The holiday season is in full swing and December has begun. I’ve always been rather fond of December. Not the cold, but the atmosphere of the month. There is an air of community and things slow down a bit, despite the month racing by faster than February. This year feels no different already.
With the month ready to kick off speeding, so are the posts. Though, the shift is mostly because NaNo is over. I’ll be going back to four posts a week (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday) plus reviews. It looks to be a decent month ahead of us.
Before I get into the look ahead for the month, I wanted to send my condolences to the Walker Family. Sure, they may never hear my voice, but my thoughts are with them after the tragic loss of Paul Walker yesterday. He was too young, but he clearly left a wonderful impression on those who knew him, not to mention on all his fans. You will be missed Mr. Walker.
Dec 13- The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Dir. Peter Jackson– The second film in The Hobbit Trilogy is set to release. It looks like it will be a bit more action packed than the first as it picks up in the middle of the journey and indicates the reaching of the mentioned dragon, Smaug. While I’m not certain that The Hobbit Trilogy will be as critically strong as The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, I’m fairly certain that this film will entertain. We’ll have to wait and see. Expect a review.
Dec 13- Saving Mr. Banks Dir. John Lee Hancock– A story of the relationship between P.L. Travers, the author of Mary Poppins, and Walt Disney during his pursuit to bring the novel to the screen. In the brief clips and trailers for the film, Tom Hanks looks absolutely enigmatic. The film gives off an interesting vibe and I wouldn’t be shocked if it didn’t
get at least some sort of Academy recognition. Expect a late review.
Dec 20- American Hustle Dir. David O. Russell– A period piece about a real life con that’s been brought to the screen. Pairing David O. Russel with the always engaging Jennifer Lawreance alone with a top notch young cast, I’m sure we’ll be treated to a wonderful film. Possible review.
Dec 20- Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues Dir. Adam McKay — the cult classic has its sequel. Moving from the 70s into the early 80s, the gang moves on up from regional reporting to global reporting. There have been reports that there were enough quality jokes in the film to make two cuts of the same move. Depending on what theatre you attend you may get something different. I am a bit weary about the sequel as the first film was hilarious. Expect a review.
Dec 25-47 Ronin Dir. Carl Rinsch– It is the on screen version of the classic Japanese legend. Now Keanu has his ups and downs in films, but this film seems to work with him rather than make him stretch to places that are out of his range. The effects in the film are also stunning. Visually it reminds me of some of the early 2000s Chinese films. Expect a review.