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Episode 28: Is Twilight over yet?

News & Gossip:

  •  Tom Cruise has picked the new director for Mission: Impossible 5 link
  • 9 min of the new Star Trek playing in IMAX before The Hobbit link

In theaters now:

  •  Lincoln (trailer): This movie blew Anna’s mind, but Kari’s less so. Anna thinks this is one of the best movies she’s seen all year, and while Kari loved it as well, maybe not as much as Anna did. They both rate it a high 5.
  • Breaking Dawn Part 2 (trailer): Anna found the movie to be a bit more boring than Kari did. Kari really enjoyed the new vampires that were introduced to the story and appreciated how they added to the movie. They both enjoyed seeing Edward in his true, happy state. They both rated it a solid 3.
  • Anna Karenina (trailer): While Anna found this movie to be visually stunning, the story left her a bit cold. She felt every minute of the 2 hour run time, but did enjoy seeing how Joe Wright’s earlier work influenced this one. Anna rates it a 2, but if you already know and like the story, you’ll probably enjoy it more than her.
  • Life of Pi (trailer): Even though this movie encompassed all the things Kari doesn’t like (sharks, big cats, and the ocean), she still rated it a 4. It’s a visually stunning piece of work and if sharks, tigers, being stranded in the ocean don’t stress you out, you will enjoy this movie.
  • Hitchcock (trailer): Anna thinks that if you’re interested in Hitchcock or his movies (especially Psycho), you will enjoy this movie. Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren are fabulous portraying the unique relationship Hitchcock and his wife had. Anna rates it a 4.

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Episode 6: The Hunger Games Extravaganza!

We are both big fans of The Hunger Games trilogy; Kari for quite awhile and Anna just recently (even though someone gave her the book for Christmas). We are also both fans of young adult fiction, most likely stemming from our shared backgrounds of being voracious readers as teens. This means we were psyched for the film version and also that we had already read all three parts of the trilogy (The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay) before the first movie came out- which is why we won’t be able to discuss the film as if we were viewing it without knowledge of the story. So if you don’t want ANY spoilers, don’t listen to this podcast before you see the movie. Or read the book. Because this episode is a HUNGER GAMES EXTRAVAGANZA!

Suzanne Collins manages to do with her three short books what Stephanie Meyer could only dream of: create a fully defined literary role model for young women. This past weekend the screen adaptation of The Hunger Games opened to a roaring success and we will be dedicating this week’s podcast to nothing but The Hunger Games and our experiences viewing this film.

News & Gossip:

  • (:40) The Hunger Games kills at the box office (article)
  • (2:00) Who’s going to see The Hunger Games (article)
    • Is The Hunger Games the first female franchise? (article)
  • (13:00) Shocking, racist comments regarding the cast on Twitter (article)
    • On closer examination, there are two Asian tributes as well 😉
  • (20:00) Seneca Crane’s beard (article)
  • (22:15) Honestly I know this isn’t news… but I love Ryan Gosling telling me phrases from and inspired by The Hunger Games (link)
  • (24:10) How do you decide if you should see The Hunger Games or not? (article)
  • Podcast interview (The Business) with the producer, Nina Jacobson (link)
  • Podcast interview (The Treatment) with the director, Gary Ross (link)

In theaters now:

  • (25:25) The Hunger Games (trailer): This film was one of the best adaptations from page to screen that we’ve seen in quite some time. Every aspect – from the actors chosen to the locations – brought to life the world of Panem. I’ll assume that when Suzanne Collins wrote her book she wasn’t writing it for the screen, but it’s as if she somehow knew the perfect length that the book should be in order for a film to do it justice. Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen is a female role model that parents should encourage their daughters to look up to (rather than a certain other female character from another young adult series that shall remain nameless). Katniss holds true to her core belief of doing whatever she can to get back to her family – she is the main caretaker and breadwinner for her family and realizes that without her presence there is a real possibility that her mother and sister won’t survive.
  • The director Gary Ross does an amazing job showing the differences between the classes in Panem. The Capital looked amazing job showcasing the gross amount of excess that the residents enjoy. District 12 looked exactly the way that it is described in the book, even though we would’ve liked to see more of the Hob.
  • They didn’t quite hit the mark on the ending as we felt it should’ve been a little bit darker to help the audience understand the dark storm on the horizon. In addition, both Peeta and Gale weren’t developed enough to give a true sense of Katniss’s connection to them. However, with the exception of a few nit-picky complaints from some true fans of the novels, this film was spot on and we both agreed that we’d rate it a 5 out of 5. It’s a must see for just about everyone (over the age of 13) but especially for those who love the novels!

What’s on the horizon (trailers that played before The Hunger Games edition):

  • (55:40) The Amazing Spider-Man: July 3 (trailer)
  • (56:20) The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2: November 16 (teaser)

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Special Tribute to the Breakout Star of The Hunger Games

The breakout star of The Hunger Games

Episode 4: The One where Kari and Anna have a difference of opinion.

Last weekend was the first weekend where we were both able to see the same movies, this doesn’t happen often. While we both agreed that John Carter was entertaining and worth seeing, we had some very different opinions on Friends with Kids.

News & Gossip:

  • The Hunger Games compared to Twilight? Don’t make us laugh (article)
  • Tom Cruise to (maybe) play Ethan Hunt one more time (article)
  • Movieline’s SOILIES Awards (link)

In theaters now:

  • John Carter: We both liked this movie without any prior knowledge of the source work. John Carter won’t be up for any major awards but it was an entertaining movie and Taylor Kitsch holds his own as the leading man. We both rate it 2 out of 5, although on further reflection I feel that we might need to give it another half point in honor of Taylor Kitsch’s muscles. (trailer)
  • Friends with Kids: This marks the first movie during this series that Kari and Anna really, really disagreed on. Kari thoroughly enjoyed this look at what happens when your friends all start getting married and having kids. The performances touched on a lot of different emotions and really let Adam Scott shine as a man trying to find the one who realizes that she’s been right in front of him the entire time. It’s not your typical romantic comedy although you can see how it’s going to end practically before it starts. Kari rated it a 3 out of 5.  Anna, on the other hand, quite disliked this film. She was not impressed by the dialogue, the cast, or the story. She also disliked Jennifer Westfeldt’s performance as the leading lady. Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Chris O’Dowd and Maya Rudolph as the friends of the main characters were unnecessary to the plot and added nothing to the story. They were also not funny. If you are looking for another Bridesmaids type comedy, this movie is NOT for you. Anna rated it a 1 out of 5. (trailer)

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