Some of my most trusted critics are shooting down a number of my eagerly anticipated October releases, so, all of a sudden, a good chunk of the fall film landscape is looking pretty bleak. I’m holding out hope for “Fury”, and to a far lesser degree “Dracula Untold”, but I’m not quite as enthusiastic any longer for “Gone Girl” or “Birdman”, because the contrarian notices are starting to dilute their earlier rapturous praises. November could “save” the autumnal season though. And, with the exception of Christopher Nolan’s guaranteed blockbuster “Interstellar”, is there anything appearing more promising than Bennett Miller’s “Foxcatcher”?
Mr. Miller can score a feature film directing hat trick with “Foxcatcher”, if the current critical plaudits hold up, and he’s already garnered the Best Director award at this year’s Cannes Film Festival for the motion picture. Of course, Bennett began his career run strong, with the highly acclaimed and Oscar-winning “Capote”(the late Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Best Actor Oscar prize), but for my cash, 2011’s “Moneyball” is even better…with a smashing performance from a Best Actor-nominated Brad Pitt. It’s quite a pedigree for Miller, so far, and all signs are pointing to awards consideration for “Foxcatcher” stars, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, and Steve Carell.
“Foxcatcher” looks to be a tense, shocking, biographical drama, centering on the world of amateur sports and Olympic-level wrestling–with a mixture of charitable wealth, schizophrenia, and murder. It showcases a rare serious role for Mr. Carrell, as well as a possible game-changing one for heart-throb, Mr. Tatum. Its screenplay credit is shared by former Oscar-nominee Dan Futterman(“Capote”)and E. Max Frye(1986’s underseen gem, “Something Wild”). It’ll be released by Sony Pictures Classics on November 14th, and also provides major roles for Sienna Miller–and the legendary Vanessa Redgrave. Academy Award nominations aplenty is my forecast for this one.