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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 25: Our New James Bond

With less than two weeks remaining until the opening of Skyfall we are trying our best to contain our excitement… and failing. While Quantum of Solace may not have been as on point as Casino Royale Daniel Craig still delivered as everyone’s favorite super spy. Hopefully Skyfall will deliver as another super charged installment in the Bond franchise.

News & Gossip:

  • Clive Owen in a comedy? article
  • Idris Elba as James Bond? article
  • Next two Bond stories to be linked article

In theaters now:

  • Alex Cross (trailer): While there is surely an audience for Alex Cross, it was not for Anna or me. The film was a study in overacting with very little payoff in the end. From what I know of the book (which is admittedly very little) it seems that the film is quite different from the original source material. Alex Cross, played by Tyler Perry, is a detective who specializes in profiling that is hot on the trail of a psychopathic assassin played by Matthew Fox. The two of them represent the best (Perry) and worst (Fox) acting in the film, though to say that Perry was the best is really only saying that his performance was good compared to everyone else. There is very little tension or suspense in the plot and the characters are laughable, making this crime drama a bit of a yawn. Anna gave it a 2 while it was only a 1 in my opinion.
  • Middle of Nowhere (trailer): This is a quietly moving independent film Anna saw. On the surface, it is a story of a young black woman, putting her medical schooling on hold while her husband is in prison. However, it’s really a story about a woman finding herself. When something happens that makes Ruby question her relationship with her husband, she is forced to look at her life and what she’s given up. It’s a movie that is able to capture the nuances and subtleties of the internal struggle Ruby goes through. A magnificent soundtrack and a story that reveals itself little by little, like a flower unfolding, all help make this a film not to be missed. Anna feels it’s one of the best movies she’s seen all year and rates it a 5.

What’s on the horizon:

  • Broken City (trailer) January 18, 2013
  • Iron Man 3 (trailer) May 3, 2013
    • Iron Man 3 trailer broken down article

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Episode 24: The Oscar race has begun!

October, November, and December are typically great months for movies. The studios are all releasing their best offerings with the hope that they’ll be nominated this upcoming awards season. There’s still plenty of big blockbusters that will be released without chances of being on the Best Picture block, which makes this my favorite time of the year. I can count of multiple movies being released each week that I genuinely want to see and that I honestly anticipate being good. Argo has certainly gotten things started off with a bang! I can’t say with 100% certainty, but I’m pretty sure we can count on it showing up as a nominee for any number of awards next year.

Happily we should have a lot to talk about in the coming months and we hope you’ll stick with us as we break down the films coming out this winter!

News & Gossip:

In theaters now:

  • Looper (trailer) Anna and I had incredibly mixed opinions on Looper. While Anna enjoyed this time travel mystery I found myself annoyed by plot holes and off makeup to the point where I couldn’t enjoy the film. I know this will undoubtedly be an unpopular opinion but it is what it is. Looper is original and fast paced and if you are a fan of scifi or time travel movies it’s probably for you. Anna rated it a 4 while I rated it a 1 (for one of my reasons for not liking this movie scroll to the bottom of the post).
  • Argo (trailer) Ben Affleck has certainly earned the distinction of a great director with this fact based drama set during the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis. This film pays amazing attention to detail in creating not only the events of the film but in creating the look and mood of the late 70s to early 80s. Affleck as Tony Mendez was also a treat to watch, making this (in my opinion) one of the best performances of his career. Make sure you don’t rush out of the theater at the end of the film as there are some interesting photos and biographical tidbits during the credits. Anna rated this a 4 while I rated it a full on 5.
  • Seven Psychopaths (trailer) The writer/director of In Bruges has brought another quirky and original film starring Colin Farrell, Christopher Walken, Sam Rockwell and Woody Harrelson to name a few. The plot features a screenwriter suffering from writer’s block and the plethora of psychopaths he comes in contact with as he’s writing a film called Seven Psychopaths. This was fun to watch though it is quite violent. If you are a fan of Christopher Walken (and seriously who isn’t?) you need to check this out. Anna rated it a 4 while I rated it a 3.

What’s on the horizon:

  • Zero Dark Thirty: December 19, 2012 (trailer)
  • Stand Up Guys: January 11, 2013 (trailer)
  • Gangster Squad: January 11, 2013 (trailer)

This weekend’s agenda:

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This just wasn’t right…

They shouldn’t have messed up Joseph Gorden-Levitt’s face!

Episode 23: Have you missed us?

We’re so happy to return this week with some reviews of movies we actually wanted to see! Not only have we been in the midst of a literal drought, but for the last month or so we’ve been experiencing a cinematic drought. It seemed as if the studios all decided to release the movies that nobody wanted to see all at once during the month of September. Rather than making a chore out of going to movies we didn’t want to see and then rehash them for the podcast, we decided to take a little break and rejoin the real world. You know, the world where people aren’t drawn to the theater every weekend and instead do things like socialize with other people, travel, and do activities outside. It was a welcome break but we were ready to get back to the theater when on September 21, 2012 the box office calendar was finally flush with films that we were looking forward to seeing. Sadly we were only able to get to one movie last weekend, but the one we saw was so great it was as if the cinema was opening it’s arms to envelope us in a great big hug.

News & Gossip:

  • Update on Dumb & Dumber To article
  • Natalie Portman as Jackie O article
  • Yet another Lincoln biopic article

In theaters now:

  • End of Watch (trailer): I can’t say enough how much we enjoyed (probably wrong word) this movie. Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña had amazing chemistry and made their scenes seem as if you were watching real life interaction. This is not a movie exposing police corruption, as so many police movies are, rather a movie where all of the police men and women are good people trying to do the best job that they can. I highly recommend this film but would also remind everyone to bring the tissues. Anna and I both rated this a 4 out of 5.
  • Pitch Perfect (trailer): To say this movie is campy and fluffy would be an understatement. The constant aca-dialogue gets a little old but in general this film is a great time. Rebel Wilson manages to steal every scene she’s in, though a lot of her funniest moments were spoiled on the trailer. This movie wasn’t perfect but it was a great time. Go see it with a group of girls and try to keep yourself from singing along… I dare you! I rate this a 3 out of 5 (1 point for the movie and 2 points for the fun factor)

What’s on the horizon:

  • Stoker (trailer) March 1, 2013
  • Identity Thief (trailer) February 8, 2013
  • Promised Land (trailer) January 11, 2013
  • Seven Psychopaths (trailer) October 12, 2012
  • Silver Linings Playbook (trailer) November 21, 2012

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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 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.

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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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