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The Most Anticipated Movies of Fall 2011

Hey, I’m back! Yes, I know all those readers who accidentally come across my site while surfing for porn, were greatly anticipating my return.

We are already a month into the fall movie season and I thought it was about time that I share my thoughts on the films that will round out the rest of the year.

1. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Dec. 21

The initial teaser trailer for the film cut to a cover version of Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song” had me swooning  There is a longer version of the trailer that I saw before “Moneyball” and it doesn’t compare to the greatness of the first teaser. I think David Fincher can bring something different, a level of greatness I hope, that the Swedish film version of the book didn’t have.

2. Hugo – Nov. 23

Any film directed by Martin Scorsese would make my list. This film is based on the children’s book, “The Invention of Hugo Cabaret,” and focuses on an  orphaned young boy venturing around in a Paris train station in the 1930’s. Not only is this Scorsese’s first movie aimed at children, if you don’t count “GoodFellas,” it is also his first 3D movie. I haven’t been the biggest fan of 3D, but I’m sure Scorsese will be able to use it in a cinematically compelling way.

3. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy – Dec. 9

I’m a huge fan of this film’s trailer, which is able to efficiently convey a sense of time and place and dark atmosphere. The movie is based on the 1970’s novel of the same name about a former spy brought out of retirement in order to find a Russian mole inside the British Intelligence Network. The film features a stellar cast that includes Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, Cirand Hinds, Mark Strong and John Hurt. If that cast wasn’t enough of a reason to get you excited, the film is directed by Tomas Alfredson, the man who directed the stellar, “Let the Right One In.”

4. Shame

This film stars Michael Fassbender as a New Yorker addicted to sex, and what happens to that life style when his sister, played by Carey Mulligan, comes to stay with him. This is director Steve McQueen’s follow up to his fantastic 2008 effort, “Hunger,” which also starred Fassbender. McQueen is an artist, he literally made art before becoming a filmmaker, and I can’t wait to see what he can do with two of the best actors working today, Fassbender and Mulligan. There is no trailer for the film yet, just this intriguing clip from the film.

5. The Descendants – Nov. 18

I was a hugh fan of Alexander Payne’s 2004 film, “Sideways,” and this film marks his long awaited return to filmmaking. The movie stars George Clooney as a man who must reconnect with his family after his wife lands in a coma. The film received good word of mouth when it played at the Telluride Film Festival earlier in September and George Clooney has been on a roll of late in terms of starring in memorable roles. Hopefully this film will continue this streak.

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