By: Connor Lenahan
This part of the year is frustrating for people like me. I love nothing more than waiting on the biggest movies of the year, whether they be summer blockbusters or Oscar contenders, and going to see them. I ended up seeing around 50 movies last year. This year I am severely behind my pace. This is because the first four or so months of the year bring lower quality films. Outside of Captain America: The Winter Soldier (haven’t seen yet) or The Grand Budapest Hotel (seen twice, it’s incredible) there really aren’t that many quality choices.
Thankfully there appears to be some wonderful movies coming later this year. Recently I saw two trailers that got me elated for this fall in theaters.
The first one I saw was Gone Girl. I might be ahead of myself here, but this is going to win all the Oscars. Let’s take a look at the break down here.
David Fincher is directing. Fincher made three of my favorite movies of all time in The Social Network, Zodiac, and The Game, so I will watch anything he puts out from a Civil War epic to a Verizon commercial.
Ben Affleck is starring. I love him, no shame. He won me over with The Town.
Neil Patrick Harris is in this film. This alone should get you to go.
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, who made the score for The Social Network, one of my favorite albums ever, are back to score Gone Girl.
Long story short: THIS. MOVIE. IS. STACKED.
I cannot wait to see it.
The second film is Boyhood. Here’s the pitch: Richard Linklater casts a kid in 2002 for this movie. He films the story over the next eleven years with the same cast. The story is about the kid growing up in a divorced family with his parents – played by Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke – raising him along the way. This is quite possibly the most ambitious idea for a movie I have heard in my nineteen years on this Earth. Add in that the movie, which premiered at Sundance this year, is already being hyped as amazing and I’m sold a thousand times over.
We are in for another good year of movies. We have two candidates about for early top ten lists and there are only more to come. This makes me happy and it should make you happy too.
Connor Lenahan (@ConnorLenahan) is a freshman at Boston University, majoring in journalism. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org