Matt and I had a decent time, but Ben is flabbergasted by the lack of realism in the latest Jack Ryan movie. Chris Pine takes over the role of novelist Tom Clancy’s CIA operative — played previously by Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck — in this prequel/reboot which rips a hole in the time-space continuum.
Matt and I didn’t even have to use our AKs to review the Ice Cube-Kevin Hart mismatched-buddy cop comedy. But we did blast a few holes in it nonetheless.
Many things suck. Here are three of them. Ben, Alonso and I pick the worst films of 2013.
Ben, Alonso and I choose our favorite movies from 2013. You all know that my No. 1 pick is: “Gravity.” But what did the guys select? The anticipation is agonizing, isn’t it?
James Franco “re-enacts” 40 minutes of cut footage from the 1980 drama “Cruising,” in which Al Pacino starred as an undercover cop exploring New York’s gay-bar scene, in his pseudo-documentary “Interior. Leather Bar.” Alonso and I appreciated this as an ambitious experiment.
Peter Berg’s action picture “Lone Survivor,” based on the true story of a Navy SEAL who narrowly lived through a botched mission in Afghanistan, is intense and intimate and beautifully shot. Ben, Alonso and I don’t dispute that. But we do have differing theories as to whether it’s propaganda or an anti-war statement. I’m curious to hear what you guys think.
Lots of big end-of-the-year releases in theaters now, including the much-anticipated sequel “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.” Lauren Sivan and I whip out the big up-dos to discuss.
We all had a complete blast at “American Hustle,” one of the year’s best films and one that will appear very high on both Alonso’s and my top 10 lists.
Matt is a Tolkien purist, so he really disliked the second of Peter Jackson’s three films based on “The Hobbit.” I admittedly haven’t read any of these books and am not a fan of the films, so I was surprised at how much I enjoyed myself. We had a fun little debate.
It’s an infomercial by Disney, for Disney, about Disney. Alonso, Matt, Ben and I review the cheery and self-congratulatory “Saving Mr. Banks,” which is (knda-sorta) about the making of “Mary Poppins.”