Three movies this week as we take on First Man, Venom, and Bad Times at the El Royale. Are we too woke about First Man? Is it boring or inspiring? Venom needed to have more Venom. It’s a 90’s comic book movie whose after credits scenes are better than the movie itself. Stupid, but not terrible. But Bad Times at the El Royale is one bad mother of a movie. And next week Halloween! Stay a while and listen!
WE LOVE BLADE RUNNER 2049!!! And we’re going to spend 30 minutes not telling you anything about it.No spoilers. Zero. But lots of why it’s good. How it succeeds where movies like Ghost in the Shell, mother!, and Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets failed. This is the best movie of the year, and we both give it a 10/10 perfect score.
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.)
This week we review Carol, Joy, The Big Short, and The Hateful Eight. Then we discuss our five least favorite movies of the year. We’re doing something different with the soundtrack this week: in celebration of The Beatles discography now being available streaming, Andy just threw on a bunch of his favorite Beatles tunes.
Carol – Not sure how this got so many Golden Globe nominations as Andy almost fell asleep in the theater. This film should’ve been more interesting. More full review here, Andy gives it 4/10.
Joy – The somewhat true story of Joy Mangano, the inventor of the Wonder Mop and pioneer of home shopping TV. We wanted the second half to be the happy part. Adam gives it a 5/10.
The Big Short – How do you make a movie about the financial collapse not depressing and boring? Get the guy who made Anchorman to write and direct it. All the actors are great. It’s good, not subtle. Andy gives it 8.5/10 and there’s a more full review here.
The Hateful Eight – Tarantino made an amazing western!If this sounds appealing to you, try to see the 70 mm version. This might be the best movie of the year for Adam. Andy has a few issues with it, but he feels bad nitpicking a film he loves so much. Adam gives it 10/10, Andy gives it 8.5/10.
Our bottom 5 for the year:
5- Jupiter Ascending 4- Fifty Shades of Grey 3- Pixels 2- Fantastic Four 1- Love the Coopers
5- American Sniper 4- Unfinished Business 3- Home 2- Jupiter Ascending 1- Pixels (special shout out to Ridiculous Six, The Cobbler because they are also awful)
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