You and Julian look like you just came off the set of Pulp Fiction. You didn't shoot Marvin in the face, I hope =)
Goddamn it, *Jillian. Sorry, damn Autocorrect.
I can see that....To me she looks a lot like Kate Winslet (in the face) now (meaning gor-ge-ous!). Congrats and lots of support to you, Jillian, on your weight loss - I'm keenly aware of how hard it can be.
I had the good fortune of seeing Divergent last night for an early 8PM screening. I thought it was pretty good. Sure the dystopian future was kinda weird compared to the Hunger Games, but the good acting and thrilling action elevated it for me. I too would like to see the sequel, but I wouldn't hold my breath to going out in buying it on Blu-Ray.
I still haven't seen the previous Muppets movie, so I can't say about the sequel. The only Muppet movies I've seen in my life was Muppets Christmas Carol, Muppet Treasure Island, and Muppets in Space. I should catch up on my Muppets movies!
BTW, I'm so with you Brad on the Hannibal TV show! I hope it makes it through its planned seven seasons despite low ratings. That way, I want to see what they can do with their own variation on the Red Dragon novel the show's based on including the book's main bad guy The Tooth Fairy.
I'm so on board with that show as well. I never thought in a million years that NBC would pull something like that off, but they have. Mads Mikkelsen is now tied with Hopkins in my opinion, and may even be a bit better. He's such a great example of the Magnificent Bastard trope. Here's hoping to all seven seasons coming to fruition. 8)
Maybe Brad can talk about it some more in a minisode of RB. *fingers crossed* Oh, and guess who admitted to hating the show in a Facebook comment? -_-
I would definitely suggest seeing the older Muppet movies. They might be a bit cheesy by today's standards (hell, they were probably cheesy then) but they're still really great. They have some great moments and lines, particularly Janice if you listen closely. Richard Hunt, the performer of Janice (he was also Scooter, Statler and Sweetums) had a sort of running gag he did with the character in the movies, where every time the Muppets would begin arguing amongst themselves, Janice would make comments about exhibitionism. In fact, there's a line in Muppets Take Manhattan where the Muppets are arguing (in a diner I believe) and the last person left talking is Janice and she's halfway through talking about being asked to pose nude for an art class at a university.
I'm just a big Muppet nerd though so I intend to see Muppets Most Wanted regardless of Brad's opinion. It just makes me sad to hear that some characters that were left out of the first reboot, are only in this one as a one-off joke. Also: it's Robin, Brad!! The tiny frog is Robin the Frog and he's Kermit's nephew!!
I'm with Jillian in thinking this one was better than the (still fun) reboot. This was old-fashioned Muppet nonsense like the original ones and I liked that.
And you guys did something that no ads or hype could do - you made me curious about Divergent. Behold, the power of Brad's seductive voice.
So Brad, is it then safe to say that you're not yet beyond Thunderdome?
where's Jake i love Julian but where is jake
People have lives, sometimes it's not all together easy to get people with busy schedules together for a movie, so when someone like Jake can't break away for a night, plans change and other people go to the movies with me.
You can't fool us - you're just trying to torture Jake by not letting him see the good kids movies. Then when you make him watch Tyler Perry's first kids movie, you'll make him go and tell him "well I saw all these kids movies in March and I thought they were good. You just have to have an open mind."
Hmmm...I don't know...I suspect you murdered Jake and are just trying to hide that fact. *nods* I've seen most of your films, you can't fool me!
This thigh-gap thing is so fucking ridiculous. Do girls really want to look more like R2-D2 than C-3PO? What the fuck!
I didn't even know thigh-gaps were a "thing" until a few months ago. Why the hell would anybody care about whether or not you have a freakin' space between your damn thighs. It's so bizarre the pointless things that people can be fixated on.
It's incredibly sad that people are actually influenced by the fucking shallow idiots writing for magazines and other media who for some reason feel it's their duty to tell people how they should and shouldn't look, and to be ashamed if their bodies don't measure up. The kind of people who come up with this stuff must be vapid, soulless husks.
That said, if I had my way everyone would have a dense yet well maintained beard and a pair of dashing specs.
You're criticizing body shaming by body shaming. CONGRATS! You're an asshole!
So, Jillian. You are blonde now? Okay. I'm fine with this. How is your hand/wrist doing? Better I hope.
Jake is starting to show up less frequently. I hope that he has a kids movie that is surprisingly awful, something that makes the first Smurfs video look like Amazing SpiderMan. He should also have to see Frankenhood.
I'm 100% with Brad and Sarah on Hannibal. I kind of think that it's a bad movie, but it's also a FUN movie. Turtle-face Gary Oldman is the best part. "Cordell. Cordell? CORDELL! CORDELL!!!"
Totally agree with this. I never got all the hate for that movie. Sure it's no Silence of the Lambs but it's still very enjoyable. The settings are great, it's pretty damn gruesome and yeah, Gary Oldman is fucking awesome!
Also Hannibal the TV show is fantastic.
Now I really want to see one of you wearing a Cinema Snob watch!
It could assemble the team at midnights
I'd buy that for a dollar!
So Brad hates Superman when he kills people but he's cool with Kermit the Frog doing it!
Let's get him Man of Steel fans!!
what book did Sarah say was more interesting? The Wall?
I think she's talking about "Wool", it's like a collection of short post-apoc stories. She mentioned it in the Purge review. She could be talking about something else, though
No I do believe she's talking about the new Terry Pratchett Discworld novel "Raising Steam", which just came out in the US.
Fuck yea, mad love for Meet the Feebles!
Disappointed to hear that Divergent is mediocre at best. Just why is it so hard to take a Young Adult novel and make a decent movie based on it? It seems like they all make the exact same mistakes, under the delusion that this is what their audience wants and ignoring the fact that every other one has done abysmally since Twilight, with the exception of Hunger Games.
Speaking of YA adaptations, one thing I simultaneously wish would happen and dread happening is the Wind on Fire trilogy. That first novel has a similar (as far as I can tell) premise of kids who reject the "house" their society sorts them into, but then it all gets batshit insane, mixing satire of extreme educational testing and social expectation with underground mud people, an eerie Marching Band army that serves the "Devil", the Morah, and desert nomads that prowl the desert on giant wheeled ship cities. The next two get a bit more serious, but that first book is fantastic! I think that's probably my favourite YA book, though I can't say I've read much more YA stuff lately. I think that could make a fantastic movie, but if they do it like they've been doing everything YA lately, I would rather they not make it.
And as for the Muppets, I liked its predecessor, but I couldn't get over the fact that the Muppets weren't the star of their own movie anymore. I couldn't get into the two main characters, because it meant Kermit and Gonzo and Fonzie were secondary characters to them. So if those two aren't in it, or aren't in it as much, I might like it better. I loved the songs though, and I'm glad Bret McKenzie returned for them.
Is everyone really excited aboot the cannibal holocaust re-make by Eli Roth I just listened to a podcast of him talking aboot it. podcastone.com talk is Jericho. he talks aboot parting w/ john Travolta and almost dying in mexico too.
The Muppets: Anarchy. I'd buy tickets to that!!
Divergent is just another in a line of "The Hunger Games did great, so obviously any "bestseller" of the same is also as hot, let's make movies!" ignoring that Divergent, Beautiful Creatures, City of Bones and whatever the hell else all never had anywhere near the press or talk that THG or even Twilight had. Same genre does not mean same results.
Ooh, Brad, you and Jake should really check out the new Planes sequel (Fire and Rescue) trailer. I just saw it and, oh my god, it is the strangest wtf trailer for a sequel to goddamn Planes I've ever did saw. It's overly saccharine, the music and feel ignore the words that the characters are saying, the music and feel are this insane Sarah McLachlan schilling sad puppies level of sap... I'm curious as to what this will do to Jake's brain, him having seen the first craptastic one.
What about doing something like that for the Random Button Minisodes? A segment (or a one-off whole episode) where Brad and his guest look at trailers for some of the most..."anticipated" movies later in the year that they haven't seen in the theatre yet, and give first impressions and predictions?
I can't get beyond the concept behind Divergent. At all. Like Brad says, "These people seems smart enough that they should know that this is stupid."
I just can't suspend my disbelief here.
Yeah and those morons on Logan's Run should've figured shit out too, and those guys in Soylent Green, what was their freaking problem was it too difficult for them to figure out. Please, it's not like brainwashing, murder and intimidation comes into play when you're in a dystopian future. Geez, Brad you understand Dystopian futures very well.
Damn you dystopian futures for having whackos in charge and no one overturning them out of fear or whatever. Damn you opressed, oblivious future people not realizing this is stupid.
I'm with Brad, having a terror of heights myself, if you're legit scared of heights, you wouldn't be climbing stuff.
Any chance of you guys going to see Grand Budapest Hotel? That opened today at my theater and I absolutely loved it. Highly recommended (unless you hate Wes Anderson or something).
I think Brad Jones would hate Wes Anderson, he's too what's the word, pretentious for him. I hate Wes Anderson, his comedy isn't funny and really isn't charming.
You know I honestly wouldn't call Wes Anderson pretentious. In fact i think he's one of the few movie makers in the mainstream who actually makes the kind of movies he wants to make rather than what he thinks other people are going to like. Sure his films can be somewhat overwrought and veer a little too close to all out quirkyness but I never get the feeling that his films are disingenuous or anything other than what he wants them to be.
I hardly think Kirsten Dunst is a 'perfect 10', either, yet I don't remember too much of an uproar over *her* casting.
Divergent was really stupid.
Aside from that, I just kept wondering which faction I would belong to. I could only conclude that I would WANT to be an intellectual, but would probably fail at that. So, I would choose truth teller, even though my dumbass aptitude test would likely tell me to be a farmer.
Fuck that. No way I would want ot be a smelly ass hippy farmer.
Anyway...what was I talking about again? Oh, yeah. Divergent was really stupid.
Generally I rarely watch the midnight screenings and I've never commented but had to say damn Jillian you are looking good. That's all I guess I'll probably check these out more often
First, It's awesome that Brad has seen Oldboy! Movie is fucking awesome! Love that movie! And second, Ricky Gervais used to be in a band lol I'm not joking. "Seona Dancing" is the name of the band where he used to sing
Say what you will, but the females probably have the "upper hand" with super hero movies.. Didn't Chris Hemsworth make the girls fawn over him to absurd levels?
Kristen Dunst sure as hell didn't have the same effect, much like the girl they cut..
it's weird...i've probably seen more fangirling over Loki than Thor.
dunno why. the guy who plays Loki looks like a wirey dweeb, tbh.
does Thor himself even have a big female fanbase?
Not really. I mean there are people who love Chris Hemsworth, but not as nearly as big/crazy as Hiddleston's fanbase. Personally I prefer Chris Evans out of the MCU men, but that's just me.
Shaileene was cut out of the movie because Marc Webb felt it was rushing way too much into another love interest right after what I'm pretty sure everyone knows is gonna happen. And She wasn't cast in the next Spider Man movies because she already had a contract with the Divergent series. So she didn't have any time to add another movie series to her scheduale (spellling? Sorry english is not my first language)
As a Downers Grove resident, yes, the monsters live out here.
Only if you could get Noah to see Noah with you.
Hey, I'm a communist and I like Lego just fine.
Also, Divergent sounds like a society run by the people who were mad about dual-classing in 2nd edition D&D. ("I don't want to be just one thing. I want to be a Fighter, and a Magic-User, and a Rogue...")
Just a friendly reminder, THE RAID 2 is coming out soon. Don't forget to see it! I'm gonna take a mini-vacation to New York City next week so I should be able to catch its limited release.
I really liked Muppets most wanted, it was like a double shot of muppetyness. On a side note, I want Jillian 's review of meet the feebles now. It's kinda fun, but strangely creepy too. Maybe the way it's shot, I dunno.
I just saw the Muppets movie, and I'm totally with Jillian on this one. It was great. Lotsa fun.
I got a bit curious about that sci-fi book ‘The Wall’ Sarah mentioned.
If it is the book by Marlen Haushofer she means, just make her watch this and she will be happy. :)
I'm pretty sure she was talking about Hugh Howey's "Wool" series of novellas.
i saw the muppets sequel. it wasn't great, it wasn't bad. it just was. i agree; that the songs were a little much. and the cameos made no sense at all. as much as i love Chloe Moretz; she had no reason to be there. it could of been a muppet doing her role.
i seem to recall when the earlier muppet movies had cameos; they were there for a purpose, or a joke. not just because disney was able to rope them in.
but with that said; it's not a terrible movie. but i'd totally recommend the original muppet movies, over this one.
or better yet; go watch dark crystal instead. living proof of why "somethings can only be made with CG" is complete bullshit.
Ok guys I’m usually not one to beg but could you please, please, please review God’s Not Dead? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrmBiLM5xjg It looks like the worst thing in the world, and I really want to know what it is about, but I don’t want to actually see it. Please do the lords work on this one for your fans, Amen
Holy fuck. I watched the trailer for that just now, and you are so right about that. It looks absolutely awful, propping up the unlikeable evil professor as a straw man, and portraying Christianity as the persecuted minority (when exactly the opposite is usually true). We've already had Son of God, we have this shit coming out, we have Heaven Is For Real and Noah is sounding like the conservatives are taking a hatched to Aronofsky's original idea...what is it with this year and awful big budget Christian movies?
I disagree with you, about "Noah" and Christian movies.
I do agree that movie DOES look bad, but not for the premise, but for making the philosophy professor a strawman, atheist douchebag, like you said, who really shouldn't be a philosophy professor. Isn't the entire point of philosophy class to learn about the philosophies of people that are NOT you? Also this movie doesn't need to be a movie. The only way this plot can actually work is if it is either a plot of a TV show, or a test put up by the teacher in the first ten minutes of a movie where a cool philosophy teacher learns about the Christian faith through a student by understanding, and in return, teaches him life lesson or something.
When it comes to "Noah" and "Son of God," those aren't "Christian films," they're "Biblical films". The Bible is one of the most celebrated books of all time, obviously. It makes great source material, so that's why so many people are making them.
Sorry SamJ, that was badly phrased, and I apologise. I should have made a distinction between the two types.
I can understand the "Biblical movies" being made, but we used to get The Ten Commandments or Ben Hur - which, yeah, may be stretching it as far as Biblical stories go. Or Prince of Egypt! I don't object to movies like Son of God because they're based on a religious text - I object because I've seen it done plenty of times before, and done better.
But I do differentiate them from "Christian movies", because in my mind those don't exist for the same reasons. Biblical movies exist to tell a story. Christian movies exist to preach to the choir, or to try to proselytize, which I object to. Worse, they do it badly. Christians are fully entitled to movies that affirm their world view, but it seems like the people who make them expect them to have wide audience appeal, and then wonder why they're getting bad reviews. Even worse are the people like Tyler Perry, who do it in the most patronising way. He's openly said he makes movies to teach lessons, and slaps "disarming" characters on top of it to hide it. As Dave put it, "don't go with God, you get AIDS BITCH." It's lazy, and that attitude saddens me. Christians deserve better. Black people deserve better. We ALL deserve better.
I second this motion...
From what I read on wikipedia it sounded like a modern version of The Great Muppet Caper to me. So was it pretty close to that or not at all like that?
The basic problem with young adult fiction is that its aimed at girls. Young male adults are too busy warching free porn arguing about superheros, plus of course mainstream hollywood is aimed at young adults in the first place.
Having just watched From Dusk Til Dawn very recently and listening to the podcast with Mister X, I immediately thought of Brad with that whole Danny Trejo bit in the Muppet movie. Personally that was my favorite joke, it made me laugh super hard.
That being said while I did thoroughly enjoy myself with this latest movie, I'm in 100% agreement with Brad about how the lack of Jason Segel made this movie feel like it was missing something. As I understand Segel wanted to do his contribution with the Muppets and move on, which I can understand but he was greatly missed.
But Ty Burrell and Tina Fey were both fantastic.
I usually agree with Brads reviews, but I'm actually with Jillian on this one! Muppet movies just leave me so fucking upbeat! and I thought this was another great one!
You need to see God's Not Dead not only is it extremely bigoted it's also racist
Sarah has always been very cool. She has now cemented that fact when she killed that spider. That was really cool.
I love Sarah but that actually made me kind of sad :-[
I only recently watched Oldboy and I thought the same thing about that sequence in Muppets Most Wanted. Apparently the writers are eclectic cusses.
Hannibal is hands down the best show on TV right now, Sarah. Brian (Dead Like Me, Pushing Daisies) Fuller has a 7 year plan to adapt all of Thomas Harris's novels. These first two seasons are prequels, and season 3 will be Red Dragon/ Manhunter.
And if they do get a season 3? David Bowie will probably guest star. Watch it!
Blip is seriously fucking up. Everytime I get to an ad, it just stops playing anything (probably because there are no ads for my language/area). I can only watch by either using a proxy in another country (but that tends to be to slow) or refreshing the page and restarting the video past the ad-break.
Sarah likes Discworld? Marry me please lol
Someone uploaded Meet the Feedles to Youtube
I thought Divergent was pretty good too. Something I had fun with was thinking about how this movie could easily be a Golan-Globus movie from the '80s. I think it was the bare bones post-apocalyptic look of Chicago. Slash the budget to $1 million, give the girls some big hair and Divergent could totally be a "prestige" project for Golan-Globus.
I thought it was funny how there's nothing outside the city but flat farmland. One could almost see that choice artistically. A joke on what people who live in the city, downtown, think the rest of Illinois is like. Apparently the war didn't even leave ruins of the small neighborhoods that still a part of Chicago.
That aside, I did find myself to be curious about what is outside the city and beyond the farms. Prior to being mind-controlled slaves, what exactly is Dauntless training for? I don't read YA fiction and I'm glad of it. I enjoyed just going to see a movie that I didn't know anything about. It'll be the opposite for me when Captain America: The Winter Soldier comes out. I read the comic books already, which is an excellent run of Captain America, so I know the Winter Soldier's identity.
The first time I saw the commercial for Divergent, before they showed the name of the movie, I thought it was a movie based on The Giver that had been changed to be more like the Hunger Games.
After listening to your review, I'll give this movie a pass and reread The Giver.
Oops, my fault commenting before reaching the end of the video. So they are making movie for The Giver. I'll be curious to see how it turns out.
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I would have assumed that the only way that they could have made the Giver into a movie was basically to make an art film, which is why I assumed it would never be made. I don't understand why they decided to make it the Hunger Games, rather than adapting something else.
You best be talking about the Korean Oldboy and not that shitty US one.
I had to get out the house for a few hours today, and I saw Muppets Most Wanted. It was okay. There was still heart in it and it warmed my heart at times. Tina Fey was great in it, and Gervais was pretty good. However, the Constantine character was the dead, weak link. He wasn't funny, nor written to be, and I didn't like the voice they used for him. The hopping around CGI frog was a little over done, but I'm glad that it didn't continue on beyond that one dance number with Gervais. Burrell and Sam were great, as you said. Not enough of them and too much Constantine. Overall, I'd give it a 7/10. Not as good as the last movie for sure.