2011 Holiday Movie Preview
Way back in August I did a Fall Movie preview where I picked five films from each of the remaining four months of the year and listed them as what I predicted would be the best films to end the year. I was absolutely right about 50/50 and Melancholia. The Ides of March was good but not quite as great as I thought it would be. Sadly I never got a chance to see Moneyball. Overall though there are so many movies coming out between Thanksgiving and the end of the year that I need to re-evaluate my picks for the end of the year. Had I done this preview yesterday this list would include The Muppets (which I enjoyed quite a bit). Anyway here are the ten movies I am looking forward to the most as 2011 wraps up. Happy Thanksgiving!
I didn’t used to be as excited for this as I am now but I must admit the trailers are pretty great and with some investigating there are a ton of great people involved with this movie. Edgar Wright wrote it for one, and Peter Jackson is producing it. Not to mention Spielberg being at the helm. And the cast! Daniel Craig, Jamie Bell, Simon Pegg, Andy Serkis, Toby Jones, Nick Frost, and Cary Elwes? I will be the first to admit that I did a complete 180 on this film. (Dec. 21st)
You can’t not be excited for this sequel. Brad Bird (The Incredibles) is directing and besides Tom Cruise returning, Jeremy Renner and Simon Pegg have been added to this very successful franchise’s all-star cast. The trailer features a lot of awesome stunts and despite all his crazy I have faith in Cruise. Also, if you go to see the film in IMAX, you will be treated to the first six minutes of The Dark Knight Rises, something that could put any movie on this list. (Dec. 16th)
Coming off a disturbingly honest performance in last year’s Blue Valentine, Michelle Williams will headline this feature as the former Hollywood starlet. Marilyn Monroe had one of the most fascinating and controversial careers in the history of Hollywood. The buzz around Williams screams Oscar. The film also stars Kenneth Branagh, Judi Dench, Toby Jones, and Emma Watson. (in theaters now)
Looking to get away from the typical style of American cinema? This looks to be the foreign film of the year and most of it seems to be in English for those skeptical about subtitles. Christian Bale stars as a priest in the film about the massacres in China of the 1930s. The trailer promises masterfully shot war sequences and a heartfelt performance from Bale. (Dec. 31st)
The plot summary has my eyes swarming with tears. A nine-year-old is on a scavenger hunt of sorts in New York City looking for a locket that his father who died in the 9/11 attacks left him the key for. His dad is played by Tom Hanks while his mother is Sandra Bullock. This looks to be the tear jerker of the year so bring a pack of tissues with you. Oh, and this sobfest comes out on Christmas Day. (Dec. 25th)
For this comedy, director Roman Polanski brought together four versatile actors to rip into each other for an hour and a half. Those four talented individuals are Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz, Jodie Foster, and John C. Reilly, only one of which is mostly known for comedy. The trailer is absolutely hysterical as Winslet and Foster look like they are enjoying themselves immensely. (Dec. 16th)
Martin Scorsese doing a kid’s movie? Well based on the rave reviews hitting the interwebs within the last few days make it sound like one of his best. Critics are calling this 3D spectacle a love-letter to cinema. That sounds great to me plus it stars Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen, Chloe Grace Moretz, Christopher Lee, Helen McCrory, and Jude Law. You can expect a review for this one from me before the weekend is over. (in theaters now)
Apparently this is a current front-runner for best picture this year at the Oscars. The idea of a silent film in 2011 is certainly fascinating but what I am more interested in is how the film will deeply comment on the history of cinema as its praisers have claimed it does. This is going to be fun to see how the world reacts to it simply because today’s audiences are not used to silent films. (Nov. 25th)
My excitement for this movie has only grown since I wrote my Fall Movie Preview back in August. Directed by the brilliant man behind Let the Right One In, this 1960s spy thriller has made quite a stirring overseas critically. Also it stars Gary Freaking Oldman, probably the most underrated actor of our age. Oh and some guy named Colin Firth is in it too. This one has potential to be the best film of the year. (Dec. 9th)
Obviously David Fincher’s take on the Swedish novel is my most anticipated film for the rest of the year. Lisbeth Salander is one of the best characters I have ever encountered in any medium. The Swedish film was fantastic but I have a great feeling about this story in the hands of Fincher. Frankly, the plot is similar to that of his previous films Se7en and Zodiac. The directors signature style will likely bring this wonderful story to life in an exciting, unrivaled manner. (Dec. 21st)
So, are you as excited for these films as I am? Are there any you are more excited for that I missed? Post in the comments section!
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