Why Gavin Hood Should Be Director of THE WOLVERINE

 


The internet is abuzz with discussion of The Wolverine, a 2012 installment in the popular X-Men genre centered around its most popular character, Wolverine. The script has already been written, thanks to Valkyrie and The Tourist writer Christopher McQuarrie. Darren Aronofsky ( Requiem for a Dream, The Wrestler and Black Swan) was originally slated as director, but had to back out due to personal matters. Now the question of who should helm the project is generating a colossal amount of attention.
Now, I think, is an important time to point out that 20th Century Fox (the studio behind every X-Men film) is going about this in an offensive and incompetent way. Credit should be given to the creative team behind X-Men Origins: Wolverine, the film that makes The Wolverine possible. It is outrageous that they have not been invited to join the new project.
It is certainly true that the 2009 W0lverine film was not a fan favorite. The criticism, though, is mostly unwarranted. Here are the complaints about that movie and here is why Gavin Hood (the director) and David Benioff and Skip Woods (the writers) should not be blamed.

1) The movie was underwhelming compared to the original trilogy. Well, yes and no. When the original X-Men movie came out, most people were unfamiliar with the characters and a straightforward, coherent movie had to be taken from the thousands of comics to ensure this would be a franchise. The people Fox hired managed to make that happen--they took important themes from the comic book and the coolest characters and weaved them together to make an entertaining super-hero story. In order to do that, though, they needed to merge characters and cut crucial parts from the comic book mythology. As a result, we had elements such as Wolverine's longstanding feud with Sabretooth packed into one picture and all the most interesting characters were put front and center. This trend was continued in the sequels, since fans always want the next movie in a franchise to outdo its predecessors in terms of scale. The third movie was hinted as a conclusion to the saga, and Fox made it clear they wanted to halt sequels for a time. However, aside from Avatar, Fox lags behind most other major studios in terms of blockbusters, so they were not going to take any significant brake from making X-Men movies.
Therefore, the inevitable decision was decided to make prequels and spin-offs. After all, the comic book spans many decades and has millions of stories to draw from. Unfortunately, the most popular characters had already been used. Seeing as all of the X-Men other than Wolverine (who's mutant power slows aging) are young adults (or teenagers), Fox was either going to make a movie with unheard of supporting characters or they were going to make a movie about Wolverine. Seeing as X-Men Origins: Longneck was not a surefire hit (yes, that is a real X-Men), the first spin-off movie was going to be about Wolverine.
This sounds great, but in fact it is difficult. Wolverine is a very interesting character, but while Storm can control the weather and Colossus can headlock and elephant, Wolverine's sole powers are 1) the ability to recover from painful injuries and 2) the ability to have knives stick out of his arm.
Wolverine's comic books work because his villains tend to have awesome powers that don't consist of tolerance to excruciating pain. Unfortunately for Fox, these villains fall into the categories of "Were already in the original X-Men films and are thus five years old in the prequel" or "Are prevented from killing Wolverine only by the fact that he has X-Men friends who could actually pose a threat." While I admit that a small demographic of movie-goers would pay to watch Hugh Jackman beat the snot out of pre-schoolers, it is unlikely this would have been enough to pay the legal fees when Marvel sues for defamation of their flagship super-hero.
Thus, the team hired for X-Men Origins: Wolverine were given the task of making a super-hero franchise out of B-level supporting characters while maintaining perfect continuity and using a protagonist who lacks no aggressive powers and, according to the source material, spent his pre-X-Men years carving American flags on veterans' faces (yes, that really is a comic book).
Astoundingly, this happened. Of course, villains with the ability to make the elevator music play during a blackout are not quite as impressive as Mystique and Magneto, but this movie works. It is exciting, it doesn't contradict anything in the original series, and it features thousands of characters who could get their own solo movies despite being considered un-worthy of the original trilogy.

2) There was no greater theme. This complaint is simply based on critic's laziness to re-watch the original X-Men. As a solo movie, Origins might seem a bit vacuous, but you have got to keep in mind it is meant to be a back story to its predecessor.
Why do Wolverine and Sabretooth keep ending up in each other's lives, and why does Silver Fox aid the villains? If you have watched the original, you will know this is because they are family. Of course, if you just watch this movie you will be little depressed that the movie ends with a lonely Wolverine drinking shot after shot in order to remember his name. However, this was already a required part of the movie since the original X-Men opens with Wolverine still suffering amnesia and it is a build-up for the theme of that movie. In the trilogy (especially the first two) the thing that keeps Wolverine from returning to the side of the villains is his attachment to the X-Men. Origins is stressing the fact that this is because Wolverine has now found a new family with the band of mutant super-heroes. This was stated in X2, but the prequel really highlights why the X-Men are superior to their foes: They care about one another, they protect one another, they love one another, and they give each other a home.
I highly recommend you watch all four X-Men movies with this in mind.

3) The visuals were unimpressive. Okay, yes and no. Sure, there were a few continuity errors in the fight sequences (holes punched through character's chests without damaged clothing; unbreakable claws that run the length of a villains arm while still allowing him to bend his ellbows...). Still, this is pretty inevitable in a movie of this scale. As for the rest of the visuals, they were great. The reason people did not like them is because they are not of the same scale as the special effects in the original trilogy. This is not the fault of the director and writers. The characters they were given to adapt have far less interesting power sets as the ones in X-Men, and the budget they were given is a fraction of what was used in the original trilogy. The Last Stand--the third movie in the franchise--had a budget comparative to Avatar and was 3/4 of what is cost to make the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy. It is absolutely impossible to make a more impressive visual out of a man with shock-absorbing fat than a man who is made out of sentient ice, especially when you have half the money.

Of course, all of this is irrelevant. The fact of the matter is X-Men Origins: Wolverine still got a GREEN of Metacritc with NO negative reviews (this is, incidentally, an impressive feat) and made more money than--and I looked this up--the Department of Veterans' Affairs spent on insurance (presumably to pay for Wolverine-related facial scarring). Fox thought the movie was good enough to finance, and they sure thought it was good enough to collect millions upon millions of dollars for. It only seems fair for the team behind it to be able to make a sequel. Especially considering they used the first movie to build a groundwork in order for their to be enough characters and continuity to have a sequel.

It is offensive and a mistake for Fox to have not hired back the original movie's writers for the sequel and it will be a bigger mistake if they once again higher another director than Gavin Hood.
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Best Films of 2010

FYI I saw 123 2010 movies 
 
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20.  Daybreakers--Creative and exciting, this is a notable entry in the vampire genre and a great film for most teen and adult audiences.  

19.  The Last Exorcism—It’s a little abrupt at times; but this fauxumentary horror is riveting, thought-provoking, and original.  
18.  Extraordinary Measures--Artistically this medical drama may struggle; but it is still an exciting story of what is justifiable when saving lives.  It does not appear that the combining of several different characters truly upset anyone, seeing as they changed the name and events. 
17.  Iron Man 2--The second installment in the blockbuster super-hero genre; Iron Man 2 improves on the atrocious original by effective retconning, better themes, and faithfulness to the comic.  In other words, they added War Machine.     
16.  The Winning Season--While its tone shifts a bit too much, this story of an alcoholic coach (Sam Rockwell) of a high school girls basketball team becomes a touching and down-to-earth sports dramady.
15.  The Warrior's Way--The nice themes provide a great bonus to the artistically magical action extravaganza featuring ninjas fighting cowboys.  Ninjas vs. Cowboys!
14.  Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole--Zack Snyder's beautiful animated fantasy epic manages to make talking owls perform legendary action in a fool-proof (if predictable) story that delights the post-five-year-old kids as well as anyone fortunate enough to check it out.  
13.  City Island--This hilarious darkish comedy manages to bring along a nice message on family.  
12.  The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader--It may be far inferior to its predecessors as well as far too tame, but the third (and probably last) installment in the big screen adaptations of C.S. Lewis's fantasy epics keeps much of the book's powerful messages and is entertaining to boot.  I really give the creators of this film my appreciation for not editing out the movie's powerful spiritual themes. 
11.  It's Kind of a Funny Story--This dramady of a boy who checks himself into a psychiatric hospital is touching, funny, moving, and enlightening.

10.  Monsters--The ending is unnecessarily grim and the engaged girl's kiss to another man is, despite the circumstances, a bad message.  Why is Monsters a good movie then?  Well, there are a lot of reasons.  The film is engrossing and the character interactions (between real life couple Scoot McNairy and Whitney Able) are believable.  The decision to show a post giant monster attack movie not where everyone is reacting the attack but where the people are still struggling to get by is a new take done in a creative way.  The messages on US indifference to Mexican troubles is done so effectively it is not preachy and I believe could get a few people to act.  The improvisational dialogue from ordinary people hired by Director Gareth Edwards right off the street makes the movie relatable and disturbingly realistic.  The octopus-like aliens are believable and original.  And the whole movie was shot for the incredibly low $500,000--an amazing feat.  Definitely one to check out!  

 
9.  Animal Kingdom--One of the best crime dramas of all time, this film is an excellent representation of what motivates and runs modern gangs.  On top of that, it is a powerful story with magnificent performances (especially Jacki Weaver, who has been nominated for an Oscar for her work in this film).  A should-be classic, this Australian picture barely touched American theaters, but the DVD is something that should be at the top of every American's wish-list.   
 
 
 
 

 
8.  True Grit--The story is intense and entertaining.  The acting is perfect all-round.  The cinematography is excellent.  The directing (done by the Coen Brothers) is brilliant.  Furthermore, there is the awesomeness of a good, straight-forward western coming around when the genre was nearly dried up.  But best of all is the fact that the movie does its job of exploring what true grit really is.  

 
 
 
 
 

7.  Toy Story 3--I do not think this is a family movie.  I think it is far to intense and emotionally taught for children.  I think Toy Story 3 is such a complex, heart-wrenching tale of moving on and the flow of life that it is meant for older audiences and anyone trying to right it off a tear-jerking kid fair should really take a closer look.  I am saying this since I doubt anyone has not yet seen it.       
 
 
 
 
 

 

6.  The Karate Kid--The most fun movie of the year, this is the perfect family film.  But it is also a truly great movie with some truly great morals that do not need to be difficult to see.  I have never seen an audience laugh more, cheer more, and have a better time than at this movie.   
 
 
 
 
 

5.  The King's Speech--This is a feel-good story, but it is also more.  It is about getting treatment for and overcoming one's problems.  It blends story and themes with ease.  It is something you should definitely see.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

4.  The Joneses--Both a powerful drama and a bitingly funny dark comedy, The Joneses provides a great metaphor on the commercialization of society and how it secretly affects us.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

3.  The Book of Eli--I completely agree with the belief that like True Grit this is a great 21st century western.  It has some of the year's best action and an exciting plot.  But what is more, this post-apocalyptic thriller has powerful messages on God and spirituality.  Best of all, it uses them in a story that people really do want to see.  

 
 
 
 
 
 

2.  Let Me In —I nearly picked this as my top choice, and if I had it would have been very deserving.   This is the story of the corruption of innocence; the entry of evil.   Make no mistake: It is also an excellent horror fantasy and a true vampire story.   The reason it is so incredible, though, is the themes it has to back it up.

 
 
 
 
 
 

1.   Winter’s Bone—I had a very, very hard to pick my top choice and I only just decided on this movie.   On first viewing Bone is very good, but it is only months later that you realize the true impact it has.   There are, of course, the deep explorations of family and drug addictions—themes which in and of themselves make for a great story.   Deeper, though, there are the ideas of responsibility and the little amount of control we have in life.   Ironically, this movie is a great contrast to my favorite film from last year, The Brothers Bloom.   While Bloom cheerily showed how in many ways we have far greater control over our destinies than we think, Bone grimly depicts the ways in which we should not fight the path we are on.   There is hope, though, in its story.   Ree, the teenage protagonist who is raising her siblings in a dark and dangerous area of the rural Ozarks, sees that she is always bound to the Ozarks and her family (including the violent extended relatives).   There is a hint, though, that this does not have to be something to despair over—that everyone, like Ree, always has the choice to do everything we know we should and then spend the rest of our time simply viewing in wonder at the rest.   The last scene in Winter’s Bone explores these ideas so deeply, ties everything together so well, and has such a profound impact months later that when you think back on that moment it is clear just how amazing this movie is.             

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Chaos War Ending

  I didnt get to read all of Chaos War, but i want to know the end.  is ares back?  is the original vision?  is hercules still very powerful?  can amadeus cho alter reality anymore?

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Series Needed for the New Year (2011)

As we start the new year, what new series are imperative to maintain good characters, bring in new ones, and keep comics from going into chaos.  This list is devoted to the series most urgently needed--and to make the list a series has to sound like it will sell.  I'd love to see a Jewel series, but the world isn't ready for that yet.  These suggestions, though, seem like they could work.  (BTW, these aren't actual series, i just think they should be).  


 
10.Megatron: Megatron is a fascinating character and one that should be explored in depths.  What are his origins?  Why does he hate Optimus Prime so much?  Why does he keep Starscream around?  And how does he stand on the "heroic scale," when he fights both the Autobots and Unicron?  All these should be explored in depth, and the best way to do that would be his own solo series.  
Best Writer for the Job:  Greg Pak.  He has a knack for identifying the best characteristics and themes in earlier portrayals of characters, and balances new variants with old styles perfectly.     



9.  Point Men:  Not many people know who they are, but the Point Men are the defense for attacks in the Pacific.  They are made up of what were the Initiative's best, and their roster has the very unique yet decidedly interesting Stingray, Star Sign, Paydirt, and Devil-Slayer.  This leaves a lot of great story lines to be told.  
Best Writer for the Job:  Jeph Loeb.  He writes nice story lines and manages to make every character have tons of personality.  Sure he doesn't have the depth of the other authors, but he can definately do it well and make sure everyone remembers these guys. 



8.  Gamma Corps--These five exciting characters all have one thing in common: They hate the Hulk.  However, there new status since Osborn's dethrowning is in question, and what do they even want to do?  
Best Writer for the Job:  Frank Tieri.  He worked well with these characters in Dark Reign: Made Men and I bet he has plans for them.  Let's see him get to use them. 


 
7.  Black Cat:  This thrill seeking metahuman with powers that sometimes hurt the ones she love was once a mere sidekick (shall we say Catwoman knock-off), but even then she had great story lines and we all loved her.  Now she seems to want to be a genuine hero, and what better way to keep her from being "the girl peter dates when mj is mad at him" then to give her a solo series.
Best Writer for the Job:  Joe Kelly.  His work on her in Amazing Spider-Man is, well, amazing--and he seems to be one of very few authors who actually cares about the character.  



6.  Rangers:  Made up of Firebird, Phantom Rider, Red Wolf, Shooting Star, Living Lightning, and Texas Twister; this team deals with all the problems in the south: and act as super-powered border guards.  If this isnt enough to make for an exciting political drama, keep in mind the many ethnicities at work in the team as well as the very diverse personalities.  And won't it be neat to see if Armadillo comes back to the team or not.
Best Writer for the Job:  Mark Millar.  He can write political stories and come up with interesting dynamics between characters.  He also has enough influence to be given big name characters to work with.   



5.  Underworld:  We need to see more of the minor characters in the criminal underworld outside of New Avengers, Spider-man, and Daredevil.  The stories of these three books often conflict, and a lot of characters are just abandoned for a while and then killed off.  A series could show some becoming heroes, others being neutral, and others going the villain route.  It could also sell.
Best Writer for the Job:  Christos Gage.  He combines famous and lesser known characters in dark yet exciting stories that mix many different arcs.  He did an awesome job on Initiative and he could do the same here.  Also, wouldn't it be great for him to add onto his arc about Diamondback and Constrictor's struggles:  And to bring back Taskmaster.  



4. Storm:  The Black Panther series are awesome, and it is really important that Storm keeps her marriage.  But X-fans are angry she isnt showing up more.  Maybe a series with her travelling around the world--perhaps even being an amabassador back in the States, will convince everyone she deserves to stay with T'Challah.  And we all want to see more of her personality--she is an interesting character, why is she ignored so much?  Also, how is she dealing with Forge's villain switch and (fake?) suicide. 
Best Writer for the Job:  Daniel Way.  He, like Pak, identifies the best themes in previous incarnations of a character and then merges them into something new.  He also writes great stories and makes everything interesting and action packed.  On top of that, he can do really dark (Wolverine) really silly (Deadpool) or even a combo.   


 
3.  Shadowcat:  She is a favorite among fans, for year she was the essence of the X-Men, and lately she is being ignored.  You know thats a bad thing cuz soon someone will write her as a seductive assassin or something just to boost sales and interest.  We need a back to the basics, light and fun solo series for her.  She already has a great supporting cast (Wolverine, Collossus, etc.)  This really needs to happen.
Best Writer for the Job:  Dann Slott and Marc Guggenheim.  They write fun stories and Kitty is just the character they like.  They are also much of the reason Brand New Day took off, so maybe they could do the same for Shadowcat.      



2.  Symbiotes:  The new Venom series is a bad idea, and Marvel is going to mess up what makes the symbiotes so interesting if they cant draw parrallels between them and make each one an interesting character.  Brock should stay as Anti-Venom, we need to see why readers should accept the new Venom, and we need to distinguish Cargnage and Hybrid.  Also, what the heck happened to Toxin.  The symbiotes are hugely popular and this is a series that would SELL.
Best Writer for the Job:  Marc Guggenheim.  You need a writer who is part of the Spider-man crew, and Guggenheim is really into Anti-Venom.  He also is a good writer and could come up with a nice series. 



1.  New Warriors:  Tigra is an awesome, unconventional hero, who should stop being Bendis's punching bag and get some attention.  The rest of the New Warriors is pretty sweet too, and i bet people will like Scarlet Spider when they see more of him.  And what team with Slapstick doesn't work?  Initiative was a great series, and we need to see more of them.  
Best Writer for the Job:  Christos Gage.  He did great with the New Warriors in Initiative, and he could do it again here.     
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Best Movie Posters of 2010

 With the year winding to a close, its time to look back at all the best things of 2010's cinema. And yes, that includes movie posters. While most are mere advertising (and some are truly horrible), these pictures can convey all sorts of themes (or just be cool). Having to tell the premise for the story, the reason to see it, and be genuinely artistic is a tough job to fill. However, the guys behind these ten posters did it excellently.  
 

10. Clash of the Titans: "The Clash Begins"

Sure, "the clash begins" is not a brilliant tag-line, and it uses all the tricks (including having most of the image either black or blurred nothing), but it still is the film of the year that screams EPIC the most. It is so cool, and so big, one (who is male) feels compelled to see it. Look at the Kraken. Isn't it incredible?




9. For Colored Girls: "Many Voices. One Poem"


It shows all the heartbreak, abuse, and strife--but in a creative way with remarkable beauty. It is far better than the "depressed, naked girl in a bathtub" one Lionsgate also released.


8. Eat, Pray, Love: "Let Yourself Go"

Don't get me wrong, the film was awful; this, though, abstains from showing someone happily running with a bright background (or Julia Roberts and James Franco kissing). Instead, it gives us an image with such surprising depth--and makes you want to experience the world like Julia Roberts seems to beginning to. Unfortunately, the movie fails at that task; still, it's a good poster.



7. The Human Centipede [First Sequence]: "The Human Centipede"

This both shows the horrifying monster but keeps its secrets as well--it makes you HAVE to see the film (when maybe not, but awfully close). It also has that "100% Medically Accurate" note, which makes it all the more interesting (or else I am a complete sicko).

6. Black Swan: "Swan Lake"

This is not the only Black Swan poster on this list, but I felt it had to mentioned. The innocence of the ballerina contrasting with the overpowering dark evil of the black swan--and all depicting a scene from the ballet. This is beautiful.


4. Devil: "Down"

This creates both a sick little joke (congratulations if you got it by now; it took me three minutes) while conveying its premise of a devil in an elevator. Two birds (and their souls) in one stone!


3. The Expendables: "Choose Your Weapon"

This movie needed to convey that it was the ultimate action event with the most awesome kills out there. So what better way to express that then by showing a skull surrounded by practically every single weapon that can be found in a five-year-old's fantasy. The instant I saw this poster, I knew this was one film I could not miss.

2. Harry Potter Saga: "It All Ends Here"

An entire generation has grown up on the wonders and the charm of the Harry Potter Universe--what could be more devastating and yet more captivating than to see than Hogwarts, the Wardrobe of the 21st century, looking like that? Well, they could always show a screen-shot of a dead Dobby, but other than that I think this is the best we can get. So beautiful yet so terrible--and so destined to rake in millions of dollars.






1. Black Swan: "Insanity"

What better shows the haunting spirit of insanity as this image. I know the basic purpose of a movie poster is to sell the movie, but this is art. 
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Who Should Be the New Wondra??

  Jubilee recently got turned into a vampire, and when she did she didnt have the wondra gauntlets.  where did they go, and does this mean there is a new wondra running around?  who should take the role now??

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Predictions: 5 Best Films of the First Quarter of 2011

With 2010 drawing to a close, it is time to look forward to 2011 and the new releases it will bring. It is difficult to predict what will be all the good films for the whole year, due to scheduling changes and lack of information (and the fact that it is unlikely anyone will remember in December a prediction made a year before). Therefore, I will instead predict what will be the best films of the first quarter of 2011. Due to it probably being the quarter containing the least amount of films (and the ones it has often having little-to-no information readily available on them) I have listed only five choices--though unlike in the past I have given each of them a rank (1 being the best, 2 being second, etc.). Please remember that at the time I write this Don't Be Afraid of the Dark has lost its original release date and its new one is to be determined; if it gets a slot similar to its original I will be delighted. Anyway, here goes:


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5. Red Riding Hood (March 11): Director Cathrine Hardwicke has proven the ability to pump adrenaline into anything, from Thirteen to The Nativity Story to even (!!cough!!) Twilight, and scary fairy tales are usually awesome, so its no wonder there is excitement for this horror-fantasy retelling of the legend "Red Riding Hood," re-done Hollywood (but thankfully not-Disney) style with romance (duh) and a were-wolf (YEAH!). Sure, it loses a few points for replacing the traditionally child protagonist with the decidedly-adult Amanda Seyfried and it might have trouble obtaining the depth to be one of the year's best, but RRH's exciting premise should make this experience entertaining and maybe even memorable.

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4. Sucker Punch (March 25): While I have yet to see Watchmen and was a bit to young when 300 came out, I have to say that Legend of the Guardians was pretty freaking awesome! Sure, it wasn't quite as thoughtful as Lord of the Rings , but it had enough morals to be the perfect family fantasy and some of the most gorgeous visuals I have ever seen. Furthermore, at the same time Tim Burton was making Alice in Wonderland Disney-clean that kiddy-flick managed to contain the year's best action! So, whether you think he's right for the Superman-reboot or not, it is imperative that we understand that whatever Guardians's mastermind Zack Snyder has next is very likely going to be big. While an unusual choice for a sci-fi/fantasy/anime epic considering all the events take place in the protagonists mind to help her cope with stressful events, one should not write off a movie that seems to have more explosions and robots than Star Wars. Yes, its moral appears to be the exact same as Precious (switch "abusive home" with "abusive institution"), but there could be a little extra here to make this something powerful. And if not you might want to remember that Precious didn't have THIS:

( image from GeekTyrant)

Please not that the next picture is for an entirely different movie.


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3. The Company Men (January 21): Given the current economic downturn, this allegedly-enlightening story of a man (Ben Affleck) coping with his recent unemployment and subsequent depression is quite timely. However this could be good anytime if its done right, and (despite the unsavory rating explanation) the trailer seem and descriptions seem to indicate they did. Featuring an impressive cast for a limited release, this John Wells production has Chris Cooper, Maria Bello, Kevin Costner, and Tommy Lee Jones.



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2. The Beaver (March 23): Red Riding Hood has an interesting premise, but this one wins the originality award: A depressed man going through an unpleasant divorce and rocky period with his son decides to have an alternate personality take over his life in the form of an abandoned beaver puppet he operates. Half comedy/half drama, this Jodie Foster-directed movie could be offensive and cynical, or it could be truly moving tale.

(image from IMDB)
1. Biutiful (January 28): Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's first directorial feature since Babel, Biutiful is the critically-lauded entry from Mexico for the Academy Awards' Best Foreign Language Picture. However, due to the unique requirements for that category, Biutiful is not a 2010 film, since American viewers can't see it until January (unless they buy the DVD online). The story of a compassionate-father deep-in-organizes crime who wants to solve lose ends and ensure a good future for his children before he dies. Yes, last year's most praised foreign film was the odiferous The Secrets in their Eyes; still, the critic community is right more often than not and I am going to take their word and get excited for this movie. I hope you do to.

I wish luck to anyone who follows my advice and sees these films. I will post again when they are out to evaluate their merits (and my MAD predicting skills). I would love to hear your picks too, so feel free to post whether you are reading this on screened or my more complete website cinetim.blogspot.com. :) 
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