2012 Fall Movie Preview: November Belongs to Bond, Bella, Anna and Abe

2012 Fall Movie Preview: November Movies

The number of films in November lightens up a bit, but the talent sure doesn't. For the November portion of the 2012 Fall Movie Preview we'll be taking a look at 15 films, but within those films there is some serious talent and box-office power to be accounted for.

We have the new James Bond film, the final chapter in the Twilight Saga, Steven Spielberg delivers his long-awaited Abraham Lincoln biopic and Ang Lee brings Yann Martel's "Life of Pi" to life. Stars such as Denzel Washington, Marion Cotillard, Daniel Day-Lewis, Keira Knightley, Daniel Craig, Kristen Stewart and Sean Penn are on display with directors that include the aforementioned Steven Spielberg and Ang Lee, Robert Zemeckis, Sam Mendes, Joe Wright, David O. Russell and Jacques Audiard.

Like I said, there may be fewer films, but there is talent to spare. Let's take a look.


Wreck-It RalphI just got done writing about the potential 2013 contenders for Oscar's Best Animated Feature category and one of the films mentioned that I am really looking forward to is Disney's Wreck-It Ralph, a video game-inspired, CG-animated feature centered on an 8-bit video game character that's tired of being the villain so he escapes his own game and goes out on his own. When I first heard about the project I had my doubts, but I managed to catch the first trailer (watch it here) and it quickly won me over.

And without hesitation, we go from big animation to a couple of smaller releases with Bradley Rust Gray's lesbian werewolf feature Jack and Diane and This Must be the Place with Sean Penn hunting the ex-Nazi war criminal that executed his father. No, neither of these films are "traditional" but I'll be damned if they don't sound like they would make for one hell of a double-bill.

The Man with the Iron FistsGetting a little closer to the mainstream we run into none other than Wu-Tang Clan's RZA who is stepping into the director's chair for what has to be a dream come true for the kung fu-loving rapper turned actor turned director. The film is The Man with the Iron Fists and not only was he able to direct and star in his own movie, he co-wrote it with Eli Roth and it's being presented by Quentin Tarantino. Oh, yeah, and it features Russell Crowe as Jackknife and Lucy Liu as Madame Blossom. Yeah, this is a flick I have got to see.

Finally, we come to what may or may not be a solid Oscar contender as Robert Zemeckis puts away the performance capture animation techniques and gets back to live-action directing with Flight starring Denzel Washington. The film is set to close this year's New York Film Festival and features Washington as an airline pilot who miraculously crash-lands his plane after a mid-air catastrophe, but as more is learned about the situation, more questions than answers arise as to who or what was really at fault, and what really happened on that plane?

People were excited about the trailer and some are predicting it may have a chance at an Oscar. I've added the trailer below, give it a look and wee what you think.

  • Foggy

    1) Skyfall - Always been a huge Bond fan, one of the reasons I'm so interested in film today, easily my most anticipated film of the year!
    2) Lincoln - Really need to see footage before finally making judgement, but I'm truly hoping for a huge return to form from Speilberg here, didn't enjoy War Horse all that much, plus is the film has nothing else going for it, DDL should at least be worth the ticket price.
    3) Wreck It-Ralph - Hoping this lives up to the potential, although I think it's going to get shrugged aside at Oscar time.
    4) The Man With The Iron Fists - I do enjoy some dumb fun every once in a while.

    The Rest:

    Anna Karenina - Just not my sort of thing, if buzz is stong enough, I may check it out matinee price.
    Flight - Great performance or not, the thing stinks of the lifetime channel.
    Rise of the Guardians - Even as a kid, this wouldn't appeal to me, it does look like a good wholesome family film that doesn't resolve to low brow humour.
    Life of Pi - Again, this just doesn't seem like anything interesting to me, very flashy but no connection.
    The Silver Lining Playbook - Not a fan of O'Russell, I'm afraid.
    Breaking Dawn: Part 2 - Thanks god it's almost over.

  • http://www.twitter.com/GregDinskisk GregDinskisk

    Wreck-it Ralph for sure looks good, as does The Man With The Iron Fists, Lincoln could be good, I'm a fan of the book Anna Karenina, so I'll hope that'll be good, Flight looks great, as does Life of Pi. November looks pretty damn great.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AS/ AS

    I'll be seeing Lincoln (only for D-Day) and Skyfall.

    Ya know, it's kinda funny when I look back at the beginning of the year and how excited I was for 2012. At the time, this looked like it was going to be one of the best years in cinema history. Ironic how it's now almost September and I have yet to see a great film and there's only about 3 or 4 movies set to come out in the next few months that look promising.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Mason%20Williamson/ Mason Williamson

      I'd say 'Moonrise Kingdom' is the only great film that has come out so far this year that I've seen. 'Magic Mike' and 'The Cabin in the Woods' were both very, very good (neither of which I'd ever have expected), but not quite in the great territory. Still, though - with The Master coming out in a matter of weeks, I think there's a chance yet for something to blow me out of the water this year.

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AS/ AS

        I agree with you on Magic Mike. It was really good (like most Soderbergh films), just not GREAT. I'm putting all my stock in The Master, Killing Them Softly and Django Unchained. I know for a fact that Django will be awesome, I'm just worried that it will get pushed into 2013.

    • Bren

      I kinda feel the same way. Though there were a few movies that got pushed to 2013 or people were being extremely hopeful would come out this year. I haven't seen much this year but what I have hasn't been that awesome. I have hope that the last few months will rectify that. There's enough coming out that still interests me.

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AS/ AS

        I honestly don't know why Only God Forgives is getting pushed into 2013. It finished shooting before Django Unchained even started filming and Django is still coming out this year so what gives? Surely it can't take over 7 months to edit Only God Forgives.....

        • SP1234

          I think the reason why is that they have to get the distribution funding, I don't exactly know how those things work, but I have a feeling we'll be seeing that at next year's Cannes, just like Drive.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Kessler/ Kessler

    1. Skyfall - I agree with everything you said about this one. There's a lot to be excited for! With Sam Mendes directing, Javier Bardem as the villain, and, of course, Daniel Craig as Bond, this can easily be a great Bond film. And if that's not enough we still have the Blu Ray set and the video game coming out!

    2. Lincoln - I'm excited for this because I love both Spielberg and DDL. I know some people think Spielberg has lost his "mojo" after Munich, but I still have faith in him.

    3. Wreck-It Ralph - The premise is a great idea for an animated movie. I also thought the trailer was great. There's only been one animated film I've liked so far this year and that was Pirates!. I'm hoping this and Frankenweenie will join the list. Both certainly look better than Rise of the Guardians.

    4. Life of Pi - Like Cloud Atlas, I don't know anything about this film. This is great for me because I'm hoping to go with no expectations for this film. The only thing I'm aware of is Ang Lee directing.

    5. Flight - I'm a little nervous because Robert Zemeckis is directing. He seems to be in a little slump lately but maybe thats because of he only made motion capture films. It's nice to see him return to a live-action film.The premise sounds intriguing and Denzel Washington rarely misses as an actor. I'm a little skeptical, but very hopeful.

    I'll try to find Rust and Bone, but I'm afraid I may have to wait for the Blu-Ray. Same with Anna Karenina. The Man With the Iron Fists doesn't interest me, but positive reviews may convince me otherwise.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Fan/ Fan

    Definitely going to watch Lincoln and Skyfall great cast from both films. I like Ang Lee and Joe Wright films, so I'll checkout Life of Pi and Anna Karenina.

  • adu

    What I will most likely watch at the cinema:

    Life of Pi
    Anna Karenina

  • Stiggy

    Is it just me of does Wreck-it-Ralph feel like a Roger Rabbit wannabe with video game characters instead of cartoon characters? The selling point's almost identical.

  • Newbourne

    1) Life of Pi- Probably my most anticipated film of the year. Aside from Hulk, Ang Lee has never done any wrong by me.
    2) Rust and Bone- Looks superb. Can't wait to see this, but I'm afraid it won't open anywhere near me.
    3) Lincoln- Looking forward to it due to Day-Lewis' performance, but I've hated almost everything Spielberg's put out as of late. Let's hope he gets back to form.
    4) The Silver Linings Playbook- Looks great. Can't wait to see Cooper in a meatier role.
    5) Anna Karenina- It seems like territory already explored, but the Wright/Knightley duo haven't disappointet yet so I hope it's as good as their previous films.
    6) This Must Be the Place- I don't know much about this movie, but the premise has me intrigued and Penn always delivers great performances. I'll definitely see it.
    7) Jack and Diane- It looks so freaking weird, I HAVE to see it.
    8) Flight- I'm on the fence about this one, but definitely will see it.
    9) Wreck-It-Ralph- I have a hunch it will disappoint, but I'm still intrigued.
    10) The Man with the Iron Fists- Why not? Looks like harmless fun. I might catch it in theaters.

  • Arturo

    Sweet month
    1) Lincoln- hope it meets it's high expectations
    2) Life of Pi
    3) Anna Karenina
    4) Skyfall- should be entertaining

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Andrew13/ Andrew13

    Will probably check out the following:

    1. Skyfall - Really high hopes and expectations for this film, but based on the trailer it looks like Mendes and Craig have delivered.
    2. Lincoln - Daniel Day-Lewis is my favorite actor, and I can't wait to see what he does with this role. I'm a little worried about the film as a whole, but it seems to only be covering the last 4 months of Lincoln's life, so hopefully it won't run into the same problems that crippled 'J. Edgar.'
    3. Rust & Bone - DDL is my favorite actor, Cotillard is my favorite actress. And just like Penelope Cruz, as great as she is in English language roles, she just knocks everything out of the park in her native tongue.
    4. The Life of Pi - I remember loving the book, but don't remember anything about. Very intrigued for the movie though.
    5. Anna Karenina - Comes out next Friday in the U.K., not really my type of movie but I'm intrigued enough by the production style to check it out.
    6. Flight - I think this film has the potential to be great, but from the trailer all I'm seeing is a solid drama. Could surprise though.
    7. Silver Linings Playbook - Most intrigued by this film because De Niro's finally getting back with a great director, and from the trailer alone it looks like he gives one of his more dedicated performances of the past decade.
    8. This Must Be the Place - Not sure about this one, but the Sean Penn/Frances McDormand combo is enough to get me to check it out.
    9. The Man with the Iron Fists - Could be fun. I dunno.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AS/ AS

      I've seen This Must Be the Place and you're not missing anything. Also, McDormand is barely in it.

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Andrew13/ Andrew13

        Good to know, thanks. How was Sean Penn's performance?

        • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AS/ AS

          He's fine. But the character just isn't that interesting or compelling.

  • Mikky

    1- "Rust and Bone" ; People can say everything they want about MARION COTILLARD in "The Dark knight rises" but in this one you see exactly what means being a real actress!

    • SP1234

      I do think Cotillard was wonderful in Rises, she has yet to turn in a bad performance that I've seen. I guess that kinda makes her other-worldly. :)