Now that the summer movie season has come and gone, we are left with fond memories of super heroes and endless action flicks that will mostly be forgotten in a few years (except the notable big few). That’s how summer movies work, normally. The movies you never hear about in advance sneak in just after the hype machine slows down, and shock audiences with bold direction, unique style, and boundary-pushing ideas. From the fall movie season until the Christmas season, there is bound to be a hidden diamond in the rough somewhere. So, what might it be? Let’s take a gander into the future and make some uneducated guesses.
It goes without saying that Resident Evil: Retribution is mostly a popcorn thriller with a ton of action. The fact is, people continue paying to see Alice tear through hordes of undead/dead/alive dudes/dudettes/animals/things, so they keep cranking them out. Expect bullets, karate, an overly attractive protagonist, and very few links to the games.
Dredd 3D, the not-remake of the Sly Stallone film, Judge Dredd, is getting a lot of buzz. Karl Urban takes up the helmet of Mr. “I Am The Law” and takes the series in a violent direction with Dredd trying to rid the futuristic giant metropolis of drugs. Of course, at first glance it tends to be written off and ignored, but thus far has struck all the right notes with critics in prescreening. Will it hold that trend when the release approaches?
The House at the End of the Street (H.A.T.E.S. as the ad campaign calls it [How clever]), is a supernatural thriller where the premise is full of, “Then she learned about the town’s terrifying secret,” and, “Will she find out the truth before it’s too late?” The bottom line with this one is: If you want to go see a movie sheerly to jump out of your seat, this one is a safe bet. If you expect art, wait at least until you read a review or ten.
Kevin James and Adam Sandler’s animated monster movie, Hotel Transylvania, is a PG movie where they have vampires and werewolves in a hotel that Drac built, and there’s a love story. Basically, if you like Adam Sandler (which you shouldn’t) then it may be worth a look. Otherwise, expect overly campy humor and a bunch of one-liners that aren’t funny, but they’re said in a funny voice, so they’re funny (no they’re not).
Liam Neeson returns for another foray as the ex-government agent who took down a whole bunch of thugs to get his daughter back in Taken. Now his wife is gone and he’s going to do it again. Sure, it’s a little hokey, but you want to watch it because Liam Neeson is in it.
Possibly a hidden gem in this fall’s lineup is Sinister. It blends together traditional filmmaking with the new “found footage” fad. The premise is very simple: A guy finds a box of home videos and releases a demonic force onto his family. That’s it. However, the art style and blend of new and old school horror has critics buzzing early about this horror film. It’s definitely one to keep your eyes on.
Paranormal Activity 4 jumps into the Halloween Horror scene for 2012 and simply promises more of the same. If you are one of the millions of people who are okay with “the same” for the fourth time, check it out. Don’t expect to be enlightened with character development or plot twists, but expect to receive and/or give a few broken bones to whoever’s hand you hold while you watch it.
Daniel Craig makes his return as James Bond (arguably the BEST James Bond) in Skyfall. The Bond movies lost a lot of flair and interest over the years, but Daniel Craig’s first and second outings gave the entire series a massive shot of adrenaline, so there isn’t much doubt that Skyfall will continue that trend and be one of the better Bond films.
The Swan Song for Bella, Edward, and Jacob is finally upon us. Despite wooden acting, comically bad facial expressions, and the fact that 99% of people going into the theater know exactly what’s going to happen, Breaking Dawn: Part Two is set to finish the Twilight series. For the men out there who will likely be dragged to this mess, the series finale does promise to end on the most action-packed note of any of the previous films. So, there is a silver lining.