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.

The Hoax
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.

Surf's Up
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:




Good Luck Chuck
While it's hard to argue against a film that strives to show Jessica Alba in various states of undress (GRRRROOOW!), Good Luck Chuck doesn't seem to have much else going for it. Dane Cook plays a guy seemingly cursed with the ability to drive women into the arms of other men. Every woman he has ever slept with has married the next guy she meets. Chuck's desire is to find true love, and he thinks he may have that with Alba's character, but he's terrified to sleep with her for fear of invoking the curse. A premise too goofy to live. Erik Davis first mentioned this one here on Cinematical back in June.

Stardust
Based on a graphic novel by fantasy writer Neil Gaiman, a young man named Tristran promises to return a fallen star to a young woman in exchange for her hand in marriage, and he sets out across a fantasy land to retrieve it. Tristran's desire to wed is complicated by the fact that the shooting star turns out to be a woman played by Claire Danes, and as with any fantasy quest there is excitement and adventure along the way. Michelle Pfeiffer is particularly noteworthy as an evil witch, and she's part of an amazing cast that includes Ian McKellan, Robert DeNiro, Peter O'Toole, and Rupert Everett. The film looks promising, and as a fan of Gaiman's writing I'm curious to see how his work translates to the big screen. Here's Patrick Walsh's take on the trailer.

Hostel II
Following in the wake of Eli Roth's original torture-fest, Hostel II follows the misadventures of another group of young Americans as they fall victim to an organization that allows people the thrill of torturing and murdering an untraceable tourist for a price. There's a gender switch this time, with the sequel focusing on a group of young women. The desire here is obviously to get the hell out of Eastern Europe. Unlike the teaser trailer that's been out for awhile, this new trailer shows actual footage from the film. I liked the original, but don't really think it warrants a sequel. Hostel made a lot of money, though, so who can blame Roth for keeping the ball rolling. If you raved about the first one, Hostel II is probably right up your alley. Here's what Scott Weinberg thought.

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