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Well, I would like to apologize once again for my self-imposed two-week hiatus.  But, I am back and things should begin returning to what passes for normal around here.

I know secondary page updates didn’t happen this week, but they should kick back in starting Monday.  Things have been a little crazy with the beginning of the true holiday season and the continued work my wife does for the Hershey Area Playhouse.

But, I won’t bore you with excuses, instead let’s jump right in…

“The Nutcracker In 3D”

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Synopsis: Nine-year-old Mary’s dull Viennese Christmas is suddenly filled with excitement and adventure following the arrival of her beloved Uncle Albert and his gift of an enchanted nutcracker. On Christmas night, Mary’s new friend, The Nutcracker, or “NC,” comes to life and takes her on a wondrous journey into his magical world of fairies, sugarplums, and other Christmas toys which come to life.

MovieDruid’s Comments: I’m not sure how I feel on this one.  One one hand, director Andrey Konchalovskiy (“Tango & Cash” & TV’s mini-series “The Odyssey”) seems like a very odd choice to direct a new film version of “The Nutcracker.”  On the other hand, the previews seem to show a new vision on the classic story that is, quite frankly, intriguing.  On one hand the use of 3D for “The Nutcracker” seems like a real stretch.  One the other hand, the film is so effects-laden that the 3D might actually work if properly applied.  This one is a very difficult one to call, but with the acting talent present in Elle Fanning (“The Curious Case of Benjamin Buttons” & “Babel”), Nathan Lane (“The Birdcage” & “The Producers”), and John Turturro (“Rounders” & “O Brother, Where Art Thou”) it has good odds for success.

“The Warrior’s Way” – MovieDruid Pick of the Week

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Synopsis: An Asian warrior assassin is forced to hide in a small town in the American Badlands.

MovieDruid’s Comments: It is fairly well known that I am a fan of martial arts films.  I have become especially fond of the newer generation of films that have begun to bring the stars of China, Hong Kong, and Korea to the States with the actors of Hollywood.  I’ve also been known to enjoy a good western.  In this one we get the best of both worlds.  “The Warrior’s Way” is at its heart a martial arts film in the same vein as films like “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” and “Hero.”  But, it brings that almost comic book fantasy world to the old west and throws a crop of rough and tumble western outcasts into the mix.  And, just in case they brought in Geoffrey Rush (“Quills” & “Shine”), Kate Bosworth (“21” and “Remember the Titans”), Danny Huston (“30 Days of Night” & “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”), and Korean superstar Dong-gun Jang.  This ought to be one hell of a ride.

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One Comment

  1. You are far kinder toward the odds of The Nutcracker adaptation than I am. I fear it will be oh so very gimmicky. And it’s a shame, because I like Elle Fanning.

    Got your text yesterday — glad you got the ornaments!


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