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Hello, everyone.

Well, award season has begun.  The nominations for the Golden Globes have been announced and the ceremony is just around the corner.  And,of course, the Academy will be announcing this year’s Oscar nominations on January 25.  This time of year is always interesting because the late year releases that hit just New York and L.A. begin to hit nationwide and sometimes earlier films return to the screen ahead of the Oscars.

Of course that also means the cinemas are flooded with quality films and it becomes easy to miss some of them.  Feast or famine in the movies these days I suppose.

This week we see two films that probably don’t really fall into award category, but are interesting in their own right.  Let’s take a look…

“The Dilemma”


Synopsis: Since college, confirmed bachelor Ronny and happily married Nick have been through thick and thin. Now partners in an auto design firm, the two pals are vying to land a dream project that would launch their company. With Ronny’s girlfriend, Beth, and Nick’s wife, Geneva, by their sides, they’re unbeatable. But, Ronny’s world is turned upside down when he inadvertently sees Geneva out with another man and makes it his mission to get answers. As the amateur investigation dissolves his world into comic mayhem, he learns that Nick has a few secrets of his own. Now, with the clock ticking and pressure mounting on the biggest presentation of their careers, Ronny must decide how and when he will reveal the truth to his best friend.

MovieDriuid’s Comments: On any other week this might have landed the Pick of the Week spot.  In fact, it very nearly got it this week despite being a comedy.  The reasons are simple: the cast and crew.  This is a film that seems almost destined to rise above the bar for comedies.  First off, it was directed by Ron Howard (“Ransom” & “Parenthood”), a man who I personally consider one of the Hollywood greats.  And, of course, when you have a director of that caliber you will attract talent in equal measure.  In this case Howard got Vince Vaughn (“The Break-Up” & “Swingers”), Kevin James (“Hitch” & “Paul Blart: Mall Cop”), Jennifer Connelly (“A Beautiful Mind” & “The House of Sand and Fog”), and Winona Ryder (“Star Trek” & “Reality Bites”) among others.  Howard has a fantastic track record that crosses genre boundaries with ease, so it is not a stretch to assume this will be a solid and entertaining film.

“The Green Hornet” – MovieDruid Pick of the Week


Synopsis: As the son of LA’s most prominent media magnate, who dies mysteriously, Britt Reid inherits his father’s vast empire. Striking an unlikely friendship with one of his father’s more inventive employees, Kato, Britt sees a chance to do something meaningful in his life: fight crime. To get close to the criminals, Britt and Kato plan to pose as criminals themselves. Britt becomes the vigilante Green Hornet, and Kato builds the ultimate in advanced retro weaponry, an indestructible car, equal parts firepower and horsepower. The Green Hornet and Kato quickly make a name for themselves. And, with the help of Britt’s new secretary, Lenore Case, they begin hunting down the man who controls LA’s gritty underworld: Benjamin Chudnofsky.

MovieDruid’s Comments: When I first heard that this film was being made I was a little concerned, especially with the casting of Seth Rogen (“Pineapple Express” & “Knocked Up”) in the titular role.  I feel a little better knowing that a mind as creative as Michael Gondry (“Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”) is at the helm.  I am a fan of the old Van Williams/Bruce Lee television series and so the idea of a feature film with today’s effects technology is appealing.  The trailer seems to have enough comedic material to allow Rogen to truly shine, but enough comic book action to allow the film to do its source material justice.  And, or course, you can’t go wrong with Chrisoph Waltz (“Inglorious Basterds”) as your villain.


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