Barika’s picks for the Fall and Christmas Film Season

This fall and Christmas film season will bring the next round of 1980s remakes, supernatural fantasy flicks, new wave of horror/flicks, two Broadway to screen films, and of course the Nov/Dec heavyweights sure to campaign for your votes and eyes during the award season.

First on the Remakes
Remakes of the 1980s films abound this year and it only reminds me of my college marketing theory which states that the generation making trends do so on the nostalgia of their childhood.  The Sitter (opens Dec. 9, 2011 in US) is a remake of one of my favorite films that I wish they would have left be only in blissful memory of films I enjoyed as a kid, Adventures in Babysitting. Plus the remake and re-imagining of Footloose (Opens Oct. 14, 2011 in US) and re-release of The Lion King, this time in 3D (Limited 2 week run starting Sept. 16, 2011 in US).

My thoughts: Aren’t remakes negating the significance of the AFI portfolio. Are we going to eventually have remakes of classic remakes to refer to as great American films?

1.) Action-Adventure
My pick is Red Tails.

Since 1988 Executive Producer George Lucas has been developing Red Trails a biopic action drama about the Tuskegee Airmen. Anthony Hemingway has directed and assistant on many films and television shows, he will film debut in the long to arrive film about the racial oppression and heroism of the Tuskegee airmen starring Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, Bryan Cranston and Nate Parker.

Red Tails will open in theatres Jan 20, 2012 in the US.

2.) Comedy
My Comedy pick is 50/50 to release Sept. 30th.
50/50 stars Joseph Gordan-Levitt who is wonderfully dynamic actor who draws you in who plays Adam a cancer patient with a 50% chance of survival. The story follows his path from receiving the news to treatment while his friend and inexperienced therapist (played by Paul Rogan and Anna Kendrick) attempt to help him through his for survival.

50/50 opens Sept 30, 2011 in the US.

Another comedy to see is Johny English Reborn starring Rowan Atkins (Mr. Bean) and Gillian Anderson (X-Files).

3.) Supernatural/Fantasy
The Twilight Saga books to film will come to an end with the fourth book, Breaking Dawn which taking  cues from the revenue success of the Harry Potter film adaptation series, the fourth Twilight book, Breaking Dawn will be divided into two parts. Mortal, Bella Swan will marry her vampire boyfriend Edward Cullen and will soon be turned to a vampire to please the powers that be of the Volturi the vampire dictatorship, to save their lives. Marital bliss is short lived as Bella becomes pregnant with Edward’s baby that is literally killing her alive and the wolves are launching an attack to kill Bella and her unborn child.

Twilight Breaking Dawn will open.
Part 1 November 18, 2011 in US and UK
Part 2 November 16th, 2012 in the US.

Parents before putting the series down as another vampire romcom. Did you know that the Twilight books are listed as SAT prep because it parallels themes of classic literature and references it throughout each of the four books?  Let your teen read the book before watching the film that mutes these literary devices.

4.) Horror
First is was Japanese torture films and now Norwegian thrillers are in Vogue, Even BBC Four Extra has a series of Scandinavian thrillers airing. So its now suprise that before the Girl With The Dragon Tattoo opens in 2012 that we would have a few other Nordic stories set out the carpet.  The Thing is one of them.

The Thing will open Oct 14th, 2011

5.) Drama

My favorite film of 2010 was The King’s Speech the story about King George taking up the throne after his brother, King Edward steps down to marry American divorcee, Wallis Simpson. Andrea Riseborough plays her in W.E directed by Madonna. W.E is the story of two romances, Wallis and King Edward, played by James D’Arcy, and the contemporary romance of Wally played by Abbie Cornish and a Russian security guard, Oscar Isaacs who was a gave a standout performance in Body of Lies.

W.E. opens December 9, 2011

Melancholia directed by Lars Van Trier who got his foot stuck in his mouth during a press conference at the Cannes Film Festival hasnt stopped the buzz behind this psycho-drama about a big event (a newly discovered planet threatens to hit the earth)  but Melancholia is seems to be only a subplot in this drama film starring Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Alexander Skarsgård, Kiefer Sutherland and John Hurt.

Melancholia opens Nov 11, 2011 in US and Sept 30, 2011 in UK.

6.) Christmas

What would make a University of Pennsylvania lecturer leave his prestigious political career as an Associate Director in the White House Office of Public Engagement leave office and return to leave again? The answer is A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas 3D. Kal Penn did just that to reprise his role of Kumar the cringe-worthy pothead with witty social commentary. Also returning for the Holiday fracas is Neil Patrick Harris and John Cho. The film will open November 4th.

For Families:
So how does Santa deliver all those presents in one night?’ Arthur Christmas answers that question in the animated film by genius stop-motion clay animation team (Aardman) behind the Wallas and Gromit series and films. James McAvoy (Last King of Scottlan), Bill Nighly, Hugh Laurie, and Jim Broadbent bring the characters to life.

Arthur Christmas will open Novmeber 23, 2011 in the US, November 11th in the UK.

The answer: Santa’s exhilarating, ultra-high-tech operation hidden beneath the North Pole. But at the center of the film is a story about a family in a state of comic dysfunction and an unlikely hero, Arthur, with an urgent mission that must be completed before Christmas morning dawns.

Hugo is another family film that has being picking up speed
Directed by Martin Scorsese
Set in 1930s Paris, an orphan who lives in the walls of a train station is wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton

November 23, 2011 US and December 2, 2011 in the UK.

From Play to Screen:
The Tony Award winning play, War Horse is now playing at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre and will be opening in film adaptation in cinemas this Christmas.

War Horse is based on Michael Morpurgo’s children’s novel set during World War I when a young boy’s beloved horse is sold to serve in the British and German armies and the young boy’s journey to bring his horse home.

You can see War Horse on Broadway now with its stunning puppetry or see the film with real horse.
You can see it on Broadway for $35 if you qualify for the LincTix discount for audience members ages 21-35

War Horse Opens December 28, 2011 and in the United Kingdom on January 13, 2012.