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The Thin Man (with Olly!)

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Olly is back after a long absence to drink cocktails and discuss the intricacies of the Myrna Loy and William Powell classic The Thin Man. Olly compares it to the book and to the TV show.

We analyze the relationship between Nick and Nora and compare it to other movie and TV couples. We compare the plot to other films in the series and other films of other sorts and to Agatha Christie. I mistakenly say Alan Ladd’s The Glass Key was first person point of view when it was Robert Montgomery’s The Lady in the Lake. Olly confesses to only having seen one Kevin Bacon movie, which I like to imagine was White Water Summer but probably wasn’t. So I explain Wild Things to him, which may make your head hurt.

We discuss Hitchcock’s use of leading men and humor and how it compares. We discuss how Asta is virtually useless and how Nick is not really all that insightful of a detective. And we plan on remaking it in 3D. Also, I badmouth Alan Ladd repeatedly and explain how everyone in The Maltese Falcon was gay.

We’re watching it at NTSC (American) speed. Start right after the MGM logo on the countdown.

Mad Max 4: Fury Road

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SMEAR YOUR FOREHEAD WITH GREASE! SPRAY YOUR FACE WITH CHROME! DRINK GUZZLEINE IN VALHALLA WITH DONALD TRUMP’S GRANDSON IMMORTAN JOE TRUMP! IT’S MAD MAX: FURY ROAD! WITH JIMMY B! AND ENGINE NOISES! AND ELECTRIC GUITAR! AND a Skype dropout at 1:17:05 but we fix it and everything and HEAD BACK TO GET US SOME WATER!

Spectre

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Join me as I take on the worst terrorist organization in history, SPECTRE. I compare the film to other Daniel Craig Bonds, other Bonds of other sorts, other action movies, Inglourious Basterds, Jaws, and corporate projects I’ve worked on. I accuse it of being a really expensive fan film. And I mis-remember which Blofeld had the scar (Donald Pleasence, not Telly Savalas).

I praise the acting and the set pieces and the gun butler; I complain about the office and hotel scenes where nothing happens and the action scenes where stuff does happen; and I do the world’s best imitation of Christoph Waltz. I fail to recognize clinic barman Victor Schefé, star of Bewegte Männer. I obsess over the secret room in the Hotel L’Americain and make up a whole back story about it. I put forth a seven point argument for Hinx being based on Jaws and not Red Grant (take that, Wikipedia!). I disbelieve Blofeld’s whole operation. I apologize to international assassins (again). And I try to figure out how many helicopters Bond has stashed in his garage.

Bonus: Listen to the end for my pick for the next Bond!

I’m watching the Blu-ray. Start right after the MGM logo, before the Columbia logo, on the countdown.

Now on Youtube: Spectre fan commentary – Tysto Commentaries

Star Wars 7: The Force Awakens

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After a long absence, and now much older and wiser, Drew returns to set us straight about Star Wars. And I wreck things and generally act childish.

We lament the familiarity of the plot and some character choices. We debate weather Daisy Ridley is actually Keira Knightly (me: yes; Drew: probably not), and whether the stormtroopers are “thick” and/or “phat”.

We volley back and forth with our deep, deep knowledge of the Star Wars Extended Universe, most of which is made up. We ponder the reason why Kylo Ren is there, why Finn instantly goes from Conscientious Objector to Hollywood Hero, how maps work, who is making robots that feel bad, and why any of this happens.

Bonus: I clear my throat 11,000 times!

We’re watching the Blu-ray. Start right after the logo on the countdown.

Also on YouTube!

Super 8

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John Pavlich and I open up J J Abrams’ mystery box and like what we see, if only because it reminds us so much of all the films we loved from our childhood. We heap praise all over the place, repeated forgive it its sins and excesses, and try to nitpick anachronisms.

We compare it to other J J Abrams films, Steven Spielberg films, The Explorers, The Goonies, Aliens, and Alf.

Bonus: we manage to keep it clean.

We’re watching the Blu-ray. Start right after the Paramount logo on the countdown.

Mission: Impossible: Rogue: Nation

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Join me in watching the fifth and by no means final episode in the Ethan Hunt saga, in which IMF—gasp!—gets shut down and Ethan—gulp!—goes rogue. Insiders turn out to be bad guys! Ethan works with a beautiful mystery woman he isn’t sure he can trust! They steal something they don’t understand and give it to the villain! I know this sounds like every other Mission Impossible film! But this one is even better than most of the others!

I compare it to the other films, to James Bond (again [too much {again}]), to the TV show, to Hitchcock, to Faust, to Foul Play, and to Phantom Menace. I tiptoe around Cruise’s real life, explain the geography of Europe and the design of my swimming pool, fail to remember Timothy Dalton’s name, do an impression of Luther that is half Ving Rhames and half Tracy Morgan, point out a couple of substantial logic gaps, and complain endlessly about how much I like the film.

I’m watching the Blu-ray. Start right after the Paramount logo on the countdown.

More commentaries

Okay, no more lies, no more hiding. I’m out on parole after The Incident** and tanned, rested, and ready to do some commentaries.

  • Mission Impossible 5: Jeremy Renner Talks on Phones
  • James Bond vs Guess What, There’s A Bad Guy on the Inside Again
  • Super 8
  • Super 8 1/2 (Federico Fellini’s semi-biographical exploration of a director’s struggles with the women in his life while making a film about an alien monster’s escape from government scientists)
  • Showgirls, in which I explain the theme of female empowerment
  • Lock, Stock, & Two Smoking Barrels
  • Snatch, if I can get a Cockney to explain it to me (attn: Russell Brand)
  • The Cabin in the Woods, if I can get Pavlich to explain it to me
  • 6 episodes of Midsomer Murders (all the ones that don’t feature a village fete)
  • Whatever is popular on Netflix at the time, which at the moment looks like Skinwalkers: The Navajo Mysteries or Nazi Mega Weapons: German Engineering in WW2***

ALL THIS WITH MY SOLEMN PROMISE OF SLIGHTLY LESS GIGGLING ****

** You probably read about it on Flipboard and Tinder: a cat, a van, two apple pies, a bottle of Captain Morgan’s, and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

*** They write it with Roman numerals, but as I’ve explained before I DON”T SPEAK LATIN

**** Let’s be realistic tho about Showgirls

 

Ant-Man

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Jimmy and I take a rambling look at Marvel’s Ant-Man (after a brief bit of confusion over which movie we’re watching) and express our (reserved) love for it. We praise the look and art design, the actors, and the writing. And we discuss which aspects of the writing and directing don’t work as well.

We’re watching HD versions and stay in sync. Start at 0:00:00 on the countdown.