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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.

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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 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.

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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.

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Episode 6: The Hunger Games Extravaganza!

We are both big fans of The Hunger Games trilogy; Kari for quite awhile and Anna just recently (even though someone gave her the book for Christmas). We are also both fans of young adult fiction, most likely stemming from our shared backgrounds of being voracious readers as teens. This means we were psyched for the film version and also that we had already read all three parts of the trilogy (The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay) before the first movie came out- which is why we won’t be able to discuss the film as if we were viewing it without knowledge of the story. So if you don’t want ANY spoilers, don’t listen to this podcast before you see the movie. Or read the book. Because this episode is a HUNGER GAMES EXTRAVAGANZA!

Suzanne Collins manages to do with her three short books what Stephanie Meyer could only dream of: create a fully defined literary role model for young women. This past weekend the screen adaptation of The Hunger Games opened to a roaring success and we will be dedicating this week’s podcast to nothing but The Hunger Games and our experiences viewing this film.

News & Gossip:

  • (:40) The Hunger Games kills at the box office (article)
  • (2:00) Who’s going to see The Hunger Games (article)
    • Is The Hunger Games the first female franchise? (article)
  • (13:00) Shocking, racist comments regarding the cast on Twitter (article)
    • On closer examination, there are two Asian tributes as well 😉
  • (20:00) Seneca Crane’s beard (article)
  • (22:15) Honestly I know this isn’t news… but I love Ryan Gosling telling me phrases from and inspired by The Hunger Games (link)
  • (24:10) How do you decide if you should see The Hunger Games or not? (article)
  • Podcast interview (The Business) with the producer, Nina Jacobson (link)
  • Podcast interview (The Treatment) with the director, Gary Ross (link)

In theaters now:

  • (25:25) The Hunger Games (trailer): This film was one of the best adaptations from page to screen that we’ve seen in quite some time. Every aspect – from the actors chosen to the locations – brought to life the world of Panem. I’ll assume that when Suzanne Collins wrote her book she wasn’t writing it for the screen, but it’s as if she somehow knew the perfect length that the book should be in order for a film to do it justice. Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen is a female role model that parents should encourage their daughters to look up to (rather than a certain other female character from another young adult series that shall remain nameless). Katniss holds true to her core belief of doing whatever she can to get back to her family – she is the main caretaker and breadwinner for her family and realizes that without her presence there is a real possibility that her mother and sister won’t survive.
  • The director Gary Ross does an amazing job showing the differences between the classes in Panem. The Capital looked amazing job showcasing the gross amount of excess that the residents enjoy. District 12 looked exactly the way that it is described in the book, even though we would’ve liked to see more of the Hob.
  • They didn’t quite hit the mark on the ending as we felt it should’ve been a little bit darker to help the audience understand the dark storm on the horizon. In addition, both Peeta and Gale weren’t developed enough to give a true sense of Katniss’s connection to them. However, with the exception of a few nit-picky complaints from some true fans of the novels, this film was spot on and we both agreed that we’d rate it a 5 out of 5. It’s a must see for just about everyone (over the age of 13) but especially for those who love the novels!

What’s on the horizon (trailers that played before The Hunger Games edition):

  • (55:40) The Amazing Spider-Man: July 3 (trailer)
  • (56:20) The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2: November 16 (teaser)

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Special Tribute to the Breakout Star of The Hunger Games

The breakout star of The Hunger Games

Episode 5: The balance has been restored; Kari and Anna are in accord.

Things got pretty heated during our last episode when we clashed over Friends with Kids. Happily this week we have made up and were in complete agreement over how much we loved 21 Jump Street and how much we hate the Michael Bay formula, aka “let’s make them aliens.”

News & Gossip:

  • Open note to Michael Bay: Keep your hands of the Teenage MUTANT (not alien) Ninja Turtles (article)
  • Do we believe that the only person that can save the White House from terrorists is Gerard Butler? Heck yes! (article)
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt playing a young Bruce Willis in the time traveling assassin drama Looper (article)
  • Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese to reunite for the fifth time (article)
  • Jurassic Park coming in July 2013 in 3D (article)

In theaters now:

  • 21 Jump Street (trailer): This week we were in complete agreement with how much we loved this movie. Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill had amazing chemistry as Jenko and Schmidt, bringing yet another really great bromance to the screen. The real breakout star in this was Channing Tatum. Who knew he could do comedy so well? He really has redeemed himself in Kari’s eyes from his previous overly sappy roles in films such as Dear John and The Vow. Jonah Hill is also continuing to get better and better. He was able to be funny without resorting to any gross comedy and really shows how much he’s grown up since his days as a supporting cast member in Knocked Up or Superbad (not that we don’t love those movies). The movie also did a really nice job of bringing cast members from the original T.V. show back to life as their former characters in the movie. Over all 21 Jump Street has great moments of comedy, some great action scenes (done in a tasteful and hilarious way- three limo car chase anyone?), and some great personal drama (again done in a hilarious way) so we both agree that you should rush out and see this a.s.a.f.p. We both agree that this movie scores a 4 out of 5.

What’s on the horizon:

This weekend’s agenda:

  • The Hunger Games (trailer) Kari won’t be live tweeting during The Hunger Games midnight madness (that would be wicked rude) but will of course tweet all about it once it’s over!
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Episode 4: The One where Kari and Anna have a difference of opinion.

Last weekend was the first weekend where we were both able to see the same movies, this doesn’t happen often. While we both agreed that John Carter was entertaining and worth seeing, we had some very different opinions on Friends with Kids.

News & Gossip:

  • The Hunger Games compared to Twilight? Don’t make us laugh (article)
  • Tom Cruise to (maybe) play Ethan Hunt one more time (article)
  • Movieline’s SOILIES Awards (link)

In theaters now:

  • John Carter: We both liked this movie without any prior knowledge of the source work. John Carter won’t be up for any major awards but it was an entertaining movie and Taylor Kitsch holds his own as the leading man. We both rate it 2 out of 5, although on further reflection I feel that we might need to give it another half point in honor of Taylor Kitsch’s muscles. (trailer)
  • Friends with Kids: This marks the first movie during this series that Kari and Anna really, really disagreed on. Kari thoroughly enjoyed this look at what happens when your friends all start getting married and having kids. The performances touched on a lot of different emotions and really let Adam Scott shine as a man trying to find the one who realizes that she’s been right in front of him the entire time. It’s not your typical romantic comedy although you can see how it’s going to end practically before it starts. Kari rated it a 3 out of 5.  Anna, on the other hand, quite disliked this film. She was not impressed by the dialogue, the cast, or the story. She also disliked Jennifer Westfeldt’s performance as the leading lady. Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Chris O’Dowd and Maya Rudolph as the friends of the main characters were unnecessary to the plot and added nothing to the story. They were also not funny. If you are looking for another Bridesmaids type comedy, this movie is NOT for you. Anna rated it a 1 out of 5. (trailer)

What’s on the horizon:

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