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The Way, Way Back is Way, Way Good! July 17, 2013

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I was excited to get last minute passes to see The Way, Way Back.  The reviews are overwhelmingly positive, plus any film description containing the words ‘indie’ and ‘Steve Carell’ is a 99% guarantee that the film will be fantastic.  Carell as Trent, however, is not the quirky, quiet, shy, downtrodden, or lovable guy you usually see in these films.  This go around, he’s pretty much a douche.

The Way Way Back bannerThe Way, Way Back focuses mostly on actor Liam James (The Killing,) who portrays 14 year old Duncan, son to Toni Collette’s Pam.  The movie opens on him sitting in the back seat of an old school, wood-paneled Buick station wagon.  Yep…the ones with the bench seat that faces the back of the car.  (more…)

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Homeland In My Hometown June 6, 2013

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Homeland Cast ChairsMonday and Tuesday of this week, Raleigh, NC became our nation’s capital.  Well, part of it became Washington, DC.  A few streets and some of our government buildings in downtown stood in for DC on the tv show Homeland.  The cast and crew of the Emmy winning show popped into town to film a few scenes for the season 3 premiere.  Typically filmed in Charlotte, Raleigh was utilized for this episode because we have a few more buildings with lovely granite exteriors that look reminiscent of the marbled buildings of DC.  And they liked the look of our courtroom in the Justice Building, and the interiors of the State Capital Building.  

As I headed downtown to check out filming, I was hoping to see Mandy Patinkin and Morena Baccarin being that I am a Princess Bride-loving Browncoat.  I was hoping to be the 1 billionth fan to ask Patinkin to do his (more…)

The Ho-Hum Internship June 5, 2013

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Usually Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn are a fabulous pairing.  Wedding Crashers was hysterical and sweet.  I was hoping The Internship would be as good as that film, but frankly it was a bit of a disappointment.  I expected to laugh more, but it was less comedy and more feel-good, self-help, inspirational.

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Nick (Owen Wilson) and Billy (Vince Vaughn) are watch salesmen who seem to be the only ones who didn’t know the company they work for is a sinking ship.  John Goodman, in a blink and you miss him role as their boss, neglected to tell them.  Now unemployed and in need of a new career, Billy devises a plan to get them hired at Google.  They finagle their way into the summer intern program where they compete against hundreds of college students for 5 coveted spots to be a Google employee.  Sounds like there could be some great scenes there, yes?  Two established workers trying to connect to their team members from a field of idealized and jaded students.  Part of the (more…)

Now You See Me May 23, 2013

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In the end, it’s all about a leap of faith.  Now You See Me poster

I wish I could explain this in more detail, but to do so would reveal way too much about the wonderfully entertaining film, Now You See Me.  And trust me, you don’t want to be spoiled.  I went into the advanced screening last night knowing just this summary: FBI agent Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo) and Interpol Agent Alma Vargas (Mélanie Laurent) are tasked with determining how a group of illusionists known as the Four Horsemen (Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, and Dave Franco) are stealing millions of dollars during their shows, and showering it upon their audience.  Somehow Morgan Freeman as investigator Thaddeus Bradley, and Michael Caine as businessman Arthur Tressler are part of the story.  That’s the gist of what I knew.  And frankly, it’s all you need to know.

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