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Monday February 28, 2011
As the heat of summer dissipates and autumn
leaves begin to fall, the urge to cuddle up
with a loved one under your favourite woobie
blanket at home brings back all the warm
and fuzzy feelings of autumns past.
Embracing the season, I invite you to take time,
rummage the archives and dig out some true classics.
Pour yourself a glass of wine, make some home-made
popcorn and simply snuggle down.
A retrospective romantic drama movie night is just the
ticket you need to connect to some true cinematic gems
of autumn’s past including;
Autumn in New York: A romantic drama about an
aging playboy (Richard Gere) who finally finds love
when he falls for a sweet, but terminally ill, young
woman (Winona Ryder).
Practical Magic: The story of two very different but
special sisters (Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock)
who figure out that not only is love blind; it’s also
Sweet November: A control freak workaholic (Keanu
Reeves) is blackmailed into living with a free spirit
(Charlize Theron) for the month and realises there
might just be more to life than the office.
And for those of you who, like me, won’t allow the
cooler weather to keep us indoors until winter really hits, some upcoming
releases may see you getting out and about with that blanky underarm.
A Little Bit of Heaven: When a romantically guarded woman finds out she is
dying of cancer, she finally meets her match when the threat of falling in love
becomes far scarier than death itself.
Combing old with new, this season also sees the remake of a 1981 classic
originally staring Dudley Moore: Arthur. Now starring Russell Brand, Arthur is
a about a drunken playboy who stands to lose a wealthy inheritance when he
falls for a woman his family does not like.
Autumn Classics Available on DVD
Snuggle Worthy Flicks
Ten years have passed since the last
appearance of ‘The Ghostface Killer’, and
habitual slasher victim Sidney Prescott
(Neve Campbell) is finally returning to
her home town of Woodsboro.
Now a well adjusted adult promoting her
own new self-help book, Sidney casually
reconnects with other survivors; the now
married and only other original targets
Sheriff Dewey (David Arquette) and Gale
Weathers (Courtney Cox), as well as her
teen cousin Jill (Emma Roberts) and
Surprising as it may be, Sidney’s
reappearance also brings about the
return of Ghostface. Putting her, Dewey,
Gale and the entire town of Woodsboro
in danger, Sidney must figure out who
these copycat murderers are and try to
once again avoid becoming their victim.
Originally intended to be a trilogy,
standing director Wes Craven and writer
Kevin Williamson have once again
signed on to make an additional second
(Star Wars style) trilogy. Focusing more
on the comedy/horror angle (similar to
that of the Child’s Play/chucky series)
this forth instalment follows the horror
trend of casting young Hollywood-
hipsters in classic remakes in an effort to
squeeze the life out of the old concepts.
Can recent career lacking Neve survive
another stab? Will this shameful grab
for cash turn into a decent stroll down
popcorn-laden screaming lane or die the
usual ungracefully long horror film saga
death? Only time will tell.
Decorated solider Captain Colter Stevens
(Jake Gyllenhaal) awakes disorientated
on a Chicago commuter train. Although
the rest of the passengers clearly seem
to know him, he has absolutely no idea
who he is, or how he got there.
Before he has a chance to unravel
this bizarre mystery, an express
train on the opposite track explodes,
seemingly killing Colter and all the other
Jolting awake again but this time in an
isolation chamber, strapped to a seat
and wearing his military flight suit;
Colter learns he is on an assignment like
Informed by mission controller Carol
Goodwin (Vera Farmiga) he is part of
a government experiment called the
“Source Code” – a program that enables
him to cross over into another man’s
identity in the last eight minutes of his
life – Colter must return to the train
repeatedly to gather clues and find out
just “Who planted the bomb?”
With each empty return, Colter is
immediately shocked back. Is there
more to this alternative-universe –
jumping than a simple train bombing?
Directed by Duncan Jones (Moon),
Source code is a rare smart action-
thriller designed to deliver heart-
pounding suspense with mind-boggling
twists and turns. Determined to
stimulate the thought patters of
conscientious moviegoers, this movie
has wonderful detail, a strong cast and
an unusual premise. Think it through.
Source Code (M)
Scream 4 (M)
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