Mel has never been big on the Star Wars franchise. Katie loves the original movies and doesn’t understand such heresy. They go back to basics by watching (the 1997 re-released version of) the original 1977 Star Wars.
Over the weekend, Mel and Katie binge-watched Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz in preparation for the finale of Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg’s Cornetto trilogy. In The World’s End, five blokes on the cusp of 40 try to recapture their youth with a legendary pub crawl called the Golden Mile. They return to their small, sleepy home town, where things seem a little too smooth, maybe even…robotic.
After the showdown of X-Men: The Last Stand (A.K.A X-Men 3), Wolverine is all messed up about Jean Grey and stuff. It’s emotional you guys, so when a man he saved in Nagasaki during World War II invites him to Japan to say goodbye, he’s happy for the distraction provided by a wealthy family mob war and a viperous mutant villain. With an awesome lady sidekick and an insipid heiress by his side, Logan fights his demons living, dead and something in between.
Darren Aronofsky spent more than five years trying to get this film made, a personal meditation on life, death, nature and religion. It stars Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz playing multiple characters in three different timelines. So is it a work of art or pretentious prettiness?
Giant alien creatures emerge from a rift in the floor of the Pacific Ocean and overwhelm humans living in surrounding countries. Humans fight back by inventing giant robots so powerful they need to be operated by at least two people. As the alien attacks intensify, humanity must marshall their resources to cancel the apocalypse.
Katie and Mel lead such exciting lives that they spent their Saturday night watching the Tomb Raider movies. To their own surprise as much as anything, they found them to be good fun action movies that don’t take themselves too seriously. Here’s the story of how Mel and Katie became Angelina Jolie fans…
Superman has been rebooted once more, this time in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel. It’s big, long, loud, bombastic, action-packed and a very different and ambitious take on Superman. Does it pull off a Dark Knight? Or is it more of an Amazing Spider-man?
This week, the girls talk about Monsters University, in which Pixar mines one of its old properties for a prequel. The film tells the story of the beginning of Mike and Sully’s friendship in their college days. Thrown together with a team of ragtag misfits, the boys fight to keep their places in the prestigious scare program, and their dream of working at Monsters, Inc alive.
This week, Mel and Katie caught a preview screening of Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing. Unlike ordinary folk, when Joss Whedon takes a holiday (during a break in the production of a small comic book flick about some superheroes), he makes a film. The result is this lighthearted romp through a classic Shakespeare play starring some familiar faces from the Joss Whedon Repertory Society.
A new(ish) release this week as the girls take a look at Baz Luhrmann’s glitter-filled adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. They talk up the virtues of 3D, discuss the sorry state of the Australian film industry, and Mel contemplates life as the host of a podcast about diamonds.