The 2013 Winter Movie Season Preview

Winter

Ok, boys and girls. The Holiday Season is over… and the Spring Season, full of mini Blockbusters, is still months away.

Between now and then lies Hollywood’s dumping ground. The Hollywood fields lie fallow in the winter, bearing little quality product. It’s the two months of the year we need to “Get through”. While January typically offers some limited releases from the prior year going wide, there’s typically little else to get excited over.

Will this year be different? Are there any movies to get excited about these next two months? Let’s take a look at the release slate and see what we’ve got!

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Now Showing on Cable: “Carnage”

Making its debut this weekend on Starz was last year’s “Carnage”.

Directed by Roman Polanski and starring Jodie Foster, John C. Reilly, Kate Winslet and Christoph Waltz, “Carnage” is a comedy based on a stage play. After a school yard altercation, the parents of the two boys involved get together briefly to discuss the incident. But what begins as a brief meeting to resolve an issue escalates into a quite a row.

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Movies That Everyone Should See: “Titanic”

Titanic Disaster.

Sunk After Collision With an Iceberg.

Loss of Life.

Wireless Calls for Aid.

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The White Star Liner Titanic (46,382 tons) which left Southhampton on Wednesday on her maiden voyage to New York, came into collision with an iceberg at a point about 41.45 North and 30.14 West off the North American coast at 10.23 p.m. on Sunday night (American time). The vessel was badly damaged and wireless messages were sent out for help. A number of other liners in the neighborhood hastened to her assistance, she sank yesterday morning as will be seen from the following message received as we are going to press:-

NEW YORK, April 15, 9.45 p.m.

The following despatch has been received here from Cape Race:-

“The steamer Olympic reports that the steamer Carpathia reached the Titanic’s position at daybreak, but found boats and wreckage only. She reported that the Titanic foundered. About 2.20 a.m. in lat. 41 deg__16 min., long. 30 deg, 14 min.”

The message adds:-“All the Titanic’s boats are accounted for. About 673 souls have been saved of the crew and passengers. The latter are nearly all women and children. The Leyland liner California is remaining and searching the vicinity of the disaster. The Carpathia is returning to New York with the survivors!” Reuter.

“The Times”
London, England
April 16, 1912

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Movies That Everyone Should See: “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”

How happy is the blameless vestal’s lot!
The world forgetting, by the world forgot.
Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind!
Each pray’r accepted, and each wish resign’d;
Labour and rest, that equal periods keep;
“Obedient slumbers that can wake and weep;”
Desires compos’d, affections ever ev’n,
Tears that delight, and sighs that waft to Heav’n.
Grace shines around her with serenest beams,
And whisp’ring angels prompt her golden dreams.
For her th’ unfading rose of Eden blooms,
And wings of seraphs shed divine perfumes,
For her the Spouse prepares the bridal ring,
For her white virgins hymeneals sing,
To sounds of heav’nly harps she dies away,
And melts in visions of eternal day.

- “Eloisa to Abelard”, Alexander Pope, 1717

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New Episode of The (title pending) Movie Podcast with Tank and Fogs!!

What’s up everybody?? We’re back with another episode of The (title pending) Movie Podcast!!

This week we hit the box office roundup and see if anything can dethrone the Hunger Games, then head into our featured review of the week, “American Reunion”! In addition to our thoughts on the movie, we cover how we feel about previous installments, and discuss if there’s any possibility that they continue the series on beyond this.

Then, for our “Extra Feature” this week, in honor of its re-release in 3D, Tank and I discuss “Titanic” – our thoughts about the movie, the phenomenon, its place in history, and whether or not we feel it was worthy of its Academy Award.

Oh yeah. Let’s just say you’re gonna wanna hear this. :D

It’s another great episode of (title pending) movie goodness! It’s going to be a fun listen, there’s no doubt. You can download or listen to the show directly, here, or look for us on iTunes. If you do, leave us a rating and review! They really help us out!

You can give us a like on Facebook here as well… I have a feeling this will be a fun week to watch the fireworks, LOL.

Contagion

Contagion tells the story of the sudden appearance of a hyper-virulent strain of virus known as MEV-1.

MEV-1 is an airborne virus. If a person passes close enough to someone carrying the virus, and they breathe, they could contract the virus. It can also be contracted through tactile transmission. If a healthy person touches something a carrier touched, they could contract the virus. Between these two methods of transmission, and the fact that ground zero was the highly populated city of Hong Kong and patient zero was an international traveler, you have the recipe for disaster on a global scale.

And “Contagion” serves it all up for us in a stylistic, engrossing, high calibre movie experience.

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