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The 2012 Film Release Calendar (November & December)

This is it, folks. The end.

Of course, not really the end, because this is Hollywood, and even when something ends, there’s always the possibility of a sequel somewhere.

In this case, there actually will be a sequel. Tomorrow I’ll be posting all the films without release dates. (Lots of them, too. I won’t make the same mistake I made last year.)

But before we do that — we have November and December to deal with. They’re pretty simple — Oscar movies and big budget stuff designed to soak up all the money that the quality films don’t make. There’s always your franchises that gravitate around Thanksgiving and Christmas, and outside of that, it’s pretty much all Oscar stuff, thereby making it my favorite time of year.

So, here are November and December, as they’re scheduled for 2012:

November

My Mother’s Curse

The story is about an inventor who invites his mother on a cross-country trip as he tries to sell his new product while also reuniting her with a lost love.

Seth Rogen is playing the inventor and Barbra Streisand is his mother. Interesting combination.

Dan Fogelman wrote it, and apparently the script was pretty funny. Not sure where that came from. It could have been “studio executive” funny, which means people in the office went ape shit over it, but it’ll end up being a bland, shitty comedy. We won’t know until it comes out. (Note: This is the Due Date weekend.)

I’ll say 3 stars. I don’t have complete faith in Rogen, and I haven’t seen so much as a publicity still from this yet. (That’s a set photo taken by someone spying on them.)

Red Dawn

Oh hey, look who it is — the film that was supposed to get released back in 2010. You know how I know that? We had this box office contest in one of our classes (which I won — naturally), and this was tentatively scheduled for November of 2010, even though it was pushed by the time we had to pick. So the people who didn’t pay any attention to things and just saw the list — they put it on there. Idiots.

The reason it got pushed was because MGM went bankrupt and all their films got shelved. This was the big casualty of that. And they couldn’t do anything with it until they got that straightened out. And I think it had a 2011 date for a little while, but then they went and did this.

I am still remotely interested in this, since — it’s an easy film to remake. I doubt it’ll be that great, but I’m sure it’ll be serviceable.

3 stars. How can you really fuck this up? (He said, before the quick cut to the next scene…)

Wreck-It Ralph

The bad-guy character in a classic game who longs to be a hero brings trouble to his entire arcade after sneaking into a new first-person shooter game and unleashing a deadly enemy.

Sounds interesting. I’m worried it might be too kiddie, as I am with almost all animated films, but, even so —

3.5 stars. Let’s give it a shot.

Skyfall

Ah, Bond.

There’s a lot to be said about this. This is a franchise, like Batman and X-Men, where I am very interested in everything they do.

Not to mention — they had studio troubles here, which made this even more anticipated. Last time, legal troubles led to a six-year hiatus. Not that it was totally a bad thing, since Timothy Dalton was not the best choice as Bond, and his two entries were two of the weakest in the series. Then we got the Pierce Brosnan era, which started out quite good, before fading with the single worst (or second, it’s really between Die Another Day and Octopussy. I vote the former, simply because of innuendo in the latter) Bond film ever made.

So when they announced the film was put on hold because of the MGM troubles, everyone held their breath. “Is Daniel Craig gonna return? What are they gonna do?” Then that passed and it became — now what?

There were rumors that the film was gonna be based on “007 in New York,” and I don’t know if we know for sure whether that’s been proven true or not.

What we do know, however — Daniel Craig is back. Judi Dench (sigh… Judi) is back. Sam Mendes is directing (which was announced before the film was put on hiatus).

Now — about the Sam Mendes thing. I was on board with the choice of him as director. Sure, his track record in film (American Beauty, Road to Perdition, Jarhead, Revolutionary Road) doesn’t exactly make you think he’ll make a great Bond movie. But to me — the essence of Bond isn’t necessarily the action scenes. Of course — yeah, the action scenes need to be there, particularly the opening one, but I don’t think it’s something he can fuck up, to be honest with you. And, my biggest problem with Quantum of Solace was the fact that there were one too many action scenes (that plane crash in the desert didn’t need to happen like that. It could have been a lot shorter. And the chase along the rooftops was a complete Bourne ripoff).

But I hear that Mendes wants to bring it back to being like the old Bond movies, with all the dialogue and not so much the action. Because stuff like From Russia with Love and Goldfinger — they’re not exactly filled with action scenes. There are escape scenes and thrilling moments — but no chases through construction zones and on runways and shit. So, I think that means Mendes will cut almost everything out, the producers will make him put stuff back in, and we’ll get an overall successful film. At least that’s my hope.

Also, they cast Naomi Harris as Moneypenny and Ben Whishaw as Q. That should be interesting to see how they introduce them. (They had to, by this one.)

I really hope this is great. It’s going to be 4 stars. I can pretty much assure that. Will it be 5? I don’t know. Casino Royale was 5, Quantum was 4 (even though I have rewatched that a bunch). So let’s go 4.5 stars. Why not? I love Bond.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2

I couldn’t find a poster, so we’re going with Part 1’s.

I don’t need to say anything about this film.

I won’t see this. 2 stars. I’ve made my peace with this franchise. Now let’s let it go quietly away forever.

47 Ronin

An 18th century set story centered on a band of samurai who set out to avenge the death of their master.

Okay, so basically it’s an adaptation of the famous legend, just with Keanu Reeves being added into it. The Last Neo, I guess.

I’ll bite. I don’t hold this story sacred (though I might know some people who do), so really, as long as this is more Last Samurai and less Ninja Assassin — I’m cool with it. More story, more Seven Samurai, less — action scenes and shit.

It also says the film is set “in a world of witches and giants.”

Yeah…about that hope of mine…

3 stars. Why not? So basically this is The Warrior’s Way with Neo? (Note: I’ve never even seen The Warrior’s Way, but I just assume there’s weird, batshit insane action stuff going on. Because, if I don’t compare it to that, I’ll have to compare it to Season of the Witch. Your call.) Let’s hope it doesn’t suck.

Gravity

Nothing’s been released for the film, still-wise, so that’s from Solaris. You know, that film you never saw. (Don’t worry. It’s not really that good compared to Tarkovsky’s version. It’s interesting, but — not really essential unless you’re fascinated by remakes or Steven Soderbergh (or Clooney, really. He did a good job with it, I felt.)

Here’s the logline for the film:

In Earth’s orbit, satellite debris hits a space station, destroying most of it and killing all but two astronauts. The remaining astronauts fight for survival and to return home.

I believe — and this is pure speculation (let me remind you, I’ve decided to stop reading up on films before they come out. So I can just get completely immersed (or not) in the film) based on what I might have heard. I really can’t remember — is that the film is about them tethered together, floating in space. Or that they’re both tethered, and then I think he cuts himself looks in space so she can get back to the station, and then she’s in the station, trying to both save him and get back. I made a lot of that up based on taking the story to conclusions based on what I believe I’ve head. Basically — here’s the thing: the two of them are the only two in the film. That’s one. Two — it’s mostly her. I believe Clooney is really only there for a little bit. I know it was always referred to as a bit part (Downey was gonna do it for a while and pulled out to do — something. But I know the Clooney role is nowhere near as big as the Bullock role, and I know I heard the word “tethered” somewhere. So the logical conclusion is that he ends up floating away in space.

I’m very curious to see what happens here. I love Alfonso Cuaron’s work. Y Tu Mama Tambien was great. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is still probably the best of those films. Children of Men, to me, one of the best movies of the past decade. I’m talking of everything. If you took all the films of 2000-2010, I bet I (and a lot of people) would rank that in the top twenty or twenty-five best movies. It’s just brilliant from beginning to end (and I bet, if they had this Oscar sliding scale thing back then, it would have been nominated for Best Picture as well). So that assures me this will be a quality film.

You know — I’m gonna say 5 stars. I was gonna hedge and go 4.5 (since we know it’ll be at least 4. Alfonso Cuaron has earned a guaranteed 4 for me as a base figure), but let’s have some fucking balls. 5 stars. Bam. And I hope this makes my top ten list for next year. Let’s put the chips down now, motherfucker!

Parental Guidance

When his daughter goes away for work, a grandfather finds himself having to take care of his three grandkids using 21st century methods — though he soon resorts to an old-school style of parenting.

Yeah, sure, this could suck big time. But you know what? Billy Crystal is still a funny man (you’ll find out just how funny in about, oh, seven weeks). See his cameo in The Tooth Fairy to see just how just being him can actually elevate a film.

So as bad as this synopsis makes it sound like the film can be — you know what? I won’t rule out this being okay. I won’t. Bette Midler is in it. So is Marisa Tomei. Of course the director doesn’t give me much hope, and we all know how these things turn out usually — but I refuse to give up hope on this. I will not get jaded until I see the film.

Still, though. 2.5 stars. I really see 3 as a glass ceiling on this one, and I assume the presence of Crystal keeps this from really sucking. I hope this is passable. I really do. Because people are gonna jump all over this to put it on their ‘Worst Of’ lists from months out. I say give it a chance.

Rise of the Guardians

Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, Jack Frost and the Sandman band together to form a united front against the Bogeyman.

This sounds ridiculously entertaining. I’ve heard about this for a long time, and I’m still excited for it. Hugh Jackman is the Easter Bunny, Alec Baldwin is Santa Claus, Isla Fisher is the Tooth Fairy, Chris Pine is Jack Frost, and I believe Jude Law is the Sandman. Either that or he’s the Boogeyman. Either way, really.

This sounds terrific. 3.5 stars. I’m excited. I hope this is terrific.

The Silver Linings Playbook

A lot of intrigue surrounding this one. David O. Russell has a great track record. Three Kings is one of the best movies of the 90s. I Heart Huckabees is one of my favorites, and The Fighter is just amazing. So, obviously, now — this has Oscar potential. That’s how it works. It’s gonna get consideration.

What’s also interesting is that Russell chose to not use Mark Wahlberg in this. Everybody says he’s responsible for Wahlberg’s best performances, but Russell recase Wahlberg with Bradley Cooper. This interests me. Does it say that the part didn’t require Wahlberg, or that Russell didn’t think Wahlberg could pull it off? I’m really curious to see how that went down, what the reasons were, and what the fallout was too).

This movie is about a former teacher who, “After spending four years in a mental institution, moves back in with his mother and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife.”

Interesting. Apparently it’s based on a classy book or something. Bradley Cooper stars. Co-starring is Robert De Niro, Jennifer Lawrence, Julia Stiles, Chris Tucker (wow. Interesting to see him back again. Welcome back, Chris), Shea Whigham, John Ortiz, and Jacki Weaver, as the mother, I believe.

Let’s say — oh, 4 stars. Seems like at least a 4-star movie, but let’s not assume 5, just because I don’t know anything about this past a synopsis, and am not sure what the actual story/tone/idea behind it is. Or rather, what they’re going for. I assume quality. So let’s stick with 4 and go from there.

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I love how I explained November in my “How to Read a Hollywood Release” article.

Basically — it’s the month with Oscar movies, mixed in with big budget movies. How it works is — it’s Oscar season, so those come out. However, many of them aren’t in wide release, simply because most of them are not films Hollywood assumes most people will not immediately go see until they get the distinction of being nominated. Some have breakout potential, but for the most part, Hollywood plays it safe on a lot of them. The really breakout ones usually have Christmas dates (like War Horse).

But, what they do is — alongside those mostly limited (or rolling) release Oscar films — are big budget films. So, while I’m going to the one theater in the city that’s playing shit like The Fighter or The Artist — everyone else is going to see bullshit like Old Dogs.

The heavy hitters also do start to come out here. The King’s Speech, Precious, 127 Hours — all of them came out in November. This year — J. Edgar, The Descendants, Hugo, The Artist, A Dangerous Method, My Week with Marilyn — none of these films got a wide release in November (or at all), and all of them were considered Oscar films to watch out for.

Also in November are the franchises. Potter had a November spot for certain off years, Twilight began as a November franchise (and is ending as one as well). Bond has become November franchise since Brosnan took over. The week before Thanksgiving week is the big moneymaker week. That’s where the franchise aiming to do the most damage comes out. And Thanksgiving of course is where you get that huge mess of films from the most disparate genres all coming out in some form on the same day. It’s crazy, because usually you’re trying to figure out which of the three or four films to see (like this year, Hugo, The Artist, The Muppets — all Thanksgiving).

Also, November is kids movies. Usually big on the kids movies, especially Thanksgiving. They use the holiday season perfectly to get kids into the theater. Kids movies are big in November.

I also mentioned how November was also the spot for some films potentially looking to get the big one-off payment and then go away. (Like Tower Heist last year. Or Due Date.) I consider those films as being pushed into November for money reasons. That’s where they’re most likely to make money.

And then of course there are also the ones that don’t fit anywhere else. November is also slightly eclectic, much like April.

To apply that to this year — Wreck-It Ralph and Rise of the Guardians are the kids films. Expect those to do big business.

The franchises are Twilight and Skyfall. This is much like 2009, where Quantum came out the second week of November and Twilight was out the week after.

Gravity and The Silver Linings Playbook seem to be your Oscar heavy hitters so far (based on what’s scheduled). There will certainly be more. But at the moment, those are the ones they figure have the best chance to be Oscar and wide release/profitable.

47 Ronin seems like a one-off profit film (or they’re going for the Ninja Assassin recognition, which would be a bit weird). Parental Guidance is a kids movie. That seems to be the Thanksgiving spot.

Red Dawn just doesn’t seem to fit anywhere else. And it psychologically fits in November for me. I don’t know why. Same for My Mother’s Curse.

It actually seems pretty barren so far. I guess because all the Oscar films will eventually be put here over the course of the year.

So, that’s November.

Box Office…

Week 1 is Wreck-It Ralph. Disney is Disney.

Week 2 — Skyfall.

Week 3 — Twilight.

Week 4 — Twilight.

Wow, that was easy.

Any potential good movies in November?: As they’re scheduled now… Skyfall. Gravity. The Silver Linings Playbook.

Wreck-It Ralph and Rise of the Guardians look like they both could be entertaining to good.

I hope My Mother’s Curse will be okay.

47 Ronin could be badass.

Unforgivables?: No. Twilight is Twilight, and Red Dawn, at best, could be okay, and at worst could just be a mess. But the being shelved for two years makes me want to go easy on it. Even if it is a mess, it was still a victim of bankruptcy, so it would be a mess from two years ago. You know what I’m saying? So, no, no Unforgivables as they’re scheduled at the moment. (There typically are no Unforgivables after October, since that’s when all the good shit is out.)

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December

Les Misérables

I’m crazy excited for this.

I don’t know why — I’ve never seen the show or know any numbers from it. I have, however, seen the 1935 film based on the novel, with Frederic March and Charles Laughton, which I really liked a lot. (In the 30s, there were a lot of classy literary adaptation films nominated for Best Picture in a three year stretch, like this, A Tale of Two Cities, David Copperfield, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet — like, a lot a lot of them — and this was one of the few that I ended up really liking.) So I guess that’s partially what informed my excitement.

Also — I love musicals. I fucking love musicals. It’s my favorite genre, next to westerns.

That’s the thing about me — I don’t like Broadway shows, but I love when they become movies. Which is why I’m crazy excited for whenever they get around to making that “Wicked” movie they wanna make. So this — I’m really excited for it. The idea of them taking a show performed on a flat stage and actually creating a real environment for the film makes me really want to see it. (I think of it, because I’m sure there’s some better way to describe it that I don’t know because I’m not that smart, as Broadway being two-dimensional. It’s all about the performers and the material. The sets are just there. But film, film is three-dimensional, because you can take that show, and put it in a world. Sets, costumes, sound, editing — you can create an entire universe which that show fits into. That’s why I love when they do it and why I don’t like the shows themselves. Also, the reason I had that entire explanation was because if I said I was happy they were creating a three-dimensional environment for the film, it would have been interpreted a certain way, which is not what I meant.)

Tom Hooper, fresh off his King’s Speech win, is directing. Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway and Russell Crowe will star. Also in it are Helena Bonham Carter, Amanda Seyfried, Taylor Swift and (reportedly) Sacha Baron Cohen. Oh, and that kid from My Week with Marilyn.

I’m crazy excited about that cast, and I hope this turns into a terrific film.

4 stars, hoping for 5. I don’t know what the music is, so I’m hoping it’s good music. But otherwise, I can’t see this being at least a 4-star movie. I’m very, very excited for this one.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

It’s The Hobbit — what more do you need?

This is a world, like that of Harry Potter, where — any story they want to tell in it, I’ll watch it, and I’ll love it.

That said, I read “The Hobbit” a while back, and I just didn’t enjoy it as much as I did “Lord of the Rings.” (I read the books between, I believe, the second and third movie. That’s usually how it happens with me. Read the books after I see the films.)

However, it’s still that world, and it’s still Peter Jackson. I can’t imagine this isn’t a joy to watch.

I’ll say 5 stars, even though I know 4.5 is probably most likely. But fuck it. I loved the trilogy, let’s hope this is just as good. Because we’re getting two, and that’s awesome.

Great Hope Springs

This is interesting.

After thirty years of marriage, a middle-aged couple attends an intense counseling weekend to decide the fate of their marriage.

The couple is Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones. Steve Carell is the counselor.

Written by a female TV writer, and directed by David Frankel, who did The Devil Wears Prada, Marley and Me and The Big Year. So, not that promising a director.

This actually now sounds like a film that will be dripping with sentimentality and cheesy TV cliches that people will fawn all over (especially the Golden Globes) that won’t actually be that great and I’ll have to get pissed over it.

But — despite that — I’m still gonna hold out hope that this is actually good. Streep and Jones is too interesting a pairing to not give 4 stars to. Go ahead, let it suck. I won’t be down on this movie until I see that it sucks. (We have to hope for good things. Great Hope… oh fuck it.)

Kill Bin Laden

This is Kathryn Bigelow’s film they made a big fuss about earlier in the year.

This hasn’t even started filming yet. I don’t see how this is ready to go for 2012. That’s why I didn’t even try to find an image for it. It might be ready, in which case — 3 stars (just because I don’t know how they’re gonna approach it) — but I don’t think this comes out in 2012.

They just cast people now, and said the script is finished. Are they seriously going to shoot it and get it out this year? Who is she, Spielberg? Is this Munich? Something tells me this ends up being bumped, a la Green Zone, to March or April next year (if not later). That’s just a guess.

Also, I’m not really interested in it at all. We live in an age where we get so much news and specifics about things as they happen — who needs a movie to dramatize it? Wait a while. I’d honestly be much more interested if someone wrote a movie about Bin Laden, and made him the protagonist. That, to me, would be much more fascinating to watch. Then you have your Seal Team 6 movie at the end.

Hunter Killer

This is a big film to have not started shooting yet. This, more so than the previous film, is one I can’t see coming out next year.

It sounds good:

An untested American submarine captain teams with U.S. Navy Seals to rescue the Russian president, who has been kidnapped by a rouge general.

Currently Sam Worthington and Gerard Butler are attached. This feels like, if no one drops out and they shoot it next year, it’ll come out mid-year 2013. It feels like one of those fun action films. I like submarines, and Antoine Fuqua is directing, so, 3.5 stars. But I don’t think it comes out for 2012. I’ll be watching out for it, though.

Life of Pi

This movie sounded fucking ridiculous to me when they announced it like five years ago.

Pi is a youth who is the only person to survive the sinking of a freighter. He finds himself on a lifeboat with a hyena, a zebra, an orangutan, and a Bengal tiger.

First of — what? He’s on a raft with a hyena, a zebra, an orangutan and a Bengal tiger. What the fuck is that? I know this is based on a book and shit, but — really? And how do these animals not maul everyone and each to death? I don’t understand. This sounds like it can be laughably bad.

I won’t assume that it’ll be bad, I’m just saying — the synopsis is a little ridiculous. I don’t care if the book makes it work, I’m just saying — it doesn’t sound that interesting to me.

So, not really knowing what this is about, past the synopsis and past the fact that Ang Lee is directing with some unknown Indian actor as the lead — 3 stars. I can’t imagine this’ll be for me at all. And I’m not exactly a huge Ang Lee fan. So, I don’t think this automatically can be a really good movie. I don’t care if it is one — but I’ll wait and see first. I have such doubts.

This is Forty

Yeah…this is a big film for me. Judd Apatow has made three movies so far. The 40-Year Old Virgin, which I fucking hate. Knocked Up, which I liked, but now don’t really like because of how everyone else really likes it (but I have to see it again to confirm my true feelings about it) and Funny People, which I really don’t like. I think Apatow is actually a really funny man, so it’s one of those tough situations for me to mediate between really liking the person and really not liking their films.

That said — this is a sequel featuring the Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann characters from Knocked Up. So I’m thinking it could be okay, but also that I could hate it a lot. I don’t know which it’ll be, so I’ll just say 3 stars, not think about it at all until it comes out, and hope for the best.

World War Z

Well, this sounds like it can be awesome.

It’s based on the Max Brooks (Mel’s son) novel about how the fictional zombie apocalypse began. I heard that the books are very funny, but this seems like they’re turning it into an action movie. I’m not that worried, since they can always infuse it with humor. I’m just really curious to see how they do this and if they can pull it off.

Again, I’m trying to go in as cold as possible, so here, since I’m already sold, I’m going in without even a synopsis (past, what I’m assuming is — the zombie apocalypse is starting, and they’re running around, trying to stop it/get people to safety/stop the spread/whatever). All I know is that Marc Forster is directing and Brad Pitt is starring. And since Brad almost always chooses good or interesting projects, I’m in, and I don’t need to know any more.

4.5 stars. I think I’ll really enjoy this. Could go 4, could go 5, but I’m going in the middle because why not?

Django Unchained

They haven’t even started shooting this yet, so there aren’t even any set photos or anything. But this fan-made poster is pretty awesome, so we’re going with this.

If you haven’t read the script yet (which has been floating around online since June) — it’s one of the best scripts you’ll read ever. Over the past few years, only like two scripts have probably rivaled this one in its brilliance. One was The Social Network, and the other was Inglourious Basterds. Quentin is on another level.

I’m not gonna give you a synopsis, since if you’re a real film fan, you know everything about this movie.

5 stars. Come on, now. Like this won’t be 5 stars.

Lincoln

I think we all know about this one too. A biopic of sorts of Lincoln, starring Daniel Day-Lewis, directed by Steven Spielberg. Is there anyone who isn’t terribly excited for this?

Also, here’s the rest of the cast: Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Robert Todd Lincoln, Jared Harris as Ulysses S. Grant, Tommy Lee Jones as Thaddeus Stevens, Jackie Earle Haley as Alexander Stevens, Lee Pace as Fernando Wood, James Spader, as WN Bilbo, John Hawkes, as Robert Latham, Walton Goggins as Wells A. Hutchins, David Strathairn as William Seward, Bruce McGill as Edwin Stanton, Hal Holbrook as Francis Preston Blair, Tim Blake Nelson as Richard Schell, Julie White as Francis Preston Blair (another one?), S. Epatha Merkerson as Lydia Smith. And Michael Stuhlbarg is also in it. (Is he Booth? That would be awesome.)

5 stars. Come on, now.

The Great Gatsby

Baz Luhrmann, director of Strictly Ballroom, Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge!, and Australia, brings you an adaptation of The Great Gatsby, starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Gatsby, Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway, Carey Mulligan as Daisy, Joel Edgerton as Tom Buchanan, Isla Fisher as Myrtle Wilson, and Amitabh Bachchan (that dude in Slumdog they were trying to get the autograph from) as Meyer Wolfsheim.

All right, then.

4 stars. I’m more curious than anything. I don’t even care if I’m wrong about the rating. I just want to see how he does it.

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So that’s December. Based on the “How to Read a Hollywood Release” — it’s pretty simple. “Mostly here you get the usual stuff, the Oscars, the big Christmas movies…some other shit.”

Obviously the Oscar movies. Lincoln, Gatsby, Les Miserables, Great Hope Springs. Most will pop up throughout the year. Maybe Django too. Tarantino’s become the director where — his stuff gets special late year release, whether it’ll be Oscar or not.

Then there are the franchises. The Hobbit is obviously your franchise. And I bet they’re trying to start one with World War Z. Not as heavy this year as previous ones were. No Mission: Impossible and Sherlock Holmes here.

But there are also the family films for Christmas. I’m assuming Life of Pi is supposed to be that. Unless that’s an Oscar movie too.

Weird how there are no kids movies scheduled. Very strange year. Not sure what to make of it. Maybe things will clear up throughout the year.

Box Office…

Week 1, Twilight again. I doubt Les Mis can get a wide enough release and make that much money to beat that juggernaut that is Twilight. It’s possible, but I don’t think it goes wide immediately.

Week 2 — The Hobbit

Week 3 — probably The Hobbit. I don’t see This is Forty or World War Z having enough firepower to beat The Hobbit (assuming they go mega wide) unless The Hobbit only does like $80 million first week and then drops huge to like, $35 million. Then maybe something squeaks by. But I’m assuming The Hobbit will make so much money in its first week that the drop will be enough to win second week.

Week 4 — Either Hobbit again, a holdover like Z or Forty — or even Django. Or Gatsby. But I doubt it. It’s open at the moment, since other stuff could also open. But it seems like they’re giving it to The Hobbit there. We’ll see. It’s a long ways away. It’s the last weekend of the year. We’re in the first one.

Potential good movies in December?: Almost all of them. Django, Les Miserables, Gatsby, Lincoln, World War Z, The Hobbit.

Unforgivables?: No. It’s December. There’s almost never an Unforgivable in December.

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So, that’s it. we did the whole year.

Tune in tomorrow (oh, y’all motherfuckers thought it was over?) for the films of 2012 that don’t have release dates yet.

I promise tomorrow will be the last one. Then we’ll go do some other shit.

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