Episode 76: I Am Stoic

I Am Stoic

A man walks into a theater with prescription lenses in his ‘Google Glass’ glasses and is “escorted out” for pirating. You can’t make this stuff up folks. This is crazy making right here. Long live the police state. In happier news, Carrie Fisher expects to start filming ‘Star Wars’ in March or April. It’s a rumor so take it with a grain of salt, but that seems about right for releasing sometime in 2015. TJ and Chad really just want to know if she’ll be sporting the Cinnamon Bun hairstyle again! It’s a sad day in film distribution as Paramount is now the first company to officially end film print distribution and go all digital. And of course, Chad and TJ have something to say about the Oscar nominees this year. Our primary review this week is of ‘Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit’.

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  • Federal Agents Take Man Out of Theater for Wearing Google Glass

    Because I don’t want Glass to distract me during the movie, I turn them off (but since my prescription lenses are on the frame, I still wear them). About an hour into the movie (Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit), a guy comes near my seat, shoves a badge that had some sort of a shield on it, yanks the Google Glass off my face and says “follow me outside immediately”. It was quite embarrassing and outside of the theater there were about 5-10 cops and mall cops. Since I didn’t catch his name in the dark of the theater, I asked to see his badge again and I asked what was the problem and I asked for my Glass back. The response was “you see all these cops you know we are legit, we are with the ‘federal service’ and you have been caught illegally taping the movie.”

  • Carrie Fisher Expects to Start Filming ‘Star Wars VII’ In March or April

    While speaking with TV Guide about the upcoming Big Bang spot, she revealed that she, Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford are expecting to start working on J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII in March or April. Wha wha wha?! Not only that, she elaborated on the look she hopes to sport in the sequel

  • Steven Weintraub

    Mark Hamill, last May and this afternoon. Someone's been working out. Almost like he has a movie coming up. via Bryan

  • Paramount is Ending Film Print Distribution

    Over the weekend, the LA Times reported something that many had expected, but hoped not to hear: that the first major studio — in this case, Paramount — was going all-digital and ending distribution of actual, physical film prints. Though they didn’t announce it at the time, “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” was the last Paramount film for which 35mm prints were shipped (way to go out on a high?), while “The Wolf of Wall Street” became their first all-digital affair (an irony, given that Martin Scorsese is a passionate defender of old formats and old filmstock). It also feels significant that the last physical film and the first all-digital one from the studio are about wild 1980s businesses…but it probably isn’t.

  • Camera Vs. Log!

    This article is not about saying one medium is "better" than another, generally, but here's my reasoning. Given the incessant stream of "film is dead" articles that seem to keep clogging the Internet, there has to be some counterbalance. Rumors and hype are jeopardizing the possibility that future generations will be able to enjoy film photography. That would be an art tragedy of epic proportions.

  • Oscar Nominees 2014

    I wish I could see every one of the these films, but I think I’d have to quit my job and then I’d go broke bying the tickets. But I will see how many of these films I can get seen that I have not yet seen.

    Click through for the full list, I’ll just list a few categories here

  • Younger Audience Gives ‘Jack Ryan’ the Cold Shoulder

    More than a third of the audience was over the age of 50, while only 15 percent was under 25, according to exit-polling service CinemaScore. All told, 63 percent of the audience was over the age of 35.

  • Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit — Review

    This is not the Jack Ryan you may know from the books, and this is not the Jack Ryan you may remember from the four previous films. This film is a reboot and an origin story — because that’s what you’re supposed to do these days. I don’t think anyone over at Paramount could tell you exactly what motivated this film to be made other than the vague idea of hearing the ringing of the cash register as the ticket sales poured in. But unfortunately that sort of motivation does not usually produce the most compelling of stories.

  • Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit — IMDb

    Jack Ryan, as a young covert CIA analyst, uncovers a Russian plot to crash the U.S. economy with a terrorist attack.

  • Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit — Rotten Tomatoes

    Based on the character created by bestselling author Tom Clancy, "Jack Ryan" is a global action thriller set in the present day. This original story follow a young Jack (Chris Pine) as he uncovers a financial terrorist plot. The story follows him from 9/11, through his tour of duty in Afghanistan, which scarred him forever, and into his early days in the Financial Intelligence Unit of the modern CIA where he becomes an analyst, under the guardianship of his handler, Harper (Kevin Costner).

  • Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit — Box Office Mojo

    Domestic Total as of Jan. 22, 2014: $20,344,459
    Distributor: Paramount Release Date: January 17, 2014
    Genre: Action Thriller Runtime: 1 hrs. 40 min.
    MPAA Rating: PG-13 Production Budget: $60 million