What’s on: September-December 2011

Long, long ago, at the beginning of January, I posted ‘preview: films to look out for in 2011‘. In the post I listed my top 9 films of 2011 that I didn’t want to miss. They were:

  • 127 Hours
  • The King’s Speech
  • Black Swan
  • Never Let Me Go
  • Red Riding Hood
  • Thor
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
  • Captain America: The First Avenger
  • Jane Eyre

As my three month report back at the beginning of April explained, at that time I had seen three of the four films that had been released:

  • 127 Hours was very ‘efficient’ – it was lean, concise and gritty
  • The King’s Speech was fantastic: I loved it, 10 out of 10
  • Black Swan was brilliant and Natalie Portman gave the best performance of her career

Seen on the big screen: April-August

So, what have I seen since that post? Well, quite a few. I saw Source Code, Thor, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, X-Men: First Class, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, Cowboys & Aliens, Conan the Barbarian, Fright Night and Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

Out of those, the film which was the most pleasant surprise was Rise of the Planet of the Apes. The CGI effects and motion capture acting by Andy Serkis were brilliant. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 wrapped up the series nicely and was a ‘bittersweet finale’ whilePirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides was a bit of a disappointment… An overwhelming amount of new characters were introduced and, to be honest, I ended up missing Will and Elizabeth.

Still to come in the rest of the year

There are still quite a few I would like to see before this year is out:

  • Troll Hunter (9th September)
  • Jane Eyre (9th September)
  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (19th September)
  • Warrior (23rd September)
  • Melancholia (30th September)
  • Real Steel (14th October)
  • The Thing (14th October)
  • Contagion (21st October)
  • Straw Dogs (28th October)
  • The Rum Diary (4th November)
  • Arthur Christmas 3D (11th November)
  • Puss in Boots 3D (9th December)
  • Sherlock Holmes 2 (16th December)
  • Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (23rd December)
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (30th December)

Out of those 15 I am most looking forward to Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Contagion and The Rum Diary. These three films really couldn’t be more different. Tinker is a tale of espionage, Contagion is about a deadly virus while The Rum Dairy is adapted from the novel by Hunter S Thompson.

What are you looking forward to seeing during the rest of the year?

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7 thoughts on “What’s on: September-December 2011”

  1. Over in The Netherlands you can get a pass (for about 20 euros) which allows you to see as many movies as you like at the cinema. Shame you don’t have something like that…

    1. That’s a pretty good deal! Is that per month? I’ve registered for an ‘insider’ card at my local cinema but haven’t found that many benefits yet. Reduced priced tickets on a Tuesday, though! 😛

      1. Yeah, that is a monthly price…so if you see three movies a month you already “earned your money back” 🙂

        Sound like the insider card is not that special then 😉

    1. Well Mr Lawlor I don’t really know much about Drive so haven’t been counting down the days until its release 😛

      It does have the lovely Mr Gosling in it though so may give it a watch!

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