How can outer space, gnomes, and fate all be linked together? They’re all a part of this episode of COL Movies! The boys go back to the 80s…or is it the 70s…to reincarnate “Flight of the Navigator”. Then, it’s the Emily Blunt fan club, since she stars in 2 out of 3 of this episode’s movies. The cubs chime in on Elton John’s animated take on the classic Romeo & Juliet story involving…wait for it…garden gnomes! Expectations seem low for “The Adjustment Bureau”, despite Matt Damon being in it. All of this and movie news in this episode!
- Iron Man 3 has a Director!
- Olivia Wilde the next Lara Croft!
- Rumored ‘Dark Knight Rises’ Star Marion Cotillard Praises Christopher Nolan
- The new ‘Spider-Man’ movie gets an ‘Amazing’ title — and a first look at Andrew Garfield in full costume
The Past: Flight Of The Navigator (1986)
Director: Randal Kleiser
Starring: Joey Cramer, Paul Rubens, Veronica Cartwright, Sarah Jessica Parker, Howard Hesseman
- The First Disney movie to be released with profanities.. the word “Shit” is said twice.
- The ship used in the movie can be found in a boneyard at the Disney MGM Studios Theme Park at Walt Disney World in Florida. It can be seen on the studio tour
- Not originally a Disney movie, the film was being made independently when midway through production the main production company, Producers Sales Organisation (PSO) collapsed. Walt Disney acquired the production in a liquidation sale, picking up all film rights for this film and several others, and also putting up the finance for its completion.
- When MAX, the ship computer, is describing the animals he has on board, he said “That is a Feenastarus from the Pixar Elliptic”. This was five years before Pixar, a fledgling special effects computer group at the time, teamed up with Disney, who produced this film
- MAX, the ship computer speaks in Bulgarian. When David enters the ship and takes the pilot seat MAX says “Vnimanie! Oblegni se! Chui me!” which means “Attention! Sit back! Listen to me!”
- Supposedly up for a remake…
- Pee Wee Herman – annoying?
- Why wasn’t this movie as successful as other similar ones?
What We’ve Learned:
- Stripes and Knee Highs.. gotta love the late 70’s
- In the 70’s it was perfectly acceptable for kids to play with fireworks
- It was also perfectly ok to let your kid wander alone through the woods in the dark
- Sometimes those voices in your head.. are real!
Jeff: Definite must have for any collection. It even holds up over time.
Ray: Another Childhood Classic.. looking at it now, the acting is a little rough.. but a fun movie none the less!
Steve: First time I remember seeing this movie all the way through. Enjoyed it, although could have done without the Pee Wee Herman laughs.
The Present: Gnomeo & Juliet
Director: Kelly Asbury
Starring: James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Ashley Jensen, Michael Cain, Jason Statham, Ozzy Osbourne
- Ewan McGergor and Kate Winslet was once attached to this film when it was first announced.
- James McAvoy and Patrick Stewart who both lend their voices to this film both stared in different adaptations of the Dune Saga, and James is taking over the role as Professor X in the new Xmen Movie.
- Was anyone hoping for more romance and less comedy?
- Could tell from jump it was an Elton John joint.
- Detail in texture and sound of animation.
- The amount of references to other movies.. and Shakespeare
- American Beauty
- Forrest Gump
- Brokeback Mountain
- Rosencrantz and Guildenstren on the Moving Truck
- Flamingo’s were dirty dancing
- Glue reading “The Taming of the Glue”
- Set in Stratford-upon-Avon Birthplace of Shakespeare
What We Learned:
- Doomed love is the best kind
- Everyone needs a Mankini lawn gnome
- Who doesn’t love a Dolly Parton cameo??
- If it’s wrong to think a gnome is hot, then I don’t want to be right!
Jeff: Very cute movie, Gnomeo was adoreable, I really liked it.
Ray: A new perspective on a very old tale, cute and enjoyable.. especially if you like elton john music.
Steve: Super enjoyable. Gnomeo was hot 🙂 Love the chin strap.
The Future: The Adjustment Bureau
Starring: Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Anthony Mackie
- The story is loosely based on the Philip K. Dick short story “Adjustment Team”, and features a smooth-talking congressman whose political future is thrown in doubt by uncontrollable events and the arrival of a mysterious woman in his life.
- The action takes place in various places in Manhattan.
- Didn’t we get enough of this when it was called “Dark City” ?
- Looks like some rip offs of “Inception” as well.
The affair between a politician and a ballerina is affected by mysterious forces keeping the lovers apart.
Jeff: Interesting, would like to see but not a priority
Ray: Not sure what new ground this is covering.. so im not all that interested.
Steve: Not pulling me to the theater. Not as interesting looking as “Inception”.