A little late perhaps, as we are already six days into January, but these are the four films I will be doing my best to go and see this month.
Texas Chainsaw 3D, John Lussenhop
Release: January 4
Synopsis: A young woman travels to Texas to collect an inheritance; little does she know that an encounter with a chainsaw-wielding killer is part of the reward.
Billed as a direct sequel to Tobe Hooper’s 1974 original and hoping to bring a resurgence to the franchise after a poor attempt at doing so with a remake and a sequel from 2003 & 2006. Currently sitting at a 5.2/10 on the IMDB & 23% on Rotten Tomatoes with poor to average responses from reviewers, it may not be the kick-start the studio wanted but I bet it makes enough money for at least one more sequel.
Gangster Squad, Ruben Fleischer
Release: January 10
Synopsis: A chronicle of the LAPD’s fight to keep East Coast Mafia types out of Los Angeles in the 1940s and 50s.
Pushed back from its release from last summer after the Aurora shooting, due to itself featuring a shootout in a cinema. Gangster Squad features a stunning cast of talented actors and is apparently uncompromising in its violence. Hopefully this will give us something akin to The Untouchables and not just another forgettable cop/gangster film.
Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino
Release: January 18
Synopsis: With the help of his mentor, a slave-turned-bounty hunter sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.
My personal pick for the month, I’m very much looking forward to this film. Now sitting at 8.8/10 on the IMDB & 88% on Rotten Tomatoes. This could well be Tarantino’s best film yet, with a stellar cast, dealing with a sensitive subject matter and by all account has three main leads vying for Oscar nominations.
Zero Dark Thirty, Kathryn Bigelow
Release: January 25
Synopsis: A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L. Team 6 in May, 2011.
Currently scoring 7.4/10 on the IMDB & 94% on Rotten Tomatoes, Zero Dark Thirty has already courted controversy for its plot and themes, an apparent pro torture stance and also somehow getting access to classified information. It has created a complete shit storm, but there’s no thing as bad publicity right? Sure to be gripping, suspenseful and everything you would expect from a Kathryn Bigelow film. Also a sure sign for an Oscar nomination.