Yes! They are! The fall is the season for the Oscar-buzz-worthy, TIFF-ed and Venice-d films to be finally put into wide release and like most critically venerated films…they tend to be short on holiday spirit. Or perhaps in these days of Occupied madness, this is what we call holiday cheer?
And so, my selection for this season’s best films are appropriate then!
Coming out in wide release on Dec 2 (US/Can) and January 13 (UK) is the eagerly awaited Shame, starring Michael Fassbender (yes!) as a sex addict, Carey Mulligan as his wayward sister who comes to visit and the damaged siblings drama that follows. This was on my TIFF pics list, but sadly we didn’t get a chance to see it with our busy schedule. But never fear, the trailer is finally out and I can’t wait for this gritty, dark, sexually charged family drama, with a lot of nude Fassbender (yes!). Also interesting will be to see a director and 2 fabulous actors from the other side of the Atlantic take on New York!
Also coming out this December 16 (US/Can) and Feb 3 (UK) is Roman Polanski’s eagerly awaited Carnage. Based on the play by Yasmina Reza (check out her amazing play Art if it’s ever near you!), this new comedy plays out completely in a single Manhattan apartment. It stars Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz (my second German-speaking export!), Jodie Foster and John C. Reilly, as 2 sets of parents who have gathered to discuss the transgressions of their two sons. The result is hilarious, judging from the trailer, and I love how these amazing actors really go all out with Reza’s material and Polanski’s direction.