We give you just a taste of Logan at the end (we’ll go into more detail next episode) but first Adam hated Fist Fight, and The Great Wall was more meh than great. Watch for a special early episode this week as we get ready for the Oscars and talk Logan more in depth!
Three sequels all of which tease next chapters in The Lego Batman Movie, John Wick: Chapter Two, and Fifty Shades Darker. The first two of those are great, the last is terrible, but if you’re reading a review of it you don’t care anyway. 50 Shades is not sexy terrible fanfic, abuse masquerading as kink. John Wick delivers on expanding the world of the original and a rare sequel as good as the original. Lego Batman is an amazing homage to previous Batmans and boasts the most amazing supporting cast ever. Why can’t the rest of the Warner Brothers comic movies be this good?
The Space Between Us and Rings both disappoint, but for different reasons. Is The Space Between Us stupider than xXx? Why Rings doesn’t compare favorably to the original The Ring, or It Follows, or Halloween, or the Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm St movies. And why did it set itself up for sequels like this? Don’t go see these– go see any of the Oscar-nominated movies out there.
While the regular box office brought us more dreck in Gold and A Dog’s Purpose, Sundance delivered some good films to compensate. Gold is boring and long and predictable. There’s no excuse. Also no excuse for animal cruelty in A Dog’s Purpose, but if you can get over that and don’t mind emotional manipulation, it’s barely mediocre. XX lets the ladies take on the horror anthology subgenre, and it’s mostly pretty good. Meanwhile The Discovery explores life after the verified existence of an afterlife. The Yellow Birds was one of the best things Adam saw at Sundance– our young Han Solo is amazing.
Two bad movies and then a rundown of all the great things at Sundance. Andy REALLY hates Split, and tells you why he gave it 0/10. xXx – Return of Xander Cage isn’t as terrible, but it’s laughably awful: 3/10. And Adam talks about Sundance movies Colossal, Chasing Coral and The Big Sick. Warning: Andy breaks out the soapbox to talk about climate change.
We fight about Patriot’s Day and whether it’s manipulative mediocrity bordering on propaganda or a gripping drama told too soon. Also, Ben Affleck gets no respect as writer, director and star of Live By Night and Martin Scorsese rips apart faith in Silence.
We review A Monster Calls and run down the worst movies of 2016. A Monster Calls is amazing, heartfelt, and beautiful. . . and horribly marketed and rolled out to critics and audiences. Everyone loves it, but it’s buried in January and most critics didn’t get to see it until awards ballots were already sent out. What a shame, because it’s amazing. 9/10 from both of us.
A special dishonorable mention from Andy: the worst thing he saw in a theater was Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party but that is not a movie in the same way Breitbart is not news.
Well, that was a year. But to bring in 2017 on a positive note, here are our top 10 movies of the year and an hour-long dissection of what made them so great. Andy apologizes in advance for bringing out the soapbox.
FIVE movies this week. You’d think there was some sort of holiday weekend or something. Assassin’s Creed continues the streak of bad video game adaptations. Sing is bright, colorful, predictable and little else. Why Him? is side-stitchingly hilarious. Passengers has some problems but more good than bad. Fences will win so many Oscars.
Soundtrack for this episode provided by George Michael.
This week marks the 70th anniversary of the release of Frank Capra’s Christmas classic It’s a Wonderful Life. In a new (hopefully recurring) feature, we’re going to dive in to classic or important films and why we love them. It’s a Wonderful Life comes in at #20 of AFI’s greatest American films, and #1 on their “Most Inspiring” list. It’s a true holiday classic, but it is a weird film. Andy is joined by the redoubtable Brooke to break it down.