Must-sees for December

1 December, 2008
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I told myself that I was going to allow some time for fun over my Christmas break. To that end, I want to see the following movies:

Revolutionary Road (trailer here)

DiCaprio and Winslet together again

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (trailer here)

Brad Pitt plays a man who ages backwards

Cadillac Records (trailer here)

What if there'd been no Chuck Berry?

Doubt (trailer here)

Oscar noms for sure - Pulitzer winning play

The Day the Earth Stood Still (trailer here)

Remake of the 1951 film - and Jon Hamm's in it

So what do you plan to see over the holidays? There are a bunch of movies (like Despereaux – I loved the book) that I will wait to see on DVD. And speekina…

The Thriller and I decided to cancel our annual Christmas trip to Detroit (Greektown Casino) and instead used the money to buy this monstrosity, which is going to swallow my tiny little living room. Oh well… choose your battles, right?

Fink out.

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PK Pudlin
PK Pudlin
1 December, 2008 10:22 am

I’m with you on “Doubt” – Love Meryl Streep and the trailers sure are compelling. What about “7 Pounds” with Will Smith? That one’s on my own personal list for December movies. You might check that one out too.
My, my! That is a monstrosity! Are you going to have it baptized? My own tiny little living room is swallowed by a 6 1/2-foot Baldwin, but as you say, one has to pick one’s battles. Congrats, and enjoy!



1 December, 2008 1:11 pm

“Revolutionary Road” is among my top 3 favorite novels. Richard Yates always hated the fact that his debut novel was the best he ever wrote. I always considered this novel as one of my ‘secrets’, meaning few readers I knew had even heard of it. Having seen the extended trailer, all I can say is that Winselt is perfect as April Wheeler, while Leo is a freakin disaster. He has no business playing Frank. I like Leo as an actor but he simply looks too young, period. The actor playing Frank should have been more along the lines of Jon… Read more »

1 December, 2008 8:08 pm

I hate being the cynic . . . oh hell, who am I kidding, I love being the cynic, but . . . all those films will do poorly with the possible exception of The Day The Earth Stood Still. That film will draw in a lot of young Sci Fi fans, i.e. mostly young men. I saw the trailer for Doubt and it looked to me that Streep was phoning in her performance – long distance. She WAS Sophie in Sophie’s Choice, but since then she has just been playing caricatures of herself. Plus, and I don’t know the… Read more »

1 December, 2008 8:38 pm

I hear you RF. Although I’d never read any Lestat books, I recall plenty of fans losing their minds when Tom Cruise was cast as the vampire, yet I believe he won over most – or at least a lot – of them. I thought he was dynamite, but I never read the books. And I read the link– still ain’t buyin it. I understand that these are different mediums and we all know the heartache of seeing a beloved book time-warped into a big-budget movie. Right now I just hope Sam Mendes can turn Leo into a decent Frank.… Read more »

2 December, 2008 10:51 am

I’m not ready to give this up.

“Frank Wheeler …. was neat and solid … with closely cut black hair and the kind of unemphatic good looks that an advertising photographer might use to portray the discerning consumer of well-made but inexpensive merchandise (Why Pay More?)”

And in his eyes, April’s “false smile … was as homely as his own sore feet.”

I’ll tell you who I think is gonna steal this movie: Either Kathy Bates (Mrs Givings) or, more likely Michael Shannon, who plays her son John. That’s my prediction, you heard it here first.


3 December, 2008 9:35 pm

I am really looking forward to The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. It looks like a brilliant film.

And I might give The Day the Earth Stood Still a look-see. I’ve seen the original, so I’m interested in how well the remake is done.