Let’s go in­side

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Cover Story -

IAL­WAYS think the Christ­mas is a sad time. Win­ter 2010 is a more than usu­ally mo­rose pe­riod for fans of sev­eral sig­nif­i­cant movie fran­chises. Nine years af­ter the first Harry Pot­ter film be­gan that fran­chise’s coloni­sa­tion pro­gramme, Warner Broth­ers trig­gers the be­gin­ning of the end with the launch of Harry Pot­ter and the Deathly Hal­lows Part 1. The grue­some Saw se­quence winds down with Part 7 and the Swedish-lan­guage adap­ta­tion of Stieg Lars­son’s Girl with the Dragon Tat­too se­ries com­pletes its tril­ogy.

On the other hand, a spirit of re­newal is on dis­play with Narnia re­turn­ing af­ter two years in the wardrobe and – a full 30 years af­ter the first film – a re­turn to the dig­i­tal Oz of Tron for Walt Dis­ney. What else? Well, Os­car-hunt­ing sea­sons be­gins on Oc­to­ber 15th with the launch of David Fincher’s The So­cial Net­work. Bur­lesque, in­ter­net pi­o­neers and ar­ti­fi­cial in­sem­i­na­tion ap­pear to be the sub­jects of the sea­son, and 3D con­tin­ues its progress about the sched­ules. Merry Christ­mas. Ho, ho, ho! C Reilly, Marisa Tomei and Jonah Hill do the hon­ours. With that ti­tle, it’s ei­ther a ro­man­tic com­edy or a sports movie. It turns out to be the for­mer. Drew Bar­ry­more and Justin Long are the cou­ple try­ing to main­tain a long-term re­la­tion­ship. What do you need to know? In the lat­est film in the zom­bie cy­cle, Milla Jovovich re­turns to LA and launches a di­rect as­sault on the ap­palling Um­brella Con­glom­er­ate. Once again, the wrong Paul An­der­son di­rects (WS, not T). Rock drama deal­ing with the rise and fall of the band that gave us Joan Jett. Kris­ten Ste­wart and Dakota Fan­ning will be bel­low­ing such hits as Cherry Bomb and Neon An­gel. about two hope­less po­lice of­fi­cers. Mark Wahlberg is the other dope. Hugely ac­claimed crime drama fol­low­ing a young woman as she searches the Ozarks for her a fa­ther – a drug dealer – af­ter learn­ing he has put their house up as a bail bond. A stun­ning sense of place. Hooray! Joe Dante is back. The di­rec­tor of Grem­lins and The Howl­ing re­turns to what he knows best. The Hole, shot in 3D, is a fam­ily-friendly horror film con­cern­ing a mys­te­ri­ous aper­ture in a young fam­ily’s base­ment. Adap­ta­tion of El­iz­a­beth Gil­bert’s best-sell­ing novel con­cern­ing a woman who, fol­low­ing a divorce, trav­els in search of en­light­en­ment. Ju­lia Roberts was won over to Hin­duism dur­ing the shoot.

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