The best time of year is upon us, well actually we are already in it. For the most part, the best movies of the year are beginning to tour the fall festival circuit, or at least the one's I'm usually looking forward to and also better movies and rest from wham bam, CGI infected films of the summer. Football, college and pro is beginning, with the exception of my team, the Wisconsin Badgers, really sucking it up today. I mean, you got to be able to run better than that against Oregon State and especially when you are known for your running game. Being from Wisconsin although I was born in Texas, lived in WI for 20 years, then moved back to TX to complete college, I root for my teams and universities from both states. The ideal situation is for a UW v. UT national championship game, but that will never happen, but there is great possibility of a Green Bay Packers v. Houston Texans Super Bowl. One can only hope. And then, my favorite sport, basketball begins in a couple of months.
Also have Austin City Limits Music Fest in about a month, can't wait to see Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Iggy and the Stooges, Alabama Shakes and The Black Keys. Then the Austin Film Festival which I hope to attend a couple of screenings and volunteer. The fall is my favorite time of year and finally this damned heat SLOWLY begins to descend and shit, maybe by December it will actually feel like fall weather.
Movies, movies, movies!!! It's my passion and I'm obsessed with them. My most anticipated films for the next 4 months:
The Master by Paul Thomas Anderson
Django Unchained by Quentin Tarantino
Seven Psychopaths by Martin McDonagh
Amour by Michael Haneke
Argo by Ben Affleck
At least are my 5 most anticipated as of right now.
The best movie I've seen so far this year was without a doubt Moonrise Kingdom by Wes Anderson. A great continuation of Anderson's beautiful style and attention to detail, but a heartwarming and sometimes anxious look at childhood romance and confusion in growing up. And great respect and love for Richard Linklater's Bernie with maybe the best performance of the year from Jack Black. And also really, really loved Christopher Nolan's completion of his Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises. A complex and adult summer blockbuster that proves once again the talent and abilities of Nolan and that summer don't have be dumbed down for American audiences with explosions, CGI and lame, unrefined storytelling. The action, drama and the great acting make this film very special and worth multiple viewing.
Like always, keep watching and loving movies.