The Phoenix Network:
About  |  Advertise
Adult  |  Moonsigns  |  Band Guide  |  Blogs  |  In Pictures
Features  |  Reviews
Find a Movie
Movie List
Loading ...
Find Theaters and Movie Times
Search Movies

War zones

Fall films face terror at home and abroad
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 12, 2007

DON’T LOOK BACK: Cate Blanchett is one of a half-dozen Bob Dylans in I’m Not There.

Fall preview 2007
“Happy endings: Bad news begets good tunes.” By Matt Ashare.
“BBC? America!: The networks put some English on the fall TV season.” By Joyce Millman.
 “Busy busy: Something for everyone this fall.” By Debra Cash. 

“Stage worthies: Fall on the Boston boards.” By Carolyn Clay. 
“Basstown nights: The new scene emerges; Halloween preparations.” By David Day. 
“Bounty: The best of the season’s roots, world, folk, and blues.” By Ted Drozdowski.
“War, peace, and Robert Pinsky: The season’s fiction, non-fiction, and poetry.” By John Freeman.
“Trane, Joyce Dee Dee, Sco, and more: A jam-packed season of jazz.” By Jon Garelick.  
“Turn on the bright lights: Art, women, politics, and food.” By Randi Hopkins.
“Locked and loaded: The fall promises a double-barreled blast of gaming greatness.” By Mitch Krpata.
“World music: The BSO goes traveling, and Berlin comes to Boston.” By Lloyd Schwartz.
“Singles scene: Local bands dig in with digital.” By Will Spitz. 
The party’s over. Time for the lessons to begin. After a $4 billion summer of fun, the film industry now focuses on the real world. It’s time to take things seriously and cram for the finals: the Academy Awards.

That means audiences will have to face some inconvenient and — for the studios — potentially noncommercial truths. While waiting for the Bush administration and the Department of Defense to give us the lowdown on Iraq this month, Hollywood has begun its own surge of features on the subject. Paul Haggis’s In the Valley of Elah opens this week; upcoming films taking on the War on Terror include The Kingdom, Rendition, Grace Is Gone, and Lions for Lambs.

Back home, the situation doesn’t look much rosier. Illegal immigration? Check out La misma luna|Under the Same Moon. Organized crime? There’s Ridley Scott’s American Gangster. And Ben Affleck in his directorial debut confronts the grim topic of child abuse in Gone, Baby, Gone.

Students might take advantage of this renewed seriousness on the screen. Those needing to brush up on their history can watch Elizabeth: The Golden Age. In lieu of Cliffs Notes, they’ll have adaptations of Beowulf, Gabriel García Márquez’s Love in the Time of Cholera, and Cormac McCarthy’s No Country for Old Men.

So what can we expect in the way of mere entertainment when even the f/x thriller Resident Evil: Extinction has an agenda of apocalypse and global doom? How about pop music? Like Control, a feel-bad bio-pic about Ian Curtis, lead singer of Joy Division, who committed suicide at age 23? Or Todd Haynes’s I’m Not There, a schizoid portrait of the young Bob Dylan, with six actors, including Cate Blanchett, playing the iconic superstar?

Maybe the Farrelly Brothers will come through with their remake of the 1972 Elaine May comedy The Heartbreak Kid. And you can’t take the movies too seriously when they close the fall slate with The Christmas Cottage, perhaps the first major feature based on a kitschy painting.

1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6  |   next >
Related: Fall back, The Oscars go to Hell, Are we grading on a curve?, More more >
  Topics: Features , Celebrity News, Entertainment, Simon Pegg,  More more >
  • Share:
  • Share this entry with Facebook
  • Share this entry with Digg
  • Share this entry with Delicious
  • RSS feed
  • Email this article to a friend
  • Print this article
HTML Prohibited
Add Comment

Share this entry with Delicious
  •   REVIEW: EDGE OF DARKNESS  |  February 02, 2010
    A new genre is emerging in which aging A-list actors play fathers off on a rampage to rescue their daughters or avenge their deaths.
  •   REVIEW: FROZEN  |  February 03, 2010
    A storm is coming, the girl has to pee, and then things get much worse.
  •   KAREN SCHMEER: 1970-2010  |  February 02, 2010
    Karen Schmeer, the brilliant local film editor whose work on Errol Morris's documentary The Fog of War helped win it the Best Documentary Oscar in 2004, died January 29 in a tragic accident, struck by a getaway car as she was crossing a street in Manhattan. She would have turned 40 on February 20.
  •   IS THERE 'HOPE' IN HOLLYWOOD?  |  January 29, 2010
    Buoyed by President Barack Obama's campaign slogan, many had hopes for change after his election.
  •   REVIEW: WAITING FOR ARMAGEDDON  |  January 27, 2010
    Much scarier than 2012 is this documentary about the death grip that fundamentalist religious groups have on American politics.

 See all articles by: PETER KEOUGH

RSS Feed of for the most popular articles
 Most Viewed   Most Emailed 

  |  Sign In  |  Register
Phoenix Media/Communications Group:
Copyright © 2010 The Phoenix Media/Communications Group