In Steven Soderbergh's latest movie, the "Ocean's Eleven" director recruits mixed martial arts fighter Gina Carano to play the heroine in the action-packed "Haywire." Both the director and actor joined The Takeaway to talk about their unlikely pairing for Carano's first movie. Now we hear about the movie from Movie Date podcasters Rafer Guzman, film critic for Newsday, and Kristen Meinzer, culture producer for the Takeaway.
Last night was the 69th annual Golden Globe Awards and once again Ricky Gervais played host. Gervais did what he does, a little more gently this time around. The stars were out, well Winner Woody Allen didn't show, but it was a party as usual. Here to weigh in are our Movie Date team, Rafer Guzman, who's also movie critic for Newsday and his co-host Kristen Meinzer, who's also culture producer for the Takeaway.
The Golden Globe awards are Sunday. Who will come out as Hollywood's big winner? Who will look stunning on the red carpet? And who will flame out? Find out what Takeaway Movie Date podcasters Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer think about the winners and losers. Have any favorites, or movies that you think we're overrated? Let us know here or call us at 1-877-8-MY-TAKE.
After the December onslaught of Oscar-hopefuls and arthouse faire, two star-powered crowd-pleasers open this week: "Contraband" and "Joyful Noise." The latter sees the big-screen return of Dolly Parton after a decade, and the former promises big-budget CGI thrills from Mark Wahlberg. But whether or not the year's first popcorn flicks deliver on their excitement and laughter remains to be seen.
Chic Flicks and Dude Flicks released on the same day? It happens this week as Mark Wahlberg packs heat and battles bad guys in the new thriller "Contraband." Also being released is "Joyful Noise," a musical starring the dynamic duo of Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah. Which movie will please both genders, and more importantly, which makes a good movie date? Takeaway Movie Date podcasters Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer tell us about what movies you might want to take your spouse to, and which one you should see alone.
Ticket sales were down this year. But was this due to a bad economic climate? Or, were the movies in 2011 just awful? Takeaway Movie Date podcasters Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer take a look into the abyss of terrible movies. From "Margin Call" to "The Smurfs" and "Tree of Life" — did these movies take down the entire industry? It was probably just a coincedence.
You can always go home — but it probably won't be the same. In 'Young Adult' Charlize Theron plays Mavis Gary, the ghost author of a series of teen books who decides to return to her small home town of Mercury, Minnesota. But when she finds out the man she was looking for is married, she acts on her petulant impulses and tries to steal him away for his domestic bliss. Takeaway Movie Date podcasters Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer tell us what is so endearing about this character, with all her flaws.
In 2011 two franchises based on novels for teens — "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two" and "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part One" — overtook stoner comedies, CGI kiddie movies, and comic book adaptations at the box office. In 2012, the bigscreen adaptation of "The Hunger Games" will wage a similar battle against "The Dark Knight Rises." But this year won't be all explosions: a new take on "The Great Gatsby" starring Leonardo DiCaprio and a biography of Lincoln starring Daniel-Day Lewis will also hit theaters.
The last week of the year brings with it Hollywood's last chance to release movies eligible for 2012's Academy Awards. "The Iron Lady" (trailer after the jump), the Margaret Thatcher biopic starring Meryl Streep is among them. The movie is getting mixed reviews, but Streep's performance is said to make her a shoo-in for this year's Oscars. The Takeaway's Movie Date podcast team gives their assessment of "The Iron Lady," and look back at their picks for the best and worst movies of 2011.
Jonah Hill returns to his slacker comedy roots as an overgrown man child who finds work as a babysitter in his most recent film entitled "The Sitter." Known for his hilarious roles in movies such as "Superbad" and "Knocked Up," Hill recently dropped some weight and starred next to Brad Pitt in "Moneyball." But the actor tries to bring back the laughs with his latest slapstick film. Takeaway Movie Date podcasters Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer give us their critique.
Margaret Thatcher is known as the somewhat belligerent former prime minister of the United Kingdom, and a new film starring Meryl Streep looks into the life of this historic figure. "Iron Lady" follows Thatcher's life as the young daughter of a grocer to a one of the most powerful heads-of-state in a male dominated world. But is "Iron Lady" engaging enough to match the charismatic, strong-willed personality of Thatcher? Takeaway Movie Date podcasters Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer tell us if this movie is worth a date.
Stephen Spielberg's adaptation of the Michael Morpurgo novel "War Horse," the adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer's novel "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," and Cameron Crowe's "We Bought a Zoo" are slated to be this week's newly-released, big box office winners. "The Artist," which topped many years' best lists and has only been in a handful of theaters, also opens across the country this weekend.
It's Christmas week, and Oscar season, which means lots and lots of movies. Our Movie Date podcasters try to cut through the muck and get to the quality films by looking at this week's releases. Find out what they think about the self-explanatory feel-good story "We Bought a Zoo," the new blockbuster "Mission Impossible — Ghost Protocol," the bestseller-turned-feature film "Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" and much more.
It’s the week before Christmas, the busiest time in movie land, with over half a dozen movies opening in theaters throughout the week. The first batch of films, which hit theaters last night and today, include: "The Adventures of Tintin," "Albert Nobbs," and "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo." Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer talk about the the big holiday releases.
Three big movies come out this weekend as we head into the holidays: "Sherlock Holmes," "Mission Impossible" and "Carnage," a black comedy directed by Roman Polanski. Co-hosts of the Movie Date Podcast Kristen Meinzer and Rafer Guzman review this week's big releases.
Every Friday, The Takeaway looks at the weekend's new releases. Opening this weekend: slacker comedy "The Sitter" with Jonah Hill; and "New Year's Eve" starring Sarah Jessica Parker among many others. Rafer Guzman, film critic for Newsday, and Takeaway producer Kristen Meinzer, co-hosts of The Takeaway Movie Date podcast, give their recommendations on this weekend's new movies.
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There are two kinds of people: those who love Christmas movies and those who hate them. Rafer and Kristen are each one of those kinds of people. Can you guess who is the Grinch and who is little Susan Walker? Either way, both have their holiday favorites — even if they don't all have to do with Christmas. Take a listen and add your own favorites in the comments!
Who doesn't get chills when they hear the opening banjo riff to "Rainbow Connection"? That was the popular tune payed by a lovable Kermit the Frog in the original 'Muppet Movie' way back in 1979. This week, 'The Muppets' return to the screen after a long hiatus. When Muppet-master Jim Henson died in 1990, some thought these lovable puppets might be gone for good. But they got the whole band back together for a Muppets reunion, with help from Jason Segel and Amy Adams.
Takeaway 'Movie Date' podcasters Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer take a trip down memory lane and talk about what the new installment of the series brings to the table.
It's the day before Thanksgiving, one of the biggest movie release dates of the year. Among the major releases this year is Martin Scorsese's ode to movie history, "Hugo," and "My Week with Marilyn," starring Michelle Williams and Kenneth Branagh. And of course, "The Muppets" which has everyone as eager to talk about music as they are about movies.
Yes, it's finally here; the first part of the last installment of the "Twilight" movies. And it's got everything the others didn't: vampire marriage, sex, pregnancy, baby monsters. Kristen and Rafer talk about the latest (and possibly greatest?) movie that all the tweens are talking about. What do a couple of grown adults think? They kind of liked it! Find out why in this week's podcast.