Thursday, October 9, 2008

This week on the new book truck

The Fall
In a hospital on the outskirts of 1920s Los Angeles, an injured stuntman begins to tell a fellow patient, a little girl with a broken arm, a fantastical story about 5 mythical heroes. As the tale advances the line between fiction and reality starts to blur. “Tarsem's "The Fall" is a mad folly, an extravagant visual orgy, a free-fall from reality into uncharted realms. Surely it is one of the wildest indulgences a director has ever granted himself. “—Roger Ebert

The Haunting
This 1963 film is from the novel by Shirley Jackson. “Hill House has an evil history with tragic accidents, suicide, and human misjudgment. Dr. Markway is a psychic researcher who assembles a group with histories linked to the paranormal. Eleanor was the subject of unexplained poltergeist activities as a child. She also is riddled with guilt over her mother's death. Theadora is a clairvoyant who befriends Eleanor at Hill House. Plus the cynical son of the owners sent to make sure that the property is not affected by the researchers. Together the group explores Hill House, and their own insecurities. Director Robert Wise created a taught drama where the real question is who is haunted and who may be unstable.”—

Never Back Down
“At his new high school, a rebellious teen is lured into an ultimate underground fighting club in a Backyard, where he finds a mentor in a mixed martial arts veteran. After receiving threats to the safety of his friends and family, he seeks the mentor to train his mind and body for one final no-holds-barred elimination fight with his unrelenting personal nemesis.

Run Fatboy Run
U.K.-born Dennis Doyle is in love with Elizabeth Odell. They get intimate and when Elizabeth gets pregnant, they plan to get married. On the day of the marriage, Dennis gets cold feet at the 11th hour and flees. Five years later, Dennis regrets this decision and attempts to re-enter Elizabeth and his son's lives encouraged by his friends...He decides to impress her by participating in a marathon-run in London.

Sex and the City: the Movie
A New York writer on sex and love is finally getting married to her Mr. Big. But her three best girlfriends must console her after one of them inadvertently leads Mr. Big to jilt her.

Superhero Movie
Orphaned high school student Rick Riker is bitten by a radioactive dragonfly, develops super powers (except for the ability to fly), and becomes a hero.

The Visitor
This is a great film. See my blog from Wednesday, May 7, 2008 for my complete review. (scroll to the bottom of the page)

You Don't Mess with the Zohan
An Israeli Special Forces Soldier fakes his death so he can re-emerge in New York City as a hair stylist. With Adam Sandler.

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