Monday, October 31, 2016

The Breakdown of "I am the Pretty Thing in the House", "7 Anos" and "Into the Inferno"


Happy Halloween from the Breakdown. To celebrate we discuss what is needed to make a good horror movie. As well we review three new Netflix original movies that include the latest Werner Herzog directed documentary, Into the Inferno and the haunted house horror, I am the Pretty Thing in the House. As always if you like the show then please spread the word to other movie lovers.

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Rating Rundown:

I am the Pretty Thing in the House ** (CS) & **½  (SM)
7 Anos *** (CS) & ***½  (SM)
Into the Inferno *** (CS) & ***½  (SM)

Monday, October 24, 2016

The Breakdown of "Jack Reacher: Never Go Back", "Ouija: Origin of Evil" and "The Sixth Sense"


The Breakdown is trying something new this week as we will be spending an hour doing an in-depth and spoiler filled analysis of the picture, The Sixth Sense. It will be less a traditional review and more a look at its historical impact and influence on the movie industry and judging where it stands in movie canon. As well we have reviews for two new releases in Jack Reacher: Never Go Back and Ouija: Origina of Horror. Let us know what you think of the new segment, and as always if you love the show then please let other movie fans know about our podcast.

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Rating Rundown:

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back * (CS)
Ouija: Origin of Evil *** (CS & SM)
The Sixth Sense **** (CS) & ***½ (SM)

Monday, October 17, 2016

The Breakdown of "The Accountant", "Mascots". "Sky Ladder: The Art of Guo-Quaing" and "Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids"


The Breakdown has reviews for four new releases this week including the Ben Affleck starring thriller, The Accountant and the latest Christopher Guest mockumentary, Mascots.  We also avoided watching Max Steel but found a way to talk about it anyway by exploring if the failure of smaller superhero and IP movies will eventually cause audiences to tire of the big pictures from Marvel. As always if you love the show then please spread the word to other movie lovers.

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Rating Rundown:

Mascots **½ (CS) & *** (SM)
The Accountant **½ (CS) & *** (SM)
Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Quiang *** (CS) & ***½ (SM)
Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids *** (CS & SM)

Monday, October 10, 2016

Finally, an 'Armageddon" for Those That Hate Space


John Travolta's latest sure to be straight-to-video-on-demand spectacular, Life on the Line reminds me of Michael Bay's 1998 Armageddon, except lots of TV mini-series style sparks instead of big blockbuster special effects, working class men trying to save a forest instead of working class men trying to save the world, and nobody watching it instead of the biggest hit of the summer. Just like the meteor movie it is trying to turn laborers that no one really thinks about and turn them into action heroes. Plus you have the whole father upset his daughter has fallen in love with someone from his workforce. I'm pretty sure just like Armageddon that the rogue boyfriend will prove himself by saving the day, and Travolta will give his blessing right before he dies or maybe he survives after breaking a leg or having his hair catch on fire. No matter what, this is Armageddon for the new era, except without all the pesky stuff like being popular or having a fan base.

The Breakdown of 'The Girl on the Train', '13th', 'Siege of Jadotville' 'Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life' and "Amanda Knox"


We're baaack! After a week hiatus, the Breakdown returns with five review for 2016 new releases including the latest sensual thriller based on a huge bestseller, The Girl on the Train, and Ava Duvernay's documentary on the history of racism in mass incarceration, 13th. We also have three big topics that include looking at the career of the "Godfather of Gore" Herschel Gordon Lewis and the death of the streaming service, Shomi. As always if you love the show then please spread the word to other movie fans. If we can grow an audience, then we can continue to do this show every week and have the chance to improve what we can offer.

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Rating Rundown:

The Girl on the Train ** (CS & SM)
The Siege of Jadotville **½ (CS & SM)
Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life **½ (CS)
13th **** (CS) & ***½ (CS)
Amanda Knox ***½ (Cs & SM)

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Still Determined to Win the Race

So, much for that fresh start. But I am still here and I have words to unpack. Actually, I'm hoping there is going to be a drastic increase in content over the next month. It was almost three years ago that I saw a golden treasure chest that when I came in closer turned out to be yellow spray painted shoe box. With stained hands all I had to show for my hunting. I shied away from exploration. I still had a trusty race horse that I was sure would give me that fame; he wasn't championship caliber but he was what I had, so I raced him constantly ignoring all other opportunities. Then I suddenly realized I didn't have a horse at all but an overweight gasping three legged mule that did a somersault on my leg and never got up. I was rattled without my steed and hopping along on the journey on one leg without any idea how to get to a golden destination. But I found a bike that lacked some shine but I thought would be reliable for years and years. I have always believed you can't rely on one way on the freelance journey and the blown out tire and mangled frame proved I should have followed it. But this time I'm not going to be shaken or depressed or lost wandering in the woods. This is my wake up call.

Sunday, October 02, 2016

No Breakdown This Week

Right around this time I should be wrapping up the weekly Breakdown recording, but I'm not. Because unfortunately, there won't be a Breakdown posted this week due to some unforeseen circumstances. There is always another week because that is how life works, and it will be that week where another jam-packed Breakdown will be posted. Next week expect reviews for the latest adult thriller, The Girl on the Train, the Ava DuVernay documentary The 13, another documentary in Amanda Knox and the war drama, Siege of Jadotville.