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7th February
2010
written by Steph
Sorry for the one-week hiatus!  Totally unintentional, but things have been busy and movie-watching wound up taking a back seat to other stuff, and it's taken us this long to accrue enough material to bother podcasting. BUT.  We did manage to watch some doozies over the last two weeks... On this week's podcast:
  • We coin a new term - "mehcommendation" - while discussing the mediocre Inkheart
  • Find out why Three Coins in the Fountain is filled with dirty, dirty lies, starting with (but not limited to!) its title
  • Steph finally catches up to 1999 and watches Fight Club... Was it worth the 11 year wait?!?
  • We revisit childhood favorite, Labyrinth, and discuss whether David Bowie automatically makes a movie inappropriate for children...

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9 Comments

  1. 02/07/2010

    I had a similar reaction to Inkheart. I was entertained, and yet I wouldn’t quite say I thought it was a good movie. I started the book last year, but I thought it was so painfully long that I didn’t make it far.

  2. 02/07/2010

    YESSSS. If I can get this on my iPod, I might make it to the gym this afternoon after all.

  3. 02/07/2010

    My nine year old currently lists Labyrinth as one of his favorite movies. He watches it over and over again so I have a current and intense familiarity with the film. And like it. And see the adult take on Bowie but don’t think it registers with him. He just refers to his character as “very, very unhappy, Mom.” Funny, huh?

  4. 02/08/2010

    Oh, I LOVE mehcommendation! Great word.

  5. 02/08/2010

    @ charley: Having seen the movie, I’m not sure I would take much enjoyment from the books. They sound an awful lot like Jasper Fforde’s Thursday Next books, but less clever, so I’m not dying to go out and read them.
     
    @ Trisha: Who knew that us watching movies could inspire physical fitness in others? 😉
     
    @ Frances: It’s always nice when movies aimed at kids can still be enjoyed by older viewers as well! I don’t know if I could watch this one over and over again, but there are certainly worse things to watch (I remember one summer when I babysat a little girl who wanted to watch the Spice Girls movie EVERY DAY…)
     
    @ Care: It is a great word, and one I’m sure we’ll get plenty of mileage out of! 😉

  6. 02/08/2010

    Hahahahahaha….good to know I am not the only one who hasn’t seen Fight Club…well now maybe I am!

  7. 02/08/2010

    I think I fell asleep while my family was watching Inkheart. After hearing that the movie wasn’t totally horrible, I may give it another try, but I will keep your comments in mind when I do. I also had never heard of Three Coins in the Fountain, but now I know to stay far, far away if this one ever come around. I loved your thoughts on this one though. You guys are so polite about your dislike for this movie, it made me laugh! It’s been a really long time since I’ve seen Fight Club, but I remember liking some parts more than others. I did like the support group plot point, but I agree with you that the fight club scenes were less interesting to me. And for the record, I don’t find Brad Pitt dreamy either, I can also believe that he is a bit smelly. Love, love love Labyrinth! I watched it with my kids a few years ago, after having not seen the movie with my childhood, and found it just as awesome. I also sing along too, but don’t tell anyone! Awesome podcast!

  8. 02/12/2010

    @ Kathleen: See, this is why the internet is great! Just when I think I’m woefully out of touch, I find out I’m not alone! 😉
     
    @ zibilee: I think you will be ok if you don’t give Inkheart another chance – I liked the parts that featured books, but it really was pretty mediocre. Clearly just spend the time watching Labyrinth again! 😀

  9. 02/17/2010

    I still haven’t gotten a chance to actually listen to this, but your comment about David Bowie automatically making movies inappropriate for children has made me laugh several times now!

    I’ve read Inkheart and the next book, whatever it was called… – listened to them on tape actually, which was a decent way to go. I wouldn’t say they’re too much like the Thursday Next books – Fforde is a better writer for sure – and they certainly are fairly mediocre. I actually liked the film a little better than the book, but that’s mostly due to it’s fun casting – Helen Mirren and Paul Bettany, not to mention Andy Serkis! – too bad they couldn’t have all gotten together for something slightly more inspired…

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