by Oliver Lyttelton
October 1, 2012 3:00 PM 4 Comments
After an unusually rewarding September, that featured critical and audience favorites like "The Master," "Looper," "End Of Watch," "Dredd," "The Perks Of Being a Wallflower" and "Arbitrage," October has arrived, but things aren't letting up. Sure, the box office is likely to be dominated by Liam Neeson cracking heads in "Taken 2," but there's plenty more to see when you look a little further afield. Below, you'll find ten of the best options over the coming month. Let us know what you're looking forward to most in the comments section.
1. "Frankenweenie" Synopsis: A young boy attempts to resurrect his beloved deceased dog. What You Need To Know: Ordinarily, we wouldn't necessarily approve of directors returning to the scene of earlier triumphs, for fear of the film being a simple retread. But given our feelings about much of Tim Burton's work of late, the idea of him going back to the short film that made his name in the early 1980s wasn't necessarily an unappealing one, especially as the 2012 incarnation of "Frankenweenie" comes in the form of a glorious-looking 3D stop-motion animation in black and white, with a castlist (Catherine O'Hara, Winona Ryder, Martin Landau) that nods even further to the director's heyday. And it seems from our Fantastic Festreview that the film lives up to expectations: we called it a "rousing return to form," a declaration that Burton is "still very much relevant," and a film "that will stir the heartstrings as much as it will delight the eye." With regular collaborators like writer John August, production designer Rick Heindrichs and composer Danny Elfman all putting in sterling work, the film has the makings of a holiday classic along the lines of "The Nightmare Before Christmas." When? October 5th
2. "Wuthering Heights" Synopsis: Radical re-envisioning of Emily Bronte's classic tale of forbidden love and revenge. What You Need To Know: After her Oscar-winning short "Wasp," and scorching features "Red Road" and "Fish Tank," British filmmaker Andrea Arnold has been keenly watched by film fans the world over. And news that she was lending her distinctive style to one of the most beloved, and frequently adapted, pieces of literature around, "Wuthering Heights," was certainly intriguing. But a wildly mixed critical response, and a disappointing box office haul in Britain, means that it's taken over a year for the film to arrive on U.S. shores. Which is a particular shame, because in the opinion of the Playlisters who have seen it, the film is tremendous. We caught it originally at Venice way back in September of 2011, and raved it about at the time, calling the film "incredibly powerful, extremely sexy and a truly remarkable reinvention of of a text." It's not going to be for everyone -- "Downton Abbey" fans will likely be shocked by the raw, profane approach to the source material, as well as Arnold's Terrence Malick-esque visual approach (we maintain that it's a better Malick film than Malick himself has made of late), but more forward-thinking costume drama fans, and cinephiles in general, should have a field day. When? October 5th