For many, Christmas is a time for family. For others, it's a time for presents. For some (like us), it's a time for coming in out of the cold, and spending all of our time in the nice, warm cinema. Seriously, what could be more festive?
If you want to follow our shining example, (and you do), you should check out Chloe's film picks:
The Men Who Stare At Goats
This quirky comedy sees reporter Bob Wilton (Ewan McGregor) following agent Lyn Cassady (George Clooney), as he is reactivated for his next big mission: getting to the bottom of the disappearance of Bill Django (Jeff Bridges), the founder of this program. The twist? Cassady is a psychic soldier, who has been taught to walk through walls, read enemies thoughts and even kill a goat by simply staring at it. They end up at a psychic training facility led by Larry Hooper (Kevin Spacey) and Wilton finds himself playing piggy in the middle between Django’s New Earth Army and Hooper’s super soldiers. How do they make this stuff up? Well, they don’t, ‘The Men Who Stare At Goats’ is based on a true story… oh dear. This is set to hit the screens November 6th.
Where The Wild Things Are
The book that defined so many childhoods finally hits the screens. Maurice Sendak’s legendry book about imagination, adventure and fantasy tells the story of Max in his infamous wolf costume. Max is sent to bed without supper by his mother after being naughty. From his childish (yet absolutely brilliant) imagination a wild forest and roaring ocean grow where he meets ‘The Wild Things’, which, after an initial sense of scariness, turn out to be not so fearsome after all. With a killer soundtrack including a rerecording of Wake Up by Arcade Fire, which I love, this is truly a movie which will go down in history. The movie is already out in the US but hits the screens over this side of the pond on December 11th.
Finally, Disney takes a step back to what it does best—princesses. It’s directed by the same men (John Musker and Ron Clements) who brought us ‘Basil The Great Mouse Detective’, ‘The Little Mermaid’, ‘Aladdin’ ‘Treasure Planet’ and ‘Hercules’, which are movies that basically made my childhood. It takes the classic story of ‘The Princess and the Frog’ and turns it on its head; a prince called Naveen is transformed into a frog by the evil magician Dr Faciler, and he can only turn back to his human form with a kiss from a princess. Unfortunately, he gets Tiana to kiss him, a woman he mistakes to be of the same regal status as him, she is not and soon she finds herself as Naveen’s froggy friend! Both of them then must start an epic quest to find the voodoo priestess Mama Odie, befriending a musically talented crocodile and a firefly with a love for romance on the way. This opens in the US on 11th December and finds it way over the pond (see what i did there...) early 2010.
Perhaps one of my favourite books of all time, I am really anticipating this film debut. The movie is about Susie Salmon (Saoirse Ronan) a girl who in 1973 is raped and murdered by her next-door neighbour. She finds herself in a heaven-like place where whatever she wants appears in front of her: everything except for being with her family, or winning them some piece of mind who have no idea who has murdered their daughter. She watches as the killer, George Harvey (Stanley Tucci) plans his next kill and how her family and friends deal with their profound loss. It also stars Rachel Weisz, Mark Wahlberg and Susan Sarandon. It hits worldwide cinemas on 11th December.
A heartfelt comedy about divorce starring Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin. Jane, Streep’s character is an independent divorced bakery owner who has finally managed to develop a good relationship with ex-husband Jake (Baldwin), who has remarried the young and attractive Agness. However things get a little complicated when Jane and Alex rekindle old feelings and Jane finds herself ‘the other woman’. Add Steve Martin’s character Adam, who is remodelling Janes kitchen (o-eer) and you have everything you need to make a rom com perfect for the holiday season. Its also made by the people who brought us 'Something's Gotta Give' and 'The Holiday' which in my opinion are possibly the best romcom's ever made.