The last few weeks have been really quiet in terms of new movies. Nothing has been coming out that has really made filmgoers really excited about. Since there’s no huge competition, Mockingjay Part 1 is KILLING IT in the box office for the last three weeks. Well this week we got some nice looking competition, and December 12, 2014 new movies have some big time players. So what are the new movies that are coming out this week? Let’s start off with this one, and boy does it have an interesting title and poster……
What is it about? An army of passionate women launch a revolution to “Free the Nipple” and decriminalize the female body. Based on a true story, this mass movement of topless women, armed with First Amendment lawyers, graffiti installations and national publicity stunts, invade New York City to protest the backwards censorship laws in the USA.
My thoughts? It’s surprising that this film, with this subject matter, was made as a narrative movie as oppose to a documentary. Perhaps it was done as a way to make the situation more relatable by seeing characters MAKE the choice, struggle with the choice, and being brave with the choice of being part of this movement. So far I enjoy the humor I see in this trailer, and I feel you need that for this subject matter. If the film can balance out the message it has AND create engaging characters, then this will be quiet a powerful and entertaining film. Also, do check out this pretty well written article from the Huffington Post done by the films writer/director and star Lina Esco concerning how and why she made this film.
What’s it about? The defiant leader Moses rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses, setting 600,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues.
My thoughts? I just don’t understand what Ridley Scott saw in making ANOTHER story about Moses . Does the film look well made visually? Yeah, but that’s just Ridley Scott’s deal. He makes great looking movies. But every time I see trailers to this film, I just don’t feel any excitement for it. And yeah, I’ll say the thing that a ton of people have said, you STILL feel the need to cast white actors to play these roles? Shouldn’t we start moving on from that? Reviews have not been kind to this one, and that’s just making me feel more fine with just skipping this one. Just go watch The Prince of Egypt instead. Save the money.
What’s it about? A comedian tries to make it as a serious actor when his reality-TV star fiancée talks him into broadcasting their wedding on her TV show.
My thoughts? Chris Rock is one of the greatest stands up of all time, that is FACT. But I wasn’t sure if he was going to be that great of a filmmaker. I’ll be honest, I never saw his first two films as a director, Head of State and I Think I Love My Wife. Neither film seemed to have set the film world on fire, but I admire Rock’s persistence. Some people would stop trying after reading the terrible reviews of Head of State got, but it seems like Rock wanted to keep at it, and he wanted to get better. With his newest film, Top Five, the reviews have been fantastic. It seems that for Rock, the way for him to start making better movies, is to start putting more of himself in it. The more personal you make it, the more truthful the storytelling can be. I’m also a fan of Rosario Dawson, and most of the reviews I’ve read point out that this is a GREAT use of her. This is definitely going to be a film I’m gonna try to see next week.
What’s it about? In 1970, drug-fueled Los Angeles detective Larry “Doc” Sportello investigates the disappearance of a former girlfriend.
My thoughts? One of the best trailers of this year, I have been SALIVATING to see this new film. It’s P.T. Anderson by way of The Big Lebowski, how can I NOT see that! It’s interesting to see that Joaquin is Anderson’s newest muse, and Joaquin is on an amazing role since he’s return to acting, starting with Anderson’s own film, The Master. Doc seems to be a great and memorable character so I can’t wait to see how much trouble he’s gonna get himself into. And the idea of P.T. Anderson doing a beach/noir/ SoCal/ Period film just makes me giddy.
What about you? What films are you most interested in seeing this week? Let us know in the comments below!