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2012 Fall Preview: 10 Best Films We’ve Seen & 10 Festival Titles We Hope Will Get Released

Written by on September 6, 2012 

10 Best Films We’ve Seen (cont.)

5. The Sessions (Ben Lewin; Oct. 26th)

After a few dark turns, John Hawkes returned to Sundance with a stirring, sympathetic lead role in The Sessions. The drama captures the sexual awakening breakthrough of the polio-stricken Mark O’Brien (Hawkes), in which writer/director Ben Lewin could have easily stepped into over-sentimental territory. Despite its TV-movie aesthetic, he ends up excelling in crafting a rich, moving story with fully fleshed-out characters, while striking an immaculate balance of comedy and drama. Check out our Sundance review for the film also popping up at TIFF. – Jordan R.

4. Room 237 (Rodney Ascher; TBD)

This painstakingly-detailed exploration of Stanley Kubrick‘s The Shining goes through nine different theories and themes, opening up new wonders I never saw, even after many, many viewings of the horror classic. It is thoroughly thought-provoking and often times hilarious, as director Rodney Ascher takes on everything from the inane to the plausible. While a release date hasn’t been set, IFC Midnight has a fall release in the cards so we can all look forward to this one. Check out our Sundance review. – Jordan R.

3. Killing Them Softly (Andrew Dominik; Oct. 19th)

This is a crime saga dripping with style, thanks to filmmaker Andrew Dominik, who is following up his modern masterpiece, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. And though it is structured as a standard gangster tale, the political message Dominik feeds throughout is eerily appropriate. Killing Them Softly is a long crescendo of American business ethnics, hitting its peak perfectly thanks to a spot-on speech from Brad Pitt. Check out our Cannes review. – Dan M. 

2. Amour (Michael Haneke; Dec. 19th)

In Michael Haneke’s Amour, a heart-wrenching story about love and loss, the Austrian-German director takes a step back from his normally manipulative sense of direction and allows the humane performances of Jean-Louis Trintingant and Emmanuelle Riva to reverberate. Taking a departure from his usually emotionally-detached narrative troupes, Haneke has offered his most humane film to date. Unflinching, unnerving and unforgettable, Amour is an incredible testament to the power of love we have for those closest to our hearts while forcing us to question the very essence of our own morality when confronted with the clocks of fate. Check out our Cannes review. – Raffi A.

1. The Master (Paul Thomas Anderson; Sept. 14th)

Having had the generous opportunity to see Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood follow-up at the recent Chicago pop-up screening, it’s perhaps a bit counter-intuitive for me to say that I’m anticipating the theatrical release even more now — but that is indeed the case. For me, it is his toughest, most challenging film to date, though not necessarily his most satisfying, and it’s for those reasons that I want to get my hands on another viewing as soon as possible. Whether I end up liking it more or less upon a revisit isn’t as important as simply having the basic opportunity to peel back the layers of this cryptic narrative even further. And if it turns out to be just as confounding, well, I’ll still have Mihai Malaimare Jr.’s dreamy 70mm lensing — in addition to two of the year’s most volcanic lead performances — to fawn over. Check out our review here. – Danny K.

The Film Stage’s 2012 Fall Preview

10 Best Films We’ve Seen: [#10-6] [#5-1]
10 Festival Titles We Hope Will Get Released: [#10-6] [#5-1]
20 Most-Anticipated Films: [#20-#16] [#15-11] [#10-6] [#5-1]

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