Collider Picks: Adam and Jason’s Five Most Anticipated Fall 2011 Films

     September 11, 2011


With the summer movie season officially a thing of the past and many awards season contenders bracing at the bit to reach general audiences, we figure now is a good time to breakdown some of our most anticipated films of the fall. After the jump, you’ll see that Adam and Jason have taken the honor of presenting the five films each is most looking forward to catching along with some basic info on the flicks and a brief explanation of why they chose the ones they did. Hit the jump to check out their lists and be sure to use the comments section to share your own most anticipated films.

All picks are listed chronologically by release date:

Adam’s Picks



Director: Bennett Miller

Cast: Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Robin Wright, Chris Pratt and Philip Seymour Hoffman

Release Date: September 23rd

Why I’m Excited About It: Aaron Sorkin + Brad Pitt + Baseball. That’s about all you had to say and I was in. Then the film was slated for release smack-dab on my birthday, so it’s meant to be right? The project went through a few growing pains, it appears to have turned out just fine. I was a fan of Bennett Miller’s Capote, and Sorkin shares the screenwriting credit with Steven Zailian whose resume is not too shabby either (Schindler’s List). The supporting cast is aces, with Hoffman and Hill sure to be adding some laughs. Judging from the trailers, Miller seems to have found a great deal of heart in the real-life underdog story, and I’m eager to see how the finished product turns out.


Director: George Clooney

Cast: Ryan Gosling, George Clooney, Paul Giamatti, Evan Rachel Wood, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, and Marisa Tomei

Release Date: October 7th

Why I’m Excited About It: My favorite television series of all time is The West Wing, so this one’s been on my radar for a while. Clooney’s a damn smart guy, so the idea of him taking on the dark side of politics was already enough to get me in the seat. He’s assembled a top-notch cast here and he co-wrote the script himself with Good Night, and Good Luck collaborator Grant Heslov. While most films set in the world of politics either pander or gloss over controversial subject matter with a subtle-as-Michael-Bay touch, I’m counting on Clooney to deliver a thoughtful, honest, and conversation igniting pic reminiscent of the ballsy material we got in the 70’s.



Director: David Fincher

Cast: Rooney Mara, Daniel Craig, Christopher Plummer, Robin Wright, and Stellan Skarsgard

Release Date: December 21st

Why I’m Excited About It: David Fincher is one of my favorite directors working today, so naturally I was interested to check out his latest. But after hearing that he was going to be adapting Steig Larsson’s first book in the Millennium Trilogy into a $100 million R-rated film made strictly for adults, I was decidedly giddy. Fincher is fantastic with mood and atmosphere, and the stellar teaser trailer for the film hit that icy, cold feel spot-on. Admittedly I have yet to read Larsson’s books, but I’m hoping that Fincher takes the story and makes it his own. At its core, this is a very non-four quadrant big-budget film franchise and I couldn’t be happier that Fincher’s the guy at the helm.



Director: Cameron Crowe

Cast: Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson, Elle Fanning, Thomas Haden Church, and Patrick Fugit

Release Date: December 23rd

Why I’m Excited For It: Writer/director Cameron Crowe has been absent from screens for six years, but now he’s back. Though his last effort (Elizabethtown) was a tad underwhelming, this is still the guy behind Almost Famous, one of the best American movies of the past two decades. We Bought a Zoo seems, at first glance, like fairly lightweight material. None of the images we’ve been privy to thus far suggest anything more than a family dramedy. But Crowe’s involvement compounded with the fact that Sigur Ros’ Jonsi is composing the score hints at something a bit more ethereal than what many may be expecting. Matt Damon is incapable of turning in a bad performance, and I’m interested to see what Crowe has to say this time around.



Director: Stephen Daldry

Cast: Sandra Bullock, Tom Hanks, Thomas Horn, John Goodman, Viola Davis, James Gandolfini, Jeffrey Wright, and Max von Sydow

Release Date: December 25th

Why I’m Excited About It: This one’s been flying a little low on people’s radar, mostly because we’ve still yet to see any images or trailers. Jonathan Safran Foer’s novel is a fantastically quirky story that packs a walloping emotional punch. The plot centers on an abnormally smart 10-year-old boy whose father dies in 9/11. He sets out on a quest throughout New York City to find the lock that a key his father left him opens. Bullock is coming off a Best Actress Oscar and Hanks hasn’t taken on a straight drama in some time. The book is wholly unique, and covers a number of different colorful characters who are ripe for interpretation by the varied (and supremely talented) supporting cast assembled. If Daldry can capture the strangeness and spirit of the novel, we’re in for something special.


Jason’s Picks



Director: Nicolas Winding Refn

Cast: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Albert Brooks, Bryan Cranston, Christina Hendricks and Oscar Isaac

Release Date: September 16th

Why I’m Excited About It: For starters, Ryan Gosling looks like a badass. Anyone who can handle a car like that and threaten hammering a foreign object through another human being’s skull is not to be messed with. Combine that with plenty of stellar reviews, Nicolas Winding Refn’s undeniably original touch, a memorable soundtrack and a supporting cast that is gushing with talent and you have my full attention. Oh, and did I mention that Ryan Gosling looks like a badass?



Director: Bennett Miller

Cast: Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Robin Wright, Chris Pratt and Philip Seymour Hoffman

Release Date: September 23rd

Why I’m Excited About It: Sports movies don’t fight fair. Perhaps sensing that my love of both renders me helpless against them, I often find myself paying for a ticket to see any ol’ flick that promises me some sort of take on the classic sports underdog story. Of course, I’m let down more times than not (I’m looking at you, Coach Carter) and yet I keep coming back for more. Enter Moneyball. I’m placing all of my sports movie eggs in this one basket and trusting that the combination of Aaron Sorkin’s pen and Billy Beane’s use of sabermetrics will result in $9 well spent.



Director: Jonathan Levine

Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick and Bryce Dallas Howard

Release Date: September 30th

Why I’m Excited About It: I think there’s something to be said for any film that can successfully toe the line between comedy and the gravity of a cancer diagnosis. Based on what I’ve heard from advance screenings and judging from the footage I’ve seen myself, it looks as if Jonathan Levine and scribe Will Reiser’s (who is writing from his own bout with the disease) 50/50 pulls it off with flying colors. Funny, touching, heartwarming, honest, sincere, genuine, original…these are all adjectives that any film is happy to have attributed to it. From what I gather, 50/50 earns all of them.



Director: Sean Durkin

Cast: Elizabeth Olsen, Sarah Paulson and John Hawkes

Release Date: October 21st

Why I’m Excited About It: Have you seen this trailer? John Hawkes looks like a freakin’ crazy man and Elizabeth Olsen’s turn as the emotionally troubled Martha has been lauded by many as a breakthrough performance. Fox Searchlight’s Martha Marcy May Marlene looks to be just the kind of disturbed, complex thriller (i.e. Black Swan) that I usually find myself walking away from both loving and simultaneously questioning why I have such warped taste in entertainment.



Director: Lars von Trier

Cast: Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kiefer Sutherland, John Hurt, Alexander Skarsgård and Stellan Skarsgård

Release Date: November 11th

Why I’m Excited About It: In covering the film over the past few months I’ve mentioned numerous times how I’ve never found myself drawn to much of Lars von Trier’s previous work. I definitely admire the guy’s willingness (and perhaps passion for) pushing moviegoers’ respective buttons, but, for me, pushing the boundaries of censorship does not a good movie make. Nevertheless, everything I’ve seen of Melancholia makes it look beautifully reflective and emotionally resonant. Plus, I’m wiling to bet that few filmmakers can capture the tone of impending doom that the end of the world would inevitably present quite like von Trier.

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