Filmhash Epic Fall Movie Guide 2011

As it seems Fright Night is the swan song of summer, the autumn’s prestige and holiday pictures are right around the corner. In this post we’re going to cover the 36 fall releases we’re most interested in. Unlike summer where the focus is all on the big explosions, fall brings a wide variety of releases, and many of the films here find there way onto our end of year lists.

September
Seven Days in Utopia (trailer)
Disney seems to be cornering the market on inspirational sports films. Secretariat came out last fall, and this film looks like it could be the same crew. The movie is about a golfer who must spend…seven days in Utopia, Texas and learn some life lessons to regain his game. And who knows, it could be good. The last “good” golf movie was Tin Cup? We’re overdue. (Sept. 2) -R.S

Shark Night 3D (trailer)
I’ll admit, this film is only on here for two reasons. 1. I love how awesomely bad Deep Blue Sea is, and 2. I chickened out on Piranha 3D. And everyone knows sharks are way better than piranhas. And the trailer already has an epic quotable line: “We should be safe, this is a lake!” –“It’s a salt water lake.” (Sept. 2) –R.S

Contagion (trailer)
I’m mostly excited for this film because of it’s star power, namely Matt Damon and Kate Winslet. I also enjoy the work of Steven Soderbergh, so I’m curious to see how this fear-inducing, disease-ridden romp across international borders plays out. (Sept. 9)-J.M.
Warrior (trailer)
My love of film spans most genres, but two in particular I can never stay away from are war dramas and boxing movies. I loved last year’s The Fighter, but when I saw the trailer for Warrior, I grew surprisingly fatigued at the notion of another boxing (well, mixed martial arts) film so soon. Never-the-less, you’ll see me in the theater for this brother vs. brother story of redemption. (Sept. 9)-J.M.

Drive (trailer)
Thanks to Crazy, Stupid, Love for getting me over my Ryan Gosling-phobia. I am now prepared to watch Drive. I love films centered around film crew members, and heist/chase movies. And this is both, as Gosling plays a Hollywood stunt driver who moonlights as a wheelman. (Sept. 16)-R.S.
 Abduction (trailer)
Even I can admit this film doesn’t look stellar, but it’s good news for Twihards who can rest assured that at least right now, Taylor Lautner will have some semblance of a career after Twilight. Poised to become the next action “It” man, Lautner plays a young man thrown into extraordinary circumstances when he learns his parents aren’t his own. Suddenly immersed in the world of espionage, he must navigate hoards of assassins long enough to discover the identity of his biological father. (Sept. 23)-J.M.
Moneyball (trailer)
Baseball movies are my favorite kind of movie, and I’ve been looking forward to this one for a long time. I was a big fan of the book, and I’m curious how they can turn a book fundamentally about the philosophy of statistics into a compelling film. (Sept. 23)-R.S.

50/50 (trailer)
Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt star in one of my most anticipated films of the Fall. Based on a true story, Gordon-Levitt plays a man coming to terms with a difficult diagnosis and how it will affect those closest to him. The buzz on this film has been amazing so far, I hope the momentum continues to build! (Sept. 30)-J.M.

What’s Your Number? (trailer)
I have to be honest, I wasn’t interested in this film at all until I read this article about Anna Faris in the New Yorker. The prescience of Chris Evans doesn’t hurt either. (Sept. 30)-R.S.

October
Ides of March (trailer)
I haven’t gotten vibes like this since The West Wing went off the air. Clooney directs, Ryan “Savior of 2011” Gosling stars, Clooney co-stars. And it has Paul Giamatti (who Toby was clearly based on), Marise Tomei, Jeffrey Wright, and Philip Seymour Hoffman? Two please. (Oct. 7)-R.S.

The Big Year (no trailer yet)
Based on the book of the same name, this movie about a birdwatching competition brings out the big comedy guns with Steve Martin, Jack Black, and Owen Wilson. However, this being David Frankel’s second directed film after Marley & Me (also starring Wilson) doesn’t exactly inspire when Steve Martin’s career needs the least rescuing of the three leads. (Oct. 14)-R.S.

Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey (Sundance Premiere Clip)
Watch the linked clip, from the Sundance premiere. If you don’t want to watch a documentary about the 6-foot tall African American puppeteer who is Elmo, you have no soul.  (Oct. 21)-R.S.

The Father of Invention (trailer)
We here at Filmhash love Kevin Spacey, and can’t wait to see him play a disgraced infomercial king trying to rebuild his life. (Oct. 21)-R.S.

Anonymous (trailer)
I’m not sure I care who the historical Shakespeare really was, but I can’t help but be captivated by Roland Emmerich’s (2012) effects prowess used to digitally recreate Elizabethan England. Side note: This movie, about Shakespeare, features the tagline “We’ve Been Played.” Wow. Wow. (Oct. 28)-R.S.

In Time (trailer)
Suddenly, we’ve all become suckers for Justin Timberlake. Looking forward to see if he can pull off this science fiction film that plays with the value of a person’s time. (Oct. 28)-R.S.

The Rum Diary (no trailer yet)
Johnny Depp is the Hollywood avatar of Hunter S. Thompson, so chances are this between-blockbuster film will be a reprieve for him and a joy for us as well. Also chances are this movie will have some cool hats. (Oct. 28)-R.S.

November

J. Edgar (no trailer yet)
J. Edgar Hoover. Founder and first director of the FBI, collector and curator of secret information, possible paranoid and cross-dresser? Portrayed by Leonardo DiCaprio? Directed by Clint Eastwood? Yes please! (Nov. 9)-J.M.

Melancholia (trailer)
In Lars von Tier’s sci-fi drama the end happens at the beginning when a planet collides with Earth, leaving two sisters to wrestle with their relationship amidst a catastrophic event. I was reminded slightly of Another Earth when researching this film, as both appear to deal with our encounters with space phenomena. My love for sci-fi films was rekindled with Another Earth, and it appears that Lars von Tier’s gorgeous-looking film will further fan the flames. (Nov. 11)-J.M.

Immortals (trailer)
Could this be the bizarre Zack Snyder-esque Clash of the Titans we all thought we wanted after 300? Not sure studios will ever catch that lighting again, but try they will. (Nov. 11)-R.S.

Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy (trailer)
I’ve never read this particular John le Carré novel, but he is one of the all-time great spy writers, and I’ve enjoyed several of his novels. Written as a contemporary piece, it is wisely being adapted as a period piece, and the principle cast includes Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, and Mark Strong. (Nov. 18)-R.S.

The Twilight Saga– Breaking Dawn Part 1 (trailer)
My name is Jill, and I’m a Twihard. Why do you make me say it! Anyway, as a fan of the series I am excited for Part 1 of the fourth installment for two reasons: A) shit goes down, and B) see A. I want to know if it’s possible to create a film based on a novel like Breaking Dawn, a novel so messed up it’s actually hard to believe it’s coming to the screen. Of course we have seen ‘messed up’ on screen before, but take into consideration the audience of Twilight: pre-teen, and teen girls with lovesick eyes for a glittery non-threatening vampire. And what they will be confronted with is a blotchy and bruised Bella possibly puking blood and delivering what at first appears to be devil spawn clawing at her innards. This could very well be the record breaking mainstream film with D-movie horror tropes. Game. On. (Nov. 18)-J.M.

Hugo (trailer)
Martin Scorcese. 3D. Sasha Baron Cohen. Kids movie. These things seem completely opposed to one another, which means I have to see it. Doesn’t hurt that the trailer is completely charming. (Nov. 23)-R.S.


The Muppets
(trailer)
This definitely seems to harken back to the classic Muppet films of old, and that can’t be anything but a good thing, especially when we know that this is a passion project for Jason Segel. (Nov. 23)-R.S.

The Descendants (trailer)
We’re big fans of director Alexander Payne’s Sideways and it’s exciting to see him return to familiar territory. Clooney plays a father trying to reconnect with his two daughters after his wife suffers an accident. (Nov. 23)-R.S.

The Artist (trailer)
I’m excited by the idea of this movie, and the trailer is fascinating, but I don’t think audiences will take to it (or maybe I’m still too disappointed by The Good German, which was one of my most anticipated films of 2006). (Nov. 23)-R.S.

December

A Dangerous Method (trailer)
David Cronenberg directs Viggo Mortenson, Michael Fassbender, and Keira Knightley in a film based on the turbulent relationships between fledgling psychiatrist Carl Jung (Fassbender), his mentor Sigmund Freud (Mortenson), and Sabina Spielrein (Knightley), the woman who comes between them. (Dec. 9)-R.S.

The Sitter (Red Band trailer)
This movie is in incredibly poor taste, but the ridiculous neo-yuppie names of the kids, Slater, Blythe, and Rodrigo, has me sold on the concept.  (Dec. 9)-R.S.

Young Adult (no trailer yet)
The second collaboration between Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody, this film is about revisiting your high school days. I’m not a Cody-hater (I even enjoyed Jennifer’s Body) and I’ve absolutely loved Reitman’s first three films. This is high on my list for the season. (Dec. 9)-R.S.

The Iron Lady (trailer)
One of my favorite actresses playing one of my favorite politicians? How am I not already in line for this? (Dec. 16)-R.S.

Sherlock Holmes 2: The Book of Shadows (trailer)
I remember liking the first one well enough, as the enjoyableness of Robert Downey, Jr. and the steampunk aesthetic are more than I need to see the sequel. I also look forward to the addition of Noomi Rapace. (Dec. 16)-R.S.

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (trailer)
I was once apart of the growing faction of Dragon Tattoo dissenters who thought that an American remake of the Swedish gem was a superfluous undertaking. Yet the more I see of David Fincher’s side of the story, the more intrigued and giddy I become. We are being promised a different experience this time around, an R-rated drama for “adults,” I might add, that will most likely leave audiences divided. The trailer says it all though-fast cuts, and Trent Reznor’s and Karen Oh’s rendition of “Immigrant Song.” Chills. (Dec. 21)-J.M.

Mission: Impossible–Ghost Protocol (trailer)
I have deep issues with Tom Cruise, but the combination of JJ Abrams and Brad Bird, director of The Incredibles jumping to live action make this difficult to pass up. Also, it’s a just a fun trailer. (Dec. 21)-R.S.

The Adventures of Tintin (trailer)
Based on the world famous (except in America) comic by the Belgian luminary Hergé, this film is co-directed by Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson. Writing credits come from Steven Moffat (the current Doctor Who show runner), Edgar Wright (director of Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim) and Joe Cornish (Attack the Block). Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and Daniel Craig provide performances, and they are all backed by a promising John Williams score. This may have the best pedigree of any film this year!  (Dec. 23)-R.S.

We Bought a Zoo (no trailer yet)
Matt Damon, Thomas Haden Church, Scarlett Johansson, and Elle Fanning star in this Cameron Crowe film adaptation of a memoir of a family that literally bought a run down zoo in the English countryside. (Dec. 23)-R.S.

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (no trailer yet)
The next film in line to deal with 9/11 themes involves a young boy determined to discover information about a key left by his father and find the corresponding lock in New York City. We’ve had few films tackle the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and most that brave the rough waters are met with hostility. It will be interesting to see if ten years is time enough to take a historic look back. (Dec. 23)-J.M.

War Horse (trailer)
Based on the children’s novel about the love between a boy and his horse torn apart by World War I. While having said a lot about World War II, this is Speilberg’s first foray into WWI storytelling, making me excited to see a tale of this ‘forgotten war.’ (Dec. 28)-R.S.

Ryan’s Most Anticipated Films

  1. The Adventures of Tintin
  2. Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  3. The Ides of March
  4. The Iron Lady
  5. The Muppets

Jill’s Most Anticipated Films

  1. Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  2. The Iron Lady
  3. War Horse
  4. Young Adult
  5. Melancholia
  6. (Twilight: Breaking Dawn)
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