Monday, July 15, 2019

The Breakdown of 'Spider-Man Far from Home', 'Crawl', 'Mirage', 'The Black Godfather' and Remembering Rip Torn


We are now deep into the summer movie season, which means we still have some big explosive tentpoles, but some mid-budget genre fare starts making its way out too. This week we review one of the biggest movies of the summer in the latest instalment of the adventures of our favourite neighbourhood superhero in Spider-Man Far from Home. You want some genre fun, then how about a young woman trying to save her father from a house being flooded by a hurricane, and oh yeah, it has ferocious alligators as well in the horror thriller, Crawl. It has been awhile since we reviewed an international picture, so we discuss a Spanish sci-fi thriller in Mirage. We also review a documentary about a little known but very influential music manager in The Black Godfather. After all that, we look at the career of talented actor Rip Torn.

We had a great time recording the show and we really hope you love it. If you do enjoy it, then please help us out by spreading the word on social media. Also, please subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or whatever podcatcher you use, as it will really helps us out in the rankings. As always, thank you so much for supporting and listening to us.

Reminder that you can subscribe either to The Movie Breakdown feed (a subscription link is at the top right hand of this site) or on iTunes (if you enjoy the show, please help us by giving us a five star review).



Four Star Movie Rating:

Spider-Man Far from Home *** (CS) 
Mirage *½ (CS & SM)
Crawl *** (CS)
The Black Godfather *** (CS) & ***½ (SM)

The Summer Box Office Challenge Draft Picks:

Scott:

1. The Lion King
2. Hobbs and Shaw
3. Detective Pikachu - $54 365 242
4. The Secret Life of Pets 2 $46 652 680
5. Men in Black International $30 035 838
6. Annabelle Comes Home $20 269 723
7. Angry Birds 2
8. Shaft $8 901 419
9. Dora and the Lost City of Gold
10. Long Shot $9 740 064
Total: $169 964 516

Christopher:

1. Toy Story 4 $120 908 065
2. Spider-Man Far from Home $92 579 212
3. Godzilla: King of the Monsters $47 776 293
4. Aladdin $91 500 929
5. X-Men: Dark Phoenix $32 828 348
6. Rocketman $25 725 722
7. John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum: $56 818 067
8. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
9. Child's Play (replaced Artemis Fowl$14 094 594
10. Ma $18 099 805
Total: $500 331 035

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

RIP '80s All Over' Podcast - An Ambitious, Innovative and Great Movie Review Show


I think, that I've promoted the 80s All Over podcast on this site and I know I referenced it a few times on The Movie Breakdown podcast. The podcast was hosted by film critics Scott Weinberg and Drew McWeeny and they were reviewing every major theatrical release of the decade that was the 1980s one month at a time. The first episode was January 1980 and then every two weeks they would explore the next month, and they had reached April 1985 until they had to take an eighty-day hiatus to work some things out.

Before those eighty days were up, they announced the end of 80s All Over.

As a huge fan of the show, this was a real bummer to read. I also realize that reviewing every major release of an entire decade is an incredibly ambitious and near impossible project. I am pretty sure they reviewed close to thirty movies on some episodes. That is a lot of movies to track down and watch over two weeks. Scott and I find it a lot to review as many movies as we do for our show and we tend to max out at five a week. I get how it eventually just became too much to sustain.

The amount of work to do 80s All Over was a full-time job, except for them it was only a side gig. They did have a Patreon for the podcast, but it never was enough to justify the massive work load. Both Drew and Scott had other jobs. and from what I surmise, it was mostly writing movie reviews and other movie related articles supported by their other Patreons (Scott's is here and this is Drew's). Both guys have written for various outlets and have been writing professionally for decades. They are very insightful and entertaining, and they are definitely worth supporting.

As for 80s All Over, the site is still up, and my guess, is that they intend for it to stay up even if they aren't going to produce any new episodes. It is sad that it will never make it to the end of the decade, but the episodes that they created were informative, entertaining, funny, sincere and enriching. It opened me up to a bunch of movies that I either never heard about or have forgotten. It was also a great stroll down memory lane and gave me the warmth of nostalgia, as I was a kid that decade and saw many of the movies they mentioned at the theatre. They even talk about Yor the Hunter from he Future, which I still vividly remember seeing at a theatre with my dad, even though it is quite awful (he is a caveman who must dodge laser beams).

If you never listened to an episode and you enjoy The Movie Breakdown, then this is something you would really enjoy. Please check it out, as you have half a decade worth of movie reviews you can enjoy before it is all over. My intention is to re-listen to each episode.

It was comfort food. It was something very special. It is something I will really miss. I want to thank Drew and Scott (and their producer Bobby) for all the hard work and one of the best podcasts that I ever had the pleasure of listening to.

Thank you 80s All Over, you truly were something special.

Monday, July 08, 2019

The Breakdown of the Best of 2019 So Far. . . Sort Of


We recorded what we thought was a really great The Breakdown of the Best of 2019 So Far episode Sunday morning, but unfortunately, we can't post it because technical issues ended up erasing everything we did. The episode is now entirely lost into the abyss. We have decided that it would be too hard to replicate the episode, and besides that, the show takes up a decent amount of time to record. Sadly, we won't have a Best of the Mid Year show this year.

But the good news, is that the show is mostly us bestowing awards to movies and performances, and listing our five favourite movies of the year so far. A lost episode has not stolen our memories, so we can at least present our picks here. You just won't be able to listen to all discussion and meanderings. Once again, we apologize for not being able to post an episode this week. If we get back in the good graces of technology, we will have a new episode next Monday.

Favourite Scene: 'Battle in the Library' - John Wick Chapter 3 - Parabellum (CS)/ 'Final Battle' - Avengers: Endgame (SM)

Best Cameo: Patrick Stewart - The Kid Who Would Be King (CS)/ Keanu Reeves - Always Be My Maybe (SM)

Best Performance: Lupita Nyong'o - Us and Robert Downey Jr - Avengers: Endgame (CS)/ Olivia Wilde - A Vigilante (SM)

Most Delightful Surprise: Escape Room (CS)/ Room for Rent (SM)

Best Underrated/Underseen Movie: Long Shot (CS)/Giant Little Ones (SM)

Worst Picture: The Silence (CS)/The Final Wish (SM)

Top Five Picture of 2019 So Far

Christopher:

5. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
4. Rocketman
3. Toy Story 4
2. Avengers: Endgame
1. Us

Scott:

5. A Vigilante
4. Always Be My Maybe
3. The Kid Who Would Be King
2. Gloria Bell
1. Avengers: Endgame

Tuesday, July 02, 2019

The Hiatus You Won't Even Notice


The blog is going to be taking a hiatus for the rest of the week.

I know what question just popped in your head, 'How is that different than every other week?' Sadly, it isn't.

Every few weeks, I apologize for the lack of articles on here and promise a busier place right around the corner. Then the corner turns out to be a circle and we just keep looping around in the same place. This has been a horrible year (or two) for those that like to read my stuff. Depression and anxiety have been ruling the emotional land, and after spending the day looking after my kids and doing other paid writing work, there isn't much left in me to provide the type of pieces that I want on here.

But I am waving my hands and declaring it is going to get better.

Just not until next week.

The sad reality is you won't notice a different of me being away from my computer this week compared to all the weeks that I am available to post pieces. This has essentially become the site where I post The Movie Breakdown once a week.

But I want it to be much better than that. I want to have at least daily content. I want to start moving forward in slowly rebranding the site. Make it a pop culture and movie review site with the spin of being a highly invested father. Looking at news and movies with some strong personal and honest touches influenced by being a dad. If people care, offer up some occasional looks at my personal life and how that impacts my views on movies.

I really want this site to grow. I would love a much bigger audience both for the site and the podcast. My goal is to really focus on seeing if I have enough talent to build a real audience and following. If I do, then the intention is to look into either Patreon or some major sponsors. If there is a chance at making some of my living from this, then I obviously can provide even better articles and more content (because it will cut down me needing to write sales copy and brochures).

The reality is that I am months and maybe even years away from that being viable at this point. Right now, I just need to focus on writing quality stuff on here every single day. If my stuff is worth your time, then I trust an audience will make its way here. I hope.

But first, I am going to be on a hiatus until the start of next week. I will use this time to come up with some ideas and recharge the batteries. See you then and look forward to this site becoming a much more exciting place.

Monday, July 01, 2019

The Breakdown of 'Annabelle Comes Home', 'Yesterday' and 'Beats'


Happy Canada Day to all our Canadian listeners, and for our American fans, happy almost Independence Day. We forgot to make those well-wishes on the show, but we did remember to serve up three movie reviews. The big one is the supernatural horror sequel, Annabelle Comes Home, which is the latest in the Conjure-verse. We also have a high concept romantic comedy about a failed singer who ends up being the only one who remembers the Beatles in Yesterday. We also discuss another Netflix original movie, and this one stars Anthony Anderson as a guy who mentors a troubled music prodigy in Beats. Then Scott catches up on tons of movies with several mini reviews and includes movies like Us and Captain Marvel. We also discuss if original movies can still be box office hits or if they need to have a recognizable brand.

As always it was a pleasure recording the show and we really appreciate you listening to us. If you loved the show, then please help us out by spreading the word on social media. It will help us grow and be able to provide more episodes and content.

Reminder that you can subscribe either to The Movie Breakdown feed (a subscription link is at the top right hand of this site) or on iTunes (if you enjoy the show, please help us by giving us a five star review).



Four Star Movie Rating:

Annabelle Comes Home *** (CS) 
Beats ** (CS) & **½ (SM)
Yesterday *** (CS)

The Summer Box Office Challenge Draft Picks:

Scott:

1. The Lion King
2. Hobbs and Shaw
3. Detective Pikachu - $54 365 242
4. The Secret Life of Pets 2 $46 652 680
5. Men in Black International $30 035 838
6. Annabelle Comes Home $20 269 723
7. Angry Birds 2
8. Shaft $8 901 419
9. Dora and the Lost City of Gold
10. Long Shot $9 740 064
Total: $169 964 516

Christopher:

1. Toy Story 4 $120 908 065
2. Spider-Man Far from Home
3. Godzilla: King of the Monsters $47 776 293
4. Aladdin $91 500 929
5. X-Men: Dark Phoenix $32 828 348
6. Rocketman $25 725 722
7. John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum: $56 818 067
8. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
9. Child's Play (replaced Artemis Fowl$14 094 594
10. Ma $18 099 805
Total: $407 751 823

Monday, June 24, 2019

The Breakdown of Our 300th Episode - 'Toy Story 4', 'Child's Play'. 'Murder Mystery' and 'See You Yesterday'


It is our 300th episode. We've been doing this since 2013 and have reviewed hundreds of movies. Today we will review four more. We got a huge one in the Pixar animated adventure and follow-up to a classic in Toy Story 4. We keep up the theme of talking toys with the more sinister Child's Play. Speaking of evil talking toys, we have the latest Adam Sandler movie in Murder Mystery. Finally, we look at a time travelling drama produced by Spike Lee with See You Yesterday. Then we celebrate our 300th episode by looking back at how we came up with this show, how it has evolved and share some of our favourite moments.

As always, we had a great time recording the show and we really hope you love it. If you do, then please spread the word to other movie fans. We really want to thank you for listening to us for 300 episodes and hope you stay with us for 300 more.

Reminder that you can subscribe either to The Movie Breakdown feed (a subscription link is at the top right hand of this site) or on iTunes (if you enjoy the show, please help us by giving us a five star review).



Four Star Movie Rating:

Murder Mystery ** (CS) & **½ (SM)
Toy Story 4 **** (CS)
See You Yesterday ** (CS) & ***½ (SM)
Child's Play *** (CS)

The Summer Box Office Challenge Draft Picks:

Scott:

1. The Lion King
2. Hobbs and Shaw
3. Detective Pikachu - $54 365 242
4. The Secret Life of Pets 2 $46 652 680
5. Men in Black International $30 035 838
6. Annabelle Comes Home
7. Angry Birds 2
8. Shaft $8 901 419
9. Dora and the Lost City of Gold
10. Long Shot $9 740 064
Total: $149 695 243

Christopher:

1. Toy Story 4 $120 908 065
2. Spider-Man Far from Home
3. Godzilla: King of the Monsters $47 776 293
4. Aladdin $91 500 929
5. X-Men: Dark Phoenix $32 828 348
6. Rocketman $25 725 722
7. John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum: $56 818 067
8. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
9. Child's Play (replaced Artemis Fowl) $14 094 594
10. Ma $18 099 805
Total: $407 751 823

Monday, June 17, 2019

The Breakdown of 'Men in Black International', 'Shaft', 'I am Mother' and 'Homecoming: A Film by Beyonce'


This week we are deep in the sequel talk. We review two theatrical movies that are 'rebooted' sequels of once popular series. One of my favourite modern movie duos Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson team up again but this time in some suits for the latest adaptation of a sci-fi adventure series in Men in Black International. Then director Tim Story does a very comedic version of a long running action series in Shaft (which of course is a sequel to Shaft, which was also a sequel to a movie in the 1970s called Shaft). We keep up the sequel discussion with our topic where we look at why sequels to very popular movies can have drastically different results in the box office. We also have two Netflix originals in the sci-fi thriller I am Mother and the concert movie, Homecoming: A Film by Beyonce.

As always, we had a great time recording the show and we really hope you love it. You can really help us out if you spread the word on social media, so more movie fans can find out about the show.

Reminder that you can subscribe either to The Movie Breakdown feed (a subscription link is at the top right hand of this site) or on iTunes (if you enjoy the show, please help us by giving us a five star review).



Four Star Movie Rating:

Men in Black International ** (CS) 
I am Mother ** (CS) & *** (SM)
Shaft * (CS)
Homecoming: A Film by Beyonce *** (CS) & ***½ (SM)

The Summer Box Office Challenge Draft Picks:

Scott:

1. The Lion King
2. Hobbs and Shaw
3. Detective Pikachu - $54 365 242
4. The Secret Life of Pets 2 $46 652 680
5. Men in Black International $30 035 838
6. Annabelle Comes Home
7. Angry Birds 2
8. Shaft $8 901 419
9. Dora and the Lost City of Gold
10. Long Shot $9 740 064
Total: $149 695 243

Christopher:

1. Toy Story 4
2. Spider-Man Far from Home
3. Godzilla: King of the Monsters $47 776 293
4. Aladdin $91 500 929
5. X-Men: Dark Phoenix $32 828 348
6. Rocketman $25 725 722
7. John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum: $56 818 067
8. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
9. Child's Play (replaced Artemis Fowl)
10. Ma $18 099 805
Total: $272 749 164