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Movie: Fido
Year: 2006
Starring: Carrie-Anne Moss, Billy Connolly
Genre: Comedy, Zombie
Rated: R for zombie-related violence
Runtime: 91 minutes
Stars: Four out of five

I, admittedly, do not love zombie movies. After seeing Fido, however, I might be starting to change my mind.

Fido is a zombie who lives in the town of Willard in the 1950′s. Many zombies live and work in Willard due to space dust that settled over the town and made the dead come alive. After the zombie wars, the town has learned to live with this unsettling problem. Zomcon, a corporation created to control and put zombies to work, has the people of Willard feeling safe again.

Fido lives with Timmy Robinson and his family, but Timmy treats Fido more like a pet (and eventually a father) than a zombie. This, obviously, creates friction in the family. ‘Nuff said.

You must see this movie. It is frickin’ hilarious. I loved it.

One of my favorite quotes from the movie: Carrie-Anne Moss talking to her on-screen husband says, “Just because your father tried to eat you…does that mean we all have to be unhappy? Forever?”

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CineMonday, Anime Edition

I know I’ve been busy with the AWRP rally, but I didn’t forget to watch and review a movie this week. Come on, you know me better than that.

Movie: Howl’s Moving Castle
Year: 2004
Voiced by: Christian Bale, Lauren Bacall, Blythe Danner, Billy Crystal (English version)
Genre: Animation, Fantasy, Romance
Rated: PG
Runtime: 119 minutes
Stars: Three out of five

Howl’s Moving Castle is about a plain young girl who finds herself transformed into an old woman by the spell of a witch. The spell also ensures that she cannot tell anyone about what has happened to her. After she decides that maybe it’s not so bad to be old after all, she leaves her home on a journey to find the witch that cast the spell. On the way she discovers the castle and the interesting characters that live within.

Howl’s Moving Castle is a visually beautiful movie, to be sure. I found myself getting lost in the animation, especially the castle itself. Simply stunning.

The only thing about this movie that I didn’t like is the love story angle. There’s quite a bit of sappy music and there’s a romance between two main characters. If you don’t mind that, then you’ll probably really like Howl.

Enjoy!

P.S. I found the first photo at Wikipedia.com.

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CineMonday Kick-off!

Welcome to CineMonday! This is my new weekly feature where I highlight and review a movie that I have either recently seen or an old favorite that I recommend you see. I will be reviewing movies of all kinds, so hopefully you will be inspired to watch movies outside of your proverbial “box.” There will be romantic comedies, yes, but I will also review documentaries, foreign films, horror, drama, and pretty much anything else that happens to come my way.

Every once in awhile, I will post a “U-Pick CineMonday” opportunity, where you will advise me which movie to watch and review. This is your chance to direct me to something that maybe you would like to see but haven’t yet, or perhaps one of your all-time favorites.

The first movie in the CineMonday series is Born into Brothels: Calcutta’s Red Light Kids, a documentary. This film won the Oscar for Best Documentary in 2005. This movie is rated R.

The story takes place in Calcutta, India, where a young woman is teaching photography to a group of children who live in the brothels of the Red Light District. The film brings you right into the brothels themselves, and while it is fascinating, it ain’t pretty.

Warning: This is definitely not a movie to watch with your children, as there is profanity, sex and drug references.

I found Born into Brothels very interesting and especially touching, especially when you see the beautiful pictures that the children take of their surroundings.

Puja, by Manik.  Photo from Kids With Cameras

Puja, by Manik. Photo from Kids With Cameras

I recommend this movie–I give it four stars out of five.

Visit http://www.kids-with-cameras.org/home/ for a curriculum guide and information, as well as updates on the children themselves.

Please leave me a comment if you’ve seen the movie or, if you plan to see it, come back and let me know what you thought. Happy viewing!

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