Friday, December 27, 2013

The Best Movies of the Year Sneak into December

Um, wtf happened this year. I don't go to the movies for a solid month because there is literally nothing good playing and then this month (when I have been too busy to function) there are like 20 movies that dare to come out in theaters.

WTF, movie conglomerates? You think that three days off will really boost your movie sales enough to make up for evenly spaced releases throughout the year?

(Perhaps this is unfair of me. As someone who goes to the movies, like, three times a month, I probably represent a smaller fraction of the general movie-going public...)

Let's talk about all of the movies that I now have to wait until January to see because there wasn't enough time in this damn month to play catch-up. [Besides, of course, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (which I saw in NYC in October) and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (review pending)]

1. Frozen


I have heard literally nothing but good things about this movie - especially its apparently mind-boggling soundtrack. The story follows two royal sisters, one of whom has magical powers that go awry. After the powerful sister banishes herself from the kingdom, it's up to the remaining sister to find her and make her come back to their kingdom. I have a notorious affinity for kids' movies (Disney especially; so well made!) and can't wait to catch this one (hopefully before it leaves theaters).

2. American Hustle


It looks like Goodfellas, Casino, The Fighter and National Treasure had a baby. Could Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale, and Amy Adams be the next DeNiro, Pesci, and Stone? I can't wait to see this one and find out what the heck it's actually about. Love the Zeppelin in the trailers!!!

3. Saving Mr. Banks


Little apprehensive about this one because it apparently takes some liberties with the original tale of P.L. Travers and her mission to impede the creation of the Mary Poppins film (which was a notorious pain in the ass for Disney) due to creative differences. Not sure how good a Walt Disney Tom Hanks will prove, and a little unsure about how many feelings are in it (I hear it's a sob fest), but you can sign me up for anything with Emma Thompson in it and there's a 85% chance that I'll enjoy it.

4. Anchorman 2

The only poster necessary right?

Heard mixed reviews about this one too. On the one hand, it seems nearly impossible to improve upon the laugh-fest that is the first Anchorman. On the other hand, who doesn't want to see more of that ridiculous, mustachioed news anchor and his band of misfits? Count me in.

5. The Wolf of Wall Street

My office looks like this too.

Honestly, I only want to see this because Scorsese made it. The film runs about 3 hours long and promises to be a total spectacle. But I feel like it's going to make me mad. It'll be interesting to see whether this film or American Hustle gets more popularity. They seem to have similar themes on corruption and the fact that they both take place in the near past is interesting.

6. 47 Ronin

I mean he was Neo. Maybe he can pull off "cool" again...

I could probably just call this The Asian Version of 300 and it would be like 50% the same movie (by the looks of the trailer). Despite being based on a true story, that whole lady-turning-into-a-dragon thing seems a bit suspect. But I guess you could say the same thing about a Scottish King Leonidas. Still, it looks like fun. Haven't seen a good action flick since the newest Hobbit.

Hopefully I can squeeze all of these in before the end of January. But I'm not making any promises.

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