September actually doesn’t look too bad, with Clint Eastwood returning to acting (TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE) and a social political drama about the failings of our public school system (WON’T BACK DOWN), but there are two obvious standouts that I’m very much looking forward to seeing:
Most Worthy of Your Bucks:
The Master (Weinstein Company) – Release Date: September 14 (limited release)
I have been waiting for this movie for a very long time. For one, its directed by one of Hollywood’s most talented filmmakers, Paul Thomas Anderson. It has a cast to die for with Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix (finally deciding to stop torching his career down to ashes with his “performance art”/craziness). However, most importantly, despite what the filmmaker and studio will tell you, this movie is about the Church of Scientology, which holds a deep fascination for me. I have been waiting for someone with the balls to make a feature film about this cult and it appears that someone has finally done so. There are a number of trailers already up online and I urge you to check them out.
Looper (Tristar Pictures) – Release Date: September 28
If this film doesn’t suck, this year may very well end up being the year of Joseph Gordon-Levitt. This film is director Rian Johnson’s follow-up to his fantastic two previous films, BRICK and THE BROTHERS BLOOM. Its sci-fi that involves time travel and that’s really all I need to know to make me want to see this movie. The movie also stars Bruce Willis, which is actually a turn off because I’m sure I speak for everyone when I say that its about time for Mr. Willis to stop making 30 movies a year.
Not Worthy of Your Bucks:
Resident Evil: Retribution (Screen Gems) – Release Date: September 14
There are clearly people out there who go and shell out money for this garbage or else they wouldn’t be making the 2,000th sequel to this long worn-out franchise. Did I say worn out? I meant a franchise that was never any good to begin with. For one very brief moment, Milla Jovovich actually showed some promise after THE FIFTH ELEMENT and THE MESSENGER: THE STORY OF JOAN OF ARC. Then she made RESIDENT EVIL and married Paul W.S. Anderson, a “director” only in the sense that the opening credits of his movies list him as one. Anderson doesn’t have the talent to even competently show a character walk from one end of the frame to another, let alone know how to craft a decent story. People who pay to watch this dreck are simple minded and you shouldn’t be simple minded either by seeing this.
House at the End of the Street (Relativity Media) – Release Date: September 21
I don’t blame filmmakers who agree to direct these movies. They’re typically made by commercial directors who are looking for their chance to direct a feature film. Even they understand that what they’re making is crap. I blame the studios for green lighting these films. Strictly making money should not be the primary consideration of a movie studio. Some focus should be placed on producing quality product as well and there is none of that going on when something like this movie is being released to the public.