Monday, August 26, 2019

The Breakdown of the State of Genre Movies


The major movie studios are always looking for the next big blockbuster movie, but there is still a very healthy place for genre movies. This week we discuss the state of genre movies and how we see their future. We talk about things like how horror has risen to be the best genre to explore family issues, we look at the resurrection of the musical, what makes a good 18A movie and how comedy has changed in the last few years. For a bonus, at the end of the show, we discuss the big news of Spider-Man leaving the MCU. As always, we've had a great time recording the show and we really hope you love listening to it. If you loved it, then do us a huge favour by spreading the word to other movie fans.

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Friday, August 23, 2019

My Late to the Party Thoughts on Spider-Man Swinging Out of the MCU


It was major and shocking news several years ago when it was revealed Sony and Disney were entering into a partnership that would allow Spider-Man to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It is very rare when two competing movie studios of this size work together, especially with something of this scale. But Sony was desperate after The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was a box office disappointment and Marvel Studios has wanted Spider-Man since the beginning and knew the character could play a huge role in upcoming storylines starting with Captain American: Civil War. In retrospect, you can see how the unimaginable thing became reality.

Jump to today (or a few days ago now), it is equally shocking to learn that it seems the deal is now done. All signs point to Sony taking back full control of Spider-Man and MCU will be Spider-Man-less again. This shouldn't be shocking news, because it is a miracle any time two studios are united, but it was a relationship that still had a lot of long-term benefits for both sides.

It seems that Marvel Studios was no longer down with a deal that only gave them 5% of the box office gross along with merchandise sales and was looking for a deal closer to a 50/50 split (some sites report 30%), while Sony obviously wasn't down with what then would mean a significant decrease in revenue after Spider-Man Far From Home became their highest grossing movie ever.

Even though it is being reported that both studios have divorced, I don't think the negotiations are over and that this 'leak' is a power play move by Marvel Studios, They were hoping for exactly what they got, which was outrage from fans that are annoyed to see their favourite superhero leave the most success movie franchise of all-time. Marvel is banking on the outcry from fans, the same type of fan outrage that happened after the poorly received The Amazing Spider-Man 2 that lead to Sony talking to Marvel the first time. with hopes of similar results.

My prediction is the current biggest movie story of the summer will turn out to be nothing more than hyperbole that spawned articles like this but ended up being just chatter by the time 2020 rolls around. Marvel and Sony will work this out and Spider-Man will be swinging around in the MCU again. I also may be completely wrong on this, but I'm trusting Sony isn't this stupid and Marvel cares too much about the long-term plans and quality of the MCU.

Sony must realize there is a major reason that both Spider-Man Homecoming and especially, Spider-Man Far From Home were huge box office behemoths. People love Spider-Man, but Homecoming had the added sizzle of Iron Man being in the movie as well, and fans were interested in what kind of fallout from Civil War would be addressed. Far From Home was an even bigger hit because it was the follow-up to the biggest box office movie of all-time in Avengers: Endgame. Marvel fans were excited for another Spider-Man movie, but even more so, they were interested in the direction of the universe after the huge events from Endgame. The trailers made it very clear that the movie would explore the repercussions of Endgame and set the direction for the next phase.

Does Sony believe that the third Tom Holland starring Spider-Man will be as successful without it being tied to the MCU? I think, a Spider-Man movie will always do well, but it could be a massive dip if Marvel fans know it won't play any part in the Marvel Universe and is instead part of an extended universe connected to the Venom and Morbius movies. And we can all be honest now right? Venom was kind of awful. Since we all know that now, the sequel is going to pull an Alice Through the Looking Glass.

Maybe Sony is aware a Spider-Man 3 absent from the MCU will underperform compared to the previous two, but they will still make more than if they had to share a significant amount of the gross with Disney/Marvel. Financially speaking, they will come out richer not attached to Disney and Marvel. But don't forget that this coming to Disney in the first place wasn't due to The Amazing Spider-Man 2 being a flop but rather it did less than expected and had a horrible critical and audience reception. While they obviously are capable of making great Spider-Man movie as was proven with the first two Sam Raimi picture and Spider-Man into the Spider-Verse, but there will be a stink on them with fans if they know it is missing the sheen of the MCU behind it.

It isn't all Skittles and cupcakes for Marvel and Disney here either. It was clear in Spider-Man Far From Home that Spider-Man was a central part of MCU plans and he was going to kick-start the major storylines going forward. There were hints that he was going to be the new leader of The Avengers and be the connective tissue for many of the other movies. That is all flung out the window if Marvel Studios doesn't have the right to use him anymore. Kevin Feige and Marvel plan a significant amount ahead and probably have major story arcs set up for the next ten years and my assumption would be that Spider-Man was heavily involved. This means things need to be scrapped and plans will now need to be reworked. It is also going to leave fans unsatisfied if we don't ever get pay offs to things hinted at in Far from Home. This isn't really where anyone would have Spider-Man's MCU story end.

Even though losing Spider-Man from the MCU would be a huge blow to their storytelling, I'd say Sony is worse off. Without having the major Marvel heroes available, the next crossover they can do is Venom, which then sets up another Venom movie and trust me nobody really wants that deep down (it is happening, but why have him ruin a Spider-Man movie as well). You can include Morbius, but can't we all just trust we have Jared Leto in enough franchises right now?

As for MCU, at Comic-con in July they announced upcoming movies that will be release from 2020 to 2021 as Black Widow, The Eternals, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Doctor Strange in the Multi-verse of Madness and Thor: Love and Thunder. Do you notice what isn't on the upcoming slate? No Spider-Man or Avengers. Looking at all those movies, it doesn't appear they would need Spider-Man for the next two years anyway, so they have time before the absence of Peter Parker complicates things. They can bide some time before they need him, or they have enough movies to shift the focus where not having Spider-Man is an issue. MCU is bigger than just one character, and while Spider-Man enhances things, his absence doesn't ruin things.

While I'm not confident yet in Sony realizing the future isn't doing their one downgraded version of a cinematic universe. Something tells me that they pulled away from this deal because they are still clinging to the hope that they can create their own shared universe, despite the fact the Dark Universe, DCEU and King Arthur proved audiences don't care about them. A shared universe isn't a selling point for a movie fan unless its the MCU. I fear Sony have full control of Spidey will mean another scene of a character walking down a hallway scattered with ads for all the spin-off movies that will never happened after Sony hits another box office dud.

This is all a bit of bummer news. Considering how much money is involved and studios tending to have short term visions, it was also likely inevitable. But I also still predict that by 2020, Marvel and Sony will remarry for at least a few more years.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

The Ramblings of a Dad Coming to Terms with his Growing Kids


If you listened to this week's episode of The Movie Breakdown, then you will know that I was a fan of the raunchy coming-of-age comedy, Good Boys. If you listened to The Breakdown of the Best of 2018 episode, you will also know that I was a huge fan of Eighth Grade. I think both movies were a great blend of comedy and sweetness and did an expert job of capturing what it is like to be a tween in modern times.

Or at least, what I assume what it is like to be a tween now, because I am not one and I haven't been one since the early 1990s. We didn't have things like smart phones, the internet, 9/11 fallout and various other major social changes to worry about or to dictate how the day-to-day goes. Even though I am not a tween, I do have two kids that someday will become tweens and so as a dad, those movies are at some level terrifying.

For several days after seeing it, I couldn't stop thinking about Eighth Grade, not only because it was a great movie, but I was panicking over the fact that one day my children will go through the things the characters did in that movie. It was enough to make me wish I could pull a cartoon ostrich and stick my head in the sand for a few years. I have a sinking feeling that wouldn't solve anything.


I still have several years before Everett is a tween and even more with Danika, but it is frightening to think we live in a world where kids seem to grow up so fast and that at the innocent age of 12, they are already taking nude photos or that sex is such a big part of their thoughts. I am sure sexual thoughts dominated my mind at 12 too, but at least, the idea of 'sexting' was reserved for kinky sci-fi stories or some odd perverts deranged mind. Now, it is reality.


Emily, my wife, was a little annoyed when she discovered that I showed Everett the movie, Black Panther. I did it partly because most of his friends had already seen it, but also, I was confident that he could handle it. I say that I was right, but I also see her side. Our kids grow up too fast and maybe holding off a movie like that can at least allow us to be deluded into thinking our kids are still innocent. It is likely the most violent and intense movie that Everett has seen, and even the night we watched it, I debated a bit over if I should show it. I believe there is now an MCU ban at our house until my wife gives further notice.


Even without the aid of showing action movies, my kids are growing up too fast. I've seen myself cling more and more to nostalgia and their earlier years. I still fondly think back at a 3-year-old Everett who discovered the shower door in his bathroom was slightly damaged and so he went to get his Mousekatools (they were just a stuffed tool set, but his favourite show at the time was Mickey Mouse Clubhouse). Somewhere, I have a video of him spending several minutes trying to fix the door with his oversized stuffed screwdriver and hammering the side with a plush hammer. This type of event was something that happened a lot with my imaginative boy, but for some reason, it was that time that is deeply embedded in my mind and I often fondly reflect on it.


Another fond memory was Everett at two years old wanting to be a fairy princess for Halloween. He made a great one, I'd say. He had no shame or worry dressing up like a girl, and it was completely innocent. He also did a great job since I think half the houses thought I was walking around with my daughter (this would be a few months before Danika was born). He ended up loving the costume and would dress up in it often while playing with dinosaurs or pushing around his toy trucks. It was before he started going to school, and he didn't really care what the expectations where for boys or girls. He loved playing with dinosaurs or monsters, but he also liked dresses and wands too.


School was a big deal in our house. Everett had never gone to daycare, so it was a huge adjustment for him. I'll be honest, it was a gigantic adjustment for me too. I was used to having him with me every day and now I was saying good bye to him for several hours every day. For those who may remember, I wrote a few pieces about Everett's time at school for those first few months of JK. I'd often get notes that said Everett was sad at certain points in the day and that he was missing his mom and dad. It broke my heart to think there wasn't much I could do and there were moments in the day that he felt he needed me, but I couldn't be there. But while he was home, he was excited to tell me all about the new games and activities that he learned at school. It was a new adventure that he was thrilled to talk about.


He would often spend our whole walk to school telling me about all the cool things his teacher taught him and would explain to me the new games that he learned in gym. He really loved school. But without fail, we would approach the school building and he would start crying. He would beg me to take him back home. I'd often have to pick him up in my arms and push him through the doorway in order to get him into his class. This went on for almost two months.

It was tough hearing Everett was sad during the day and it got frustrating having to deal with the daily routine of convincing Everett to go through the doorway while tears flew from his eyes. But to be honest, there was a part of me that liked it too. I wasn't ready to let go. While I am not sure what this says about me, but it felt good to know that Everett still needed me, and he wanted to be with me.

Little did I know, that by the next year, he would tell me very little of what he did at school. The older he has become, the less he really wants to tell me about his day to day activities. It was a real gift this summer that he was excited about camp and probably missed me enough that he told me about many of the activities that he did there. I have had to accept the fact that Everett is becoming more and more independent and as the years go on, needs me less. It is probably one of the reasons that I'm still willing to get him dressed on a school day (with the excuse we are in a rush and I don't have time for him to get moving) and still pour his bowl of cereal every morning even though I am pretty sure he knows how to hold a cereal box. I still want to help him where I can, because he is still my little boy.


Danika is more affectionate than Everett. Like Everett, she never did daycare, so I know there will be an adjustment period as she gets used to school. But I also am well-aware she is more independent than he ever has been. She is also incredibly out-going and social, so I assume she will be loving school within the first few weeks. The only consolation that I get is that I'm pretty sure she will tell me about school for longer than Everett did, and I've got several more years where she will give me hugs and kisses every morning before going to her class. Or at least, I really hope I am right about that.

I've been in this mode where I start worrying that I haven't taken enough pictures, shot enough videos or jotted down enough cute sayings. The years go by and those darling toddlers and young kids become distant memories. It has caused me to become obsessed with shooting videos and trying to write more about my kids. The photographs, videos and stories are my way to connect with those special moments and memories. It is my way to make sure that I never lose a piece of the connections that I have with my children. Of course, another way is to really devote valuable time with my kids and really continue to invest in them. I don't want to be the dad in a decade that regrets not really knowing my kids.


I'm glad my kids are growing up. I love the people they are becoming. I am happy that they are becoming more independent and confident. They are getting their own personalities and dreams and goals. I want them to be their own person and I know they will be very successful. But there is a part of me that I will miss how much they once needed me or especially, how much they loved being with me. I hope we will continue to have a great relationship and I am willing to do the work to keep us close.


There are still many more years where I can teach, mentor and well, parent my kids. It also means that I have a few more years before things like Good Boys and Eighth Grade become a reality. Though based off how the society is going, maybe the events of Eighth Grade will start happening in Fifth Grade. Though, I'd rather just keep clinging to the fact those movies are fiction and maybe those events were hyperbolic. Maybe I don't have to worry about those things. Or I can just keep investing in the life of my kids and trust I will give them the values and confidence where they can handle the bumps, obstacles and challenges of the tween and teenage years.


My kids are growing up. This means I need to live in the moment now. I need to spend and enjoy as much time as I can. I also need to trust them and accept they will become more independent. They will have their challenges and their tough moments. They already have had some, and they turned out great.

Over the next few weeks, I will write about some of these great moments that I've had as a dad of two wonderful kids. I will show that they've probably taught and inspired me more than I have done for them.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Disney Plus Coming Earlier Than Expected but Will It Be Like the American Version?


In news that I wasn't expecting, Disney Plus is actually launching in Canada on the same day as in the United States, which is November 12th. Which also happens to be just a day before my birthday, so Happy Birthday to me from Mickey Mouse.

I talked about this briefly on Twitter and Facebook as an attempt to do 'exclusive' content on those platforms, but I feel like I'd rather write a bit more here. I concede I haven't quite found a way to make my other non-blog social media something worth following, as I still prefer to do most of my thoughts on here. I'll continue to chisel away on the social media boulder with my dulled spoon as I try to sculpt a following on the different platforms.

Being a Canadian, I am used to something new. shiny and exciting being announced to launch in the United States and then finally getting a watered-down version in Canada about five years later. So, I wasn't quite in the mode to figure out what I would be doing with Netflix yet, since I thought I had at least another year.

The even more pleasant surprise is the price point at $8.99, which makes it far more appealing than Netflix's recently jacked up $13.99. To be honest, I only ever watch Netflix Originals to review for The Movie Breakdown and so, I don't really agree with the major price hike so they can cover all their in-house programming. Especially, since stuff like The Mandalorian and all the new MCU series feel like must-see programming, so their original stuff is far more exciting. Netflix's days in the Spicer house may be numbered.

One of the reasons that I wasn't expecting this announcement is that I was sure the Netflix and Disney deal had another year on it (each country has different deals, which is why Netflix Canada is different than US). But I wouldn't think Disney would want to launch an extremely watered-down version of their streaming service with all their Marvel movies and new animated releases over at a competitor still. Unless this was spur-of-the-moment announcement, I assume they will have a significant portion of their library on launch day, which likely means Canadian Netflix suddenly loses a huge number of movies and shows in November.

Of course, it could be that Canadian Netflix still does have a deal until 2021, and Disney is relying on their original shows and movies created for the service being enough to be a selling point in Canada. I think, it is better to launch with as much great stuff as possible rather than rush things here. I guarantee you that potential Canadian subscribers will be looking towards having all the Disney animated movies, all the MCU pictures and the Star Wars movies come November 12th, 2019. If it is going to be a success here, I hope I am wrong on the Netflix and Disney deal and they are ready to come fully loaded.

Also, how long will that $8.99 deal last? My guess, it will the first year and then once they have an even more sweeping library and their subscriber numbers make investors salivate, they'll up it closer to the Netflix price point.

In Canada, the major streaming services are Netflix, Amazon Prime, Crave TV (sort of like our HBO Max) and DAZN (for sports). There may be a few other services, but most of them are just supplemental services attached to their cable channel (which I realize is also kind of Crave TV, except it can be ordered without a cable package). While that isn't as many as in the United States, that is still a lot of competition already for consumer dollars and that isn't including cable/satellite TV and all its speciality channels and packages.

Though one area that gives Disney Plus a huge advantage, especially if it launches with the full library, is that outside the Disney cable channels, I don't think any of the other movie channels here have deals to show Disney movies (I know Hollywood Suite and Crave TV have deals for 20th Century Fox, but not Disney). They are delivering movies that haven't been available on any other Canadian services or channels (unlike where Netflix, Amazon Primes and the movie channels have 50% of the movies are the same).

Now, one thing that won't happen is the ESPN Plus and Hulu Plus bundle with Disney Plus that is happening in the States. ESPN would never get approved by CRTC with Sportsnet, TSN and DAZN already being here. If ESPN had a chance, it would have been approved as a cable channel a decade ago. While Hulu has also been something Canadians have been waiting to come into Canada, but it keeps getting pushed every year. Though there is now talk that since Disney owns it that they want to bring it to Canada.

Here is the thing, it will come in a very different form than what is in the United States. 20th Century Fox already has deals in place with Crave TV and Hollywood Suite, so I don't know if Hulu can show those movies (but since it isn't an exclusive deal, maybe they can). I also think several of the Hulu shows are snatched up already by other services. If Hulu in Canada wants to stream new shows, it will have to work around deals already with Global TV and CTV and other channels. Plus, cable companies like Rogers and Bell TV will likely do whatever they can to try to delay Hulu coming here.

Actually, I wouldn't be surprised if Roger goes running to CRTC to try to delay the Disney Plus launch in November, Though I think streaming has a different set of rules than cable channels, and if there is nothing else carrying Disney entertainment than I can't see Rogers having much legs to delay them. I do think with the variety of shows and movies on Disney Plus, Netflix and Amazon Prime it gives even more motivation for the cord cutters. Really the biggest thing keeping cable going is live entertainment and sports, as DAZN is limited in the sports it shows and the other sports streaming services are ridiculously expensive.

If Disney Plus is coming in with the full library as they advertised for the United States, then I think we have a massive hit. How can any parent say no to $8.99 that gets them every single animated Disney movie ever along with MCU, Star Wars and Touchstone classics? It isn't like there is a magical device out there that plays these discs that have the movies on them. There is just no other way to watch this stuff. Impossible.

As a Canadian, it is nice to finally have a service that launches at the same time as the American version, now we must see how close our version resembles the American one.

'Underwater' Trailer is My Latest Example for Why January Can be a Fun Month for Movies


Most movie critics take great pleasure in declaring January the dumping ground for movie studios where they unload the destined to be worst of the year candidates. I'm not willing to join in that game anymore. Why? Well, this trailer would be a major reason.



Is Underwater going to be a good movie? I don't know. I haven't seen it and I won't see it for another few months. Does Underwater look derivative and borrows heavily from many classic horrors, thrillers, and creature features? Why yes, it definitely appears that way from the trailer. Just quickly off the top off my head this movie reminds me of Alien, The Descent, The AbyssThe Poseidon Adventure and of course, countless other movies that were inspired by those like The Meg or Life. But you know why we return to certain formulas, because they can still work. I have a huge glaring soft spot for' person is trapped in a dangerous situation and oh yeah, there happens to be a nasty creature that is really hungry too' movies. If you've been listening to the The Movie Breakdown for the last several years, you've heard me give praise to stuff like The Shallows, Crawl, The Descent, Alien, because when in talented hands, it is one of the most visceral movie experiences.

The concept is simple but near perfect. A team of deep-sea researchers must search for a way to survive after their underwater station is devastated by an earthquake, but things get more complicated when they encounter some deep sea monsters. Sold!

Of course, even though I accept the premise being somewhat derivative, I do still expect the movie to have some interesting characters, a few twists on the genre and some thrilling set/action pieces. The Shallows and Crawl may not be the most original movies of all time, but they work because they had great performances, likable characters and played around with the genre. Simply put, the love for the genre and care for making something high quality was evident.

Director William Eubank is better known as a cinematographer and I am not familiar with the other two movies he has helmed. He is mostly unproven, but for what I assume is a lower budget flick, it looks really good and the trailer shows some good action sequences. A lot of my faith comes from the casting of Kristen Stewart as the lead.

Stewart has been in bad movies, don't get me wrong here. She was the lead in a series that one entire gender loathes. I wasn't a big fan of Snow White and the Huntsman. But she has been doing mostly indie movies the last few years and most of them have been good. I am trusting her judgement in what she finally chose as her return to big studio pictures. Of course, this theory also means that the Charlie's Angels reboot is worthwhile (and to be fair, that trailer did look kind of fun too).

I mostly dig the casting here. I have a sneaky suspicion that Stewart may be getting Marion Krane'd. This may mean that Jessica Henwick gets to be the final girl. I don't know her as well as I haven't watched most of her stuff (she seems to be mostly TV), but she also has a role in Kong vs. Godzilla, so avoiding being killed by monsters seems to be her thing. I really dug Mamoudou Athie in Unicorn Store, but that was a comedy, so it will be good to see him play something different in this thriller (apparently, he also was in The Circle, but I like to pretend that movie was just a dream). John Gallagher Jr is someone who has impressed me a few times playing very different roles in stuff lie 10 Cloverfield Lane, Hush and Short Term 12. I am used to Vincent Cassal playing a villain, so it will be nice to see him being more heroic, but for the whole movie, I'll be waiting for him to pull an Ash and be the one behind all the carnage. It looks like this movie was filmed in 2017, so that would be why TJ Miller is mucking around. For the most part, it is an exciting cast with people that we don't see in every picture but also have proven to be talented.

My hope is also that this was a smartly put together trailer and they only showed us the first act, and so if I can go in full-on avoid more trailers mode until January, I can receive a few surprises (of course, I also could have just seen the entire movie in condensed form too).

I like January because it is one of the months that usually has a rather eclectic collection of genre fare. It is one of the few times where the big studios still offer up some quirky pictures that aren't afraid to go in some odd story directions. This movie may end up being a standard crew trapped with creatures story, but that is also a movie that I only get about once or if I am lucky twice a year and as I confessed is a soft spot for me.

A bit of an example of the diversity of mid-budget genre fare you can look forward to in January, we've got a horror remake in The Grudge, a Joel Kinnaman starring crime drama in The Informer, Dave Bautista saving the world and looking after a little girl action comedy in My Spy, a Tiffany Haddish and Rose Byrne starring buddy comedy in Like a Boss, an over decade long sequel in Bad Boys for Life (though they should have waited for the fourth movie to use this title and called it Bad Boys 4 Life), a Robert Downey Jr live-action family picture in The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle, Guy Ritchie returns to crime pictures in The Gentlemen, Sarah Paulson playing a less than upright mom in the thriller Run, a modern take on a Henry James' classic novel in The Turning (based on The Turning of the Screw), and of course, a Grimm's fairy tale update in Gretel and Hansel.

What other month would offer up a wacky slate like that? If you like odd and messy movies like me or at least, get some pleasure seeing misfires that at least tried to do something different than this upcoming January looks bit like movie heaven. Will I see all the movies? Probably not. Will they all be good? Most definitely not. Am I happy every one of them is being released? Oh yeah!

Of course, the must-see movie remains Underwater. This is the reason we even have the month of January.

The Breakdown of 'Good Boys', 'Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark', 'Otherhood', 'The Edge of Democracy' and Remembering Peter Fonda


The latest episode of The Movie Breakdown is here to enhance your summer Monday with movie talk. We review two theatrical releases in the raunchy coming of age comedy in Good Boys and a horror picture based on a popular book series in Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. We also have two Netflix Originals including the comedy about under-appreciated mothers in Otherhood and the political documentary The Edge of Democracy. We also pay tribute to an icon from the 1960s in Peter Fonda. Also, it is official, I won The Summer Box Office Challenge and so as my reward, I reveal the three movies that I am forcing Scott to watch. As always, we had a great time recording this show and we really hope you love it. If you do, please spread the word to other movie fans.

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Four Star Movie Rating:

Otherhood *½ (CS) & ** (SM)
Good Boys *** (CS)
The Edge of Democracy ** (CS & SM)
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark *** (CS)

The Summer Box Office Challenge Draft Picks:

Scott:

1. The Lion King $191 770 759
2. Hobbs and Shaw $60 038 950
3. Detective Pikachu - $54 365 242
4. The Secret Life of Pets 2 $46 652 680
5. Men in Black International $30 035 838
6. Annabelle Comes Home $20 269 723
7. Angry Birds 2 $10 500 000
8. Shaft $8 901 419
9. Dora and the Lost City of Gold $17 431 588
10. Long Shot $9 740 064
Total: $449 706 263

Christopher:

1. Toy Story 4 $120 908 065
2. Spider-Man Far from Home $92 579 212
3. Godzilla: King of the Monsters $47 776 293
4. Aladdin $91 500 929
5. X-Men: Dark Phoenix $32 828 348
6. Rocketman $25 725 722
7. John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum: $56 818 067
8. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood $41 082 018
9. Child's Play (replaced Artemis Fowl$14 094 594
10. Ma $18 099 805
Total: $541 413 053

Monday, August 12, 2019

The Breakdown of 'The Kitchen', 'The Red Sea Diving Resort', 'Girls with Balls' and 'The Great Hack'


The latest episode of The Movie Breakdown is here to make another summer day movie-talk-a-licious. Oh boy, do we talk movies. We have four movie reviews this week. We review the Melissa McCarthy and Tiffany Haddish starring crime drama based on a graphic novel, The Kitchen. Do you want more star vehicles? Well, how about the based on true events drama-thriller starring Chris Evans, The Red Sea Diving Resort. We also look at a horror comedy about a girls' volleyball team battling psychotic redneck hunters in Girls with Balls. We cap off the reviews with the documentary The Great Hack. Then we discuss how much control and input should an actor have in their character and movie. As always, we had a blast recording the show and we even go on a few rabbit trails with talk about lost Pokemon cards and |Ribfest. We really hope you love the show too. If you do, then please help us out by spreading the word on social media.

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Four Star Movie Rating:

The Kitchen ** (CS)
The Red Sea Diving Resort ** (CS) & **½ (SM)
Girls with Balls *½ (CS & SM)
The Great Hack *** (CS & SM)

The Summer Box Office Challenge Draft Picks:

Scott:

1. The Lion King $191 770 759
2. Hobbs and Shaw $60 038 950
3. Detective Pikachu - $54 365 242
4. The Secret Life of Pets 2 $46 652 680
5. Men in Black International $30 035 838
6. Annabelle Comes Home $20 269 723
7. Angry Birds 2
8. Shaft $8 901 419
9. Dora and the Lost City of Gold $17 000 000
10. Long Shot $9 740 064
Total: $438 744 675

Christopher:

1. Toy Story 4 $120 908 065
2. Spider-Man Far from Home $92 579 212
3. Godzilla: King of the Monsters $47 776 293
4. Aladdin $91 500 929
5. X-Men: Dark Phoenix $32 828 348
6. Rocketman $25 725 722
7. John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum: $56 818 067
8. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood $41 082 018
9. Child's Play (replaced Artemis Fowl$14 094 594
10. Ma $18 099 805
Total: $541 413 053

Monday, August 05, 2019

The Breakdown of 'Once Upon a Time . . . in Hollywood', 'Hobbs & Shaw', 'Secret Obsession', 'Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese' and Remembering Rutger Hauer


August has arrived and that means there is one big summer special effects extravaganza left and we are ready to review it this week. That is right, we're discussing the Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham starring action spin-off to Fast and Furious in Hobbs & Shaw. A movie that is probably even a bigger deal to cinephiles is also being reviewed this week in Quentin Tarantino's latest. Once Upon a Time . . . in Hollywood. We also have two Netflix Originals in the thriller Secret Obsession and the quasi-documentary Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese. Then after that, we pay tribute to the career of cult movie star and one of the great actors who played memorable villains, Rutger Hauer. As always, we had a blast recording the show and we really hope you love it. If you do, please spread the word to other movie fans.

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Four Star Movie Rating:

Secret Obsession *½ (CS) & ** (SM)
Once Upon a Time . . . in Hollywood **** (CS)
Rolling Thunder Review: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese **½ (CS) *** (SM)
Hobbs & Shaw *** (CS)

The Summer Box Office Challenge Draft Picks:

Scott:

1. The Lion King $191 770 759
2. Hobbs and Shaw $60 038 950
3. Detective Pikachu - $54 365 242
4. The Secret Life of Pets 2 $46 652 680
5. Men in Black International $30 035 838
6. Annabelle Comes Home $20 269 723
7. Angry Birds 2
8. Shaft $8 901 419
9. Dora and the Lost City of Gold
10. Long Shot $9 740 064
Total: $421 774 675

Christopher:

1. Toy Story 4 $120 908 065
2. Spider-Man Far from Home $92 579 212
3. Godzilla: King of the Monsters $47 776 293
4. Aladdin $91 500 929
5. X-Men: Dark Phoenix $32 828 348
6. Rocketman $25 725 722
7. John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum: $56 818 067
8. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood $41 082 018
9. Child's Play (replaced Artemis Fowl$14 094 594
10. Ma $18 099 805
Total: $541 413 053