The 2012 Holiday Movie Season Preview

Ok, folks, here we are! One of the major movie release seasons of the year is upon us, The Holiday Movie Season!

The Holidays started a little early this year, with “Skyfall” (undeniably a major release) opening in the first week of November. So we’re underway! Between now and the end of the year, we’ll see some of the biggest films on the 2012 docket get released, including the conclusion to the “Twilight” Saga, “The Hobbit”, and “Django Unchained”!

Click through to check out what the Holidays hold in store!

November 16th

“Lincoln”

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, David Strathairn, Hal Holbrook, Sally Field, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Spader, John Hawkes, Tim Blake Nelson, Jared Harris, Tommy Lee Jones

Though its release date was last week, “Lincoln” goes wide Friday… well, wider at least (1,500 screens). It revolves around the final four months of Lincoln’s life, specifically the passage of the 13th Amendment. I had a chance to see it early and Spoiler for my review, LOL, it’s excellent.

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“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2″

Directed by: Bill Condon

Starring: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Peter Facinelli, Ashley Greene, Kellan Lutz, Jackson Rathbone, Elizabeth Reaser, Nikki Reed, Billy Burke, Gil Birmingham, Rami Malek, Michael Sheen, Dakota Fanning, Maggie Grace

The most anticipated movie of the year. The long-awaited finale of the greatest vampire saga of all t– aww, ok, I’ll stop messin’ with ya. I’m sure that there are plenty people out there excited for this though. For the rest of us, at least it’s ending.

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November 21st

“Life of Pi”

Directed by: Ang Lee

Starring: Suraj Sharma, Tabu, Rafe Spall, Irrfan Khan, Adil Hussain, Gérard Depardieu

We’re all already aware that this movie is going to be gorgeous. The trailers have emphasized the beauty of the imagery above and beyond anything else. The question is, is there anything worthwhile to the story, or is this just a pretty picture? I know I’m certainly rooting for the former.

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“Red Dawn”

Directed by: Dan Bradley

Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Josh Peck, Josh Hutcherson, Adrianne Palicki, Isabel Lucas, Connor Cruise, Jeffrey Dean Morgan

The remake of the 1980s classic film starring Patrick Swayze, C. Thomas Howell, Lea Thompson, Charlie Sheen, and Jennifer Grey. With any hope, this 2012 version will become a B movie beauty, too.

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“Rise of the Guardians”

Directed by: Peter Ramsey

Starring (the voices of): Alec Baldwin, Hugh Jackman, Isla Fisher, Chris Pine, Jude Law

Not quite sold on this, I think maybe it’s something in the animation style that isn’t quite connecting with me via the trailers. The high concept has a shot at being fun though, if they can make it work. Jack Frost, The Easter Bunny, The Tooth Fairy, Sandman and Santa teaming up like superheroes? That could be fun, sure!

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“Silver Linings Playbook”

Directed by: David O. Russell

Starring: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Chris Tucker, Jacki Weaver, Anupam Kher, Julia Stiles

I like Bradley Cooper. I like Jennifer Lawrence. Seeing them play a couple of whack-jobs trying to connect with each other seems pretty entertaining. It’s registering dangerous levels on my “Feel Good” radar, but it could all come together… It’s sitting at 84% on Rotten Tomatoes, so it’s been pretty well received thus far.

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November 23rd

“Hitchcock”

Directed by: Sacha Gervasi

Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Michael Wincott, Scarlett Johansson, Jessica Biel, James D’Arcy, Toni Collette, Kurtwood Smith

I’m very excited for this. The making of “Psycho” is a great story to tell. It’s a classic movie that was super controversial to make at the time. It has a fantastic cast, and Gervasi’s first film, “Anvil! The Story of Anvil” is freaking awesome. I really have some high hopes for this one.

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November 30th

“Killing Them Softly”

Directed by: Andrew Dominik

Starring: Brad Pitt, Vincent Curatola, Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn, Ray Liotta, Richard Jenkins, James Gandolfini

What else can I say? Pitt and Gandolfini as hit men? Liotta as a connected guy? Sign me up! Plus they use “The Man Comes Around” in the trailer? Hells yes… hook me up!

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“The Collection”

Directed by: Marcus Dunstan

Starring: Josh Stewart, Christopher McDonald, Navi Rawat, Johanna Braddy, Lee Tergesen, Erin Way, Daniel Sharman, Andre Royo

Because nothing says “Holidays” like torture porn.

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December 7th

“Playing for Keeps”

Directed by: Gabriele Muccino

Starring: Gerard Butler, Uma Thurman, Jessica Biel, Dennis Quaid, Noah Lomax, James Tupper, Judy Greer, Catherine Zeta-Jones

I know one blogger who’s going to be psyched for this. :D Personally, though, this is looking like future “Lifetime” fodder, to me.

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“Hyde Park on Hudson”

Directed by: Roger Mitchell

Starring: Bill Murray, Laura Linney, Olivia Williams, Samuel West, Olivia Colman, Elizabeth Wilson, Elizabeth Marvel, Eleanor Bron

Looks as though Bill Murray takes a semi-comedic pass at FDR here. Limited release, so no guarantee it’ll make its way around to all of us before the end of the year. Murray is enough to make me want to see it when I can, though.

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December 14th

“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”

Directed by: Peter Jackson

Starring: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Graham McTavish, Ken Stott, Aidan Turner, Dean O’Gorman, Mark Hadlow, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Peter Hambleton, William Kircher, James Nesbitt, Stephen Hunter, Benedict Cumberbatch, Andy Serkis, Hugo Weaving, Barry Humphries, Mikael Persbrandt, Lee Pace, Stephen Fry, Luke Evans, Cate Blanchett, Christopher Lee, Sylvester McCoy, Elijah Wood, Ian Holm, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Ryan Gage, Mike Mizrahi, Jeffrey Thomas, Conan Stevens, Bret McKenzie, Billy Connolly

The return of Middle Earth to the Megaplex. Peter Jackson helms another Tolkien tale. This time, the adventures of Bilbo Baggins when he was younger. Ian Mckellen returns to shepherd Bilbo and 13 Dwarves on their quest to reclaim the Lonely Mountain from the dragon Smaug. People fear the fact that the book has been turned into a trilogy, and there’s some validity there, some ground for concern. But I have every faith in Jackson, and everything I’ve seen so far points to another awesome Middle Earth movie headed our way in a few short weeks now.

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December 21st

“The Guilt Trip”

Directed by: Anne Fletcher

Starring: Barbra Streisand, Seth Rogen, Adam Scott, Colin Hanks, Yvonne Strahovski, Danny Pudi, Casey Wilson, Miriam Margolyes

For those of you who were clamoring to see Barbara Streisand over-mother someone. LOL. Rogen is funny, there could be some laughs here… but I already blame his character for everything that happens to him. “Do you want to come on my trip with me?” He should have known better, cmon.

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“Jack Reacher”

Directed by: Christopher McQuarrie

Starring: Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, David Oyelowo, Richard Jenkins, Alexia Fast, Robert Duvall, Jai Courtney, Werner Herzog

Tom Cruise goes bad ass as the titular Jack Reacher, an ex military cop in full on vigilante mode. I’m not 100% sold on him as an intimidating, ass kicking machine, but, we’ll see. I’m sure the magic of the movies will take over.

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“This Is 40″

Directed by: Judd Apatow

Starring: Leslie Mann, Paul Rudd, Megan Fox, Albert Brooks, John Lithgow, Iris Apatow, Maude Apatow, Melissa McCarthy, Robert Smigel, Charlene Yi

Apatow spins off a couple of characters from “Knocked Up” to give us his particular take on marriage and mid-life crises. I’m not that enthused, in spite of the fact that I like Rudd. It just looks like another a) to b) marriage comedy with a) being “Being married with kids sucks, I want to kill everyone” and b) being “Honey, kids, I love you, this is so worthwhile, lets all hug.” ::rolleyes::

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“The Impossible”

Directed by: Juan Antonio Bayona

Starring: Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor

Limited release of a Spanish film (shot in English) revolving around the true ordeal of a family during the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004. It’s such a frightening premise… and McGregor and Watts are great, so… There aren’t many reviews counted yet, but it’s currently at 93% on Rotten Tomatoes. I hope this one turns out to be that good.

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“Not Fade Away”

Directed by: David Chase

Starring: Brad Garrett, James Gandolfini, Bella Heathcote, Christopher MacDonald, Molly Price, Lisa Lampanelli, John Magaro, Jack Huston, Will Brill

Mainly notable for reuniting Gandolfini and “Sopranos” creator David Chase, this film seems to be about a young man in a band and his family issues. This is Chase’s first feature film, and it also may be semi-autobiographical. According to IMDb, Chase “spent many years playing drums and bass trying to be part of a successful rock band in the 1960s East Coast music scene.” Another limited release, so it may not make its way around to all of us, but if I get a chance to check it out I’d be willing to give Chase a chance to redeem himself for the ending of “The Sopranos”.

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December 25th

“Django Unchained”

Directed by: Quentin Tarantino

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson, Dennis Christopher, Gerald McRaney, Laura Cayouette, M.C. Gainey, Don Johnson, Kerry Washington, Anthony LaPaglia, RZA, Tom Wopat, James Remar, James Russo, Todd Allen, Jonah Hill, Amber Tamblyn

Quentin Tarantino. A director so unique, his filmography is referred to as a genre unto itself. “Django” appears to have colorful characters, lots of violence, and I’m sure Tarantino will find a way to work in his trademark knack for dialogue somehow, in spite of the fact that the movie’s set in the 19th century. Anytime Tarantino releases a new film, you have to be excited for it, and I’m definitely psyched to see this.

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“Les Misérables”

Directed by: Tom Hooper

Starring: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Eddie Redmayne, Amanda Seyfried, Helena Bonham Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen, Aaron Tveit, Samantha Barks

You know what? I’m not a big “musicals” kind of guy, but if they’re really good, I can definitely appreciate them. There’s a real “epic” look to the trailers, and this story gets more than its share of love, so I think we’re in for something good with this one. Hell of a cast, too.

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“Parental Guidance”

Directed by: Andy Fickman

Starring: Billy Crystal, Bette Midler, Marisa Tomei, Bailee Madison

The odds on this being good seem super long, to me. There’s a line in the trailer about Grandpa’s jokes not being funny, but the grandkids should laugh anyways… unfortunately for the movie, I aint related to it. Old school parenting techniques clash with new school parenting techniques, and I’m betting… just spitballing here… that everyone finds a happy place in the middle. Tomei’s character finally sees the value in her parents’ way of doing things, while they realize she’s not a lazy hippie raising feral children. Just an educated guess.

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There they are folks. The movies that will finish off 2012! After these open, we’ll be talking about 2013!

Which ones are you looking forward to? Any of them you absolutely can’t wait for? Are there any that strike you as lame? Let us hear it! What do you think of this year’s crop of Holiday movies?

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58 thoughts on “The 2012 Holiday Movie Season Preview

  1. Hitchcock, Django and Les Mis are standouts for me. Also looking forward to The Hobbit. Curious that you haven’t had Killing Them Softly yet though, that’s been and gone over here.

    Also, the post looks great Fogs, good work mate.

    • Thanks Chris. :D Its that screwy international release schedule, you know? I hope the internet and globalization smooth that whole thing out.

      If you come back – did you see it? Did you like it? (Id look for your review, but… I dont look at ‘em now before I write my own) Its at like 94% on Rotten Tomatoes, so I’m pretty psyched, looks really good!

    • Zero Dark Thirty got moved into January. I hope that’s not a sign of dissatisfaction with the product on the studios behalf. And more of a “Lets get out of the way of Django” LOL.

      Hopefully it’ll be good, its obviously a hell of a story.

  2. Lincoln, Hobbit, Django I’m excited to see; Les Mis should be solid- we’ll see.
    Jack Reacher peaks my interest out of curiousity. Killing Them Softly looks like a stylized piece of power players that could really be entertaining. Silver Linings could be a surprise hit with best of the established actors like DiNero coupled with new stars like Lawrence and Cooper, and football is the NEW national pastime I believe (no disrespect to the ball park/diamond/what have you). ;-)

    • I think Les Mis has potential, if I dont get put off by all the singing. LOL. Thats always a possibility.

      “Killing Them Softly looks like a stylized piece of power players that could really be entertaining.” I’ll second that. :D I’m really looking forward to that one. Definitely.

      Silver Linings has potential, definitely. I like the idea of those characters. The both seem like total headcases. :D

  3. whew! that was quite a list! there go my christmas requests, i think they’re all in here :D cut out all the comedies/musicals/family crisis and I will be seeing all of these! (although technically the reacher one might make me laugh more than any other one one here)

      • Oh I know! This Is 40 is basically without substance – I don’t even know why the movie industry keeps insisting that we like that kind of entertainment! Hello…we don’t. We like kickass sci-fi, Joseph Gordon Levitt, and…that’s pretty much it. Oh, throw some Renner in there too, and I’m set for life!

        I’m sure you would need more though :D

  4. Really excited for Lincoln; I’m planning to see it this Saturday. Also I’m going to see Anna Karenina on Friday which didn’t make your list:( I’m really excited for that as well, even though I bailed on the book with about 200 pages to go…. (it’s soooo long) But I really like Pride and Prejudice by the same director with Knightly as well, so I have high hopes for it!!
    Not seeing Breaking Dawn part 2. I sat through the first two, and that’s as far as I’m ever going to go.
    I’m really excited for Life of Pi, especially to see how the onscreen story compares with the book. The ending of the book is REALLY AWESOME, and I never saw it coming. I hope they keep it the same/similar, because I didn’t really get into the book until the ending.
    I’ll probably see Silver Linings Playbook. I was a bit iffy on it at first, afraid they would turn it into a let’s over-simplify and make fun of people with mental health issues, but after seeing the trailer a couple of times, I decided that this was probably not was meant or what was going to happen.
    I’m on the fence about Hitchcock, and not because I think the movie’s going to be bad or anything, it looks amazing, but (shameful admission: ) I have not seen Psycho yet and I don’t want to see Hitchcock before I see Psycho. So if I get around to watching Psycho (finally) before the film comes out, I’ll see it.
    Might see Hyde Park. FDR is my favorite president, and I went on a field trip to Hyde Park when I was in high school, so it caught my attention right away. The only reactions I’ve heard are like “meh,” and I can kind of get that from the trailer….. but I’ll see it if I have time.
    The Guilt Trip looked stupid, but that’s just my opinion. When I saw the preview in the theater I was like please stop….
    When I saw the poster for This is Forty, I thought it was going to be about U2 (they have a song called 40). I was really psyched until I figured out what it actually was.
    Definitely seeing The Impossible. Love Ewan McGregor and the film seems so emotionally powerful, when I saw the trailer a couple months back I knew I had to see it.
    DJANGO YES!!! Also Les Miserables should be good. I like musicals generally, but I have never actually seen this one (read the first couple pages of the original novel though!).
    Probably won’t see any of the others….. But of course I still have yet to see Skyfall over Thanksgiving break!!!!

    • Lincoln wont let you down, Hunter. Its very very well done. You’ll approve, thats my bet.

      Karenina is in limited release I think, 16 screens. I should have made mention of it, I did toss in a couple other limited releases. :( It DOES look pretty decent. Very lavish…
      :o You havent SEEN PSYCHO!!?? Yes, please remedy! That movie is a classic!!

      I dont blame you, Hyde Park isnt blowing me away. The guilt Trip might have some potential though, if only because I like Rogen.

      Skyfall will probably wind up crushing all of these movies, be forewarned!! :D Let me know what you think when you do finally catch it!!

      • Yeah, Lincoln’s trailer looks amazing. And with all those awesome people behind it, it would take a lot for them to mess it up.
        I know I haven’t seen Psycho! But honestly, it’s not for lack of trying. I’m working on it, very very hard. My biggest setback was on Friday before Halloween and I bought the cheaper DVD, only to realize after I opened it and could not return it that it was Gus Van Sant’s remake that everyone hates. I was not very happy.
        I’m probably going to see Skyfall next Friday, and I scheduled my review of it for the following Sunday (25), so I’ll finally be able to read what everybody else is saying as well!! So excited…..

      • Oh my god! LOL That Gus Van Sant mistake DVD is like a real life horror story!! LOL. DONT WATCH THAT FIRST!! AHHHHHHH!!! LOL :D

        Hang in there, it’ll be waiting… I’m sure you’ll connect with it eventually.

  5. Huh. I didn’t know that The Hobbit came out yesterday! Guess I got screwed out of a press screening on that one.

    Anyways, now that I’m done being an ass, let me say (if my comment isn’t moderated for sarcasm!) that I’m curious to see most of these but am only truly looking forward to a few of them. Lincoln, of course, because Spielberg and DDL are both legend; Django Unchained because QT made a fan out of me in 2009; The Hobbit because I’ve wanted to return to Middle Earth for nearly a decade; Les Miserables because the live-singing experiment and cast combine with one of the greatest stories ever told to drive my interest through the roof; This Is 40 because I want Apatow to make up for what he did to me with Funny People. These are my “musts”. Everything else is secondary, though I also REALLY REALLY want to see Save the Date if I get the opportunity to.

    I’m going to see Rise of the Guardians Saturday morning and Hitchcock Monday night. I wouldn’t be surprised if I wound up seeing Hyde Park on Hudson at some point too. I’ve already seen Silver Linings Playbook (good but very, very insistent; can’t say more until the embargo is lifted Wednesday). Beyond that, it’s up in the air. I guess I want to see Killing Them Softly and Zero Dark Thirty but I’m a bit burned out on movies of both their sorts, no matter the fact that they’re loaded with great actors and directed by talented helmsmen/women.

    • Ha. Thanks. Nice catch, and fixed.

      I dont moderate for Sarcasm, Sarcasm is the lifeblood of FMR! :D

      It took you to ’09 to be a fan of Tarantino? Oh yeah, thats right, I forgot. IB made a convert out of you. Gotcha, gotcha.

      Wow, you ARE high on Les Mis, huh? Ok, ok. Duly noted. I’ll raise my expectations then!

      I’ll keep that thought in mind when I see Silver Linings. See if that comes across for me as well.

      I havent forgotten, by the way, I still will be emailing you soon, man, TIA for your assistance! :D

      • Yeah, IB converted me, at least to a degree. It really took a quote from QT (which Film Crit Hulk placed into an editorial he wrote on why it’s good to not hate movies) to really make me love the guy as a voice in film; his craftsmanship is above reproach, but I just don’t like a lot of his movies regardless.

        Point is, I’ll always defend the guy because he’s great, just like I’ll defend a Fellini or a Scorsese from weird iconoclasm, too.

        And yes to Les Mis! The live singing stuff has me very curious. And, yes, I dug The King’s Speech well enough that Hooper has some of my faith as well, even if he’s kind of just a middle-road talent. Really, I just can’t wait until I start getting press invites to The Hobbit.

  6. The Hobbit is kind of sucking the air out of the room as far as excitement goes. It’s definitely occupying the 1, 2 AND 3 spots on my ‘looking forward to it’ list.

    After that I’m keen on Django Unchained, Lincoln, Hitchcock, Les Mis, Hyde Park and Life of Pi. And I still havent seen Argo, Cloud Atlas, Wreck-it Ralph, Man with the Iron Fists, and Flight.

    Killing them Softly also is on my ‘want to see list’ but it’s going to be crowded out, I’m afraid.

    Not Fade Away I hadn’t heard of until this list, but it sounds interesting.

    Red Dawn… nah. Yes, I’m on record as admitting that the original is a guilty pleasure for me, but the trailers for the remake dont even come up to snuff, and the news that the first screeners got panned so badly that they sent it back for amjor re-edits cont encourage me. This is a ‘wait for HBO’ flick for me.

    • All of those you mention on your “still need to see list” are decent to one degree or another. Lets hope all the ones on your “want to see” list turn out that way too.

      Now that the new Bond is behind us, I can turn my anticipation to the fact that Peter Jackson is going back to middle earth! Holy crap! I fully expect awesomeness.

      I wish I still had that “wait for HBO” option in my play book. LOL I’d be taking that route on Red Dawn, too. :( Oh well, at least there’ll be a bunch of shootin’ and blowin’ stuff up! :D

  7. I am most excited for Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook, Life of Pi, Django, and Les Mis. There are a few others in there that I want to see, but those 5 are must-sees. I want to buy into the hype for SLP, but I am fearful that it is going to disappoint me. I absolutely love Jennifer Lawrence, so I hope it is good. There is no way Lincoln will be bad. Just no way. Too many positive connections. Life of Pi, I agree, is a bit up in the air. I really hope it isn’t just a pretty picture. Django should be fun. As long as I don’t try to compare it to Inglourious Basterds too much. And Les Mis is my most anticipated film. I love the musical. I love the story. I have wanted them to make a musical version of this for the screen for quite some time. And now that they have, I am extremely thrilled. It seems as though they are doing everything by the books, and it should be a beautifully tragic film to get me crying on Christmas. I am excited what is still left on the table for the holidays.

    • I really like Jennifer Lawrence myself. Lets just hope, now that she’s huge, she has good taste in roles. I saw House at the End of the Street and it was awful! LOL. I realize it was made while she was still trying to make it, but, eeesh. Not that it was her fault. :D

      You’re right about Lincoln. Its not bad. Its excellent. Just did a quick check of the rotten tomatoes score, and Im pretty shocked its “only” at 90%. Would have expected like mid nineties, myself :D

      I hope Django is fun too. Tarantino will come through, I’m sure of it.

      Another strong vote for Les Mis. Alright, alright. I’m getting the message. :D I’ll raise my expectations for it once again! LOL

      Thanks for chiming in Rob! :D

  8. The Hobbit is probably the only movie here that I can guarantee a theater visit for, thanks a lot to MartianLad’s recent interest in all things LotR. So it’s only the one kid we need to pawn off on someone, and that’s usually fairly easy to do.

    I’m hoping with all the relatives around that the Mrs. and I can slip away to see Django Unchained as well.

    After that, we’ll see. I have high interest in Lincoln, and moderate interest in The Impossible, Not Fade Away, and Hitchcock.

    Also, I generally loathe musicals, but I have to say Les Miserables looks very ambitious. I won’t go see it, but I have to give it up for that cast and for actually recording on set.

    • I guess people here are pretty psyched for it, too. Comments have revealed some enthusiasm that I hadnt expected!

      The Hobbit, obviously, is a worthy flick to be looking forward to. Glad to hear the LotR universe is playing well amongst today’s younger generation of Martian. :D

  9. Hi, Fogs and company:

    Why does Chris Hemsworth seem to remind me of a taller, bulkier Liev Shreiber?
    ‘Red Dawn’ would only interest me for its newer, lamer plot. Mistakes and flaws regarding Red Army armor and aircraft. And comparing Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s character to Powers Boothe’s in the original.

    ‘Killing Them Softly’ looks to have the most promise and best cast. Always interested in seeing Ray Liotta.

    ‘The Collection’ looks like the sickest, goriest parts of novelist Rex Miller (‘Slob’, Chaingang’, ‘Frenzy’) meets the most twisted psyches and imaginative killing devices of Slade (‘Headhunter’, ‘Ghoul’, ‘Ripper’).

    • “Why does Chris Hemsworth seem to remind me of a taller, bulkier Liev Shreiber?”

      LOL. I dunno. Cause I’m not really seein’ it, Jack. :D

      Red Dawn is gonna be goofy, I’m sure. At least the original had that great cast… not exactly feeling that here, Hemsworth aside.

      I’m really excited about “Killing Them Softly”. That has a LOT of promise… I just hope it delivers. “The Collecter” isn’t doing anything for me though. We’ll see. Hopefully I’ll be taken by surprise and it will be a genre standout at least.

  10. Great post. Really looking forward (like really, REALLY) to Les Mis and Django. Parental Guidance looks like complete turd and Life of Pi should be good. Read the book a few years back and though it’d make a great movie. We’ll see. It’ll at least look fantastic.

    • Oh. Cool. Thats good to hear about Life of Pi. I really dont know what to expect beyind the fact that it looks gorgeous. We’ll see!

      Les Mis is the big winner here apparently. :D Lots of people registering their anticipation for that one!

  11. I am looking forward to Rise of the Guardians. I like the animation style and, visual, something about it reminds me of an old holiday movie they stopped showing on t.v. a long time ago. I remember it from the 70’s and maybe a bit in the early 80’s. It was a stop motion film in which summer/the sun was having a war with winter and was trying to stop the new year from happening. I can’t even find it online. I came across it once and watched it and realized the vaguely pagan elements might have been why they stopped showing during the holiday season.

    I like the concept of these characters as older, guardian spirits, or more primal spirits, that have been repurposed into figures that feature in our seasons and holidays. Sort of like Pratchett’s The Hogfather, where it states that if you go back far enough, every starts with blood.

      • Hmm, I must be combining movies in my head again. I do that with very old movies at times. That is definately it, but I thought there was a jack frost and a baby new year and ‘grandpa old year’ in it. I don’t remember South Town parts at all. But I totally remember Heat Miser and Snow Miser. Thanks for finding that for me!

      • LOL My pleasure. Love those guys.

        Easy to be confused amongst all of those. Theyre all Rankin/Bass stop motion holiday specials… so theyre very very similar looking. I think there’s even some character crossovers along the way.

        The one above is from “The Year Without Santa Clause” and the one with Baby New Year is “Rudolph’s Shiny New Year” :D they’re first cousins as far as animated tv specials go.

  12. As for Django, I’m looking forward to it too. The two trailers I’ve seen seem to be trying to advertise it as two different movies. It will be interesting to see what it REALLY is.

    The Hobbit is a given. I wasn’t interested until I saw the trailers. And it wasn’t even the visuals. It was the music that got to me.

    I’m not keen on Lincoln or Les Mis. But I’ll probably have to see them because they are sure to be award material.

    And why is it that Christmas is such a popular time to release horror movies? Is it an outlet for the holiday family stress?

    • The Hobbit IS a given, isn’t it? LOL. It’s almost it should be like “Speak up if you’re NOT looking forward to the Hobbit”

      Lincoln is a mortal lock for a best actor nod, at the least. Daniel Day Lewis was incredible. Seriously….

      LOL. I dont know what it is about Christmas that draws out the horror movies… counter-programming? :D

  13. Hmm. I don’t know, the holiday season isn’t really bowling me over with the sure-fire hits here. The only ones I feel like are must-sees for me are The Hobbit and Django Unchained; the rest have some “probably good” films among them, but there’s also a lot that just doesn’t hold any appeal to me.

    • Skyfall launched early, then Hobbit and Django. 3 big ones… if the other two hold up and we get one more bonus awesome movie, Holiday 2012 will be awesome. Stands a good chance of being better than the summer!!

  14. My wife and I watched the HBO miniseries “John Adams” a couple weeks back. Hey, it was Election Time, and we were in the mood of watching historical presidents. We’re also big Les Mis fans. Well, she is, but I quite like the story and the music, which is probably the most catchy stuff ever in a Broadway musical.

    Anyway, “John Adams” was directed by Tom Hooper, the same director of Les Mis (and “The King’s Speech”). What impressed me a lot is that Hooper took very little liberties with “John Adams.” Most of the facts check out, and plenty of the fantastic elements line up with the biography it was based on. To me, that means I can trust Tom Hooper to respect the source material, letting the inner grandness of it all shine through. Super excited for Les Mis.

    (Though I doubt it can ever replace the actual musical. The technical coordination it takes to do something so visually complicated as the “One Day More” sequence? Amazing. Ah. May. Zing.)

  15. Awesome post. I already express my love for les miserable repeatedly so thats high on my list. I’m really looking forward to silver linings playbook. I’m not completely sure about rise of the guardians. I do know it is crazily promoted in Hong Kong while I was there the last two weeks.

    I know my boyfriend will want to see the hobbit. I liked that book more than the LOTR books so it’s a bit more promising. I really was impressed by the trailer for Lincoln so I hope to get a chance to see this. Life of Pi will probably be beautiful but some friends have suggested to read the book before and I haven’t, plus Ang Lee’s movies never completely catch my liking. So maybe I’ll see it if other friends decide to go.

    A BIG NO is breaking dawn. I watched maybe 90% of New Moon and wanted to die because it was so torturous.

    • Thanks Kim! Geez, Les Mis is the runaway winner here… I think more people have expressed looking forward to that than Django!!

      I dont like hearing that about “Twilight”. I’ve made an announcement that I’m going to watch all five in one day when they come out on Blu. LOL. My pain will be FMR’s gain. :D

      Lincoln was really good though. If you get a chance, I definitely recommend it. I think the Hobbit will come through, too. In Peter Jackson I trust!

      • I believe that I’ve heard about your Twilight marathon on TPMP. I feel your pain already but its okay..reading about it here will be the same. Maybe you’ll end up liking it because you already believe that its bad…haha~who knows;)

        Django is definitely one I’d consider to see though. But Quentin Tarantino tends to be hit and miss for me. Most I do enjoy but there have been a few which aren’t as good. I’ll definitely give it a chance though!

  16. I absolutely cannot wait for The Hobbit. There are not enough LOTR marathons or re-reads of the book to prepare me for it!

    Also, The Life of Pi looks interesting. I read the book a few years ago, but never really saw it for a movie since the text inspired more philosophical thinking rather than visual imagery for me, anyway.

    • Huh. Well, that’s interesting. I’m wondering how it will play, myself. Frankly, that might be why they’ve focused so much on the visual stuff in the trailers, you know, Patricia? It can be kind of hard selling a really philosophical movie.

      In other news, “The Hobbit” is going to rock. I saw a bunch of material at Comic-Con, and I swear, it felt just like the LotR saga was continuing right along… Its gonna be great! :D

      Thanks for commenting!

  17. For me it’s all about The Hobbit and Django. I rarely make it out to see movies in theaters these days, but those I will definitely be seeing as soon as I can. Can’t wait. And I’m very interested to see how they break up The Hobbit.

    • Yeah, well, I guess thats the question on everyone’s mind in regards to the Hobbit, right? Will three movie wind up stretching the material too thin… like butter over too much bread? LOL. We’ll see. My money is on awesomeness. Let’s hope!

      And yeah, Django, too! Merry Christmas – from Quentin. :D

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