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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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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

This weekend’s agenda:

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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 18: After a disasterous #17 we’re back!

I’m happy to be back in audio form this week after last week’s disastrous loss of our Magic Mike, Ted, and The Amazing Spiderman reviews. We have some fun news, one review, and what I think will be an exciting new topic: our favorite films. I’m excited to take a look through “the library” and figure out which two movies are so great that they deserve the spotlight for the recording and I hope to hear from you all on if you have favorites you’d like us to talk about or if you have categories that you’d like us to spotlight.

News & Gossip:

  • The most awesome bit of Catching Fire casting news yet! article
  • Mockingjay to be split into two parts article
  • R Patz as the next James Bond? article
  • Depp, Law, and more being being talked to for Wes Anderson’s new film article
  • Magic Mike 2? Say it’s so! article
  • Jason Bateman to make his directorial debut with Bad Words article
  • Which foreigners have the best American accents? article

In theaters now:

Savages (trailer): Oliver Stone’s new movie is quite violent. I thought I’d start with this as a warning. It was violent enough that Anna walked out before the end. Salma Hayek turns in an amazing performance as the head of a Mexican drug cartel trying to keep her organization from crumbling. Benicio Del Toro as her muscle is frankly terrifying. He plays an emotionless “savage” who relishes in killing  anyone seen as a threat to the cartel. Taylor Kitsch (Chon) and Aaron Johnson (Ben) play friends and business partners (maybe something more? I don’t know…) who share their lover, O played by Blake Lively. Their business is marijuana and they grow weed that is so good the cartel is trying to get them to teach their growers how to produce the same products, with disastrous results.  I would say (with some knowledge of the book the film is based on) that the relationship between Ben and Chon was one of the more interesting points in the film, although Anna disagrees. One thing we both agree on is how bad Blake Lively’s performance is. Frankly I can’t imaging what Ben and Chon find so fascinating with O and her narration of much of the film was in a sharp contrast with what was going on in the scene. Perhaps their relationship would have been more convincing with a different female lead. Overall I rated this a 3 out of 5 and Anna a 2 out of 5. To be fair I’m sure my expectations were much, much lower than Anna’s.

What’s on the horizon:

This weekend’s agenda:

  • This weekend we’re trying something new. Due to a lack of new films in theaters we will each be taking stock of our favorite, go-to films and we’ll be discussing those next week. Hopefully this will become a semi-regular occurrence, where we can revisit some of our favorites and hopefully introduce you all to some films that you may not have seen or may not have seen in quite some time.
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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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