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05 Apr

Titanic: 3D

This spectacular epic re-creates the ill-fated maiden voyage of the White Star Line’s $7.5 million R.M.S Titanic and the tragic sea disaster of April 15, 1912. Running over three hours and made with the combined contributions of two major studios (20th Century-Fox, Paramount) at a cost of more than $200 million, Titanic ranked as the most expensive film in Hollywood history at the time of its release, and became the most successful. Writer-director James Cameron employed state-of-the-art digital special effects for this production, realized on a monumental scale and spanning eight decades. Inspired by the 1985 discovery of the Titanic in the North Atlantic, the contemporary storyline involves American treasure-seeker Brock Lovett (Bill Paxton) retrieving artifacts from the submerged ship. Lovett looks for diamonds but finds a drawing of a young woman, nude except for a necklace. When 102-year-old Rose (Gloria Stuart) reveals she’s the person in the portrait, she is summoned to the wreckage site to tell her story of the 56-carat diamond necklace and her experiences of 84 years earlier. The scene then shifts to 1912 Southampton where passengers boarding the Titanic include penniless Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio) and society girl Rose DeWitt Bukater (Kate Winslet), returning to Philadelphia with her wealthy fiance Cal Hockley (Billy Zane). After the April 10th launch, Rose develops a passionate interest in Jack, and Cal’s reaction is vengeful. At midpoint in the film, the Titanic slides against the iceberg and water rushes into the front compartments. Even engulfed, Cal continues to pursue Jack and Rose as the massive liner begins its descent. Cameron launched the project after seeing Robert Ballard’s 1987 National Geographic documentary on the wreckage. Blueprints of the real Titanic were followed during construction at Fox’s custom-built Rosarito, Mexico studio, where a hydraulics system moved an immense model in a 17-million-gallon water tank. During three weeks aboard the Russian ship Academik Keldysh, underwater sequences were filmed with a 35mm camera in a titanium case mounted on the Russian submersible Mir 1. When the submersible neared the wreck, a video camera inside a remote-operated vehicle was sent into the Titanic’s 400-foot bow, bringing back footage of staterooms, furniture and chandeliers. On November 1, 1997, the film had its world premiere at the 10th Tokyo International Film Festival. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi

Scott’s Take

The boat sank. Who knows, maybe this time Leo gets on the board and leaves Kate Winslet to freeze to death in the water. Okay maybe not. Do you want to see bodies flying through the air in 3D? Me neither.

Steve’s Take

Scott pretty much stole my thunder on this one. I mean, honestly this is a complete rip off. You are going to spend $30 between you and your significant other plus popcorn and soda for a movie that we’ve all seen multiple times. Buncha thieves in Hollywood.

American Reunion

In the comedy American Reunion, all the American Pie characters we met a little more than a decade ago return to East Great Falls for their high-school reunion. In one long-overdue weekend, they will discover what has changed, who hasn’t and that time and distance can’t break the bonds of friendship. It was summer 1999 when four small-town Michigan boys began a quest to lose their virginity. In the years that have passed, Jim and Michelle married while Kevin and Vicky said goodbye. Oz and Heather grew apart, but Finch still longs for Stifler’s mom. Now these lifelong friends have come home as adults to reminisce about-and get inspired by-the hormonal teens who launched a comedy legend. — (C) Universal

Scott’s Take

Universal Pictures is going back to the well again with the American Pie gang. I wonder if we are going to keep getting these American Pie films as they enter different stages in life. I will totally buy a ticket for American Senior Citizens. Well, maybe not. I don’t think Jim’s dad will last that long.

Steve’s Take

If it’s not a re-release in 3D it’s a remake, if it’s not a remake it’s another in a series. What’s going on here? I think Scott and I have to begin work on a script of our own. Where is @Insomnibat with the soon to be epic film, Mermanic??

Next Week

That is all for this week. Next week we have The Cabin in the Woods, The Three Stooges, and Lockout. Have a Happy Easter everyone!

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