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)