Monday, October 24, 2016

The Breakdown of "Jack Reacher: Never Go Back", "Ouija: Origin of Evil" and "The Sixth Sense"

The Breakdown is trying something new this week as we will be spending an hour doing an in-depth and spoiler filled analysis of the picture, The Sixth Sense. It will be less a traditional review and more a look at its historical impact and influence on the movie industry and judging where it stands in movie canon. As well we have reviews for two new releases in Jack Reacher: Never Go Back and Ouija: Origina of Horror. Let us know what you think of the new segment, and as always if you love the show then please let other movie fans know about our podcast.

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Rating Rundown:

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back * (CS)
Ouija: Origin of Evil *** (CS & SM)
The Sixth Sense **** (CS) & ***½ (SM)

Monday, October 17, 2016

The Breakdown of "The Accountant", "Mascots". "Sky Ladder: The Art of Guo-Quaing" and "Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids"

The Breakdown has reviews for four new releases this week including the Ben Affleck starring thriller, The Accountant and the latest Christopher Guest mockumentary, Mascots.  We also avoided watching Max Steel but found a way to talk about it anyway by exploring if the failure of smaller superhero and IP movies will eventually cause audiences to tire of the big pictures from Marvel. As always if you love the show then please spread the word to other movie lovers.

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Rating Rundown:

Mascots **½ (CS) & *** (SM)
The Accountant **½ (CS) & *** (SM)
Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Quiang *** (CS) & ***½ (SM)
Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids *** (CS & SM)

Monday, October 10, 2016

Finally, an 'Armageddon" for Those That Hate Space

John Travolta's latest sure to be straight-to-video-on-demand spectacular, Life on the Line reminds me of Michael Bay's 1998 Armageddon, except lots of TV mini-series style sparks instead of big blockbuster special effects, working class men trying to save a forest instead of working class men trying to save the world, and nobody watching it instead of the biggest hit of the summer. Just like the meteor movie it is trying to turn laborers that no one really thinks about and turn them into action heroes. Plus you have the whole father upset his daughter has fallen in love with someone from his workforce. I'm pretty sure just like Armageddon that the rogue boyfriend will prove himself by saving the day, and Travolta will give his blessing right before he dies or maybe he survives after breaking a leg or having his hair catch on fire. No matter what, this is Armageddon for the new era, except without all the pesky stuff like being popular or having a fan base.

The Breakdown of 'The Girl on the Train', '13th', 'Siege of Jadotville' 'Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life' and "Amanda Knox"

We're baaack! After a week hiatus, the Breakdown returns with five review for 2016 new releases including the latest sensual thriller based on a huge bestseller, The Girl on the Train, and Ava Duvernay's documentary on the history of racism in mass incarceration, 13th. We also have three big topics that include looking at the career of the "Godfather of Gore" Herschel Gordon Lewis and the death of the streaming service, Shomi. As always if you love the show then please spread the word to other movie fans. If we can grow an audience, then we can continue to do this show every week and have the chance to improve what we can offer.

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Rating Rundown:

The Girl on the Train ** (CS & SM)
The Siege of Jadotville **½ (CS & SM)
Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life **½ (CS)
13th **** (CS) & ***½ (CS)
Amanda Knox ***½ (Cs & SM)

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Still Determined to Win the Race

So, much for that fresh start. But I am still here and I have words to unpack. Actually, I'm hoping there is going to be a drastic increase in content over the next month. It was almost three years ago that I saw a golden treasure chest that when I came in closer turned out to be yellow spray painted shoe box. With stained hands all I had to show for my hunting. I shied away from exploration. I still had a trusty race horse that I was sure would give me that fame; he wasn't championship caliber but he was what I had, so I raced him constantly ignoring all other opportunities. Then I suddenly realized I didn't have a horse at all but an overweight gasping three legged mule that did a somersault on my leg and never got up. I was rattled without my steed and hopping along on the journey on one leg without any idea how to get to a golden destination. But I found a bike that lacked some shine but I thought would be reliable for years and years. I have always believed you can't rely on one way on the freelance journey and the blown out tire and mangled frame proved I should have followed it. But this time I'm not going to be shaken or depressed or lost wandering in the woods. This is my wake up call.

Sunday, October 02, 2016

No Breakdown This Week

Right around this time I should be wrapping up the weekly Breakdown recording, but I'm not. Because unfortunately, there won't be a Breakdown posted this week due to some unforeseen circumstances. There is always another week because that is how life works, and it will be that week where another jam-packed Breakdown will be posted. Next week expect reviews for the latest adult thriller, The Girl on the Train, the Ava DuVernay documentary The 13, another documentary in Amanda Knox and the war drama, Siege of Jadotville.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

It May Be Time to Invest in a Typewriter

We're almost in October and I still haven't written a 'Back to school' post with accompanying darling photos of Everett in backpack and fake smile. Such photos exist and my boy is definitely back to school with enough stories to keep this blog rolling for weeks. But I didn't want to post the piece until I could put up those pictures and my computers, which are insanely jealous of my children, have done everything in their power to stop me. They've also done a great job of teaming up with my anxiety and crippling self-doubt in hurting my productivity and providing me with my excuses that produce giant eye rolls from everyone that I try to elicit sympathy.

The great computer tragedies started when Everett decided May was a spectacular month to ride a toy bus over my laptop, which may explain its hatred towards my kids and definitely explained why my battery charger outlet and plug were broken. No problem, I dropped over two hundred dollars and all was fixed.

The laptop didn't like my sense of relief and just a few weeks after that a wire in my monitor burned out so I had the joy of dropping another hundred plus dollars to fix that. While the laptop was at the shop, my desktop got sympathy for its fallen friend and decided to give me the dreaded blue screen every 10 minutes or so. Luckily, my parents had an old laptop they didn't use so I had something to keep up my sale copy and other client work (not much on the blog though as this year has proven).

This lead to the glorious summer where my laptop now had a working monitor and my desktop was back home after the shop found a virus on it that was believed to be the problem. But again my computers' believed not enough money had really been spent on them, and so one day my desktop decided that the log-in screen needed to be corrupted so that I couldn't sign in. Once I ran back to the shop to solve that issue, I was informed my hard drive was ready for retirement just like Roger Murtagh (which would make my laptop Martin Riggs, but neither have solved any crimes or starred in a 1980s buddy cop franchise or brand new ill-advised TV series).

I got the joy of buying a new hard drive and also paying to get all my photos and documents backed up, because I needed a life lesson on the importance of backing up one's files on a regular basis. And that seemed enough to call it a bad year for computers.

Except that isn't enough, because my desktop with its shiny new hard drive still freezes with a non-responsive mouse and keyboard when on a web browser. And my laptop felt it was time to take this story full circle with my charger cord almost causing a bonfire and now needing to be replaced. I am happy I never gave my parents their old laptop back.

So, the long story is my back to school photos are trapped on my laptop (yep, didn't back those up yet) and my personality is one where I don't want to do a piece without those photos posted with my words.

The lesson of the day is my computers hate me and I have a quirky personality. Also maybe I need to get a lot better at backing things up right away.


Yes, I realize this wasn't a movie review or an exciting tale of my adventures in parenting or anything that I've been promising for months. But it was a thing that I wrote and I hope for many more such things in the coming days, weeks, months, and years. No more excuses. Even if all three computer explode and I just need to start posting things on my iPhone. Did I ever mention that I have one of those now? Call me the man of the 21st century now, and the guy whose provider keeps trying to convince he needs a more expensive plan.

And just because my fingers are now moving furiously and they just don't want to quit, I swear and promise to not use crippling self-doubt or depression or anxiety or a fear of cucumbers as an excuse to not write on here anymore. It will be active again. I just am trying to figure out the format. Since I have your attention, I am contemplating three possible directions,

A) Movie reviews of all movies watched for podcast (around 500 to 800 words each) along with a few weekly long form pieces about film and my parenting adventures (likely one a week on my kids and two or three on movies).

B) Movie reviews of new theatrical releases, and several short daily pieces on movie news, events in my life, and whatever pops in my head.

C) Post variety of photos about all the kinds of pot roast. I currently am aware of one kind. I call it pot roast.

If you have a preferred format, then let me know in the comments. If you don't then keep on doing what you've all been doing for years and say nothing. Either way, I'll do what I want anyway.

Hope to end the final months of 2016 with a positive emotional state, lots of postings on this site, and computers that work on a daily basis. If I can't have the above three, then maybe I'll settle for learning how to cook a really delicious pot roast. The photo has made me hungry.

Monday, September 26, 2016

The Breakdown of 'The Magnificent Seven' (2016), 'Storks', 'Audrie & Daisy', 'Runaway Bride' and 'Blazing Saddles'

The Breakdown has reviews for five pictures this week that includes two westerns in the 2016 remake The Magnificent Seven and the 1974 Mel Brooks' satire Blazing Saddles. It is also that time for another animated feature so we will be reviewing Storks. Then we will discuss the life and career of the great filmmaker Curtis Hanson. If you enjoy the show then please spread the word to other movie lovers and if you don't, let us know how we can improve it.

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Rating Rundown:

The Magnificent Seven (2016) ** (CS) & **½ (SM)
Storks **½ (CS)
Audrie & Daisy *** (CS) & ***½ (SM)
Runaway Bride ** (CS & SM)
Blazing Saddles **** (CS) & ***½ (SM)