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Hello, everyone!

It’s time for another action packed week of movie madness brought to you by yours truly, the MovieDruid!  I am going to get right into it after two brief announcements.

  1. Look for my review of “Fame” sometime shortly after the release of this installment of the MovieDruid on the “MovieDruid Reviews” page above.
  2. There are 2 releases (well, technically 3 I suppose) I will not be touching on this week.  The first is the “Toy Story & Toy Story 2 in 3D Double Feature.”  If you haven’t heard whatever there is to say about Pixar’s Toy Story films, then where have you been?  The other is “Capitalism: A Love Story.”  I try to keep politics out of things here at the Jungle Gym and Michael Moore is a polarizing figure.  The most I can say about the film is if you like Moore, see it, if you don’t like Moore, skip it.  The MovieDruid remains neutral on such matters.

So, with that out of the way, on with the show….

“The Invention Of Lying”

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Synopsis: “The Invention of Lying” takes place in an alternate reality in which lying–even the concept of a lie–does not even exist. Everyone–from politicians to advertisers to the man and woman on the street–speaks the truth and nothing but the truth with no thought of the consequences. But when a down-on-his-luck loser named Mark suddenly develops the ability to lie, he finds that dishonesty has its rewards. In a world where every word is assumed to be the absolute truth, Mark easily lies his way to fame and fortune. But lies have a way of spreading, and Mark begins to realize that things are getting a little out of control when some of his tallest tales are being taken as, well, gospel. With the entire world now hanging on his every word, there is only one thing Mark has not been able to lie his way into: the heart of the woman he loves.

MovieDruid’s Comments: This looks like the kind of comedy I actually enjoy.  It looks smart as well as funny.  The concept has the potential for some very smart social commentary that could really make this one a winner.  The problem lies in the fact that the film also has the potential to slide into the simply silly which, while amusing, will lose much of the punch the concept has by devolving into a series of gags that simply drag on for two hours.  While I hope for the best, I fear the worst.

“Whip It”

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Synopsis: The directorial debut of Drew Barrymore, stars Ellen Page as Bliss, a rebellious Texas teen who throws in her small town beauty pageant crown for the rowdy world of roller derby. Marcia Gay Harden  plays Bliss’ disapproving mother, while Kristen Wiig  and Juliette Lewis play roller-derby stars.

MovieDruid’s Comments: In all honesty, they had me at Ellen Page (“Juno” & “Smart People”) .  She is growing into an actress whose dry humor is exactly my cup of tea.  But, looking closer you see a list of stars that should be fun to watch in this sort of film: Drew Barrymore (“The Wedding Singer” & “Firestarter”), Juliette Lewis (“Strange Days” & “Natural Born Killers”), and Marcia Gay Harden (“Mystic River” & “The Mist”).  And, hey, who doesn’t like roller derby!

“Zombieland” – MovieDruid Pick of the Week

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Synopsis: Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) has made a habit of running from what scares him. Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) doesn’t have fears. If he did, he’d kick their ever-living ass. In a world overrun by zombies, these two are perfectly evolved survivors. But now, they’re about to stare down the most terrifying prospect of all: each other.

MovieDruid’s Comments:Well, it appears to be comedy-palooza this week.  But, on the good side we have some great comedic talent in the releases.  Ellen Page above and Woody Harrelson here.  The zombie apocalypse concept has had a major renaissance in recent years in everything from video games to movies.  It’s good to know that not everyone is taking it too seriously.  Simon Pegg gave us the spoof “Shaun of the Dead,”  this appear to be something of a spiritual successor.  The combination of zombies and Woody Harrelson in full on redneck mode can’t help but be hilarious.

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