Firstly, What’s Coming From The Movie Review Dude
Edit: Turns out Nightcrawler has been released in town just this week, so I’ll be postponing my Series Special just to fit my review in. I’ll have my Nightcrawler review up around the 10th, the Star Wars Series Special around the 15th.
Coming towards the end of December will be The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies. It’s been on my list since it was first announced, and I’ve already bought my ticket. I’m hoping this will be my first ever dual-review as I’ll be attending with The Movie Review Dudette. I’ll have this one a day or two after Boxing Day.
Until then I’ve got some time to kill, so to fill it in I’ll be doing a Cinema Rewind, formally known as Movie Dude Classic Reviews, and with the release of the trailer for the long-awaited Star Wars: The Force Awakens, I’ll be taking a look at the original trilogy in my first ever Series Special. Look for the Cinema Rewind within the next few days, while the Series Special will be around the 10th.
After The Hobbit I’ll be squeezing in two more post’s before the new year. There will be my usual Trailers Review article, which I can confirm will contain a review off Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and rounding out the month, and year, will be a preview of January, where I’ll be making a special announcement.
Secondly, And More Importantly, What’s Coming From The World Of Cinema
Wild, December 5th
The Reese Witherspoon-helmed biopic, the story of Cheryl Strayed and her three month journey of self-discovery and healing, hiking over a thousand miles along the Pacific Crest Trail, received rave reviews from the Telluride Film Festival in August, as well as festival’s in Toronto and San Diego. The performances of Witherspoon, supporting actress Laura Dern, and director Jean-Marc Valee, as well as the film itself, are all considered Oscar contenders.
Exodus: Gods and Kings, December 12th
Lately there’s been a lot of controversy surrounding Ridley Scott’s latest efforts. Concerns have been raised over the portrayal of Moses and his leading 600,000 slaves against Pharaoh Ramses, plus the lack of cultural diversity in a cast portraying historical Hebrew’s and Egyptian’s. Nevertheless, historical inaccuracy is a cornerstone of cinema, and with a cast of Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Aaron Paul, John Turturro, Ben Kingsley, and Sigourney Weaver, you can be assured you’ll get a good showing out of them regardless of skin colour.
The effort put into this looks absolutely amazing, and while its not my kind of film it’ll definitely appeal to those who love a good ancient epic, and with Scott pulling the strings you can’t go wrong.
The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies, December 1st / 11th / 12th / 17th
The Middle-Earth Saga is coming to an end. When news broke the prequel would be a trilogy I worried things were becoming too bloated, but early reviews are saying it’s the best of the three, which comforts me knowing it all ends well. Director Peter Jackson has confirmed the battle of the five armies is much more than just a title, and the film will make use of the extensive appendices author J.R.R Tolkien wrote to flesh out its story and justify the three films. It’s heavy on the CGI, but that’s a standard of the genre these days, and Jackson seems to have honed his skills considerably with the liberties he’s taken with the source material.
Everything about this is going to be huge; the film, the five-army battle, and the money. It’s the last one, and chances are nobody will dare revisit this saga for a very long time, so don’t miss it.
Big Eyes, December 25th
On the surface Tim Burton looks like a fish out of water as the director of a movie about artist Margaret Keane and her fight for recognition, but when you see the artwork the woman produced it suddenly makes sense. This has actually been in the pipeline since roughly 2007, but it sounds like the wait was well worth it. It’s Oscar season, so it’s no surprise this film has been well-received as a classy championing of gender equality, while Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz are getting rave reviews as Margaret and Walter Keane.
The Interview, December 25th
You can never go wrong with Seth Rogen and James Franco under the watchful eye of Evan Goldberg. These guys, along with the regular co-stars, have built a solid track record you can rely on, and The Interview is looking like another winner. Though the idea of two idiotic celebrity journalist’s forced undercover to kill a certain North Korean dictator may seem ludicrous, the trailer’s are funny, and if anyone could pull this off it’s these guys.
Into The Woods, December 25th
December 25th is going to be jam-packed. Along with Big Eyes, The Interview, and the Oscar contender Unbroken, we’ve got Into The Wood. Adapted by James Lapine from the Tony Award-winning musical by Lapine and Steven Sondheim, this fantasy musical is a cavalcade of fairy-tales all rolled into one with original music. It’s been in the works since the early 90’s, with Columbia Pictures, Jim Henson Productions and now Disney set to produce, with a cast ranging from Robin Williams, Roseanne Barr and Goldie Hawn, to Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan and Susan Sarandon, to the final cast we have now.
Christmas-time is going to be busy for everyone. A wise present to ask for would be some movie tickets, because if you want to see them all you’ll be having a very busy Boxing Day.
Still looking for something else to fill in your month? Don’t forget to check out the musical Annie (December 19th), Mark Wahlberg’s The Gambler (Also December 19th), the late Robin William’s in his final role in Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb (Again, December 19th), and the directorial debut of Angelina Jolie with the film Unbroken (December 25th).
Meanwhile, there are two festival’s abroad that should be checked out. The 40th Metro Manila Film Festival from the Philippines is a showcase of home-grown cinema, while the 27th European Film Awards, out of Riga, Latvia, will celebrate the best Europe has to offer with more than 2,500 members of the European Film Academy voting for fifty films over eighteen categories.
That’s it for December, I hope you’ve got yours scheduled. I’ll be back with my Cinema Rewind in the coming days, then my first Series Special afterwards. After that it’s Christmas time so I may drop off the grid, but come Boxing Day its Hobbit time, and I hope you enjoy it.