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Movies – Jan 2007

January, 2007
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Wild Hogs

Fitting for the year of the pig that we should be talking about hogs, but they’re not really swine, rather over-eager bikers from suburbia. The group, consisting of all-star actors such as Tim Allen, John Travolta and William H. Macy, venture forth in search of the open road and adventure, along the way encountering humorous situations of self discovery and revelation. They also run into a group of actual macho bikers, at which point the motoring fun begins in earnest. With so much name-talent at play, there’s sure to be something here for all the family, least of which inspiration for that next big road trip.

Director: Walt Becker
Starring: Tim Allen, Martin Lawrence, John Travolta, William H. Macy
Rating: PG-13


Wild Tigers I Have Known

Parents may want to consider this movie for its mature educational content, all delivered tastefully and with a potent message that’s bound to move all those who take the time to sit down and ponder the heartfelt story. It depicts the growing pains of a 13 year old who discovers there’s more than one way to love even at an early age. Yes, Wild Tigers deals with alternative lifestyles but doesn’t force the issue, instead selecting each scene carefully, rendering its events with some of the most graceful, breathtaking cinematography seen in recent times. A surefire independent cinema hit, it’s one not to be missed.

Director: Cam Archer
Starring: Malcolm Stumpf, Fairuza Balk, Patrick White
Rating: unrated


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Unlike the early 90’s live action movie, this version is entirely about advanced computer graphics. All the better to show off the turtles’ fighting prowess and dedication to saving their beloved city, New York, from the clutches of insane scientists and multitudes of monsters bent on world domination. The message? Even though the heroic posse, all named after Italian artists and extremely keen on their pizza, have drawn apart, when the going gets tough, the tough get together to do something about it. Look forward to heaps of action and sardonic humor in this potential classic. As an added extra, Beijing’s own Zhang Ziyi is doing one of the female lead voices.

Director: Kevin Munroe
Starring: Patrick Stewart, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Zhang Ziyi, Kevin Smith
Rating: PG


Meet the Robinsons

Before anyone asks, this time-traveling tale, aside from tons of slapstick mishaps and residual period trivia, also ties in with our animal theme in a big way. As the promo posters indicate, it’s got dinosaurs in several thrilling instances, probably having to do with main protagonist Lewis, who invents a spanking new time machine in a bid to locate his mother. Far fetched perhaps, but the fun to be had can’t be denied, because Lewis, in his paradoxical travels, meets all manner of unique characters and a major antagonist to inject a sense of urgency to the story. Have the kids brush up on their history lessons and prepare for a gorgeous animated outing in this season’s Disney blockbuster.

Director: Stephen J. Anderson
Starring: Tom Selleck, Steve Zahn, Angela Bassett
Rating: PG



For your perusal we submit one of the more interesting homebrew productions doing the rounds in this bizarre twist on the 1950’s theme seen in Pleasantville. Fido’s named after a zombie, who here is some kind of pet for main character Timmy. For in the idealic town, zombies serve the role domesticated animals hold in our reality. Fido is a delicious vanguard and one of those motion pictures where everything just comes together well. The surreal settings, touching moments, romance, goofy tongue-in-cheek sarcasm and the intricate constellation of relationships among town dwellers make Fido a winning ticket. Be forewarned, contains some comical gore and violence.

Director: Andrew Currie
Starring: K’Sun Ray, Carrie Ann Moss, Billy Connolly
Rating: Not rated


Astronaut Farmer

If you miss the wonder and innocence of movies like Field of Dreams and Phenomenon, look no further than this new Billy Bob Thornton family-minded escapade about a retired astronaut on the farm. Thornton plays a sensitive, pioneering spacefarer who’s gone back to the homestead in order to turn the farm around and prevent its bankruptcy. He then continues along this path of discovery when deciding to design, build and launch his own spacecraft. Naturally, everyone from the government to his own kin offers doubts and even stiff resistance. Keep an eye out for this environmentally-minded, animal-friendly piece, it’ll rocket you world.

Director: Michael Polish
Starring: Billy Bob Thornton, Virginia Madsen, Bruce Willis
Rating: PG

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