves Bernard|
|Starring:||Guy Jodoin, Claude Legault, Didier Lucien, Sylvie Moreau, Mélanie Maynard and Réal Bossé|
After a general release in the UK on April 10, 2009, Fifty Dead Men Walking finally comes - albeit in a limited release - to the Great White North. Besides, some people's expectations were high given that the film was acclaimed last year at the Toronto International Film Festival. Despite being slow at times (especially in the beginning), this film turns out to be more interesting in the end thanks to the solid work of Canadian director Kari Skogland.
Jim Sturgess, Ben Kingsley, Kevin Zegers, Natalie Press and Rose McGowan