Monthly Archives: June 2012

Episode 16: Getting ready for an R-rated weekend

My anticipation for Friday is most closely related to the anticipation I used to feel for waking up on Christmas morning. It’s like I’m waiting to find out what kind of magic awaits in the theater as I sit down to watch Magic Mike. I’m sure that Channing Tatum, Joe Manganiello, and Matthew McConaughey will be working a strange sort of sorcery over audiences across the country this weekend and all I can say is please, please put a spell on me.

News & Gossip:

  • Jena Malone could be Johanna in Catching Fire article
  • Magic Mike coming to a stage near you article
  • Could Matt Damon be coming back to the Bourne franchise? article
  • Tom Cruise is Jack Reacher article

In theaters now:

  • Brave (trailer): First a warning for parents who are on the fence on if they should take their young child to see this… be very aware of what your child can handle because this movie gets a little scary. This cautionary fairy tale does an amazing job of illustrating the bond between mothers and daughters. If you’ve ever felt that surely you and your mother must not get along in ways that no other mother and daughter get along fear not. I could not help but think that somehow Disney Pixar perfectly captured my relationship with my mother. The animation is amazing and the film, while I did not love the story, is another win for Disney Pixar. I would recommend seeing this with your mother if at all possible. I rate it a 3 out of 5 while Anna rates it a 4.
  • Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter (trailer): This film was horrible. If you’d like to see Honest Abe fell a tree with one swing of an ax, jump across stampeding horses to catch a vampire, or punch his fist through the chest of a vampire this is the film for you. If you don’t want to see any of this crap please, please do not waste your money on it. I rate it a 0 (that’s a zero) out of 5.

What’s on the horizon:

This weekend’s agenda:

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Episode 15: The Countdown to Magic Mike Begins

After two weeks off, we come back with all guns blazing and bring you four reviews!

News & Gossip:

  • A sign of the remake apocalypse article 
  • Wanted 2 could be coming our way… but how will it work without THE LOOM OF DESTINY? article
  • The poster for Taken 2 is out! article
  • Bachelorette… Could this be the raunchy comedy we all thought Bridesmaids was going to be? article

In theaters now:

  • Moonrise Kingdom (trailer): Wes Anderson’s latest is another uniquely satisfying treat amid this year’s field of remakes and reboots. It would be impossible for me to believe that anyone could ever categorize a Wes Anderson film as ordinary. His characters are quirky, his plots are bizarre (in an believable way), and his sets and costumes are a feast for the eyes. This story of a Khaki Scout and a girl with no knowledge of camping running away together on a small New England island was a delight from beginning to end. The cast brought this world to life in a way that I didn’t necessarily expect and even with some pretty amazing names (Francis McDormand, Bruice Willis, Bill Murray…) the real stars were the child actors. If you are looking for a light and 100% original comedy this is the film for you. At the time of recording only Anna had seen this film but I was able to see it shortly after. Anna rated it 4 out of 5 and I concur.
  • Safety Not Guaranteed (trailer): Anna was really impressed with Audrey Plaza’s turn as a newspaper intern investigating a claim of time travel. With a feature length film, she was able to add depth and layers to her normal schtick of the uninterested, unmotivated teenage girl. Her chemistry with Mark Duplass (playing the time traveler) was really great. Aside from a weird side plot from Jake Johnson’s character, the plot is clever, funny, and emotional. This movie, along with Moonrise Kingdom, is a great example of the clever, interesting, independent movies that are being made, as an alternative to the remakes and sequels. Anna rated it a 4 out of 5. Sadly I could not watch this film for the podcast as it is not currently playing in the Des Moines area.
  • Rock of Ages (trailer): I expected to love Rock of Ages in the way that I loved Adam Shankman’s Hairspray… but I didn’t. Honestly I didn’t care a bit about the young love story at the center of the film. Julianne Hough’s voice did not carry the rock ballads and honestly the oh so cliched twist in the relationship between her character Sherrie and Drew played by Diego Boneta could be seen coming a mile away and honestly I was eager for their scenes to end each time they were on the screen. This film was only saved from getting a 0 rating by three people: Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, and Russell Brand. They each had some great musical scenes and each of them had an interesting character arc. They were the only characters that I was honestly interested in seeing where their paths would lead. I rate this film a 2 out of 5 mostly for the aforementioned three performances and also because I do enjoy big choreographed dance scenes, of which there were many.
    • On a final note I can’t even believe I forgot to talk about the amazing Mary J. Blige! She was SPOT ON. I could listen to her sing any day of the week.
  • Prometheus (trailer): Like me, Anna had a hard time putting into words exactly how to review this movie, of course I couldn’t think of how to review it because I didn’t see it… If you don’t like movies about (angry) aliens, skip this movie. As someone who doesn’t like alien type movies, Anna wasn’t sure why she even went to see the movie. Because of this, she wasn’t sure she could give it a fair, un-biased review. She did think that although it was visually stunning, it seems like Ridley Scott sacrificed plot for the effects and look of the movie, as it was full of plot holes. However, said plot holes did not become apparent to her until the next day, so that does say something about how engrossing (emphasis on “gross) the movie was. Because Ridley Scott does not make “2” movies, Anna rated this one a 3.

What’s on the horizon:

This weekend’s agenda:

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Episode 14: A Plea for Original Material

News & Gossip:

  • Updates on the Finnick Odair casting rumors article 1 article 2
  • What’s up with the number of remakes/reboots/reinterpretations coming out this year? article
  • Fraggle Rock’s getting the cinematic treatment article
  • George Lucas has announced his retirement to focus on making “hobby movies” article
  • Josh Duhamel to be the leading man in the next Nicholas Sparks adaptation article
    • How Sparksian will this film be? article

In theaters now:

  • Men in Black: III (trailer): We both agreed that this is fine installment to the Men in Black  franchise. Will Smith really holds the movie together and Josh Brolin does an amazing job as Agent J, the younger. Kari hopes there comes a day with Tommy Lee Jones and Josh Brolin do a Men in Black movie together. While we had minor complaints about the ending, a couple of plot holes, and some loose threads never tied up, all in all, it was a great, solid, family movie. We both rated it 3 out of 5.
  • Snow White and the Huntsman (trailer): Kari enjoyed this movie in spite of the flaws- Kristin Stewart being one of them. The look and feel of the movie was amazing, Charlize Theron does an amazing job in her evil queen role, the dwarfs were entertaining as real characters. In terms of story, it has a great beginning but a weaker middle and end and the role of the huntsman was underdeveloped and seemed almost unnecessary. However, despite its flaws, it was still an enjoyable movie and Kari rated it 3 out of 5.

What’s on the horizon:

  • Les Misérables (trailer): It looks very epic and Anna has it on good authority from a friend that it looks it’s on track to be a faithful adaptation of the play.

This weekend’s agenda:

  • Kari will be taking a break from the movies to head off on the New Kids on the Block Cruise… don’t judge.
  • Anna will possibly see Prometheus.
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