December Film & Blu-Ray Tip Sheet

Our Music Editor Sarah Rix has started a Music and Concert Tip Sheet for each upcoming month and we at Live in Limbo wish to expand our series by starting a film preview guide. Every month we will profile some upcoming new and Blu-Ray releases. The films we cover may not be the most anticipated nor the most critically acclaimed but just some that I am looking forward to. A bit of background information on myself, I received a diploma from Humber College’s Acting for Film and Television program so not only am I a self professed film nerd I also am able to look at films from a bit of an insider’s view. The films that I will be recommending are all ones I have not yet seen and they will appeal to a variety of different kinds of film lovers. To go along with the tip sheet I also will be doing my twice weekly Oscar roundup where I review a few Oscar nominated films after the nominees are announced leading up to the ceremony. Also look out for our Film Editor Andreas Babiolakis reviewing more new films, some of which will probably be appearing in this corner of the site! Without further ado here are a few films I can’t wait to see!

New Theatrical Releases

Inherent Vice

Release Date: December 12th

Directed by: Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will Be Blood, The Master and Punch Drunk Love)

Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson, Martin Short, Benico Del Toro, Michael K. Williams, Maya Rudolph and many others

IMDb Summary: In 1970, drug-fueled Los Angeles detective Larry “Doc” Sportello investigates the disappearance of a former girlfriend.

Why I Am So Excited: PT Anderson is one of my favourite directors and him coming off back-to-back masterpieces in There Will Be Blood and The Master I am expecting big things. His films always feature stunning cinematography and biting dialogue. His latest film is a crime thriller/comedy based on a novel by reclusive author Thomas Pynchon. With an incredibly impressive cast and the known work that Phoenix provides in PTA films it’s hard not to get excited. This looks like an early contender for a bunch of different Oscar categories. 

Watch the trailer here.

The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies

Release Date: December 19th

Directed by: Peter Jackson (Lord of the Rings trilogy, King Kong and Heavenly Creatures)

Starring:  Martin Freeman, Ian Mackellan, Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Christopher Lee, Evangeline Lily, Lee Pace, Benedict Cumberbatch and a bunch of other Hobbit’s. 

IMDb Summary: Bilbo and Company are forced to be engaged in a war against an array of combatants and keeping the terrifying Smaug from acquiring a kingdom of treasure and obliterating all of Middle-Earth.

Why I Am So Excited: Peter Jackson finally closes off his time in Middle Earth and while a lot of people are happy it is ending I am still curious to see how he finishes the series. Jackson is great at action set pieces and if you include the word “Battle” in your title you best deliver on that promise. Most people deride him for shooting the series in 60 frames per second but he clearly is pushing the boundaries of film in the big budget/tent pole genre something usually only done in small indie films. I’m more curious as to see what Jackson will work on next seeing as his last non Middle Earth film was The Lovely Bones, which came out way back in 2009. I probably won’t love this film but after seeing the first two I need to finish it off. Plus I will watch anything with Sherlock’s Cumberbatch and Freeman. 

Watch the trailer here.

The Interview

Release Date: December 26th

Directed by: Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen (This Is The End)

Starring: James Franco, Seth Rogen and Lizzy Caplan

IMDb Summary: In the action-comedy The Interview, Dave Skylark and his producer Aaron Rapoport run the popular celebrity tabloid TV show “Skylark Tonight.” When they discover that North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un is a fan of the show, they land an interview with him in an attempt to legitimize themselves as journalists. As Dave and Aaron prepare to travel to Pyongyang, their plans change when the CIA recruits them, perhaps the two least-qualified men imaginable, to assassinate Kim Jong-un.

Why I Am So Excited: After last year’s apocalyptic comedy This Is The End also written and directed by Rogen and Goldberg totally didn’t suck I have reason to believe their second feature will hit the mark as well. With Franco playing up his douchey public perception as an obnoxious TV host and Rogen as his inept producer, I’ll bet there will be a lot of meta jokes spewed at both of them. North Korea is a perfect foil as there are very few countries your can make fun of without seeming super racist and who doesn’t want to see Kim Jon-un get his comeuppance. Think of the film like a stoner’s version of Inglorious Basterds. 

Watch the trailer here.

New On Blu-Ray

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Release Date: December 2nd

Directed By: Matt Reeves (Cloverfield and Let Me In)

Starring: Andy Serkis, Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke and Keri Russell

IMDb Summary: Ten years after a pandemic disease, apes who have survived it are drawn into battle with a group of human survivors.

Why I Am So Excited: Who here had the same reaction as me when it was announced a prequel called Rise of the Planet if the Apes was being made? If you said you fell asleep thinking about it we would be on the same page. A few years ago when it came out someone put the Blu-Ray on and I was blown away. While I wasn’t able to see this supposedly even superior sequel when it came out I will make sure I check it out in full HD glory. It seems every subsequent motion capture performance Andy Serkis (Cesar in this film, Gollum in the Middle Earth films) people cry out for him to get awards recognition. Between him and Toby Kebbell who plays another main ape Koba the public’s perception is changing for the better, these actors are legit. With the way we treat our planet and other species it’s no wonder there may one day be a rebellion against us and I hope it is as epic as this series. 

Watch the trailer here.

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