So I’m expanding the bounds of our weekly Fiction post to talk about a subject near and dear to my heart—movies. After all, like books, movies are all about story. And every year between Thanksgiving and Christmas some of the year’s best movies tend to make their debut. Here are a few I’m looking forward to in the next couple of weeks.
12/9/11 Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy-Based on John le Carre’s inimitable novel featuring George Smiley, this reboot has a great cast of character actors including Colin Firth, Mark Strong, Ciaran Hinds and Benedict Cumberbatch. With that kind of quality, the tension should be through the roof.
12/16/11 Oh, December 16th…A day fraught with new releases. A day fraught with difficult decisions.
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked-I’ll be honest, this isn’t a movie, I’m looking forward to so much as one I’m anticipating being dragged to. My kids are big fans of these fuzzy rock stars and have been walking around the house quoting lines from the commercials for weeks. (When they weren’t singing "All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth.")
While there’s no doubt that the kids will vote for Alvin, Simon and Theodore, my darling husband has already declared his desire to see Mission: Impossible-Ghost Protocol. What’s it about you ask? Um… Stunts and explosions. That’s pretty much what I can tell at this point. In other words, it’s right up his alley.
The really interesting release coming out that day is Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. Can’t wait. The first one had a steampunk edge, but I think this one will have a heftier dose. Not to mention Jude Law is very dashing as Dr. Watson and a perfect foil to Robert Downey Jr’s Holmes. I really enjoyed the first installment with it’s radical interpretation of Holmes’s character. It was also a great buddy flick. Here’s hoping that the second is just as compelling.
12/21/11 The Adventures of Tin Tin-This Steven Spielberg film is based on a Dutch cartoon that’s been around for decades. It appears to be pretty Indiana Jonesish and from the previews I’ve seen, the animation looks stunning. I hope to take my son since I think he’d love it. (And he provides a convenient scapegoat if anyone asks what I'm doing at a cartoon. Though I'd go by myself if I had to!)
12/23/11 We Bought a Zoo-This looks like a feel-good family movie. Supposedly based on a true story. Not sure it’s a project I’d want to tackle in real life, but it does seem like an interesting premise for a movie.
12/25/11 War Horse-I’m a little on the fence about this one. Pretty sure that I would need to smuggle in a Costco-sized box of Kleenex. But it looks to be a moving and beautifully filmed movie.
With all these movies coming out a burning question remains… if we go to see them all how will we ever afford presents?
Here’s a second burning question: What movies are you looking forward to? Or have you seen anything good recently? Has anyone seen Hugo? What did you think?
Influenced by books like The Secret Garden and The Little Princess, Lisa Karon Richardson’s early books were heavy on boarding schools and creepy houses. Now that she’s (mostly) all grown-up she still loves a healthy dash of adventure and excitement in any story she creates, even her real-life story. She’s been a missionary to the Seychelles and Gabon and now that she and her husband are back in America, they are tackling a brand new adventure, starting a daughter-work church in a new city. Her first novella, Impressed by Love, part of the Colonial Courtships collection, is coming in October, 2012.