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Episode 30: On to 2013!

This week, Kari and Anna talk about some of the movies they’re most looking forward to in 2013.

Anna’s Picks:

Kari’s Picks:

In theaters now (25:00):

  • Zero Dark Thirty (trailer): A strong movie, with a strong cast and great plot, this movie really showcases one woman’s obsession to find Osama bin Laden. We both rate this movie a strong 5.
  • Silver Linings Playbook (trailer): Even though this puts Anna in the minority, she thought Jennifer Lawrence was the weakest part of the movie and thought her acting took away from the movie. However, after talking it through with Kari, she’s come to understand why she took such a dislike to Lawrence’s character. Unlike Anna, Kari loved the movie- it was dark, yet light; funny, yet serious; and she loved all the acting. Anna rates it a 3, while Kari gives it a 4.
  • Gangster Squad (trailer): Despite it’s awesome, this movie did not deliver. Full of terrible cliches and bad special effects, even Ryan Gosling’s good looks could not redeem it. Kari rates it a 1 (a point for Ryan Gosling) and advises you not to see it.
  • Les Misérables (trailer): Anna and Kari are both Les Mis virgins and after seeing this movie interpretation we cannot understand what the appeal of this musical/opera is. It is sooo long, and there is sooo much crying (by both the cast and audience). It was nearly impossible for either of us to form any attachment to any of the characters. If you love the play already, though, you will love the movie. (Here is a review of the movie from someone who loves it). Anna gives it a 1 and Kari gives it a 2– one point for Anne Hathaway, one point for Eddie Redmayne. (also check out this video of crying parents).
  • The Impossible (trailer): For Anna, the 1st half of the movie was the strongest part. Kari thought the whole movie was great. They both agree that actor who played the oldest son really stole the show. They both rated it a 4.

What’s on the horizon:

This weekend’s agenda:

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Episode 29: 2012 Wrap Up

Weeer’re baaaack! After an extended holiday break, we’re back with a wrap up of the 2012 movie season. Kari saw 68 movies last year, while Anna saw 71! Disturbing or impressive, we’re not sure… If you’d like to see how many movies you saw in 2012, here’s a list of all the movies that came out last year!

In this week’s episode, we give you our Top 10 movie picks for 2012, in addition to our Top 5 worst movies, Top 5 most entertaining movies (they won’t win any awards, but they will keep you entertained for an evening!), and our Top 5 most disappointing movies (movies that did not live up to our expectations).

Except for the top 2 Best Movies, here are our choices, presented in no particular order!

Anna’s Top 10 Kari’s Top 10
Lincoln

Middle of Nowhere

Argo

End of Watch

Moonrise Kingdom

Skyfall

The Dark Knight Rises

Looper

Hunger Games

Titanic

Argo

Django Unchained

Lincoln

End of Watch

Moonrise Kingdom

Skyfall

The Dark Knight Rises

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

The Raid: Redemption

Anna’s Top 5 Worst Kari’s Top 5 Worst
Mirror, Mirror

Killing them Softly

Dark Shadows

Ruby Sparks

The Campaign

Red Tails

Lockout

Dark Shadows

The Three Stooges

Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter

Anna’s Top 5 Most Entertaining Kari’s Top 5 Most Entertaining
Safe House

Project X

21 Jump Street

Neighborhood Watch

Pitch Perfect

The Amazing Spiderman

Ted

21 Jump Street

Hit and Run

Jack Reacher

Anna’s Top 5 Most Disappointing Kari’s Top 5 Most Disappointing
Jack Reacher

The Hobbit

The Bourne Legacy

Dark Shadows

Friends with Kids

The Gray

The Hobbit

The Bourne Legacy

Looper

Haywire

The weekend’s agenda

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Episode 26: Brad Bird for Presid…er, Director!

News & Gossip:

  • Campaign for Brad Bird to take the reigns on the Star Wars franchise article
  • George Lucas to donate proceeds from the sale of Lucasfilm Ltd to education article
  • Budweiser wants out of Flight article
  • The Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit marathon article
  • Michael Fassbender and Colin Firth to co-star article
  • Steve Carrell, Channing Tatum, and Mark Ruffalo to co-star article

In theaters now:

  • Flight (trailer): If the trailers led you to believe this was going to a courtroom drama, they misled you. Instead of a tense courtroom, the movie delivers a sobering character study. And the character the movie studies is not an overly likable character. Denzel Washington superbly portrays a man a man who is perceived as a hero, but acts in ways that are anything but heroic. The criminal case surrounding him fades to the background as he tries to cope with his demons. Another reviewer sums the film up perfectly: it’s “well made, but not fun or entertaining.”  Anna rates it a 3.
  • Wreck-It Ralph (trailer): We both loved this movie. The animation, story, and voice work were all amazing. It’s a story that can be enjoyed by adults and kids alike. We both give it a high 4!
  • Cloud Atlas (trailer):3 This movie is a sprawling, glorious mess. For those of you who enjoyed the book, don’t come to this movie expecting a deep insight into how we’re all tied together- it’s a movie enjoyed best when you don’t over think it. As the 6 stories unfold on top of each other, the pace remains high and entertaining, all the way to the end. But it feels incomplete, and the ends don’t really tie together. Anna rates it a 3.

What’s on the horizon:

  • Escape from Planet Earth (trailer) February 14, 2013
  • Rise of the Guardians (trailer) November 21, 2012
  • Despicable Me 2 (trailer) July 3, 2013

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Episode 19: The Favorites Episode

You know what, Anna? I’m pretty sure I can explain why we’re still single in two words: Jake Ryan.

It’s fun talking about the new movies that we see each week but honestly some of the movies I like to talk about the most are old favorites. I love being able to share a movie that I have loved with someone else in hopes that they’ll love it (or like it) as well. Anna and I took some time over the last week thinking about which films we love to watch over and over again. I have my standbys, movies that I watch every time they’re on TV, but I wanted to pick a couple films that you may have missed but should check out.

News & Gossip:

  • The 21 Jump Street sequel is in the works article
  • Daniel Radcliffe to star in a romantic comedy article
  • Matt Damon probably won’t be back for another Bourne film article
  • Interesting thoughts on why there should be a sequel to John Carter article
  • A plethora of Catching Fire casting news article
  • 10 overlooked films of 2011 article
  • on a side note this is an interesting article on why men should go see Magic Mike

Our Everlasting Favorites:

  • Kari’s first choice: The Last of the Mohicans – I wanted to link a trailer but honestly the trailer made for this in 1992 was pretty terrible compared to the masterpieces that are trailers today. When I think of the films that made me truly fall in love with the movies this one comes immediately to mind. For me it has it all: amazing performances, a thrilling score, drama, action, a historically relevant plot, and most importantly a beautiful love story. Daniel Day Lewis can be trusted to deliver a spot on performance and he certainly does as Hawkeye. I can watch him save Cora from being killed over, and over, and over again. This does not get old for me. I also appreciate the beautiful setting in which the film was shot. The locations were in North Carolina and honestly it looks like land that time has forgotten. I would love to tour some of the parks and locations where the film was shot, and only hope that they look as lush and vibrant as they did in the film. Not to say this is only a great love story, it also depicts life in The Colonies during the French and Indian war and if you are a fan of either history or war films you need to check this out.
  • Anna’s first choice: Sixteen Candles – John Hughes has the ability to capture life as an American teenager like no other. His films, though dated in appearance, have been able to withstand the test of time. Molly Ringwald, as Samantha Baker, lives out every teenage girl’s fantasy when the most popular senior, Jake Ryan, falls for her during her sophomore year. Her family is hilarious, the trials she goes through are excruciatingly embarrassing, yet through it all you can’t help but relate to her feeling of alienation and the awkwardness of being a teenager. I know if Anna had not chosen this as one of her favorite movies, I would have. This is a classic and should not be missed.
  • Kari’s second choice: Galaxy Quest – This is one of those films that you probably missed when it was released in 1999. I had the pleasure of seeing it in the theater… though the only audience members were myself and my friend. We laughed the entire way through the film and couldn’t believe more people hadn’t show up to see it. The film is about a cast of a science fiction television show (much like Star Trek) who have long since stopped filming, but continue to join together on the convention circuit. During one such convention a group of actual aliens appear asking for the help of the cast. With Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub, and Sam Rockwell leading the cast how could this go wrong? It doesn’t. They are all hilarious and today, 13 years later, I can still chuckle as I remember some of the more memorable lines. If you like comedy, sci-fi, or Alan Rickman you should give this a watch.
  • Anna’s second choice: October Sky- This is one of the first movies Anna bought and she still owns it on VHS. Made in 1999, the film is set in the late 50s, in a West Virginia coal mining town. A slightly bookish Homer Hickam (Jake Gyllenhaal) wants to escape the coal mining life desperately, but isn’t athletic enough to earn a sports scholarship. After he sees Sputnik, he’s inspired to build rockets and when he finds out that winning a science fair is a ticket to a college scholarship, he and his friends embark on a journey to build a rocket. However, at the heart of the movie is a story about a boy just wanted to make his dad proud. Homer and his father (Chris Cooper) have a very contentious relationship, as his dad wants him to give up the “foolish rockets” and follow him into the mine and Homer wants anything except the mine. But Homer still wants his father to be proud of him as he is his football playing brother. And Homer’s father does love him, but isn’t sure how to express it. It makes us both teary eyed every time we see it as we watch a father and his son try and connect and understand each other. This was Jake’s first big movie and his portryal of Homer hints at what a great actor he was becoming. Chris Cooper, as always, does a fantastic job playing his tough, but fair, father.

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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 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 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)
  • Beyoncé, 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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We have podcast lift off! (Fingers crossed this isn’t an Apollo 13 type expedition)

Today marked the first podcast of Two Women, a Movie, and a Microphone! We hope that this gives everyone a pretty accurate description of things to come.

Each week we’ll touch on movie news (or gossip) some reviews of our favorites in theaters, some reactions to current trailers, and a brief glimpse of what’s to come.

So here’s what was reviewed this week!

News & Gossip:

  • Gael Garcia Bernal announced as the next Zorro
  • Paul Walker: Producer, who knew? (article)
  • The Hunger Games mall tour coming to a mall near you! Click here for the complete schedule!
  • Sacha Baron Cohen banned from The Oscars? (article)
  • The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is not very diverse (article) and The Oscars are boring.
  • Michael Fassbender is everywhere, is awesome, and will be working with Ridley Scott, twice! (article)
In theaters now:
  • The Vow – rated 1.5 out of 5. The movie was redeemed by Channing Tatum’s unwillingness to give up on love and his awesome apartment.
  • Safe House – rated 4 out of 5. This movie is 1 hour 55 minutes of pure awesomeness.
  • This Means War – rated 3 out of 5. A bromance we can all celebrate.
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Live action Beauty and the Beast

Apparently Guillermo de Toro is going to direct a live action Beauty and the Beast (via AICN)?! Wow, I had never thought of making that movie live action, but I could be convinced! And it also appears that there is already a live action remake in the works from the Brotherhood of the Wolf director, Christophe Gans (via AICN). That is one of my favorite movies and the styles of either of those directors would make a very dark, twisted version of this movie. I’m interested to see where this goes…