Sunday, September 9, 2012

Fall Movie Preview, Witchy style:-)

We are more than just fans of Halloween movies, even though I am really looking forward to 'Hotel Transylvania.'  We like romance and love, we like movies that are funny, and we like movie that just blow crap up.  However, like the films identified in the book 'Celluloid Closet' for Gay film fans, we get really excited when we find someone we can identify with.  'Practical Magic,' 'Bell, Book and Candle,' and even seeing an actor who played a beloved witchling (e.i. anyone from Harry Potter) can make us giddy with excitement.

This fall we have some great selections in every genre.  Pick a film, turn off you cell phone, and enjoy!


- The Master - I know, it's a Scientology film.  However, I still feel that they should be included under our umbrella a bit.  If you are going to count Jedi, and I am looking at you, you just should.  'The Master' is a charismatic intellectual that creates a faith based organization in an attempt to provide meaning to his life. He becomes known as "The Master". His right-hand man, a former drifter, begins to question both the belief system and The Master as the organization grows and gains a fervent following.  Loosely based on L. Ron Hubbard, the has been cited as a major Oscar contender this year.


- Hotel Transylvania - Here is one of your selections for family Halloween movie.  Dracula, who operates a high-end resort away from the human world, goes into overprotective mode when a boy discovers the resort and falls for the count's teen-aged daughter.  You have some Witches, Vampires, and a Frankenstein monster, too.  Adam Sandler plays Dracula, but this is going to be notable because it is Genndy Tartakovsky's ('Powerpuff Girls') first feature film.


- Frankenweenie - This is the other major contender for Halloween family winner and it is directed by Tim Burton!!!  It is a remake of his original short film, so I will not write a synopsis.  Go buy or rent the original!  It is available on 'The Nightmare Before Christmas' set below.

- Sinister - A supernatural thriller starring Ethan Hawke...yay?

- Paranormal Activity 4 - I hate to admit it, but I am a total geek for these kinds of films.  You know what your getting, but as with any horror movie, see it Saturday at 7 release weekend.  The audience is a gift with purchase:-)

- The Man with Iron Fists - With most Asian martial arts films, I include them for the culture and the Buddhist aspects.  This film has a hell of a cast (Russell Crowe, Lucy Lui, and PAM freakin' Grier) and is directed by RZA from Wu Tang Klan. Based in feudal China, a blacksmith who makes weapons for a small village is put in the position where he must defend himself and his fellow villagers.  This one might be a break out from the usual genre picture.

- Vamps - Alicia Silverstone and Krysten Ritter are two vampires looking for love in New York.  Directed by 'Clueless' director Amy Heckerling, I have hopes, but I will probably wait for cable.

- Wreck-It Ralph - This is the film I am looking forward to the most.  It is simply about the bad-guy character in a fictional classic videogame who longs to be a hero brings trouble to his entire arcade after sneaking into a new first-person shooter game and unleashing a deadly enemy.  I am including here for all of the game character references.  Zelda, the ghost from Pac Man, Super Mario all have supernatural elements.

- Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2 - Yeah, we know she cheated, we know they broke up...blah, blah, blah.  WHO CARES!  We get the vampire war in this one!!!

- Life of PiThe story of an Indian boy named Pi, a zookeeper's son who finds himself in the company of a hyena, zebra, orangutan, and a Bengal tiger after a shipwreck sets them adrift in the Pacific Ocean.  How?  Who knows.  Why?  We'll find out.  Ang Lee, I will see it because it could never be as bad as 'Hulk.'

- Rise of the Guardians - This one looks fun!  When the evil spirit Pitch launches an assault on Earth, the Immortal Guardians team up to protect the innocence of children all around the world.  The Guardians are Santa, the Tooth Fairy, and Jack Frost...come on, that's cool:-)

- The Hobbit; An Unexpected Journey - WOOT!!!  Finally!!!

- West Memphis ThreeWest of Memphis is an examination of a failure of justice in Arkansas. The documentary tells the story behind an extraordinary and desperate fight for innocence. The film shows the investigation, research and appeals process in a way that has never been seen before; revealing shocking and disturbing new information about a case that still haunts the American South and explains to dissenters why the trio were released.

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