Monday, December 30, 2019

The Breakdown of the Worst of 2019


It is finally here, it's our favourite time of the year: The Movie Breakdown's Year-End episodes. It is the time where we form top ten lists to reflect on the year that just passed. This year it will be a three-episode series, because we are also saying good-bye to a decade as well. First, we want to kick it off by looking at the crap that polluted 2019. This week, Scott and I both rank our top ten worst movies of 2019. I skipped out on many of the potential stinkers this year, but I was still bombarded with some bad cinema.

After we dance about in the waste, it is time to end the episode on a more positive and optimistic note. We will look ahead to 2020 and both rank our top ten most anticipated movies of the upcoming year. There is a lot of exciting looking movies on the way.

This is a huge episode that is over two hours of movie talk. We had a blast recording this episode and we really hope you love it. We also want to thank you for listening to us throughout 2019 and can't wait to provide more shows for you in 2020.

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Top Ten Worst Movies of 2019:

Christopher
10. Godzilla: King of the Monsters
9. Men in Black International
8. The Prodigy
7. 6 Underground
6. Cats
5. Shaft
4. The Silence
3. Replicas
2. Sextuplets
1. The Fanatic

Scott
10. The Silence
9. Godzilla: The Planet Eater
8. Replicas
7. Eli
6. Sextuplets
5. Paris is Us
4. Assimilate
3. Final Wish
2. 6 Underground
1. The Fanatic

Top Ten Most Anticipated Movies

Christopher
10. Malignant
9. Jungle Cruise
8. The Eternals
7. Trials of the Chicago 7
6. Wonder Woman 1984
5. Last Night in Soho
4. Tenet
3. A Quiet Place Part 2
2. Onward
1. Dune

Scott
10. A Quiet Place Part 2
9. Malignant
8. New Mutants
7. No Time to Die
6. Black Widow
5. Bill and Ted Face the Music
4. Last Night in Soho
3. Tenet
2. The Witches
1. Dune

Monday, December 23, 2019

The Breakdown of 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker', '6 Underground', 'The Two Popes', 'The Lighthouse' and Remembering Dann Aiello


It is our final traditional movie review show of the decade and I can't think of a bigger way to end it. We will be reviewing the movie that is being promoted as the end of a massive nine movie saga in the sweeping space adventure, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. We also look at two movies that garnered critical acclaim during the festival circuit in the based on true events The Two Popes and the bizarre period piece horror The Lighthouse. If that isn't enough, we've got ourselves some Bay-hem in the action picture, 6 Underground. It is the kind of show where we have both best of the year and worst of the year candidates. We also take some time to look at the inspirational career of character actor Danny Aiello.

We apologize for the show being delayed again this week, but we got swept away a bit by some of Santa's magic dust. Before that happened, we had a great time recording this episode and we really hope you love it. We also wish you a very Merry Christmas and happy holidays.

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The Movies' Four-Star Rating:

The Two Popes ***½ (CS) & *** (SM)
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker ***½ (CS)
The Lighthouse ***½ (SM)
6 Underground *½ (CS) & ½* (SM)

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

The Breakdown of 'Jumanji: The Next Level', 'Jojo Rabbit', 'Marriage Story', 'Arthur Christmas' and 'The Fanatic.'


It is another huge show, as we have a few movies that are destined to make our 2019 year-end lists. We have the big trapped in a video game adventure sequel in Jumanji: The Next Level. We also got some powerhouse directors in Taika Waititi's new satirical, but heartfelt comedy, Jojo Rabbit and Noah Baumbach explores divorce in Marriage Story. Fred Durst rolls out a thing that is best described as a movie, I guess, in the John Travolta starring The Fanatic. We top it off with a family Christmas adventure in Arthur Christmas. It was a great time recording this show for you and we really appreciate you listening to it. The best thing you can do for us is spread the word to other movie fans.

Apologies for the show being up late but there were a few technical issues on the host site.

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The Movies' Four-Star Rating:

Jumanji: The Next Level *** (CS)
Marriage Story **** (CS & SM)
Jojo Rabbit **** (CS)
The Fanatic 0 stars (CS) & ½* (SM)
Arthur Christmas *** (CS) & ***½ (SM)

Monday, December 09, 2019

The Breakdown of 'Knives Out', 'A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood'. 'Earthquake Bird', 'The Hole in the Ground' and 'Avengement'


It is another huge show as was we have five movie reviews and two of them are gunning for some Oscar recognition. One of my favourite modern directors Rian Johnson is dipping into the whodunit realm with the murder mystery, Knives Out. We have Tom Hanks playing another real-life person with this time it being the wonderful Fred Rogers in A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood. Then we have some 2019 indy release including the Alicia Vikander starring relationship thriller Earthquake Bird, the latest creepy kid horror in The Hole in the Ground and a revenge action picture, Avengement.

We had a blast recording this episode and we really hope you love it. If you do, please help us out by spreading the word to other movie fans. Thank you so much for continued support.

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The Movies' Four-Star Rating:

Earthquake Bird ** (CS & SM)
Knives Out **** (CS)
The Hole in the Ground *** (CS) & ***½ (SM)
A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood *** (CS)
Avengement *** (CS & SM)

Tuesday, December 03, 2019

'Black Widow' Trailer Review: Spy-Thriller Throwback Gets the Big Event Marvel Treatment


Many fans have been asking for a Black Widow movie for a long time. While I would agree that Scarlett Johansson's iconic character has deserved her own movie for over 5 years now, there is something special about this kind of story landing now. I love that Marvel has been able to get a mainstream audience to embrace bizarre, geeky, far-fetched, cosmic, galactic and time spanning, space adventures on a big scale blockbuster level. 15 years ago, I wouldn't have guessed that you could get the casual movie audience to flock to see stuff like Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain Marvel, Doctor Strange and even Avengers: Endgame. As much as I love those movies, there is feeling of freshness mixed with deep nostalgia seeing the Black Widow trailer hint at a more grounded back to basics with an old-school spy action-thriller.



Don't get me wrong here, this is very much going to be a Marvel movie. The villains are concealed in robotic armour, the heroes are decked out in gadget-filled suits, there will be massive explosive set-pieces, there will be many science fiction elements sprinkled throughout and the classic Marvel tongue-in-cheek humor is splattered all over the place. Its number one goal is to be a giant roller-coaster thrill-ride that Martin Scorsese warned us all about. I appreciate after the recent big-scale Marvel events that this one appears to be sticking on earth, there will be hand to hand combat action, maybe a little old-school car chases and a mission that is more intimate and personal.

For that type of picture, they landed a terrific director in Cate Shortland who gave us the tense and claustrophobic thriller, Berlin Syndrome in 2017. She has proven she can mix deep drama with some well-paced thrills and tensions. She knows how to knock out the twists and keep you riveted on the dilemma the hero faces. I'm really excited to see a talented female director get a chance to helm a huge blockbuster event film.

It will be interesting to see if a 'smaller-scale' action picture can gross Marvel numbers, and my prediction is that the Black Widow and Marvel name combined is going to make this a pretty massive hit. Especially, when you realize we haven't had a Marvel Cinematic Universe movie since Spider-Man Far From Home. Plus, this will likely be one of the last appearances of Black Widow, and the synopsis promises an intriguing concept of filling in the blanks of Widow's life between the hero dividing Civil War and the unifying Infinity War.

I love that the trailer follows the recent Disney strategy of not giving out too much plot and story. We do not know the mission, why Black Widow has 'returned home' and really any story details. Marvel just gave us enough to tease us and promise us another high-octane adventure with humour and mixes of emotion and family drama. 

What a family that they have for us. Florence Pugh has been one of the stand-out young stars of the past few years and I am excited to see what she does in her first major role in a big tentpole. In the bits we see of her here, she looks absolutely terrific and seems to have a substantial part here.  It is almost always magic when we get Rachel Weisz, and I am interested to see if her character does a heel turn.  I am a big fan of David Harbour, who is best known for his work in Stranger Things, and it looks like he is having a blast in this movie. I can't wait to see this group play off each other and deliver the emotional core of the action picture.

I love the old-school spy-thriller action vibe that is being mixed into the big Marvel event movie. This should be a spectacular kick-off to the newest Marvel phase, and based off what is coming up, this looks like it will be very different than all the other proceeding pictures. I'm sold!

Monday, December 02, 2019

The Breakdown of 'The Irishman', 'Midnight Express', 'Arctic', 'Girls Trips' and 'About Time'


I can't believe we're marching towards the end of another year. This week we have a wide assortment of different movies we discuss and review this week. The big one is Martin Scorsese's return to the gangster epic realm in The Irishman.We also review a smaller 2019 release in the man vs. nature thriller, Arctic. We go all the way back to the 1970s to discuss a prison drama in Midnight Express. Then we go much lighter with two comedies in the raunchy buddy picture, Girls Trip and the time travelling romantic comedy, About Time.

We had another great time recording this episode, even though you may notice we had a few technical issues (one review we had to keep on rerecording and I then turned into Alvin), but we aimed to deliver our usual insight and style of humour. We really hope you loved the episode, and if you want to keep on supporting us then please spread the word on social media about us.

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The Movies' Four-Star Rating:

The Irishman **** (CS & SM)
Arctic ***½ (CS & SM)
Midnight Express **** (CS & SM)
Girls Trip ***½ (CS) & *** (SM)
About Time ***½ (CS) & *** (SM)

Sunday, December 01, 2019

Reflecting on the 2010s: An Introduction


The year of 2019 is almost over and with the passing of this year, we are also saying good-bye to another decade. This will be the fourth decade that I've been in from start to finish (I was in diapers and just figuring out the English language for all of my stay in the 1970s), and it was a pretty wild and amazing one.

From a broad perspective, this is the decade that saw social media become a major influencer to the point people became rich celebrities from it, a racist reality TV star became President, the Avengers movies were unleashed to restructure the cinematic landscape, a new generation of Star Wars movies entered the zeitgeist, streaming services threatened traditional entertainment, the political far right got a prominent foothold in many nations, while in other cases nations saw their people rise up demanding great social stage, #MeToo and #BlackLivesMatter became real movements that demanded we look at the current landscape and the Chicago Cubs finally won a World Series.

On a personal side, it was game-changing as I lost my father-in-law, saw the birth of both my children, experienced my first decade where I was married the entire time, landed my first paid film review, started The Movie Breakdown podcast that changed how I view Sunday mornings, and landed the wonderful house that I currently live.

My point is that the 2010s were a big deal for me personally, but also a rather significant time on a global stage. Some of it has been amazing and other parts of it have been a flaming bag of dogshit. You mix it all together and it came out a very memorable decade that will be remembered in the annals of history or for the personal stuff, I will at least still be reflecting on it several decades from now (I still have a few decades left in me).

While we start getting ready to bid adieu to another year and decade, I want to look back at some of the major moments from the 2010s. I will reflect on some things from poo culture and politics and news and sports and such, but I also want to look back on the major milestones from my personal life (there isn't much that will ever top the birth of my two children). Over the next month, I will be writing a few pieces that will be reflections of the 2010s, and it will hopefully, be a delightful and thought-provoking jaunt down nostalgia lane.

I know. I know. Over the last year, I've promised a few series including reviewing every Marvel Cinematic Universe movie, and they are still coming, promise. I just ended up hyping them a year early. What I will be doing this month is a few pieces reflecting upon the 2010s. This means that the blog will actually be active this month and you should have a decent amount of stuff to read. On top of those pieces, I'll have a few movie reviews and whatever else ends up being worthy of my words posted on here.

Here is to the 2010s. You were interesting, and for the next few weeks, I'll analyze why.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Festive Reheats: Revealing Canada's Most Sacred Holiday, Thursday


To all my American readers, I wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving. You are only about a month and a half late. . . again. I hope you enjoy your giant baked bird and crazy drunk uncle on this special holiday, but while you make your toasts, don't forget that Canada has its own storied holiday today, Yes, it is once again Thursday. Now, I realize that Thursday is not as popular a holiday as Thanksgiving, but it is still full of traditions and celebrations. As a helpful guide to those unaware of the beloved holiday Thursday (who is basically everyone who isn't me), I wrote way back in 2010 a detailed top ten of the most significant Thursday events. Since it is Thursday, today seems like a proper day to unleash this upon the world again. Here is the link. Enjoy!


Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Christmas is Almost Here, So a Perfect Time for a Pictorial Exploration of the Spicer's Fall

The last time I wrote about the adventures in the Spicer' Kingdom was when Danika was starting school. She is now a grizzled veteran who rules the Junior Kindergarten domain, or at least, she seems to be getting along with everyone. I am ecstatic that her habit of biting and punching her brother hasn't migrated to the schoolyard, and everyone there thinks she is a charming young lady.

So, as you may have guess, much as has happened since that first week in September and here is a pictorial tale of some of the highlights.


I threw a surprise 40th Birthday party for Emily this year, mostly because as luck would have it, she turned 40 this year. It would have been pretty embarrassing if she was 23.





Should I be worried that my 4-year-old daughter 'caught' the wedding bouquet? Danika technically was given it by the person who 'won' because she was so darned cute, so I don't think that means I need to be planning a wedding yet.





The annual fall fair at the kid's school has traditionally been where the kids are allowed to check out a local fire truck, but many years, it has left before they've had a chance because some inconsiderate building has decided to catch on fire.








My 1980s is showing, as I have influenced Everett to the point that he wanted to go as his favourite fictional character, Indiana Jones. I am not even sure if half his friends even know who that is. Though, he has convinced at least one friend to go watch the movies.



Danika went with a costume more to this era, Anna from Frozen. A movie she has only seen about two billion times.



Emily carved this pumpkin, which is why it is amazing.


Everett demanded that I carve Indiana Jones into his pumpkin. Yes, that is what I am attempted do here. I realize, it works better as a scarecrow holding a scythe. But I did this free-hand, and Everett actually loved it and was proud of it, so all I really needed was my son's approval and happiness.





Can you guess which one of my kids likes being photographed?




I got old! Again!


Every November, I do a challenge where you must write 50 thousand new words of your novel in the month. It is a global event that many writers participate in, and my city has a local chapter, where we get together every week to encourage each other, share ideas and write together. Everett expressed interest that he wanted to take part and I discovered that they have one for kids where they can choose a goal of how many words they will write in the month. Everett has chosen 5 thousand as his goal. So, it has been with a lot of pride and great pleasure, that Everett has joined me this year in trying to write lots of words towards a novel. He is also without a doubt the most loved person in our weekly local writing group. This of course, is not a photo of that gathering but us working hard at home.



There you go! We did stuff these last few months! Who would have guessed! How has your fall into winter been?

Monday, November 25, 2019

The Breakdown of 'Frozen 2', 'Klaus', 'A Vigilante', 'Sleepless' and 'The Book of Henry'


The Christmas season is upon us, so it is time for some family holiday movies. We have two really big animated family features to discuss. The biggest one is the huge Disney fantasy sequel as we return to Anna and Elsa in Frozen 2. Do you want an origin story of Santa Claus? We have that in the Netflix animated original Klaus. Then we have some stuff that isn't family friendly like the dark dramatic film about an abuse victim seeking out to save women and children from their abusers in A Vigilante. We also review a dark thriller about a corrupt cop trying to rescue his kidnapped son in Sleepless. Then we discuss a movie that we think may have been trying to be a family movie but instead became something very dark and insane in the misguided The Book of Henry.

We have a great time recording the show, and we appreciate you listening to us every week. The best way you can show your support is spread the word to other movie buffs.

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The Movies' Four-Star Rating:

Klaus *** (CS & SM)
Frozen 2 *** (CS)
A Vigilante ** (CS & SM)
Sleepless * (CS) & *½ (SM)
The Book of Henry * (CS & SM)

Monday, November 18, 2019

The Breakdown of 'Ford v. Ferrari', 'Enter the Dragon', 'Let it Snow' and 'Support the Girls'


It is a busy time of year and so we have a jam-packed episode for you. Our new theatrical release is a big Oscar hopeful in the James Mangold directed, Ford v. Ferrari. We also dip into the vault to review the Bruce Lee martial arts classic, Enter the Dragon. We also got a Netflix original in the teen romance holiday movie, Let It Snow. We cap off the reviews with an indy darling from last year in the dramedy Support the Girls. After that, we look at the rise of big budget event TV series like The Mandalorian or the upcoming MCU based series, and we ask if they will have an impact on the importance of big blockbuster movies.

As always, we had a great time recording this episode, and we really appreciate you choosing to listen to us. You can show your support by spreading the word about us to other movie fans. Thank you.

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The Movies' Four-Star Rating:

Ford v. Ferrari ***½ (CS)
Enter the Dragon ***½ (CS) **** (SM)
Support the Girls*** (CS & SM)
Let It Snow *** (CS) & ** (SM)

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

The Breakdown of 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre', 'The Blues Brothers', 'The King', 'Loser' and 'The Endless'


We are jumping into the time machine this week on The Movie Breakdown as we record this episode in person just like we did from 2013 to 2016. You know what else we did back then, we often picked a lot of older movies rather than trying to review every Netflix Original movie. We kick off this new era of reviewing some older movies with a bang as we have the horror cult hit that played a part in birthing the slasher genre in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. We also have an ambitious comedy that was a huge hit and was the first to turn a successful Saturday Night Live sketch into a feature in The Blues Brothers. We've loved two Amy Heckerling coming-of-age comedies, and so will the streak continue with Loser? We still have a Netflix Original to review in the historical epic, The King. Finally, we discuss a twisty thriller mixed with horror indy picture in The Endless.

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The Movies' Four-Star Rating:

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre **** (CS) & ***½ (SM)
The Blues Brothers***½ (CS & SM)
The King **½ (CS) & *** (SM)
Loser* (CS & SM)
The Endless ***½ (CS & SM)

Monday, November 04, 2019

The Breakdown of 'Terminator: Dark Fate', 'Dolemite if My Name', 'The Laundromat' 'Fractured' and 'Eli'


Can you believe we are in November already? It has almost been another year of The Movie Breakdown and this week we're bringing you five movie reviews. The cool thing among all the kids is having sequels that retcon out all the sequels we don't like and so, we have Terminator: Dark Fate, the movie that wants you to believe there has only been two previous movies in the series. Speaking of erasing the past, who said that Eddie Murphy was in a slump and this week we look at the movie designed to make the comedian relevant again in the comedic biopic Dolemite is My Name. We also have the second Steve Soderbergh movie this year, this time in the Meryl Streep starring The Laundromat. Then we cap off the show with two thrillers in the Sam Worthington starring Fractured and the flick about a spooky kid in Eli. We had a blast recording the show this week and we really hope you love it. If you do, then we really ask that you please spread the word about the show to other movie fans.

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The Movies' Four-Star Rating:

Terminator: Dark Fate ** (CS)
Dolemite is My Name ***½ (CS & SM)
The Laundromat ** (CS & SM)
Fractured *½ (CS) & * (SM)

Eli *½ (CS) & * (SM)

Monday, October 28, 2019

The Breakdown of Horror - 'Overlord', 'Wish Upon', 'The Cured', 'Under the Shadow, ' and 'Veronica'


Halloween is almost here and so it is time for our annual tradition The Breakdown of Horror, where we review five scary movies. We've got two very different zombie pictures with one being about dealing with the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse in The Cured and then we have those pesky zombies chomping at brains during World War II in Overlord. We also have three movies about hauntings and possessions, and these are as follows: the critically acclaimed Persian language movie, Under the Shadow, the loosely-based on true events Spanish possession flick, Veronica, and the Joey King starring movie about an insidious box that grants wishes, Wish Upon. As always, we had a great time recording the show and we really hope you love it. If you do love it, the best way to show your appreciation is spread the word on social media.

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The Movies' Four-Star Rating:

The Cured ***½ (CS & SM)
Overlord *** (CS) & ***½ (SM)
Veronica *** (CS & SM)
Under the Shadow ***½ (CS) & **** (SM)
Wish Upon ** (CS) & **½ (SM)

Monday, October 21, 2019

The Breakdown of 'Maleficent: Mistress of Evil', 'Zombieland: Double Tap', 'El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie' and 'In the Shadow of the Moon'


It is a big day in Canada, as it is the Federal Election, which we don't make any mention of on The Movie Breakdown. Because on this podcast, we talk movies (and recording it on Sunday means it wasn't fresh on our minds either) and you can elect to listen to all four of our reviews. The theatre had some big sequels released in the dark-ish Disney fantasy family adventure, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil and then we've got a gory comedy sequel not for kids in Zombieland: Double Tap. Netflix doesn't want to be left out of the sequel game, as they have a movie that is a follow-up to the popular Breaking Bad TV series in El Camino. Then it is time to discuss a sci-fi thriller in the noir-ish In the Shadow of the Moon. After that, we look at the huge box office success of Joker and analyze what can be learned by this surprise (at least to me) smash hit.

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The Movies' Four-Star Rating:

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil **½ (CS)
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie **½ (CS) *** (SM)
Zombieland: Double Tap *** (CS)
In the Shadow of the Moon *** (CS & SM)

Monday, October 14, 2019

The Breakdown of 'In the Tall Grass', 'Tall Girl', 'Hello Privilege, It's Me, Chelsea' and Remembering Robert Forster


Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian readers and listeners. For everyone else, have a fantastic Monday. To make your Monday fantastic, we have our latest episode of The Movie Breakdown where we will review three movies this week. It is October so you need a horror movie, and so we have the adaptation of the Stephen King and Joe Hill novella, In the Tall Grass. The kids are full into school now, and so why not talk about another coming-of-age story in Tall Girl. Then it is time for a documentary with Chelsea Handler exploring race and white privilege in Hello God, It's Me, Chelsea. We also do our every few-month segment where Scott catches up on a bunch of movies that I've already done solo reviews in the past and we now find out where he stands. Finally, we look back at the career of the great actor Robert Forster. As always, we had a great time recording show, and if you love it, then please help us out by spreading the word to other movie fans.

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The Movies' Four-Star Rating:

In the Tall Grass **½ (CS) & *** (SM)
Tall Girl **½ (CS & SM)
Hello Privilege, It's Me, Chelsea ***½ (CS)

Monday, October 07, 2019

The Breakdown of 'Joker', 'Between Two Ferns: The Movie', 'Hustlers', and 'Falling Inn Love'


We're back to reviewing new releases this week and we've got four of them on this episode. It seems like every few months there must be a new comic book movie, but this is one very different, as we look at the gritty, violent origin story of an iconic villain in Joker. We also have another movie geared towards adults with the based on true event tale of strippers that scammed rich wall street types out of lots of money in Hustlers. We also have some comedies including the feature length adaptation of a popular YouTube series in Between Two Ferns: The Movie. It is the time of year where Netflix rolls out cheesy romantic comedies and so then we have to discus Falling Inn Love. Then we analyze the recent comments Martin Scorsese made about comic book movies not being cinema. As always, we had a great time recording the show and we really hope you love it. If you do, the best way to show that appreciation is to spread the word on social media.

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The Movies' Four-Star Rating:

Joker ** (CS)
Between Two Ferns: The Movie *** (CS & SM)
Hustlers***½ (CS)
Falling Inn Love *½ (CS & SM)

Monday, September 30, 2019

The Breakdown Goes Back to School


It is another special episode this week, and we look at several movies set in school. We are also looking at several movies that by many are considered classics and even defined their decade. We got two John Hughes movies in the Saturday detention comedic drama The Breakfast Club and then the movie about the guy who'd never get stuck in detention, Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Then we leave the 1980s to look at a major teen movie of the '90s in Clueless. It may not be as iconic, but it was Emma Stone's breakout role in the 2010 teen comedy Easy A. Just to throw you off, we depart from the coming of age movies and look at Jeremy Saulnier's feature film debut, Murder Party. This week we look at many movies held up as great and we discuss if they deserve that reputation. As always, we really appreciate you listening to us, and if you love the show, please help us out by spreading the word on social media.

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The Movies' Four-Star Rating:

The Breakfast Club **** (CS & SM)
Clueless ***½ (CS & SM)
Ferris Bueller's Day Off *** (CS) & ***½ (SM)
Easy A ***½ (CS & SM)
Murder Party *** (CS & SM)

Monday, September 23, 2019

The Breakdown of More Reasons for Why We Love Movies


This week we've got another special episode, and this is The Breakdown of More Reasons for Why We Love Movies. This is the sequel to an episode we did a few years ago, and we now have even more things that cause us to be huge movie fans. We could do a show like this a hundred time, because there are so many things that makes movies great. Some of the things we discuss this time are the shared experience you can have, the awesomeness of Denis Villeneuve (who gave us Blade Runner 2049), how memorable moments from movies can stick with you for years and how movies can inspire your own creativity. As always, it was a blast to record and we really hope you love it as well. If you do, please help us out by spreading the word to more movie fans.

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Monday, September 16, 2019

The Breakdown Grades the Movie Studios


It is another special episode this week, as we finally do something that I've wanted to do for over a year. We analyze all the major Hollywood movie studios and look at their success in the box office, the diversity of their slate of movies and how consistent they are at delivering creative and high-quality pictures. We will discuss big studios like Disney, Warner Brothers, Universal, Paramount and Sony, but also look at newer to the game rivals like Lionsgate, STX and even Netflix (we forgot to make any mention of Amazon Studios). As always, we had a blast talking movies and it was a fun show. Thank you so much for listening to us and we really hope you love it as well. If you do, then please help us out by spreading the word about us on social media.

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