Making a final 2011 movie list and checking it twice: Tintin, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy & War Horse


Let’s see. Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows premiere come and gone – check. Holiday menu determined – check. Holiday shopping done – check…well, almost. Only thing left for this week is to make movie going plans. Lots of premieres happening this week and lots of free time between now and the end of 2011. With Golden Globe nominations in tow and definite Oscar consideration to follow, here are our suggestions for what to add to your list that premiere this week, all with definite names that will be familiar to you….

Tintin – Wednesday, December 21

Not much to say here to get you to consider this other than mention those involved in the creation and production….Peter Jackson, Steven Spielberg, Edgar Wright, Joe Cornish and Steven Moffat. Enough said? What are you waiting for. Oh, yeah. Wednesday.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=op3w_ICK4us

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – Friday, December 23

Here again, another great cast that will certainly get Oscar consideration with the likes of our very own Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock), Colin Firth, Gary Oldman and Thomas Hardy. We all know the story from John Le Carre about espionage veteran George Smiley who is forced from semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet agent within MI6’s echelons during the darkest days of the Cold War. When first discussed, I thought this would be an uphill climb to top the brilliant 1979 television mini-series that starred Alec Guinness. I’ll be first in line on Friday to see if they have succeeded.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SRGi6GCt4k

War Horse – Sunday, December 25

Another masterpiece with Golden Globes and Oscars written all over it sporting an all-star cast including, again, Benedict Cumberbatch. This Steven Spielberg directed, Richard Curtis screenplay, tells the story of a young Albert who enlists to service in WWI after his beloved horse, Joey, is sold to the cavalry. Albert’s hopeful journey takes him out of England and across Europe as the war rages on.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhueHIXbTF4

  • I’ve been waiting, waiting, waiting for Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. The British are teaching my patience, if anything, ha.