Monday, November 30, 2015

In Case You Were Wondering if Rob Schneider Still Gets Work


If you wanted a clear explanation of why movie columnist and critics call the month of January by the name "Dumpuary" then I present to you Norm of the North. The new trailer makes this feature look like a straight-to-video knock-off of Disney's largely unknown The Wild that most like to label a Madagascar knock-off. So essentially about 50% of the movies my son picks for us to see from Netflix (no denying that I'll be forced to see this soon enough). If the really bad puns and jokes, dated animation, and worn-out premise wasn't enough to win you over then how about the lead character being voiced by Rob Schneider. I knew there was a sense of being dragged kicking and screaming to a nightmare of my past while watching this trailer. This may have achieved the monumental task of making Nut Job 2 the most appealing animated feature in January 2015. Bravo.


The Breakdown of 'The Good Dinosaur' and 'Creed'


This week on The Breakdown, Scott and Christopher review five pictures including two big new releases in the return of Rocky in Creed and Pixar's latest sweeping animated adventure, The Good Dinosaur. We also go way back in time to discuss and review a classic from the silent era of cinema, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. As always if you love the show then please spread the word.

Remember 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



Podcast Outline:

00:58 The Good Dinosaur review
19:42 Creed review
35:11 The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari review
43:58 Wild Tales review
51:08 Honeymoon review
59:08 Box Office Update
1:06:25 Critical Darling Update
1:10:37 Review Rundown

Rating Rundown:

The Good Dinosaur ***½ (CS) & *** (SM)
Creed **** (CS) *& ***½ (SM)
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari **** (CS & SM)
Wild Tales **** (CS) & ***½ (SM)
Honeymoon *** (CS & SM)




Critical Darling Ranking: 

Scott: 110 points 

1. Carol - 15 points 
2. Brooklyn - 15 points 
3. Macbeth
4. 99 Homes - 15 points 
5. Joy
6. Good Dinosaur - 10 points 
7. Suffragette - 10 points 
8. Hateful Eight
9. Room - 15 points 
10. Sicario - 15 points 
Fool’s Gamble: 15 points 

Christopher: 20 points

1. The Revenant
2. The Danish Girl - 0 points 
3. Spotlight - 15 points 
4. I Saw the Light - 0 points (Moved to March 2016)
5. Crimson Peak - 0 points 
6. Steve Jobs - 10 points 
7. Youth
8. Truth - 0 points 
9. Our Brand is Crisis - (-5) points 
10. Star Wars VII: Force Awakens

Monday, November 23, 2015

The Breakdown of 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2' and 'Spectre'


This week Scott and Christopher review five pictures including the final installment of one of the biggest modern franchises in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2. As well we finally get around to reviewing Spectre, look at Noah Baumbach's latest, and one of Guillermo Del Toro's first pictures. As always if you enjoy the show then please spread the love.

Remember you can now subscribe either to The Movie Breakdown feed (a subscription link is at the top right hand corner on this site) or on iTunes.



Podcast Outline:

1:08 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 review
13:33 Spectre review
21:24 While We're Young review
31:24 Mimic review
40:40 Champs review
51:00 Critical Darlings Update & The Night Before mini-review
54:49 Box Office Update
1:02:52 Review Rundown

Ratings Rundown:

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 **½ (CS) & *** (SM)
Spectre **½ (CS)
While We're Young ***½ (CS & SM)
Mimic ***½ (CS) & *** (SM)
Champs **½ (CS) & ***½ (SM)

Critical Darling Score: 

Scott: 100 points 

1. Carol - 15 points
2. Brooklyn - 15 points
3. Macbeth
4. 99 Homes - 15 points
5. Joy
6. Good Dinosaur
7. Suffragette - 10 points
8. Hateful Eight
9. Room - 15 points
10. Sicario - 15 points
Fool’s Gamble: 15 points

Christopher: 20 points
1. The Revenant
2. The Danish Girl
3. Spotlight - 15 points
4. I Saw the Light 0 points (Moved to March 2016)
5. Crimson Peak 0 points
6. Steve Jobs 10 points
7. Youth
8. Truth - 0 points
9. Our Brand is Crisis - (-5) points
10. Star Wars VII: Force Awakens

Thursday, November 19, 2015

To Answer the Question if 'The Movie Breakdown' Will Ever be on iTunes

Yesterday, I announced a dedicated feed for The Movie Breakdown podcast and for the extra savvy, you likely were able to guess what was coming next. I mind as well reveal now that The Movie Breakdown has its very own shiny and pretty iTunes page where you can subscribe to the shows there if that is your style. Or you can subscribe to the podcast feed or you can just keep on listening to it on the website. You have options and that is what has made Harvey's restaurants so successful (and the fact that people like hamburgers, which I confess our podcast lacks).

I have to be honest that I've been dragging my feet on putting the podcast on iTunes. Mainly, because it would put some restriction on how I could monetize it and close some other potential avenues and deals that I want to explore with the show. I also realize those avenues aren't currently here now, so I mind as well put it up on iTunes for now and pull it later just when you get comfortable with it there.

For now if iTunes is the way you want to subscribe just fire up the service and search The Movie Breakdown. There are currently close to hundred episodes of the show up and we'll be rocking new goodness on a weekly basis. As always, if you love the show then please spread the word.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Feeding the Need by Finally Fixing a Major Blog and Podcast Gripe


After only wanting to do this for the last five years, I finally fired up the very easy to use Feedburner.com and roasted me a delicious official feed for The International House of Spicer. For most this doesn't change anything, but for those that prefer to follow sites via the feed reader of their choosing it is now much easier. You can now subscribe to the feed and be notified whenever a post has been published. At this point, I think the feed version is whole lot less pretty than the actual site, but the words will be just as delectable as ever.

There has also been a few shouting to the heavens that they wanted the Breakdown podcasts to be easier to listen or essentially, have options to listen to it off the site on the device of their choosing like a real podcast. I've now burned a feed that is entirely dedicated to the podcast, which will make for convenient listening.

At the present time on the sidebar, there are two nicely labelled icons to subscribe to the feeds. I don't like the logo and the design of them at all, but that entire side of the site is a mess and in need of a major overhaul. In the coming weeks, I hope to clean that area up and make it prettier. For now, my bigger concern is to actually get regular content on here to make those feeds all the more enticing.

Monday, November 16, 2015

The Breakdown of the Social Media Effect


This week Scott and I look at how the rise of the internet and major sites like Twitter and Facebook have drastically changed how we watch and discuss movies. The movie world is a very different place than even a decade ago where trailers are often bigger deals than the movies (Star Wars Force Awakens trailer probably garnered more reviews and debate than any movie released this year), rumours are now treated like news, and "spoiler alert" is one of the most often typed words on forums and blogs. As always if you love the show then please spread the word.


Monday, November 09, 2015

The Movie Breakdown of A Nightmare on Elm Street, Clouds of Silas Maria, Big Trouble in Little China, and 1408


This week Scott and I review four pictures including 1980s genre favourites in A Nightmare on Elm Street and Big Trouble in Little China. After that we discuss the rise of streaming and how it will affect the industry. As always if you enjoy the show then please spread the world.




Podcast Outline:

04:08  A Nightmare on Elm Street review
24:14  Clouds of Sils Maria review
39:35  Big Trouble in Little China review
58:48 1408 review
1:14:57 The rise of streaming services
1:28:43 Critical Darling Update & Everett's Trick or Treat Adventures
1:35:58 Box Office Update
1:38:22 Review Rundown

Rating Rundown:

A Nightmare on Elm Street **** (CS & SM)
Clouds of Sils Maria ***½ (CS & SM)
Big Trouble in Little China **** (CS) & ***½ (SM)
1408 *** (CS & SM)

Critical Darling Draft Pick:

Scott: 85 points

1. Carol
2. Brooklyn - 15 points
3. Macbeth
4. 99 Homes - 15 points
5. Joy
6. Good Dinosaur
7. Suffragette - 10 points
8. Hateful Eight
9. Room - 15 points
10. Sicario - 15 points
Fool’s Gamble: 15 points

Christopher: 20 points

1. The Revenant
2. The Danish Girl
3. Spotlight - 15 points
4. I Saw the Light 0 points (Moved to March 2016)
5. Crimson Peak 0 points
6. Steve Jobs 10 points
7. Youth
8. Truth - 0 points
9. Our Brand is Crisis - (-5) points
10. Star Wars VII: Force Awakens

Monday, November 02, 2015

The Breakdown of Horror Podcast


Halloween may be over, but that doesn't mean we need to stop watching scary movies. Scott and I embrace the things that bump in the night with our special Breakdown of Horror podcast where we review five pictures including Guillermo Del Toro's latest, Crimson Peak and the John Carpenter cult classic, The Thing.

As always, if you love the show then please spread the word.



Podcast Outline:

00:56 Crimson Peak review
19: 50 The Thing review
33:07 The Babadook review
46:00 Circle review
53:06 Drag Me to Hell review
59:46 Weekend Box Office Update
1:07:15 Critical Darling Contest Update
1:10:58 Review Rundown

Rating Rundown:

Crimson Peak ***½ (CS) & **½ (SM)
The Thing **** (CS  & SM)
The Babadook **** (CS & SM)
Circle *½ (CS) * & *(SM)
Drag Me to Hell *** (CS & SM)


Critical Darling Draft Pick:

Scott: 70 points

1. Carol
2. Brooklyn
3. Macbeth
4. 99 Homes - 15 points
5. Joy
6. Good Dinosaur
7. Suffragette - 10 points
8. Hateful Eight
9. Room - 15 points
10. Sicario - 15 points
Fool’s Gamble: 15 points

Christopher: 5 points

1. The Revenant
2. The Danish Girl
3. Spotlight
4. I Saw the Light 0 points (Moved to March 2016)
5. Crimson Peak 0 points
6. Steve Jobs 10 points
7. Youth
8. Truth - 0 points
9. Our Brand is Crisis - (-5) points
10. Star Wars VII: Force Awakens