At last count, there are close to 80 movies slated for release in the next four months, not including the off studio independents, heralded foreign imports, and frequent film festival surprises. As the transition from summer's popcorn pleasantries to fall's forced import begins, it's often hard to get a handle on what, exactly, deserves your dollars - and more significantly, your precious entertainment attention span. The push towards Awards season consequence is always complicated. Release dates shuffle, perspectives shift, and what seemed like a sure thing only a few weeks ago can fade into oblivion faster than a Will Farrell take on a classic Saturday morning kid's show from the '70s.
With that in mind, SE&L has been sizing up the offerings on tap for the next 17 weeks, and we've complied our very own Top 10 Must-See titles. Now, this is not an attempt to gauge the best films of the year, or what we think will end up being the most recognized/rewarded/revered come January 1. But if we were plunking down our own cash money on a movie, if you were to ask us what films have tweaked are often lagging critical/creative attention span, this cross section will give you a fairly decent idea. Naturally, it's based on the information we're aware of presently, those publicity and press materials making their way to our already overflowing inbox. Outside of the unknown quantities then, here's what's got us interested, in alphabetical order, starting with:
The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus
The Lovely Bones
A Serious Man
Where the Wild Things Are
DVD Honorable Mention:
Rob Zombie Presents the Haunted World of El Superbeasto