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Friday, April 9, 2010

Why I can't wait to see The Runaways

Dammit, Atlanta! You're the largest city in the Southeast, you've hosted the Olympics, and you're home to the busiest airport in the country. Can you not garner some opening power for films? While other major cities saw The Runaways open last Fri., March 18, we had to wait until today, April 9. On top of that, the film's only showing in three locations: AMC Barrett Commons, Landmark Midtown and Lefont Sandy Springs.

Twilight stars Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning shed their tween images to star in The Runaways, which chronicles the rise of the all-girl ’70s punk rock band of the same name. Stewart stars as Joan Jett, and Fanning plays Cherie Currie, who later split from the group.

Here's why I'm excited (and why you should be too, even though reviews haven't necessarily been glowing)

  • Girl Power: The Runaways helped pave the way for today's female artists.
  • Girl Power - Part 2: Fanning and Stewart have a totally hot make-out scene, need I say more?
  • Acting Chops: These two ladies cut their teeth early on in I am Sam and Cake Eaters. I Am Sam followed a mentally disabled man who was trying to get full custody of his daughter (Fanning). Cake Eaters chronicled two families in a small town with big secrets. Stewart played a terminally ill teen who wanted to experience love before it was too late. Most young Hollywood actors are overrated and overpaid "stars" who can't act their way out of a paper bag (cough cough, Miley Cyrus, cough cough, High School Musical).
  • Joan Jett: Because even Hollywood seems to agree her absence from the Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame is ludicrous. Let this be our rallying cry for her to join the ranks!
  • Takes One To Know One: The Runaways is the debut feature film for Floria Sigismondi. Previously, the majority of her experience has been music videos for the likes of Marilyn Manson, the White Stripes and David Bowie. She's young, sexy, and a little weird, which translates into her videos and I think it's a good formula for a movie that's about the rock 'n' roll world. Sometimes it takes a woman to direct women, and someone with an insider's view to realistically film the music scene.

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