Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The Midweek Breakdown Rocks Its Way Out of 2014

2014 is coming to a close, and it has admittedly not been a great year for this site or to be perfectly honest, my writing career. And even the Breakdown has suffered far too many sabbaticals. But 2014 is almost done, and we can start looking ahead to what I hope is one rocking 2015. First, we've got the final Midweek Breakdown, where to say goodbye to this year, Scott and I talk movies. I know, shocking stuff.

Monday, December 29, 2014

The Breakdown of 2014 Podcast: Looking Back at the Highs and Lows of the Past 12 Months

For the next three weeks, Scott and I will be taking an extensive look back at this past year. It also means we'll be offering up year-end lists long after you've rung in the new year, but that is what happens when one is still scrambling to get in all the buzzworthy movies. Our first of the trilogy will be reviewing and discussing all the major news events of the past year and looking at both the highlights and more dreary moments.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Midweek Breakdown Wishes You Merry Christmas

What the title says. The best way to celebrate the holiday season and get you into the festive mood is over a half hour of good old fashion movie talk. That is exactly what we're serving up. It is the present you don't need a gift receipt.

Monday, December 22, 2014

The Breakdown Goes Full Circle with "The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies" Plus Review of a Christmas Classic

We started the Breakdown way back in 2013 with a Breakdown of Django Unchained. But the first ever show we recorded was the Breakdown of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. There was a bit of nostalgia and sentimentality when we decided to review the final chapter in the latest Peter Jackson Middle-earth trilogy, The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies, as the first picture is where we started this show. As well, it is the holiday season so we've decided to review an established Christmas classic in the original Miracle on 34th Street. We spread the Christmas spirit the best way we know how: lots of movie discussions.

Breakdown Outline:

1:05 The Hobbit: the Battle of Five Armies review
20:45 Miracle on 34th Street (1947) review
32:43 Tucker & Dale vs. Evil (2011) review
44:02 Sony Drops The Interview from Cinemas
54:45 Was 2014 Box Office Failure a Sign for the Future?
1:23:13 Review Rundown

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Midweek Breakdown Explores the Sony Hacks

The biggest news of the week is obviously the recent Sony hacks, Along with that, a whole bunch of incriminating emails have been reported as well as many of the studio's long term movie plans. This week on the Midweek Breakdown, Scott and I discuss the implications of the Sony hacks along with all the usual joyous rabbit trails that are invited on the hump day show.

Monday, December 15, 2014

The Breakdown Podcast Gets Biblical with "Exodus: Gods and Kings" Review

Scott and I review Ridley Scott's latest epic, Exodus: Gods and Kings. We also make the inevitable comparisons to Darren Aronofsky's Noah and see which picture nailed their stories more solidly. As well we review the 2013 remake of Oldboy and discuss how it stands up to the original. The Golden Globe nominations were announced this week and we give our thoughts. Finally, based off some recent headlines, we debate if it is okay to still watch a movie after a filmmaker or actor commits an atrocious crime.

Podcast Outline:

1:10 Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) review
24:56 Knights of Badassdom (2014) review
36:04 Oldboy (2013) review
46:30 Thoughts on Golden Globe Nominations
1:00:47 Can You Still Love Works After the Artist Commits an Atrocious Act
1:12:54 Review Rundown

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Midweek Breakdown Gets Giddy About "Spectre" and Less So About Two Robin Hoods

Scott and I return to offer up more entertainment and movie talk for ol' hump day. This week we're both pretty ecstatic about the news that the latest James Bond picture will be called Spectre. You don't know why that is exciting news? Then you need to catch up on your old Bond pictures to be reminded of one of the coolest empires of evil in movies. It is double the excitement as this is the follow-up to one of the best ever in the series. After that, we're less excited about the news that two studios now want to launch a Robin Hood franchise, because sometimes public domain is the enemy that will kill us all. That leads to some grumblings and discussions over studios franchise fever and how it is affecting their strategies for the long term. As always, if you love the show then please pass on the word.

Monday, December 08, 2014

The Breakdown of the Darker Side of Humanity Podcast: Revenge, Cults, and Gangsters

This week Scott and I stayed away from the cinemas, and instead revelled in depravity and fanaticism through movies that explores the darker side of humanity. Surprise, surprise, we ended up with some pictures that are considered by many to be classics, as well as a modern 2014 picture that is already getting a strong following to eventually earn itself a spot as a cult favourite. This week we explore revenge with pictures like 2014's Blue Ruin and Park Chan-Wook's 2003 critically acclaimed Oldboy. We also dip into some crime-noir with the beloved and highly influential 1949 thriller, The Third Man.

A great selection of pictures to discover this week, and as always, if you love the show then please pass on the word.

Podcast Outline:

1:58 Blue Ruin (2014) review
19:30 The Sacrament (2014) review
33:22 Devil's Due (2014) review/rant
38:10 Oldboy (2003) review
54:08 The Third Man review
1:06:24 Review Rundown


Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Who You Gonna Pick? The Midweek Breakdown Podcast Returns with Our Female Ghostbuster Casting Picks

 Shortly after we started adopting the several movie review format on the Breakdown, we've been going "warm-up" podcast shows to stimulate discussion and get us comfortable for the actual show. Over the last few weeks, we started noticing that even though it is far more informal, devoid of a format, and littered with rabbit trails, we've been able to scrounge up some interesting conversations and insights. To the point it has often been the launching point for several paid movie articles I've written. Also due to the lax structure, it has allowed our personalities to shine through and often has several more personal anecdotes tossed in. So, we've decide there is some value to actually posting these unpolished shows and labeling them the Midweek Breakdown.

This week we throw out picks for who we think would be the perfect female cast for the Paul Feig helmed Ghostbusters. There was also a little trailer by an obscure sci-fi space adventure that was recently released, and we decided to talk about it since no one else seems to have noticed it. Then that got us to once again talk about the chaos that will be 2015 with many movies hoping to rank in billions of dollars, and we predict what may be the hits and if 2014 is an omen for a continuously falling box office.

Monday, December 01, 2014

The Breakdown of Mike Nichols' Career Podcast

This week Scott and I celebrate the career of one of the most acclaimed and respected directors of the past several decades, Mike Nichols. Several have recently paid tribute to the recently passed director, and we do our part by reviewing four of his pictures, including his first ever, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Podcast Outline:

00:47 Career Retrospective of Mike Nichols
10:12 Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? review
23:05 Working Girl review
36:49 Closer review
49:24 Regarding Henry review
1:01:31 Review Rundown