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2011 Movies – The Final Push

Back in May I posted a list of the movies I wanted to see this year. So far I’ve seen 7 out of the 10 I was shooting for, plus caught up on 2 that I had missed once they came out on DVD. Not too bad. I’m pretty sure I’ve reviewed them all on here after seeing them.

There are a few on that list that haven’t come out yet, and there are some new trailers out that have caught my interest for the rest of this year. So I figured an updated list is due (and really, I need another excuse to watch some trailers – and so do you).

Contagion – I had listed this as a possibility before, and I think letting it wait for DVD is the right decision. It does look good, but for some reason I wasn’t feeling the “I gotta see it” pull. The trailer just didn’t push my buttons, I guess.

The Three Musketeers – this opened yesterday. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I don’t think I want to make a special effort to see it in the theater. As much as I LOVE the swordplay flicks, this strikes me as the Musketeers patterned after Pirates of the Caribbean, which doesn’t work for me. It’s just slightly over-the-top. I will be catching it on DVD – though if someone offers to make it possible in the theater, I’m sure I could be persuaded (I only want to see the 2-D version, though).

The Muppets – There have been a lot of parody trailers out, but now we finally have an official one. I think it looks like a winner. It does give me pause that they’re featuring a certain Cee Lo song so prominently (even though I love the song, I’m not sure it’s appropriate here), but I’m trusting them to get it right. As usual it looks like a host of cameos and a host of characters. I really want to get out to see this one with the whole family.

On a related note, I’d also like to catch this documentary on the guy behind Elmo at some point. Looks really interesting.

In Time – This just looks cool. I really want to see this one in the theater. I’m not sure I’ll make it, but it looks worth the effort.

Tower Heist – This just looks hilarious. I really want to see it in the theater. It’s been forever since a comedy has looked good enough for me to see in the theater. From the trailer, this one fits the bill.

Hugo – This looks like an excellent holiday family film. Heartwarming and all that, with some great kids’ fantasy done right. The child actors look like they can carry it, too.

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy – This looks very good as well. Odds are I won’t see it in the theater, but I wouldn’t mind.

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows – Absolutely yes, I want to see this in the theater. It will be a visual and audio treat, and looks to have a fun story as well. Gotta see it.

And then we come to the big day of the year… December 21st. Three big movies are released that day, and the odds are I’m only going to see one of them. If I can stretch it to two by the end of the year, I’ll be satisfied.

The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn – Steven Speilberg and Peter Jackson bringing some classic stories to life with a first draft written by Stephen Moffat (Doctor Who writer/showrunner). If I had no other information I’d still be interested. With this trailer, I’m absolutely sold, and I think my kids might like it too. This is the one I will see.

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol – MI2  let me down, but MI3 was pretty good. This one looks to continue the upward trend. I’d love to see it in the theater. This is my #2 spot for the day.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – I’ve heard a lot of praise for the book, and the movie looks excellent. If I could hit a triple-feature I’d see this one, too, but my guess is that this will end up on DVD for me. Annoying, but you gotta give up at some point.

So here we are, back up to 10 movies again, and that’s only 1/4th of the year. I had 10 picked for the entire year before. Something tells me I’m going to miss a few of these.

What do you think of this list? Did I miss anything awesome? What are your must-see movies for the rest of 2011?

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8 comments to 2011 Movies – The Final Push

  • I’m actually quite shocked by the excellence of that Tintin trailer, I’d written it off personally after that first teaser but that looks surprisingly good. I’ve only ever read the one Tintin book too, I had grand plans of reading them all at one stage but I never made it past the first book.

    Annoyed that The Muppets won’t be coming here until next year.

    Am boycotting the Dragon Tattoo as I’m a huge fan of the original films and can’t bear the idea of someone else in the roles.
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    Jeff says:

    Yeah, I enjoyed the original Tintin trailer, but I enjoyed this one much more. I’ve never experienced the character before aside from hearing the name associated with “adventure” so I’ve got no preconceived notions on this one to have ruined. In fact, I think I thought he was a dog or a muskrat or something. Apparently not.

    There definitely seems to be a Henry Jones Jr/Sr vibe between Tintin and the captain. I thought that was cool.

    It’s ironic that you live in the future and yet your entertainment struggles to keep up.

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  • SG-3

    After having said to Lee only last week that my childhood was pretty much devoid of comics, I’d completely forgotten that I devoured Tintin and Astrix as a kid. Comic, or Graphic Novel?

    I’ve especially got to thank you for the heads-up on Hugo! Please, please do yourself a favour and immerse yourself in the source material before seeing the film!

    http://books.google.com/books?id=3vcMjRixmYcC&printsec=frontcover&dq=inauthor:%22Brian+Selznick%22&hl=en&ei=lumjTsSkOe2yiQeat93WBg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=book-preview-link&resnum=1&ved=0CDkQuwUwAA#v=onepage&q&f=false

    It is the closest I’ve come to “watching” a motion picture in print! Awesome illustrations!

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    Jeff says:

    I don’t know why, but I thought that book was older than 2007. It does look excellent. I may seek it out in the library. Since you’ve obviously read it, would you say it’s good for 5-7 yr old girls?

    Thanks!

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    SG-3 says:

    I’d suggest possibly more 10-12ish. Not so much due to intensity, but maturity in understanding certain concepts. Although it is for the most part almost storyboard in nature, there is a fair amount of text narrative interspersed throughout that seems more aimed at the age range I suggested. Or I could be wrong :)

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    Jeff says:

    Thanks! In thinking about it, we’ve been through the Narnia series and The Hobbit with our girls, so we may still have a shot with this (with parental commentary, perhaps). Still a good idea to pick up the book, though, even if it’s just for me.

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    SG-3 says:

    *slaps forehead* I wasn’t even thinking along the lines of “reading WITH” the girls, as our eldest has been the only child who has had any contact with The Invention of Hugo Cabret, and demolished it when he was ten or so (he is a very advanced reader for his age). However, if you’re getting good comprehension reading Narnia and the Hobbit with the girls, this should be fine (with the parental commentary).

    Our eldest daughter has just turned eight, and we are about half way through the Laura Ingalls Wilder books with her. There has been plenty of parental commentary with those (increasingly so as we go along), but it has been so worth it as she grasps concepts and gains an understanding of a different era and a different place.

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  • SG-3

    You might be interested in these “non-review of a rough cut non preview of Hugo” here: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0970179/externalreviews All sound VERY positive!

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