M: Okay, if you don’t understand the title, you need to do one of two things. First, if you don’t understand it because you don’t know that the first new Star Wars movie in the post-George Lucas era, directed by J.J. Abrams, is coming out this month, then you need to climb out from whatever rock you’ve been under for the last year or two. Second, if it’s because you don’t get the reference, you need to watch this old Bill Murry SNL sketch.
C: I actually did not get that reference, and now feel shame.
E: The key point is, it’s all about Star Wars. And Oscar movies. Star Wars and awards bait. You know what? It’s a lot of movies, period.
M: Well, not the SNL sketch, our December movie post. The sketch is only about Star Wars. However, since as E said, we won’t actually be talking “nothing but Star Wars,” a quick note. There are about a billion movies of note being released the first weekend this month.
C: Actually, it’s 10.
M: …fine, 10. There are 10 movies of note being released the first weekend this month. Most of them, really all but the Christmas comedy-horror flick Krampus, are limited, small releases, but still, that’s a lot even for the small releases. The month evens out a bit after that, but ramps up again in time for the Christmas school break.
E: Well, those Oscar movies have to play somewhere in December or they don’t qualify! Not that all of these are exactly Oscar-bait.
C: That is a crazy lot, anyway. So brace yourselves!