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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 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.

What’s on the horizon:

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