Winter time is the opposite of summer, instead of heading out of doors, it is the time to venture indoors. The movie houses are the best places for those of all ages and this applies to summer time as well when one wants to get cool. The movies for this time of the year when one wants to warm and in a good mood range from the silly to the outragious as well as the ones which hit the mark.
The sampling of this years entertainment has included the much anticipate "The Hobbit" with its hiliarious opening but slow to get to the point of the chase, but it is meant to be a quest. One has to appreciate it is also the one which explains the triology of "The Lord of the Rings." It should have high marks for those wanting to rent it at home with a fire place roaring.
"Les Miserables" was also a slower than expected movie with a diffent ending. The culmination of years of development by the producers as well as the actors skill in both acting and singing is mastered. The tale is an old one to some and a new controversy to others who don't appreciate how hard it is not to have a family or a home to go to at the end of the evening.
Some of the other less fuzzy movies were real adaptations of actual events or attempts to recreate a world of the cold and dark outside, which is why one came inside to view these types of movies before going home and locking the doors against the elements.
"Argo" was the scary true tale of the Iran hostage situation of not only the embassy, considered sacred ground by politicians being taken over but also the ongoing struggle to get innocents out of a dangerous situation. The crazy way in which a CIA agent accomplishes his task is worth watching both this movie and the oscars. Both actors Affleck and Garber deserve awards for thier bravery of choice in this movie.
"Zero Dark Thirty", the actual time of the raid on Bin Laden's hideout is breathtaking in the murkiness of war and combat. In order to get accurate information out of an informant, even the professional gets sick to his stomach. There is no need to elaborate but some things are unnecessary to be seen in film even if they do occur. The idea of women being allowed to work "ops" in a dangerous foriegn land is exacting in the fact that women were usually the first to go undercover in earlier times. The brutalilty is used as a device against the harshness of an air attack on the city of NY, which suffered many past attacks and burnings as can be seen in the historical maps. The ending is almost incomplete in the capture of the man hated for bringing about the modern reality that even the Nazis failed with the submarines off the East Coast.
"Die Hard" is the latest installment of the Bruce Willis series is actually heart warming enough to recommend for family groups who don't mind blood and bombs. It is tale about what could happen in post cold war Russia with his son being put on trail in a Russian courthouse. This is scarry enough for most people who remember the cold war to run for the doors, which is what occurs as an escape attempt is made and the ensuring aftermath clears up some of the previous probelms in his personal family. The other family involved are given the reality check most Americans did not expect of a people considered held under bondage to the Communist rule but are instead just as blood thirsty. The ending is worth waiting for and not leaving.