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58 – The Ghostbusters Infiltrator

It’s the Ghostbusters reboot! And a movie about Bryan Cranston and the drug trade!

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The Infiltrator is the story of Robert Mazur who went undercover to follow the money of Pablo Escobar’s cartel in the 80’s. A true story! And great acting, but the pacing kinda drags. Adam gave it 5.5/10, Andy gave it a straight 5.

Ghostbusters! We’ve waited so long and were not disappointed. No one’s childhood was ruined. Everything is great, especially Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones. Stick around for the aftercredits sequence, and see it in 3D on Imax if you can! Adam calls it a perfect 10. Andy was bugged by a couple of pieces of fanservice and product placement, but otherwise it’s perfect: 9/10.

 

44 – The Boss of Midnight Special

We’re back! Andy is out of the hospital and ready to review movies again, so this week we’ve got Melissa McCarthy’s The Boss and sci-fi instant classic Midnight Special.

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The Boss – from director/writer Ben Falcone (also real-life husband of Melissa McCarthy) a rags to riches to rags story who ends up turning to her former assistant, Kristen Bell. Wackiness ensues, but the movie doesn’t really know what it wants to be. Why can’t they find better material for Melissa McCarthy? Strong female characters and the Bechdel test. Tyler Labine is great. How does this turn into a samurai movie for the last 20 minutes? Adam gives it a 5/10 and there’s a more full review here.

Midnight Special – go into this movie knowing as little as possible. Michael Shannon and Joel Edgerton are trying to escape somewhere with a young boy with undetermined superpowers that seemingly pose a danger both to himself and those around him. Like 80’s kid-centric sci-fi and also 60’s and 70’s social commentary sci-fi. This movie makes you work for it a little bit. Amazing performances by main cast. Great visual filmmaking. And thinks it’s possibly the best movie of the year so far. He gave it a 9.5 when he saw it at SXSW and he’s still there. Adam is close at a 9.

Episode 2 – PRIDE, Pitch Perfect 2, Spy, Entourage, Love and Mercy

June is LGBTQIA+ Pride month, so we’re celebrating! Tony Awards, so let’s talk musicals:

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Pitch Perfect 2 If you saw the first Pitch Perfect and The Mighty Ducks 2, you’ve seen this movie. But it’s still pretty good. Andy gives this a 7.5/10.

Spy – Not a spoof of spy movies– an actual spy movie with comedic elements. Melissa McCarthy and Paul Feig work great together, and the supporting cast is amazing. But Feig needs an editor. Both Andy and Adam give this an 8/10

Entourage – Why? We didn’t need this movie. And there simply aren’t enough celebrity cameos and mindless T&A to make this interesting. 3/10 says Andy.

Love and Mercy – Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys, played by Paul Dano in 1967 as they’re recording Pet Sounds, played by John Cusack in the 80’s as Wilson deals with mental health issues and being dominated by his live-in therapist (Paul Giamatti) and Elizabeth Banks is there to try to save him. It’s like a lot of musical biopics, but Andy really liked it: 9/10

Our recommendations for the week, based on the theme of LGBTQ Pride:

Adam: Weekend (2011) A great story of a weekend hookup that becomes something more. Beautiful story, great acting, great direction. Immediately released as a Criterion and so deserving.

Andy: The Case Against 8 (2014) – As a political junkie, Andy loved this documentary about the court case and the couples who served as the plaintiffs to overturn California’s Prop 8. Former opposing attorneys during the Bush v Gore Florida recount, Ted Olson and David Boies are the main lawyers in this case. Olson provides a strong, conservative case for recognizing marriage equality. Truth is better than fiction. Available on HBO Go, so also check out Angels in America and The Normal Heart.

Music in this episode:

Theme song: Boyz in the Hood performed by Dynamite Hack

Pitch Perfect cast: Cups (When I’m Gone), Das Sound Machine performs at Das Car Show, We Belong

Duran Duran – A View to a Kill, Theme from “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service”, Shirley Bassey – Goldfinger

Jane’s Addiction – Superhero (theme from Entourage)

Beach Boys – Don’t Worry Baby, God Only Knows

Songs from the 2015 Tony Award Winner for Best Musical – Fun Home — “Ring of Keys”, “Welcome to the Fun Home”

Weird Al Yankovic – Jurassic Park