(Leonardo Dicaprio in Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar)
The 2011 summer movie season is over and done with. Water under the bridge. So long Harry. Let's move on.
Maybe 2011 is saving the best for last. For the first time in history, we have a Clint Eastwood film (J. Edgar), a Martin Scorsese picture (Hugo), two Spielberg movies (The Adventures of Tintin & War Horse), and a David Fincher fix to boot (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) all in the same year. Dear Hollywood, maybe it's time we shift our focus back to simply making good movies. No more excessive Twilight coverage and enough with the constant need of re-branding superheroes, for we need to expand our minds and search for the heart and soul of cinema if we ever want it to return to normalcy again.
It's Labor Day weekend. A weekend that could be a tremendous release date for potential Academy Award contenders. If the first weekend in May is the first big movie event of the summer, why can't this weekend be the beginning of Oscar season? People are home from vacations, looking for cheap and local entertainment after school and work.
What better way to spend it than a J. Edgar biopic starring Leonardo Dicaprio directed by Clint Eastwood? Or maybe you want to try something different this Thanksgiving and see if Martin Scorsese can pull of 3D with Hugo. Steven Spielberg returns to the director chair after numerous producing credits that many people are certainly feeling fatigue from. This year, he will be lighting up Christmas with two new features. First up, his motion capture picture with producer Peter Jackson, The Adventures of Tintin. Five days later comes his World War I epic War Horse. In between these two movies is David Fincher's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, "the feel bad movie of Christmas." Feel good movie of the year if you ask me, judging by the sheer blast adrenaline felt from its teaser trailer.
All in all, there really hasn't been much to live off these days. Producer Guillermo Del Toro's Don't Be Afraid of the Dark was too flat, 30 Minutes or Less was too weak, Cowboys & Aliens lacked energy, and you know times are tough when one of the best blockbusters of the summer is Rise of the Planet of the Apes. But let's keep our heads up here. There are things to look forward to this fall. First potential Oscar buzz? Keep an eye out for George Clooney's The Ides of March, a political thriller that supposedly knocks it out of the park.
To all those listening on The Jordan Rich Show, post your comments and let the debate begin. What movie are you looking forward to the most this coming Oscar season?