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Hello, again, everyone.

I don’t know how it is where everyone else is, but it has gotten colder than Hoth around here.  We just need snow and tuantuans.  And, wintry weather like this is perfect for indoor activities that take place in climate-controlled buildings.

So, bring on the movies.

We’re starting to tick down the last few weeks of Oscar eligibility for the year, and that, combined with the holidays approaching, is producing a fairly steady crop of fine cinema. It’s harder to keep up these days than it was during the summer!

That being said, let’s take a peek so we can get to it….

“The Tourist”

Trailer

Synopsis: “The Tourist” revolves around Frank, an American tourist visiting Italy to mend a broken heart. Elise is an extraordinary woman who deliberately crosses his path. Against the breathtaking backdrop of Venice, Frank pursues a potential romance but soon finds himself the pursued as he and Elise are caught in a whirlwind of intrigue and danger.

MovieDruid’s Comments: The pairing of Johnny Depp (“Sleepy Hollow” & “The Ninth Gate”) with Angelina Jolie (“Changeling” & “Original Sin”) is one that I wouldn’t have imagined, especially in this sort of film.  But, given the talent both possess they seem to have established some decent chemistry.  The film is going to hinge on that.  That and the ability of both to find a way to utilize their specific talents, Jolie for distraction and Depp for humor, to their greatest extent.  Normally, I would lean on the director for more insight, but Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck is relatively new in the States.  In point of fact this will be only his second foray into feature-length.  The film looks smart and well-paced, but these are easy to portray in the trailer (see: “The American”).  Talent in the cast is a definite asset, but the trailer is vague enough to hide a weak script and the director is an unknown quantity.  This one is a definite wait and see.

 

“The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” – MovieDruid Pick of the Week

Trailer

Synopsis: Return to the magic and wonder of C.S. Lewis’ beloved world — via the fantastic Narnian ship, the Dawn Treader. In this new installment of the blockbuster “The Chronicles of Narnia” motion picture franchise, Edmund and Lucy Pevensie, along with their cousin Eustace, their royal friend King Caspian and a warrior mouse named Reepicheep, find themselves swallowed into a painting and onto the Dawn Treader. Their mission — on which rests the fate of Narnia itself — takes the courageous voyagers to mysterious islands and a river that turns to gold, to fateful confrontations with magical creatures and sinister enemies and to a reunion with their friend and protector, the “Great Lion” Aslan.

MovieDruid’s Comments: Recently my sister tagged me on Facebook with a request to list 15 authors who I will always remember.  The idea was to do this quickly, within 15 minutes, to capture the ones who truly made an impact.  The first name on my list wasn’t even a question, it was C.S. Lewis.  Much of the reason for that is his “Chronicles of Narnia,” which were such a huge part of my childhood.  As I got older I also read his many non-fiction works on spirituality only to find that much of what he communicated in these books had been taught to me as a child in Narnia.  I have truly loved the first film adaptations, and the second was even better than the first.  This third installment looks to keep that trend going.  I have been looking forward to this film ever since I walked out of “Prince Caspian” and have been chomping at the bit since the introduction of the first teaser posters and trailers.  This is probably my one must-see family oriented film of the holiday season.

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