As 2011 begins its merry descent, and 2012 is almost visible upon the horizon, here are some films I’m looking forward to watching soon.
The 2011 remake of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is supposed to hit stateside in early December. I’m interested in seeing it, but jury’s still out if I’ll catch in the theaters. Although I gotta admit, the trailer (see below) looks intriguing (and it includes a couple of flashes of a library). Truth, I’m a sucker for spy thrillers. And British accents. Yes, I’m an American, and I love British accents. Guilty. (Except I don’t feel guilty about it! ;))
Bu I’m generally picky about what I see in the theaters — I do like escapism, and watching movies in a big movie theater brings out the eager-eyed kid in me — and analyzing reel librarians is more like work (totally FUN work, but still, sometimes it’s work). So I tend to prefer to watch my librarian movies from home. This way, I can pause, take notes, take screenshots, etc., at my leisure and timeframe. And in sweatpants. TMI?
But it might be fun to do some posts about my first impressions in the theater, and follow up with more in-depth analysis later on.
Another film I’m looking forward to is Black Gold, which is supposed to open in the U.S. in late December. A friend of mine and fellow librarian was able to watch its premiere at the Doha Tribeca Film Festival in late October and passed the info along to me (thank you, Facebook).
Here’s the plot summary on IMDb: “Set in the 1930s Arab states at the dawn of the oil boom, the story centers on a young Arab prince torn between allegiance to his conservative father and modern, liberal father-in-law.” The film’s big stars include Antonio Banderas, Mark Strong, and Freida Pinto (and in typical Hollywood tradition, it looks like they all play Arabs — a Spaniard, an Englishman, and an Indian — sigh).
And my librarian friend says that the main character is a librarian. BONUS!
In the film’s trailer, below, the character as a young boy is seen reading a book — foreshadowing?
- Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Librarian (librariesatthemovies.blogspot.com/)
- E. Nina Rothe: Jean Jacques Annaud’s Black Gold: A Momentous Step in the Right Direction (huffingtonpost.com)
- Freida Pinto: ‘Black Gold’ Photo Call in Qatar! (justjared.buzznet.com)
- Character Profiles for TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY (collider.com)
- Out of the Arab Spring erupts ‘Black Gold’ (cnn.com)
- 35 New Images from TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY (collider.com)