Monday, May 27, 2019

The Breakdown of 'Aladdin', 'Wine Country', 'The Last Summer' and spoiler-filled review of 'Avengers: Endgame'


This week we have a surprise as we are revisiting Avengers: Endgame again but this time with all the spoilers and major plot points being discussed and analyzed. We also have three other movie reviews including the latest live-action adaptation of a Disney animated classic in Aladdin. We also have two Netflix originals in Amy Poehler's directorial debut in the comedy Wine Country and the teen coming of age movie, The Last Summer. Then we have a topic discussion where we look at the current state and plans for the DC extended cinematic universe and analyze what we think will be in their future. As always, we had a great time recording the episode and we hope you love it. If you do, please help us out by spreading the word on social media so other move fans can find us.

Reminder that you can subscribe either to The Movie Breakdown feed (a subscription link is at the top right hand of this site) or on iTunes (if you enjoy the show, please help us by giving us a five star review).



Four Star Movie Rating:

Wine Country *** (CS & SM)
Aladdin *** (CS)
The Last Summer ** (CS) & * (SM)

The Summer Box Office Challenge Draft Picks:

Scott:

1. The Lion King
2. Hobbs and Shaw
3. Detective Pikachu - $54 365 242
4. The Secret Life of Pets 2
5. Men in Black International 
6. Annabelle Comes Home
7. Angry Birds 2
8. Shaft
9. Dora and the Lost City of Gold
10. Long Shot $9 740 064
Total: $64 105 306

Christopher:

1. Toy Story 4
2. Spider-Man Far from Home
3. Godzilla: King of the Monsters
4. Aladdin $91 500 929
5. X-Men: Dark Phoenix
6. Rocketman
7. John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum: $56 818 067
8. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
9. Child's Play (replaced Artemis Fowl)
10. Ma
Total: $148 318 996


Monday, May 20, 2019

The Breakdown of 'John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum', 'Long Shot', 'Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile', 'The Silence' and Remembering Doris Day


Another weekend has passed and that means a new release needs to be reviewed on The Movie Breakdown. This week it is one we've been looking forward to talking about for a long time with the third instalment of the bloody, stunt-laden, poetic actioner John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum. We also finally discuss the Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron starring romcom Long Shot. Netflix has two movies about monsters. The first is the biopic of one of the most infamous serial killer ever in the Ted Bundy picture, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Vile and Evil and the other is about prehistoric bird-like creatures hunting humans by sound in The Silence. After all the movie reviews, we pay tribute to a movie legend in Doris Day.

As always, we had a fantastic time recording this week's episode and we really hope you love it. If you do, then please help us out by spreading the word to other movie fans so we can help this show become bigger and better.

Reminder that you can subscribe either to The Movie Breakdown feed (a subscription link is at the top right hand of this site) or on iTunes (if you enjoy the show, please help us by giving us a five star review).



Four Star Movie Rating:

John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum *** (CS)
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile **½ (CS & SM)
Long Shot *** (CS)
The Silence * (CS) & *½ (SM)

The Summer Box Office Challenge Draft Picks:

Scott:

1. The Lion King
2. Hobbs and Shaw
3. Detective Pikachu - $54 365 242
4. The Secret Life of Pets 2
5. Men in Black International 
6. Annabelle Comes Home
7. Angry Birds 2
8. Shaft
9. Dora and the Lost City of Gold
10. Long Shot $9 740 064
Total: $64 105 306

Christopher:

1. Toy Story 4
2. Spider-Man Far from Home
3. Godzilla: King of the Monsters
4. Aladdin
5. X-Men: Dark Phoenix
6. Rocketman
7. John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum: $56 818 067
8. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
9. Child's Play (replaced Artemis Fowl)
10. Ma
Total: $56 818 067

Monday, May 13, 2019

The Breakdown of the Atypical Blockbuster - 'The Departed', 'Kramer vs. Kramer', 'Unforgiven', 'Good Will Hunting' and 'Psycho'


It is a huge show this week that we are calling The Breakdown of the Atypical Blockbuster. When you think box office powerhouse, you usually picture big special effects adventure movies, but sometimes other type of movies can connect with an audience and make the same kind of money. The is a week we will review the master Alfred Hitchcock's masterpiece in the original slasher movie, Psycho. We have another legendary filmmaker in Martin Scorsese with the movie that finally landed him Best Director recognition in The Departed. We also have a western by a legend from that genre in Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven. We also discuss the number one grossing movie of 1979 in the drama about a child custody battle in Kramer vs. Kramer. We will also review the break-out movie for Matt Damon and Ben Affleck in the Boston set drama, Good Will Hunting. We have some powerhouse movies and we go in-depth on each one and it turns out to be a super-sized episode. As always, we had an amazing time and we really hope you love it too. If you do, then show your appreciation by spreading the word on social media or tell a friend who is a movie fan.

Reminder that you can subscribe either to The Movie Breakdown feed (a subscription link is at the top right hand of this site) or on iTunes (if you enjoy the show, please help us by giving us a five star review).



Four Star Movie Rating:

The Departed **** (CS & SM)
Kramer vs. Kramer **** (CS & SM)
Unforgiven **** (CS & SM)
Good Will Hunting ***½ (CS & SM)
Psycho **** (CS & SM)

The Summer Box Office Challenge Draft Picks:

Scott:

1. The Lion King
2. Hobbs and Shaw
3. Detective Pikachu - $54 365 242
4. The Secret Life of Pets 2
5. Men in Black International 
6. Annabelle Comes Home
7. Angry Birds 2
8. Shaft
9. Dora and the Lost City of Gold
10. Long Shot $9 740 064
Total: $64 105 306

Christopher:

1. Toy Story 4
2. Spider-Man Far from Home
3. Godzilla: King of the Monsters
4. Aladdin
5. X-Men: Dark Phoenix
6. Rocketman
7. John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum
8. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
9. Child's Play (replaced Artemis Fowl)
10. Ma
Total: $0

Monday, May 06, 2019

The Breakdown of Marvel Magic, Plus Remembering John Singleton and Peter Mayhew


This week we look at one of the most successful film franchises of all-time in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. We analyze why it became such a hit and what elements made it so revolutionary. We also look at the things that other movie studios tried to copy and why they got it wrong. Endgame is on its way to be the highest grossing movie of all-time, so it is the perfect time to look at what has made Marvel Studios so successful.

Then we pay tribute to director John Singleton and actor Peter Mayhew. Both men played a big part in our move going experiences. Singleton broke into the movie industry with the classic Boyz n the Hood and Mayhew was one of the most beloved movie characters ever in Chewbacca. As always, we had a great time recording the show and we hope you love it. If you do, please spread the word on social media so other movie fans can check us out.

Reminder that you can now subscribe either to The Movie Breakdown feed (a subscription link is at the top right hand of this site) or on iTunes (if you enjoy the show, please help us by giving us a five star review).



The Summer Box Office Challenge Draft Picks:

Scott:

1. The Lion King
2. Hobbs and Shaw
3. Detective Pikachu
4. The Secret Life of Pets 2
5. Men in Black International 
6. Annabelle Comes Home
7. Angry Birds 2
8. Shaft
9. Dora and the Lost City of Gold
10. Long Shot - $9 740 064
Total: $9 740 064

Christopher:

1. Toy Story 4
2. Spider-Man Far from Home
3. Godzilla: King of the Monsters
4. Aladdin
5. X-Men: Dark Phoenix
6. Rocketman
7. John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum
8. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
9. Artemis Fowl
10. Ma
Total: $0

Friday, May 03, 2019

A 'Marvel'ous Movie Review Series Exploding on the Blog


Ever since the release of the epic Avengers: Endgame, most film writers have been ranking the 22 Marvel Cinematic Universe movies. I totally understand the reason since the most recent movie was a conclusion to a massive 10 year-plus series. It all started with Iron Man, an at the time surprise box office mega-hit. Even then, Marvel Studios was planting the seeds for an ambitious collection of movies, but we didn't know then how it would reshape cinema. I'm intrigued to find out how far ahead plans were for the future when they started filming that movie and if Endgame was a realization of the original vision.

I love the idea of raking each of the movies, but to be honest, some I haven't seen for almost 10 years. I don't feel like a ranking right now would be honest without revisiting each of the movies and see how they resonate with me now. What I'm going to do over the next several months (probably over the remaining year), is in order of release review each picture from this sweeping series (Spider-Man Far From Home will be out of order due to being released while I'm doing this series but will also be the 23rd).

The plan will be to review each as a separate movie, but also analyze their contribution to the bigger picture of the universe. I think, it would be really cool to track how the movies evolved over time and where the shift in potential plans or creative ideas occurred. This is without a doubt the biggest series of movies in modern pop culture, and so my hope is to dive deep into how this happened. Then after I finish this ambitious project, I will rank the movies.

I only think, there were maybe two movies that I didn't ever recommend in the series the first time I saw them. I also have very little memory of Iron Man 2, Thor: Dark World and The Incredible Hulk, so I am excited to revisit those. I'm interested to see if movies I was a bit flatter on like Thor, Iron Man 3 and Avengers: Age of Ultron have improved with age.

The goal is to kick it off with Iron Man in the coming weeks. Let me know if you want these to be spoiler-free or for me to talk in-depth about major plot points.

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

One Big Movie Event is Enough to Declare April a Winner


2019 isn't quite shaping up to be what I'd call the best movie year since I started professionally reviewing movies in 2012. But some of the hotly anticipated movies have been the hits that we were hoping to see. Last month, we had the great horror-thriller from a second-time director Jordan Peele with Us.

April had the biggest movie event of the year in the accumulation of 22 movies leading to the grand 'finale' (yes, there will be more but what they've been building towards was paid off), Avengers: Endgame. It is quite the achievement that a movie that created this much buzz and had this much hype was able to deliver. It was a satisfying and emotional conclusion to a series that has captured the cinematic zeitgiest for over a decade. It was full of fun call-backs and tributes to the past movies and making all that came before seems more important.  It gave closure to major characters that we've spent many years watching. It is a good movie even if this is your first Marvel Cinematic Universe film but is something truly special for those who have seen every single movie. It has some very emotional performances that give a lot of weight to the characters, but also has one of the most fist-pumping and crowd-pleasing big action finales in any special effects epic. This should be mentioned on The Breakdown of the Best of 2019, and if it doesn't, we got an amazing second half coming our way.

Nothing was as epic as the Marvel offering but I'd say the theatre experience of this past month was largely satisfying. Shazam! kept the DC quality movie streak going with a movie that was bouncy and light and actually fun. It has some dark bits that kept it from being the family movie that it was being sold as, but it also made it feel a bit like a 1980s version of a kid's film that always had a few scary or inappropriate bits (that is why adults are so messed up now). Zachary Levi is fantastic as a boy in a grown man's body and has a great chemistry with Jack Dylan Grazer where they feel like two friends freaking out over newfound super-powers. I also loved how they handled the foster family and there was a nice message about how a bond is more than just blood.

The Stephen King quality streak was also extended with Pet Sematary. It made enough changes to justify a second adaptation and it keeps the creepy atmosphere and chills of the book. It is a really dark story and I was rattled by the end of it. A movie like this is setting out to disturb and shake you, and it is really effective at that. It also is Amy Seimetz's biggest stage and proves what an incredible talent she is. If you want something that will give you nightmares, then this is your road to a sleepless night or two.

Maybe I should have made the theme of this month 'streaks.' Because Laika has delivered a great animated adventure every single time and Missing Link keeps that rule alive. This screening was extra special because I got to share it with Danika who adored the movie. The animation is always gorgeous, but the story is sweet about the importance of acceptance and like Shazam!, family can come from many places. I love the imagination of this one and I really cared about the characters' journey and discoveries. It was under-seen, and your family should definitely track it down.

Now, for those that want my in-depth thoughts, you can check out my past month worth of reviews on 'The Movie Breakdown podcast. Here they are for your convenience.

The Breakdown of Dumbo, The Dirt, Budapest, River's Edge and Your Son

The Breakdown of Shazam!, Pet Sematary, The Highwaymen, and Walk. Ride. Rodeo.

The Breakdown of Missing Link, Unicorn Store, Burn Out and Girl

The Breakdown of the Underdog: Billy Elliot, The Muppets Take Manhattan, Walking Out, Cliffhanger and The Benchwarmers

The Breakdown of Avengers: Endgame, Someone Great, The Perfect Date and The Summer Box Office Challenge