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Hello, all. 

The weather outside is beginning to cool off, and that means we are moving into the teeth of holiday movie season.  With only two weeks to Thanksgiving and six until Christmas, the studios are churning our their holiday finery.  At least, most weeks they are.  This week is a little light, but has a pair of interesting films on offer.

Also, there is a new MovieDruid review of “The Box” available for those who have not yet discovered it.  On a personal note, my wife and I got to see “The Box” in Charlotte at the AMC Carolina Pavillion 22, a movie theater that was instrumental in our eventual marriage.  It was nice to see the old place, still one of the best theaters I have ever frequented.

Anyway, reminiscing aside, let’s get on with it…

“2012”

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Synopsis: Never before has a date in history been so significant to so many cultures, so many religions, scientists, and governments. “2012” is an epic adventure about global cataclysm that brings an end to the world and tells of the heroic struggle of the survivors.

MovieDruid’s Comments: Ah, Roland Emmerich.  Where would we be without you?  Without your vision we wouldn’t be able to see new and creative ways of destroying the world every few years.  Emmerich is the undisputed king of the disaster movie these days.  After all, this will be the third time he destroys the White House on screen if my count is right (“Independence Day,” “The Day After Tomorrow,” and “2012”).  The problem is that these movies have begun to become stale.  How many times can we watch the huge CGI disasters rip through monuments and landmarks before it just turns into a yawn-fest.  The trouble here is the timing, in my opinion.  This is not a holiday season movie, it is a summer popcorn flick.  In the heat of the summer with a cold Coke and a bucket of popcorn this would be a perfect treat.  My expectations are for popcorn fare.  But, at the holidays, the bar is raised a bit.  Flashy effects with a plot stretched taut across them to keep it together doesn’t really make it.  The film is probably enjoyable if you go in with the right attitude, but this time of year I want more.

“Pirate Radio” – MovieDruid Pick of the Week

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Synopsis: “Pirate Radio” is the high-spirited story of how eight DJs’ love affair with rock ‘n’ roll changed the world forever. In the 1960s, this group of rogue DJs, on a boat in the middle of the Northern Atlantic, played rock records and broke the law all for the love of music. The songs they played united and defined an entire generation and drove the British government crazy. By playing rock ‘n’ roll they were standing up against the British government who did everything in their power to shut them down. The band of rebels is lead by The Count, Quentin the boss of Radio Rock, Gavin the greatest DJ in Britain, Midnight Mark, Doctor Dave and Young Carl who comes of age amidst the chaos of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll. The film features an unbelievable selection of music including The Beatles, The Stones, Beach Boys, Dusty Springfield, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Smokey Robinson, David Bowie, Otis Redding, Cat Stevens just to name a few. The film is laugh out loud funny and speaks to the rock ‘n’ roll rebel in all of us.

MovieDruid’s Comments: While not the true story is ostensibly claims to be (there was some offshore broadcasting, but in Britain in the ’60’s, but this is a heavily fictionalized tale) this film looks to capture the spirit of a time when rock music was starting to wend its way into popular culture.  And they appear to do it with tongue firmly in cheek.  The thing that impresses me here though is the quality of the soundtrack and cast.  The film has a 60 track playlist of ’60’s tunes (unfortunately the double CD soundtrack only includes 36 of these), and the list of artists is quite impressive.  Just as impressive, however, is the cast which includes Rhys Ifans (“Little Nicky” & “Hannibal Rising”), Nick Frost (“Shaun of the Dead” & “Kinky Boots”), Kenneth Branagh (“Valkyrie” & “Much Ado About Nothing), Bill Nighy (“Underworld” & “Pirate’s of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest”) and the inimitable Philip Seymour Hoffman (“Capote” & “The Big Lebowski”).  With the material they have to work with, I don’t see how this can be anything but one hell of a ride.

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