Movies of the Month: December 2012

Discussion in 'Books, Music, TV & Movies' started by Guild McCommunist, Nov 27, 2012.

  1. Guild McCommunist

    Guild McCommunist (not on boat)

    May 6, 2009
    United States
    The Danger Zone
    Jews rejoice! Well I'm not Jewish but you can do something on Christmas. Unless you're a Jew for Jesus which means you just whore up presents. But anyway, movies!

    Rules and such:

    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    Here's my formatting:

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    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
    Release Date: December 14th​
    Director: Peter Jackson​
    Starring: Mark Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage​
    5 out of 5 Stars

    With one of the biggest movie years in history, it seems appropriate to finish it off with a return to Middle Earth. The original three Lord of the Rings movies are rather fantastic, with Return of the King sweeping the Oscars, something incredibly rare of fantasy movies. While I'm of course hyped, as I was for the Lord of the Rings movies, I do have some concerns. First, looking to my left, I have all three copies of Lord of the Rings and a copy of the Hobbit. Lord of the Rings is about 3-4 times the size of the Hobbit (rough estimate). They made three movies out of that, and they're making 3 movies out of something roughly 1/3 to 1/4th the size of that. It is worth noting that they cut out A LOT of filler from the LOTR trilogy, so this will probably be a more "refined" experience.

    Also worth of note is that this is the first movie to be shot in 48fps 3D. It'll just look better than any 3D movie you've seen, and it won't have that blur. So see it in 3D if you can and make sure your theater supports the 48fps one.

    Zero Dark Thirty
    Release Date: December 19th​
    Director: Kathryn Bigelow (European Gigalow)​
    Starring: Chris Pratt, Jessica Chastain, Joel Edgerton​
    1 out of 5 Stars

    Well this seems to the be the next movie from Kathyrn Bigelow, who walked away with a Best Director award for The Hurt Locker. And the follow up is another gritty modern war drama type of thing. Variety, right? But anyway, it's a movie about the hunt for Osama bin Laden and his eventual assassination. Eh. I can honestly just have watched the thousand documentaries made about it following his death, plus it does feel like one year of production is a bit short. I'm also not a fan of gritty modern war movies so I'll pass.

    Jack Reacher
    Release Date: December 21st​
    Director: Christopher McQuarrie​
    Starring: Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins​
    1 out of 5 Stars

    I only just heard of and saw trailers for this movie during a double feature at the movies last Sunday. Kinda feels like Die Hard meets Mission Impossible. Which sounds cool but it doesn't look like anything special. Some type of vigilante detective who isn't Batman solving a murder mystery but he's also like... some Mission Impossible guy. Kinda looks generic. I guess it's worth seeing if you're bored at the movies.

    Les Miserables
    Release Date: December 25th​
    Director: Tom Hooper​
    Starring: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anna Hathaway​
    2 out of 5 Stars

    Do you smell that? It smells like Oscar bait. An adaptation of a famous play with the director of King's Speech behind it? Yeah, that's Oscar bait. I've never seen the play honestly, nor have I really read much about it, so my interest isn't really here. Plus I'm not big into dramas. Looks like it'll be having fun with Lincoln at the Oscars though while the Dark Knight Rises, The Avengers, and Skyfall get snubbed.

    Django Unchained
    Release Date: December 25th​
    Director: Quentin Tarantino​
    Starring: The guys on the poster​
    4 out of 5 Stars

    Well when the movie was first described to me, it was described as "Inglorious Basterds in pre-Civil War South." Upon seeing trailers, it doesn't disappoint. Basically Christoph Waltz, a Jew bounty hunter teams up with Jamie Foxx, a slave, to hunt down two men and save Foxx's (Django's) wife. While I do enjoy most Tarantino films, it feels like Basterds in that I'll only appreciate it my second time through.

    Another side note, at least in my local theater, they're doing a one-night only for Reservoir Dogs on December 4th and Pulp Fiction on the 6th.

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  2. Gahars

    Gahars Bakayaro Banzai

    Aug 5, 2011
    United States
    New Jersey
    I don't know why, but I feel absolutely nothing but apathy towards The Hobbit. I mean, I liked the Lord of the Rings, but I was never really in love with them. Peter Jackson's a great director with a great love for the source material, so I'm sure the end result will be great, but I just don't feel as stoked for this as everyone else.

    Les Miserable looks like an interesting project; it's been in the works since 1988, it has a huge cast of talent (from Catwoman to Borat to Wolverine to Russell Crowe), and apparently all the vocals were done live on set, rather than in a studio. I can't really see myself going out of my way for this one, but I'm sure it'll enjoyable enough for the fans.

    Django Unchained... talk about a Christmas gift. I dug the hell out of Inglorious Basterds, really enjoyed Kill Bill, so I know Tarantino's good for it (I have Resevoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, and True Romance as a part of the collection, so I'll have some catching up to do before catching this movie). The trailers have me sold; I can't wait.

    As for the rest... meh.
  3. Hyro-Sama

    Hyro-Sama I'm from the fucking future.

    Oct 25, 2009
    After Earth
    Django Unchained and The Hobbit are next month's winners.

    Jack Reacher will be either a hit or miss. I watched the trailer this morning and I wasn't impressed. I'll see with some friends so if it disappoints then the experience won't be a complete loss.
  4. chavosaur

    chavosaur Austin Trujillo

    Mar 11, 2012
    United States
    Huntersville, NC
    Cannot contain my excitement for Les Mis, is looks astounding. The cast has worked their hinds off on it, and its been a long time since I have seen the play. Its a beautiful drama, that really tugs on your heart strings, the songs sound gorgeous, and I cannot wait.
  5. EJames2100

    EJames2100 GBAtemp Fan

    May 9, 2008
    Looking forward to The Hobbit, but I have no idea how they're gonna milk/squeeze 3 movies out of it, 2 yes but 3?
  6. Satangel

    Satangel BEAST

    Nov 27, 2006
    Bruges, Belgium
    The Hobbit, yes. Been looking forward to it since it's announcement, wow.
    Pledged myself to go see it in the theatre, since for whatever reason I missed the LotR movies in a theatre. I need to watch this one there, the full experience. Can't wait.
  7. shakirmoledina

    shakirmoledina Legend

    Oct 23, 2004
    Dar es Salaam
    The hobbit... reminds you of how great LoTR was
  8. BORTZ

    BORTZ Tired of being the good guy

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    I watched Unexpected Journey in an iMax theater last friday... It was fantastic. It helps to have read the book, but you only need to know the first 6 chapters or so. I was expecting quite a bit and Peter Jaxxon delivered. There were a few things to complain about, but nothing too terrible.