In the song "Soak Up the Sun," Sheryl Crow says "it's not having what you want, It's wanting what you've got." It's a clever turn of phrase, but if everybody lived by that credo, then a lot of movies would never get made. So many films are driven by a character's desire and pursuit of something, whether it be love, money, success, or the perfect wave. This week on Trailer Park we're pursuing out heart's desire.
Richard Gere stars in this true story about Clifford Irving, a writer who wanted success so badly that he faked a biography of billionaire recluse Howard Hughes and sold it to a major publisher for an obscene amount of money. Of course, things quickly spin out of control. It looks like a fascinating story, and I've been avoiding digging any deeper into the actual history until after I've seen the film. How could he have expected to get away with it? Gere appears to be in good form, and he's joined by the likes of Alfred Molina and Marcia Gay Harden. This one opens today in limited U.S. release.
Who would have thought that penguin movies could become a Hollywood trend? Recent years have given us March of the Penguins, Farce of the Penguins, Happy Feet, and now Surf's Up. Whoever owns the Chilly Willy character should dust the little guy off, because if he's ever going to make a comeback, now is the time.The trailer says this is based on a true story, but since this is a film about surfing penguins a grain of salt should be kept at the ready. The preview is narrated by Cody Maverick, voiced by Shia LaBeouf, a young surfer recalling the heyday of The Big Z, the guy who revolutionized surfing for all penguin-kind. Cody's desire is to follow in Big Z's footsteps, but as you'll see, he's got a ways to go. The movie looks like fun and it seems to have what it takes to keep both kids and grown ups entertained. Judge for yourself: