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Coming Soon (ish): The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

15 Apr

If, like me, you are a) too old to be watching the MTV Movie Awards, b) too busy watching Game of Thrones and Mad Man to watch, and c) just not interested in the loudness and Selena Gomez-ness anyways, then you missed the new trailer for Catching Fire, the second Hunger Games movie which comes out in November (hence the soon-ish in the title).

Though we’re in for a long wait until November 22, I for one am completely content to start getting pumped up for this movie now, as it’s probably going to be awesome!

Are you as psyched as I am for THG: CF to come out? Can you bear the 6+ month wait until it hits theaters? Leave ’em in the comments!


Coming soon: World War Z

25 Mar

It almost seems unfair to release such an awesome trailer…and then make audiences wait 88 whole days to see the whole thing! Alas, that’s what we’re looking at here with World War Z. Check out the full (extended!) look below!

Thoughts? You know I love me a good end of the world zombie movie, and I imagine I’ll be going through Walking Dead withdrawal by then, so WWZ is definitely on my anticipated summer blockbuster list!

Sound off in the comments!

Hanging with Mr. (Bradley) Cooper

14 Mar

Things I’m always up for:

  • Free things
  • Movies
  • Advanced screenings that make me feel “in the know”

So when I saw that the Boston Globe was hosting a free, advanced screening of “The Place Beyond the Pines” starring Bradley Cooper and Ryan Gosling, it seemed the stars had clearly aligned and I immediately roped by friend and frequent movie partner Kara in to see it.

photo (2)What made the screening extra cool was the scheduled post-movie Q&A with director and writer Derek Cianfrance!  But when it came time for the Q&A with Boston Globe movie editor Janice Page, the audience was in for a surprise when the film’s star and recent Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper joined him!

Cianfrance (who also directed Blue Valentine) was apparently having dinner with Bradley (yeah, that’s how tight we are now) nearby and asked him to tag along–which he did to the delight of the audience.

Derek and 2012’s sexiest man alive (who was dressed way down in a hoodie and baseball hat, but still managed to look super hot) answered questions about preparation for roles, project choices and lots of questions about the film: character development, where the inspiration for the plot came from, and what the name of the movie means (Schenectady, NY, where the film was filmed and set, is the Mohawk word meaning “beyond the pine plains”).

The Globe posted a bunch of way better pictures on Facebook; yes, I waited in that lo-o-o-ng line, but got in with the first group thanks to my spot (lucky 99!)


I’ll post my thoughts on the movie later, but first, an Oscartini tip: Always go to screenings. Sometimes one of the film’s stars will show up…and it will be awesome!

New Iron Man 3 Trailer!

5 Mar

Less than two months until Iron Man flies back into our lives! What do you think of the latest trailer? As an unabashed fan of RDJ, I of course think it’s awesome and can’t wait to catch it in theaters!

Got Oscar Nominees?

7 Feb

With less than 3 weeks left until the big night, you may be panicking that you haven’t seen enough (or any!) of the 9 best picture nominees.

You can definitely try to get to theaters to see War Horse, The Decendents, The Artist, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Hugo and try a combo of Redbox, Netflix and On-Demand to catch Moneyball, The Help, Midnight in Paris and The Tree of Life…or you can see all of these in one fell swoop (or weekend)!

For the fifth year, AMC is hosting a Best Picture showcase. On the weekend of 2/18-2/19, participating theaters are showing all the best picture nominees, 4 on Saturday and 5 on Sunday. Or, in select cities (including San Francisco, LA and New York) AMC is hosting a true movie marathon and screening all the nominees in a row, from 11am on Saturday 2/25 to around 8am on Sunday the 26th.

For my Boston peeps, there are 5 participating theaters in the area hosting the 2 day showcase, but no marathons locally. For everyone else, check here to see a BPS is happening near you!

*Note: I wasn’t perked or paid for this post, but wanted to share this efficient way to see the best picture nominees!*

In Theater: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1

14 Dec

I know I’ve been the There, I said it. I also know that Breaking Dawn part 1, the fourth movie in the Twilight Saga, came out roughly a month ago. Does it say something that I waited this long to put up a single word about it? Yes.

It was fine. I’ll go see the 5th and final installment when it comes out next year. 3 things that happened during my viewing are noteworthy, however.

  1. This actually happened in my showing. For you non-link clickers, someone had some kind of seizure or reaction during the final scenes of the movie. It abruptly shut off, and I, being the reasonable person that I am, thought “Hmm, that was a weird ending.” The 150 teenagers in the theater, however, did not share my reaction. As soon as the screen went dark, what can only be described as a roar went up through the crowd. I’d call it equal parts angry and heartbroken that Vampire Edward had been cut of from delivering what was likely a crucial line (I couldn’t tell, I was ready for this ish to be over). Apparently, another lux level patron (where I was obviously sitting) was having a “medical emergency” and the movie would be restarted once that situation was dealt with. It was awkward, but I was never more happy to be in the 21 plus section and away from the crying girls in the regular section. So, that was weird.
  2. There is a point in the movie where Edward, who is a 100+ year old vampire, needs to look something up. Of course, being a modern vampire-man thing, he takes to the internet. Where does he go on the internet? Why, Yahoo! of course. Wait. What? Yahoo? Who uses Yahoo? You know he would Google it. Let’s be serious. Out of all the search engines, Yahoo is rated number 3, and is losing marketshare monthly. Maybe your average person wouldn’t notice/be so offended about that, but I work at a technology company and I care.  So, that part was ridiculous and I laughed at it. Stupid Twilight.
  3. The Lux Level is still my favorite way to see a movie, especially when I see it with awesome people like my friends Anne and Annemarie and my sister-in-law to be Maggie. If you don’t see movies in the Lux Level occasionally, you are MISSING OUT.
  4. In honor of the movie, Showcase Cinemas went all out. And by all out, I mean: customer Twilight-theme drinks. I had a Team Edward and it was delish.

So, there’s my month in the making Breaking Dawn post. Not going to say it was 100% worth the wait, but that’s neither here nor there.

On the bright side: only 99 more days until The Hunger Games comes out!

In Theater: The Lion King 3D

30 Sep

The number one movie in the country this past weekend is–perhaps somewhat surprisingly–one that was released just about 17 years ago. Yep, I’m talking about The Lion King, one of the best Disney movies of all time. Do I love this movie a lot? Yes. Does it seem somewhat inappropriate for children to watch? That’s also an affirmative. Regardless, it’s a great story and definitely a movie I’d categorize as a Disney classic. To get you all kinds of riled up for The Lion King, take a look at the first wonderful moments (which gets me amped every.single.time) Yes. It’s the circle of life.

Is that or is that not the best movie opening ever?

For those of you who may not be familiar with the story of the lion king; get away from my blog. ASAP. But seriously, if you haven’t seen the Lion King, then you’re in luck: it’s playing in theaters RIGHT NOW! You can catch it in 3D or 2D.

Now, I saw it in 3D. Did I see it because it was in 3D? No. I saw it because it was a wonderful, nostalgic trip down memory lane. I am a self-admitted Lion King fanatic. I’ve seen the Broadway musical 3 times since it opened in ’97, have different versions of the soundtrack and got SO EXCITED when Modern Family busted out this scene in season 1:

Though this movie came out almost two decades ago, when I saw it last week, there was a completely full house! It was great to see all the kids seeing The Lion King for the first time; so what if some of them were cowering in fear from some of the scary parts (of which there are a few)? Kids are resilient!

The 3D in the movie was good; not overpowering or distracting which was well done, but I didn’t find that it added too much to the movie. If you’re looking for a dose of childhood, or if you want to introduce kids in your life to The Lion King, I’d head to the theaters NOW.

Oh, and if anyone has any movies with a more awesome beginning, I would love to hear about them!