Wednesday, September 27, 2017

The Breakdown of 'Kingsman: The Golden Circle', 'The LEGO Ninjago Movie', 'Gaga: Five Foot Two' and 'Riddick'


Once again, huge apologies for The Breakdown being late this week, but we're still here to deliver four big movie reviews. We are knee deep in sequels this week including the comedic spy actioner Kingsman: The Golden Circle and the latest animated adventure, The LEGO Ninjago Movie. Plus Vintember lives on in the second sequel to Pitch Black in Riddick. From there we have the big event documentary, Gaga: Five Foot Two. After the movie reviews, we look at mother! and discuss why its wide release is important even if it was not a big box office hit. As always, if you enjoy the show then please pass on the word to other movie fans or give us a five star review on iTunes. We really appreciate all the support and having the greatest listeners in the world.

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The Breakdown Outline:

03:01 Kingman: The Golden Circle review
26:02 Gaga: Five Foot Two review
36:44 The LEGO Ninjago Movie review
55:33 Riddick review
1:10:49 What will be the impact of mother! as a wide release?
1:21:47 Box Office Analysis
1:31:08 Trailer Reviews: Tomb Raider, Isle of Dogs, Peter Rabbit, Just Getting Started, Wonderstruck
1:44:16 Review Rundown

Rating Rundown:
Kingman: The Golden Circle *** (CS)
Gaga: Five Foot Two *** (CS & SM)
The LEGO Ninjago Movie ** (CS)
Riddick **½ (CS & SM)

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Yes 'Breakdown'

It is almost two days late, but fingers crossed, this week's episode will be posted late tonight or early tomorrow morning. Apologies again for the delay, but sometimes technology can be cruel.

We plan to record the episode tonight, instead of our usual Sunday recording time. The crossing of the fingers is so we don't have a replay of the dreaded Sunday issues. Even if we do, I hope this time has far less couch pee and crayoned walls.

My Top Ten Reasons Why More Read the 'No Breakdown' Post Than Any 'Breakdown' Podcast Post of the Past Three Months

So, my quick little scribble on my iPhone announcing a postponed Breakdown podcast somehow tripled the numbers of Breakdown podcast posts views on this site for the last three months. I was about to take this as another opportunity to chisel away my self-esteem and lather on butter of failure, but then I thought it may be slightly more productive to think why a throwaway post rocked the views of posts that contained the actual podcast.

Here is my Top Ten Reasons 'No Breakdown' beat out the actual Breakdown posts of the last three months.

1. The most likely reason is the regular and loyal listeners of the Breakdown podcast know it gets posted every Monday morning around 6:30, so they don't need to check out the weekly posts about that on this blog and instead head over to iTunes or the podcast feed to download it. But they may want to find out why there isn't a new episode waiting for them over at iTunes, which 'No Breakdown' promised an answer.

2. I've been the worst at updating on here, and just the promise of words arranged in the form of sentence set off a great hunger in jilted readers who ferociously gobbled up the three sentence paragraph of little significance.

3. Midichlorians.

4. The huge community of Kurt Russell fans mistook my 'No Breakdown" title for a declaration that the 1997 thriller never truly existed and their beloved film has just been a figment of their imagination this whole time. They obviously needed to jump on here immediately to stage their protest until they realized it was just me announcing a delay of a podcast called The Breakdown. The movie continues to exist.

5. Word leaked that over the Labor Day long weekend that I composed a long rant about how numbers have dipped dreadfully for both my writing and the podcast over the summer and once again, poured out my heart on my mental and emotional health issues, but I decided against posting it, yet it has been left simmering in the archives. Sensing that more low numbers may inspire me to push the Publish button, readers every got together to appease my ego to stop it by giving me some high reader numbers.

6. I'm really thinking it is just the iTunes thing, and regular readers don't even bother coming on here for the podcasts anymore.

7. Major fans of the great director Pablo Larrain mistook my title 'No Breakdown' as an in-depth analysis and review of his fantastic movie about the 1988 referendum in Chile on if Dictator Augusto Pinochet should extend his rule. Never heard of this great movie? We reviewed it on the Breakdown, and after you listen to that, go watch the movie.

8. It has finally been revealed that what the readers of this blog really want is posts about how the Breakdown podcast has been delayed. My true road to success and massive readership is postponing the podcast on a regular basis and then writing up a quick excuse. Money!

9. Definitely think it is the iTunes thing, considering the numbers over there are still pretty solid.

10. Trump.

Monday, September 25, 2017

No Breakdown

We are having some serious technical issues this week. Issues that give me a dandy of an excuse for why there won't be much on here the next few days. Hopefully, it can be resolved real soon and we won't have a delay like this again. My huge apologies.

Monday, September 18, 2017

The Breakdown of 'mother!', 'First They Killed My Father', 'American Assassin', 'Strong Island' and 'The Chronicles of Riddick'


The Breakdown is loaded up with five sizzling hot movie reviews, and even some glorious four stars get tossed out. It is definitely a show were we recommend some movies, but then there are a few to flee away from as well. For the new theatrical reviews, we have Darren Aronofsky's latest in the psychological mind jumble, mother! and then it is time for a bloody spy thriller in American Assassin. We also discuss the new Netflix originals in Angelina Jolie's latest directorial effort, First They Killed My Father and then a very personal documentary about race and the legal system, Strong Island. Then we jump out of 2017 to celebrate Vintember with the sequel to Pitch Black, The Chronicles of Riddick.

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Breakdown Outline:

1:23 First They Killed My Father review
19:10 mother! review
32:50 Strong Island review
46:08 American Assassin review
57:57 The Chronicles of Riddick review
1:10:28 Trailer Reviews: Blade Runner 2049 Prequel Short: "Nowhere to Run", Downsizing, The Disaster Artist, The Commuter, All the Money in the World
1:25:20 Box Office Analysis
1:30:21 Review Rundown

Rating Rundown:

First They Killed My Father **** (CS) & *** (SM)
mother! **** (CS)
Strong Island ***½ (CS & SM)
American Assassin ** (CS)
The Chronicles of Riddick ** (CS) & * (SM)

Monday, September 11, 2017

The Breakdown of 'It', '#realityhigh', 'xXx', and 'The Gallows'


The thrills and excitement of Vintember continues on The Breakdown this week, as we look at the launcher of Vin Diesel's third would-be franchise, xXx. Last week, I was delightfully surprised by Pitch Black and thought it was one of the better Alien knock-offs, but will I be lured by the Diesel charm again? As well, in a year where there are plenty, the most anticipated of the Stephen King adaptations has arrived in the bloody and creepy coming of age tale, It. We also head to high school with two movies targeted at the teenage crowd including the social media obsessed comedy, #realityhigh and the trapped in a school play horror, The Gallows. We also look at the failure of many movies this summer hoping to launch as cinematic universe and look at the studio responses and make some predictions for the future. As always if you love the show then please spread the word.

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The Breakdown Outline:

00:55 It review
30:14 #realityhigh review
42:43 xXx review
59:02 The Gallows review
1:13:42 The Implosion of the Cinematic Universe
1:27:13 Box Office Analysis
1:37:55 Trailer Reviews: Insidious: The Last Key, Early Man, Lady Bird, The Current War, Three Billboard Outside of Ebbing, Missouri
1:52:11 Review Rundown

Rating Rundown:
IT **** (CS)
#realityhigh * (CS & SM)
xXx ** (CS) & **½ (SM)
The Gallows ½* (CS & SM)

Monday, September 04, 2017

The Breakdown of 'Little Evil', 'Wind River', 'Fences', 'Pitch Black' and 'Lake Placid'


Vintember has finally arrived! This month on the Breakdown we will be reviewing a Vin Diesel movie every single week on the podcast. We kick off with the movie that launched Diesel's career as an action star in the sci-fi horror actioner, Pitch Black. We also review four more movies including the horror comedy, Little Evil, Taylor Sheridan's murder mystery thriller set in the snow covered Native American reserve in Wyoming, Wind River, Denzel Washington's directorial debut in the 1950s character drama, Fences, and the homage to the B movie creature feature, Lake Placid. As always if your love the show then please spread the word to other movie fans or leave us a five star review on iTunes.

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The Breakdown Outline:

1:08 Little Evil review
15:23 Wind River review
32:46 Fences review
50:02 Pitch Black review
1:09:16 Lake Placid review
1:24:27 Trailer reviews: Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House, Blade Runner 2049 Short Movie Nexus Dawn: 2036, Super Troopers 2, Killing Gunther, Brawl in Cell Block 99
1:41:16 Box Office Analysis
1:51:12 Review Rundown & Shout out to Ed Skrein

Rating Rundown:
Little Evil **
Wind River ***½ (CS)
Fences ***½ (CS & SM)
Pitch Black *** (CS) & **½ (SM)
Lake Placid ** (CS) & **½ (SM)