RFP’s 30 Most Anticipated Fall Films - Update #4

3 10 2008
Benjamin Button - A More Somber Forrest Gump?
Benjamin Button - A More Somber Forrest Gump?

After a week hiatus, the buzz meter is back. There is some interesting stuff that popped up over the past few weeks. Still awaiting release word on Steven Soderbergh’s CHE and Clint Eastwood’s GRAN TORINO. Bubbling with excitement for that first THE ROAD trailer. Below are the films picking up momentum.

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THE GUARDIAN (1990) (**)

3 10 2008
Check Out the Trailer
Check Out the Trailer

From watching this film one would not expect that it was made by the same director who made THE FRENCH CONNECTION and THE EXORCIST. William Friedkin’s name in the credits lured me into watching the film on a lazy vacation day afternoon. Mr. Friedkin must have made the film on a lazy vacation day afternoon.

Phil (Dwier Brown, FIELD OF DREAMS) is an ad man from Chicago who gets a job in L.A. He and his wife Kate (Carey Lowell, LICENSE TO KILL) find a house in the hills to rent, where the famous architect Ned Runcie (Brad Hall, TROLL) who designed the house even drops by to make repairs. Kate drops the news on their first night in the house that she is pregnant. When the baby is born, Kate needs to go back to work, so they decide to hire a nanny. Camilla (Jenny Seagrove, MOONLIGHTING) came with great references, but Kate is worried that this English woman is too good looking to be a governess. Turns out she’s really a druid priestess who travels the country stealing babies and offering them up as sacrifices to an ancient tree in the forest. When I think of the Santa Monica mountains, I always think of ancient druid trees that imbed babies into their trunks like ghastly sculptures.

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