While the Summer film season in the USA is often made up of with remakes, prequels, sequels and franchise reboots, our Summer film season is quite unique, as we get to view all the Oscar bait flicks and then some.
The first major film of the Summer season is Steven Spielberg's long awaited big scene adaptation of the much loved comic book series. Currently a box-office success in Europe, the film has received largely positive reviews and looks to be one of the big money makers this Summer.
Released the same day as The Adventures of Tintin, War Horse is an adaptation of the children's fiction novel by Michael Morpurgo of the same name and the stage adaptation of the same name. The premise of the feature film is certainly 'Spielbergian' and looks to be quite the Oscar contender.
There has been talk about a Thatcher biopic for a number of years now, and when this production was announced last year with Meryl Streep in the lead, many were a bit puzzled, but she seems to have won over the critics, as the feature film, directed by Phyllida Lloyd has already garnered multiple acting nominations and a win for Streep from various critics associations.
For the record Streep has been nominated for 16 Academy Awards and won twice.
I guess mainstream audiences these days are used to remakes - but that certainly doesn't make them 'right'. As I write about this article, the cult flick Old Boy has just been greenlit for a Hollywood makeover with Spike Lee at the helm and James Brolin in the lead role. That's not a joke. Even Akira is being remade as a live action film, oh and American Psycho is getting an update. I'm really not joking.
So, I guess we have to get used to these 'remakes'.
However The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo should be a decent remake - it has a great cast and Fincher, in my opinion is a pretty consistent director, he is yet to make a 'bad film' (Alien 3 wasn't his fault).
In Cinemas from 2 February 2012
This summer we have two sweeping 3D epics, which have cost a lot of money to produce. But everyone is talking about The Artist, a silent black and white film, which was quite a hit at this year's Cannes film festival.
Jean Dujardin is a front winner to take out the Best Actor Oscar in 2012.
In Cinemas from 9 February 2012
It has been quite a year for Michael Fassbender - he has appeared in five acclaimed feature films this year; Jane Eyre, X-Men: First Class, A Dangerous Method, Haywire and now Shame. This drama has widely been subtitled 'one of the year's best films', namely for Fassbender's performance - which fellow actor James Franco described as "regal".
If you haven't seen the previous Steve McQueen/Michael Fassbender collaboration, Hunger, go and hire it now.
Speaking of acting accolades, Michelle Williams is receiving a lot of praise for her performance as Marilyn Monroe, in this drama directed by Simon Curtis.
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
In Cinemas from 23 February 2012
This drama, directed by Stephen Daldry and starring Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock, looks like this Summer's heartwarming melodrama. The family drama is played against the backdrop of the events of September 11, 2001.
In Cinemas from 1 March 2012
To cap off the Aussie Summer, we get a dose of Polanski madness with this acclaimed comedy/drama starring Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz and John C. Reilly.
Other anticipated releases this Summer include;
The critically acclaimed Almodóvar thriller The Skin I Live In.
(In Cinemas from 26 December 2011)
The Descendants, directed by Alexander Payne.
(In Cinemas from 12 January 2012)
The comedy/drama Young Adult, directed by Jason Reitman.
(In Cinemas from 19 January 2012 )
Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar Hoover biopic, J. Edgar.
(In Cinemas from 26 January 2012 )
Let us know which film titles you are looking forward to this Summer.
I am really wanting to see the Marilyn one and the Girl with the dragon tattoo, plus one or two others on the list above. Theres a Dolphin movie too that has just been released that is something I am looking forward to seeing. I always think Xmas is a good time for PG movies. They bring in a light and happy aspect to the season. :)