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Episode 21: The not so mediocre mediocre weekend

Not every week can have amazing films coming out. It’s just not possible. So it’s nice to be surprised when you think you’ll be watching mediocre movies, but actually enjoy what you’re watching.

I’ll admit I didn’t get to the movies as much as I’d have hoped over the weekend but, in case you missed it, it’s Olympics time and I am glued to my TV. It was a struggle for me to tear myself away long enough to get to one movie so I knew a second wasn’t going to happen. We’re also keeping this episode short and sweet since we’re recording in the hour before the prime-time broadcast of the Olympics and Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte are meeting for their final race… we do have a few things that take priority over movies.

News & Gossip:

  • Desperation is the key to Colin Farrell’s success article
  • What’s in store for the next installment of the X-Men franchise? article
  • Prometheus 2 to start off where Prometheus left off article
  • Fast and Furious Six has started production article
  • It’s official. The Hobbit will be three films article
    • Production diaries for The Hobbit link
  • More Catching Fire casting news article

In theaters now:

  • Step Up Revolution (trailer): If you like your movies low on acting but high on fun, this is the film for you! When the cast of a film is made largely of dancers you can’t expect the acting to be spot on. You also can’t expect a riveting plot to hold your attention. What you can expect is amazing dance scenes. I will freely admit that I have a real love for Step Up 2. Not so much for Step Up 1 or Step Up 3, but I’ve seen both of those and would watch them again if they were on TV. I was not expecting much going into Step Up Revolution but was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. To be fair I love a good choreographed dance number. The plot was laughable and the acting terrible, but the film was saved by the dancing. I honestly had a hard time sitting still in my seat. I rated it a 3 out of 5 (for the fun factor) while Anna rated it a 2.
  • The Watch (trailer): Anna enjoyed The Watch much more than she thought she would. Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughan deliver pretty standard performances but Richard Ayoade and Jonah Hill steal the show. Anna refused to spoil the film for me but it centers around a neighborhood watch group hunting down aliens in their neighborhood and CostCo. Anna laughed her way through the entire film and rated it a 3 out of 5. Sadly I was not able to see The Watch because I was too busy watching the Olympics.

What’s on the horizon:

  • Chasing Mavericks: October 26 (trailer)

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