Fall 2014 Media Report: A Look into Upcoming TV and Movies

As the Summer season winds down, that means the end of the Summer blockbuster season and the beginning of TV season. Now, for any of you that know me, this is an exciting time. Movie blockbusters are fantastic, but I am a poor college student who cannot afford to go to the movies every time it tickles my fancy. Television, on the other hand, is a virtually free portal we take into the lives of the characters we know and love, and it also means the introduction of some new shows. That being said, there are a few movies that are set for release in the Fall that we should all be looking forward to, and I will be covering several of those. We at the Braves General Store like a little bit of everything, so next week, I will also be posting a Media Report for games and music for Fall 2014, so be on the look out for that. Without further ado, I present to you my list of movies and television shows that you should keep on your radar for the coming months.

Flicks Coming to the Big Screen

Guardians of the Galaxy left the majority of people with a great taste in their mouths at the end of the Summer blockbuster season. Now that we’re finally leaving that blockbuster season, critics and common folk alike are all wondering what the next big hits of 2014 are going to be. Below, I have provided a list of a few movies that I’m pretty amped to see. Let’s just hope that they turn out to be good!

Interstellar

Release Date: November 7, 2014

In early 2013, it was announced that Christopher Nolan, the mastermind behind InceptionThe Dark Knight Trilogy, and Memento, was set to direct another film, and everyone’s ears perked up. There are a few directors out there that can cause a ripple through the movie scene when a new movie is announced, namely Quentin Tarentino, Christopher Nolan, and Martin Scorsese. When we first heard  about Interstellar, the only thing the public knew was that Matthew McConaughey would play in some Nolan masterpiece that involved wormholes. Let’s be honest, though. If Nolan announced that he was making a movie about paint drying, we’d buy tickets. This movie looks absolutely stunning. It seems to have some other big-name actors (Michael Caine, Anne Hathaway). As the plot has slowly started to form in front of the public’s eyes through three well-timed trailers, people are wanting more than ever to see this movie in November. I have no doubt that there will be big Academy Award buzz come February and March 2015. There’s still some form of mystery in the plot. We know that there is space travel, some family struggles, and social commentary on our living as humans on Earth, but we still don’t know a whole lot about the project. I just know that McConaughey has been on fire with his recent roles in Dallas Buyers Club and True Detective, which means that I’m excited to see him on the big screen again. We’ve anxiously awaited Christopher Nolan’s next big project, and we finally have it. Come November, be on the lookout for a film review on this soon-to-be masterpiece.

Birdman

Release Date: October 17, 2014

I really cannot put my finger on Birdman. Firstly, I had never heard of Alejandro González Iñárritu until I did some backtracking to see that he directed Babel back in 2006, and I loved it, from a cinephile’s perspective. That being said, I could be way off with my recommendation, but I figured that you’ll never make the shots that you never take, right? This movie is stirring up a decent amount of chatter online. It’s a story about a washed-up actor (Michael Keaton) who tries to grasp his once-held glory, despite the downfall of both his career and family life. Emma Stone, Zach Galifianakis, and Naomi Watts are also named actors, so take that how you will, but I think anything that Emma Stone touches turns to gold. This film seems like the perfect combination of crazy, dark, and funny. I think we’ll see a different take on Shakespeare’s five-act structure, and that really excites me. One major downside to seeing as many movies as I’ve seen is that you tend to spot patterns, and you can usually pick out who will do what, when the climax will occur, and if the ending will be happy or sad. Birdman, on the other hand, looks to throw the perfect curveball at everything, and I’m confident that viewers will be surprised by the whole structure. Now, whether this means the majority of people will like this change, I am not sure. Only time will tell, but come October, I will be looking forward to seeing Michael Keaton go crazy while taking the stage in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s upcoming film.

The Skeleton Twins

Release Date: September 12, 2014

Bill Hader (“Hells yeah, I am.”) and Kristen Wiig as estranged siblings getting back together? Count me in. While comedies usually do not appease critics as much as they should, this one is doing wonders on the ever-flawed Tomatometer, where it’s sitting at a solid 100%. I know it won’t last for long, but that’s rather high for a comedy, so that has me somewhat excited. However, like Sundance Films, I think this movie is going to hit real deep, both on emotions and on social issues. There is bound to be some form of “acceptance scene” in which Bill Hader’s family accepts him, despite their disposition towards his sexuality. There’s bound to be the typical climactic fight between brother and sister that will eventually get resolved (see: previous paragraph with Shakespeare’s five-act structure). Even so, I’m excited. We will laugh. We will cry. We will enjoy watching Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig play off of each other’s jokes.

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby

Release Date: September 12, 2014

Every time I watch this trailer, I get chills. Can I just comment on the music choice? Chills you to the bone. I love the trend of romance stories right now. I see romance stories that are atypical in nature because they feel sad as they address the idea of love. If anyone has seen (500) Days of Summer or About Time, you can back me up here. Those movies are both atypical in nature. We’re veering away from the usual “Dick fell in love with Jane” story, and we’re moving to something that has a somber, yet loving vibe, and I’m loving it. This cast is phenomenal, too. James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain (please marry me), and Bill Hader (more fun Hot Rod scenes) all seem in perfect cinematic chemistry, and I cannot wait to sit down and watch this. Tears will be had, and I will enjoy said crying because not many movies have made me cry in the last few years. Except you, About Time. Curse those father-son scenes. Ultimately, I think this is another one of those movies that I think everyone should see. Now, it has limited viewings, so it may not be played in your local Regal or AMC, but if you can, make an effort to check this out. Grab a hot lady or dude and head on over to Midtown Art Cinema, all my Midtown folks. This is one that I’m super excited about.

Upcoming Stories on the Boob Tube

Why did I phrase it like that? I just wanted to use the word “boob” in a published article. So there’s that. Now, Fall is an interesting time for TV. This is usually reserved for television shows that are new, as the most current popular shows (Game of Thrones, Mad Men, True Detective, etc.) air in the Spring. There are exceptions to the rule, namely The Walking Dead, but even this still plays in the spring. My point is this: it is always hard to judge how shows will do in the Fall because we have not seen a lot of them. There are a lot of little blurbs that I will write about the shows today, and I’m excited about the majority of these. While I did not include The Walking Dead in the shows below, the new season will be released this Fall. I just figured every one of you would already be watching, so I did not feel the need to make you aware of its presence. Take a look below at my recommendations for the Fall.

Gotham

Premiere: September 22, 2014 on FOX

Let’s get one thing straight. I am a proponent of all things Marvel, and posting anything related to DC Comics makes me cringe, but it would be ignorant and asinine to not discuss this upcoming cable show that will garner huge numbers. With the disappointing premiere of Agents of Shield, DC actually has a chance to best Marvel in something. For the most part, network shows fall short nowadays. FX has some killer shows (see: Justified and American Horror Story), and AMC still has had the highest number of viewers between Mad Men, The Walking Dead, and Breaking Bad (could I really write an article without mentioning BB?), but for the most part, cable TV is filled with crap-drama, such as Arrow, Once Upon a Time, and Nashville. Gotham seems to follow a young James Gordon in Gotham City before Bruce Wayne’s reign as Batman. Batman fans will be able to see early stages of popular villains that the winged vigilante takes down on the reg. This is not really on my list of shows that I feel an immediate urge to watch, but I figured that I’d throw this plug in there, as it seems to be a show that could “wow” many people. That being said, the other shows listed here are much higher on my list of “must-sees.”

American Horror Story: Freak Show

Premiere: October 8, 2014 on FX

Why is American Horror Story such a popular show? It’s because each season, the writers are able to knit together a brand new story that has no connection with previous seasons. You may call this lazy writing because it’s such a foreign concept to most TV show viewers, but it actually does one of two things. First, it allows Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk to bring brand new ghost stories to the table every year. Second, it allows the viewer to appreciate both the storytelling and the acting in ways that have usually only been seen in movies. The viewer can watch Evan Peterson go from playing a disturbed teenage boy to a loving husband in just two seasons time. It’s quite the change of pace. We do not know much about the upcoming season of AHS: Freak Show, but we do know that this fourth season will take place around a carnival. We can look forward to seeing Emma Roberts, Evan Peters, Jessica Lange, and Sarah Paulson all return to us, along with many others. If you’re in the mood for a good drama and some good television horror, put this on your list.

Bojack Horseman

Premiere: August 22, 2014 (TODAY) on Netflix

Today, Bojack Horseman hits Netflix. This is another one that I’m a tad skeptical about. It seems zany, off-the-wall, and all-around hilarious, which I like, and it has some great actors (see: Aaron Paul, Will Arnett, Alison Brie), but I can’t quite put my finger on how this really will do. The show seems pretty raunchy, and I don’t mind that at all. I love Archer, and that’s about as raunchy as you can get on cable television. I’m just wondering how many lines this show is going to cross and how this will all play out. I’ll start watching this soon, and I’ll post some reviews later on, but for now, I’m going to go with my gut, and I’ll say that this is something worth checking out.

Psycho-Pass 2

Premiere: October 2014

If you would like to see the trailer for season 2, be warned that there are major spoilers from season 1. You have been warned. For those who have yet to see any Psycho-Pass, the trailer for season 1 is below.

You just got to my last television plug, and I imagine you’re thinking to yourself, “Anime? Really?” I mean, who really watches cartoons anymore? Aren’t those for children? Aren’t we all too grown up for anything that has cartoon-relatedness to it? I’ve heard so many questions and rebuttals when it came to anime. My appeal to you is to not count something out just because it is in a form of media that you are not used to. Do you want a show that will keep you on the edge of your seat? Do you want to see a show that will make you question the line between moral and immoral? Look no further because Psycho-Pass is that show. Later this year, the show will debut its second season. The only two anime shows that I enjoyed more than this were Death Note and Attack on Titan (both on Netflix in English), and they were top-notch. If I could equate this show to anything that the common man has seen, I would say it’s most like David Fincher’s Seven in an anime television format. I don’t expect many people to go watch it, but if you really do trust me, you will not regret it. This show is fantastic. Either way, I thought that I’d throw in something that most people have (and more than likely never will) heard of, so do with it what you will.

Thank you for sticking through the entirety of that post. I’m hoping to continue to post more and more as the fall continues, so stay tuned for weekly updates on some of the shows and movies mentioned above. Next week, I’ll send out an article on music and games to look out for in the Fall season, so be on the look out for that. Thanks so much for reading!

Bennett Garland is a student at Georgia Tech. Despite attending what is far and away the best school in the state of Georgia, he has far too much time on his hands and consumes video media at a ferocious pace. We don’t know how he finds time to watch all three dozen super hero movies that come out every summer while also watching every SyFy showing of Sharknado and Sharknado 2, but he does and writes about his adventures in film and music.

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