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Back in my Halloween post a mere 6 weeks ago I mentioned Abe Lincoln Vampire Hunter and how much I enjoyed it at the theatre. Well, it's available now so get your hold on. Once you accept that Abe wasn't just the 16th president of the United States, but a very accomplished vampire hunter, you're in for a fun two hours. I watched it again this past weekend and enjoyed it just as much as the first time. The cinematography is stunning. and the axe-work is pretty excellent as well. Abe sure can make those heads fly when his blade swings!

Expendables 2 -- didn't I just post about this one too when it first hit the theatres? Well, nothing says Christmas like a bunch of testosterone-fuelled mayhem with every action star of the last 30 years. Ditto The Dark Night Rises. The last in the Christopher Nolan trilogy, we see Batman battle against the latest threat to Gotham, the terrorist Bane, played to perfection by the very versatile Tom Hardy. If you've read my posts before, you know Batman is my least fave Superhero, but having said that, this latest is pretty good.

Tom Hardy's had a busy year. He is also in another new release, Lawless, with Shia Lebouef.

Men in Black 3 --much lighter than Batman and Lawless and nowhere near as bloody as Abe or Expendables, this is another fun way to spend two hours. I enjoyed this much more than MIB 2, and thought that Josh Brolin was brilliant playing a young Agent K. He absolutely nailed his impersonation of Tommy Lee Jones. I actually thought that they might have been dubbing his voice, but no, that is all Brolin.

On a much much lighter note, try Tommy Lee Jones and Meryl Streep in Hope Springs.

And for the kids we have Paranorman, a misunderstood boy who takes on ghosts, zombies and grown-ups, to save his town from a centuries-old curse. This was surprisingly intense so if you take it home take the PG rating seriously. There is also the rather quirky Disney offering, The odd life of Timothy Green.

Need something to do with the Kids?

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Many of the branches have special holiday programming running for the Christmas break. Call your local branch to see what they have in store. Here at Crowfoot we have a special movie day scheduled for Friday December 28th at 10:30. We are featuring a wonderful all-age appropriate animated classic from Warner Brothers. If you want to find out the title give us a shout at 221-4122.We have other activities as well.

Looking a lot like Christmas- but after

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We posted this a while back, but thought you might enjoy it again. Hey you've seen It's a Wonderful Life a few times, right? This post lists some films that the holiday movie lover can sneak past the co-habitants with seasonal burnout. Speaking of bah humbug, I was previewing a new gadget and the tech told me that its bonus feature is that you can text and watch a show at the same time. "What if you disagree with that in principle?" I asked. To his credit, he didnt' back away slowly. One of the great joys of the season is going out and catching the new releases. Let's leave our holiday lights on the tree and out of the theatres. Please turn off your smart devices. Okay, that's enough grinch for now. Happy Holidays Everyone!

You can't get enough of the holiday's but your family is fed up...Try these non-Christmas movies with snowy Decembers and holiday settings...

The Holiday: Two couples, a house exchange, and unrequited love. Kate Winslet, Jack Black, Cameron Diaz and Jude Law star.

Bridget Jones: Edge of Reason starring Renee Zellweger ends in the wintry English countryside, especially timely since there's actually been snow there in recent Decembers.

Love, Actually a huge cast of British actors star in this charming look at relationships from multiple perspectives. Hugh Grant stars as the British Prime Minister. If you're not a fan, don't worry, this is a "vignettes" film.

Trading Places: For those who prefer a belly laugh, Dan Ackroyd and Eddy Murphy in their 1980s heyday star, and they are great together. Corporate sabotage forces Ackroyd's character out of his executive role and homeless Murphy into the big kahuna position.

Your family won't notice the holiday themes...Besides, Ukrainian Christmas is not until the 6th!

Just in time for the end of the world

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Movies abound with end of the world scenarios and quite a number of them feature destruction by asteroids, comets or meteors. Just think of Deep Impact, Armageddon and Day of the Triffids. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World is a different take on this theme. There are no near misses nor lucky survivors, no space miners sacrificing themselves for the rest of mankind. We know going into this movie that destruction is inevitable.

Dodge and Penny are an unlikely couple thrown together to try to navigate their way through the last days before the end. They manage to do so with charm, humour and grace. I enjoyed this way more than I expected and thought that Steve Carell and Keira Knightley hit all the right notes.

If you are a believer you only have a few days to watch this...

 

 

 

WANTED: Someone to go back in time with me. This is not a joke. You'll get paid after we get back. Must bring your own weapons. I have only done this once before. SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED. When this ad appears in a newspaper, three investigative journalists set out to see what's what.

This is another movie that I found quietly compelling. Part comedy but with a serious note running throughout, coupled with some very engaging characters. Plus it is not weighed down by any of the space/time paradoxes that often leave me yelling at the tv ' oh yeah, that wouldn't work and here's why...'. A quirky and satisfying ending.

 

Just a little interesting side note I came across in the news today: 93 people in China were arrested for spreading Mayan calendar doomsday fears.

Comedy and Contract Killing

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Another fun post from our frequent guest blogger, Trevor. I had seen all of these except for Wild target, which I immediately placed on hold and enjoyed immensely. I had more than one laugh out loud moment at the absurdity of it all. Thanks for the recommendations Trevor!

Much as our society abhors killing and murder, there is still something inherently fascinating about assassins. Hiding patiently in the shadows, pulling the trigger at the perfect moment, and then nonchalantly escaping the scene…in terms of pure coolness, a well planned assassination is second only to walking slowly towards the camera while an explosion goes off in the background. These are not your typical hitman films however. Quirky, untraditional, and neurotic, they put the humor back into contract killing.

In Bruges is a film that balances between whimsy and melancholy. After a bungled hit leads to the death of a child, Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson have to lay low in the quaint, fairytale-esque town of Bruges. What follows is a hilarious romp that involves midgets, soul searching, shootouts, romance, and a great deal of profanity.

Grosse Pointe Blank

Not many high school yearbooks have a category for those “most likely to become paid killers” but if they did, few people would have voted for Martin Blank (John Cusack). Yet here he is, returning to his home town for his 10 year high school reunion, with a hit contract on the side to take care of as well. Equal parts comedy, action, and nostalgia, Grosse Pointe Blank hits its mark. Cusack actually has a black belt in kick boxing, so the fight scenes look great.

The Whole Nine Yards

What do you do when your new neighbor is a mob hitman turned mob snitch? Do you play it cool and relaxed? Or do you head to his old hunting ground on behest of your greedy and spiteful wife, search out his former employer, and try to collect a finder’s fee? As you might expect, this course leads our mild mannered protagonist Oz on a laugh-filled downward spiral of murder, mayhem, and mobsters. With Bruce Willis and Matthew Perry.

Wild Target features the always excellent Bill Nighy as an aging perfectionist assassin. His orderly, lonely existence changes however, when he not only fails to kill his beautiful and intriguing mark (Emily Blunt), but kills the killer sent to replace him. Quirky and absurd in a way that only British comedy can manage, Wild Target shows us that one need not have a cold heart to be a cold hearted killer.

And last but not least, what happens when killing for money starts to lose its lustre? When hits don’t bring the same happiness that they used to? When the thrill of the hunt isn’t quite so thrilling? These are the questions that Julian, an aging and jaded hitman, is forced to ask in this funny and engaging tale starring Greg Kinnear and Pierce Brosnan (who’s much more interesting as an aging hitman than he is as a prim and pressed British spy). The Matador.

Crowfoot Movie Night

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Join us on Thursday December 20th for our final offering for 2012. We have shown some great films these past months and this selection is no exception.

The film runs a little longer so we will be starting it at 6:00 in the program room.

It is rated PG 13. As always licensing restrictions prevent us from printing what it is, but please call us at 221-4122 and all will be revealed.

Hopefully we'll see you on the 20th.

Hell on Wheels

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I know we’ve mentioned this new TV western series in passing. In case you missed it, we have Hell on Wheels Season One on DVD. Fans of Deadwood will definitely enjoy this one.

Hell on Wheels is filmed partly in Canada but follows the violent, filthy movable camp that exists alongside the construction of part of the American transcontinental rail line in the years after the Civil War.

The main character is an ex-soldier bent on avenging his wife’s death. He’s being tracked by the camp’s enforcer “The Swede” and befriended by the surveyor’s widow. Hell on Wheels also follows the freed men working on the rail line, the prostitutes, the local native community, and the dodgy speculator running the whole project. And then there’s the enigmatic juggernaut changing all of their lives: the train.