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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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