Interstellar, The Theory of Everything, and Birdman are the three films to look out for this month. Staff Writer, Nicholas D’Alessandro breaks down his November cinema picks and invites you to view the films yourself on November 7 and 17.
Christopher Nolan’s long awaited space epic, Interstellar, opens the first Friday of November. This film stars Matthew McConaughey, who is in the midst of a huge comeback (following an Oscar winning performance in Dallas Buyers Club and a starring role in the award winning series True Detective) as a pioneering astronaut looking for a new home for human beings. The film also features an all-star cast, including Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, and Michael Caine. While already garnering huge Oscar-buzz, due to the big names attached and the reputation that comes with a Nolan film, the movie got even bigger buzz when Nolan, director of Inception and The Dark Knight, announced it would be released on actual 35 mm film, as well as digitally. Be sure to check out this film, as it is sure to be nominated for Best Picture.
The Theory of Everything
Eddie Redmayne, known for his role as Marius in Les Miserables, is playing the transformative role of Stephen Hawking in the new bio-pic about the revolutionary physicist. This film, directed by the 51 year old filmmaker James Marsh, is set to be a big piece for Redmayne, who is in his first lead in a major motion picture. Hawking, who was diagnosed with ALS while he was in college (which this film details), has spent a large portion of his life in a wheel chair. Redmayne worked closely with him and his (now ex) wife to understand exactly what it was like as he conditioned and worked hard to make sure his performance is accurate. Redmayne will, in my opinion, most definitely be nominated for Best Actor.
This huge independent dark comedy is one of the most anticipated films of the season. Michael Keaton stars, playing a somewhat meta role, as an actor who formerly played a superhero in a series of films. Keaton, who once played Batman, is now playing Riggan Thomson, who once played Birdman. Alongside such big names as Emma Stone, Zach Galifianakis, and Edward Norton, the story follows Keaton’s character as he attempts a comeback with a play that he wrote, directed and is starring in. What makes this film standout among the rest is the fact that it was shot in a series of very long takes that, through clever camera tricks and editing, will make the film seem as if it is one long continuous shot. Keaton is definitely a contender for Best Actor, and the film should definitely get a Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Cinematography nod.