Wednesday, 13 December 2017
2007 Fall Movie Preview
Written by Sandra Fitzpatrick   
Monday, 27 August 2007 00:00
The past few seasons have been the harbingers of more mediocre comedy films than I could safely see without being pronounced clinically insane. For every one genuine laugh, there must have been a thousand forced groans. But in a miraculous turnaround Fall of 2007 seems to be promising lots of thought provoking drama to tempt us back to the theatre!

Comedy:

Mr. Woodcock –

Billy Bob Thornton’s new plastic face is steadily becoming as creepy to look at as Michael Jackson’s. His once promising career has also become devoid of character with one flop after another. This movie just doesn’t look funny.

The Game Plan –
The Rock has the charisma to carve out a lasting career, but following the acting footsteps of Arnold Schwartzeneger might not be the best “game plan”. This looks like Daddy Daycare for the TSN watching crowd.

Dan in Real Life –
After Evan Almighty Steve Carell could use a little guidance from above when choosing a script. This quirky film might show a more serious side of Carell, who plays a widower with three daughters.

Enchanted –
A Disney cartoon princess finds herself in the real world of Manhattan. Combining animation and live action segments, the preview had some clever moments but it could go either way.

Family

Bee Movie –

It’s nice to see Jerry Seinfeld again, even if it is in animated form. The previews, featuring the real actors in bug costumes, have all made me laugh. I have a good feeling about this one!

Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium –
Nathalie Portman stars in this children’s fantasy about a magical toy store. I wonder if the magic will help her hair grow faster after her V for Vendetta stunt.

Fred Clause –
Vince Vaughn and Paul Giamatti… This is perhaps the weirdest casting in a Christmas movie ever. I’m loving the cast, but the previews left me a little chilly with very few funny moments.

Action:

Shoot ‘Em Up –

It is being described as a non-stop thrill ride and the title probably says it all. Clive Owen has fight his way through non-stop assassins while protecting a newborn baby. It’s a wild concept that just might work.

3:10 to Yuma –
Russell Crow and Christian Bale star in this Civil War western. With such powerhouse actors and the director of Walk the Line in the list of credits I’m betting this is a winner.

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford –

Longest. Title. Ever. Hopefully this western won’t feel like the longest movie ever. Brad Pitt stars, alongside the underrated Casey Affleck who I hear steals the show.

Beowulf –
Ok, this just looks weird. During the preview it took me a minute to register that this is done in creepy motion capture animation. Why not just do live action and avoid the plastic-y, airbrushed looking actors? I could make yet another Billy Bob Thornton joke, but I will refrain.

Horror / Thriller:

The Brave One –

A woman seeks revenge after her fiancée is killed. I would really want to see this Jodie Foster film if the previews hadn’t given away the entire story!

Eastern Promises –
One of our own Canadian success stories David Cronenburg is known for his strange, eclectic films. Here he re-teams with his A History of Violence star Viggo Mortenson for a tale of murder and retribution with an R rating.

Resident Evil 3: Extinction –
I thought the first film adaptation of the video game was fun and made me want to kick ass like Mila Jovovich. The second one blew zombie brains; but I will hold out hope once again for number three.

Lust, Caution –
I have complete faith in Ang Lee’s high-pressure follow up to Brokeback Mountain. Set in Shanghai, China, this looks to be another beautiful and thought provoking film.

30 Days of Night –
This vampire horror flick has one of the slickest posters I’ve seen in while. It intrigues me based on this fact alone, plus it’s based on a graphic novel, which means the visuals should be top notch.

Rendition –
Reese Witherspoon is a woman desperately trying to track down her Egyptian born husband, not knowing he is being interrogated for terrorism. A great cast!

Saw IV –
More blood, more body parts. Is there anything left to say?

No Country for Old Men –
All I can say is watch the trailer. The Coen Brothers might just be reliving their Fargo, Blood Simple glory days. This did amazingly well at Cannes Film Festival, and stars Tommy Lee Jones and Javier Bardem.

Sleuth –

Jude Law and Michael Caine go head to head in a deadly game of cat and mouse. I like the pairing of these iconic Brits who should play like night and day against one another.

Stephen King’s The Mist –
King movies haven’t always been successful, but when they work they really work! The Mist is adapted by Frank Darabont, the man we have to thank for bringing The Green Mile and The Shawshank Redemption to life!

Drama:

Across the Universe –

This theatrical looking musical based on songs by The Beetles certainly looks like it will be interesting. Julie Taymor films always have visual flair. For a great but gory example check out her rendition of Shakespeare’s Titus.

Into the Wild –
The trailer for Sean Penn’s second directing effort really caught my attention. Based on the true story of a student who gives up everything and hikes to Alaska.

The Jane Austen Book Club –
The name Jane Austen alone will catch the attention of many women. The fact that it is a romantic drama based on a best-selling book will attract the rest.

The Kingdom –

Terrorism and the CIA are the subjects of this action drama starring Jennifer Garner and Jamie Foxx. I’m not a big fan of either cast member, but this movie will be making big waves.

Michael Clayton –
George Clooney just gets cooler and cooler. He also continuously does good movies that he feels passionately about and I’m certain this will be no exception.

Elizabeth, The Golden Age –
After sadly losing the Oscar to Gwyneth Paltrow in 1998, Cate Blanchett reprises her role as Elizabeth. This time the focus is on a more mature Queen Elizabeth, during the era of her reign.

We Own the Night –

Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Wahlberg, Robert Duvall and Christopher Walken. This crime drama has a dream cast of actors so it’s just gotta be a good film!

Gone Baby Gone –
Casey Affleck’s second major picture of the season has his big brother Ben behind the camera directing for the first time. Judging by the trailer this will be one not to miss!

American Gangster –
What can I say? Denzel Washington is a decent actor, but he annoys the hell out of me because he always plays the same type of character. That being said Ridley Scott directs and Russell Crowe also stars. I hear the “Oscar Buzz” already.

August Rush –
At first I thought this might be a nice, sappy romance in the vein of The Notebook. But then Robin Williams makes an appearance and ruins the effect. Freddie Highmore and Keri Russell might make it one to watch.

Here’s to hoping the fall brings with it some great entertainment, and some movies worth seeing on those chilly nights!