With over 23 films to choose from, September is a smorgasbord of possibilities—from intelligent thrillers to unusual chiller, creative kid flicks and the standard Tinseltown tripe.
By all accounts, 2010 has been a pretty mediocre year for movies… so far. In the eight months that have transpired, we’ve seen the lingering effects of Avatar‘s billion dollar success (translation: more 3D titles than ever before), a surprise vote of confidence for intellectually challenging, cinematically spectacular popcorn fare (read: Inception), and more than a few miscues (Kick-Ass) and misfires (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World). In between, the same filmic flotsam and jetsam ebbed and flowed. The RomCom and CG family genre both underperformed, while action spectacles aimed at the easy to please PG-13 demo keeled over and died. In fact, if the last two-thirds of the calendar have taught us anything, it’s that Hollywood no longer cares about pleasing the masses. While it would be nice, a few micro-managed, focus grouped hits will do just as well. [READ FULL INTRODUCTION]
George Clooneym, Violante Placido, Thekla Reuten, Paolo Bonacelli
It’s George Clooney as a hitman in ersatz James Bond/Michal Clayton mode. It’s video maker turned director Anton Corbijn shunning the stylistic designs of his excellent Ian Curtis/Joy Division biopic Control to go thriller. The results are intriguing to say the least, though the late Summer/early Fall release indicates that someone counting the beans doesn’t believe it either artist’s viability beyond a certain set demographic. No matter, as long as our favorite man crush turns on the non-erotic machismo and Corbjin keeps some of his arch aesthetic, would could have an intriguing reinvention of the action flick on our hands.
Danny Trejo, Steven Seagal, Michelle Rodriguez, Jeff Fahey, Cheech Marin, Lindsay Lohan, Don Johnson, Jessica Alba, Robert De Niro
Ever since it appeared as part of Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino’s fake trailer take on the Grindhouse experience, there have been rumblings of an actual movie being made of the “angry Mexican” with a penchant for highly polished steel. While it looks like some of the sexual excesses have been toned down (drat!), Mr. Spy Kids has assembled a crackjack cast and from the looks of it, intends to deliver the anarchic action movie goods. Indeed, any film that give star Danny Trejo is due is aces in our book (and a dorked up Southern fried Robert DeNiro looks mighty fine as well).
James C. Strouse
Sam Rockwell, Shareeka Epps, Emily Rios, Rooney Mara, Emma Roberts
For some reason, Sam Rockwell just hasn’t become the bonafide A-listers his acting acumen demands. Luckily, that means more than a few independent filmmakers have found a way to feature him in their unusual (Choke), understated (Moon) work. This time around, the outsider star plays a down and out busboy give and chance to coach a girl’s basketball team. He takes the gig in order to be closer to his distant daughter (Emma Roberts). Rockwell hiumself has described the movie as “Bad News Bears meets Half Nelson meets Hoosiers”. We can only hope for something half as intriguing, or good.
The Tillman Story
It’s a shame what the Bush Administration did both in preparation for and the continued propagandizing of the War on Terror - and this specific story is perhaps the most god-awful of all. To take a noble gesture by a young NFL player and turn it into the stuff of legend is one thing. To complete lie to the American public - and the deceased man’s family - as the circumstances surrounding his death indicates a level of outrageousness unfathomable. It was unethical, unconscionable, and inexcusable. Luckily, the documentary made of the investigation into same is unforgettable.