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I’m back.  Sorry for the quiet at the Jungle Gym yesterday, I had some things come up that kept me away from the blog.  But I’m back and it’s MovieDruid day!

Let’s take a look…..

“Jonah Hex”

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Synopsis: Jonah Hex is a scarred drifter and bounty hunter of last resort, a tough and stoic gunslinger who can track down anyone and anything. Having survived death, Jonah’s violent history is steeped in myth and legend, and has left him with one foot in the natural world and one on the “other side.” His only human connection is with Leila, whose life in a brothel has left her with scars of her own. But Jonah’s past is about to catch up with him when the U.S. military makes him an offer he can’t refuse.

MovieDruid’s Comments: Jonah Hex was always one of the more esoteric characters in the DC universe.  His stories were always solidly in the Western genre, but there was always a hint of the supernatural flowing around him.  The cast here seems fairly solid with Josh Brolin (“No Country For Old Men” & “Hollow Man”), Megan Fox (“Transformers” & “Jennifer’s Body”), and the inimitable John Malkovich (“Rounders” & “The Man In The Iron Mask”) in the villain role.  The worry I have is in director Jimmy Hayward.  This is only his second feature as a director, following up “Horton Hears A Who.”  Previously he did a stint as an animator at Pixar (which seems almost ironic considering the other film this week).  I’m hoping that, at the very least, he is able to harness some of the talent Megan Fox has rather than simply seeing how many angles we can give you views of her cleavage as Michael Bay did in “Transformers: Rise of the Fallen.”  I have high hopes for this one, and in another week it would be Pick of the Week.  But, then again, how do you bet against Pixar?

“Toy Story 3” – MovieDruid Pick of the Week

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Synopsis: “Toy Story 3” welcomes Woody, Buzz and the whole gang back to the big screen as Andy prepares to depart for college and his loyal toys find themselves in… daycare! These untamed tots with their sticky little fingers do not play nice, so it’s all for one and one for all as plans for the great escape get underway. A few new faces-some plastic, some plush-join the adventure, including iconic swinging bachelor and Barbie’s counterpart Ken, a thespian hedgehog named Mr. Pricklepants and a pink, strawberry-scented teddy bear called Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear.

MovieDruid’s Comments: Well, the cast of characters that started the Pixar phenomenon are back.  I have been a Pixar fan from the original “Toy Story” and the studio rarely, if ever, misfires.  I don’t necessarily agree with the general populace on a few (I was not a huge “Wall-E” fan, for instance), but the one thing I have learned over he years is Pixar creates product that is more likely to be incredible than not.  The one concern, if there is one, is that John Lasseter is not directing this one.  He did participate in the writing, but the reins of the third installment have been handed to the co-director of “Toy Story 2,” “Monsters, Inc.,” and “Finding Nemo”: Lee Unkrich.  With it being kept so solidly in the family I doubt this is a point of real worry.  And, of course, like I said above: how do you bet against Pixar?

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