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Hello, all.

This week we see some interesting options hit the theaters.  The studios seem to be giving s a title or two that I would have expected to be saved for the Holidays, but the old rules seem to have been tossed out a year or two ago.

Old faces and new tech dominate this week, so, let’s take a look…

You Again

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Synopsis: Successful PR pro Marni heads home for her older brother’s wedding and discovers that he’s marrying her high school arch nemesis, who’s conveniently forgotten their problematic past. Then the bride’s jet-setting aunt bursts in and Marni’s not-so-jet-setting mom comes face to face with her own high school rival. The claws come out and old wounds are opened in this crazy comedy that proves that not all rivalries are forever.

MovieDruid’s Comments: On the surface this looks like a film that will take one trick and drive it into the ground.  It’s hard to believe that angsty rivalry memories can drive an entire film, even a comedy, without much beyond to support it.  Normally, that would be the end of that, case closed.  But this one has an ace in the hole in the form of a talented cast.  Could this be carried off by Sigourney Weaver (“Ghostbusters” & “Avatar”), Jamie Lee Curtis (“A Fish Called Wanda” & “Trading Places”), Kristen Bell (“Forgetting Sarah Marshall” & “Get Him to the Greek”), and Odette Yustman (“Cloverfield” & “The Unborn”)?  Perhaps.  Of course adding a dash of the inimitable Betty White (“Lake Placid” & “The Proposal”) and Kristin Chenoweth (who created the role of Glinda in the musical “Wicked”) doesn;t hurt either.

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole

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Synopsis: Soren, a young owl, is enthralled by his father’s epic stories of the Guardians of Ga’Hoole, a mythic band of winged warriors who had fought a great battle to save all of owlkind from the evil Pure Ones. When Soren and his older brother Kludd fall from their treetop home and right into the talons of the Pure Ones, Soren makes a daring escape with the help of other brave young owls. Together they soar across the sea and through the mist to find the Great Tree, home of the legendary Guardians — Soren’s only hope of defeating the Pure Ones and saving the owl kingdoms.

MovieDruid’s Comments: Hollywood has always found tales worthy of telling in the pages of youth fiction, but of late they really seem to be zeroing in and taking a closer look.  Harry Potter was just the beginning of a trend that has brought Cirque du Freak, Percy Jackson, and now Legend of the Guardians to the big screen.  I think it’s about time.  The stories in these young adult series are well-crafted and complex, set in compelling worlds with enough well designed lore to give them some real heft.  Legend of the Guardians looks to be another solid entry in the race for the most successful post-Potter franchise.  Perhaps the most interesting thing here is the selection of Zack Snyder (“Watchmen” & “300”) as the director.  He has a demonstrated gift for both epic tales and stylized looks.  We’ll have to see how that translates into the animated world.

“Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” – MovieDruid Pick of the Week

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Synopsis: Gordon Gekko, fresh from prison, re-emerges into a much harsher financial world than the one he left. He now has to play catch-up and redefine himself in a different era. He has to become relevant again. But a young, idealistic investment banker learns the hard way that Gekko is still a major manipulator and if there’s one place where you can redefine yourself, one place where your relevance is a deal away, it’s Wall Street.

MovieDruid’s Comments: “Greed, for lack of a better word, is good.”  One of the most iconic lines (ranked 57 by AFI) in all of movie history.  It defined one of the most iconic characters, Gordon Gekko.  If you have not seen the original “Wall Street” you have missed one of the best films made in its era.  So, when Oliver Stone decides to direct a sequel 23 years after his original you have to wonder why.  But, really, the timing is perfect.  We have witnessed where the Gekko-like mentality of greed led us and are suffering through the aftermath.  What better environment to release Gekko into and see what he can do?  But beyond Michael Douglas reprising his role we also have Shia LeBeof (“Disturbia” & “Eagle Eye”), Josh Brolin (“American Gangster” & “No Country for Old Men”), Carey Mulligan (“Brothers” & “Public Enemies”), and, a personal favorite, Frank Langella (“Dave” & “Frost/Nixon”).  Sometimes a sequel is all about timing.  Did “Wall Street” need a sequel?  No.  But, here we seem to have a worthy one released into the right environment, and there’s something to be said for that.

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    • runswithcarrots
    • Posted September 23, 2010 at 11:49 am
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    Speaking of YA fiction translated into cinema… I’m just beginning the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins, and I’m PSYCHED that there’s a movie in the works. The series is very cinematic and, I think, will translate well if they find a way to handle the books’ violence. (I can’t imagine doing it well without a PG-13 rating.)

    I also am happy to see so many YA books making it into theaters. While the adolescent lit market is certainly still flooded with a lot of shallow garbage, a LOT of authors are writing truly amazing fiction. I can only hope for a movie of M. T. Anderson’s The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, but I haven’t heard any gossip on that front.


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