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Hello, everyone.

Welcome to the MovieDruid: 2010 edition.  Not much is going to change around here, but it is a new year, and it sounds cool.   One thing to watch for is the speed of reviews may accelerate a bit (Oscar season and all that).  I plan on having the review for “Sherlock Holmes” up sometime today, and the review for “Up In The Air” up by Monday.  If you think you may have missed one, I have a complete list of past reviews and links to them at the bottom of the reviews page.

The beginning of the year is always a bit fun with many of the limited releases going national and the studios jockeying for Oscar position.  But, this year we also have a pretty strong crop of films that fall outside the normal early year Oscar race.  Hopefully the bountiful January and February will be a sign of a solid cinematic year.

Anyway, let’s get on with it, shall we…

“Crazy on the Outside”

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Synopsis: Tommy is fresh out of prison and ready for a second chance in life. But, he finds out that life outside his prison cell is much more complicated than he was expecting, thanks especially to his eccentric sister and the entourage of crazy people who seem to find him wherever he goes.

MovieDruid’s Comments: First off, there seems to be some disagreement among the major movie sites as to the release status on this one.  They seem to be split about half and half as to whether this is to be a national release or a limited release.  So, if this one looks like your cup of tea and it does not show up near you, my apologies.  This film marks the feature directorial debut of Tim Allen.  And, having seen the strange places the mind of the comedian can go, it should be an interesting ride.  However, Allen’s comedy generally doesn’t appeal to me, too often going for the cheap laugh or humor of the lowest common denominator.  But, Allen has managed to bring together an impressive array of stars to join him on this project including Kelsey Grammar (“Toy Story 2” & “Fame), Sigourney Weaver (“Ghostbusters” & “Alien”), J.K. Simmons (“Thank You For Smoking” & “Spider-Man”), and Ray Liotta (“Unlawful Entry” & “GoodFellas”).  But, this film will really come down to Allen, and I think that will day it all.  If you’re a fan, go check it out.  If not, stay away.

“Leap Year”

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Synopsis: “Leap Year” follows one woman’s determined quest to get married to the perfect guy, despite what fate has in store for her. When their four-year anniversary passes without a marriage proposal, Anna decides to take matters into her own hands. Investing in an Irish tradition that allows women to propose to men on Feb. 29, Anna decides to follow her boyfriend Jeremy to Dublin and get down on one knee herself. But airplanes, weather and fate leave Anna stranded on the other side of Ireland, and she must enlist the help of handsome and surly Declan to get her across the country. As Anna and Declan bicker across the Emerald Isle, they discover that the road to love can take you to very unexpected places.

MovieDruid’s Comments: The first word that jumped to my mind when I saw the initial marketing for this film was “cute.”  And, I don’t mean that in a good way.  This film seems to have all the earmarks that created the term “chick flick.”  The premise is so cutesy and saccharin-sweet that it’s difficult to stomach.  The set-up pushes the limits of suspension of disbelief.  And, the outcome is so painfully obvious that we wonder why we should spend our money to find out what we already know.  In fact the only thing this seems to have going for it is cast with Amy Adams (“Julie & Julia” & “Enchanted”) seeming to be a solid choice for the lead in this sort of film.  The casting of Matthew Goode (“Watchmen” & “The Lookout”) seems a little for this sort of film, but he is a talented actor and should be able to carry the role.  But, even the talent of these two does not seem to be enough to save this film from itself, unfortunately.

“Youth in Revolt”

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Synopsis: “Youth in Revolt” is the irreverent story about the wild adventures of a teenage boy named Nick Twisp who meets the girl of his dreams while on a family vacation and has to turn his life and the lives of all those around him upside down in order to be with her.

MovieDruid’s Comments: This seems to be the week of the comedy.  And, no collection of comedies would be truly complete without the addition of the angtsy teen comedy.  And, thus we have “Youth in Revolt.”  Michael Cera (“Juno” & TV’s “Arrested Development”) is really the bright spot here.  Most of the rest of the cast is either very new to the screen, or in relatively minor roles.  However, Cera has shown in many cases that despite his youth he has the comedic chops to carry a film, and that he has the maturity and skill to easily play off his costars.  And, while the subject matter seems a little stale here, the fresh blood treading the old ground may find a way to revitalize things a bit.

“Daybreakers” – MovieDruid Pick of the Week

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Synopsis: The year is 2019. A mysterious plague has swept over the earth, transforming the majority of the world’s population into vampires. Humans are now an endangered, second-class species — forced into hiding as they are hunted and farmed for vampire consumption to the brink of extinction. It’s all up to Edward Dalton, a vampire researcher who refuses to feed on human blood, to perfect a blood substitute that might sustain vampires and spare the few remaining humans. But time and hope are running out — until Ed meets Audrey, a human survivor who leads him to a startling medical breakthrough. Armed with knowledge that both humans and vampires will kill for, Ed must battle his own kind in a deadly struggle that will decide the fate of the human race.

MovieDruid’s Comments: Thank God, we finally have a vampire film without sparkly, angst-ridden, vegetarian vampires.  Yes, the protagonist is named Edward, but this Edward is Ethan Hawke (“Taking Lives” & “Gattaca”).  This film appears to have gone out of its way to truly give us a unique look and feel to the vampire genre.  The visual feel of the film is an interesting blending of science-fiction and horror palettes to create a unified vision that should serve the story well.  Also, in addition to Hawke, they have brough in veterans like Sam Neill (“The Piano” & “The Hunt for Red October”) and Willem DaFoe (“American Psycho” & “Platoon”) on board.  “Daybreakers” looks ike a nice return to the classical image of the vampire after the relative foolishness of the Twilight Saga.

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2 Comments

  1. I like your pick of the week. My one comment, and I shudder to say it, is that the Twilight Saga will continue as there are still 2 more books to butcher.

  2. Youth in Revolt is a showcase of Cera’s talents. A must-see if you are a fan. http://ribsramblings.wordpress.com/2010/01/17/ribs-reviews-youth-in-revolt/


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