It’s the end of yet another year of movies and the last twelve months have provided many highs and lows in the world of cinema. But just when you think 2013 has given us everything it has to offer, December looks to end the year with an almighty bang. This month, we have dwarves and dragons squaring off together; an 18th century Samurai revenge tale, and the long-awaited return of a famous news anchor. So here at Inside Media Track, we’ve picked out our five movies for you to catch this December:
Alexander Payne‘s new movie ventures into his dark satirical satire once more, after having huge successes like Sideways and The Descendants to his name. The story follows a father and son, played by the great Bruce Dern and Will Forte, as the father sets about heading to the state of Nebraska to claim prize money he believes he’s won and encountering familiar faces from his past along the way. Shot in black and white, and with its Indie sensibilities, Payne always leaves a poignant life-affirming message to his movies, no matter how dry and dark the humour gets, with this movie looking to be no exception.
The second film in Peter Jackson‘s prequel trilogy to the Lord Of The Rings, sees Bilbo Baggins (played near perfect by Martin Freeman) assisting the company of thirteen dwarves to attempt to finally enter their lost home kingdom of Erebor. But they must encounter the deadly lurking dragon Smaug (voiced be Benedict Cumberbatch) to reclaim their homeland. Any doubts of the first film starting too slow are put to bed as the story naturally picks up in a dramatic middle chapter, with the long-awaited and much-teased Smaug finally making his appearance. Regulars from the first movie all return, but with a whole host of new characters being introduced including Orlando Bloom returning as Legolas, Luke Evans, Evangeline Lilly and Stephen Fry.
In 2004, he told us: “Stay classy”, and now legendary Channel 4 news team anchor Ron Burgundy makes his big screen return. Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Steve Carrell and David Koechner reunite the team at an all time low as their prosperous 70’s days are behind them. But the introduction of a revolutionary 24 hour news channel sees all four attempt to hit the heights once again. With the first movie becoming a cult classic and one of the most quotable comedies in years, this will try it’s hardest not to let the first movie down and make its name as the dodgy let-down sequel. But with the same cast and film making team returning, they hope to capture lightning in a bottle once again, and introduce a whole range of new timeless Ron Burgundy moments.
Ben Stiller both stars and directs his take on the famous 1939 New Yorker short story and the remake of the 1947 film adaptation. Playing the title character, Mitty is just an ordinary everyday guy with a job working for Life magazine, until he’s set a task that enables him to trek the globe and live out these numerous and adventurous fantasy scenarios and escape a mundane life. With a vast range of people attached to playing the lead character, Stiller’s first directed movie since the comedy hit Tropic Thunder looks to show what he can truly do both in front and behind a camera with a fitting story to hand.
Partly based on the true story of an 18th century Japanese army of Samurai soldiers, Keanu Reeves plays Kai, the newest member of the sword-swiping team, who sets out to avenge the death of the team’s Master, overcoming many obstacles along the way. We’ve seen Keanu Reeves demonstrate his martial arts love and experience from the Matrix trilogy, which he hopes to replicate on-screen once again. It’s a huge visual movie to take on, especially for a first time director, but with a screenplay from Chris Morgan, who has previous with the Fast & Furious movies, it’s no doubt to be an all action experience.