TMP’s Prelude to 2012 Part 6: Skyfall, Gravity, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Django Unchained, and More

November is pretty big in 2012, at least film wise.  Beginning the month of November (hopefully) right is Wreck-It Ralph, a film I’ve personally been looking forward to ever since I heard the plot description months ago.  John C. Reilly stars as Wreck-it Ralph, an evil arcade video game character who is constantly a bane to protagonist Fix-it Felix (Jack McBrayer). But whenever someone’s not playing the game, Ralph’s true feelings are shone; he just wants to be a good guy in a game for once!  So when a grand sparking new FPS enters his arcade, he takes his chance and infiltrates the game world, which is under the command of Sergeant Calhoun (Jane Lynch) .  What follows quite frankly sounds hilarious, and a fantastic omage to the arcade cabinets of old.  I’m a gamer, and the mere plot of this film delights me.  Hopefully, Disney will have a clever winner in this animated comedy; it certainly has the potential to be one.

Also opening November 2 is My Mother’s Curse, a road trip comedy starring Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand. In the film, Rogen plays a young inventor who travels with his mother cross country to sell his latest invention.  The premise is good, and I love me a good road trip movie.  It’s also written by Dan Fogelman, who delivered this year’s surprisingly great Crazy, Stupid, Love. AND it co-stars Adam Scott, one of my favorite comedic actors.  So far, this film hasn’t done any wrong, and it actually sounds quite promising.  Finally, we have the Red Dawn remake, which stars Chris Hemsworth, Josh Peck, and Josh Hutcherson. I still don’t see much sense in this film, especially because they changed the bad guys from Chinese to North Koreans (because, y’know, they’re so inter-changeable).  Even though the film could provide some cool action, it seems plain asinine to remake a movie that was ABOUT The Cold War.  News flash, MGM; The Cold War is over.  Red Dawn has been sitting on the shelve for a good two years as all the turmoil at MGM occurred.  Which is strange, because, like Cabin in the Woods, this film too features Chris Hemsworth.  Is it some strange, Hemsworth curse?  Eh, probably not.

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So on the Box Office Mojo upcoming releases page (where I’m getting all my information on release dates), they still have McG’s Ouija listed for November 9.  But, last I heard, that movie was canned by Universal.  So I’m going to go with my gut and say that it’s postponed for the time being, and won’t be able to reach its release date.  So I’m just going to move along and talk about Skyfall, the next James Bond film.  It’s been quite the wait (about four years by the time Skyfalll releases), but finally we are getting the third Daniel Craig Bond movie.  Quantum of Solace was a huge disappointment for me personally, because Casino Royale is one of my favorite action movies of the last decade.  But finally, Bond is coming back, and he’s bring along director Sam Mendes. Most would think this a weird choice, but I love Road to Perdition (which co-starred Daniel Craig), and I can easily see how Mendes can make an excellent Bond film.  Sure, he may not be that experienced at action, but I hope that won’t be a setback for him.  I mean, how often have we really had an Oscar winning director direct a James Bond film?  Either way you slice it, he’s a damn good choice, and I can’t wait to see what he brings to the franchise.  And hey, nothing can be as bad as Quantum of Solace, right?

Since Skyfall is the only other release of that week, let’s just skip ahead to November 16, where only one wide release is set for release.  But boy, is it a doozy.  The final Twilight film, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2, is finally being released.  And quite frankly, I couldn’t be happier.  Not because I want to find out what the hell happens to Edward and Bella (those crazy kids!), but because I’m just happy it will finally be over.  No more talk of the franchise breaking box office records.  No more terrifying accounts of the fandom of Twilight fans.  No more of them crashing Comic Con.  No, come November 16, it will all be over.  And just like that, a gigantic weight will be lifted off the shoulder of film fans this world over.

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Soon, people.  Soon it will all be gone.

So there’s a good amount of films opening on November 21, but there’s one in particular I would like to talk about; Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity. As some of you might know, I have quite the relationship with this film.  After months of watching this film seemingly crumble without a lead actress finally, Gravity was reborn as a project starring Sandra Bullock. Well I’m not that big a fan of Bullock, I’m just happy to see this project alive.  And in Post Production.  And with a release date all of its own!  This marvelous sounding, ambitious sci-fi drama has Sandra Bullock and her companion, George Clooney, stranded on a wrecked vessel in the middle of space.  And the two have to find a way out.  It doesn’t sound like much but, under Curaon’s steady hand, this can really be mind blowing.  Reports of 20 minute long continuous shots and an amazing opening only add fuel to the fire.  I just can’t wait for Gravity. It’s been a long, crazy road buddy.  But finally, we’re set to see some results.

And since I care about the remaining four films much less then I do about Gravity, I’m just going to list them off:

-47 Ronin—Hey, cool samurai’s avenging their master in the 18th century?  Well count me—wait, Keanu Reeves. Well…damn it.

-Parental Guidance—Another live action comedy starring Billy Crystal? Hey buddy, nice to have you back.  Oh, and hi Bette Midler. I guess you’re a person too.

-Rise of the Guardians—Santa and his band of mystical cohorts forming a group to defeat the Bogeyman?  Hey, it’s like The Expendables except by Dreamworks and starring Alec Baldwin, Hugh Jackman, and Chis Pine! Sounds promising enough.

-The Silver Linings Playbook—From The Fighter director David O. Russell comes The Silver Lining Playbooks, starring Bradley Cooper as a recently released mental institution patient trying to fix his life.  I already smell Oscar!

Rise of the Guardians
And since the month after Thanksgiving always has zero wide releases (for some reason), I guess that means we’re moving on to December!  December’s pretty packed with anticipated releases, so keep up!  Opening the first Friday of the month, the 7th, is The King’s Speech director Tom Hooper’s Les Miserables. Now I’ve never scene any of the original adaptations, nor have I read the book, so I know next to nothing about this film.  But hey, it features Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe singing, which I’m pretty sure the world needs much more of anyways.  So I’m not complaining.  And since that’s all I have to say about Les Miserables and there’s no other release the 7th, I guess that means we’re moving on to the 14th.  Okay, maybe I slightly lied about December being pretty packed (a new Tarantino film pretty much makes any month packed in my eyes), but there’s still a lot of good films.  There just opening closer to Christmas time…
Anyways, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. This is a film a helluva lot of people are looking forward to.  Because of this, I’m kind of drawn to looking forward to it as well.  But to be quite honest, I never was that huge a Lord of the Rings fan.  In fact, I think I’ve forgotten most of the plot points from the first three movies.  But I will admit, after seeing the trailer for The Hobbit, I sorta wanted to see the first trilogy again.  Which pretty much means that trailer completed its job.  Opening opposite The Hobbit is Great Hope Springs, which I’m looking forward to a whole lot, probably more than The Hobbit, actually (oh no, you weren’t supposed to say that!  Now I’ve lost my geek card!)  Steve Carrell is probably my favorite comedic actor still working today, so having him act as marriage counselor to troubled couple Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones sounds pretty damn promising.  Also, it’s directed by the guy who did Marley and Me, so I’m sure a dog will die at the end.
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Friday, December 21 is pretty big, with five films fighting it out at the box office.  So we’ll keep the details brief.  First up is the new Judd Apatow directed comedy which, although rumored to be called This is Forty, still doesn’t have an official title, will probably be hilarious.  It’s a spin off of Knocked Up starring Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann, plus all the usual Judd Apatow crew who I’m sure will make an appearance.  Speaking of untitled films, we also have Kathryn Bigelow’s next film opening the 21st.  That one will be about the hunt for Osama bin Laden, and his eventual death.  With it coming out only a year and half after the fact, this is a pretty good record for “Fastest Studio to Turn a Real Life Murder” into a movie.  Congrats guys!  This one has Chris Pratt, Rooney Mara, and Tom Hardy in its cast.
World War Z is set for the 21st as well.  Based off the very popular novel by Max Brooks, World War Z has a lot of expectations to live up to.  But since Quantum of Solace director Marc Foster is directing, expect the film to meet none of them.  Stars Brad Pitt, Matthew Fox, and Eric West (if there’s any consolation, this film will allow us to see Brad Pitt kill a zombie, which is pretty cool).  Ang Lee’s The Life of Pi is apparently based off a really good book too, but the plot is…weird.  Basically, it’s about a dude who gets stranded in the ocean with a tiger, hyena, zebra, and orangutan on his lifeboat.  Which is yeah, a weird premise.  I’ll have to see a trailer or something before I even begin to get invested.  Finally opening December 21 is Hunter Killer, which is the story of a submarine captain and a group of US Navy Seals risking it all to save the Russian president from a Russian gone rouge as told by Antoine Fuqua. So it’s basically Hunt for Red October with US Navy Seals and the Russian president replacing nukes.  Sounds peachy.  Stars Sam Worthington and Gerard Butler.

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Since Christmas is on a Tuesday this year, the next two films are coming at us on Tuesday.  First up is Baz Luhrman’s The Great Gatsby. This is a very ambitious project, mostly because no one else has ever tried to REALLY make a high budget adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s legendary novel (unless you count the Robert Redford and Mia Farrow one from 1974, of course).  I’m interested to see what Luhrman and his cast, comprised of Tobey McGuire, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Carrie Mulligan, can do.
The final film opening in December 2012 (and 2012 as a whole) is a big one; director Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained. Talk about ending your year with a bang…nothing says “IT’S OVER” better than Quentin Tarantino.  The plot to this thing sounds amazing; a German dentist (played by Christoph Waltz) frees a slave, Django (Jamie Foxx), and teaches him how to be a badass bounty hunter.  The two then set out to free Django’s wife from his previous owner, the evil Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio).  Featuring one of the best cast of the year (which also includes Joseph Gordon Levitt, Samuel L. Jackson, and Kerry Washington), Django Unchained is certainly one of my most anticipated films of 2012.  My god, what a way to end the year!
The Great Gatsby
And like that, the year 2012 will be over.  But we have a long, long ways until that happens.  Twelve full months, in fact.  And during that time, TMP will be devoted to bringing you everything you could possibly need to enjoy the year at the cinema.  We’re updating the site, updating the database—updating everything.  It’s a brand new year, and TMP is working hard to make it the best one yet.
Welcome to 2012, everyone.
-Matthew
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