Episode #318: Halloween Sequels I‘d Rather Watch

October 12th, 2021

Halloween II vs. Halloween III

The 80's & the home video market that came with it was ripe for creating franchises, with horror leading the pack.  While many action, cartoon, & fantasy sequels were relegated to only being released on home video, many of the horror sequels in fact went through the theater.  The initial 4 Halloween sequels at least had a theatrical release (you can look up the rest - we can't do EVERYTHING!!).
Check your candy for razor blades (actually referred to in 1 of these flicks!) while listening to this episode talking about one of the most infamous horror series of all time that continues to thrive as we speak.

Here is the City of Geek page with a video review of Halloween '18.

Notes:  Box office for H III - 14 million on a 2.5 budget.  #II made 25 million on the same cost.  The original made 47 million on just over 300,000!!
Ratings for I, II, & III:  77%, 65%, & 50%.  A harsh decline, but many wanted more out of both sequel films.  Matt feels that some of them forget how bad a lot of the acting is in the 1st Halloween too.

Episode #317: Real Murder I‘d Rather Watch

September 20th, 2021

Black Dahlia vs. Summer of Sam

It's an episode about killings, see?  Put on a hat & smoke a lot of cigarettes while listening.  A novel episode with 2 movies that are not Matt's favorites: hopefully you'll find his ability to discuss a movie of value, whether or not he loves them... 

Notes:  STEVE Park was the actor Matt couldn't remember from Fargo.  Terence Blanchard has scored a lot of television, Matt meant movies were mostly Lee.

Episode #316: Theatre Flicks I’d Rather Watch

August 22nd, 2021

Noises Off vs. Game 6

We did an actors playing actors episode in our 1st year; Matt thought it'd be fun to look at a couple more in this vein after finally getting his own copy of Noises Off.

Have at it!!

Episode #315: Summer Travel I’d Rather Watch

August 5th, 2021

Midsommar vs. Summer Rental

What people seek in sitting down to a movie varies from person to person, & sometimes it depends on how our day/week/year is going.  Like comfort food, comfort tv/movies are familiar & safe when our day to day may not always be that.  When you feel the need:  indulge!!

Which is our plan in this episode looking at
movie versions of The Cure vs. Presidents of The United States of America
as opposing methods of making us happy, if at least forget about our day

Note:  Richard Crenna from Summer Rental died in 2003, bringing death toll of crew to 4.

Episode #314: TVsode IV

July 28th, 2021

Shows/movies discussed from streaming services:  Better Call Saul, Coming 2 America, No Remorse, Loki.

Thank you for your patience! <3 

Summer Blurb 1

July 14th, 2021

As hitting the theaters is now back as an option, we give you some recommendations as we fight with our computer to make recording an option again.

Quiet Place II:  Definitely GO to the theater for this!  Hard to beat the 1st, but Krasinski manages to create new energy without re-treading the same beats over & over.  The arcs for the kids are stronger than the original.

F9:  see it with the same jubilant forgiveness you've had all this time.  Some fans apparently have given up with the lunacy level as it is.  Matt just laughed more than many; not at the intended moments..

Summer of Soul:  Give ?uestlove YOUR love & support for this documentary about a festival neglected by time despite existing film of it.  1969, the same year as Woodstock - somehow this never found anyone willing to pay to produce it after NYC shot an event over the entire summer.  Hope to see it again before it is gone.

Zola:  GIVE THIS YOUR $!!!  Original ideas, indie approach, women directing/writing/leading the film - all of that is happening.  A beautifully sad (not too sad) and unique look at the world of stripping.  Riley Keough & Taylor Paige are inspired, Colman Domingo is intense.  Love the aesthetic, music, way it's shot.  So many silent moments tell you all you need to know without words.

Episode #313: Buddy Cops I’d Rather Watch

June 22nd, 2021

Beverly Hills Cop II AND III vs. Cop Out

The hot summer battle royale pushes on, with 3 opponents in the ring this time!  With Axel Foley being one of many characters likely to return to the screen in the next year or so (safe choices for recovering studios/theaters), it seemed right to look at this type of movie & see how different decades fare against each other.  Varying in popularity and approach, it does give us a fair amount to chew on for the episode.  BTW:  Cop Out is rated 56%, like BHC III - do you agree??

Here is a link to an article discussing the "joke" Morgan told.  It covers a lot of the aftermath as well, where he cried & truly seemed to regret it.  Eddie Murphy has apologized for his earlier material...  Which is what you do to own your actions, and continue to grow as a person. :) 

LINKS:  Dolemite is My Name (has other Eddie Murphy links),   Beerfest, Dune, Das BootTrue Romance, Domino, Running Man, Batman, Beetlejuice. Red 2 (has other Bruce Willis links), Rundown, Blues Bros (has BH Cop link), Coming to America, Commando, Malcolm X.

 

Episode #312: Horror-Bending I’d Rather Watch

June 7th, 2021

Tucker & Dale vs Evil  Vs. April Fool's Day

 

Our Battle Royale Summer begins!! 2 delightful romps in horror, set apart by nearly 25 years.  Though they don't share the exact approach, both take a step or 3 away to look at the structure of horror & play with it a little...

Though not mentioned in the episode, April Fool's Day only have a 62% rating with the other at 75%.  Matt is of the mind that AFD deserves at least high 60s or 70s for the entertainment it provides.

Episode #311: Asian Celebration III

May 25th, 2021
  • Commando 2 (India)
  • Journey To The West (China)
  • Ashfall (Korea)

Our tribute to AAPI Heritage Month, dig into a variety pack of entertainment from companies that Disney doesn't own!!

Links for Byung Hun-Lee:  Red 2 (contains link to G.I. Joe), Terminator Genisys (also link for Train to Busan), The Good, The Bad, & The WeirdOld Boy.

Episode #310: Tolkiensode IV

May 4th, 2021

Hobbit I

A departure from our default stance of slobbery love, Matt gets into some unflinching critique of a beloved director.  Tune in for tea!!

Here's an eagle link, though not what Matt was looking for.

Episode #309: Franchise Battle

April 19th, 2021

Rambo Last Blood vs. Terminator Dark Fate

Another chapter of what we plan to do a lot this summer:  have movies duke it out for our preference!  It's Sly v Arney...  2019 gave us new installments of franchises from the 80's; were they rockin?  Were they rotten?
Let us tell you!! 

Episode #308: Stupid I’d Rather Watch vol 2

April 5th, 2021

Nacho Libre vs. Blades of Glory

Aiming for some light episodes after a heavy year, we're gonna see how much fluff we can cover over the summer.  This is your first installment.  Although it's technically the second time we've done it.  See link below.  But like - you know - AFTER you listen to this one.  Or before works, we guess.  Who's still reading at this point?!

Episode #307: Smallaxe IV & V

March 15th, 2021
  • Alex Wheatle/
  • Education/

    The 2nd half of this series discussion, we have a foot in historical and the other in fictional - though based on historical policy & patterns.  Then Matt gives his assessment of the entire series, followed by some spouting off about vaccines & masks a bit.  As with the series, the goal is hope.  Hope that the worst is behind us & we'll learn from the hardest times we all faced.  Take care world; meanwhile we'll try to scrounge up some fun flicks to go over next time!  <3 

Episode #306: Small Axe I-III

March 2nd, 2021
  • Mangrove
  • Lovers Rock
  • Red, White, & Blue

Another episode featuring the mighty Steve McQueen, this time doing a chapter-based serial!  In our 1st episode we cover 3 of 5 stories told, 2 of which are based on historical figures in England's recent history of racial conflict.  Have at it!!

Episode #305: Badasses of Humanity

February 15th, 2021
  • Malcolm & Marie/
  • Beauty Shop/
  • Moonlight/

The fight to survive is usually envisioned as physical, but what about the fight in our heads?  The distance, the connections, the gestures; these things get us by as well.  This episode we look at 3 examples of connection & struggles between people.  Have at it, lovelies!!

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