And Thus Begins November
by Alex Billington
November 1, 2006
Today, the day of November 1st, 2006, begins what I believe will be one of the most exciting months for the entertainment industry out of all of 2006. It definitely looks to be quite enticing, with a number of major films due out in the next few weeks (and few days) and some of the most hyped new trailers as well. November could be just an easy month that slides through quickly, but I certainly doubt it. Just considering everything there is…
Starting this weekend, opening on November 3rd: the best comedy of the entire year, Borat; and two rather mundane features, Flushed Away and Santa Clause 3. I guess we had to get the crappy ones over with early on.
The next Friday, November 10th: Will Ferrell's new comedy about an IRS worker, Stranger Than Fiction; the Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe team-up again after Gladiator for a film set mostly in Italy, A Good Year; and Christian Bale's next grunge crime film Harsh Times.
Then comes the killer weekend, November 17th: the highlight being the new James Bond, Casino Royale, guaranteed to take the #1 spot; likely followed very closely by the very highly anticipated animated penguin musical Happy Feet; and two other smaller openings, one being the adaptation from a bestseller about the health of our nation, Fast Food Nation; and the last, a comedy that has switched opening dates and is now feared doomed, Let's Go To Prison.
I also have to mention the trailers that are supposed to be shown this weekend as well. Two of the biggest films that are just a few of what will make next summer incredible: Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix, due out in July, in front of Happy Feet; and the incredible new Spider-Man 3 trailer in front of Casino Royale.
However, also on that same weekend, November 17th, is the widely hype release of the next-generation video game systems from Sony and Nintendo. You may not think much of these, except that these things are going to create some huge havoc across the nation - you just wait and see. The Sony PlayStation 3 will be released on Friday, November 17th. And the revolutionary new Nintendo Wii will be released on Sunday, November 19th.
Just 5 days later, to fit in with the Thanksgiving schedule, is a whole set of new openings on November 22nd: the most exciting being the harshly criticized long-awaited epic The Fountain; secondly the other highly anticipated comedic-musical from the great duo Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny; and also all in the same is Tony Scott and Denzel Washington's next DÃ©jÃ Vu; the widely acclaimed film about Robert Kennedy, Bobby; and unfortunately last to mention, a Christmas comedy featuring the likes of Matthew Broderick and Danny DeVito, Deck the Halls.
Fortunately that ends everything in November, with December 1st being the very next release day. Though I think you'll have a few good weeks of many films to see. Depending (of course) on critics' opinions, the success of some may fade quickly, however I believe the continuation of Casino Royale, Happy Feet, The Fountain, Tenacious D, and Bobby may last all the way through December 1st easily. Most people really only get out to the movies once or twice a month, however November may break that pattern.
What is the most exciting movie you are looking forward to in November?
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