It’s that time of year again where the quality of movies increases exponentially as the contenders for Academy Awards hit the theaters (if only for a limited engagement). Normally, I’d try to see as many of these movies as I could, but these movies tend to be incredibly long. You should get extra credit if you can make an Oscar-worthy film under two hours.
Argo (In theaters now)
I’ve been slacking on this one and hope I can still catch it in theaters. I’m glad Ben Affleck has turned his career around from Daredevil killer to great director (Gone Baby Gone, The Town). This movie appears to star every character actor in Hollywood except for William H. Macy and Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Lincoln (In theaters now)
I’m nervous about this one because I’m not a fan of Steven Speilberg when his films tackle anything racial (see Amistad). Watching Daniel Day-Lewis act is always worth the price of admission and the rest of the cast (Sally Field, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tommy Lee Jones and David Strathairn amongst others) is nothing to sneeze at.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (December 14)
Riddle me this, Peter Jackson. Each of The Lord of the Rings books got one movie. Granted they were long movies and even had extended editions, but they got ONE. MOVIE. EACH. So The Hobbit, which as a book is shorter than each of The Lord of the Rings books, is getting split into three movies (and they aren’t even three short movies by the look of it since An Unexpected Journey is two hours and 49 minutes)? I’m still going to see it but there’s only so much hobbit walking a man can take.
Zero Dark Thirty (December 21)
I couldn’t be anymore excited for Kathryn Bigelow’s follow-up to The Hurt Locker. It co-stars Kyle “Coach Taylor” Chandler. That’s all I needed to know.
Django Unchained (December 25)
Quentin Tarantino and slavery? Uh oh. As fun as this movie looks (especially with Leonardo DiCaprio hamming it up), I’m scared of how many times I will cringe at Tarantino’s love affair with the n-word.