Weird mediocre week with shark movie 47 Meters Down, raunch-com Rough Night, and Cars 3. Drink every time someone mentions The Bends and you will die. Not enough sharks (or scares) in this shark movie. Stupid ending. Rough Night is about women, but in the end the insecure fiance is the hero? Should’ve been more funny given how great the cast is. Cars 3 is terrible for the first hour, then gets kinda good. We spoil the hell out of it, so beware. You can read the written form of Andy’s comments here. The short Lou before the movie is the best part. That we don’t spoil because it’s beautiful.
Don’t forget that Logan came out this week– but there’s also Before I Fall and (if you live in Utah) Tim Timmerman: Hope of Tomorrow. Also, Andy got to see Beauty and the Beast early and we go through the non-controversy of gay LeFou.
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?
Happy Halloween! Eat your gross, nasty vegetables with boring Inferno and then stick around for the second half of Trolls because the first half is boring. If you need a last minute suggestion of what to watch on Halloween, try Blade II or Hellboy, both of which are directed by Guillermo Del Toro and star Ron Perlman and are perfectly spooky. Also, why you should see Doctor Strange in IMAX.
Adam has a sad because he hasn’t seen The Magnificent Seven or Storks. Andy has a sad because he has. Nah, not really. Storks is mediocre and boring. Why would you see anything but Kubo? And Magnificent Seven seems to have nothing to say except “pew pew!”
It’s a weird assortment of movies this week, with Pete’s Dragon, Florence Foster Jenkins, and Sausage Party. We go in order from most kid-friendly to adult and tell you where you can find us at Salt Lake Comic Con Sept 1-3.
Bad Moms – When good moms decide to blow off all the things they do to keep their kids’ lives running, this is what happens. Also musical montages. Kathryn Hahn and Christina Applegate steal the movie. Adam gives it 8/10 and Andy went a bit lower at a 6.5/10 for not being as cohesive as it could’ve been, and his longer review is here.
Batman: The Killing Jokeis the adaptation of the 1988 graphic novel and it is a beautiful translation of the source material to screen. But it still retains a lot of its problematic elements and the tacked-on first act doesn’t help. We go really in depth on this, and this is a longer opinion article by Andy, but both agree this is a 7/10.
Jason Bournehas Jason Bourne in it! And shaky cam! And questionable depictions of technology! And ridiculous car chases sponsored by Dodge Charger! But Matt Damon and the rest of the cast are great. This isn’t as good as the first two, but better than the most recent one. 7/10 and a more full review here.
The big movie of the week is Finding Dory, and stick around to the end for our late-breaking In Memoriam to Anton Yelchin. Random topics in this episode: better than popcorn but not as good as caramel apple sucker, Octodad. Pixar sequels and best Pixar movies, judging on the Spider-Man scale, seeing The Shallows and Jaws on the water, and buy your tickets for The Killing Joke for July 25th.
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.”
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.)
London Has Fallen is a sequel/lazy rehash of the first movie. The production delays and “creative differences.” Laughable script. Ridiculous premise. “Time of the month” jokes. A dick flick, not a chick flick. But stuff blows up, and there’s Gerard Butler, so there’s that. Brooke gives it 2/10.
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is Tina Fey producing an adaptation of a memoir of a television journalist about her time on Afghanistan from 2003-2007. It’s not a comedy– it’s real life, with real humor interjected to lighten the mood. Like M*A*S*H. Lots of talk about Afghanistan. Tina Fey delivers an amazing performance that’s both emotional and funny. Andy and Brooke both give it 7/10.
Zootopia is possibly the best movie of the year so far. A cute story about a bunny who wants to become a cop becomes “48 Hours” when she gets paired with a streetwise fox. Sooooooo much deep meaning in this movie about prejudice, bullying, etc, but maybe too much? Andy’s pancake analogy– Adam prefers waffles. Trump. Hillary. Not quite as good or straightforward as Wreck-It Ralph, but almost. Andy gives it 8.5/10, Brooke gives it 9/10 and says Andy is wrong about Tangled.
Oscars wrap-up! We were mostly right! Except that Best Picture thing. Andy’s idea about Spotlight– we need a new Oscar category for acting or “Best Ensemble” and one for “Best Special Performance in Motion Capture, Voice Over or Animation” and how it would be good for diversifying the Oscar nominees and winners.
Next week! Cloverfield sequel and Andy will be at SXSW!
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