Posted November 9, 2012 by Robert Burris in Movies & Video
 
 

Top Ten Movies Still Coming In Out 2012

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“With Hitchcock and Hobbits, James Bond and Django, and Presidents and Vampires (this time in separate movies), the end of 2012 is shaping up to be a season of great films.”

Here are the top ten movies yet to be released this holiday season that I’m most excited about. Be sure to check back often with Geek Smash, and tell your friends about us! I’ll be sure to  bring you reviews, and let you know what I thought of each film a day or two after they are released! So what movie are you most excited for this holiday season? Let me know below. I’m sure you can all guess what this geek is most looking forward to!

Skyfall (Nov. 8)

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Can you believe it has been four years since the last  Bond installment? Way to go MGM! I wish Bond films came out with more regularity waiting four and sometime six years for a new one is starting to make me feel old.  Opening this weekend, I could not be more excited. So far reviews have been favorable, and it’s made a cool $100M already overseas.  For the record I like Craig a lot more than Pierce Brosnan; but he’s starting to get older. I wonder if he will meet the same fate as previous Bonds? I’d wager this will be his last Bond film, which I’m ok with. I love him as an actor, and can’t wait to see him in some other films. Why should you care about this film? Well it should be obvious Bond is timeless and classic. Everyone loves Bond, James Bond!

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2 (Nov. 15)

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Please don’t think less of me–but you know this movie is going to make so much money! Especially with all the drama between the two leads. In July, Kristen Stewart cheated on Robert Pattinson, her co-star and boyfriend of four years, with a married man the director (Craven) of her other movie that no one liked: Snow White and the Huntsman. I mean, seriously, did anyone like that movie?  We are going to get to finally see the sweet little vampire family; I couldn’t be more stoked to see Renesmee. It’s all coming together in this one boys and girls. The clans are gathering the wolf packs are ready to defend themselves against the Volturi coven. Honestly, though, I can’t wait for this  series to be over.

Lincoln (Nov. 9, expands Nov. 16)

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So apparently election years are the best years to release movies with Politicians in them. President Obama is always talking about how Lincoln is his idol. I just had to laugh earlier in the year when they portrayed this Republican as a vampire hunter. Steven Spielberg, however, is going to take a “slightly” more realistic approach in portraying Lincoln’s life. The film is based on historian Doris Kearns Goodwin’s famed biography. Daniel Day-Lewis plays the president–although he wasn’t the first pick.  Irish-born Liam Neeson turned down the job offer because he thought he was too old. He’s only 60 and that’s only 4 years older than when the man himself died. Although after watching all of Neeson’s film I was thinking, “come on he could have totally “Taken” John Wilkes Booth.” Plus, it’s got Tommy Lee Jones in it!

Life of Pi (Nov. 21.)

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I’ll be honest I just finished reading the book, and it was one of those life changing epics that I think everyone needs to read. I actually don’t have faith that Ang Lee who did Brokeback Mountain & Hulk is going to do this book justice, especially with only a PG rating. This was not a child’s tale or bedtime story. Life of Pi is about an Indian zoo owner’s son, trapped on a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger.  The book almost never saw the light of day. It was rejected by several publishing houses before it got picked up. Now it’s the proud owner of the  Man Booker Prize for Fiction. The subjects covered in the book are not for a younger audience; and, I’m afraid the film is going to come off too lighthearted when the books essence was not lighthearted at all.  If the film was done right, it could win some Oscars. Lee apparently admitted to being under a lot of stress making this movie calling it the hardest film he’s ever done. No doubt! Read the book and then I’m sure that would make sense.  Honestly if your kids are not at least in their teens you may want to consider Rise of the Guardians opening the same weekend instead. If you have older children, Life of Pi will make for a thought-provoking outing.

Rise of the Guardians (Nov. 21)

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Do you have any idea how much I love Dreamworks? Based on the book series “The Guardians of Childhood, the story sets out to bring all the fictional characters from childhood together against the villain named Pitch the Boogieman (played by Jude Law). I’m a little surprised this earned a G rating; but I’m sure it will be great, and it’s always to nice to see a movie made for even for the youngest theater goers. I mean how could a movie with Jack Frost (voiced by Chris Pine), a tattooed Santa Claus (Alec Baldwin), an Easter Kangaroo; I mean how could the Easter Bunny (Hugh Jackman), the Tooth Fairy (Isla Fisher), and a mute Sandman disappoint? This is going to be a hit with anyone who has a family.

Hitchcock (Nov. 23)

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A love story between influential filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock and wife Alma Reville during the filming of Psycho in 1959. I really don’t know a lot about the man behind all the wonderful films, so I’m really excited to go see this one. This should be a great film. Its based on the true story of one of the greatest American filmmakers. Check out the trailer here. I really hope Mr. Hopkins wins an Oscar for this film.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Dec. 14)

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How is Director Peter Jackson going squeeze three movies out of The Hobbit? Published in 1937, and only about 300 pages long, each movie is only going to cover about 100 pages of material. That being said, I do have absolute faith. I’m actually sort of glad they are doing it that way. I’m not glad that I’m going to have to pay roughly 30-50 dollars to see this trilogy in the theater, but it’s a small trifle. The prequel to “Lord of the Rings” is coming out just in time for the book’s 75th anniversary. This film stars Martin Freeman (Dr. Watson in BBC Sherlock) as Bilbo Baggins who leads a merry band of 13 dwarves and the wizard Gandolf (Ian McKellen) on a quest to reclaim treasure from a dragon named Smaug. The next two installments are currently set to come out in December 2013 and July 2014 respectively. This is the film I’m most excited about for this season. How about you?

Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away – (Dec. 21)

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Having never been to Vegas myself I’m really excited about this film. I wish Hollywood would turn more shows into other mediums so everyone could enjoy the wonder but I understand why they don’t as well. The story goes a little something like this. A young woman is seeking escape. Mia played by (Erica Kathleen Linz) enters a circus tent and falls instantly in love with an aerialist (Igor Zaripov) She watches him perform but tragedy strikes; their eyes meet, he slips and falls, and suddenly Mia and the Aerialist tumbles into another world. Mia and the aerialist become separated in this other world but they travel to a place that exists between life and death to find each other again. It looks incredibly beautiful. From what I’ve been able to find, acts from Cirque du Soleil shows “O” and “Mystère” will definitely be featured in the film.

Django Unchained – (Dec. 25)

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Quentin Tarantino is really known for his witty scripts and gritty violence. His films oscillate between cerebral, verbose dialogue and merciless acts of vengeance. Up for it? I know I am. Sounds like a great time! The film takes place in the south two years before the Civil War. A slave named Django (Jamie Foxx) goes through a terrifying and gruesome course of events with his former owners. Then he meets a bounty hunter, Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz). This bounty hunter is trying to track down a the Brittle brothers to collect his bounty and he wants Django’s help because he is the only person who knows what they look like. He even promises he will free Django when they are done. Even after they finish this goal they go around hunting criminals together in the real mission of the movie to find and free Djangos wife that he lost a long time ago. I can’t wait to see Leonardo Dicaprio in his villainous turn as a slave owner.

Les Miserables – (Dec. 25)

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I know, I know, it’s been done before but never like this! This one should go down in the books for sure. The 19th-century epic has been done dozens of times. Hollywood has done it six time already!  This will be the first musical adaptation. Here are a few reason why this should be on your radar, Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, and Anne Hathaway. If this film doesn’t win an Oscar, I’ll eat my copy of the Dark Knight Rises on Youtube. With a three-hour running time it may be a little hard to sit through. I promise you that this will be the tearjerker for the holidays; and, every man in a relationship is going to end up seeing it!

Those are my picks for the top ten movies still to be released in 2012. Hope you enjoyed, and check back here for my reviews.

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Robert Burris

 
I’m a Denver resident with over 20 years of gaming experience. I love all things Geek! A typical weekend for me involves lots of music listening, TV watching, movie enjoying, and video game playing. I hope to make an impact on the industry that will lead to more enjoyable experiences for the video game players.