This year, the start of the Holiday Movie season is November 18th. That’s NEXT weekend already folks!! That’s when Hollywood releases “Happy Feet Two” and “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1”, two movies with valid expectations of large takes at the gate. The start of the second blockbuster season of the year!
Here are the movies coming up this Holiday Season that I’m most excited for. Check out Wednesday, December 21st! “The Adventures of Tintin”, “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”, and “Mission Impossible, Ghost Protocol”! That’s going to be a busy day!
Directed by: Martin Scorsese
Starring: Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen, Asa Butterfield, Chloe Grace Moretz, Jude Law, Ray Winstone, Christopher Lee
I’m sure a lot of you are huge Scorsese fans like I am, and at the very least, this movie will be intriguing for you. This will be a unique one for the famed tough guy movie director, as it’s his first attempt at making “Family Entertainment”. What I’ve heard so far sounds great, what I’ve seen so far looks great, and the movie has strong early buzz. I’m pretty jazzed up for it.
Directed by: James Bobin
Starring: Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Chris Cooper, Rashida Jones, Alan Arkin, Jack Black, Billy Crystal, Zach Galifianakis, Kathy Griffin, Ricky Gervais, Emily Blunt
The Muppets are back, baby, what else is there to say!
I don’t know about plot or anything… it’s a Muppet movie, do you need one?
It’s time to play the music! It’s time to light the lights! It’s time to meet the Muppets on November 23rd!!
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
Directed by: Tomas Alfredson
Starring: Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, John Hurt
Ok. Time to get serious. This is an old school, cold war spy story involving a mole in British Intelligence and the efforts to ferret him out. It’s based on a novel by John le Carré and looks to be intelligent and suspenseful. Gary Oldman stars as the agent in charge of trying to find the Russian double agent. Looks fantastic, I hope it delivers!
Directed by: Jason Reitman
Starring: Charlize Theron, Patrick Wilson, Patton Oswalt, J.K. Simmons
Diablo Cody (screenplay)
The trailers for this really took me by surprise. Reitman’s last film was “Up in the Air”, and it looks as though he’s got another “Is this really how I want to live my life?” movie up his sleeve here. Theron stars as a woman who obviously hasn’t outgrown her party years, and returns to her hometown to try to reconnect with her old flame in a Hail Mary desperation move. Looks pretty good to me, check out the trailer for yourself!
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
Directed by: Guy Ritchie
Starring: Robert Downey, Jr., Jude Law, Jared Harris, Eddie Marsan, Noomi Rapace, Stephen Fry
The trailers for this have been pretty lackluster, but I basically expect more of what we got from the first installment. That wouldn’t be a bad thing, would it? They returned the same crew, plus they added Jarred Harris (Lane Pryce on “Mad Men”) as Professor Moriarty. The first one was fun, but didn’t exactly set the bar all that high, I’m sure this one can be at least as entertaining!
The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Jamie Bell, Daniel Craig, Andy Serkis, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Gad Elmaleh, Toby Jones, Mackenzie Crook
Based on the “Tintin” series of comics, which are apparently super popular around the world except here in America. It’s a motion captured, family friendly adventure film kind of in the spirit of a Young Indiana Jones. Check out the trailer if you haven’t already.
In what can only be described as a positive sign, a sequel (to be Directed by Peter Jackson) has already been greenlit. You can check out my video coverage of Spielberg and Jackson’s Comic-Con panel to promote the movie here, and check out Jaina’s review here (it’s already been released in the UK).
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Directed by: David Fincher
Starring: Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Stellan Skarsgård, Robin Wright Penn, Christopher Plummer, Joely Richardson
I refuse to read anything about this movie. I refuse to read the book, and I certainly haven’t watched the original foreign film. Far and away the film I’ve been looking forward to the most this year, and I don’t want to see or hear or know anything. This is me holding my hands over my ears and making noise as people talk about it. “LA LALA LA LAALA LA LA LA LALALA…”
Of course, I have seen the awesome trailers. Those are allowed. Check this one out, below!
Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
Directed by: Brad Bird
Starring: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Josh Holloway, Simon Pegg, Paula Patton
The return of the Mission Impossible franchise. The trailers for this have been extraordinary. I mean, I really couldn’t have cared less about this franchise prior to seeing them, but now I’m eagerly anticipating this flick. So… they’ve certainly done their job. The action sequences look ridiculous (in the good way), and it seems as though they put together a great cast supporting Cruise. I’m in.
Oh. And added points for the spectacular step-in sidekick Cruise throws here (1:28). A kick like that could legitimately knock a person back off their feet with no movie bullshit trickery added.
We Bought a Zoo
Directed By: Cameron Crowe
Starring: Matt Damon, Thomas Haden Church, Scarlett Johansson, John Michael Higgins, Patrick Fugit, Elle Fanning
The return of Cameron Crowe! Here he’s adapting a novel about a family that buys a rundown zoo, and in turn, I’m sure, gets all kinds of “brought together” by the experience. Normally I would turn my nose up at such treacle, but hey, it’s Cameron Crowe! Great cast he’s put together, too!
Starring: David Thewlis, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson, Peter Mullan, Tom Hiddleston, Niels Arestrup, Toby Kebbell, Stephen Graham
What do we know about this movie from the trailer? A horse gets loose and runs through a war. WAR HORSE. Movies about Horses are typically a sub category of chick flick. Unless they’re about horse racing, in which case they’re sports movies. So this movie could actually be a war movie, or it could be a horse movie, or it could be both. We’ll see.
But hey, it’s Steven Spielberg, right?
So I think that’s it folks! I think that covers all the major ones… at least the ones I’M looking forward to seeing the most!
Did I miss any?
Which ones are YOU looking forward to?
Let’s hear your thoughts! Which of these are going to rock?