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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Thursday's Picks (13)

It's that time again...get your movie and book money out and get ready to start shopping for this week's Thursday's Picks! This is the place to be when you want to know the best books, movies and DVDs that are coming out this week. I'd love to know what you guys are looking forward to! Leave me a comment, or do your own Thursday's Picks post! The button code is in the right sidebar for anyone who wants to play along. Now, it's time for the picks!

This Week's Movie Pick:
TRON: Legacy
Release Date: December 17, 2010
Rated PG (Walt Disney Pictures)
Starring Jeff Bridges, Olivia Wilde, Garrett Hedlund, Beau Garrett and Bruce Boxleitner

Summary (Courtesy of Moviefone):

'Tron: Legacy' is a 3D high-tech adventure set in a digital world that's unlike anything ever captured on the big screen. Sam Flynn (Garrett Helund), the tech-savvy 27-year-old son of Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges), looks into his father's disappearance and finds himself pulled into the digital world of Tron where his father has been living for 25 years. Along with Kevin's loyal confidant Quorra (Olivia Wilde), father and son embark on a life-and-death journey of escape across a visually-stunning cyber universe that has become far more advanced and exceedingly dangerous.
I think it's pretty obvious why I'm picking this film. It's TRON! Everything about this movie looks like it's packed with win. Jeff Bridges reprising his original role = WIN. Incredible 3D special effects = WIN. LIGHTCYCLES?!?!?! = WIN!!! Pretty much every inch of this film is epic awesomesauce. I've been excited for this movie for months, and this weekend is my Christmas present for all that wanting.

This Week's Book Pick:
Written by Leslie Livingston
Release Date: December 21, 2010
HarperCollins Publishers

Summary (Courtesy of Barnes and Noble):
"I don't love Sonny Flannery."
That's the lie Kelley Winslow told to protect the boy she loves from a power he doesn't know he possesses. Devastated, Sonny retreats—to a haven for Lost Fae that's hidden deep underneath New York City.
But Kelley's not about to let things end in heartbreak. To get Sonny back, she's got to find out who's after his magick—and how to use her own. She's got to uncover who's recruiting Janus Guards to murderously hunt innocent Faerie. She's got to help rebuild the shattered theater company she called family. And she's got to do it all without getting dangerously distracted by the Fennrys Wolf, whose legendary heart of stone seems to melt whenever he's around Kelley.
The intrigue and romance that began with Wondrous strange and Darklight come to a stormy head in Tempestuous, the breathtaking conclusion to Lesley Livingston's ravishing urban Faerie trilogy.
If you haven't noticed, I have a bit of a thing for books with faeries in them. I'm a fan of the mythology, what can I say. This book looks like a nice installment to an interesting series. I wish I had a book trailer to share with you, but there isn't one, so I guess you'll just have to read it!

This Week's DVD Pick:
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
Release Date: December 21, 2010
Rated PG-13 (Fox)
Starring Shia LeBouf, Michael Douglass, Carey Mulligan, Frank Langella, Susan Sarandon and Josh Brolin

Summary (courtesy of Moviefone):
Ambitious young investment banker Jacob Moore (Shia LaBeouf) discovers that greed is still the name of the game when he forges a fragile alliance with onetime Wall Street hotshot Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) shortly after Gekko is released from prison. Having served eight years for securities fraud, money laundering, and racketeering, Gekko emerges from prison to find that his daughter, Winnie (Carey Mulligan), prefers to remain estranged, and that his former Wall Street cohorts are still raking in the cash. Flash-forward to 2008, and Winnie is dating a proprietary trader named Jake Moore (LaBeouf), who expresses a passion for green energy while working for his mentor Louis Zabel (Frank Langella), of Keller Zabel Investments. Despite heading up one of the most prominent investment firms in the country, Louis Zabel is forced to personally fight for the future of Keller Zabel before the Federal Reserve after the company's stock takes a hit due to persistent rumors that it's being dragged down by debt. Denied a bailout from the government, Keller Zabel soon falls victim to a hostile takeover lead by powerful investment bank partner Bretton James (Josh Brolin), of Churchill Schwartz. His job on the line and his mentor out of the picture, Jake discovers that Gordon Gekko is out promoting his new book "Is Greed Good?" and decides to attend a lecture being given by the author at Fordham University. According to Gekko, greed is now sanctioned by the government, and the U.S. economy is on the verge of collapse as a direct result of leveraged debt and wild conjecture. When Jake goes behind Winnie's back to try and repair her relationship with her father, Gekko reveals his compelling theories on the likely reasons for Zabel's downfall. Later, as Jake begins plotting to avenge his mentor, Gekko starts to reveal his true colors.
The biggest reason this movie is getting the pick this week is because of my husband. Mr. Things Liz Loves wants to see this movie sooo bad. I have to admit, it looks kind of interesting, even if Carey Mulligan looks like she could be Natalie Portman's little brother.

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