Oh my ---there are just so many great movies hitting the theatres right now I don't know how I will see them all. This has actually been a very good year already, and they have saved a lot of the best for last. This is strategic planning on their part in order to keep the titles fresh in the minds of those doing the voting for all the up-coming awards ceremonies.
Currrently showing or coming very shortly are the following great choices:
"Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows" -- This is the Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law franchise and if you saw the first you know how much fun it was. We have that on our shelves at CPL, as well as numerous other Holmes adaptations- see my previous post. Since that time we also now carry the excellent modern re-telling that has been showing up on PBS Mystery Theatre and starring the tremendously named Benedict Cumberbatch. These are intelligent, fast-paced and very well done---with Sherlock using an iphone instead of a magnifying glass!
"Mission: Impossible- Ghost Protocol", the fourth offering in this Tom Cruise franchise-it has made him mega millions---they are very popular and highly entertaining. We have 1 ,2, 3.
"Hugo"---a children's movie directed by Martin Scorsese? Really? Based on the wildly popular book "The Invention of Hugo Cabret", a fellow Movie Maniac saw this and can't say enough good things about it.
"The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo" starring Daniel Craig of 007 fame. This is the English remake based on the international smash trilogy. Already done by the Swedes in their native language, this is the highly anticipated release directed by David Fincher. We have all 1, 2, 3 of the sub titled Swedish releases and it will be interesting to compare the two.
"The Adventures of TinTin" -directed by Spielberg and featuring Peter Jackson's excellent skills at CGI and motion capturing. Also from Spielberg this season is "War Horse"---getting buzz as the best movie ever made about a horse! And if that sounds kind of corny to you, there are actually lots of excellent movies about horses.
"The Artist"- as Maclean's film critic Brian Johnson quips 'finally a French movie that doesn't need subtitles'. Silent and in black and white it is also generating lots of buzz.
And if like me you are waiting with baited breath for the as yet untitled Star Trek sequel, you'll have to wait till May 17,2013!
Hope you can take in some of these. And if you do, I would love to hear your opinion about any or all of them. Just drop us a line through 'comments'. Have a wonderful Christmas and check back here after the 25th for a great contest we will be running.