Monthly Archives: March 2012

Episode 6: The Hunger Games Extravaganza!

We are both big fans of The Hunger Games trilogy; Kari for quite awhile and Anna just recently (even though someone gave her the book for Christmas). We are also both fans of young adult fiction, most likely stemming from our shared backgrounds of being voracious readers as teens. This means we were psyched for the film version and also that we had already read all three parts of the trilogy (The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay) before the first movie came out- which is why we won’t be able to discuss the film as if we were viewing it without knowledge of the story. So if you don’t want ANY spoilers, don’t listen to this podcast before you see the movie. Or read the book. Because this episode is a HUNGER GAMES EXTRAVAGANZA!

Suzanne Collins manages to do with her three short books what Stephanie Meyer could only dream of: create a fully defined literary role model for young women. This past weekend the screen adaptation of The Hunger Games opened to a roaring success and we will be dedicating this week’s podcast to nothing but The Hunger Games and our experiences viewing this film.

News & Gossip:

  • (:40) The Hunger Games kills at the box office (article)
  • (2:00) Who’s going to see The Hunger Games (article)
    • Is The Hunger Games the first female franchise? (article)
  • (13:00) Shocking, racist comments regarding the cast on Twitter (article)
    • On closer examination, there are two Asian tributes as well ūüėČ
  • (20:00) Seneca Crane’s beard (article)
  • (22:15) Honestly I know this isn’t news… but I love Ryan Gosling telling me phrases from and inspired by The Hunger Games (link)
  • (24:10) How do you decide if you should see The Hunger Games or not? (article)
  • Podcast interview (The Business) with the producer, Nina Jacobson (link)
  • Podcast interview (The Treatment) with the director, Gary Ross (link)

In theaters now:

  • (25:25) The Hunger Games (trailer): This film was one of the best adaptations from page to screen that we’ve seen in quite some time. Every aspect – from the actors chosen to the locations – brought to life the world of Panem. I’ll assume that when Suzanne Collins wrote her book she wasn’t writing it for the screen, but it’s as if she somehow knew the perfect length that the book should be in order for a film to do it justice. Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen is a female role model that parents should encourage their daughters to look up to (rather than a certain other female character from another young adult series that shall remain nameless). Katniss holds true to her core belief of doing whatever she can to get back to her family – she is the main caretaker and breadwinner for her family and realizes that without her presence there is a real possibility that her mother and sister won’t survive.
  • The director Gary Ross does an amazing job showing the differences between the classes in Panem. The Capital looked amazing job showcasing the gross amount of excess that the residents enjoy. District 12 looked exactly the way that it is described in the book, even though we would’ve liked to see more of the Hob.
  • They didn’t quite hit the mark on the ending as we felt it should’ve been a little bit darker to help the audience understand the dark storm on the horizon. In addition, both Peeta and Gale weren’t developed enough to give a true sense of Katniss’s connection to them. However, with the exception of a few nit-picky complaints from some true fans of the novels, this film was spot on and we both agreed that we’d rate it a 5 out of 5. It’s a must see for just about everyone (over the age of 13) but especially for those who love the novels!

What’s on the horizon (trailers that played before The Hunger Games edition):

  • (55:40) The Amazing Spider-Man: July 3 (trailer)
  • (56:20) The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2: November 16 (teaser)

This weekend’s agenda:

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The breakout star of The Hunger Games

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Episode 5: The balance has been restored; Kari and Anna are in accord.

Things got pretty heated during our last episode when we clashed over Friends with Kids. Happily this week we have made up and were in complete agreement over how much we loved 21 Jump Street and how much we hate the Michael Bay formula, aka “let’s make them aliens.”

News & Gossip:

  • Open note to Michael Bay: Keep your hands of the Teenage MUTANT (not alien) Ninja Turtles (article)
  • Do we believe that the only person that can save the White House from terrorists is Gerard Butler? Heck yes! (article)
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt playing a young Bruce Willis in the time traveling assassin drama Looper (article)
  • Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese to reunite for the fifth time (article)
  • Jurassic Park coming in July 2013 in 3D (article)

In theaters now:

  • 21 Jump Street (trailer): This week we were in complete agreement with how much we loved this movie. Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill had amazing chemistry as Jenko and Schmidt, bringing yet another really great bromance to the screen. The real breakout star in this was Channing Tatum. Who knew he could do comedy so well? He really has redeemed himself in Kari’s eyes from his previous overly sappy roles in films such as Dear John and The Vow. Jonah Hill is also continuing to get better and better. He was able to be funny without resorting to any gross comedy and really shows how much he’s grown up since his days as a supporting cast member in Knocked Up or Superbad (not that we don’t love those movies). The movie also did a really nice job of bringing cast members from the original T.V. show back to life as their former characters in the movie. Over all 21 Jump Street has great moments of comedy, some great action scenes (done in a tasteful and hilarious way- three limo car chase anyone?), and some great personal drama (again done in a hilarious way) so we both agree that you should rush out and see this a.s.a.f.p. We both agree that this movie scores a 4 out of 5.

What’s on the horizon:

This weekend’s agenda:

  • The Hunger Games (trailer) Kari won’t be live tweeting during The Hunger Games midnight madness (that would be wicked rude) but will of course tweet all about it once it’s over!
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Episode 4: The One where Kari and Anna have a difference of opinion.

Last weekend was the first weekend where we were both able to see the same movies, this doesn’t happen often. While we both agreed that John Carter was entertaining and worth seeing, we had some very different opinions on Friends with Kids.

News & Gossip:

  • The Hunger Games compared to Twilight? Don’t make us laugh (article)
  • Tom Cruise to (maybe) play Ethan Hunt one more time (article)
  • Movieline’s SOILIES Awards (link)

In theaters now:

  • John Carter: We both liked this movie without any prior knowledge of the source work. John Carter won’t be up for any major awards but it was an entertaining movie and Taylor Kitsch holds his own as the leading man. We both rate it 2 out of 5, although on further reflection I feel that we might need to give it another half point in honor of Taylor Kitsch’s muscles. (trailer)
  • Friends with Kids: This marks the first movie during this series that Kari and Anna really, really disagreed on. Kari thoroughly enjoyed this look at what happens when your friends all start getting married and having kids. The performances touched on a lot of different emotions and really let Adam Scott shine as a man trying to find the one who realizes that she’s been right in front of him the entire time. It’s not your typical romantic comedy although you can see how it’s going to end practically before it starts. Kari rated it a 3 out of 5.¬† Anna, on the other hand, quite disliked this film. She was not impressed by the dialogue, the cast, or the story. She also disliked Jennifer Westfeldt’s performance as the leading lady. Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Chris O’Dowd and Maya Rudolph as the friends of the main characters were unnecessary to the plot and added nothing to the story. They were also not funny. If you are looking for another Bridesmaids type comedy, this movie is NOT for you. Anna rated it a 1 out of 5. (trailer)

What’s on the horizon:

This weekend’s agenda:

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The Hunger Games Mall Tour Trip: Fail

I knew that the cast of The Hunger Games visiting The Mall of America would draw a crowd and I thought I had just enough crazy in me to join that crowd and all it would involve. I didn’t. When I drove past the south mall entrance at 8pm on Thursday night and saw a line of around 200 people prepared to camp out all night to get one of the “limited number” of wristbands that would allow you the chance to go through the line for autographs from the cast members I realized I was not at all prepared to do that. I had no blankets, no chairs, no pillows, and most importantly no desire to stay up all night outside in 15-20 degree weather. I’m not that crazy dedicated. I did think that perhaps I should get in line around 3 or 4 am on the off chance that I could secure a wristband at 5:30am, but when the alarm went off I realized that I’d much rather sleep in my nice, warm hotel room than go outside in freezing temps for a wristband that I probably had no chance of getting.

Later that day inside The Mall of America all of the people who had camped out all night had moved their pillows and blankets inside and were trying to catch up on lost sleep from the night before. I could see from the number of people in the special, blocked off area of the floor that there were not enough wristbands handed out to have made me regret my decision to not get in line that morning.

So instead of my adventure trying to meet the cast of The Hunger games my trip turned into a shopping trip. Was it what I planned? No. Was it still a fun trip. Yes.

Episode 3: How much do we love Zac Efron? Too much.

Another week has come and gone and while we didn’t get to see a lot of movies this weekend we did each see one. Unfortunately in Kari’s case The Lorax wasn’t as awesome as expected but happily in Anna’s case Project X delivered on its craziness.

News & Gossip:

  • Simon Baker’s got a new movie (article)
  • Is the Harry Potter ultimate box set worth the hefty price tag? (article)
  • Can Les Grossman carry his own movie? (article)
    • In addition to Wayne’s World, two other SNL skits that worked well as movies: Blues Brothers, Night at the Roxbury (even though some might disagree, one of Anna’s favorite movies is Roxbury)
  • We’ll soon see if Emma Watson can really act in the next Sofia Coppola film (article)
    • A Sofia Coppola movie Anna enjoyed: Marie Antoinette
    • Kari, on the other hand, thought Marie Antoinette (while cool looking) was wicked boring.

In theaters now:

  • The Lorax (trailer): While children under 10 will surely enjoy this animated feature from the people who brought us Despicable Me, adults probably will be left wishing for more… Also who knew this was a musical? I didn’t. I’m rating this 1 out of 5 for adults, probably 4 out of 5 for children if my audience was one to judge by.
  • Project X (trailer): Yes, it really is just as crazy as it looks… but somehow it makes sense. If you want to see a crazier Superbad and have no issues watching teenagers objectify women this movie is for you! I’m rating this 2 out of 5 for overall craziness and likeable characters. Plus don’t you owe it to yourself to go and find out why there’s a little person in the oven?

What’s on the horizon:

  • 21 Jump Street: March 16 (trailer)
  • The Wrath of the Titans: March 30 (trailer)
  • Chimpanzee: April 20 (trailer)
  • The Lucky One: April 20 (trailer)

This weekend’s agenda:

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Episode 2, Oscar Roundup!

The weekend of 2/24/12 sadly didn’t allow for much new movie-going. Partially because one of us (Kari) went to a repeat movie and one of us (Anna) had an Oscar party to plan. We still managed to see one new release and also spent Sunday evening in front of our T.V.s for the 84th Academy Awards.

News & Gossip:

  • Ghostbusters III without Bill Murray? (article)
  • Beyonc√©, Gwyneth, Reece, and Cameron to form a super-group of former one hit wonders with Ryan Murphy (article)
  • Hunger Games update: Kari will be going to the Mall of America to attempt to see the cast of The Hunger Games. Click here for details on their epic mall tour!
  • Kristen Wiig to star in a new action comedy movie to be written by one of the writers of The Descendants. No link for this one as I summarized the entire article in that one sentence.
  • Click here for a complete listing of the winners and nominees for the 84th Academy Awards.

In theaters now:

  • Wanderlust was the only new release that we were both able to see this week. We both thoroughly enjoyed it and both rated it a 3 out of 5. It was hilarious yet endearing but beware if you have some sort of phobia of seeing old, naked people running you might want to skip this one.
  • Update: Kari went to This Means War and concurred with Anna’s opinion and rated it 2 out of 5 vs Anna’s 3 out of 5.

What’s on the horizon:

What we’ll be seeing the weekend of 3/2/12:

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