Written by Nick Descalzi
Ahhh summer, for many Australians, it means a nice family BBQ, or heading down to the beach and soaking up the sun, but for film buffs, it means sitting in darkened theatres with a tub of popcorn and a cool drink and enjoying a feast of cinematic delights. The summer movie season in Australia is easily the most lucrative and enjoyable on the calendar. From the family blockbusters of December, to the Oscar period of January and early February; when all the big boys come out to play. So, as we prepare for summer 2011/12, what are the top 5 films to look out for?
5 – The Muppets. Dr James Bobin (January 5th)
It has been over a decade since they last graced our cinema screens, but in early 2012, The Muppets are back in all their singing and dancing glory. If the genius of the marketing campaign is anything to go by, then this is sure to be the best kids’ film of the summer. If the marketing hasn’t hooked you yet, just check the A list talent who will be appearing alongside Kermit and the gang. Amy Adams, Jason Segal, Neil Patrick Harris, Mickey Rooney, Emily Blunt, Mila Kunis, Selena Gomez, Katy Perry, Zach Galifianakis, John Krasinski, Whoopi Goldberg, Ricky Gervais, Jack Black, Rashida Jones.
4 – War Horse. Dr Steven Spielberg (December 26th)
Steven Spielberg goes back to his Peter Pan syndrome of the 80s with War Horse. Based on Michael Morpurgo’s 1982 children’s novel of the same name, War Horse tells the story of a young man named Albert and his brave horse, Joey, during World War 1. Get your tissues ready.
3 – J Edgar. Dr Clint Eastwood (January 26)
Clint Eastwood’s new biopic about the legendary J Edgar Hoover has all the ingredients for an awards darling; an amazing story to tell, a master director at the helm, and a strong cast, head by the GREAT Leonardo DiCaprio, in front of the camera. DiCaprio for Oscar 2012? I think yes.
2 – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Dr David Fincher (January 12)
After the lacklustre 2009 Swedish adaption of Stieg Larsson’s worldwide best seller, film lovers around the world prayed for another version to be made. Step in David Fincher and his amazing cast, which includes, James Bond (aka Daniel Craig), Rooney Mara, Christopher Plummer and Robin Wright. How will this not be amazing?
1 – The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn. Dr Steven Spielberg (December 26th)
Steven Spielberg. Peter Jackson. Tintin… enough said.
Summer will soon be in the air; don’t you just love the smell of Blockbusters in the morning?
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