Jokers, Jedi and Irishmen headline a wildly unpredictable seasonal schedule.
When anyone asks the question "what films are you most looking forward to?" my answer is simple- the films that generate the most excitement are often the films I know least about! The hidden gems amongst a pack of overhyped OSCAR contenders. The little, low-key masterpieces that sneak up behind your back before whacking you around the head with disbelief that you didn't see them coming. Most of all, these films provide the most satisfaction for an aspiring film critic as they justify the relevance of their increasingly tried and tested passion. While we can often be known for slamming big-budget blockbusters bereft of heart or soul, if film criticism has any future at all, it's in flagging up films that would otherwise slip under the spotlight.
Anticipation is always a risky business as it's mostly the case that if you invest too much faith in an upcoming production, all it can do is disappoint you when it turns out to be far from expected. As a result, I've usually supressed the urge to comprise a longlist of "most anticipated films of the year". With a surprisingly unpredictable autumn movie season beckoning at our feet, though, the temptation to look ahead ultimately proved impossible to resist...
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