Monthly Archives: April 2012

Episode 9: Stepping up on our soapbox

There are few things that true movie-goers hate more than poor theater etiquette. There are only a few simple rules to follow:

  1. Don’t talk during the movie.
  2. Don’t use your cellular phone during the movie.
  3. Don’t kick the seats in front of you.

Yet people seem to think that these rules are unnecessary in today’s age where it seems that nobody is able to go 2 minutes without checking either for a text or an update on a social media outlet. During CinemaCon (a conference for cinema owners), a debate actually arose on whether theaters should actually allow cellular phone usage during movies in order to attract younger audience members. It would be interesting to see what current (older) audience would do if this were actually taken seriously (which I can only hope will never happen). Would they sit idly by and allow this to happen or would they discontinue supporting theaters that allow for the bright, distracting lights of cellular phones to pop up like fireflies during the show? Also should it become common to allow people to play with their phones during the film, how far off are we from letting people have full on conversations? It seems ridiculous to me that this would ever be discussed because as someone who has gone to hundreds of movies in the last 15 years or so it makes me wonder: Would I have spent so much money going to the theater if the film had to compete with bright, little lights and conversations in order to be enjoyed? Probably not.

News & Gossip:

  • The synopsis for Django Unchained has been released article as well as a pic of Leonardo DiCaprio as the villain article
  • Would you buy Avon from Mark Wahlberg? I sure would article
  • It sounds like we’ll be able to understand Bane in The Dark Knight Rises after all article
  • Rumor has it Ryan Reynolds might be on the short list to replace Christian Bale as Batman article
  • Early rumblings on The Hobbit being shot at 48 frames per second article
  • Martin Scorsese wants to shoot all of his films in 3D article
  • An actual discussion has arisen on allowing cellular phone usage in theaters article

In theaters now:

  • The Lucky One (trailer): We both agreed that this movie was classic Nicholas Sparks. There was rain, boats, a woman overcoming a past relationship, a sub-par plot, and plenty of sappiness to go around. The story involves a soldier, Logan, who after a night raid in Iraq finds a picture of a woman. As time and time again he survives situations that should have resulted in his death he begins to look at the photo as a talisman keeping him safe. After returning home he begins a journey to track down the woman. In doing so he finds her living with her son and grandmother at a dog kennel. Logan ends up getting a job at the kennel and forms a relationship with Beth (the woman in the photo) and her family, enraging her ex-husband in the process. This movie is completely forgettable with the exception of one thing: Zac Efron. Therefore we agreed that this film would get a rating of 2 out of 5. One point for the movie and one point for Zac Efron. (I think you mean, one point for the dog and one point for Zac ~Anna) We would have given him more points, but we didn’t want to mislead people into thinking this movie was at all good, when it’s not. If you are a Zac Efron fan, however, this one is not to be missed… see below.

Update: The Lucky One would have probably been better had this (funnyordie trailer) been the plot rather than its actual plot.

What’s on the horizon:

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Episode 8: 30 going on 15

This week Anna and I had the great pleasure of seeing an old favorite re-released in the theater: Titanic. As you may have noticed last week we both have seen this movie in the theater more times than we should probably admit, yet when they announced late in 2011 that James Cameron was going to be re-releasing Titanic in 3D we knew there was no way we wouldn’t go. To see it again as it was meant to be seen, on a huge screen, in a darkened theater, surrounded by other fans of the film, was an opportunity we couldn’t pass up.  Neither Anna nor I are huge fans of 3D (I probably like it a little more than Anna due to my love of animated films and the extra zip that 3D gives them), but if this trend of bringing back old favorites in 3D continues I will probably be seeing a lot more movies in 3D. Jurassic Park has already gotten the green-light to get the 3D treatment and I can barely wait to see it in the theater at an age where I won’t be cowering in fear during the entire film (yeah, right ~A). I can’t wait to find out what other movies might be given the same treatment.

News & Gossip:

  • Disney is developing a live action film based on their most terrifying villain ever: Maleficent (1:00) (article)
  • Steve Carrell is linked to a possible adaptation of the beloved children’s book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (7:20) (article)
  • Ender’s Game release is pushed back from March 2013 to November 2013 (9:45) (article)
  • Katniss Barbie is going to kick regular Barbie’s ass (14:30) (article)
  • Jennifer Lawrence says Screw PETA (18:25) (article)
  • Gary Ross is officially out of Catching Fire and the race is on to find the next director (22:45) (article)

In theaters now:

  • Titanic 3D (trailer): Titanic is one of those movies that is best seen on the big screen. Just as the ship itself was huge, so is the film. There are huge set pieces, huge effects, and huge drama that plays out so beautifully in a theater. I will admit that although I saw this film quite a few times in the theater during its first release and have it on dvd (and vhs, nothing like switching out your tapes because it was too long to fit on one) I feel that it’s not quite as amazing watching it at home as in the theater. It has held up remarkably well for being made 15 years ago and although the actors have clearly grown and aged since that time their performances are still as amazing today as they were in 1997. Leonardo DiCaprio’s Jack is youthful and carefree while Kate Winslet shines as the dutiful Rose caught in an impossible situation. The film is a bit heavy handed with the cheese and sap, but it still works. Jack and Rose are star-crossed lovers who may have never had a chance off the Titanic but during their short voyage together were able to bring out the best in each other and ensure that their remaining time on Earth was lived to the fullest. If you have never experienced Titanic in the theater or if you have never seen it at all by all means see it. Anna rates this a perfect 5 while I hold back a point for the cheesiness and give it a 4.

What’s on the horizon:

This weekend’s agenda:

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And now a special tribute to the radiant Kate Winslet and her amazing costumes in Titanic

Lucky Number 7

I’ll admit that I’m a terrible podcasting partner. Did I abandon Anna to see Mirror Mirror on her own? Yes. Am I ashamed? Nope. It just looked so bad that I just couldn’t put myself through it. Although I really, really did want to make fun of it with Anna. To be fair she did see it before I had a chance to get to the theater and warned me in advance that I would not like it, so it’s really her fault I didn’t see it. I’d just like to say to Anna that I’m fake sorry for not going to Mirror Mirror like I said I would. I’ll try to do better next time. Maybe.

-Kari

I accept your fake apology -Anna

News & Gossip:

  • Everyone’s favorite Parks & Rec lovebirds in a new movie together (article)
  • Can it be true? Have Jim Carrey’s and Jeff Daniels’ schedules finally come into a cosmic alignment in order for Dumb and Dumber 2 to finally be filmed? It seems so! (article)
  • James Bond to kick off the 2012 Olympics in London July 27, 2012 (article)
    • New behind the scenes footage that actually show James Bond in Skyfall! (article)
  • How Titanic was the original Twilight (article)
  • Do errors in movies bug you? One  bugged this guy enough that he got James Cameron to fix Titanic (article)
  • A social media survey says that people between the ages of 18-35 want to be able to tweet and txt more during movies. Strangely enough people who read articles seem to think that we do not need more tweeting and txt-ing in the theater… this just means that people that read are better than people that just hang out on facebook. (article)

In theaters now:

  • Mirror Mirror (trailer): Anna took one for the team and dedicated almost two hours of her life to see Mirror Mirror and confirm Kari’s suspicions that Julia Roberts can’t hold her accent. The costumes and set pieces were beautiful but they couldn’t make up for patchy story telling and poor performances. The movie wasn’t completely horrid and scrapes by with a rating of 2 out of 5, or 3 if you’re taking children.
  • Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (trailer): Kari saw this beautifully subdued romance by director Lasse Halletröm and starring Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt and Kristen Scott Thomas. Ewan McGregor brought a great depth of emotion to his character, a boring Scottish fisheries scientist who is finding love and faith for the first time in his life. Emily Blunt brings the perfect blend of humor and sadness to her character, a financial aid to a Sheik who is trying to introduce salmon and salmon fishing to the Yemen. There’s a little bit of education on salmon thrown in and a heavy dose of learning how to have faith in something that seems impossible but just might be the greatest adventure of one’s life. This movie rates a 4 out of 5, a must see whether it’s in the theater or at home.

What’s on the horizon:

  • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel: May 4 (trailer)

  • Safety Not Guaranteed: June 8 (trailer)

This weekend’s agenda:

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