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Eight films to watch in December

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The Disaster Artist 《灾难艺术家》

主演: 詹姆斯•弗兰科、戴夫•弗兰科、塞斯•罗根、乔什•哈切森、扎克•埃夫隆

“Haha, what a great story!” This line from Tommy Wiseau’s all-American hero Johnny in The Room, beloved by many as possibly the worst film ever made, also applies to James Franco’s captivating new film about the making of this cinematic disaster. Franco directs and stars as Wiseau, an immigrant to the US of mysterious origins who possesses a one-of-a-kind accent, long black locks that make him look like Gene Simmons crossed with Stephen Baldwin, and a talent that can be charitably described as unique. In 2003 Wiseau, rebuffed by many a casting director and talent agent decided to make his own ‘Hollywood’ movie. In possession of apparently limitless financial resources, Wiseau’s cinematic brainchild was The Room, a chamber drama of betrayal that’s become a hit as a midnight movie because it is so laughably terrible. Franco captures Wiseau’s tics to perfection and ends up recreating about a quarter of The Room in this adaptation of actor Greg Sestero’s book The Disaster Artist, about the making of the movie. Unlike The Room itself, this is a movie you can laugh with, rather than at. Released December 1 in the US, UK and Ireland, December 6 in the Philippines and December 21 in Argentina and the Netherlands. (Credit: A24)
“哈哈,这真是个好故事!” 托米•韦素在电影《房间》中扮演的全美英雄强尼说过这么一句话。虽然受到很多人的喜爱,但该片可能是有史以来最烂的电影之一。强尼这句话也适用于詹姆斯•弗兰科拍摄的讲述这部烂片拍摄过程的新电影,该片相当引人入胜。弗兰科自导自演,在片中他饰演的韦素是一个拥有多种神秘血统和独特口音的美国移民,他长而黑的卷发让他看起来像基恩•西蒙和史提芬•宝云的混合体,他的才华说好听点是别具一格。2003年,遭到诸多选角导演和星探回绝的韦素决定制作自己的“好莱坞”电影。在大量的财务支持下,韦素创作出了电影作品《房间》,这部在室内发生的讲述背叛的午夜电影因为烂到可笑而轰动一时。弗兰科完美把握住了韦素的固有特征,在这部根据演员格雷戈•赛斯特罗所著的《灾难艺术家》改编的电影中重现了《房间》剧情的四分之一以及该电影的制作过程。和《房间》不同,这是一部能把你逗笑的电影,而不是让你取笑的电影。该片于12月1日在美国、英国和爱尔兰上映,12月6日在菲律宾上映,12月21日在阿根廷和荷兰上映。(资料来源:A24制片公司)


The Shape of Water 《水形物语》


Guillermo del Toro continues to carve out one of the most visually distinctive oeuvres in Hollywood today with this slippery changeling of a movie that won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival: it’s part Lovecraftian beastie horror, part forbidden romance, part Cold War drama, with a few more genres thrown in for good measure. Sally Hawkins plays a mute maid at a US government research facility who falls in love with one of the test subjects, an amphibian creature found in the Amazon – another feat of physicality by Doug Jones, probably the best-known creature actor working today who isn’t Andy Serkis. She tries to help her beloved frog-man flee a one-dimensional baddie in government tough Michael Shannon. In his five-star review, BBC Culture film critic Nicholas Barber wrote that The Shape of Water is “an Oscar contender in pretty much every category” and declared “this is one of the most delightful films of the year.” Released December 8 in the US and Canada. (Credit: Fox Searchlight)


All the Money in the World 《金钱世界》


Ridley Scott is briefly leaving blockbusters behind for this docudrama based on John Pearson’s book Painfully Rich: The Outrageous Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Heirs of J Paul Getty. The oil tycoon was once the richest man in the US, but he was famed for his thriftiness. When his grandson John Paul Getty III was kidnapped by mafiosi in the 1970s he refused to pay the ransom they wanted. His grandson was horribly abused as a result – his kidnappers even severed one of his ears. As dramatic a story as that is, though, All the Money in the World has had nearly as shocking a production. Kevin Spacey, in heavy old-age makeup, was originally slated to play Getty, but after sexual assault allegations were made against him Ridley Scott decided to reshoot his role with Christopher Plummer instead – with only one month until the film’s premiere. Can the quick reshoot possibly result in a good movie? Simply as a feat of daring many critics and cinemagoers are eager to find out. Released December 21 in Greece and Israel, December 22 in Turkey and the US and December 27 in Belgium and France. (Credit: TriStar Pictures)


Happy End 《快乐结局》


Isabelle Huppert strikes again. After the one-two punch of Elle and Things to Come, featuring two of the most acclaimed performances of her career, the legendary French actress is back in another equally meaty role: as a stressed mother trying to keep her family, and her family business, together. It helps that Happy End is directed by Michael Haneke, master of the unsettling, who directed her in one of her greatest earlier films, The Piano Teacher. The response at the Cannes and Toronto film festivals to Happy End was mixed, with The Telegraph’s Tim Robey calling it “shockingly familiar.” BBC Culture’s Nicholas Barber gave Happy End five stars, however, saying “75-year-old Haneke proves that he can still generate tension more deftly than most horror directors half his age.” Released December 1 in the UK and Ireland, December 22 in the US and December 25 in Norway. (Credit: Sony Pictures Classics)


Downsizing 《缩小人生》


If you want a slightly warmer and fuzzier dissection of societal norms, fictions and hypocrisies, there’s always the work of Alexander Payne. The Election director is back another social commentary, Downsizing, a science-fiction comedy about people who elect to have themselves reduced to five inches tall in an effort to minimise the impact of overpopulation and save money. One married couple, played by Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig, elect to have the procedure, but while Damon’s character goes through with it Wiig’s backs out at the last minute. That makes the marriage considerably more difficult. Released December 21 in Portugal, December 22 in Spain and the US and December 26 in Australia and New Zealand. (Credit: Paramount)


Star Wars: The Last Jedi 《星球大战8:最后的绝地武士》


So will Luke Skywalker accept the lightsaber Rey offered him at the end of 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens or will he fling it into the sea and take up knitting? Nobody knows! The Last Jedi is somehow even more under wraps than the previous instalment, but the few trailers and clips that have been released suggest a darker, more twisted ride this time. Could Luke, one-time sandy haired farmboy turned scruffy hermit, actually be a villain now? Could Rey end up joining forces with the murderous Kylo Ren? The Force will reveal all… in time. The studios behind the saga, Disney and Lucasfilm, must be thrilled with The Last Jedi, though, because they’ve already signed its director, Rian Johnson, the mastermind behind Brick, Looper and some of the best episodes of Breaking Bad, to make a new trilogy of Star Wars films about all new characters and situations. The Last Jedi, though, will mark the last time Carrie Fisher, who died last December, will appear in the saga as General Leia Organa, so as exciting as the film will be expect to shed a few tears too. Released December 13 in China's Taiwan and Colombia, December 14 in Russia, the UK and Singapore and December 15 in the US, Pakistan and Vietnam. (Credit: Lucasfilm)


Ferdinand 《公牛历险记》

Munro Leaf’s 1936 children’s book The Story of Ferdinand, the tale of a bull who would prefer to smell flowers than charge at a matador, is so simple in its execution, with beautiful illustrations by Robert Lawson, but deeply profound in its implications. By contrast, the new animated film based on it appears to be a riot of bright colours and zany antics. Wrestler turned actor John Cena plays the pacifist bull – a stroke of casting that could actually be brilliant, as Cena, like Ferdinand, has had to play down his fierce exterior to reveal who he is inside. Kate McKinnon, Bobby Cannavale, and David Tennant round out the voice cast. Released December 14 in Australia and Malaysia, December 15 in the US and December 16 in the UK. (Credit: B-Plan)


The Man Who Invented Christmas 《圣诞发明家》


Charles Dickens' 1843 novella A Christmas Carol is arguably the most beloved Yuletide story ever told – at least since the Nativity itself. It’s certainly one of the most adapted stories of all time, with an almost countless number of film, TV, and animated incarnations. But how did the story itself come about? Bharat Nalluri, the director of the unsung but delightful Miss Pettigrew Lives For a Day, adapts Les Standiford’s novel of the same name, which argues that Dickens, played here by Dan Stevens, based Scrooge on his own father (Jonathan Pryce). Christopher Plummer assays miserly moneylender Ebenezer himself, which, remarkably, he has never done before. Released December 1 in the UK, December 14 in Portugal and December 21 in Italy (Credit: Bleecker Street Media)


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