Sneak Peek: Hanna Behind the Scenes

Hi all…

Hanna has been one of the films I’d read about and seen bits and pieces on over the last few months, but hadn’t made up my mind about. The premise is interesting. An intelligence asset (Eric Bana) raises his daughter (Saoirse Ronan) on the run and in harsh conditions above the Arctic Circle so that they can presumably get revenge on the CIA agent (Cate Blanchett) who made them run in the first place… I’m sure I’m oversimplifying that, but it wasn’t the backstory that made it interesting for me. The concept of raising a child in isolation to be a survivor, but also a killer almost has a twister fairy tale aspect to it.

Here’s the synopsis:

Award-winning director Joe Wright creates a boldly original suspense thriller with HANNA, starring Academy Award nominee Saoirse Ronan (The Lovely Bones, Atonement) in the title role.

Raised by her father (Eric Bana of Star Trek), an ex-CIA man, in the wilds of Finland, Hanna’s upbringing and training have been one and the same, all geared to making her the perfect assassin. The turning point in her adolescence is a sharp one; sent into the world by her father on a mission, Hanna journeys stealthily across Europe while eluding agents dispatched after her by a ruthless intelligence operative with secrets of her own (Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett). As she nears her ultimate target, Hanna faces startling revelations about her existence and unexpected questions about her humanity.

And here’s the behind the scenes clip, which features some interviews with director Joe Wright and stars Saoirse Ronan, Eric Bana and Cate Blanchett.

Question: What do you think? Is this one you’ll go and see when it hits theaters on April 8, 2011?


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Trailer Time: Hanna

Hey all…

I’d not heard of Hanna, and yet here it is.

Directed by Joe Wright (AtonementThe Lovely Bones) – being raised in the wilderness by her father (Eric Bana, Star Trek) to become an amazing assassin with one deadly purpose. Add in a bit of an intelligence / covert ops agenda with the agent played by Cate Blanchett (Elizabeth), and you have a bizarre triangle that seems to involve a lot of killing and bloodshed.

OMG. Is this The Professional of this generation? It looks suitably dark and warped with a bit of a fairy tale flare for good measure.

Here’s the trailer from Yahoo:

What do you think?


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DVD Review: Tom and Jerry’s Greatest Chases, Volume 4

Hi all!

Since the 1940s, Tom and Jerry have provided cat and mouse antics for all ages. As a kid growing up in the 1970s and 80’s, I found these characters crated by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera to be just as entertaining as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and Elmer Fudd. And now with kids of my own, I truly enjoy having the ability to share these shorts with my two daughters and seeing them laugh just as much as I still do as an adult.

Tom and Jerry’s Greatest Chases, Volume 4 continues the trend by Warner Home Video of release batches of classic cartoons for new generations to enjoy on DVD. Volume 4 includes 14 more classic shorts from the 1940s and 1950s.

Among some of my favorite shorts in this collection are:

  • Little Quacker (1950) and Just Ducky (1953), featuring Jerry’s little friend duck
  • Tom and Chérie (1955) features Tom, Jerry, and Jerry’s assistant Tuffy in the third “Mouseketeer” short (after “The Two Mouseketeers” (1952) and “Touche’, Pussy Cat!” (1954))
  • Jerry & Jumbo (1953) featuring Jerry and his baby elephant friend Jumbo, who fell off a circus train
  • Little School Mouse (1954) entertains the notion of Jerry teaching Tuffy how to outwit cats and ends up with him needing to learn a thing or two himself

There’s an innocence to these cartoons that I still find endearing after all these years. Sure there’s cartoon violence, but the only blood you’ll see is the ketchup used to fool Tom into thinking he’s bleeding every now and then (and not at all in this collection).

What am always consistently amazed by is the music. Scott Bradley scored all but one of the original Tom and Jerry cartoons for MGM and Hanna-Barbera and I have to say that they are not only full of fun music, but a wide variety of styles – from jazz and blues to ballroom and country.

Tom and Jerry will forever be among my favorite cartoons and I’ve enjoyed revisiting my youth while watching them again on DVD. Be sure to look for Tom and Jerry’s Greatest Chases, Volume 4 at your local retailer or rental store.


p.s. Pick up this and other Tom and Jerry collections at Amazon below!

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