51 – Alice Through The Lobster Glass

We review Alice: Through the Looking Glass and recap our previous reviews of The Lobster and X-Men: Apocalypse.

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Don’t listen to the cynical critics about X-Men: Apocalypse, which is out this week and Andy and Adam previously gave a 7 and an 8 to, respectively. Did you not hear that episode? Stay a while and listen!

Alice: Through the Looking GlassThe Hatter is Madder and only Alice can help him. Time Travel. It looks nice! Johnny Depp’s vocal affectation. Sacha Baron Cohen’s accent. Adam is meh on it and gives it a 5. Andy holds all time travel movies to a higher standard and gives it a 4. Brooke says we’re entirely too harsh and kids will love it and gives it a 6.

Also don’t forget that the Sundance movie  The Lobster  is out this week in theaters– but you can also catch it at home on video on demand or dvd if you’d prefer that. Adam gave it a 7, and if you’re complaining about Hollywood not doing enough original, then go support this.

50 – Angry Neighbors 2: Nice Guys Rising

Andy and Adam have major disagreements on Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, and we review The Nice Guys and Angry Birds. Then we talk about the controversy around Ghostbusters. . . and “ethics in film journalism.”

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Worst to first means we start with Angry Birds. We don’t need this much backstory.  Bright, colorful, and definitely Angry Birds, but that doesn’t make it a great movie. Andy gives it 3/10 and has a more full review here.

We drastically disagree on Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising. Andy thinks it’s a bit been-there, done-that for the main storyline, but it adds a layer of social commentary and a nice heart that is excellent. Adam says this movie is everything that is wrong with America. It’s basically Donald Trump in movie form. We have dueling reviews here (Andy’s positive one- 7/10) and here (Adam’s negative one- 1/10).

What we both agree you should go see is The Nice Guys. It’s very Shane Black-y. Gosling and Crowe are both having a blast here. It’s the little details in the script that really make this work. Both of us give this a 9/10 and Andy has a more full review here.

Ghostbusters. Choosing which movies we see and review. Is the Angry Video Game Nerd a film critic? No. But he has 2,000,000 Youtube subscribers! “Well, actually…”

(Andy would like to apologize to Kim Kardashian for a factual misstatement on the podcast for underestimating her age.  With a birthdate of October 21, 1980, she will turn 35 a whopping 18 days before Election Day, November 8, making her 2 1/2 weeks being Constitutionally eligible to be our president.  You go, girl? I guess.)

Aristotle and Batman. Rhymes with “sexism.”

49 – Money Monster Apocalypse

This week we review X-Men: Apocalypse, Money Monster, and talk a lot about boob windows and if they’re sexist or not. #FassbenderPeenWindow

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Money Monster should have been more exciting. Script is kind of boring and never delves into why we should care. Unlike The Big Short, which had Margot Robbie in a bubble bath to help explain boring finance and economics. Andy doesn’t remember Selena Gomez’s name.  Adam gives it a forgettable 5/10. Go watch The Big Short and Hail, Caesar! instead.

X-Men: Apocalypse is the third movie in the rebooted X-Men universe. Plays out a little like a Greatest Hits but is still incredibly fun. That Quicksilver scene, though. Apocalypse is a boring villain who’d rather fuss over costumes Tim Gunn style than actually be menacing. Wasted opportunities with great characters and great actors.

The Great Boob Window Debate of 2016.

You can read a roundtable review Adam and Andy participated in here, but [spoiler alert] Adam gives it 8/10 and Andy 7/10. 

48 – Civil War

We almost come to blows over Captain America 3: Civil War, as the redoubtable Brooke Heym argues for Team Iron Man against Andy and Adam, still on Team Cap.

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Minor plot spoilers, but nothing major.  We will do a spoiler-filled deep dive in a few weeks.

The moral dimensions of the debate. Loyalty. Did Brooke watch a different movie from Andy? Cap is the arrogant, shortsighted one.

All 10 heroes get a character arc. The quiet, talky moments in between the action. The comedy tempers the depressing parts. The Empire Strikes Back of the MCU.

Brooke gives this a 8.5 or 9, Andy and Adam are both at 10.

47 – Mother’s Sing Street Green Room Day

This week we’re down a castmember (we miss you Brooke!) but Andy and Adam review the catastrophe that is Mother’s Day and the spectacular Green Room and Sing Street. Also, Keanu came out this week, but if you want to hear about that, listen to our previous episode when Andy saw it at SXSW, when he gave it a 9/10.

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Mother’s Day is awful. Don’t let your mother or any other human close to it. 2/10 because the actors are all very charming and talented and deserve better material. Andy’s more full review here.

Green Room is amazing. A story of punk rockers vs. neo-nazis with murder and evil Patrick Stewart. It follows a sort of horror movie pattern, but it’s incredibly inventive and fun.  Adam is in love with this. It’s a 10/10.

Sing Street is another film by John Carney (Once, Begin Again) and if you liked those you will love this too. Set in Dublin in the 80’s its soundtrack is full of classic 80s songs. Boy meets girl, boy starts band to impress girl, relationships between friends and lovers develop. Great story, great soundtrack. Andy’s favorite song and sequence from the movie:

It has a few problems (the ending is a little off) but it’s generally great. Andy’s more full review here and he gives it a 9/10.

Who are some of our favorite movie moms? NO! WIRE! HANGERS!

Get away from her, YOU BITCH!!!