As the winds become brisk and we run for the warm clothes and comfortingly confined spaces, the theater becomes the place where the best times can be had in winter. December has, and will likely stay, the stomping grounds for a majority of the years most exciting and anticipated films. You’d think summer would have a candidate for “Best Month for Movies” but the trend has been studios dropping their best work in the colder months, and the closer to December those films get, the more likely they to receive Oscar buzz and more anticipated critical praise.
Oscar season is up there with Christmas time and football seasons as my all time favorite areas of the year and it’s because there is an energy for all these seasons that you don’t get any other times of the year. The Oscars is the grandest stage for the years most well crafted films – though there are always snubs – it becomes a land of opportunity to win the elusive Golden Statues we have called Oscars for so many years. In December, we get a chance to view some of the best films of the year before they are sold to Academy voters for being the best of the best, and lucky for us, they stay fresh in our memory as not just discussion pieces, but hopefully visual memories of the movie going experience.
This December just so happens to be one of the most exciting it’s been for quite some time. One film is all it takes for us to realize that December is going to be a special month. I’ll give you a hint, it comes out December 18th and has some iconic characters in it…that’s right, it’s Alvin and the Chipmunks!
Just kidding, I mean Star Wars of course! Yes, Star Wars has now brought us to a length in the year that will either break or make our movie going experiences of 2015. But not only that, we have Academy Award winning director from 2014 Alejandro G. Inarritu coming back in what appears to be full force bringing in talent like DiCaprio and Tom Hardy into what looks to be one of the most breathtaking films of year in The Revenant. Even the weekend of the 4th has some films worth putting on your radars with Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq and Michael Fassbender’s much anticipated turn as Macbeth alongside Marion Cottiard.
Award caliber films aren’t all we have had to look forward too in December. We also have Krampus, the horror comedy brought to us by the creator of the cult classic Trick r’ Treat and we have the Moby Dick origin story In the Heart of the Sea. December has become the month of gifts and giving outside of Christmas and we couldn’t be happier about it. If you want to know why I’m excited for December, look at this list of films.
- Lady in the Van
- In the Heart of the Sea
- The Big Short
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens
- Son of Saul
- Point Break (Remake)
- The Revenant
- The Hateful EIght
- Daddy’s Home
Expect a sh** ton of reviews this month and may you be as excited as I am for these movies!