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)

Monday, September 19, 2016

The Breakdown of 'Snowden', 'Blair Witch', 'Bridget Jones's Baby', 'ARQ', 'Extremis' and 'The White Helmets'


The Breakdown is ripping at the seams this week as we've stuffed it up with reviews of six 2016 releases and a discussion of the season finale of Stranger Things. We look at two sequels to movies that happened over a decade ago with the romantic comedy, Bridget Jones's Baby and the found footage horror Blair Witch. It is also the big return of Oliver Stone with the based on true events thriller Snowden. If you enjoy the show then please spread the word to other movie fans.

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Rating Rundown:

Snowden ***½ (CS)
Blair Witch ** (CS & SM)
Bridget Jones's Baby *** (CS & SM)
ARQ *** (CS & SM)
Extremis *** (CS) & ***½ (SM)
The White Helmets ***½ (CS & SM)

Monday, September 12, 2016

The Breakdown of 'Sully', 'The Invitation', 'The Producers' and 'Love Story'


The Breakdown was recorded a few days early this week so we now have totally irrelevant box office predictions because that is how we roll. We also roll with four big movie reviews including the 2016 "based on true events" drama starring Tom Hanks in Sully. We also honour the career of two legends by reviewing beloved movies in Arthur Hiller's Love Story and the Gene Wilder starring The Producers. As always if you love the show then please spread the word to other movie fans.

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Rating Rundown:

Sully *** (CS & SM)
The Invitation *** (CS & SM)
The Producers **** (CS) & ***½ (SM)
Love Story **** (CS & SM)

Monday, September 05, 2016

The Breakdown of 'Morgan', 'Don't Breathe', 'The Lights Between the Oceans', 'I'll Sleep When I'm Dead', and 'XOXO'


It is a jam-packed episode of The Breakdown with reviews for five big 2016 releases including the home invasion thriller Don't Breathe and the period piece drama The Light Between the Oceans. We also continue our series review of Stranger Things, and we remember the comedic icon, Gene Wilder. We also somehow end up reviewing two movies about EDM despite neither of us being fans or knowing much about it, so listen to find out if we can be won over. As always if your love the show then please spread to the word to other movie fans.

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Rating Rundown:

Morgan ** (CS & SM)
Don't Breathe *** (CS) & ***½ (SM)
The Light Between the Oceans **½ (CS)
I'll Sleep When I'm Dead *** (CS & SM)
XOXO * (CS) & *½ (SM)

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The Breakdown of 2016 Summer Movie Season Podcast


The moans of school returning are echoing through the halls, so it must mean it is the end of the summer. It is time for the Breakdown of the 2016 Summer Movie Season. It was a rough summer for the big budget studio tentpoles but a great one for mid-budget comedies, thrillers and horrors. We analyze the last four months to see what worked, what failed and what it all says about the future of big studio tentpoles. As well, in our news bite segment we discuss the controversy surrounding Nate Parker and his movie The Birth of a Nation. As always if you enjoy the show then please spread the word to other movie lovers.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Damien Chazelle's 'La La Land' has the Feel and Beats of 'Whiplash'


La La Land feels exactly like the type of movie director/writer Damien Chazelle would helm. On the surface this musical about a jazz pianist (played Ryan Gosling) falling in love with an aspiring actress (played by Emma Stone) set in Los Angeles looks to be entirely different than his debut movie, Whiplash. Even though the dark movie about a talented drummer (played by Miles Teller) who allows his obsessions with greatness tear apart his life as he does everything to impress his abusive and harsh instructor (played by J.K. Simmons) was not a musical or a love story, you can see some commonality with that movie and this trailer. Every shot, plot progression, bit of dialogue, and editing felt like music and had the beats and poetry of a professional drummer. It was a non-tradition musical that didn't have people break out into song but had the flow, beats and groove of one extended song. La La Land is a love story and has bright scenes and moments of pure fantasy, but there looks to be a darkness and the theme of obsession is peaking out the seams. I expect a bounce and a sense of wonder, but it also will deliver an emotional punch. No matter what is the direction or themes, Chazelle is a filmmaker that has already earned the cred to make all his work worthy of anticipation, and Stone and Gosling are amazing talents that have also proven in the past to have a sizzling chemistry.

Monday, August 22, 2016

The Moment You Thought Hollywood's Creative Bankruptcy Couldn't Be Worse, a 'Cops' Movie is Announced


I thought I was at the point where I could accept the fact that studios were going to adapt every single intellectual property into a movie. We live in a world where upcoming features will include an animated adventure based on emojis, an actioner based on a talking toy robot from the 1970s, a comedy inspired by the app where you slice fruit with your fingers, and a sci-fi adventure about building blocks. Yet somehow I still got floored today when Deadline reported that the director of Zombieland and Gangster Squad, Ruben Fleischer, has been signed on to helm "an edgy narrative feature with a buddy comedy bent on the order of a Lethal Weapon" adaptation of the FOX reality series, Cops. Yes, that show. The one about police officers driving around at night and arresting angry drunks who have blurry faces. A show that is best remembered for its theme song, "Bad Boys". A show that nobody except some dullard executive ever thought "now this is a movie franchise we can build an entire empire upon." Cops was a pretty awful show that existed because FOX had space to fill on Saturday nights and considering modern tension with police, may not exactly be the type of content hordes are ready to embrace. More importantly, there isn't really any original narrative from that show that would make for an enticing movie, especially since it is being pitched as a buddy cop flick (a subgenre that has been overdone for decades). Essentially they announced another Ride Along except with a horrible generic title and potentially a pretty cool theme song (I'd assume they realize the song is the only personality of the entire franchise). For the sake the long term health of the Boies/Schiller Film Group, I hope they at least have the brains know this needs the Blumhouse type budget. We better get prepared for an onslaught of action adaptations of TV shows that no one cares about since CHiPs, Baywatch. Power Rangers, Equalizer 2 and The Six Billion Dollar Man are all coming next year. What a time to be alive.

'Kidnap' Trailer is Catharsis for the Worried Parent


The first trailer for Kidnap dropped today, which means Relativity will actually release a movie this year as this one is scheduled for December 2. This seems to be avoiding the typical kidnapping drama formula where a mother sits panicked by the police bugged phone and a cop tries to trace the call to find the hidden baddie. Instead, this movie seems less interested in reality but rather be a visceral and cathartic experience for parents. Every parent deep down has a fear that they may not be strong enough to protect their child from the evils of the world. There is a hope pushing hard against that fear that if something horrible happens that they would be able to hang off the car of the kidnapper, be focused enough to avoid the dropped phone, and be brave enough to drive backwards on a highways. The coolest moment of the trailer that sent a chill down my spine was Halle Berry channeling a 1980s action star with the line, "You took the wrong kid." Right there epitomizes what a parent hopes they can spout if trouble ever came towards their child; it declares to the intruder that they are messing with the wrong family and nobody is going to harm their child. We are parent and hear us roar.


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The Breakdown of 'Kubo and the Two Strings', 'War Dogs', 'Ben-Hur', and 'Punk's Dead: SLC Punk 2'


Mid-August is supposed to be the time big studios unload their giant disasters but the Breakdown reviews some movies that are worth making the trek to cinemas (and a few disasters too). We review four 2016 releases this week including Laika Studio's latest animated feature, Kubo and the Two Strings and the 'based on a true story' dramatic comedy, War Dogs. As well, we review episode five of Stranger Things and look at the life and career of director Arthur Hiller. If you love the show then please spread the word to other movies fans looking for a fun movie review and discussion show.

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Ratings Rundown:

Kubo and the Two Strings **** (CS) & ***½ (SM)
War Dogs *** (CS & SM)
Ben-Hur * (CS)
Punk's Dead: SLC Punk 2 ½* (CS) & * (SM)