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Winter Movie Season: December 2009


In the past, there have been many December blockbuster hits including the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. This December seems to be the month of potential blockbuster hits with Academy Award winning directors behind them. Plenty of promotion has gone into James Cameron’s latest film “Avatar” which is an action/fantasy film starring Sam Worthington (“Terminator Salvation”). Clint Eastwood’s latest film “Invictus” has some Oscar buzz to it and it stars Matt Damon and Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman. Peter Jackson directs the screen adaptation of “The Lovely Bones” which has also garnered some Oscar buzz and it is definitely one of my top picks to see this December.

Rob Marshall (“Chicago”) brings “Nine” from stage to screen with an all-star cast including Academy Award Winners Marion Cotillard, Nicole Kidman, Penelope Cruz, Daniel Day-Lewis, and Academy Award nominee Kate Hudson. Another film that has Oscar buzz surrounding it is “Up in the Air” starring Academy Award Winner George Clooney. Before Robert Downey Jr. reprises his Iron Man role this summer, he first tackles on the role of “Sherlock Holmes”, which looks fun and action packed. Robert De Niro, Drew Barrymore, Sam Rockwell, and Kate Beckinsale star in “Everybody’s Fine” which is probably the only film that takes place during the Holiday season. In terms of family films, there’s “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakuel”.

My spotlight picks of the month are “The Last Station” and “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus”. “The Last Station” is a historical drama based on author Leo Tolstoy’s life and the cast is top notch. The film stars Christopher Plummer (“The Sound of Music”), James McAvoy (“Atonement”), and Academy Award winner Helen Mirren (“The Queen”). “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” is Heath Ledger’s (“The Dark Knight”) final film and looks to be quite a show. Well that’s my December overview, click on the link below to check out the rest of the movies coming out in the next month.

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Another Pirates Sequel?

Source: Variety

Variety reports that “Chicago” director Rob Marshall, may be directing the next “Pirates of the Caribbean” film. If Marshalll is a lock [to direct], production will begin in 2010. This would be the fourth film in the Disney franchise. I really like Rob Marshall’s work, but I don’t know how I feel about another Pirates sequel. I think they should’ve just left it at the first film, but considering how well the first film did, of course Disney would want to cash in on the sequel train. According to the numbers, numbers most certainly speak louder than words. The Pirates trilogy has grossed $2.6 billion dollars (no that is not a typo) worldwide with Gore Verbinski directing all three films.

Perhaps a new director can be a good thing for the franchise. To be honest, I wasn’t a fan of the last two Pirates sequels. A new director can bring a new and fresh vision. The good news is that Johnny Depp will be back to play Captain Jack Sparrow, the role that garnered him an Academy Award nomination.

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