Oscar/Fall Movie Preview Part 2

If you missed Part 1 click here.

For Part 2 we are going take a look at the films that might actually win something.

High Risk/High Reward


Plot:  Obsessed with vengeance, a man sets out to find out why he was kidnapped and locked up into solitary confinement for 20 years without reason. (IMDB)

Release Date:  November 27th

Comments:  Spike Lee movies are a lot like Ryan Howard at bats.  It’s either a home run or a strikeout.  Malcolm X, Inside Man, and Do The Right Thing are all great movies.  But then there are Miracle at St Anna (woof) Girl Six (yuck) and Bamboozled (game show wrong answer sound).  So Oldboy I’m not going go racing out to see.  It looks Saw-esque with the violence, which I’m not in a rush to see again.  But if I have to endure for a good movie I’ll deal with it.

Saving Mr. Banks

Plot:  Author P. L. Travers reflects on her difficult childhood while meeting with filmmaker Walt Disney during production for the adaptation of her eponymous novel.

Release Date:  December 20th

Comments:  Anytime you decide to make a movie that is going be two hours of patting yourself on the back things could go very wrong.  However, the story looks like it can get me to sniffle and who doesn’t love Tom Hanks.  Hanks might be the only actor who can make you forget Walt Disney was a ruthless business man with internal troubles the size of Dumbo.  Still I’ll see this in theaters, probably on Christmas day out in Cleveland with my aunt.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Plot:  An office worker who lives inside fantasy worlds where he gets to live an adventurous life while romancing his co-worker sets off a global journey to fix things when both of their jobs are threatened.

Release Date:  December 25th

Comments:  Full disclosure I’m not an enormous Ben Stiller fan, so already I’m skeptical.  For me Stiller hasn’t recovered since “The Heartbreak Kid” and the inevitable “Meet The Focker’s Fockers.”  I think the guy has two characters the zero confidence Rueben Feffer or Greg Focker and the arrogant self absorbed ass hat like White Goodman or Zoolander.  Stiller’s likability aside this is also his first time directing.  How many times do people get something right the first time they try something?  It’s a cool story though and I’m all aboard the Adam Scott and Kristen Wiig trains.


Plot:  A medical engineer and an astronaut work together to survive after an accident leaves them adrift in space.

Release Date:  October 4th

Comments:  This is one of my worst nightmares.  Space scares the shit out of me.  I don’t want to know what the hell is out there and I don’t want to know.  The trailer just about gave me a panic attack.  If my movie ticket comes with a Xanax and warm cookies I could be talked into seeing this in theaters, otherwise it’s iffy.  My pussy-dum aside, there are only two actors in the entire movie.  So they have to be very very very good at what they do in order to keep people locked in for 2 hours.  I’m sure by design the director picked arguably the two most likable people in Hollywood, Clooney and Bullock.  If you hate either of them then you probably also hate puppies.

THESE STORIES ARE REAL!!! (or based on real events)


Plot:  A recounting of the chaotic events that occurred at Dallas’ Parkland Hospital on the day U.S. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.

Release Date:  October 2nd

Comments:  It’s a story about the Kennedy assassination and I’ve watched Oliver Stone’s “JFK” at least a dozen times, meaning approximately 4 days of my life have been dedicated to watching films about JFK.  So yes, I’m going see this.  Also I’m still stunned every time I see “Academy Award Winner” next to Billy Bob Thornton’s name.


So apparently this was pushed to 2014, which is a total bummer.  I remember the story vaguely growing up, it all took place not far from my parents home.  There was talk of Carrell being up for best actor, which would be so cool to see.  He’d have to drop cyanide on a zoo of baby animals for me not to stop rooting for him.

Lee Daniel’s The Butler

Plot:  As Cecil Gaines serves eight presidents during his tenure as a butler at the White House, the civil rights movement, Vietnam, and other major events affect this man’s life, family, and American society.

Release Date:  August 16th

Comments:  So I went and saw this and was pretty disappointed.  I tried like hell to rationalize liking it, but I couldn’t.  I spent a good 20 minutes of the film debating in my head if Cusack was wearing a prosthetic nose, which is never a good thing.  The film played more like Wikipedia entry of the civil rights movement than anything else.  There was never much time to grow attached to any of the characters so in the end it felt empty.

Lone Survivor

Plot:  Based on the failed June 28, 2005 mission “Operation Red Wings”. Four members of SEAL Team 10 were tasked with the mission to capture or kill notorious Taliban leader Ahmad Shahd. Marcus Luttrell was the only member of his team to survive.

Release Date:  End of 2013

Comments:  This is the movie I’m rooting for.  I read the book when it was published and i was speechless for a good half of a day after I finished it.  Plus the film is being directed by Friday Night Lights creator, Peter Berg who also played maybe my favorite character of all time Dexter Rutecki from Aspen Extreme.  And one of the leads in the film is Tim Riggins.  How could this be bad?  I know you’ll point to Battleship, BUT we all make a 209,000,000 dollar mistake at least once in our lives.

12 Years A Slave

Plot:  In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.

Release Date:  October 31st

Comments:  According to every human on earth that writes about movies this movie will win Best Picture.  So what else do you need to know?

The Meryl Streep Prize (Best Actor/Actress Predictions)

Before getting started I am sure Michael B. Jordan will be nominated for Best Actor after playing Oscar Grant in Fruitvale Station this past summer.

August: Osage County

Plot:  A look at the lives of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose paths have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Oklahoma house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them.

Release Date:  End of 2013

Comments:  Great cast + Merryl Streep + southern accent + The Weinstein Company = Oscar nomination.  This is a lock

Mandela:  Long Walk To Freedom

Plot:  A chronicle of Nelson Mandela’s life journey from his childhood in a rural village through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa.

Release Date:  End of 2013

Comments:  With Carrell out of this year’s race I’m going throw all my support behind Idris Elba, who most people know as Stringer Bell.  He’s playing Nelson Mandela, he at least gets the nomination.

Captain Phillips

Plot:  The true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years.

Release Date:  October 11th

Comments:  It’s been a little while since the last time Tom Hanks was a serious contender for best actor.  What’s funny is he’s using the same voice he did when he was Carl Hanratty in “Catch Me If You Can.”


Plot:  During the last two years of her life, Princess Diana embarks on a final rite of passage: a secret love affair with Pakistani heart surgeon Hasnat Khan.

Release Date:  November 1st

Comments:  Welcome to Naomi Watts’ assault on the Best Actress category.

Dallas Buyer’s Club

Plot:  The story of Texas electrician Ron Woodroof and his battle with the medical establishment and pharmaceutical companies after being diagnosed as HIV-positive in 1986, and his search for alternative treatments that helped established a way in which fellow HIV-positive people could join for access to his supplies.

Release Date:  November 1st

Comments:  McConaughey is going be nominated.  Mark my words.  Things are coming up Matthew in 2013.  McConaughey is finding the late career success Keanu could have had if he had navigated his career as well as McConaughey did.  The difference in talent between the two just isn’t that much.

The Big Boys

Inside Llewyn Davis

Plot:  A week in the life of a young singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961.

Release Date:  December 20th

Comments:  Is this the Coen brothers take on Bob Dylan?

The Wolf of Wall Street

Plot:  Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stockbroker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government.

Release Date:  November 15th

Comments: Oh wow.  Leo, Coach Taylor, Scorsese, MORE McConaughey.  I can’t wait.

The Counselor

Plot:  A lawyer finds himself in over his head when he gets involved in drug trafficking.

Release Date:  October 25th

Comments:  Cormac McCarthy’s a sick bastard, but an awesome storyteller.  Most films Ridley Scott makes are very good.

American Hustle

Plot:  The story of a con artist and his partner in crime, who were forced to work with a federal agent to turn the tables on other cons, mobsters, and politicians – namely, the volatile mayor of impoverished Camden, New Jersey.

Release Date:  December 25th

Comments:  So this time David O. Russell took his two best actors from “The Fighter” and his two best actors from “Silver Linings Playbook” and combined forces to become an Oscar juggernaut.  Throw in 70’s hair and Jeremy Renner and someone is coming out of this film with a statue.

The Monument’s Men

Plot:  In a race against time, a crew of art historians and museum curators unite to recover renowned works of art stolen by Nazis before Hitler destroys them.

Release Date:  December 18th

Comments:  Clooney & Damon & Murray & Goodman & Dujardin.  Print it on a t shirt and that’s all the promotion that will need to be done.


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