Releasing Today, 2/13/2009

“Confessions of a Shopaholic” is based on a book series by Sophie Kinsella, about a compulsive shopper who lands a job as an advice columnist at a financial magazine. PJ Hogan directs (you’ll remember him from “My Best Friend’s Wedding”) and Isla Fisher stars.

Says director Hogan: “I think it’s very hard to make romantic comedies. I think they’re a really, really tough genre and as a director you have to bring something different to the genre and I was very lucky I had the books which I think are absolutely wonderful, and I thought if I can capture that off the wall humor, that eccentric spirit that informs Sophie’s writing, if I can capture that on film, then maybe we’ll have something.”*

Also releasing today is the suspense film “The International,” starring Clive Owen and Naomi Watts. The film is about an Interpol agent trying to stop a bank dealing with an international arms dealing operation.

“The thing that attracted me to it,” remarked Clive Owen to HitFix.com, “was that it felt like those ’70s paranoid political thriller. It was intelligent, it was well-researched, it was based in facts, but at the same time it was also very obviously a big, international, exciting thriller and it was marrying the two together, and very well.”

And finally in theaters is the remake to the hit slasher film, “Friday the 13th.”

“One of the first questions that we asked ourselves was, ‘Who is the killer?’ ” said producer Brad Fuller**. In the original film, Mrs. Vorhees, mother of Jason Vorhees, was the one killing the teenaged camp counselors. In the sequels, it was her son Jason, who often wore a hockey mask.

Fuller continues: “At the end of the day, if you walk up to a kid on the street and ask him who the killer in ‘Friday the 13th” is, they would say Jason. I have a 15-year-old son, and his friends know the title and the series and would all respond the same way. Now, having said that, we felt it would be irresponsible to make the film without involving Pamela Voorhees to some degree, so she is certainly represented. It was very important for us to do. There are a lot of little nods and pieces that all go back to the original films, but that one is a major story component.”**

Hopefully old fans and new fans alike will be pleased with the end results.

All of these films open today. There certainly is a great variety here. I guess it depends on taste! Catch my review of “Confessions of a Shopaholic” in Nuvo this coming week, and online at http://www.nuvo.net! And feel free to tell me what you saw by leaving a comment on this blog.

Thanks for reading!

*From an interview with moviesonline.ca.
**From an interview with Fangoria.

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