When was the last time Aaron Sorkin really did anything to justify his sterling reputation? Yeah, he won an Oscar for The Social Network and he gave one of those annoying, “Daddy just won an Oscar so go to bed now, my daughter” speeches. And then he was nominated for Moneyball. Since he didn’t win, he was not allowed to use his daughter as a prop for a second speech.
He also gave us The Newsroom, a misogynistic television program that was so smug and tone deaf in its coastal elitism that it was probably a contributing factor to the election of Donald Trump. Sorkin also wrote an “open letter” to his daughter after the election, one that pretty much read like a parody of limousine liberalism.
In short, if Sorkin’s going to continue to be known as a great whatever he is, he needs to start delivering. His latest attempt will be Molly’s Game, which he not only wrote but directed as well. That’s right — no longer will Aaron Sorkin have to deal with meddling directors saying stuff like, “But all your female characters are portrayed as being simpletons who need a man to save them and tell them what to do…”
On the plus side, Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba are in the movie.
The Florida Project is the latest film from Sean Baker, who was responsible for last year’s acclaimed Tangerine.
The Florida Project, which was critically acclaimed at Cannes, has a much larger budget than Tangerine, a bigger star (in the form of Willem DaFoe), and some very real Oscar hopes. Let’s just hope that A24 doesn’t get so busy promoting The Florida Project, Baker, and DaFoe that they end up forgetting about The Disaster Artist and James Franco.
The Death of Stalin is not a film that’s been getting a lot of attention but, since it was directed and co-written by Armando Iannucci, I’m looking forward to seeing it. Iannucci, of course, created both Veep and The Thick Of It and it should be fun to see him turn his satirical sights to death of one of history’s greatest monsters.
Incidentally, in high school, I wrote a short story about a history student who was haunted by the ghost of Josef Stalin and a host of other dictators. Unfortunately, no one in the class knew who Stalin was so they didn’t really understand the story. Oh well. Story of my life…
Okay, forget anything that I may have said about being reluctant to see Mother!, the latest film from Darren Aronofsky. Forget anything that I may have said about suspecting that Jennifer Lawrence is no longer as interesting an actress as she was at the start of her career.
Seriously, this looks fucking brilliant!
Mother! opens on September 15th and I can’t wait to see it!
Here’s the trailer for Goodbye, Christopher Robin!
For a while, I’ve been predicting that this film could be an Oscar nominee. It’s a biopic. It’s about British people. And it’s about war. With Dunkirk and Darkest Hour also probable contenders, it’s looking like next year’s Oscar telecast could very well be dominated by the British going to war.
This one opens on October 13th and it will provide some counter programming for all the ghost movies and found footage rip-offs.