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Hello, again, everyone.

This week is an interesting one.  Most of the cinemas out there are likely to be packed with adolescent girls who are on viewing 27 of the new “Twilight” movie.  My advice is to simply steer clear of these groups.  They are more dangerous than you can imagine.  Studies have shown that the concentrations of teen angst can create zones of potentially lethal sarcasm towards anyone over the age of 20 and that the combined frequencies of teen giggling has been known to shatter bones and burst eardrums.

You have been warned.

That being said, let’s take a peek…

“The Twilight Saga: Eclipse”

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Synopsis: In “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,” Bella once again finds herself surrounded by danger as Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge. In the midst of it all, she is forced to choose between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jacob–knowing that her decision has the potential to ignite the ageless struggle between vampire and werewolf. With her graduation quickly approaching, Bella has one more decision to make: life or death.

MovieDruid’s Comments: I know there are a lot of “Twilight” fans out there.  I am not one of them.  I personally think that these movies have really undone centuries of established vampire lore.  Vampires are not supposed to be cute.  Vampires do no sparkle.  Vampires are violent, messy, and brutal.  And that includes any that have changed to the white hats.  At his worst brooding even Angel was never this angsty and emo.  I know, I am far from the target demographic here, but those of us who have enjoyed the vampire as it was, and cultivated an ongoing audience for them, just want to pull our hair out over “Twilight.”  It just feels like someone missed the point.  But, for those that fall squarely in the audience of this one, I hope it lives up to expectations.  Keep in mind this one also got an IMAX release.

“The Last Airbender” – MovieDruid Pick of the Week

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Synopsis: Air, Water, Earth, Fire. Four nations tied by destiny when the Fire Nation launches a brutal war against the others. A century has passed with no hope in sight to change the path of this destruction. Caught between combat and courage, Aang discovers he is the lone Avatar with the power to manipulate all four elements. Aang teams with Katara, a Waterbender, and her brother, Sokka, to restore balance to their war-torn world.

MovieDruid’s Comments: First off, if you are unfamiliar with this property there are a few things you should know.  The film is based on an anime-style cartoon that airs on Nickelodeon.  All indications are that the film will be fairly family-friendly.  So, keep in mind that this film is likely to have the family film crowd if that effects your cinematic choices.  The other big point on this one is the director, M. Night Shyamalan.  The general critical and popular consensus is that he is extremely inconsistent.  I personally disagree.  I think he is an excellent storyteller with a unique vision.  I have enjoyed all of his films immensely.  I’m sure that fact will cause some of you to rethink how much you trust my judgment, but I truly believe that each film, taken on its own merits, is masterfully crafted.  This one has me a little worried because Night is going outside his own material.  However, everything appears to point to a well executed film that should have something for all members of the family.  I definitely think this one will end up being worth the price of admission.  And, for those interested, there is also going to be a 3D flavor out there.

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