Monday, March 28, 2016

The Breakdown of 'Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice' Podcast

This week on the Breakdown, Scott and I don our capes and review the epic showdown that has been the dreams of a thousand childhoods in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. We also review two new Netflix movies in Pee-Wee's Big Holiday and My Big Broken Brain. After that we look at the failure of Allegiant and what big studios can learn from it. Then we also address the charge that film criticism is bias and subjective. As always if you love the show then please spread the word and if you have time then give us as five star review on our iTunes site.

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Rating Rundown:

Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice ** (CS & SM)
Pee-Wee's Big Holiday *** (CS) & ** (SM)
My Beautiful Broken Brain *** (CS & SM)

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Fevers Aren't Optimal for Productivity

My lofty expectations of "business as usual" this week were dropkicked to the concrete and trampled by a ball room dance number. The Great Flu of 2016 that derailed March Break dreams has kept motoring on leading to an extra body remaining camped out on the couch and demanding some fatherly compassion. This has meant almost a week and half now of productivity being scuttled out to the ether and the subsequent stresses playing doubles tennis in my gut. But finally, the light has broken from the clouds this afternoon when the young boy asked "what can I do" and is now roving about the premises with a mild cough being easily ignored. The other roamer also started her favourite activity of chucking things off the table and screaming at stuffed animals. I don't think it is too foolish to be excited about a regular Wednesday where I get to type words for money again.

Monday, March 21, 2016

The Breakdown of Things Done Every Time Podcast

Superman forgets to clean up after himself
It is a special episode called "The Breakdown of Things Done Every Time" where we look at worn-out and tired stylistic and plot elements that big studio movies keep on using. These are elements that if used sparingly might be good or have an emotional impact but now have become cliché and predictable and it is time for them to be retired. But movies like the above Man of Steel show the routine CGIed destroy a city climax isn't going anywhere soon. As always if you enjoy the show then please spread the love and if you have time, then give us a five star review on our iTunes page.

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Saturday, March 19, 2016

March Broke

I was pretty excited going into March Break this year with hopes of slicing out some family time while also taking advantage of Emily being home so I could plunge into some book writing, other major projects, and the good old usual pay copy. I had dollar signs in the eyes for the unlimited amount of work that I'd wrangle. Well, an unexpected fever or two and large blocks of flying solo with my not so bright-eyed children meant the week left me holding up my hands and puzzled over what I had accomplished. The March Break has come to an end and I'm now really thrilled to be back to business as usual as Emily and Everett are back to school and I know I have some committed hours to write while Danika naps. Hoping this week to get the site rocking, have a few articles to promote and also have some fun stuff to announce in the next few months.

Friday, March 18, 2016

10 Belated Promises for 2016

1. Don't shy away from the abundant use of "I love you"s.

2. Take risk.

3. Embrace the opportunity to be the fool, the failure, the dirty, the broken, and the embarrassed.

4. Laugh.

5. Fight, scratch, sweat, kick, and pain to push the dream to being reality.

6. Dare to be wrong.

7. Wake up every morning to live the happiest and most joyful day of my life.

8. Hunger.

9. Plunge deep into creativity and imagination; follow its currents.

10. Write.

Monday, March 14, 2016

The Breakdown of '10 Cloverfield Lane' and 'The Little Prince'

The Breakdown reviews four movies this week including two 2016 releases in the claustrophobic psychological thriller, 10 Cloverfield Lane and the latest family animated feature, The Little Prince. As well, we discuss the apparent tone deafness from studios approving remakes of movies that are opposed to modern cultural and social values like Death Wish. As always if your love the show then please spread the word on social media and give us a five star reviews over on iTunes.

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Rating Rundown:

10 Cloverfield Lane ***½ (CS & SM)
The Little Prince *** (CS) & ***½ (SM)
Take Shelter ***½ (CS) & *** (SM)
Brooklyn **** (CS & SM)

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

The Breakdown of Zootopia, Eddie the Eagle, and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny Podcast

The Breakdown returns this week with reviews of three 2016 releases that include one of the most anticipated movies of the year in the latest Disney animated adventure, Zootopia. As well, we discuss if we're heading towards the death of the movie theatre. As always if you love the show then please spread the word on social media by linking to our podcasts and if you have the chance, give us a five star rating on iTunes.

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Rating Rundown:

Zootopia **** (CS & SM)
Eddie the Eagle ** (CS & SM)
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny ** (CS & SM)

Sunday, March 06, 2016

Survivor: Kaoh Rong: Zip Those Lips

Jennifer Lanzetti's Undoing
I'm an episode behind on Survivor: Kaoh Rong, but I wanted to mention maybe one of the more entertaining but brick in the head Tribal Council blunders. Jennifer Lanzetti was able to survive a hungry ear bug, but it was her own big mouth that did her in. One of the worst positions to be in this game is the swing vote. Most often what happens is the castaway openly plays both sides thus gets shipped off due to annoyance and untrustworthiness. This time around Jenny confesses she was about ready to vote against her alliance when there wasn't a single smart reason for letting that out. She could have happily voted off Alecia without her tatted up bro-mans ever knowing how close their game over was about to become. Or she could have laid back and felt the tone of the room, and decide if her all-female alliance was the better strategy. A player can't worry about breaking alliances only six days in and such things shouldn't start being a major concern until merge time.

The biggest tragedy is that I now have to put up with the droopy lobed, tough-guy, bullying of the blistering red-shouldered Kyle Jason. I get he is a bad-ass bounty hunter but I'm not going to keep down my noodles if I have to keep on witnessing his misogynistic treatment of Alecia. My one solace is that even though he may outlast her, he isn't likely to win this thing.

Though I don't have a clue who is going to win yet. That unfortunately has nothing due to it being a competitive season but rather everyone is lumpy, half-melted, vanilla ice-cream at this point. Okay, there is Tai Trang who is pretty awesome and I love his little bro-mance with Caleb Reynolds. He doesn't stand out due to exciting game play and strategy. There is a chance he may go deep due to being likable, but I could just as easily see him as a pre-merge boot due to his less than discreet idol searching.

This season also has the misfortune of being the follow-up to Survivor: Second Chance, which was easily one of the best seasons that I've seen with one of my all-time favourite winners, Jeremy Collins. This is so far flat and also has the black cloud of shaping to be a "medevac" season, which I never find all that fun because the best stuff is the lead- up to and the actual Tribal Council. I'm sure after a few more episodes of stretching and weeding out, the big players will become clearer and hopefully, some interesting characters and big plays shine through.

Thursday, March 03, 2016

'Ghostbusters" Trailer Proves Change is Good

Next to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, this summer's Ghostbusters reboot/sequel has been the most talked about feature over the last year. The big difference is this picture has probably had 50% anticipation and 50% whines and groan about how this will murder our childhood forever. The biggest moans have come from sexists that are annoyed it is an all-female team, but there is also some pissing from the people that just get huffy whenever something seems an ounce different than what they remember as a kid.

It is the same crew that hates Jared Leto's Joker from Suicide Squad because apparently, these people are unaware of DVDs and Blu-Rays that allow you to watch things from the past thus eliminating the need to do exact replications now. I was in the crowd that didn't have the least bit of interest in seeing Dan Aykroyd and company put the suits back on and was even less interested in a version with Jonah Hill and Seth Rogen. The addition of female comedians isn't a huge difference maker but did show an attempt to at least do something slightly different. There really isn't any reason to return to a property unless you've got new ideas or are going to try a different direction. This is why no one has ever said Gus Van Sant's Psycho is their favourite movie ever but also why every critic screamed their praise for last year's Mad Max: Fury Road.

Based off the first trailer that has finally dropped, it looks like director Paul Feig is going the Ryan Coogler's Creed and J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens route of hitting a lot of the same beats of the original but adding in distinctive touches to form something new. It even looks to be following the idea of three scientist friend starting a business together and the Black non-scientist coming along later for a pay day. At least this time, it is going to happen earlier in the movie and Leslie Jones is getting material to show off her comic chops. I've been a fan of Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig for a very long time, and since I gave up on SNL over a decade ago, this will be my first chance to really enjoy Jones and Kate McKinnon.

The people who decided they were going to hate this will still spout their bile after this trailer. But this looks to have captured the spirit of the original and I even laughed a few times, which rarely happens in comedy trailers. I'm predicting this will be a pretty huge hit this summer as McCarthy and Wiig have their fans and from what is shown, this properly showcases each comedians' strengths and skills. This should be real fun.

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

One Year

My little princess turned a year old on March 1st and much like her brother, she refuses to stop growing.

Happy Birthday, Danika. I love you always and forever.