Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

Just as you are excited about consuming lots of turkey, gravy, stuffing, and pies, I am very glad to have Thursday off to catch some movies at the cinema. I actually started my Thanksgiving moviethon early with a preview screening of The Fantastic Mr. Fox last Tuesday. This animated gem from filmmaker Wes Anderson is (freely?) adapted from the 1970 children's book of the same title by Roald Dahl. I actually had second thoughts about watching the film but the rave reviews were hard to ignore. And I'm glad I went. It was a fantastic animated movie indeed (but second only to Pixar's Up this year) and the stop-motion technique employed in the film is a refreshing departure from the computer-generated images popular nowadays. Plus the film has lots of charm, wit, and heart with great talents like George Clooney, Meryl Streep, and Bill Murray providing the voices. I have to say though that this fairy tale about a sly fox who declares a stand off against the three richest and meanest farmers in the land is more for adults than it is for kids. After all, it is a movie that glorifies stealing.

Though what I am most excited about from this weekend's new films is Ninja Assassin! I know, I know. Who would have thought that a gentle soul like me would prefer a bloody and violent martial arts film for Thanksgiving, no? But I grew up watching Kung Fu movies on Sunday mornings. Haha. The trailer for this film looks amazing! Plus I cannot wait to see Asian heartthrob and Korean pop sensation and matinee idol, Rain, on the big screen. Oh, but no sticky rice tendencies just yet.

Any film plans for the long weekend?


Stefan said...

I saw Precious. It's a hard film, deals with a lot of tough issues (it's like an "out-there" film) but it's really good. And the social services clerk was...Mariah Carey???!! My goodness, I could barely recognize her! I think she's a lot more beautiful now than she used to be.

Michael G said...

Stefan, PRECIOUS is sooo two weeks ago. LOL. I actually got a little busy this weekend and only got to see 1 new movie -- NINJA ASSASSIN. It was bloody awesome! Still catching up on films I missed during their regular runs. Thank god for Movies 10! Caught THE FOURTH KIND (awful!) and SURROGATES (which I thought was okay).

radioman said...

Saw the new release PARIS over the weekend, at The Little. Not the story I was expecting, but decent.
Also caught COCO BEFORE CHANEL before it closed. Enjoyed that film. Looking forward to the new Meryl Streep movie coming up... IT'S COMPLICATED. The woman can do drama, comedy, name it!