Today: February 22, 2024

Winter Preview 2010-11

As the days grow colder what better time to warm your insides than with a good laugh, thrill or scare?

As the days grow colder what better time to
warm your insides than with a good laugh, thrill or scare? Check out our guide
to winter’s top films to see you through and beyond the festive season in what
promises to be a promising few months.

COMEDY

It’s going to be cold outside so warm your heart
with a good chuckle this winter and what better place to start than the third
(and probably final) part of the Focker trilogy, Little Fockers released on Christmas Eve. Following on from 2004’s Meet
The Fockers Ben Stiller
and
Bob De Niro reunite with a few extras in tow to really mess up the holiday
season. Let’s hope it’s not a turkey.

Meanwhile the most interesting comedy of the
season has to come in the form of Jodie Foster’s The
Beaver
which sees Mel
Gibson
play Walter Black who treats the puppet attached to his arm as a living
creature. Mel needs some good PR after a string of difficulties, so will this
bizarre effort fill you with cuddly warmth? We’ll see mid February.

Finally, scheduled for a late March release, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost reunite in Paul. A tale of two comic-book geeks who meet up on a
road trip with Seth Rogen’s alien this has a great cast, bags of potential and
will appease any fan waiting for the third Wright/Pegg/Frost collaboration
promised soon.

DRAMA

The Coen’s return mid January with their take
on John Wayne’s classic True
Grit
.
With Jeff Bridges
and Matt Damon starring this looks like it could be one of the films of 2011, even if newcomer Hailee Steinfeld’s young Mattie
Ross looks likely to steal the film from under them. Somebody call the Sheriff.

Starring
three of Britain’s hottest stars, Mulligan, Garfield and Knightley, Never Let Me Go arrives towards the end of January.
Based on Kazuo Ishiguro’s excellent novel the tale of three students at a
seemingly blissful boarding school hides darker secrets and should be the
perfect showcase for our future Spiderman.

THRILLS


Eagerly awaited in January comes Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours. Based on the true story of climber Aron
Ralston (James Franco) forced to cut off his own arm to escape this looks like
it might combine Buried’s
claustrophobia with Into The Wild’s cinematography. Will two hours of screen time be enough then?

Mid February sees Darren “The Wrestler” Aronofsky return
with the season’s most unusual story; back-stabbing and psychological torment
in the world of Ballet. Black
Swan
stars Natalie Portman
and Mila Kunis star as rivals in a thriller many critics are already giving a
standing ovation.

SCARES

Surprisingly, given the bleak outdoors, scares
are looking hard to come by this Winter. If you don’t fancy an evening with the
Fockers, then the same day
sees Aaron Johnson star in Hideo Nakata’s Chatroom, in which several teens encourage each other
to explore their dark side. Topical given current news reports surrounding
internet suicide pacts, this is one film that might really provide a scare.

If you prefer a typical slasher, then mid
January
sees Wes Craven warm
up for Scream 4 with My Soul To Take, which sees a serial killer return home to stalk
seven teenagers who share a special date. Whether or not it sticks to that
predecessor’s rules remains
to be seen, but whatever you do don’t say you’ll be right back for more, because you won’t.

Finally, late January sees Clint Eastwood
return for more awards glory with Hereafter. More of a slow-burning psychological drama
than all-out-shocker, this looks set to combine Sixth Sense chills with Mystic River’s character-driven plot, and it might just be the
film you’re talking about as the ice thaws and Spring leaps up. We’ll have
another preview for you to enjoy by then as well.

Marcia Degia - Publisher

Marcia Degia, who has worked in the media industry for more than 20 years, is the Publishing Editor of KOL Social Magazine. See website: thekolsocial.com

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