Movies tips from now till the end of the year

Anyone who knows me, knows I love movies. Using great sites like JoBlo.com (easily the best movie site out there) I like to follow movies developing from the start of commissioning to their release, and if they are good, ultimately purchase them and keep them. So obviously, I am “on the button” when it comes to looking for films I think people should take a peek at.

There are some interesting movies coming out in the next few months, so I thought I should highlight my personal tips for films to look out for.

November 2008

A Christmas Carol

Director : Robert Zemeckis
Starring : Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, Colin Firth
Release date : 6th November 2009

After The Polar Express and Beowulf, Robert Zemeckis gives us his digital capture take on the Charles Dickens classic Christmas story, the establisher of the British tradition of ghost stories at Christmas time. Jim Carrey takes the role of Scrooge, and all the ghosts that visit him, and seemingly like all films recently it’s going to be presented in 3D. Will it be any good? Will the characters not look like terrifying soulless automatons? Will the 3D direction be subtle, or hideously blatant like Beowulf? We shall see…

December 2009

The Descent 2

Director: Jon Harris
Starring: Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Jackson Mendoza, Krysten Cummings
Release Date: 4th December 2009

Sequels to movies that really don’t need sequels worry me, however I did really enjoy the Descent. It was a horror movie that understood that the scariest thing is sometimes what you don’t see, or in the case of the Descent, what you don’t notice. The sequel picks up from the US ending which had Sarah survive the incident in the Appalachian Mountain caves, rather than the bleak tone to the UK cut where she was still stuck in the caves at the end of the film. Sarah is then sent back in with a rescue mission, and friends are now enemies… UK viewers may find this a little confusing, but I’m sure we’ll cope. I have hope they can do this one right, but I do fear it’ll just be a rehash of the original.

Where The Wild Things Are

Director: Spike Jonze
Starring: Catherine Keener, Mark Rufallo, James Gandolfini
Release date : 11th December 2009

Maurice Sednak’s children’s classic has been adapted to the big screen by music video auteur Spike Jonze. This film has been long-delayed as Spike Jonze wrestled with the studio over the content and tone of the movie, but looks excellently made. With a fantastic cast and a soundtrack involving Karen O of the Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs it seems like an interesting take on a child’s film which wants to appeal to the family at large. Cannot wait to see this one.

Avatar

Director: James Cameron
Starring: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver
Release Date: 18th December 2009

James Cameron’s new 3D space epic has finally arrived. 12 years since Titanic and 9 years in development, Avatar tells the story of a resources war between humans and the Na’vi, the tall blue skinned inhabitants of the planet Pandora. Jake Sully (Worthington) a crippled former marine becomes part of the Avatar program, taking over the body of a Na’vi to unwittingly become part of the battle between the two species, infiltrating the Na’vi from the inside. The basic Cameron themes of love, understanding new situations, class divide, and throwing shit loads of money at a project to get it made appear. Filmed as a 3D movie first and foremost, using new technology developed by Cameron, this film will go one of two ways. It will either be a modern sci-fi classic, or a stinker of a film that worked purely as a great developer for new 3D techniques. Certainly the trailer seems to show (even in 2D) that the direction is rather subtle compared to most 3D filming.

Sherlock Holmes

Director: Guy Ritchie
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Mark Strong, Rachel McAdams
Release Date: 26th December 2009

Guy Ritchie brings Sherlock Holmes back to the big screen, starring a man that doesn’t look or behave anything like Sherlock Holmes, supported by a man that doesn’t look or behave anything like Dr. John Watson, with dialogue that doesn’t fit the characters, and slapstick that betrays the original. Whilst I’m not the biggest fan of Holmes, there are people in my family who are massive fans of the great detective and they are worried. Visually it looks exciting, (they’ve even crammed in a Ritchie bare knuckle boxing scene – seemingly a new trademark of his films), they seem to have got the bickering couple undertone between Holmes and Watson right, from the trailers, and I’m sure it’ll be an enjoyable film but I do think they are going to alienate massive parts of the existing Holmes audience to chase an audience that may not exist. How Ritchie got this gig after so many disappointing films since Snatch I’ll never know, but good luck to him and the movie. I just hope the film portrays the character better than the trailer does.

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