In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen give five movies the Bechdel Test. Will any of them pass? On the chopping block are two biopics ("Lee Daniels' The Butler" and "Jobs"), one suspense thriller ("Paranoia"), Werner Herzog's documentary short about texting and driving ("From One Second to the Next"), and the comic book sequel that swears like a sailor ("Kickass 2").
This week’s big movie releases include the star-packed “Butler,” the biopic/Apple promo “Jobs,” the geeks-spying-on-geeks tech suspense thriller “Paranoia,” and the comic book sequel that swears like a sailor “Kickass 2.” As usual, the Movie Date team, Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer weigh in with their thoughts.
This week's Movie Date podcast features a wide range of movies that have Rafer and Kristen asking: When should a movie go direct to video? Is a Harry Potter ripoff ever as good as Harry Potter? How much nuance can an audience handle? Are fifty allegories too many? And is incest humor ever actually funny? On the chopping block: "Planes," "Percy Jackson," "We're the Millers," "Lovelace," and "Elysium."
Dane Cook, Logan Lerman, Jennifer Aniston, Matt Damon, and Amanda Seyfried—that's your Movie Date lineup for this weekend. Five new films are all out this weekend. Bringing us the reviews of these films is our Movie Date team—Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer. They weigh in with their top picks from the week and the films to steer clear of.
This week, Kristen wonders if the creators of "Two Guns" have difficulty counting, Rafer wonders if the creators of "The Canyons" have difficulty accepting that it's no longer 1983, Kristen has questions about porn, and Rafer feels the need to defend Lindsay Lohan's acting. It's all in honor of the highly anticipated new Bret Easton Ellis/Paul Schrader film, "The Canyons" (featuring porn star James Deen) and the new Mark Wahlberg/Denzel Washington action comedy, "Two Guns."
Lindsay Lohan, Pornstars, Denzel and Marky Mark. That's your Movie Date lineup for this weekend. The new films "The Canyons"and "Guns 2" are all out this weekend. Bringing us the reviews of these films is our Movie Date team—Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer. They weigh in with their top picks from the week and the films to steer clear of.
In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen tackle a strange, intense, and in some cases disappointing variety of movies, from the teen sex comedy, "The To-Do List" to the latest Woody Allen offering, "Blue Jasmine," and in between, the comic book action flick "Wolverine" and the biopic based on a tragic true event, "Fruitvale Station." They also answer voicemail, from one listener who's frustrated and another who sounds genuinely concerned.
This week, movie theaters have offerings for everyone from comic book fans to teen movie lovers or Bernie Madoff haters. Bringing us the reviews of these films is our Movie Date team— Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer. They weigh in with their top picks from the week and the films to steer clear of. Rafer is also film critic for Newsday, and Kristen is culture producer for The Takeaway.
In this week's supersized Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen face what might be the worst opening weekend all summer. On the chopping block: "The Conjuring," "RIPD," "Red 2," and "Turbo."
But it's not all bad. They also sit down with Joshua Oppenheimer, director of the critically acclaimed new documentary, "The Act of Killing."
Snails, spooks, spirits...and Bruce Willis. That's your Movie Date lineup for this weekend. The new films "Turbo," "R.I.P.D," "The Conjuring," and "Red 2" are all out this weekend. Bringing us the reviews of these films is our Movie Date team—Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer. They weigh in with their top picks from the week and the films to steer clear of.
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The Takeaway's Movie Date team, Kristen Meinzer and Rafer Guzman, review this week's major releases. On the roster this week:“Grown Ups 2," a buddy comedy sequel featuring Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock and David Spade; and “Pacific Rim,” a sci-fi film starring Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi and Charlie Day.
Independence Day is of course one of Hollywood's favorite holidays. The box offices offer up some of summer's expected big hits. Hitting the theaters this weekend is Disney's "The Lone Ranger," the comedy concert film "Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain," and Steve Carell's kid flick "Despicable Me 2." Our Movie Date team, Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer, weigh in with their reviews for this holiday weekend.
When's the last time Johnny Depp played an average, regular guy? What exactly are those yellow egg-shaped things in the "Despicable Me" movies? And does Kevin Hart really need to explain anything? These and other questions are explored in the newest Movie Date podcast, as Rafer and Kristen review "The Lone Ranger," "Despicable Me 2," and "Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain." To help them with "The Lone Ranger," and specifically with the depiction of Tonto, they're joined by Rick Chavolla, Education and Development Officer at the American Indian Community House in New York.
Johnny Depp plays Tonto, a Native America character, in the new Disney film “The Lone Ranger.” With Depp in the role, the long tradition of non-Native actors playing Tonto continues, which began back in 1933. But it’s not 1933 anymore—it’s 2013. Why does Hollywood still struggle in its depictions of Native peoples? Adrienne Keene is a blogger and activist with Native Appropriations, a website that examines the representations of native peoples in media. She joins The Takeaway to discuss her thoughts on the film, and the depiction of Tonto.
Every Friday The Takeaway looks at the new films set to open up at the box office. In this week's look, our resident Movie Date Podcast team—Rafer Guzman, film critic for Newsday, and Kristen Meinzer, Culture Producer for The Takeaway—discuss the new releases "The Heat," "White House Down" and "20 Feet from Stardom."
In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer wonders if "White House Down" might be the exact same movie as "Olympus Has Fallen,"Kristen tries to fake out Rafer with her feelings about "The Heat," Rafer talks about the most spine-tingling moment in "20 Feet From Stardom," and both imagine themselves as the lead characters in "Turner and Hooch."
How do you get out of a movie you've already shot? That's the current dilemma for actor Jim Carey who announced he'll no longer support the film Kick-Ass 2, where he plays a leading role in the comic book sequel. Rafer Guzman, film critic for Newsday and co-host of the Takeaway Movie Date podcast, joins us to discuss the film.
Moviegoers face no shortage of great movies to choose from this weekend: "Monsters University" is the prequel to Disney/Pixar's "Monsters, Inc."; Brad Pitt stars in "World War Z", a zombie apocalypse thriller; and "Before Midnight" is the third installation in Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy's love story.