Spotlight on FIVE Highly-Anticipated Fall Movies (Sept – Oct)

Happy Labor Day weekend, folks!

Can you believe it there is just one more day until September… which means Fall is looming around the corner. Weather-wise, I do love Autumn, though I’m not ready to give up Summer just yet. But in terms of movies, Fall is jam packed with a ton of intriguing movies leading up to award season. Now, there are simply too many to include in a single post, so I’m only going to narrow things down to just movies released theatrically in the US in September & October only. So here we go in order of release:

Downton Abbey (Sept 20)

The continuing story of the Crawley family, wealthy owners of a large estate in the English countryside in the early 20th century.

Ok so I’m not a diehard Downton fan, heck I didn’t even watch the last two seasons. But I did watch enough of season 1-2 to know who everyone is, and seeing the trailer did make me want to see it! The visuals look sumptuous and having the royals visit Downton would surely bring an extra dose of drama, not that the Crawleys are ever lacking of that. I’m most excited to see Dame Maggie Smith, let’s see what sort of quotable remarks she’ll make this time around. There are new cast members added as well, Imelda Staunton and Tuppence Middleton, both I’m familiar with from various British movies.

JUDY (Sept 27)

Legendary performer Judy Garland arrives in London in the winter of 1968 to perform a series of sold-out concerts.

I’m always intrigued by biopic about tortured artists, be it a painter, actor, singer, what have you. The trailer really moved me, despite me not having seen The Wizard of Oz in its entirety (yeah I know, I know) and not knowing much about Judy Gardland. I almost didn’t recognize Renee Zellweger the first time I saw her in the trailer, sounds like a role that might nab her some kudos come award season.

The Laundromat (Sept 27)

A widow investigates an insurance fraud, chasing leads to a pair of Panama City law partners exploiting the world’s financial system.

Oh man, this is one of those movies you watch for the cast!! Yes the premise definitely sounds intriguing and it looks like a fun movie despite its serious subject matter. But man, seeing Gary Oldman (what’s with his hilarious accent!) + Antonio Banderas behaving badly w/ Meryl Streep hellbent on exposing them, yeah I’m down for this!

Plus there are a ton of great actors in supporting roles, too: Jeffrey Wright, Robert Patrick, David Schwimmer, Will Forte, Matthias Schoenaerts, James Cromwell and Sharon Stone. I didn’t know Scott Z. Burns wrote this too, which I shouldn’t be surprised as he frequently collaborates with Steven Soderbergh. I hope to catch this in the theaters before it’s released on Netflix!

JOKER (Oct 4)

An original standalone origin story of the iconic villain not seen before on the big screen, it’s a gritty character study of Arthur Fleck, a man disregarded by society, and a broader cautionary tale.

I have blogged about this film before when the first trailer hit, but I’m including it here as the second trailer just came out yesterday which got me even more excited!! It’s been revealed that this film will be R-rated, and from everything I’ve seen it certainly looks genuinely ominous and dark, promising us a thrilling, suspenseful, emotional crime drama.

Per Indiewire, apparently director Todd Philips ‘spent a full year trying to convince the studio to allow him to make the violent and edgy comic book movie. He referenced 70s R-rated adult dramas Taxi Driver, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and The King of Comedy as his inspirations. Apparently it took months for the director to convince Joaquin Phoenix to do the role. Apparently he signed on after he’d play the Joker as “a complex flesh-and-blood character in shades of gray rather than a black-and-white cartoon villain.”

Parasite (Oct 11)

Greed and class discrimination threaten the newly formed symbiotic relationship between the wealthy Park family and the destitute Kim clan.

I first heard of this movie when it won the Palme d’Or at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, the first Korean film to ever win it. I’ve only seen Snowpiercer from director Bong Joon Ho, which I think is an excellent film. There have been plenty of films about the haves and the have-nots, but this dark comedy looks like something out of the beaten path and looks visually ravishing as well.

Apparently it got a 10 mins standing ovation at Cannes, which in and of itself isn’t a guaranteed that the general public will love it, but certainly made one curious nonetheless. An original story is always a welcome respite in a sea of reboots, sequels and franchises. The trailer promises us something unique that offers plenty of mysteries to keep us guessing.

I have blogged about Jojo Rabbit in this post, which is definitely one of my most-anticipated movies coming out in October!

So any of these on YOUR list of anticipated Fall movies? Let me know which ones that you can’t wait to see!


16 thoughts on “Spotlight on FIVE Highly-Anticipated Fall Movies (Sept – Oct)

  1. I’m often iffy on Renee Zelwegger though I have heard she is getting good reviews for Judy yet is Joker, Jojo Rabbit, and Parasite that are the films that I want to see. I might even have time to watch The Laundromat if I can get my Netflix to work properly.

    1. Hey Steven! I almost didn’t recognize Renee in JUDY’s trailer, which is a good thing. Yeah glad she got good reviews, I think she is a talented actress. Man all the reviews of JOKER from TIFF is practically rapturous, I hope the film lives up to the hype, I think it will.

  2. I think the second trailer of JOKER sold me, I’ll check it out. It reminded me of of Scorsese’s TAXI DRIVER and Kubrick’s A CLOCKWORK ORANGE, two of the best films about psychopathic killers. I still have reservations about it mostly because of Todd Phillips, I hope he’ll prove me wrong.

    Both The Laundromat and Jojo Rabit looks fun. Been waiting for Parasite, hopefully it plays in theaters here in the Twin Cites. I’m a big fan of Bong Joon Ho, many of his films just can’t connect with general audiences though here in the States though. You enjoyed Snowpiercer so I’d recommend you check out his other pictures like Mother and Memories of Murder, two films that Hollywood tried to get a remake but thankfully it neither of them never got made. Bong made a name for himself here in the States with The Host back in 2006 but I wasn’t a big fan of that film, still good but a bit overrated.

    The films that I for sure will see in theater this fall are RAMBO 6, AD ASTRA and GEMINI MAN.

    1. Hey Ted, I haven’t seen any of Todd Philips’s movies before but yet I’m excited for JOKER right from the first trailer because of Joaquin who I think is one of the BEST actors working today. So far the reviews for that has been unanimously positive, can’t wait to finally see it!

      I hope Parasite will get some theatrical release in town, I think JoJo Rabit for sure will. Glad Laundromat is on Netflix so for sure I’ll see it as soon as it’s out on there. I heard MOTHER is very violent? I haven’t heard Memories of Murder yet but I’ll check that out. Ad Astra looks interesting though I’m so bored w/ Brad Pitt. Gemini Man is still a maybe for me.

      1. I enjoyed some Phillips’ films, especially The Hangover, one of my favorite comedies. But I don’t know if he has the chops to tell a more serious story like the Joker, maybe he’ll prove me wrong. My other reservation about the film is, do we really need to know the Joker’s origin? Especially with our current political climate we’re living in this country. Do we need a film about an angry/crazy white dude who goes around killing people because he’s feel rejected by society? Anyhoo, I’ll wait to see the film and make my judgement then and stop my rants about it. Lol!

        Oh no, MOTHER was not a violent film at all, it’s more of a mystery thriller. It’s basically about a mom who’s trying to prove that her mentally challenged son is not a murderer. Great performance by the lead actress and it got kind of twist ending too! MEMORIES OF MURDER is on Amazon Prime if you want to check it out. Just like MOTHER, it’s not violent, more of mystery thriller. I think you saw Fincher ZODIAC right? It’s similar to that film.

        Well I send you my reviews of both Ad Astra and Gemini Man if you’re not going to see them. I think I’m more excited about Ad Astra because it’s a space adventure film and I’m sucker for that genre. Gemini Man just reminded me of 90s action films like Double Impact. A little surprised that Ang Lee took the project, I think it’s originally was set to be a film for Michael Bay.

        1. Ok you’ve sold me on two of Joon Ho’s films. Yes I like Zodiac, and I do like mystery thrillers so I’ll check that out! Thanks for the tip, glad it’s on Prime!

          Oh I didn’t even know Ang Lee’s directing Gemini Man, now I’m intrigued!! As for Ad Astra, there is a screening scheduled but it’s in the morning 😦 so I doubt anyone could go to that screening, I also have a conflict that day.

          1. Yeah I won’t be able to make the morning screening of Ad Astra. Besides I’m planning to see it at a theater that has Dolby Atmos and if I really like it then I’ll see it again at an IMAX theater.

            I think Ang Lee only accepted Gemini Man is because he only interests in pushing the technology that we have now. He’s doing whatever he feels like doing since he’s already achieved so much as a filmmaker than most, two Oscars and some few box office hits. He’s basically doing what Steven Sodenberg is doing, making films that he wanted to make and doesn’t have to prove to anyone that he can do it or not since both of them achieved what they wanted out of their careers.

  3. PrairieGirl

    Hey Flixy, of course you know I’m anticipating Judy, but I am biased because I want to see Rufus Sewell in his role as Judy’s husband at the time, the producer of the 1954 A Star is Born Sidney Luft. I know, as you have mentioned, you will remember me if you have any extra screening tix, PLEASE and Thank you! ;-O.

    1. Hi Becky, ahah yeah I know you’ll be all over JUDY because of Rufus! I’ll let you know when the screening is announced, though it might arrive right around my Europe trip.

  4. I’m looking forward to Parasite, the poster looks bizarre and I heard the script is quite amusing! Joker is on my list too. Others I’m anticipating: Doctor Sleep(The Shining sequel), Terminator 6(fingers crossed for a return to form for the series), and Zombieland 2. Loved “I Daniel Blake” a few years ago and want to see Ken Loach’s follow-up Sorry We Missed You-out in Dec for me and March 2020 in the US.

    1. Hi Chris! Everything about Parasite looks bizarre and mysterious! Wow I didn’t even know there is The Shining sequel! Terminator 6 is the one w/ Linda Hamilton right? Yeah that looks promising! I still haven’t seen Zombieland, but my husband loved it. I should check it out at some point.

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