Wowza! I've kept a weekly meme going for four whole weeks! Somebody get me a cookie! I really hope to get some participation from other blogs on this, so if you're a blogger, post a Thursday's Picks on your page!
Here's the list:
This week, my most anticipated...
...movie release is:
...book release is:
...DVD release is:
Here's my picks!
This Week's Movie Pick:
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole
Release Date: September 24, 2010
Rated PG (Warner Bros.)
Starring Jim Sturgess, Sam Neill, Geoffrey Rush, Hugo Weaving and David Wenham
I usually pick movies that I'm interested in for myself, but I picked Legend of the Guardians for my family this week. I have two young kids, and there usually isn't anything I can take them to the theater for, but I think I could take them to see this. My 16 month old daughter would love the fact that it's all animals the whole time (at least until she fell asleep) and my four year old son would love it for the 3D flying action. The film is voiced by some great actors, including Sam Neill (Jurassic Park), Geoffrey Rush (Pirates of the Caribbean) and Hugo Weaving (The Matrix, Lord of the Rings). The film is based on the middle grade book series The Guardians of Ga'Hoole and follows young owls on a quest to find the legendary Guardians of (you guessed it) Ga'Hoole, in order to save their owl families from evil. It's pretty clear that the movie deviates from the established plot of the book, but maybe that's just the Hollywood way of making it more suitable for younger children.The trailer is all kinds of inspiration with 30 Seconds to Mars's "Kings and Queens" playing in sync with owl flight and epic helmeted battle. Check it out.
This week's book pick:
Torment (Fallen series, book 2)
Written by Lauren Kate
Release Date: September 28, 2010
Random House Children's Books
This week marks the release of the heavily anticipated second book in Lauren Kate's Fallen series, Torment. I haven't had a chance to read the first book yet, but it's high on my to-be-read list along with this one. I played around on the book's website (which you can check out here) and got really excited to get into the series. The cover art is amazing on both books, which really helps to draw me in. I've heard both good and mediocre reviews on Fallen, but pretty solid reviews on Torment, so I'm ready to read it. Here's the synopsis:
Hell on earth.
That’s what it’s like for Luce to be apart from her fallen angel boyfriend, Daniel.
It took them an eternity to find one another, but now he has told her he must go away. Just long enough to hunt down the Outcasts—immortals who want to kill Luce. Daniel hides Luce at Shoreline, a school on the rocky California coast with unusually gifted students: Nephilim, the offspring of fallen angels and humans.
At Shoreline, Luce learns what the Shadows are, and how she can use them as windows to her previous lives. Yet the more Luce learns, the more she suspects that Daniel hasn’t told her everything. He’s hiding something—something dangerous.
What if Daniel’s version of the past isn’t actually true? What if Luce is really meant to be with someone else?
The second novel in the addictive FALLEN series . . . where love never dies.Here's the book trailer!
This week's DVD pick:
Get Him to the Greek
Release Date: September 28, 2010
Rated R (Universal)
Starring Russell Brand, Jonah Hill, Rose Byrne, Sean Combs and Elizabeth Moss
I love Russell Brand, in spite of his blatant vulgarity. He's hilarious in pretty much everything he ever does. I watched Forgetting Sarah Marshall on TV last night and literally ROTFL'ed in every scene he was in. So I feel like Get Him to the Greek will be a safe bet for a good laugh. Jonah Hill plays the executive assistant of Sean Combs (who plays a caricature of himself) who is responsible for getting Albus Snow (Brand) to the Greek Theater for a show. If you've seen Sarah Marshall, you know what a crazy person this Albus Snow is. Hijinks inevitably ensue as the two make their way to Snow's comeback performance. Check out the trailer below.