Monday, October 26, 2015

The Breakdown of Steve Jobs, Beasts of No Nation, and Bridge of Spies Podcast


This week Scott and I review three 2015 releases, including the Aaron Sorkin penned and Danny Boyle directed biopic, Steve Jobs. Then from there we talk about the unparalleled excitement surrounding Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and speaking of fan craze, we look at the dark side where fans on social media attack casts and filmmakers when they don't make the movies they envision.

As always if you love the show then please spread the word.




Rating Rundown:

Steve Jobs **** (CS) & ***½ (SM)
Beasts of No Nation ***½ (CS & SM)
Bridge of Spies ***½ (CS & SM)

Critical Darling Scoreboard:

Scott: 55 points 

1. Carol
2. Brooklyn
3. Macbeth
4. 99 Homes - 15 points
5. Joy
6. Good Dinosaur
7. Suffragette - 10 points
8. Hateful Eight
9. Room - 15 points
10. Sicario - 15 points

 Christopher: 10 points
1. The Revenant
2. The Danish Girl
3. Spotlight
4. I Saw the Light 0 points (Moved to March 2016)
5. Crimson Peak 0 points 
6. Steve Jobs 10 points
7. Youth
8. Truth - 0 points
9. Our Brand is Crisis
10. Star Wars VII: Force Awakens

Monday, October 19, 2015

Harnessing Irrepressible Joy from an Empty Coffee Cup


Being a parent of young kids is a portal back to your childhood. I'm not just talking about the built-in excuse for being able to play with Safari Lego sets, twirling around in the living room to the theme of Ghostbusters, or building a fort for protection against imaginary sea monsters. The real connection to our younger selves is being reminded by your child that the world warrants unabashed, enthusiastic, bubbling joy over even the simple things. This means running around and cheering when correctly predicting the sponge animal that came from the capsule, getting incomparable pleasure from trying to get your dad to guess if the song you're singing was learned from class or made up on the spot, or leaping in the air to see if you have what it takes to turn into a proper rabbit.


A little while back, Everett and I were going on our usual morning journey to his school and he was serenading me with the songs he learned the previous day. He then suddenly burst into uncontrollable laughter, the type that usually only happens when someone lets a fart slip by or he has been able to tickle daddy into submission. Neither had happened and I was about to ask him what was so joyously hilarious.

"There is a coffee cup on that tree."

 
Somebody had decided they could no longer carry their empty Tim Horton cup due to the great weight it was obviously putting upon their arm, so they stuck it on a branch.

"A silly person put a coffee cup on that tree. Coffee cups don't go on trees. This is so funny."

His words were being squeaked out amongst great, thundering laughter.

"Somebody tried to give coffee to that tree. Trees don't drink coffee. They drink water. This is SO silly."

Oh, to be the delightful age where you get so much joy and laughter from litter.




Sunday, October 18, 2015

'The Boy' Trailer Reminds us the Importance of Following the Rules


You'd think over 30 years after Stripe and his gremlin buddies trashed Kingston Falls that people would learn that you absolutely need to follow the rules given to you by mysterious elderly folks for caring for the supernatural. Especially Laura Cohan should know the importance of strict regulations to survive after all her time with hungry zombies. Yet here she is not taking a creepy doll seriously and if she is going to work in a creepy Gothic mansion then she needs to appease the poltergeists. The Boy is scheduled for release in January, which is usually time for the jump-scare infested and non-demanding horror to appease all the movie goers overstuffed on the Oscar bait and want easily digestible and faithful-to-formula genre fare. Trailer suggests it is coming out at exactly the right time, but maybe this will follow a previous STX release, The Gift, by being far more than the marketing suggests.


Monday, October 12, 2015

The Breakdown of Wes Craven Podcast


Back in August we lost an iconic filmmaker and hero among the horror movie lovers in Wes Craven. So, it is way long overdue that two guys who felt that their film tastes were formed and their creative fires were sparked by his works would finally get around to appropriately celebrating his career. This week Scott and I review five Wes Craven pictures, which are his redefining '90s slasher picture, Scream; his innovative reimagining of his most popular picture in New Nightmare; his attempt at horror comedy in the Eddie Murphy vehicle Vampire in Brooklyn; a claustrophobic thriller in Red Eye; and finally one of his rare straight dramas in the Meryl Streep starring Music of the Heart.

As always if you love the show then please spread the word.



Rating Rundown:

Scream **** (CS) & ***½ (SM)
Wes Craven's New Nightmare *** (CS) & ***½ (SM)
Vampire in Brooklyn * (CS & SM)
Red Eye *** (CS & SM)
Music of the Heart *** (CS & SM)

Critical Darling Draft Pick: 

Scott: 30 points  

1. Carol  
2. Brooklyn  
3. Macbeth  
4. 99 Homes - 15 points
5. Joy
6. Good Dinosaur
7. Suffragette
8. Hateful Eight
9. Room
10. Sicario - 15 points

Christopher: 10 points

1. The Revenant
2. The Danish Girl
3. Spotlight
4. I Saw the Light
5. Crimson Peak
6. Steve Jobs - 10 points 
7. Youth
8. Truth  
9. Our Brand is Crisis  
10. Star Wars VII: Force Awakens

Monday, October 05, 2015

The Breakdown of 'The Martian', 'Sicario', 'Rope' and 'Song One'

This week Scott and I review some highly anticipated new releases in the Ridley Scott survival adventure, The Martian, and Denis Villeneuve's latest dark thriller, Sicario. From there we discuss a cinematic classic in Alfred Hitchcock's Rope and as well the independent 2015 Anne Hathaway drama, Song One. From there we discuss the current big studio system and debate if it is crushing creative and innovative directors. As always if you enjoy the show then please spread the love.

Star Rating Rundown:
The Martian ***½ (CS & SM)
Sicario *** (CS) & ***½ (SM)
Rope **** (CS & SM)
Song One ** (CS) & *(SM)

Critical Darling Draft Picks:

Scott: 30 points

1. Carol
2. Brooklyn
3. Macbeth
4. 99 Homes - 15 points 
5. Joy
6. Good Dinosaur
7. Suffragette
8. Hateful Eight
9. Room
10. Sicario - 15 points

Christopher:

1. The Revenant
2. The Danish Girl
3. Spotlight
4. I Saw the Light
5. Crimson Peak
6. Steve Jobs
7. Youth
8. Truth
9. Our Brand is Crisis
10. Star Wars VII: Force Awakens