Monday, December 10, 2007
****new release list no.145
Rock on Four Star Customers!
Poor Daniel Radcliffe is going to spend his career either playing Harry Potter or playing a character that is NOT Harry Potter. While his latest performance as Mr. P is sure to be as good as the others, check him out also in DECEMBER BOYS, where he also plays an orphan but one living a much different life. As Harry Potter may have defined Daniel Radcliffe’s career, so have the Harry Potter movies forever doomed young boys who wear glasses to being told they look like Harry Potter.
And what about Matt Damon? Can he ever make another movie in which we don’t think of him as Jason Bourne? Who knows? Not sure it really matters if you are curled up watching him all buffed out, dodge governmental assassins.
SO . . . do you start the week with some serious action-adventure (THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM) or with suspense and wizardry with the character who is defining this decade more than almost any other (HARRY POTTER: THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX)? Drama (DANZON, DECEMBER BOYS, INTERVIEW) or comedy (BLUE COLLAR COMEDY TOUR, HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 2, THE NANNY DIARIES)? Reality? You want some of that? It isn’t pretty but it is important and we’ve got that, too (BUGS! A RAINFOREST ADVENTURE, COLCALERO, EVERYTHING’S COOL, ROSES IN DECEMBER).
Enjoy! We love you!
Ken and Amy
BLUE COLLAR COMEDY TOUR: THE MOVIE.
Larry the Cable Guy/Ron White/Bill Engval/Jeff Foxworthy
Directed by C. B. Harding.
* Stand up!.
Matt Damon/Joan Allen/Albert Finney.
Directed by Paul Greengrass.
* Bourne. Again. A London-based reporter inadvertently pulls Bourne out of hiding. This sets off a series of events leading Bourne to “ultimately, finally uncover his dark past.” WHAT?? Is this the last one??? Noooooooo!!!!! Action-adventure as it is meant to be in the third installment of the movies based upon the Robert Ludlum books.
BUGS! A RAINFOREST ADVENTURE
Judi Dench (narrator).
Directed by Mike Slee.
* Set in the rainforests of Borneo. ”Larger-than-life story of a caterpillar and a praying mantis is dazzling, if you're not too grossed out.” See more than 40 insects, up close. Originally made for IMAX.
Maria Rojo/Carmen Salinas.
Directed by Maria Novaro.
* Maria Rojo plays Julia, an ordinary woman living in Mexico City who is devoted to the danzon, a Cuban dance. When her regular Wednesday dancing partner disappears without a trace, Julia is stunned and takes a life-changing trip to Veracruz where the man’s brother lives.
Drama/Coming of Age/Foreign (Australia).
Daniel Radcliffe/Teresa Palmer.
Directed by Ron Hardy.
* Four orphan boys, all with December birthdays and so known as the December Boys, are sent on a coastal holiday by a dying benefactor. The boys’ friendships are tested when word gets out that someone in the vacation town might adopt one of them. This is a charming tale and is set in an incredibly beautiful and magical landscape.
HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX.
Daniel Radcliffe/Rupert Grint.
Directed by David Yates.
* Harry leads “Dumbledore’s Army” in a fight of resistance against an authoritarian pedagogue who takes over at Hogwarts and threatens free speech, progressive wizard education and the future of good as we know it.
HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 2: SING IT ALL OR NOTHING.
Zac Efron/Ashley Tisdale.
Directed by Kenny Ortega.
* Oh I’ll sing it. Ever wonder how much more high school or how much more musical it can get? Well, the answer is none more high school, none more musical.
Steve Buscemi/Sienna Miller.
Directed by Steve Buscemi.
* Steve Buscemi plays a political journalist who is forced to interview a very popular soap opera actress, played by Sienna Miller. Poor, poor Steve Buscemi.
THE NANNY DIARIES.
Scarlet Johansson/Laura Linney.
Directed by Shari Springer Berman and Pulcini.
* College graduate becomes a nanny for a wealthy New York family. Girl is just nannying in the wrong ‘hood. Come to Bernal Heights! BERNAL NANNIES ROCK.
BIG LOVE: SEASON 2.
* Everyone’s favorite polygamist and his three wives. This show always makes me think of Bob Foster, an ex-Mormon fundamentalist we met on our honeymoon who had obtained a long-term lease on a half-mile long rock from the BLM and bored various living spaces into its permanently temperate center, the largest of which he ultimately turned into a bed and breakfast called “Rockland.”
LOST: SEASON 3.
* Season 3 of this gripping adventure story.
Directed by Alejandro Landes.
* The story of Evo Morales and the Bolivian farmers who he came to represent, and the union formed to oppose governmental efforts to erradicate the coca crops. I hope this is not a spoiler, but the U.S. was in on this one.
Directed by Daniel Gold and Judith Helfand.
* What does it take for people to speak about climate change? What must they do to get through to us? The subjects of this documentary are the people—desperate, exasperated, determined—who are trying to get us all to listen.
ROSES IN DECEMBER.
Directed by Ana Carrigan and Bernard Stone.
* With this war still being waged in Iraq bearing so much resemblance to the Vietnam War, it is important to remember that destructive foreign policy has been a consistent practice of the U.S. government between the two debacles. That of the Reagan Administration in Central America is an outstanding example and, ultimately, is the subject of this documentary. The story unfolds as we learn about four American women were among those providing humanitarian aid in El Salvador and who were raped, tortured and murdered by the U.S.-backed military in its efforts to suppress the poor and the very threatening liberation theology.
HIP HOP HARRY: FUN WITH FRIENDS
* Its fun, and he is a bear. Hip. Hop.