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Episode 13: Skyfall is coming!

There are few things I enjoy more than sharing a good movie with someone who hasn’t seen it. I love to be able to read people enough to determine if they’d enjoy something or not and this week when Anna visited me I had the pleasure of sharing a frequently overlooked bit of comedy with her: MacGruber. I know what you’re thinking. MacGruber? How can that horrible SNL skit possibly make a seriously funny film? Well, somehow, they (Will Forte, Jorma Taccone, and John Solomon) did. I had mentioned that we should discuss the news that there is a possibility that there could be a MacGruber sequel, to which Anna let me know she’d never seen the first one; I had to remedy this. I understand you might think I’m crazy for liking this movie. It looks like it should be terrible, I admit this, but it’s not. I laughed during this film more than in quite a few other comedies during the last few years and I am an admittedly harsh judge when it comes to stupid comedies. I would just throw it out there that if you have previously discounted this film as just another piece of crap comedy please reevaluate your decision and add it to your Netfilx (or whatever service you use) queue and give it a go.

News & Gossip:

  • I can’t wait to find out what else is classic MacGruber article
  • The only thing that could make One Hit Wonder interest me is The Lonely Island writing the songs article
  • I never would have thought of pairing Zac Efron with Seth Rogan but after reading this article I’m wicked excited
  • Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy join up for a buddy cop movie article
  • Robin Williams might be The Angriest Man in Brooklyn article
  • How do we feel about Robert Pattinson playing Finnick Odair in Catching Fire? Not good. Not good at all. article

In theaters now:

  • Battleship (trailer): I (Kari) was genuinely skeptical when I heard that a film was being made out of the game Battleship and when the first trailers hit and it broke that it was going to be about aliens I almost wrote it off as being unwatchable. I’m glad I let my love of all things Friday Night Lights and huge summer blockbusters push me into seeing it. It’s a big summer blockbuster, don’t try to fool yourself into thinking it’s a piece of quality film making, it’s not. It’s a popcorn film, and I do love my popcorn films. I don’t need a lot of plot to make me happy when I choose my blockbusters. This is a great mix of Transformers and Independence Day without being too much of a copy of either film. I was never bored and I loved how they incorporated the game into the film. Taylor Kitsch and Jesse Plemons are very much Tim Riggins and Landry for all of you FNL fans and Rhianna didn’t do too bad of a job in her first film role. I would encourage anyone who loves big, over the top, blockbuster films to check this out. I rate it a 3 out of 5.
  • The Dictator (trailer): Anna was not overly impressed with The Dictator. While Sacha Baron Cohen is a great addition to films where he plays a supporting role, as the lead his humor can get old quickly. Many of the funniest moments were shown on the trailer, which can make a film that is only 83 min long seem much longer. To be fair, there are a lot of people that will find this humor quite funny, but if you’re someone who gets tired of the same old joke quickly this probably isn’t for you. Anna rated it 1 out of 5. Due to this horrible rating I have chosen not to see this.

What’s on the horizon:

  • Skyfall (trailer) November 9, 2012
  • The Great Gatsby (trailer) December 25, 2012

This weekend’s agenda:

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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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Episode 3: How much do we love Zac Efron? Too much.

Another week has come and gone and while we didn’t get to see a lot of movies this weekend we did each see one. Unfortunately in Kari’s case The Lorax wasn’t as awesome as expected but happily in Anna’s case Project X delivered on its craziness.

News & Gossip:

  • Simon Baker’s got a new movie (article)
  • Is the Harry Potter ultimate box set worth the hefty price tag? (article)
  • Can Les Grossman carry his own movie? (article)
    • In addition to Wayne’s World, two other SNL skits that worked well as movies: Blues Brothers, Night at the Roxbury (even though some might disagree, one of Anna’s favorite movies is Roxbury)
  • We’ll soon see if Emma Watson can really act in the next Sofia Coppola film (article)
    • A Sofia Coppola movie Anna enjoyed: Marie Antoinette
    • Kari, on the other hand, thought Marie Antoinette (while cool looking) was wicked boring.

In theaters now:

  • The Lorax (trailer): While children under 10 will surely enjoy this animated feature from the people who brought us Despicable Me, adults probably will be left wishing for more… Also who knew this was a musical? I didn’t. I’m rating this 1 out of 5 for adults, probably 4 out of 5 for children if my audience was one to judge by.
  • Project X (trailer): Yes, it really is just as crazy as it looks… but somehow it makes sense. If you want to see a crazier Superbad and have no issues watching teenagers objectify women this movie is for you! I’m rating this 2 out of 5 for overall craziness and likeable characters. Plus don’t you owe it to yourself to go and find out why there’s a little person in the oven?

What’s on the horizon:

  • 21 Jump Street: March 16 (trailer)
  • The Wrath of the Titans: March 30 (trailer)
  • Chimpanzee: April 20 (trailer)
  • The Lucky One: April 20 (trailer)

This weekend’s agenda:

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