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Star Wars 9: The Rise of Skywalker

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Rise of SkywalkerJoin Drew and me for yet another rollicking adventure with all your favorite characters from all the Star Wars movies–because THEY ARE ALL HERE. How? Visions, dreams, memories, ancient magic, cloning, holograms, borrowed footage, deleted scenes, computer trickery, or some combination of the above.

We praise… well… some things. C3P0 jokes? Daisy Ridley? I like it better than Drew–mainly because I don’t remember a lot of what happened in the previous movies that is being contradicted here, so I praise JJ Abrams, which–surprisingly even to me–is not sarcasm. We compare it to Force Awakens and Last Jedi and Harry Potter, and Marvel movies. And we write an ending that would allow for a kick-ass animated series.

Note: The effect I was trying to think of was the Kuleshov effect.

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

The Princess Bride

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Join Jimmy B as he joins me to revisit one of the great family movies of all time.

This has been a long time coming, because my original commentary was a complete mess of nonsense. We unabashedly adore it and praise nearly every aspect. This is one in my pantheon of nearly perfect movies.
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Gremlins (1984)

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Merry Christmas to all (again)! Happy holidays to those who don’t celebrate Christmas! Jimmy B is back to help me get off my duff and talk about another film. This time, it’s Joe Dante’s tale of Christmas cheer and mayhem (Well, Chris Columbus’s tale, really).

We talk about the effects, the acting, the fake snow, the ridiculous rules, and our deep love for this film. I don’t think it’s quite in the “nearly perfect” realm, but it’s close. Stay tuned for my attempt at a Scottish accent!

We’ve got our Bathroom Buddys and Peltzer Smokeless Ashtrays ready and are both watching on Blu-ray, so we stay in sync. Cue up the first frame of black after the Warner Brothers logo.

The Muppet Christmas Carol

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Merry Christmas to all! Happy holidays to those who don’t celebrate Christmas! A solemn welcome to those who don’t care for Muppets! Jimmy B is back for a look at one of his–and now my–favorite Muppet films. My-cocaine is Scrooge and Kermit is Bob Cratchit. Statler and Waldorf are ghosts. And the songs are middling but listenable.

We compare this extensively to the original novella by Charles Damn Dickens Himself, as well as to other Muppet movies and probably Shakespeare and Steel Magnolias.

Bonus: Year ago, I wrote this chilling mashup of A Christmas Carol and Jack the Ripper! Enjoy!

I’m watching it on streaming; he’s got the Blu-ray, and we keep in synch. Cue up the first frame of black after the Henson logo. RIP Jim Henson forever.

Solo

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Join Mehul and me as we are joined by Drew to have a trio look at Solo: A Star Wars Story, in which Chewbacca the wookiee befriends a bedraggled Imperial army deserter and coaches him along life’s rocky road, full of disappointments and betrayals.

We compare it to other Star Wars films, the books, the cartoons, the video games, Willow, Guardians of the Galaxy, Game of Thrones, Avatar, Thor: Ragnarok, The Hunger Games, Serenity, Grand Theft Auto, Marvel universe films, and The Other Side of the Wind. We decide that it is Good and Unnecessary and fail to make any Cheers or marijuana jokes despite the presence of Woody Harrelson.

I’m watching the Blu-ray, and we stay in sync. Start after the Lucasfilm logo on the countdown.

Starship Troopers

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Join Mehul and me for a revisiting of the undaptation of Robert A Heinlein’s Starship Troopers. We try to figure out which parts came from the book and which parts were original to the screenplay that had little to do with the book. We notice that it’s kind of two movies in one and neither one is much of an actual story.

We compare it to other Paul Verhoeven movies, Aliens, Full Metal Jacket, Philip K Dick adaptations, the 19th century British Navy, World War 2 movies, World War 2 itself, and Melrose Place. We praise the effects and action (by which me mean a bit of the old ultraviolence). Mehul waxes poetical about the music. I wax poetical about Dina Meyer. (I’m still available, Dina!)

I’m watching the DVD; he’s watching the Blu-ray; and we pretty much stay in sync. Start after the Tri-Star logo on the countdown.

The Phantom

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Join me as I am joined by Olly to watch SLAM EVIL with the oddly still watchable comic book movie from 1990s. No, not The Rocketeer. No, not The Shadow. No, not Dick Tracy. Yes: The Phantom! We argue over the cowl and discuss other costume matters. We praise the cast and, especially, the amazing art direction and cinematography, and the seaplanes… but not necessarily the overall mise-en-scene. A certain actor comes in for criticism as well as some of the stunts.

We agree the film lacks a certain punch despite having many punches and that it could nevertheless have done with a sequel, but not with those box office numbers. We compare it to its contemporary comic book movies, the new crop of comic book movies, romantic comedies, James Bond movies, Indiana Jones movies, Frazier, Due South, and Monkey Island video games.

I’m watching the streaming version free on Amazon Prime; Ollie is watching a PAL version and tries to keep in sync. Cue up the first frame of black after the studio logo.

Star Wars 8: The Last Jedi

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Join Drew and me for a rollicking adventure following all your favorite characters from The Force Awakens (except the ones who died) where they… uh… try to escape the First Order and try to get Luke to return to civilization, and ride some llama-dogs at a racetrack, and some of them eventually meet for the first time… What is this movie about?

I guess we praise the acting and set design and dialog but sort of not? We compare it to Phantom Menace and Harry Potter.

Note: I failed to ensure my microphone was set up correctly, so my side is recorded thru the built-in microphone. Luckily, Drew does most of the talking because he’s the expert and also he understands what’s going on most of the time.

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

The Long Kiss Goodnight

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Join John Pavlich of Sofa Dogs as I join him and Jimmy B to talk about The Long Kiss Goodnight. It’s a Shane Black thriller about mommies and memories set at Christmas, so it’s perfect for April of 2018, AKA the Year With No Spring.

We’re watching it on various devices. Cue up the first frame of black after the studio logo.

The Truman Show

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Join John Pavlich of Sofa Dogs as I join him to talk about The Truman Show. We love the film and praise nearly every aspect of it. I regard it as a nearly perfect film and try to rewrite it as a comedy. We muse about the different levels of meaning, whether or not Truman is crazy (John: it’s not paranoia if they’re really out to get you; me: oh he’s nuts) and why a TV studio with its own ocean doesn’t have any working boats. We wax poetical about the art design, writing, and cast, if not the acting (me vs Laura Linney; John vs Jim Carey). It’s a great film that speaks to us personally. After all: all the world’s a stage and all the people merely players. You can tell people I said that. I don’t think anyone has made that observation before. We hardly say word one about director Peter Weir, so here it is: he’s great.

On a related note: please consider reaching out to John and helping him get thru some medical and personal difficulties.

We’re watching it on Netflix and DVD. Cue up the first frame of black after the studio logo.