December 7 – Deadfall (Crime drama with Eric Bana and Olivia Wilde)
December 14 - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Fantasy with Ian McKellen...)
December 19 - The Guilt Trip (Comedy with Barbra Streisand, Seth Rogen, Adam Scott and Colin Hanks)
December 19 - Monsters, Inc. 3D (Animated with John Goodman, Billy Crystal, etc.)
December 19 - Zero Dark Thirty (Action with Chris Pratt, Joel Edgerton, Jessica Chastain, etc.)
December 21 - This Is 40 (Comedy with Paul Rudd, Melissa McCarthy and John Lithgow)
December 21 - The Impossible (Action with Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor)
December 25 - Django Unchained (Western with Leonardo DiCaprio, Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz)
December 25 - Les Misérables (Musical with Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway)
December 28 - Promised Land (Drama with Matt Damon, John Krasinski and Frances McDormand)
February 8 - Identity Thief (Comedy with Jason Bateman, Melissa McCarthy and Jon Favreau)
February 14 - A Good Day to Die Hard (Action with Bruce Willis and Cole Hauser)
For those who have seen Django unchained-
Is there a lot of blood and guts shown in the movie? I won't ask if it has a lot of violence, because I cannot imagine Tarrantino's movie without it. The only question I am trying to answer is- can I handle it or will I be sitting there with my eyes closed or covered half the time?
I LOOOVED Django. The way I feel about a Tarantino film is that it is for me an example of film making that completely takes the viewer to into an imaginative otherworld for the entirety of the story's duration. His movies are exuberant, nasty, emotional, funny, and are all clearly made by a team and a leader who LOVES, geeked out LOVES "the movies". Like Inglorious Basterds, one of my favourite aspects of Django is the revisionist history - he's telling a tale yall. There is a love for storytelling at the core - SPOILER - like that particular scene within the movie where Waltz' character does a simple retelling of a fable with nothing more than a stone boulder backdrop and his campfire lit face, and an engrossed audience in Django (and us). Old school love of storytelling right there.
Christoph Waltz is unbelievably magnetic. And sexy as hell. Holy god.
A couple of minor qualms but in terms of the major critical grievance with regards to pacing, I don't know what those reviewers are talking about. Though some scenes were, let's say, paused moments in plot, the tension was INSANE and I internally filled the holes in, so to speak, by experiencing all these intense emotions during those quieter moments. As entertainment, this movie is fierce. And it's just great to see a piece of work that marches to its own beat, has a clear point of view, and takes you on an imaginative storytelling adventure.
Also a true statement.
It's also a pretty brutal depiction of slavery as well. I don't mind the cartoony, over-the-top violence because then I just think it's fake and done for effect. But when it gets to the more realistic violence that I can actually imagine happening in real life...that's where I get squeamish.
It's funny, we have to Oscar contenders that touch upon slavery (Lincoln and Django) but do so in totally different ways.
One thing I admire about Django Unchained is that it discusses slavery from a black perspective which is actually quite rare for Hollywood.
It's official. I am madly in love with Meryl Davis.
Spike Lee hasn't seen the movie either so I don't know how much I'd count his opinion. Many directors use violence, but Tarentino does so stylistically IMO and it has a purpose in the storyline which separates it from other film portrayals of violence. There are several great directors (Scorcese, the Coen Brothers) who use violence but with a purpose as well.
I saw Life of Pi today. I wanted to catch the 3-D version while it was still playing on the big screen. Visually it was an amazing film. The animation and 3-D were superb. I didn't really understand what the story was trying to say about God, but I enjoyed watching this film.
Gangster Squad will be released on January 11th. It was pulled from it's original release date because of the Aurora shooting. But now that the offending scene has been replaced it is once again scheduled to be released and I can't wait. Here is a rather nice article about the movie. Unfortunately the release date will put it against Zero Dark Thirty which has a lot of Oscar buzz around it.
I just saw The Hobbit, somewhere in there was a truely fantastic movie, but it got lost in Peter Jackson's blatant cash grab. They could have cut half an hour out of there and it would have been so much better.
"I think I saw what happens next It was just a glimpse of you Like looking through a window Or a shallow sea Could you see me? And after all this time It's like nothing else we used to know After all the hangers-on are done Hanging on to the dead lights Of the afterglow" Afterlife - Arcade Fire
Hopefully, I'll enjoy Lincoln. I sort of loathe Spielberg's films. Especially ones where he tries to be profound or artistic like in Munich because it just shows off his lack of real depth for me.