Wednesday, December 30, 2015

The In-Depth and Spoiler-Filled Breakdown of 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'


Star Wars: The Force Awakens is on track to be the highest grossing movie of all time and it is definitely the most talked about movie right now. The Breakdown knows you just can't get enough of the Force, which is why we're serving up a heaping dose of in-depth and spoiler-filled analysis of the hottest motion picture in cinemas. We look at all the major twist and turns, discuss what made them effective, what didn't work, and make some predictions for the future of the franchise. If you want our non-spoiler review then check out last week's show. As always if you enjoy the show then please spread the word, because that is how we can keep on making more.

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Critical Darling Ranking: 

Scott: 140 points 

1. Carol - 15 points 
2. Brooklyn - 15 points 
3. Macbeth - 20 points
4. 99 Homes - 15 points 
5. Joy - 0 points
6. Good Dinosaur - 10 points 
7. Suffragette - 10 points 
8. Hateful Eight - 10 points
9. Room - 15 points 
10. Sicario - 15 points 
Fool’s Gamble: 15 points 

Christopher: 55 points

1. The Revenant - 10 points
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 - 10 points
8. Truth - 0 points 
9. Our Brand is Crisis - (-5) points 
10. Star Wars VII: Force Awakens 15 points

Monday, December 21, 2015

The Breakdown of 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens', 'Spotlight', 'Sisters', 'In the Heart of the Sea' and 'The Ridiculous 6'


This week the Breakdown reviews five pictures including one that is among the best of the year and another that is one of the worst. We know you don't care about that and what you really want is the review of the most hotly anticipated movie ever, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. This is the movie we've been itching to talk about all year and now it is here. As always if you love the show then please spread the word as a growing base of listeners is the best way we can keep doing this.

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The Podcast Outline:

00:50 Star Wars: The Force Awakens review
25:39 Sisters review
34:47 In the Heart of the Sea review
44:57 Spotlight review
1:01:51 Ridiculous 6 review
1:10:07 Critical Darling Update
1:14:16 Box Office Update
1:19:14 BB8 talk

1:22:00 Hear me completely forget to to a review rundown


Rating Rundown:

Star Wars: The Force Awakens **** (CS) & ***½(SM)
Sisters *** (CS) & **½ (SM)
In the Heart of the Seas ** (CS & SM)
Spotlight **** (CS & SM)
Ridiculous 6 ½* (CS) & 0 (SM) 

Critical Darling Ranking: 

Scott: 130 points 

1. Carol - 15 points 
2. Brooklyn - 15 points 
3. Macbeth - 20 points
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: 45 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 - 10 points
8. Truth - 0 points 
9. Our Brand is Crisis - (-5) points 
10. Star Wars VII: Force Awakens 15 points

Monday, December 14, 2015

The Breakdown of the Legacy of Star Wars Podcast


It is only a few days away from one of the biggest movie events of all time, Star Wars: Force Awakens. In order to celebrate this huge occasion, we're delving into the rich history and impact of the unforgettable franchise set a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.. Jump on the hype train and celebrate the legacy of Star Wars. As always if you love the show, then please spread the word.


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Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Sylvester Stallone Goes 'No Blood'


It looks like I owe Sylvester Stallone apology. Deadline is now reporting that Stallone has backed out of the Rambo and Son: New Blood project, and now we'll never find out what happens to Colonel Trautman's window. Or I'm assuming Fox is going to do the smart thing and realize that a Rambo without Stallone involved in any capacity isn't Rambo. It is just some muscled up ex-Vietnam soldier who has a kid, which doesn't quite have the same hook without all the history of blowing up Communist right out of their boots. Stallone clearly still can make right decisions and maybe realized that it is best not to Norbit his chances at a Best Supporting Actor Oscar. I'm sure we still have a gazillion Expendables on the way, but at least during awards seasons, Stallone has proven to make better career choices than Eddie Murphy.

Monday, December 07, 2015

The Breakdown of Things That Aren't So Bad


This week's episode is being called The Breakdown of Things That Aren't So Bad, where we'll be defending genres and cinematic elements that for the last three years we've endlessly complained about. This is the week where you'll hear Scott say good things about CGI and I defend Hollywood's obsession with the cinematic universe (also known as every studio copying Marvel). As always if you love the show then please spread the word.

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Critical Darling Ranking: 

Scott: 130 points 

1. Carol - 15 points 
2. Brooklyn - 15 points 
3. Macbeth - 20 points
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: 30 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 - 10 points
8. Truth - 0 points 
9. Our Brand is Crisis - (-5) points 
10. Star Wars VII: Force Awakens

Friday, December 04, 2015

'The Nice Guys' Trailer Blares Its Intentions of Being an Atypical Summer Blockbuster Actioner


The Nice Guys is the kind of picture that 35 years ago would have been targeting to be a summer blockbuster. All the elements that would have made it huge mainstream entertainment then, is why it is peculiar that it is currently slotted for the franchise heavy month of May. It's an adult-aiming buddy action-comedy with unsavoury characters that is noirish, violent, profane, sexy, stylish, and star-driven. If this movie came out in the 1970s or early 1980s then the plot of two opposites being forced together to solve a missing person case that uncovers some bigger crimes would be lost in a sea of similar pictures (48 Hrs. immediately jumped out at me, which was a huge hit in 1982). Now, the summer months are filled with franchise pictures about super heroes focused on saving the entire world from an imminent catastrophe that are sanitized and 'safe' to sell to the teenage crowd, which makes a story about solving a disappearance that has ample amount of nudity, swearing and is subversive feel fresh and original today. Ryan Gosling as the bumbling private investigator is pretty great in this trailer and has a solid chemistry with Russell Crowe's tough guy who is willing to lob the softballs to make the pairing work. I love the old-school WB logo, the 1977 Los Angeles setting, and the comedy doesn't cover up the edge. I can find Shane Black directorial and writing style to be a little too self-aware at times, but he has also proven to be quite adept at jumping between genres in a single movie. This has skyrocketed right to the top of my most anticipated 2016 summer pictures.


Thursday, December 03, 2015

You Really Can Watch Both


You either have to be incredibly confident in the quality of your picture or just have given up hope for success to slot your movie on the same weekend as what is being pegged as one of the all-time biggest movie events. Yet we have Sisters hoping to be the ultimate counter-programming to the juggernaut known as Star Wars: The Force Awakens. If you base everything off their self-aware and willing to poke fun of themselves marketing campaign along with having two of the most likable people in all of Hollywood in Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, then you'd have a hard time not rooting for some big success. If the movie is half as fun and charming as this trailer then it will be well worth making December 18th a double-bill night.


DC Comic Movies Might Dare to Crack Jokes, After All


Man of Steel and Zach Snyder's entire filmography has made me apprehensive about getting on board the Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice love train. This new trailer still shows lot of the irritating Snyder-isms like the obsession with explosions wiping out an entire city and everything having a metallic shade to it. This trailer has given me some sparks of hope that the DC Comics run at movie glory isn't going to be sunk with gloomy and over-serious storytelling. The final sequence in this trailer shows just a tad of a sense of humour with the exchange between Batman and Superman wondering where Wonder Woman came from. You toss that in along with Jesse Eisenberg's flamboyant and energetic take of Lex Luthor and there are signs the picture may have a bounce in its step and some self-awareness. There seems to be some actual character-driven drama, like the fun tension filled party scene between the alter-egos, to balance with the ear drum rattling and retina scarring city toppling action scenes that are sure to be in abundance.

I can't shake the thought that in an attempt to outdo Marvel's Captain America: Civil War trailer that Warner Brothers has shown too much like Superman unmasking Batman. I have a tingling sense the trailer went Amazing Spider-Man 2 by revealing the final shot of the film with our heroes standing tall together to battler Doomsday right before the end credits roll to leave us excited for the impending Justice League movie. When I say "excited", of course I mean annoyed we got left with a feature-length commercial for another movie. For now, I'll ignore those instincts and be optimistic there is a whole hour that hasn't been spoiled.


Tuesday, December 01, 2015

For All Those that Thought 'Creed' Signified a New and In Touch Sylvester Stallone. . .


There were massive celebrations in the streets when the Ryan Coogler directed and Michael B. Jordan starring Creed turned out to be an excellent addition to the Rocky franchise. Okay fine, it was just me loudly humming the classic theme of the original while shadow boxing my way home after seeing the fantastic film. I was delightfully surprised that it wasn't about Adonis Johnson failing in the ring so that Rocky Balboa could win the title one more time. Sylvester Stallone remained a supporting character while letting Jordan shine, and in turn Stallone may have earned himself a serious shot at a Best Supporting Oscar due to delivering one of his best performances in several years (if not decades).

I was all ready to declare that Stallone finally seems to have come to terms with where he is in the entertainment world and he has stopped flailing for that action and blockbuster star golden ring. I was hoping we'd maybe get a few more heartfelt and surprising acting showcases in some understated dramatic roles.

And then Deadline reported that there are serious plans for a Rambo TV series, which will be about Rambo and his son, J.R. Of course, it has to be called New Blood, because they have to make up for the fact that the fifth Rambo never was released so we were robbed of the title Last Blood (I believe that was the one where Rambo hunted Osama Bin Laden but then real Americas soldiers had to spoil that). Now, if they really want to spread out the franchise with video games, web series, stage musicals and talk shows then we can also finally get More Blood, Red Blood, Smeared Blood, and No Blood.

The biggest news is obviously that Stallone having a more understated role in Creed and not even having his grubby finger on the script was a fluke. A fluke that our beloved champion of action cinema won't allow to happen again. Apparently, there are even rumbling of an Expendables series, and that franchise will likely have roughly 8 more sequels to allow every aging action star a pay day. I'm sure by the end of this week that we'll also learn about the Netflix series for Tango & Cash, the animated adaptation of Cobra, and the remake of Stop! Or My Mom will Shoot (rest in peace, Estelle Getty).

The second biggest news is: when the hell did Rambo find time to settle down and have a kid while he was busy blowing up communists and small towns? Is this canon? Did he mumble something about a son right before he blew that soldier out of his boots? I'll assume that J.R, did exist prior to this, but that doesn't mean anyone wants to see Rambo in a weekly series especially with his son tagging along. We've already seen what happens when you throw in a sudden offspring to a beloved franchise with Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Which actually makes me wonder if in-between watching all his movies and hiding under paper bags, if Shia LaBeouf would have time to play J.R, and kill this franchise too. I'm all for more reasons to not watch it.

For something really different, I think they should make this a half hour family sitcom about Rambo trying to make up for J.R.'s lost childhood. They can have an episode where Rambo over throws the ball during a game of catch and it goes through Colonel Trautman's window and they hide behind some rose bushes. But then J.R. teaches his father the importance of honesty and they come clean at the end while piano music plays. I also think each week Rambo does something to Trautman like smear mustard on his new tuxedo or sell his car for an ice cream cone, but then must apologize every week. This type of storytelling will allow it to last 12 seasons, I'd guess.

There is debate if Sylvester Stallone will star in this or just produce. I think we already all know the answer. If Shia can't get cast, then Stallone will just end up playing Rambo and his son.