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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


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.


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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