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Hello again, everyone!

Welcome to the back to the MovieDruid, a day later than usual.  We got bumped yesterday due to a special programming change, but we are back and raring to go.  We at the MovieDruid are proud to have been a part of the march to 100 posts here at our home on the Jungle Gym.

But, I digress from the real issue at hand: this week’s national releases.  And, so, onward, I say, ONWARD!!!

“The Spy Next Door”


Synopsis: Bob Ho is an undercover CIA super spy who decides to give up his career in espionage to settle down with his next-door neighbor and girlfriend, Gillian. But, Bob has one more mission to complete before Gillian agrees to marry him: winning over her three opinionated kids. When Gillian suddenly has to leave town, Bob volunteers to baby sit the children so he can earn their approval. But, when one of the kids mistakenly downloads a top-secret formula from his computer, Bob’s archenemy, a Russian terrorist, moves in for the attack, forcing Bob to juggle the roles of spy and prospective stepfather in the most challenging mission of his career!

MovieDruid’s Comments: I don’t really know when or why it happened, but Jackie Chan went from being a hardcore action star known for doing all his own stunts, to a comedian.  The problem is that most of the film’s he makes these days are like this.  How many times is Hollywood going to try to recreate the success of “Home Alone” in varying ways?  But, then again, I am not exactly the target demographic in this case.  The film is firmly aimed at kids with its ridiculous plot and physical antics.  If you have kids, this might manage to hold their attention for a bit, maybe even amuse them.  But, at the same time, Hollywood really needs to stop dumbing down the entertainment for families and kids.

“The Book of Eli”


Synopsis: In the not-too-distant future, some 30 years after the final war, a solitary man walks across the wasteland that was once America. There is no civilization here, no law. The roads belong to gangs that would murder a man for his shoes, an ounce of water — or for nothing at all. A warrior not by choice but necessity, Eli seeks only peace but, if challenged, will cut his attackers down before they realize their fatal mistake. It’s not his life he guards so fiercely but his hope for the future; a hope he has carried and protected for 30 years and is determined to realize. Driven by this commitment and guided by his belief in something greater than himself, Eli does what he must to survive–and continue. Only one other man in this ruined world understands the power Eli holds, he and is determined to make it his own: Carnegie, the self-appointed despot of a makeshift town of thieves and gunmen. Meanwhile, Carnegie’s adopted daughter Solara is fascinated by Eli for another reason: the glimpse he offers of what may exist beyond her stepfather’s domain. But, neither will find it easy to deter him. Eli must keep moving to fulfill his destiny and bring help to a ravaged humanity.

MovieDruid’s Comments: Post-apocalyptic films are some of my favorites.  When the tale is well told, they can be fascinating glimpses into the psyche of mankind, and interesting voyages into a bit of our collective fears and weaknesses.  With this film, we get to see the apocalypse through the eyes of the Hughes Brothers (“Dead Presidents” & “From Hell”).  Having seen every movie they have directed, I am quite interested to see what they do here.  Especially with an antagonist/protagonist matchup like Denzel Washington (“Training Day” & “The Pelican Brief”) and Gary Oldman (“The Professional” & “Bram Stoker’s Dracula”).  This ought to be one hell of a ride.

“The Lovely Bones” – MovieDruid Pick of the Week


Synopsis: A young girl, who has been murdered, watches over her family — and her killer — from heaven. She must weigh her desire for vengeance against her desire for her family to heal.

MovieDruid’s Comments: First off, the story here is absolutely fascinating.  I read the first few chapters of Alice Sebold’s novel while I was still working for Waldenbooks and was truly enraptured.  So, from the get go I was interested in seeing this film.  Then, they hired Peter Jackson (The “Lord of the Rings” trilogy & “Shallow Grave”) to direct the movie.  OK, now you just need to tell me where to put my money so I can see it.  Jackson has consistently crafted quality work, but has over his last few projects proven his ability to mix the fantastic and the mundane on a visual canvas that never breaks the suspension of disbelief with jarring effects or transitions.  By the time the announced a cast that includes Mark Wahlberg (“The Happening” & “Rock Star”), Rachel Weisz (“The Mummy” & “Enemy at the Gates”), Susan Sarandon (“Thelma & Louise” & “Bull Durham”), Stanley Tucci (“Lucky Number Slevin” & “The Terminal”), and the young Saoirse Ronan (“City of Ember” & “Atonement”) I was begging to be allowed to give them money for a peek.  Everything about this film seems to be destined to fall into place, I can’t wait to experience it.


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