10 Films to look forward to in Fall 2010

Tron looks really cool.

10. Tron: Legacy

I’m a movie geek.  Thus, I almost feel obligated to love, and I mean LOVE, Tron.  I can’t lie; the film does hold a special place in my heart, mostly for its awesome (for the time) visuals and Jeff Bridges performance.  Yet I don’t LOVE Tron.  Which may explain why I am looking forward to Tron: Legacy slightly less then most.  Don’t get me wrong, the movie looks good.  Emphasize on the “look” part.  My god does this movie look beautiful!  My eyes starting burning in my sockets from the euphoria of it all!  Hyperbole aside, Tron: Legacy looks pretty.  And the little bits of score we’ve heard from Daft Punk sounds promising.  Besides, it’s nice to see a fun, relaxing popcorn flick in the midst of all the Oscar bait.  So, in conclusion, The Dude abides.  That is all.

The nation will collectively lose eyesight from Tron: Legacy on December 18.

Wall Street

9. Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

Greed is good.  And so is Wall Street.  The seminal 1987 film about Wall Street stockbrokers is more then just a movie about finance; it’s a movie about greed, corruption, and how far one will go to achieve success.  That film was released 23 years ago.  But Gordon Gekko is once again going to school us on the value of greed with the sequel, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.  If the film can capitalize on what made the original so great, then we have a potential Best Picture nominee on our hands.  If it doesn’t, we have another disappointing sequel to a movie released 20 years ago. Surprisingly, we’ve had a lot of those in the past couple of years.

Gordon Gekko recommends you go see Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps when it hits theaters.  And you have no reason not to, because Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps is playing in theaters everywhere right now.  No excuses, people.


8. Red

If you questioned why I put Red on this list, I only ask you one question: Did you see the cast? Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, Karl Urban, Mary-Louise Parker, Richard Dreyfuss, and Helen Mirren. Ah yes, Helen Mirren. So far, most of the marketing for this film has had Helen Mirren front and center, and for good reason. Yes, that is Helen Mirren with a machine gun. And yes, she looks awesome. I guess all those other actors look pretty good too. The setup alone is great; retired CIA agents? Based off a comic book? Blend of action AND comedy? You had me at “retired”. Action movies are few and far between this time of year, and Red certainly looks to be one of the best of them.

You too can be seeing Red when it hits theaters on October 15 (Man, these puns just keep getting better and better).

This situation would probably suck.

7. Buried

Claustrophobia is a ploy filmmakers often use in cinema. From Cube to Panic Room, movies have been able to do more and more in one enclosed space with each passing film. Buried might be the most extreme one to date. Starring Ryan Reynolds as a contractor in Iraq, Buried takes place entirely inside a coffin. Yup, a coffin. You see, Ryan Reynold’s character has been buried alive for no apparent reason, left with only a lighter and a cell phone. Reynolds is buried deep underground, and has very little chance of escape. And that’s the movie. From the first shot to (reportedly) the last. I know curiosity killed the cat, but this movie intrigues me to no end. It’s worth looking forward to for experimental reasons alone. That too, and it’s reportedly very good. Color me intrigued.

If you don’t want Buried to be buried at the box office, you can catch the film everywhere on October 8.

Knock Knock

6. Let Me In

Most people will look at Let Me In and think “Wow, another vampire movie. Way to capitalize on the Twilight craze, Hollywood.”. In fact, I have said those exact words multiple times over the past 2 years about various other projects. The thing is, most people haven’t seen the original Swedish film this movie’s based on, Let the Right One In. If they have (and they really should), they would know that Let the Right One In is so much more than another vampire movie. It’s a film about love, adolescents, and, in the purest sense, the beauty of evil. Is it a horror movie? Well, of course. But it’s also a beautiful coming of age story. If Let Me In can replicate the same tone as that film (in addition to forming its own identity, of course), then it has a chance at truly achieving greatness.

The usher will let YOU into Let Me In when the film releases October 1 (okay, now these puns are getting worse. How quick the tables turn).

Jeff Bridges with an eye patch.  Sold

5. True Grit

If you don’t like the Coen Brothers, then I don’t think I can ever associate with you.  EVER.  I personally believe they are some of the best directors of all time, and worthy of the many accolades they achieve for their films.  Yet I can’t quite put my finger on why no one is talking about True Grit. This is the first official “western” the Coens have done, unless you count No Country for Old Men.  It reunites the duo with Jeff Bridges, who haven’t done a project together since the almost universally praised The Big Lebowski.  It has Matt Damon!  And the movie hurricane himself, Josh Brolin!  It has Barry Pepper!  …Okay, you can forget that one.  But still!  Paramount really needs to start advertising this movie if they hope to get the general public interested.  You can only ride so far on Oscar buzz.


I know you don’t roll on Shabbas, but try your best to catch True Grit when it opens Saturday, December 25.


{Update}: Shortly after finishing up this top 10 list, the first teaser trailer was released for True Grit. The Internet promptly exploded, making my points about how no one is talking about the film void. Dang. In addition, its’ rating has been bumped up.  Wow, that was a good trailer. Anyhow, carry on.

RDJ looks annoyed.

4. Due Date

As the only “true” comedy on my list, you better believe I’m looking forward to Due Date. The director, Todd Philips, is hilarious. Zack Galifanakis is hilarious. Jamie Foxx is… humorous. And, most importantly, Robert Downey Jr. is hilarious. Keep in mind, RDJ is one of my favorite actors right now, and the fact he calls it his “second favorite film he’s done” makes me very excited. And the trailer alone had some very great bits, such as RDJ getting shot and Zack Galifanakis’ dog being threatened. In addition, I’m a sucker for road movies. It’s like this movie was made for me!


The movie’s called Due Date. I’m sure you can complete the pun by yourself. By the way, the film opens November 5, just so you know.

Stuck in a rock.

3. 127 Hours

Remember when we were talking about claustrophobic films a couple paragraphs ago? Well, it looks like Fall 2010 has a theme, for 127 Hours is also a claustrophobic film. Why does this one rank higher? Danny Boyle is behind 127 Hours, that’s why. Danny Boyle has more then proved himself a master of the cinematic arts, with films ranging from 28 Days Later to Slumdog Millionaire. I have enough faith in Boyle to deliver a great film, despite the limitations facing 127 Hours. For one, most of the film focuses on only one character, the unfortunate mountain climber who gets his arm stuck under a rock and manages to survive almost five days. In addition, the main character (played by James Franco) is silent throughout most of the film. No Wilson volleyball to talk with here. Only five miserable days of loneliness and solitude. But despite these cinematic setbacks, early word says that Danny Boyle has made another fantastic film. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Unfortunately, you’ll have to wait a little bit longer then 127 Hours to see this film. 127 Hours doesn’t open until November 5. Even worse, the release is only limited. I Guess smaller cities may have to wait a little longer to see the film.

Cool guys don't look at explosions.

2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One

It all ends here. Well, almost. Yes, Warner Bros. is splitting this film into two parts, either as a way to please fans or to squeeze out as much money as they can before the immensely bankable franchise concludes. Either way, we win. The last Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, was pretty great, and revitalized the franchise (which was honestly getting stale). My anticipation for the final films are sky high. The actors have spectacularly grown into their parts, and are much better now than they ever were.  While I had my reservations about the director, David Yates, he did a much better job with HBP than I thought he could.  If anything, at least we can spend more time starring at the fantastic visuals. They’re just so good! I’m a huge Potter fan, and I can’t wait to sink my teeth into the first part of what should be an epic finale.


You too can sink your fangs into Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One when it opens November 19. As long as they’re not Twilight branded fangs. We don’t accept those.


1. The Social Network

There was once a time when I doubted the entire existence of this film. Seeing this film now, I can understand why. In case you forgot, this is the movie about the founding of Facebook. Exciting stuff, right? While I’m not surprised of my skepticism, I AM surprised about my apparent lack of intelligence and my inherent failure as a human being. My god, what was a thinking? It was made by David Fincher. DAVID FINCHER! Why would I possibly doubt the integrity of one of the finest directors of all time? Even worse, it’s written by Aaron Sorkin. Aaron Sorkin, one of the best writers working in the industry today! What was wrong with me in 2009? It took this to finally bring me to my senses:

You done watching it? Good, because I just finished my 20th viewing of the trailer.  I think celebrations are in order.  I can’t believe I’m still getting chills from this thing.

If you think this is all just incoherent ramblings from a bumbling fanboy, you’re right on the money. I want to see this movie, and I want to see it now. Thus, I think it’s pretty obvious what had to be number one on this list. It more then deserves the spot.

Go see The Social Network on October 1 if you like good movies. That’s all I have to say.


As you can see, this Fall isn’t just a cesspool of bad films. In fact, there’s a lot of of great films to feast your eyes on in the coming months. Like always, there will probably be a little movie that will rise through the ranks and manage to capture the hearts of film goers everywhere. So good hunting for that one.

Until then, good luck, and enjoy the season!