COLUMN: Winter films of all genres to hit big screen
The time between Thanksgiving break and Christmas break can be especially stressful for students, but it is also a booming time for Hollywood. Some of the year’s biggest blockbusters hit theaters.
Recent releases such as “Skyfall” and “Argo” are only the tip of holiday movie theater goodness.
The next film to hit the big screen is “Silver Linings Playbook.” “Silver Linings Playbook” opens Wednesday and offers a unique spin on the romantic comedy genre.
“Silver Linings Playbook” chronicles the life of Pat (Bradley Cooper) and his journey back to normalcy after a stint in a mental hospital. After Pat leaves the mental institution, and moves in with his parents, he tries to reintegrate into society.
One night he meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence) at a friend’s house. Both Pat and Tiffany have serious mental illnesses, and throughout the remainder of the movie, we see their ups and downs psychologically as they try to make their quirky relationship work.
I’m not one who usually adventures into watching romantic comedies, but with a star-studded cast including Robert De Niro, I’m willing to give it a chance.
Myself and countless other “Lord of the Rings” fans are greatly anticipating “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.”
“The Hobbit” is the prequel to the already famous “Lord of Rings” trilogy. Instead of following Frodo on his journey to Mordor, we see Bilbo, (Frodo’s uncle) as he embarks on a mythical journey to regain the Lonely Mountain from the dragon who inhabits a region once ruled by dwarves.
Along for the ride in this fantasy-filled action thriller are a group of dwarves and beloved wizard Gandalf. If you were at all interested or amazed by the “Lord of the Rings” series, then “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Adventure” is the movie for you this holiday season.
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Adventure,” releases December 14.
If you get tired of your family and decide to see a movie on Christmas Day, Quentin Tarantino’s newest western “Django Unchained,” while not in the Christmas spirit, looks like an action-packed thriller.
“Django Unchained” borrows its main character Django from the 1966 spaghetti western, “Django.” In “Django Unchained” we follow Django (Jamie Foxx) as he fights and kills his way to finding his wife who was sold into slavery by a ruthless Mississippi plantation owner.
Along the way, Django meets Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz [“Inglorious Bastards”]), a dangerous bounty hunter looking for the same men Django is looking for.
If you are looking to relax and enjoy a Quentin Tarantino movie that is sure to make you grin at the over-the-top style of Tarantino’s films, then “Django Unchained” is a perfect fit for this holiday season.
Whether you want a lighthearted romantic comedy, a film with bloody action scenes or something that will take you places you never dreamed imaginable, Hollywood will have it all this holiday season.
Brent Stenstrom is a broadcast and electronic media junior.