Monthly Archives: May 2012

Episode 13: Skyfall is coming!

There are few things I enjoy more than sharing a good movie with someone who hasn’t seen it. I love to be able to read people enough to determine if they’d enjoy something or not and this week when Anna visited me I had the pleasure of sharing a frequently overlooked bit of comedy with her: MacGruber. I know what you’re thinking. MacGruber? How can that horrible SNL skit possibly make a seriously funny film? Well, somehow, they (Will Forte, Jorma Taccone, and John Solomon) did. I had mentioned that we should discuss the news that there is a possibility that there could be a MacGruber sequel, to which Anna let me know she’d never seen the first one; I had to remedy this. I understand you might think I’m crazy for liking this movie. It looks like it should be terrible, I admit this, but it’s not. I laughed during this film more than in quite a few other comedies during the last few years and I am an admittedly harsh judge when it comes to stupid comedies. I would just throw it out there that if you have previously discounted this film as just another piece of crap comedy please reevaluate your decision and add it to your Netfilx (or whatever service you use) queue and give it a go.

News & Gossip:

  • I can’t wait to find out what else is classic MacGruber article
  • The only thing that could make One Hit Wonder interest me is The Lonely Island writing the songs article
  • I never would have thought of pairing Zac Efron with Seth Rogan but after reading this article I’m wicked excited
  • Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy join up for a buddy cop movie article
  • Robin Williams might be The Angriest Man in Brooklyn article
  • How do we feel about Robert Pattinson playing Finnick Odair in Catching Fire? Not good. Not good at all. article

In theaters now:

  • Battleship (trailer): I (Kari) was genuinely skeptical when I heard that a film was being made out of the game Battleship and when the first trailers hit and it broke that it was going to be about aliens I almost wrote it off as being unwatchable. I’m glad I let my love of all things Friday Night Lights and huge summer blockbusters push me into seeing it. It’s a big summer blockbuster, don’t try to fool yourself into thinking it’s a piece of quality film making, it’s not. It’s a popcorn film, and I do love my popcorn films. I don’t need a lot of plot to make me happy when I choose my blockbusters. This is a great mix of Transformers and Independence Day without being too much of a copy of either film. I was never bored and I loved how they incorporated the game into the film. Taylor Kitsch and Jesse Plemons are very much Tim Riggins and Landry for all of you FNL fans and Rhianna didn’t do too bad of a job in her first film role. I would encourage anyone who loves big, over the top, blockbuster films to check this out. I rate it a 3 out of 5.
  • The Dictator (trailer): Anna was not overly impressed with The Dictator. While Sacha Baron Cohen is a great addition to films where he plays a supporting role, as the lead his humor can get old quickly. Many of the funniest moments were shown on the trailer, which can make a film that is only 83 min long seem much longer. To be fair, there are a lot of people that will find this humor quite funny, but if you’re someone who gets tired of the same old joke quickly this probably isn’t for you. Anna rated it 1 out of 5. Due to this horrible rating I have chosen not to see this.

What’s on the horizon:

  • Skyfall (trailer) November 9, 2012
  • The Great Gatsby (trailer) December 25, 2012

This weekend’s agenda:

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Episode 12: Slow news week…

There sure wasn’t much happening last week in either the theaters (unless you count The Avengers continuing to kill at the box office) or in the news… Which made it a little difficult to find things to talk about.

News & Gossip:

  • Is the world ready for a Love Actually sequel? article
  • Channing Tatum might be gearing up to save the White House article
  • Robert Downey Jr and Tom Cruise to team up article
  • Taylor Lautner: Action Superstar article

In theaters now:

  • Dark Shadows (trailer): Dark Shadows, or as I like to call it, Dark Shadows: The Movie That Should Have Been So Much More, was a bit of a let down. The film has a great look to it but the plot has so many holes and questions that it’s hard to concentrate. It’s easy to see that the people involved were passionate about this project, but much like it’s source material it is a soap opera… though while people generally have years to come to grips with the plot lines in soap operas we are only given 2 hours, and the story suffers. There is little to no background giving on any of the characters and their interactions seem forced and out of place. This cast was wasted on this script. Both Anna and I would rate this film a 2 out of 5.

What’s on the horizon:

This weekend’s agenda:

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Episode 11: The Avengers (almost) Extravaganza!

In good conscience I couldn’t label this a true Extravaganza because we do not spend the entire podcast celebrating The Avengers; we did dedicate about 10% of it to other news. There were not a lot of movies released over the weekend, which was probably a good thing as it doesn’t seem that anyone went to anything other than The Avengers. Whether you choose to see it in 3D or 2D it is worth the price of admission, but be prepared to give up your buffer seat and leg room because I’m predicting that the theaters will continue to be packed for the next couple weeks. Summer blockbuster season has arrived!

News & Gossip:

  • Really, James Cameron, really? article
  • 10 Things I Hate About You sequel coming. article
  • The Avengers has the first $200m weekend article
  • The Avengers gets a sequel? No shit. article
  • Joss Whedon pens an open letter to his fans article
  • How Marvel can make their movies even better! article
  • In more no shit news The Pentagon doesn’t think the plot of The Avengers is realistic article

In theaters now:

  • The Avengers (trailer): Anna and I both thoroughly enjoyed The Avengers. The cast had amazing chemistry, the action was massive, and the plot didn’t get too bogged down in Marvel mythology. As a couple people who have not read the comic books this was still easy to understand, although a background knowledge of the other films starring each individual Avenger helps make it easier to understand. The film clocks in at 142 minutes but I never once felt the need to check my watch. It kept my attention from the moment it began until the end of the second little snippet at the end of the credits. Joss Whedon has burst into the film scene in a big, big way and is now a serious force to be reckoned with. As someone who has been a huge fan of Joss Whedon’s work for years I was nothing but wicked excited when I heard that he’d be at the helm of The Avengers and he exceed all of my (high) expectations. He managed to keep the story on track and keep each character’s arc in place. You get a few minutes alone with each character, but this doesn’t move into ensemble drama territory, which I know Anna appreciated. The chemistry between Robert Downey, Jr. (Tony Stark/Iron Man) and Mark Ruffalo (Dr. Bruce Banner/The Hulk) was a true high point of the film. The remaining cast members all brought their A games for the film and even Scarlett Johansson, who neither Anna nor I typically like, gave a great performance. I rated this 5 out of 5 while Anna rated it 4 out of 5, but we both agree that this is one not to be missed in theaters!

What’s on the horizon:

This weekend’s agenda:

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Episode 10: We want tickets for the Anti-Oscars!

Few awards shows are as entertaining as the MTV Movie Awards. They are a spectacle of bright lights, big explosions, and pop culture. The awards categories are absurd, yet completely relevant for the audience and I will be the first to admit that I love learning the nominees for Best Kiss and Best Fight. This year we’ll also get to find out who wins Best On-Screen Dirtbag, Best On-Screen Transformation, and Best Gut-Wrenching Performance. They aren’t the typical categories, but darn it I love them! Who doesn’t compare fight scenes in the various action films during the year or which kiss was the best?

I’ll admit that regardless of the competition this year I’ll be rooting for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 for each category in which it’s been nominated. Who will you vote for?

News & Gossip:

  • Don’t leave too quickly if you’re heading out to see The Avengers this weekend, there’s an extra, extra scene after the credits article
  • Mark Ruffalo has signed on to do six more Hulk movies article
  • Benedict Cumberbatch is Kahn article
  • Catching Fire has its director article
  • Brad Bird is attached to direct a Damon Lindelof screenplay article
  • Robert Pattinson is set to help bring down Saddam Hussein article
  • The Hunger Games has more nominations than Breaking Dawn Part 1 at the MTV Movie Awards article

In Theaters Now:

  • The Pirates! Band of Misfits (trailer): This stop motion animation film by the makers of Wallace and Gromit and Chicken Run have created yet another cute yet funny children’s film that adults can also enjoy. Hugh Grant voices the main character, Pirate Captain, who is on a quest to become the Pirate of the Year, and does a fantastic job. There are quite a few well known actors from both film and T.V. lending their voices to the film, but some are harder to guess than others. I went to this in 3D, but I would recommend going in 2D. The 3D effects didn’t really add much to the film. I’m pretty sure it would have looked basically the same in 2D and I would have saved the $3.50 surcharge. There were quite a few kids in the audience who seemed to really enjoy the film and as an adult I can say that I honestly enjoyed it too. I rate it a 3 out of 5.
  • The Five-Year Engagement (trailer): Anna and I had a bit of a disagreement on this one. Anna thoroughly enjoyed it while I may have enjoyed it more had it been a half an hour shorter. The run time on this relationship dramedy is rather long at just over two hours and although the chemistry between Jason Segal and Emily Blunt is great, the run time allowed for quite a bit of lag during the middle of the film. It centers on a couple who, shortly after getting engaged, move from California to Michigan for what was intended to be a 2 year commitment.  Time goes on and as two years turn into three, four, and five the discontentment Jason Segal’s character finds in living in Michigan eats away at their relationship. The film had an incredibly cute ending that does wrap things up nicely and really does make up for some of the lag in the middle. I rate this film 2 out of 5 while Anna gives it a 3.5.

What’s on the horizon:

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