Before we get all caught up in the onslaught of fall films, we should take a few moments to do what the Academy (usually) doesn't: remember the first nine months of the year.
Oscar season is officially upon us. Last week’s release of rumored Oscar frontrunner 12 Years a Slave along with the critical and financial behemoth that Gravity has become since its early October release have emphatically stated the start of the awards race. Things only get hotter from here. In the next two weeks, we’ll get Ridley Scott’s The Counselor, Naomi Watts in Diana, Cannes-winner Blue is the Warmest Color and Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club. The films destined to be honored at the Dolby in February will be out soon for all to see. So what better time to talk about…Gangster Squad?
Before we get all caught up in the onslaught of fall films, we should take a few moments to do what the Academy (usually) doesn’t: remember the first 9 months of the year. This isn’t a Top 10 list. These are films that, if given a marketing campaign, could slip into the race despite their odds-defying early release. Starting with January and working our way up to October, PopMatters will try to remind you of a few gems from early 2013—and a few wannabes who flopped. Maybe they’ll even be one or two you’ll want to champion yourself. I know I’ve found mine.