Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

 

Fantastic Mr. Fox is a 2009 American stop-motion animated comedy film based on Roald Dahl’s children’s novel of the same name. The film is about a fox who steals food each night from three mean and wealthy farmers. They are fed up with Mr. Fox’s theft and try to kill him, so they dig their way into the foxes’ home, but the animals are able to outwit the farmers and live underground. The film was released in the autumn of 2009 and stars George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Willem Dafoe, Michael Gambon, and Owen Wilson.

For director Wes Anderson, it was his first animated film and first film adaptation. Development on the project began in 2004 as collaboration between Anderson and Henry Selick (who worked with Anderson on the 2004 film The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou) under Revolution Studios. In 2007, Revolution folded, Selick left to direct Coraline, and work on the film moved to 20th Century Fox. Production began in London in 2007. It was released on November 13, 2009, and has a 93% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

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    Hannah Montana: The Movie (2009)

     


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      Hannah Montana: The Movie

      If all you’ve seen of Miley Cyrus has been her recent punk rock/on-off relationship with Liam Hemsworth/unruly behavior phase – then rest assured, there are outlets if you want to see what she looked like before this chapter. She used to be a (seemingly) happy Nashville cowgirl with a big singing voice and an even bigger brand, Hannah Montana.

      A quick summary on Hannah Montana… it was a Disney TV show, starring Miley Cyrus as Miley Stewart – a young teenager who has a secret, and this is that her alias (who she disguises as) happens to be that of Hannah Montana, global superstar.

      That’s all you really need to know coming to watching this film. I’ve not watched the TV series, but have the above knowledge in your head, and you’re all set.

      Hannah Montana: The Movie is, as you can imagine, quite a cheesy film. You have the fairytale romance with a cowboy, you have shoe fight with Tyra Banks, you have all of the close up cheesy grins that you could ask for, and you have some very catchy, yet clichéd, pop music. However, if you’re happy to sit through 102 minutes of this – then do it with an open mind. Yes, it’s clichéd – but it is a definite feel-good film – and I hate to say it, those songs sure are catchy.

      The premise of the story is that, like most other teenage girls, Miley is having issues with who she is. She struggles to keep up with her home life as Miley, and her global persona as Hannah. She tries her hardest to get to her best friend’s birthday party, but ends up having to go as Hannah, stealing her best friend’s thunder. She tries her hardest to keep both her Miley commitments and her Hannah commitments; however, this leads to her family having to make big sacrifices to keep her secret. She feels completely, and utterly, guilt-ridden. Will she finally reveal to the world about who she really is? Will she be able to live a normal life if she does? Will she ever be able to speak without sounding nasally?

      You can find out from watching.

      You may also recognize a song from this, ‘The Climb’. If you’re from America, you’ve probably either already heard Miley’s version or the Lea Michele version in ‘Glee’. If you’re from England, then you may recognize it as the single Joe McElderry released after winning the X Factor. Either way, it’s a catchy tune, and you get to see the context in which it was originally sung.

      To sum up, if you have 102 minutes to spare and you want to watch something feel good and cheesy – why not give this a watch? If you don’t have 102 minutes to spare – then don’t feel you have to watch this, you’re certainly not going to miss out in tomorrow’s conversation with your friends.

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      I Love You Phillip Morris (2009) – Preview Trailer

       

      Movie: I Love You Phillip Morris (2009)

      Steven Russell is happily married to Debbie, and a member of the local police force when a car accident provokes a dramatic reassessment of his life. Steven realizes he’s gay and decides to live life to the fullest – even if it means breaking the law. Steven’s new, extravagant lifestyle involves cons and fraud and, eventually, a stay in the State Penitentiary where he meets sensitive, soft-spoken Phillip Morris. His devotion to freeing Phillip from jail and building the perfect life together prompts Steven to attempt and often succeed at one impossible con after another. Written by The Film Catalogue

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        • Release Date:
          October 2010 (USA)
        • Run Time:
          Germany:102 min (European Film Market)
        • Country: France , USA
        • Genre: Comedy , Drama
        • MPAA:
          Rated R for sexual content including strong dialogue, and language.

        Tagline: The Conman who wouldn’t go straight

        Trivia: The film is based on the real life story of Steven Jay Russell.

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        Nine (2009) – Preview Trailer

         


        Nine is a 2009 romantic musical drama film directed and produced by Rob Marshall and written by Michael Tolkin and Anthony Minghella. The film is an adaptation of the 1982 musical of the same name, which in turn is based on Federico Fellini’s semi-autobiographical 1963 film 8½. In addition to songs from the stage musical, all written by Maury Yeston, the film has three original songs, also written by Yeston. The ensemble principal cast consists of Daniel Day-Lewis, Marion Cotillard, Penélope Cruz, Judi Dench, Fergie, Kate Hudson, Nicole Kidman, and Sophia Loren.

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          Year One (2009) – Preview Trailer

           


          Year One is a 2009 American comedy film directed by Harold Ramis, and produced by Judd Apatow. The film stars Jack Black and Michael Cera. The film was released in North America on June 19, 2009 by Columbia Pictures, where it received negative reviews from critics and underperformed at the box office. The film would be Ramis’ last as an actor, writer, and director before his death in 2014.

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            2012 (2009) – Preview Trailer

             

            In 2009, American geologist Adrian Helmsley visits astrophysicist Satnam Tsurutani in India and learns that neutrinos from a massive solar flare are heating the Earth’s core. In Washington, D.C, Helmsley presents his information to White House Chief of Staff Carl Anheuser, who takes him to meet the President.

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