Sphinx’s 5 Films to See This Holiday Season
Happy Holidays everyone!
As you enjoy the season with family and friends, there’s a chance you might take a trip to the movies. While I hope to be able to see each of these films in the theater, being a dad with two little ones makes that difficult.
Nonetheless, here are the 5 most intriguing films I hope to see this holiday season!
A few months ago I created a blog saying how the DC universe has an opportunity to gain some ground against the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Here is the first great opportunity - Aquaman starring Jason Momoa. Momoa was one of the few great parts to the Justice League movie, and having a successful hit could ignite a solid run of films for DC. In the previews the film looks great with the special effects. To reference an earlier Last Action Podcast episode though, too much of this movie might be underwater. But maybe they can pull it off. I mean, he is Aquaman.
#2. The Mule
One has to think this will be it for Clint Eastwood right? I mean the dude is nearly 90 years old. Still, he has one of the most notable filming careers in history, both in acting and directing. So I feel like this movie might be pretty good. It’s an interesting enough premise, where Eastwood is an 87 year old drug dealer for a Mexican drug cartel. It also has a solid cast that includes Bradley Cooper, Laurence Fishburne, Dianne Wiest, and Michael Pena. I’m really intrigued to see how Bradley and Eastwood interact on camera, and based on the fact that Cooper plays a DEA agent, I’m assuming he will be the antagonist. Bradley fit so well into Eastwood’s American Sniper film, that I’m sure he has another great role that could be Oscar worthy.
#3. Green Book
This movie is already out (Nov 14), but every time I saw a preview on TV, I said to my wife that I want to see it. It’s about a relationship between an Italian-American bouncer (Viggo Mortensen - where has he been?) and an African-American jazz pianist (Mahershala Ali who is awesome) who are doing a concert tour in the 1960’s deep south. Personally, I love jazz so it has that going for it. Also, I’m a sucker for a period film and this has a unique setup. It also might be a Christmas movie, as they are set to be back home in New York on Christmas Eve. Finally, the film is directed by Peter Farrelly, so there should be some good humor in there as well. Since it’s already been out a few weeks, and it is not a real blockbuster, it might be hard for me to find a time to see this before it leaves theaters.
#4. Mary Queen of Scots
So I have a love for history. I studied it, taught it, can’t get enough of it. This movie is riding on the growing popularity of British royalty (The Favourite, The Crown, Victoria, The King’s Speech, etc.) these last few years, and this seems like another hit. For the fellas out there who don’t want to be dragged to a movie about this subject by their significant other, let me tell you, Mary Queen of Scots was a bad ass. For the ladies out there who think they are going to see a story of love with princes and princesses, Mary Queen of Scots was a bad ass. I’m not sure what the movie will include, but there’s a lot of intriguing ways her story could be told.
#5. Creed II
The first Creed was really well done, and I really like Michael Jordan in nearly every film he’s been in. You pretty much know what you are getting into when you watch a Rocky movie, but they always suck you in. Maybe it’s the fight between good and evil. Maybe it’s the classic story of the underdog. In this one, we see revenge too. Could this movie just be a repeat essentially of Rocky IV? I mean, sure it’s the son seeking revenge not Rocky, and yes, I’m well aware that the Soviet Union is no more. None of this is stopping me though, I still want to see it. Stallone acting as a mentor to Adonis in the first movie was great, and I hope to see more of that.
Honorable Mentions -
Ralph Breaks the Internet
Also already released, I really liked the first one and will probably take my son to see this one. Sarah Silverman really bothers me though.
I hate the Transformers movies. They are total garbage. And I don’t mean the animated movie from the 80’s. I have no experience with that. Ask my Last Action Podcast co-host about that one.
It has a new director (yay no Michael Bay), but Travis Knight who is taking over has no real directorial experience. John Cena is going to be in the movie. He’s fun, right? The film is supposed to be a backstory of Bumblebee set in the 1980’s. That should be fun too, right? Right??? Eh….
Directed by Steve McQueen, has a great cast, music by Hans Zimmer, telling a story of some widows that have to pay back a crime boss. McQueen’s first film since the Oscar winning 12 Years a Slave.
Holmes & Watson
Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly back at it together for the first time since Step Brothers? And they are spoofing Sherlock Holmes? This has to be a win-win, right?
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