It is a busy three months, no doubt about it. The holidays take up so much of our time and sometimes it is hard to find time to relax, to decompress, to do something for ourselves. After all, those family members aren’t going to visit themselves and gifts won’t magically appear (sorry to say, Santa). As geeks, we need certain things though, all the time. A good book. Good conversation about those books, whether online or in person. And good movies to take more green out of our wallets.
There are two times of the year I love—the beginning of summer and fall. Why? Because those are the times when the big budget movies are released.
There are several science fiction, fantasy, and horror movies I am excited about watching.
Here they are!
Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) is a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney) in command of his last flight before retiring. But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone–tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth…and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left. But the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space.
17 years ago Carrie White’s mother, Margaret White, gave birth to her daughter under circumstances which can only be termed bizarre.
A reimagining of the classic horror tale about Carrie White (Chloë Grace Moretz), a shy girl outcast by her peers and sheltered by her deeply religious mother (Julianne Moore), who unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom.
In the near future, a hostile alien race (called the Formics) have attacked Earth. If not for the legendary heroics of International Fleet Commander, Mazer Rackham (Ben Kingsley), all would have been lost. In preparation for the next attack, the highly esteemed Colonel Graff (Harrison Ford) and the International Military are training only the best young children to find the future Mazer. Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a shy, but strategically brilliant boy is pulled out of his school to join the elite.
Arriving at Battle School, Ender quickly and easily masters increasingly difficult war games, distinguishing himself and winning respect amongst his peers. Ender is soon ordained by Graff as the military’s next great hope, resulting in his promotion to Command School. Once there, he’s trained by Mazer Rackham, himself, to lead his fellow soldiers into an epic battle that will determine the future of Earth and save the human race.
THOR: THE DARK WORLD
Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, ashe battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universeitself. In the aftermath of Marvel’s Thor and Marvel’s The Avengers, Thor fights to restore orderacross the cosmos…but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe backinto darkness. Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embarkon his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him tosacrifice everything to save us all.
THE BOOK THIEF
Follows a spirited young girl named Liesel (Sophie Nelisse) who witnesses the horrors of Nazi Germany while in the care of foster parents, played by Rush and Watson. The girl arrives with a stolen book and begins collecting other tomes, learning to read while her stepparents harbor a Jewish refugee (Ben Schnetzer) under the stairs. With the narrator being Death.
THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE
Follows Katniss Everdeen who has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a “Victor’s Tour” of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) – a competition that could change Panem forever.
THE LAST DAYS ON MARS
On the eve that the crew of the very first manned expedition to Mars are about to return to Earth, they make an astounding discovery—fossilized evidence of life on Mars. Oscar®-nominated and visionary filmmaker Ruairi Robinson, along with an extraordinary special effects team including the people behind District 9, X-Men: First Class and Avatar, introduce us to a terrifying new landscape, where the scientific discovery of life might be the death of us all.
THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug continues the adventure of the title character Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellan) and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) on an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.
Set in the Los Angeles of the slight future, Her follows Theodore Twombly, a complex, soulful man who makes his living writing touching, personal letters for other people. Heartbroken after the end of a long relationship, he becomes intrigued with a new, advanced operating system, which promises to be an intuitive entity in its own right, individual to each user. Upon initiating it, he is delighted to meet “Samantha,” a bright, female voice, who is insightful, sensitive and surprisingly funny. As her needs and desires grow, in tandem with his own, their friendship deepens into an eventual love for each other.
That brings us to our poll for the day:
What 2013 Movie Are You Most Looking Forward To?
I really don’t know which movie I am most excited about. The first Hobbit film was a let down for me. Not sure what Jackson will bring for the second movie. I am a huge Marvel movie fan, so maybe Thor: The Dark World? I do love more personal movies like Her and Gravity though and there is super buzz about the latter. I don’t particularly care for remakes, so I’m not that curious about Carrie. Last Days On Mars looks like a planet remake of Alien. I love movies narrated by Death so The Book Thief might be good? And I loved Hunger Games but the third book left me so annoyed that I’m not really that excited about the second book’s adaptation.
So, what movie are you most excited about? I’m betting a movie adapted from a book written by J.R.R. Tolkien, but you might surprise me.