It’s Friday, and you know what that means: It's movie day at The Takeaway. This week, the Movie Date team previews three major releases. As always, our Movie Date team, Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer, are here to weigh in. Rafer, is film critic for Newsday. And Kristen is culture producer for The Takeaway.
The air is getting crisper, the jackets are coming out and that means for movie lovers, it's time for a fall film preview.
In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen talk crime and fast cars. They also speak with Martha Shane and Lana Wilson, the filmmakers behind a documentary about the last four late-term abortion clinics in the country. Start your engines! It's time to review "Prisoners," "Rush," and "After Tiller."
This week, we preview two wide releases and a limited release documentary. First, we talk "Prisoners," the Hugh Jackman, and Jake Gyllenhaal thriller, then Ron Howard’s racecar action flick, "Rush." Finally, we look at “After Tiller,” a documentary that takes us inside the last four late-term abortion clinics in the country. As always, our Movie Date team, Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer, weigh in.
Plus: Songwriter and pop parodist "Weird Al" Yankovic talks about his latest work, a children's book called My New Teacher and Me!
And: Jazz musician and best-selling novelist James McBride discusses his new book The Good Lord Bird and brings his band in for a live performance.
In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen look at strange array of movies, including an indie documentary ("Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction"), a horror flick ("Insidious: Chapter 2"), and an aging mobster comedy ("The Family"). They also look at "Austenland" with the help of Meg Levin, one of the New York City coordinators of the Jane Austen Society of North America.
In the newest Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen explore the theme of seclusion in this week's big releases: from the self-imposed recluse life of J.D. Salinger (in the new documentary "Salinger") to the lonely survivalist life of Vin Diesel's character (in "Riddick"). Rafer and Kristen also share their own strange memories of being all alone, and read through a large pile of listener mail.
This week there are three releases on the chopping block. The first is "Riddick," the latest in the multi-part sci-fi action franchise. There’s also the documentary “Salinger,” which promises to divulge some secrets about writer J.D. Salinger. Finally, Michael Landon Jr. follows in his father’s footsteps with an inspirational film called “The Ultimate Life.” Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer, weigh in.
This week’s movie releases include "Our Nixon," which examines the Nixon presidency, and “Closed Circuit,” the British crime thriller, in addition to “One Direction: This Is Us,” a documentary on the boy band One Direction. As usual, the Movie Date team, Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer, weigh in with their thoughts.
In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen wonder if anyone trusts the government anymore, and consider whether beauty is enough to make up for a lack of substance. They also sit down with director Morgan Spurlock to discuss his newest and very surprising film project. It's all in honor of "Closed Circuit," "Our Nixon," "The Grandmaster," and "One Direction: This is Us."
In this week's Movie Date podcast, Kristen and Rafer review movies that are about drinking...or that might be best watched while drunk. They include: "The World's End," which is about an alcoholic embarking on a 12-pub crawl gone wrong; "The Spectacular Now," which is about an alcoholic embarking on a romance gone wrong; and "You're Next," which is about a a bunch of rich people at a family gathering gone wrong. Also, Kristen and Rafer take a few minutes to complain about the current state of movie etiquette.
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.