December as we all know by now holds the release of a certain film that has such a gargantuan amount of people who just can’t seem to stop talking about and geeking over it, that we don’t need to talk about that; instead let’s talk about what else is on offer this month.
Victor Frankenstein – 03/12:
Now this is one that is calling out to be complete and utter rubbish, I cannot deny that, but with James McAvoy as Frankenstein (no, not the monster, Doctor, for those of you who get confused) and Daniel Radcliffe as Igor it has to be something at least worth checking out. The less hopeful of prospects is that if you watch the English and American trailers, it comes across as two completely different films, one macabre thriller and another like the Frankenstein version of Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes. Either way, I’m adding it to the list for December just for the potential.
Krampus – 04/12:
This is one that is a little different and for that reason, is interesting. Though Krampus may be a familiar thing to the American or perhaps German audience, for those English among us, the folklore is that Krampus was the opposite of Saint Nicholas, punishing the children who misbehaved. It’s a wonder no one has made this film before with it parlaying so easily into a metaphor of how we don’t appreciate things in life today. Though the cast does make me unsure whether I’m supposed to take this film seriously; Adam Scott, Toni Collette, David Koechner and Alison Tollman, though none of them are bad actors they’re all of middling celebrity that I’m not sure who to focus on, but as a team they should make for good viewing. The question I can’t seem to figure is, is it a comedy or is it a full on horror? Because again with this cast it’s hard to take the idea of a real horror seriously, but if you check out the poster it could be a throw back to Nightmare on Elm Street era, or Gremlins, only time will tell.
The Night Before – 04/12
This is one I’ve already mentioned after its trailer release, but I think genuinely this could be the real new Christmas comedy, there hasn’t been one in perhaps thirty years but this could do it. With the cast of Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Anthony Mackie, it’s all set to be hilarious antics for 100 minutes of shameless humor to get you in the mood for Christmas. Normally I’d be more conservative given the genre but with the director/writer being Jonathan Levine (50/50, Warm Bodies) I have hope for this to be decent.
By The Sea – 11/12
Now sadly I cannot say that I have heard great things about this one, so why is it on the list? Because being directed by Angelina Jolie and starring herself and her husband Brad Pitt, just the concept of the two of them on screen together again for the first time since Mr & Mrs Smith in 10 years is too intriguing to miss. The story of a troubled couple in France in the mid 1970s doesn’t inspire me to want to go out and see it right now, but it’s possible to be a slow burner and after all, Before Midnight does have a 98% on Rotten Tomatoes as well as a 7.2 on IMDB so if the concept of a married couple arguing can do that well, why not when its Pitt/Jolie?
Grandma – 11/12
This one I don’t expect everyone to be aware of, it tells the story of Elle (Lily Tomlin) the sharp witted (and tongued) Grandma who has recently lost her partner and is sought by 18 year old Granddaughter Sage (Julia Garner) for help with her unplanned pregnancy, which begins their road trip. This is actually the first lead role for Tomlin since her 1988 film Big Business alongside Bette Midler, and who doesn’t love a sassy Grandma? I am completely unsure about the quality of this film as a whole, but I’m very certain that this is going to be a fantastic performance from Tomlin, not to be missed.
Sisters – 18/12
Now while everyone else goes mad about Star Wars, this is what I’ll be celebrating, the return of Fey and Poehler on the big screen for the first time since Baby Mama in 2008, a hilarious much overlooked film. I could try to be objective but this is going to be the highlight of my year, these are the first ladies of comedy, anyone whose even just seen clips of anything from their work on SNL to their hosting of the Golden Globes will know just how funny these ladies are, as well as fantastic friends in real life. The story of two women who return home to find out their parents are selling their childhood home and decide to have one last blow out, I cannot hide my excitement for this one. I know what I’ll be doing that day.
In The Heart Of The Sea – 26/12
The latest offering from Ron Howard, the story of the story behind Moby Dick and the men that tackled the legendary beast. This one I choose because I’m sure that it’s going to be one of the most visually stunning films of 2015, possibly the top though The Martian will be hard to beat. This is the reunion of Howard and Chris Hemsworth after their last collaboration Rush, which deserved a lot more recognition than it got, but the best films are never the ones that win the Oscar or even nominated though it currently sits at number 167 on IMDB top rated movies. This film may similarly get underwhelming recognition but if it lives up to the quality of their last outing together, it’s something that you should see to round out your year of cinema.