Ones to Watch: Films of 2018’s Fall Season

An Eye on Cinema

2018 has been shaping up to be a strong year for film and what’s more exciting are the multitude of films that are yet to come. During this new re-launch of The Eye, I will continue to bring the magical world of cinema—news, critique, industry analysis, and behind the screens insight—to the SAS community.  To kick off another semester of the An Eye on Cinema series, I offer up, in alphabetical order, my most anticipated English language films set for a fall release.  Here are the “Ones to Watch”:

Backseat

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The intriguingly cast Backseat is a biopic on the controversial American vice-president, Dick Cheney. With Adam McKay at the helm, I suspect this will be a biting political satire.

Backseat is scheduled to release in the US on December 21, 2018; the film has yet to receive a release date in Singapore. 

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

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Honestly, I don’t really know what this movie will be like … and I don’t care. Being the new film from the Coen brothers, who are amongst the finest American filmmakers working today, I think it’s fairly safe to say The Ballad of Buster Scruggs will be a masterpiece, even though I don’t know what it is.

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is scheduled to release on Netflix on November 16, 2018.

First Man

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Damien Chazelle, the youngest director to win the Academy Award for Best Director, reunites with Ryan Gosling after their smash La La Land with First Man, which is about Neil Armstrong’s eight-year journey that resulted in the historic Apollo 11 mission. A biopic may seem a peculiar project for Chazelle to undertake, as all his past work involved music, but its trailers indicate this will be a visceral experience (Chazelle’s forte, in my opinion), and I’m totally down for it.

First Man is scheduled to release in Singapore on October 11, 2018. 

If Beale Street Could Talk

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Remember Moonlight, the film that infamously won Best Picture after Damien Chazelle’s La La Land was falsely declared as the winner? Its director, Barry Jenkins, returns with his follow up to Moonlight, ironically releasing in the same year as Chazelle’s new film.

If Beale Street Could Talk is scheduled to release in the US on November 30, 2018; the film has yet to receive a release date in Singapore. 

The Other Side of the Wind

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The late Orson Welles, who directed Citizen Kane (regarded as the greatest American film ever made), never got to finish The Other Side of the Wind, which he shot between 1970 and 1976. However, after a protracted journey, The Other Side of the Wind is now complete! Being the final film of such a significant filmmaker, The Other Side of the Wind is assuredly the most significant film of 2018.

The Other Side of the Wind is scheduled to release on Netflix on November 2, 2018.

Searching

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I’m excited for Searching solely for its premise; the film will be presented from the point of view of a computer screen, which is unprecedented. It’s not every time you go to the movies when history emerges in front of you, yet that is what Searching will be and that’s enough to sell me a ticket.

Searching is scheduled to release in Singapore on September 27, 2018. 

Suspiria

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A remake of Dario Argento’s classic supernatural horror film isn’t something I would want to watch. But when directed by Luca Guadagnino, the director of last year’s cherished Call Me By Your Name, it earns a spot on this list.

Suspiria is scheduled to release in the US on November 2, 2018; the film has yet to receive a release date in Singapore. 

22 July

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The sky is blue, the clouds are white, and Paul Greengrass is the world’s leading master of dramatizing horrific real-life events. All of these are facts, mind you. With 22 July, Paul Greengrass is portraying the 2011 Norway terrorist attacks. Greengrass’s films are gifts to me as a film lover and, regardless of what he is making, I’m on board for whatever he’ll offer.

22 July is scheduled to release on Netflix on October 10, 2018.

Widows

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Widows is directed by Steve McQueen, who makes austere dramas surrounding weighty subject matter, like hunger strikes, sex addiction, and slavery. So imagine my surprise when I found out that he of all people was making a heist film! Nonetheless, being a sucker for heist films, I’m dying to see how McQueen tackles the genre.

Widows is scheduled to release in Singapore on December 6, 2018. 

 

Author: Aryan Varma

Aryan Varma is a senior and this is his second year as a reporter for The Eye. He has been at SAS for the past four years, and in Singapore for the past six. Regarded as the most perceptive film scholar at SAS by the school community, Aryan serves as the primary film columnist for The Eye. To call him a film-buff would be an understatement, for Aryan sets himself apart by his constant initiative to pursue film. If he isn’t building upon or showing off his remarkable knowledge of film history, he would be found listening to a wide-range of music. He can be contacted at varma45798@sas.edu.sg.

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