Lots of cool stuff on the horizon. In no particular order, three films I'm looking forward to this fall are:

The Last King of Scotland -- Ugandan President Idi Amin was very much part of the American public consciousness in the 70s. During the period in which he held office, Amin was responsible for the deaths of 300,000 of his countrymen and there were rumors of his cannibalistic tendencies. The film tells Amin's story from the perspective of his personal physician. As seen in the trailer, Forest Whitaker has a formidable presence as Amin, and there is a fair amount of Oscar buzz flying around the internet (including some from our own Kim Voynar). Even though Gillian Anderson's role is reportedly small, the X-Files geek in me is looking forward to seeing her again. For those interested, Fox Searchlight has an impressive flash website which serves up some interesting background on Amin. The Last King of Scotland goes into limited U.S. release on September 27.

Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan -- Although I've never seen the HBO series Da Ali G Show where Sacha Baron Cohen's Borat character originated, the trailer grabbed me right away. The mockumentary is a genre that has been good to me before (This is Spinal Tap, The Blair Witch Project, Hard Core Logo), and this looks to be a hilariously offensive example of the form. Borat is a Kazakstani journalist sent to the U.S. to make a film about American life, only we're the only ones who know he's not an actual journalist. Borat will be in theaters on November 23, and you can see the character's official site here.

categories Cinematical