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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 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