Ten Movies to See Over the Holidays – 2011

I am not really sure what the reasoning is…. but I always seem to go to the movies A LOT over the holiday season.  It may be because I actually despise this time of year and find solace in the quiet theatre vs. out in the malls or driving around being blinded by the “holiday cheer”throwing up all over the place. I dislike mall shopping on a GOOD day, but after November 1st I break out in a nervous sweat at even the thought or a mention of having to cross the threshold into one of the local consumer frenzy houses, with people pretending to be jolly and carols playing over the intercom systems just loud enough to make my ears want to bleed and my gag reflex to kick in.  Now that I have shared how I will be spending my Tuesdays and Fridays for the next month or two, I thought today I would share with you the Ten Movies I am most excited to see this holiday season.  The are ranked 10-1…. 1 being the film that has me most excited…. there is one film in the list not coming out until the first week of January but … the despair and bankruptcy of the holiday season are still pretty fresh the first week of the new year, so I have left it included.

10. Arthur Christmas 

Release Date: November 23rd

Starring: James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, Bill Nighy

Directed by: Sarah Smith

Synopsis:On Christmas night at the North Pole, Santa’s youngest son looks to use his father’s high-tech operation for an urgent mission.

Thoughts: OK… OK! I have to have one cartoon Christmas movie…. and the old Santa’s humour cracks me up in the trailer…. I will give it a go…. just this one though….

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9. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Release Date: December 9th

Starring: Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy

Directed by: Tomas Alfredson

Synopsis: In the bleak days of the Cold War, espionage veteran George Smiley is forced from semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet agent within MI6’s echelons.

Thoughts: The book was fantastic, which means the movie will probably be dreadful, but the book was fantastic ….

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8. The Devil Inside 

Release Date: January 6, 2012

Starring: Fernanda Andrade, Simon Quarterman, Evan Helmuth

Directed by: William Brent Bell

Synopsis: In Italy, a woman becomes involved in a series of unauthorized exorcism during her mission to discover what happened to her mother, who allegedly murdered three people during her own exorcism

Thoughts: Well, the trailer scares the beegeezus out of me… and if the trailer scares me… I can only hope the film does the same. Besides, it is about religion which is kind of like Christmas, non?

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7. Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

Release Date: December 21st

Starring: The Gay Midget Dwarf, Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton

Directed by: Brad Bird

Synopsis: The IMF is shut down when it’s implicated in the bombing of the Kremlin, causing Ethan Hunt and his new team to go rogue to clear their organization’s name.

Thoughts: So I despise Tom Cruise almost as much as I despise Christmas, but I have to admit that after seeing the trailer for this film, I want to see it. And since it is full of explosions, car scenes and other amazing special effects to make up for Cruise’s inability to act, it needs to be seen on the big screen.

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6. Hugo 

Release Date: November 23rd

Starring: Asa Butterfeild, Chole Grace Moretz, Christopher Lee

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

Synopsis: Set in 1930s Paris, an orphan who lives in the walls of a train station is wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton.

Thoughts: While still promising to be dark, I have always wondered what a “family friendly” Scorsese film would look like. Definitely a must see.

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5. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Release Date: December 16th

Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Rachel McAdams

Directed by: Guy Ritchie

Synopsis: Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Dr. Watson join forces to outwit and bring down their fiercest adversary, Professor Moriarty.

Thoughts: Loved the first film.  Love Downey as Holmes and Law as Watson, and love love their chemistry. Downey will forever in my mind be “the come back kid”, and I can’t help but support all of his efforts, even the ones that might not be so fantabulous.

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4. We Bought a Zoo

Release Date: December 23rd

Starring: Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson

Directed by: Cameron Crowe

Synopsis:Set in Southern California, a father moves his young family to the countryside to renovate and re-open a struggling zoo.

Thoughts: Cliché or not, I have been a fan of Crowe since Almost Famous. The movie spoke to me on every level, and I have been waiting, and hoping for another Crowe film to speak to me again. I am not sure this is going to be it. First off Matt Damon is in the film, secondly there are children involved, however, as a full supporter of Team Cameron, I will spend the $12.00 to catch this on the big screen, and sit with my fingers crossed that he will whisk me away once again.

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3. A Dangerous Method

Release Date: November 23rd

Starring: Keira Knightley, Viggo Mortensen, Michael Fassbender

Directed by: David Cronenberg

Synopsis: A look at how the intense relationship between Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud gives birth to psychoanalysis.

Thoughts: You are CRAZY if you don’t want to see this one… pun intended.

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2. The Muppets

Release Date: November 23rd

Starring: Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fonzi the Bear & Gonzo

Directed by: James Bobin

Synopsis: With the help of three fans, The Muppets must reunite to save their old theater from a greedy oil tycoon.

Thoughts: Do I really need to explain why you need to get out and see this film? Take your date, take your children, take your grandma, take a stranger, I really don’t care. It is the Muppets. Do it!

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1. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Release Date: December 21st

Starring: Rooney Mara, Daniel Craig

Directed by: David Fincher

Synopsis: Journalist Mikael Blomkvist is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing for forty years by Lisbeth Salander, a young computer hacker.

Thoughts: The trilogy of books by Stieg-Larsson is one of the best series I have ever read. I admit I was slightly distressed when I heard that this film was being “Americanized”, but after watching the transformation of Mara to become Lisbeth Salander I am convinced Fincher will do justice to the character.

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Ten Pretty Hawt Women in Hollywood!

Where there are boys… there are girls.  In effort accommodate what I hope is a multi-gendered readership,I have written a Ten Pretty Hawt Women in Hollywood list, in follow-up to my men’s list.  I am not going to apologize for leaving off my list some of the women that have hit the top ten for GQ, Askmen, etc., because although their bodies are undeniably “hot”, in many cases the personalities or bad habits of some of these hotties are a total turn off, especially for a mostly straight woman…. Below is a list of women who offer something more the just a great rack, nice set of legs or a bunch of hot sex scenes, although most of them clear all three categories as well.  Add your favorites in the comments section as always…. and Cheers!

10. Emmanuelle Chriqui

Hawt Because: Sexy and desirable not just for her looks, or for being a Canadian native, but for her ability to remain mysterious in an age where paparazzi-driven over exposure is de regulieré. Reminiscent of old Hollywood culture, this beauty has taken the professional highroad leaving her personal life just that, personal.  Hitting every sexy or hot list known to man in the last two years, this stunner, who looks good in everything she puts on, leaves a lot to the imagination, which is definitely part of the allure.

Movies: Taking Chances, 5 Days of War, Girls Walk Into a Bar

See Her Next In: A Sci-Fi due out in 2012 called Omphalos.

Hottest Moment: Have you seen the episode of Entourage called “Bottoms Up!”  The anal sex scene where she calls E “a pussy” …. hahahaha!


9. Yvonne Strakovski

Hawt Because:  She is sexy secret agent Sarah Walker on the NBC series Chuck, where her co-stars have given her the nickname “Starhotski”.  This girl is tall (almost six feet in heels), lean and muscular in a very feminine way, as well as bodilisciously stacked to the nines.  With an adorable Australian accent and a humble and charming way about her in interviews, I was thrilled  to see her finally starting to diversify by showing up on the silver screen this year.  Bonus Points are totally given to her for always being drop dead gorgeous regardless of costume or fight scene.

Movies: I Love You Too and Killer Elite

See Her Next In: A comedy with Seth Rogan and Barbara Streisand called My Mother’s Curse due out in 2012.

Hottest Moment: Definitely the Belly Dancing scene from this past season of Chuck.  She is adorable…. as is CHUCK by the way.

8. Emily Blunt

Hawt Because: The girl has a physically toned body that would make it easy to mistake her for a world-class athlete at the top of her game, and yet she is known for her ability to act not her smokin body.  Adding to her appeal is her adorable British accent and perhaps her equally adorable marriage to John Krasinski.  Emily taught the women of the world about what a sleeze bag Michael Bublé truly is and therefore sky rocketed forward as one of the coolest ladies ever.

Movies: The Devil Wears Prada, The Adjustment Bureau, The Young Victoria

See Her Next In: The Muppets as Miss Piggy’s Receptionist!

Hottest Moment: So, maybe not her hottest moment, but certainly her most endearing moment, is her role in The Devil Wears Prada as the tragically stylish and hilarious Emily!

7. Marion Cotillard

Hawt Because: Marion has an elegance about her and a radiance that sets her apart from other Hollywood starlets.  With an inviting gaze that says “Comment ca va?” and, let’s face it, a body that says “Voulez vous couche avec moi?”, she is an alluring wonder that is hard to resist.  Bonus points to her for being an avid environmentalist and a spokeswoman for Greenpeace.

Movies: Public Enemies, Nine, Inception, Contagion

See Her Next In: Rust and Bone in 2012.

Hottest Moment: Her role as Louisa Contini in Nine.  Amongst a stellar cast of powerful women, this little lady stood out like a shiny little diamond in the rough. Just rewatched the clip for the first time in ages…. she is amaze ballz.

6. Zooey Deschanel

Hawt Because: Measuring in at a modest 34-25-35, Zooey has been called a super beauty for the “hipster set” with eyes that have the power to stop a man in his tracks.  Despite her lack of bombastic curves and the fact that she doesn’t undergo drastic transformative changes every other month, the girl is something of a chameleon.  Round-eyed and girl-next-door one moment, a boyish waif the next, heavy metal vixen at one turn, and Hollywood glamour at the next.  She steals a strippers good name in that she can be who ever you want her to be, with little change.

Movies: Failure to Launch, The Happening, Our Idiot Brother

See Her Soon In: A new TV series called The New Girl

Hottest Moment: As the quirky and maddening Kit in Failure to Launch.

5. Emma Stone

Hawt Because: Only her early 20’s and Emma has already hit every possible list for Hollywood’s Hottest, Sexiest, and Up and Coming on the planet Earth.  Actually a blonde, who went red under the direction of Judd Aptow in Superbad and decided to own the look, our little Emma has taken Hollywood by storm over the past few years.  Unlike some of her other “colleagues” Emma has manged to keep a squeaky clean image, proving that “class” still exists amongst the younger generation of actresses.  Totally cute, adorable  and sexy, with amazing comedic timing to boot!, she has been a favourite for quite some time.

Movies: Superbad, Easy A, Zombieland, The Help

See Her Next In: Movie 43 with Hugh Jackman and Gerard Butler

Hottest Moment: Again, maybe not her HOTTEST scene….. but definitely one of the reasons she is on this list.

4. Eva Mendes

Hawt Because: A self-proclaimed “girls girl”, this lady embraces everything it is to be a woman.  The men of the world like to ogle this buxom babes fabulous physique, while the women of the world can appreciate the fact that she flaunts her oh so feminine curves.  This is what women who take care of themselves and eat, look like.  Bravo!

Movies: Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Hitch, The Other Guys, Fast Five

She Her Next In: A comedy with Matthew Modine and Patricia Arquette

Hottest Moment: Standing in nothing but lingerie in the movie The Women, telling Meg Ryan that she didn’t steal her husband because “Women don’t steal other women’s husbands, they come willingly”…. ahahaha

3. Rachel McAdams

Hawt Because: Aside from her stellar acting abilities, which have given her a very successful run of films and a wide variety of roles, this little chickadee is pure Canadian, and totally sexy. Part of her charm is that she attempts to lead a regular life when not filming, living in Toronto, and biking around the city and riding the subway like a normal human. She might be more cute and girl-next-door like, then sexy vixen, but I don’t know a single guy that would kick her out of bed. With a killer smile, high cheekbones, and those damn dimples, Rachel commands the camera, which is always very kind to her.

Movies: Mean Girls, The Notebook, The Family Stone, Sherlock Holmes

See Her Next In: Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Hottest Moment: The world fell in love with her in Mean Girls playing Regina George, the hilarious creation of the Honourable Ms. Tina Fey

2. Mila Kunis

Hawt Because:  After watching Mila whine her way through eight years of That 70’s Show as the irritating Jackie and voice the awkward and annoying Meg Griffin on Family Guy, it might come as a shock that she hits this list, especially this close to top.  She graces the list for two important reasons. One, she grew up in the Hollywood scene, amongst the rich and notorious and yet has remained almost unknown until her break out role in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, where we realized that little Miss Mila had grown up right before our eyes without the paparazzi squelching on her every move, without a police record, and without her name scandalously being lit up like a neon sign in headlines for Entertainment Tonight or Access Hollywood, which sends her hotness quotient off the charts.  The second reason, is of course, the sex scene between her and Natalie Portman in Black Swan.  That scene would make any straight woman consider playing for the other team as long as it was Mila calling the shots.

Movies: Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Black Swan, Friends with Benefits

See Her Soon In: Seth MacFarlane’s next film with Mark Wahlberg and Giovanni Ribisi

Hottest Moment:  She had some pretty great scenes with Justin Timberlake in Friends with Benefits, but the scene with Portman in Black Swan still blows everything else away.

1. Scarlett Johansson

Hawt Because: Woody Allen has called Scarjo “sexually overwhelming”. Everything from her smokey voice to her famous cleavage, she drives men, boys and most women, bananas.  Aside from her looks, the lady is incredibly intelligent and witty, which has allowed her to move past the typecast of the bossomy bimbo, into creative and diverse roles.  This pretty lady also has a pretty not bad voice, and the song Realtor with Pete Yorn hit the Billboard Top 100 in the summer of 2009 for a short time.

Movies: The Other Boelyn Girl, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Lost in Translation, Iron Man 2

See Her Next In: Iron Man 3 due out in 2013.

Hottest Moment: “Did you just say dry hump?”

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