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Geek Holiday Movie Season

The 2012 holiday movie season is already upon us, first with the release of Wreck-It-Ralph and Skyfall already getting great reviews and giant ticket sales.  Going from here through the New Year are some great movies that spread wide across the geek spectrum.  Here’s a list of what’s up and their associated trailer.

Lincoln: 11/9 – The Spielberg movie that tells the story of the months just before the President’s assassination

Twilight-Breaking Dawn: 11/16 – The final movie in the series.  Will Bella and her baby just eat everyone else?

Red Dawn: 11/16 – While the girls go see Bella, the guys will sit through this remake with Chris Helmsworth fighting off North Koreans (Chinese?) invading American shores.  This movie was actually shot several years ago and shelved while the movie company had money issues.

Rise of the Guardians: 11/16 – Animated movie that makes a league of super heroes out of Santa, Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy and crew

Life of PI: 11/21 – You’ve seen the commercials and wondered “WTF”, but this Ang Lee movie is getting lots of Oscar buzz for its interpretation of the beloved 2001 novel.

Hitchcock: 11/23 – Anthony Hopkins as the director in the story of the shooting of the classic “Psycho”.  Scarlett Johansson as Janet Leigh getting chopped up in the shower.

The Hobbit: 12/14 – The first of three that will tell the story we all know, in great detail.  And for those that choose to see it in HFR, I mean a lot of detail.

Zero Dark Thirty: 12/19 – The controversial movie telling the story of the mission to kill Osama Bin Laden

The Impossible: 12/21 – The first movie I can think of about the terrible 2004 Christmas Day Tsunami that killed 250,000 people.

Jack Reacher: 12/21 – The latest Tom Cruise “getting to be a bad ass” movie

Django Unchained: 12/25 – Quentin Tarantino’s Christmas Day offering has Jamie Foxx as a freed slave on a revenge/rescue mission with the great Christopher Waltz.

Gangster Squad: 1/11 – The director of “Zombieland” takes a turn at highly stylized 1940’s crime movie with Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone

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Wreck-It-Ralph is All 8Bit Love

Bugs Bunny with his Disney rival Mickey Mouse ...

Disney is rolling out a new movie this year that is very much in the great spirit of “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?“.  That great 1988 movie that not only mixed animated and live characters, but wonderfully brought cartoon characters from different companies together.  In fact, it is still the only place you will ever see Micky Mouse and Bugs Bunny on the same screen together (right).

The movie Disney is delivering this year is all animated, no live people, but does bring together video game character from many of the great video arcade games of the past.  “Wreck-It-Ralph” tells the story of Ralph, a big oaf of a guy that is the villain in a console game that looks similar to Donkey Kong called, Fix-It Felix Jr.  Basic plot:  Ralph wants to be a “good guy” now and begins to jump from game to game trying to find his new place and in the meantime we see characters from all sorts of video game greats.

You’ll see characters from PacMac, Sonic, Street Fighter, Super Mario, Q*Q*Bert, Mortal Kombat Frogger and more.

This all may play much better for an audience, like me, that was raised on quarter-dumping into standing consoles in arcades and 7-11’s across the country.  But hopefully, the youth today that was raised on playing games exclusively at home and online will have an appreciation of where that gaming heritage comes from.

This looks fun.  Its out November 2nd.

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