Andrew: Hello readers! Sorry that we've been a little quiet the past few days, been a little busy with the day-jobs. We wanted to break that silence with a new Six-Pack, and it dawned on us today that the year 2012 is going to be OVER in just 7 weeks, but there are still a LOT of movies that will be coming out between now and then that we're very excited to see! So we put the two together, and now, for you reading enjoyment, A Six-Pack Of Movies We're Still Looking Forward To In 2012!
1.) HYDE PARK ON HUDSON (December 7th)
Sarah: I'm going to do this by date and the first movie that I am going to start with is Hyde Park on Hudson. This movie is about the love affair between Franklin Roosevelt and his distant cousin, Margaret Suckley. The story centers around a weekend spent in upstate New York when the King and Queen of England came to visit. Starring Bill Murray as FDR, Laura Linney as Margaret, along with Olivia Williams, Olivia Colman and Samuel West, this is one that I have been really looking forward to ever since I saw the first trailer for it. I love period piece movies so this, of course, was right up my alley. We haven't really had a lot of movies where FDR has been the star so it will be interesting to see a different side of a famous President. I am excited to see how Linney and Murray play off each other. The one concern that I have it that it could be a bit of a snoozer, but I'm really hoping that's not the case!
Official Trailer for Hyde Park on Hudson
2.) ZERO DARK THIRTY (December 19th)
A: My second movie is Zero Dark Thirty, the first film made by Kathryn Bigelow after The Hurt Locker, for which she won the Academy Awards for Best Director and Best Picture in 2008. Zero Dark Thirty is a political/military thriller detailing the ten-year manhunt for Osama Bin Laden following the attacks on September 11th, 2001. From what I've read and heard, it is not exclusively about SEAL Team Six, the Navy SEALs squadron that actually killed Bin Laden. It's more about the operatives in the CIA and the military and their efforts to find him. I like that idea and will be curious to see if Bigelow can make the manhunt as intense as The Hurt Locker was. She's also wrangled up a great cast, with Lawless co-stars Jessica Chastain and Jason Clarke as CIA officers, James Gandolfini as former CIA director and current U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, Mark Strong (he's in everything!), Kyle Chandler, Joel Edgerton (a personal fave of ours) and Chris Pratt plus many more.
Official Trailer for Zero Dark Thirty
3.) THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY (December 14th)
S: When Bilbo Baggins answers the door one morning, he had no idea that his life would forever be changed. Along with dwarves and a wizard, Bilbo starts out on a journey to reclaim gold and more importantly, find his adventurous side. This should really come as no surprise that I am counting down the days until this movie comes out. Although I was not initially too happy about them turning “The Hobbit” into three movies, I can see where the allure of the cash cow sure to come out of these would be tempting.
And it will be entertaining for us fans who have been waiting years for this! Starring Martin Freeman, Hugo Weaving, Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis and about a million other British and New Zealand actors this will be a who's who of foreign accents. Being the first part of a very short book, I'll be interested to see where they make the cut off for this movie. The talent that has gone into this movie is so amazing. When The Lord of the Rings trilogy came out, it was a movie marvel. It has been quite a while since those came out and I am so excited to see what Peter Jackson and his gang at Weta Workshop come up with.
Official Trailer for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
4.) THIS IS 40 (December 21)
A: This Is 40, as the trailer perfectly says, is the "sort-of sequel" to Judd Apatow's 2007 hit comedy Knocked Up. Basically a spin-off movie about Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann's Pete and Debbie characters from Knocked Up, I've been looking forward to this one since I heard they were going produce it. I'll just about watch Paul Rudd in anything, I find Leslie Mann to be quite hilarious, and par for the course with any Apatow production it has a killer supporting cast with Jason Segel, Melissa McCarthy, Albert Brooks, John Lithgow and Chris O'Dowd to name a few. I'm a big fan of Apatow's films that he's directed and/or produced (for the most part) and I'm interested to see what kind of heart and humor he taps out of the mid-life crises of Rudd and Mann's married couple. Will it be overly long? Probably. Will it make bring a tear to my eye? Most likely. Will it make me laugh out loud multiple times? Guaranteed. And that's all I'm really asking out of it.
Official Trailer for This Is 40
5.) LES MISERABLES (December 25th)
S: My last movie that I am most excited to see comes out Christmas Day and is going to be musical that has been around for 32 years and has shown ALL over the world – Les Miserables! Based in 19th century France, we follow the story a prisoner, Jean Valjean, as he seeks redemption from his past. Starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Helena Bonham Carter, and Sacha Baron Cohen this promises to be Oscar bait for several of these actors, as well as director Tom Hooper, who won the Best Director Oscar in 2010 for The King’s Speech.
There are a couple of things about this musical that set it apart from the other musicals that have graced the silver screen. Les Mis is traditionally an all-music show. While I doubt that this one will be void of any spoken lines, it's the songs that are going to be impressive. Instead of recording the songs in studio first and then lip-synching to them while filming, Hooper actually had the actors sing the songs while filming! It won't be the perfectly edited songs that we have some to be used to, but it will add such an amazing dynamic to the movie. Les Mis is one of my favorite musicals and brings me to tears every time I see it on stage. This cast is so amazing and the characters are so memorable, I don't really have any worries about this one. Andrew has also never seen the show so he is in for such a treat!
Official International Trailer for Les Miserables
6.) DJANGO UNCHAINED (December 25th)
A: Quentin Tarantino, Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz and Leonardo DiCaprio. Need I say more? Django Unchained has a simple premise - a slave is freed by a bounty hunter for the purpose of tracking down some outlaws, and in return the bounty hunter will help the slave get his wife back from her slave master - but it's the talent involved that makes it so much better than that. Jamie Foxx as the slave, Django? Yes please. Christoph Waltz, who kicked ass as Hans Landa in Inglourious Basterds, as the bounty hunter? Hell yes. Leonardo DiCaprio as a sadistic slave owner who derives entertainment from having his slaves fight each other to the death? Sounds like a classic Tarantino villain to me!. There are a ton of reasons why I can't wait to see this film, but the primary one is that I think Tarantino got jobbed a few years ago when The Hurt Locker won Best Picture over Inglourious Basterds, and I'm excited to see what he comes up with after that masterpiece. Needless to say, Christmas Day is going to be an exciting one in the Keck household this year.
Official Trailer for Django Unchained
So those are the six films we're most excited for coming out in the next 7 weeks! What movies that haven't hit theatres yet are you most excited for, readers?