What to watch this autumn
1.Stranger Things, Season 2
Directors: Matt Duffer, Ross Duffer
Starring: Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin
The first season was noteworthy for its references to the work of Stephen King and also the astounding skill of the young actors. Sure, there were a bunch of stock moments and clichés, but even that won us over. Hopefully the second season will be as captivating.
Directors: Roel Reiné, Chris Fisher
Starring: Anson Mount, Serinda Swan, Ken Leung, Eme Ikwuakor, Isabelle Cornish, Ellen Woglom, Iwan Rheon
The ghosts of X-Men doesn’t allow the bosses at Marvel to sleep at night. They still can’t buy out the rights from Fox (or they don’t want to), but they can create new mutants and name them differently in order to avoid lawsuits. And so they should: so far, the trailer for the series looks amateurish, despite the presence of Ivan Reon who played Ramsey Bolton in Game of Thrones.
3. Bojack Horseman (season 4)
Directors: Amy Winfrey, JC Gonzalez
Starring: Will Arnett, Amy Sedaris, Alison Brie, Aaron Paul, Paul F. Tompkins
This ‘cartoon’ is definitely for adults. The main hero BoJack Horseman doesn’t disdain drugs, tonnes of alcohol or unruly sexual encounters. But his constant self-analysis and hatred for himself makes the character very attractive, which in turn made for the popularity of the series. The third season had an epic finish, and that’s why there are very high expectations for the fourth season. The most important is to retain the ideal balance between black humor and drama.
4. American Horror Story: cult
Director: Bradley Booker, Alfonso Gomez-Rehon
Starring: Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Denis O’Hare
American Horror Story is well-known for the fact that every new season has a new, independent plot while retaining the majority of the actors. As a result, the actor who played a family man in the first season is now cast in the role of a dangerous maniac. In the beginning this may shock viewers, however with time this contrast becomes all the more interesting. And the fact that the seasons are independent from one another makes it all the more fun to watch. Do you like thrillers about psychiatric hospitals? Watch the second season! Not a fan of magic and witchcraft? You can bravely skip the third season! In ‘Cult’ the main theme will touch on problems and issues of cults and sects, and also the recent presidential election in the USA. And Evan Peters stars in the latest season as well!
5. Narcos (season 3)
Directed by: Andres Bice, Joseph the Lord
Cast: Wagner Moura, Boyd Holbrook, Pedro Pascal, Joanna Christie
One of the best series in history, Breaking Bad, popularized the theme of drug trafficking. Narcos not only further enforced it, but brought it onto a different plane, hedging its bet on ‘pseudo-documentaries’ and the maximal realism of the events. The first two seasons spoke about the legendary drug baron Pablo Escobar. Unfortunately (or fortunately?) the hero is not ‘made-up’ and has long since passed away. The third season will be concentrated on the Cali Cartel – the richest drug cartel in the history of the narcotics business.
6. It (2017)
Director: Andres Mousquetti
Starring: Bill Skarsgård, Finn Wolfhard, Sophia Lillis, Javier Botet
The original film was scary. So scary, that an entire generation could not look at clowns without getting shivers down their spines. It was so scary that few people watched the film twice. And they were right to do so. The ‘It’ of 1990 was full of silly moments and finished on a rather weak note. The entire film rode on the back of Tim Curry, the clown.
As for the new version, it is still in movie theaters and if you’re still deciding whether to see it or not, you should know that the remake is much better than the original.
The critics say that even if Bill Skarsgard wasn’t able to go beyond the charisma of Tim Curry, the film as a whole was of a much higher quality than its original. It suffices to say that ‘It’ was the best horror film of 2017. And perhaps the third best film of the entire year, trailing behind Beauty and the Beast and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
7. Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
Director: Denis Villeneuve (“Arrival”, “Captive”)
Cast: Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Ana de Armas, Robin Wright, Jared Leto
This film is worth watching because it’s not a remake of the cult film, but rather a continuation of the cult classics from the eighties! This is a rather risky approach for Hollywood taking into consideration the fact that the original was not a popular franchise like Robocop or the Terminator.
The risk wasn’t worth it – the film failed miserably in American venues taking in only 30 million dollars over the first weekend with a total budget of 155 million. And that’s too bad, as it might scare producers away from experimenting. One of the obvious reasons for its failure is that the youth simply ignored the film completely – only 14% of those who bought tickets were under 25.
But critics liked it. On the site IMDB, the film earned 8.5 stars out of 10 – a very high rating.
Fans of the franchise who waited painfully for the film’s release thoroughly enjoyed it.
8. Justice League (2017)
Directed by: Zack Snyder, John Weedon
Cast: Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Robin Wright, Amber Heard, Amy Adams
Many didn’t like the previous film of Zack Snyder, ‘Batman vs. Superman’ because it was simply a collage of scenes and it had a weak culmination. Some liked the film though, and said Ben Affleck was the best ‘knight of Gotham’. The film Wonder Woman saved DC studio and so now they need to build up their success.
9. Murder on the Orient Express
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Cast: Johnny Depp, Daisy Ridley, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dame Judi Dench, Kenneth Branagh, Willem Dafoe, Penélope Cruz
Many remember the fantastic series from the 1990s about the legendary detective Poirot who was played by David Suchet. But times have changed and new viewers need a new detective. There is a strong storyline, so the chance of failing because of this is small. And it’s definitely worth seeing Johnny Depp outside of his usual crook role.
Director: Darren Aronofsky
Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, Michelle Pfeiffer
Films of such a nature are not created to shatter the box office over the first weekend. They have too much of a specific audience. Javier Bardem and Jennifer Lawrence can attract their fans (especially the latter), but this film is definitely not for fans of Mocking Jay. The film is clever and subtle. It may not set any records but it will find loyal fans.