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And Seen…X-Men Days of Future Past!

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X-Men Days of Future Past

 

We came out of our mini retirement for X-Men Days of Future Past. And then Traci went to Bali. Since we couldn’t get into the studio here is our conversation about the movie…

 

 

TRACI: You know it’s a legit screening when they take your phones.
JULIE: That really cut into my plans of making a Fassbender photo collage. I think Magneto is his sexiest character.
TRACI: More than Shame?
JULIE: You know the answer. Though just like in Shame did you notice him wearing a scarf/ascot?
TRACI: It was the 70’s, plus he really works that look.
JULIE: True. But here’s a twist I didn’t see coming, I also found James McAvoy (Charles Xavier) to be attractive in this. But I think it might have been because he looked like Eddie Vedder.
TRACI: I just thought that look was sad seventies. What I found surprising was the 3-D didn’t really bother me, and I usually hate it.
JULIE: Same, I kind of felt like we were in the movie.
TRACI: That might have been because we were sitting so close.
JULIE: What did you think of the movie overall? This was your second X-Men.
TRACI: Like the last one I thought it was entertaining and you don’t really have to be a fan of the series to enjoy it.
JULIE: But if you are a fan and read the comic books (Ryan) you will still enjoy the characters. Plus all the inside jokes, they always allow you to nerd out a little. They did take some liberties with the time travel though.
TRACI:I guess in a movie about mutants you can be loose with those kinds of things. Let’s talk about Wolverine’s (Hugh Jackman) neck size. How is he that old and that ripped?
JULIE: Maybe he’s a real life wolverine? His veins looked like they were trying to escape his body.
TRACI: They made that comment about him not aging, but when he looked into his “younger” bodies self there seemed to be a lot more wrinkles.
JULIE: Do you think they felt boxed in with Mystique? Because you get the original (old? current?) version of a lot of the characters, but since Jennifer Lawrence has blown up do they really want to remind us of Rebecca Romain (no longer Stamos)?
TRACI: They did in the last one. But Jennifer Lawrence wasn’t really on the scene then. Maybe it’s a lesson to not cast models in movies just because they look good in the body paint outfit.
JULIE: JLaw wasn’t as exciting to me as she was in the first one, but I don’t know why. Do we know her too well, do I expect too much, is she now only my Katniss and not my Mystique?
TRACI: I really liked that kid from American Horror Story’s character, and that slow motion scene with all the cops.
JULIE: You know I love a scene when the audience all claps. I was kind of bummed there wasn’t more Quicksilver in the movie. He’s a really fun character.
TRACI: Do you think Evan Peters wishes he had that superpower in real life?
JULIE: So he could run away when his girlfriend tries to attack him?
TRACI: Yep. I’m not really sure about Peter Dinklage (Dr. Trask) in this. I just didn’t buy him as the bad guy.
JULIE: It was hard to focus on anything other than his hair.
TRACI: It was so puffy.
[Names removed to prevent spoilers]
JULIE: That scene when BLANK is killed and thrown over the balcony, I had no feelings about it.  It felt odd that I’ve gone from being super excited the first time I saw that character on the screen to kind of eh.
TRACI: I don’t have that kind of relationship with the characters, but I was kind of sad about it. It almost felt like a comment on their career in general. Did you like the last one more than this one?
JULIE: In ways, there was more fun and surprises in the first one as they revealed the characters. But it was also so long and political.
TRACI: Yeah this one was easier to follow. It felt more engaging.
JULIE: Would you see it in the theater?
TRACI:Absolutely. You?
JULIE: In the theater and in 3-D even!

If you want to see our thoughts on X-Men First Class you can watch our review from way back in the day before we went to green screen.

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And Seen…About Time!

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Time travel, rom-com, Rachel McAdams. Check, check and check.  It really was one of the feelgood movies of the year.  Plus, it’s a great movie to see until you can get into a showing of Hunger Games: Catching Fire where you don’t have to sit in the first three rows.

About Time
Starring: Domhnall Gleeson and Rachel McAdams
Director: Richard Curtis

Ratings:

Julie

Julie

Traci

Traci

And Seen…Captain Phillips – Guest Review!

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Unfortunately, we will not be seeing Captain Phillips together… or at all (Traci is seeing it with her dad and Julie has boycotted pirate themed movies since Pirates of the Caribbean 2). So we enlisted the help of hilarious and awesome screenwriter Katie Anne Naylon to review Captain Phillips for us.

Have you seen Captain Phillips?

Yes.

What was your favorite part of the movie?

I liked the conversations between Captain Phillips and Muse, the leader of the Somali pirates on board. They did such a great job of making you empathize with all the characters in the story.

What was your least favorite part of the movie?

I thought the opening sequence with the “Captain Phillips has a real family back home” felt vaguely unnecessary and forced.

If you could change one thing in the movie what would it be?

Would I also be changing history if I said I wanted to change Somalia to be a nice safe place for young boys to become young men (and a place for ships to sail past without fear)???

There was a weird sub-plot with a neighboring ship trying to help and then the Navy Seals trying to help and them sort of stepping over each other…they should have finished that plot or not included it, I suppose.

Did you cry? Good cry or bad cry?

I almost cried. Does that count? It would have been a good cry. I was really engaged by the story.

Rate this Tom Hanks performance:

  1. Absolute favorite
  2. Top 5
  3. Top 10
  4. Better than Larry Crowne worse than Castaway

How many times did you think of Castaway while watching this?

  1. 1-3
  2. 3-5
  3. 5-10
  4. 10+
  5. Wait, this wasn’t Castaway?

Which co-star would you like to see Tom Hanks reunited with?

  1. Meg Ryan
  2. Elizabeth Perkins
  3. Daryl Hannah
  4. Matt Damon
  5. Shelly Long
  6. Robin Wright
  7. Peter Scolari
  8. None of the above
  9. All of the above – let’s take a minute and imagine that movie

What is your feeling on pirates after seeing this movie?

  1. Love ’em
  2. Hate ’em
  3. They’re just misunderstood
  4. A complicated mix of emotions I couldn’t possibly express in a multiple choice box

How would you rate this movie?

  1. See it in the theater
  2. Rent it
  3. Plane movie
  4. Watch it when it comes on cable
  5. Never ever see this movie

Why should people trust your opinion?

Katie Naylon

@itskatieanne

I’m a screenwriter, filmmaker and producer. A veteran of Sundance 2012. If you haven’t seen my passion piece, check out For A Good Time, Call….and if you don’t laugh once, I will pay you $3 in quarters.

Watch the trailer to Captain Phillips here 

And Seen…Prisoners!

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Remember when we used to do movie reviews?  We know it’s been awhile, but we’re back!  Bringing you our thoughts on the dark thriller Prisoners.

Prisoners
Starring: Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal
Director: Denis Villeneuve

Ratings:

Julie

Julie

Traci

Traci

And Seen Small Screen…Hostages!

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It’s that special time of year when we get to guess how long new shows will remain on the air.  We’re here to help you figure out which shows you shouldn’t get attached to. Some shows we will watch all season others might not be as lucky.

First off, the new CBS thriller Hostages.  Or as we like to call it Homeland Light.

Recap:

Rogue FBI agent Duncan Carlisle and his band of bad-ass agents hold Dr. Ellen Sanders and her family hostage.  They give Ellen a fun choice: kill the President (who she happens to be operating on) or they will kill her family.  Kidnappers can be so demanding. And so it begins…

What we Liked:

Well hello cowboy - Dylan/Duncan is introduced to us in a dramatic slow motion turn.

Well hello cowboy

Duncan is played by handsome Dylan McDermott (he might look a bit like a camel, but that is one dreamy camel).  We learn everything we need to know about Duncan when they introduce him in a slow, dramatic turn.  He’s a man who makes his own rules and will decide on the pace of his turns.

 

 

Super cute right?

Super cute right?

New bangs are always a struggle to style

New bangs are always a struggle to style, such realism

Ellen is played by the ridiculously talented Toni Collette. Not her most amazing performance (thus far) but she’s keeping pace with her TV husband, Tate Donovan, who’s also a little lackluster.  We really like Toni with bangs.  Even if she’s not making strong acting choices she’s killing it with her hair choices.

 

 

What we didn’t like:

She looks as upset by her nickname as we are

She looks as upset by her nickname as we are

Overall, the acting on this show is surprisingly awful.  Especially the kids.  Speaking of kids, Duncan has a daughter named Sawyer.  Her mom/his wife is in the hospital undergoing chemo. As if this poor girl doesn’t have enough tragedy in her life her nickname is Soy Soy.  She sounds like a condiment.

 

 

 

Cameo:

Trying to come up with ways to avoid having to kill the President, Ellen takes a pair of scissors and attempts to cut her pinky finger (off?!). She ends up just slicing her finger, but was the plan to amputate it so she didn’t have to to operate? That seems like a crazy move and one she wouldn’t be able to explain to the kidnappers without them offing a family member. We didn’t include a picture because it was gross.

Keep Watching?

We are committing to this one for the season.  We hope it gets better.  It’s billed more like a mini-series so we feel at the very least it will be a short relationship.

Cliffhanger/Spoilers:

Ellen’s family ends up being not as perfect as they seem.  Her son is involved in some drug dealing (we can’t wait to meet the head dealer Nico). Her teenage daughter is pregnant, by some dude whose acting would be bad even if this was on the CW.  Her husband is cheating on her (obvi how else can we set up sexual tension between her and Duncan).  At the end of the episode she does not kill the President, she tells the media  – thus telling Duncan – that she doesn’t give up that easily.  Oh it’s about to get crazy up in here!

Watch Info:

Monday nights at 10:00 p.m. on CBS – that’s right, tonight! We’ll recap tonight’s episode shortly.

And Seen…The Bling Ring!

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We love you all so much that sometimes we hold our reviews until the movie is out of theaters so you aren’t able to see it. Now and again we are more about the community service than the review.  Here’s some reasons to avoid The Bling Ring, even on video.

The Bling Ring
Starring: Katie Chang, Israel Broussard and Emma Watson
Director: Sofia Coppola

Ratings:

Traci

Traci

Julie

Julie

 

 

 

 

 

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And Seen…The Heat!

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It’s almost as though the studios planned this heatwave as an impressive marketing campaign to drive people into the theaters. Avoid the heat by seeing The Heat.  Well played.

The Heat
Starring: Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy
Director: Paul Feig

Ratings:

Julie

Julie

Traci

Traci