Skyfall, Lincoln and Hitcock ... a good month ahead
Three films in November have more than piqued my interest. Let's do some prep work:
Release date: Friday
Cast: Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Judi Dench
The skinny: Craig returns as 007 for the first time in four years, which seems longer since it would be wise to forget the 2008 sequel to Craig's fabulous "Casino Royale," that being the dreadful "Quantam of Solace." I'm confident with that chapter behind the producers of James Bond, "Skyfall" will take moviegoers back to the ways of the original, which gave us a clever story, a cool origin (can you say Q and Bond's Walther PPK gun in this one?), tons of action, plenty of wit and a bit of humor. Plus, Bond fans couldn't have asked for a better villain than Bardem.
Release date: Sept. 16
Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field
The skinny: No, there won't be vampires after Honest Abe in this one, and thank goodness. With Steven Spielberg running the show, it's safe to say this story is in good hands. Adding Day-Lewis to the mix playing the part of the 16th president all but guarantees this adaptation of Abraham Lincoln is a keeper. "Skyfall" will likely be the box-office leader for weeks, but "Lincoln" might have the staying power equivalent to last year's "The King's Speech." Glad to see Spielberg is concentrating on the pivotal moments of Lincoln's life, rather than a complete biopic. Oscar buzz is already beginning. We shall see.
Release date: Nov. 23
Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Scarlett Johansson, Helen Mirren
The skinny: This film hasn't been garnering much buzz - the first trailer was released just a few weeks ago - but looks interesting nonetheless, even if Hopkins' makeup as the famous horror director Alfred Hitchcock comes up short, at least from shots in the trailer. Similar to "Lincoln," this film won't chronicle the director's entire life, but rather on the filming of Hitchcock's most famous film, "Psycho." Johansson plays Janet Leigh, so expect a look back at the iconic shower death scene.
- Mark Podolski | @mpodo