The summer movie season was, as I'm sure we'll all remember, one of the greatest in the history of cinema. It was filled with such stunningly fresh and mind-blowingly original fare like Bewitched, Herbie: Fully Loaded, The Dukes of Hazzard, The Honeymooners and, of course, the artistic achievement that was the mouthbreathing remake of The Longest Yard. (On second thought, when Hollywood actually went with an original idea this summer, it wound up offering us golden masterpieces like Vin Diesel in The Pacifier. Maybe all the retreads weren't so bad after all....)
Anyway, fall's here, and that means that Tinseltown is putting the twist-cap back on the cheap stuff and uncorking a couple bottles of the special reserve. I just saw Good Night and Good Luck this week, and I'm happy to report it's phenomenal. David Strathairn is terrific as Ed Murrow, and the supporting cast features tons of great performances (especially Frank Langella as the CBS honcho). And, needless to say, the movie's theme about the media's need to find its spine and stand up to fear-mongering is just a little bit timely.
Not only was the movie great, but the previews -- always the best part of the movie experience -- showed a lot of great stuff coming down the pike, movies with that rare combination of a good script, a good director and a great cast. There's another Clooney effort coming out, Syriana, with another timely plot centered on oil and terrorism. The Sam Mendes adaption of Anthony Swofford's Jarhead looks terrific, as does the Johnny Cash bio Walk the Line. I haven't seen Capote yet, so add that to the list, too. I'm even looking forward to the triumphant return of Funny Val Kilmer in the increasingly hyped Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang. All said, with Oscar season fast approaching, there are a lot of good flicks coming out.
Anything out there I've missed? Anything you're amped up to see?