Roll Film!

As a movie buff, this is my favorite time of the year, as studios unleash a torrent of great movies in time for the holidays and Academy Awards consideration.

Our family saw the new James Bond installation “Skyfall” last week, and while I am not a fan of that much violence, I still thought the movie was very well done: great acting (Judi Dench! Ralph Fiennes! Albert Finney! Javier Bardem!), fantastic cinematography (Roger Deakins!), expert directing (Sam Mendes!), plus a ton of entertaining references to previous Bond films. (See it yourself!) My husband, a huge 007 fan, says he thinks “Skyfall” is the best Bond film since 1981’s “For Your Eyes Only.”

But “Skyfall” is just one in a long line of great current & upcoming releases. Here are the ones I can’t wait to see:

  • The Great Gatsby – Leonardio DiCaprio stars. ‘Nuf said.
  • Quartet – A retirement home for opera singers is disrupted by the arrival of an insufferable diva, played by the incomparable Maggie Smith.
  • Les Miserables – Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried, Helen Bonham Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen star in this epic screen version of the classic musical.
  • The Master – Master-ful performances by Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix in this story about a cult leader and a disturbed war veteran.
  • Argo – Another solid directorial (and acting) offering by Ben Affleck, about the 1980 secret CIA-Canadian operation to rescue six Americans from Iran.
  • Lincoln – Daniel Day Lewis plays the 16th President during a critical period of the Civil War. Also starring Sally Field, David Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Spader, Hal Holbrook and Tommy Lee Jones. Oh, and directed by Steven Spielberg.
  • The Impossible – Moving story of a family caught in the 2004 Tsunami in southeast Asia. Stars Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts.
  • Silver Linings Playbook – Bradley Cooper plays a former teacher who tries to put his life back together after spending time in a mental institution.
  • Arbitrage – Currently in limited release, this movie stars Richard Gere and Susan Sarandon in this story of a hedge fund manager in trouble, loosely based on the story of Bernie Madoff.
  • Hitchcock – Anthony Hopkins plays the Master of Suspense, while Helen Mirren stars as his wife. Also featuring Scarlett Johansson as Janet Leigh.
  • Flight – Heralded as one of Denzel Washington’s best performances ever (and that’s saying something), as a heroic airline pilot with his own demons.
Seriously, I think 2012 could go down as one of the best movie years ever. What else should I add to the list?

4 thoughts on “Roll Film!

  1. Angie, I just added your recommendations to my Netlix list, in toto. And–this will sound crazy–even Mrs. Kirkistan wants to go to a theater to see Skyfall. Highly unusual behavior for her. I’ll mention Dave’s recommendation to her.

    Promise me you’ll at least consider watching “Buck” about a sort of horse-whisperer. You could teach a graduate seminar from this film!

  2. Hey Amy,

    Great post…the lovely Marilyn saw it and told me to read it – and you know how often I read blogs!!

    Anyway, we’re going to see Lincoln this weekend and have seen Argo (great film). Can’t wait to see Bond but I’m not sure my lovely wife will go. Wish you and Bob lived closer so we could hit the movies and then go to Chilis!! (they ALWAYS have great food!! HA!)

    Hope all is well.

    Talk to you soon.

    Dr. Steve Weng

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