Wow it’s been a while! After a little bit of a hiatus due to quite a busy summer for myself, I’m making a return to the “4 Movies I’m Looking Forward to in…” post. Not only can we talk about that month that just was movies, we can also look forward to what the next month can/will/might be. While this past summer was easily one of the more disappointing summers in recent memory, in both quality and box-office performance, the Fall does look like it’ll make up for that. And while September is usually considered a transition month between the two seasons, the tide may be changing as this September looks like it’s much more than just a transition.
There are definitely more than four movies I’m excited to see this month, which is something I haven’t been able to say in past September’s. I could definitely go on about Tim Burton’s Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Clint Eastwood’s Sully, or even the animated Storks, but to keep the conversation contained I only choose four (and if you’re wondering why four, it’s because four is my favorite number). So without any further ado, here are the four movies I’m looking forward to the most in September.
4. Deepwater Horizon
Release date: September 30th.
If there is one movie experience that instantly hooks me 99% of the time, it’s a movie based on a true story. The BP oil spill a number of years ago was one of the most disastrous events in our history. It’s common sense, oil and fire don’t go well together. And when dozens and dozens of people are locked on an oil rig in the middle of the ocean and a fire breaks out, disaster strikes on a huge level.
Not only do the trailers for Deepwater Horizon look to capture the event in incredible fashion, but it comes from the partnership of Peter Berg and Mark Wahlberg. That’s a big plus in my book. Wahlberg is Wahlberg and Berg has really grown on me as a director, especially after Lone Survivor (which also starred Wahlberg). All signs are pointing towards Deepwater Horizon being another strong outing from the duo.
Release date: September 16th.
Oliver Stone + Joseph Gordon-Levitt + the Edward Snowden story? I’m in. As I said above, true stories hook me and this one is definitely a hook. I don’t know a ton of the Snowden story. I know the basics, but I don’t know the true story as many of you do. That’s why I’m looking forward to this so much. When I don’t know much to any about a story, it heightens my excitement even more. And when a director like Oliver Stone is attached behind the camera for this specific subject with an actor who is drastically under-appreciated, it becomes a no-brainer in my opinion. Plus, the trailers have been thrilling and the supporting cast is very, very strong. On paper, Snowden should be one of 2016’s strongest outings.
2. The Light Between Oceans
Release date: September 2nd.
Featuring two of the five best working actors today in a contained story inside a drama romance indie film, need I say more? Honestly, I could care less what the story is, it stars Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender. If they’re the leads, I’m buying the film regardless. But it also helps when the director of Blue Valentine and The Place Beyond the Pines is behind the film. When a film has a writer/director like Cianfrance and stars two talents like Vikander and Fassbender, it’s honestly a no-lose situation. It may not be included in the Oscar race, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be a great film. I’m just hoping it’s limited release reaches me here in Sacramento…
1. The Magnificent Seven
Release date: September 23rd.
The original The Magnificent Seven is one of the best films ever made, in my opinion anyway. In a time when westerns were at the top of their game, this is one of the few remembered. But when a remake was announced with Antoine Fuqua directing, I was kind of disappointing, until the cast list started rolling out. Then footage started being released. Then I started getting excited. And it won me over.
I’ll be honest, I had a hard time ranking these four movies. But the reason I put The Magnificent Seven in the top spot is because it’s something completely new and different. It isn’t trying to be the original. It isn’t trying to be the best movie of the year. It’s just trying to be a good movie. This isn’t going to be an Oscar movie and I think it knows that, which is such a big plus. While I didn’t like the choice, Fuqua is the right decision to give a modern update to this property. And the cast, not much can be said other than they all look like they had a damn good time making this movie. What more do you want? It could take a lot to revive the Western genre, but The Magnificent Seven could be a step in the right direction.
Now that you’ve gotten the chance to see which movies I’m looking forward to, let’s turn the tables. Head down to the comment section and let me know which four movies you’re most excited for and why. Does it differ from mine? How much? Sound off below!