5) 'Silver Linings Playbook'
Casino Royale is my favorite Bond film. Quantum of Solace is my least favorite Bond Film. So, Daniel Craig and the team behind the new James Bond universe is 1 for 2 in my book. With Skyfall, though, things seem to have improved greatly from Quantum and may even surpass Casino Royale as my favorite Bond film. With the addition of Javier Bardem as the adversary the conflict is sure to be explosive, and with Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Jarhead) in the directors chair things are shaping up real nicely for the 23rd installment and 50th anniversary of the Bond franchise. Also, with nearly $300 million in the box office already overseas this may also be the highest grossing in the series as well. Skyfall opens this Friday, November 9.
3) 'Django Unchained'
I don't know exactly what to expect from this film but I know I will not be disappointed. Django Unchained opens Christmas Day.
2) 'Les Miserables'
Anne Hathaway is quickly becoming my favorite movie actress. She rarely disappoints me, she is always committed to her character and her craft and if this role in Les Mis is as heartbreaking as it seems in the trailer constantly challenging herself as well.
Another thing I find exciting about the production of Les Mis is that the singing is actually performed live during filming. This is unheard of since productions prefer the purity of a studio recording to dub over the performance instead. Les Miserables opens on Christmas Day.
1) 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey'
One thing does concern me though. The fact that a single children's book can be turned into three epic films seems a bit far fetched to me. It makes me believe that the audience may be getting a watered down version of the book to make more money off of the films. Something I admire the Lord of the Rings series for doing is caring about the quality of the film along with making money. Let's hope the same is the case with The Hobbit. The Hobbit opens on December 14.