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Episode 27: A Skyfall Celebration

We have been waiting another installment in the Bond franchise since 2008’s underwhelming Quantum of Solace. At times it felt as though the franchise was over, at times it felt like Bond had peaked with Casino Royale and was now on the way down, but November 9, 2012 brought Bond back with a bang. Skyfall was years in the making and did not disappoint. Rather than making this a full out extravaganza we decided to make it more of a celebration. We are celebrating not only a film, but the evolution and rebirth of the James Bond everyone has come to love and of a villain that is finally up to tangoing with 007.

News & Gossip:

  • The Giver coming to the screen? article
  • Mark Wahlberg joining Transformers 4 article
  • I thought MacGruber 2 was in the works but it turns out it was MacGyver article
  • Who has passed on Star Wars? article
  • Michael Arndt to write Star Wars Episode VII article
  • George Clooney joining 1952 article

In theaters now:

  • Skyfall (trailer): The James Bond of Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace was rough around the edges yet with Skyfall, Bond has evolved into the suave super-spy that everyone associates with the character. In this outing Bond is matched with a villain who is more than capable of going head to head with him both mentally and physically. Silva, played by the brilliant Javier Bardem, is a former MI:6 agent with a vendetta against M. In Skyfall, it is Silva, not Bond, who is the focus in each of their joined scenes. He has the perfect blend of intellect and insanity making you constantly wonder what he’s going to do next. With some amazing exotic locations and high flying action sequences it never felt as though I was sitting through a 2.5 hour film. It kept my attention for the entire duration and left me wanting more. I can only hope that we don’t have to wait another 4 years for the next installment. Anna and I both rate it 5 out of 5, and agree that it’s the best of the Bond franchise to date.

What’s on the horizon:

  • A Good Day to Die Hard (trailer) February 14, 2013
  • Hansel and Gretel (trailer) March 1, 2013
  • The Last Stand (trailer) January 17, 2013
  • Jurassic Park 3D (trailer) April 5, 2013

This weekend’s agenda:

  • Breaking Dawn Part 2 (trailer)
    • The Twilight Marathon November 15, 2012
  • Lincoln (trailer)
  • Anna Karenina (trailer)
  • Silver Linings Playbook (trailer)
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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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