MADHERO: Hi everyone, hope you all had a good Valentine's Day and that you got to watch a movie with your significant other. I sure didn't do any of that none of that mess, cause there's way more important things to do, like watching for and complaining about movie news. You can't beat that experience even with love. No sirree
STICKMAN: I spent Valentines Day alone as I have done every one in my entire life. So...yeah. HEY EVERYONE.
LARRY: I spent Valentine’s Day watching The Office and working on my poetry. So basically what I would do with a significant other, but I got all the chocolate for me :smiley:
MADHERO: God, what a bunch of sad fucking nerds we are. But hey, more chocolate. Lets go spend some quality time with some movie news
STICKMAN: Sure I got nothing better to do....WITH ANYONE SIGNIFICANT, Y'KNOW.
LARRY: Hey, I’m no sad boi
DISNEY RELEASES FIRST TEASER TRAILER FOR FROZEN II
Seemingly out of nowhere, Disney decided to drop a bomb on us, aka our first like at Frozen II, the hotly-awaited sequel to the highest grossing animated film of all-time. After four years of development, it looks like we'll finally be revisiting Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, and Olaf on a journey that looks...I dunno, surprisingly more grounded and action-oriented, huh? Yeah, after Disney dropped the ball mad hard on Frozen's first teaser ever (remember that?), it looks like they learned their lesson and gave us a badass, compelling teaser that gives us a variety of action beats and introduces us to a new autumn theme for the sequel that looks to have our main foursome exploring a new land.
Add that to the epic music and lack of any comedy, and you have many fans speculating a more grounded, darker sequel, though the original did have its fair share of grounded moments. Nevertheless, as someone who really doesn't get all the hype around Frozen, I am very impressed with this teaser and I can't wait to see more of Kingdom Hearts Fo––I mean, Frozen II. Right.
MADHERO: Well, this came certainly out of nowhere, but I guess that was needed after the whole Genie thing. More on that later
LARRY: Oof, that’s true, I never thought of it that way.
STICKMAN: Are you saying Frozen 2 was one big cover-up to mask the pain of CGenie?
LARRY: I am not saying it wasn’t.
MADHERO: Obviously we're not necessarily the main demographic for Frozen 2, but I do actually quite like this teaser. It makes you ask plenty of questions and certainly captures a different mood, which is also shown with the more autumn esque landscape this time around.
LARRY: The opening with the waves was really awesome, way more grounded than I expected.
STICKMAN: I thought the teaser promised something more ambitious than the straight forward no-thrills original movie.
MADHERO: That water looks so real now. Disney Animation is getting really strong with its detail, which they weren't any slouches at before. Its easy to be reminded of an Japanese adventure game trailer, which is kinda funny after being out so soon after Kingdom Hearts 3.
LARRY: Yeah something about the animation feels more dramatic and detailed. I was just happy that they gave us a lot to think about and speculate on without dumping exposition on us. The new autumn theme is very intriguing to me.
STICKMAN: Elsa getting the Keyblade and fighting Pete sure was a highlight of this teaser.
MADHERO: That wouldn't surprise me at this point. We already know this is going to make a kajillion dollars, and I think they've done a good job selling it so far. Will be curious if the other teasers keep this tone up
STICKMAN: So many reindeer.
You may have noticed it in some form, but it turns out that Aquaman somehow turned into a
massive hit. Considering this was the film that came after Justice League and featured a character that was introduced in that film to mixed reception, it was still wait and see if the movie could temper the disaster, and it did that and them some, grossing 1.1 billion worldwide to not just beat BvS as the biggest DCEU Movie, its beaten Dark Knight Rises to become DC's biggest release ever. Yes, Aquaman has made more than any of the Batman films, which is an extremely weird thing to say.
Needless to say, a sequel is immediately being developed, with one of the co-writers, David Leslie Johnson McCormick currently working on it, with no word yet on original director James Wan returning, but to say he had an impact is made clear by the developing of a horror tinged spin-off called The Trench, which will focus on the chompy bois that attack Aquaman and Mera near the end of the second act. That type of thing, along with this year's Joker, continues to show DC is willing to play rather loose with its DC property now that the expanded universe blew in their face. Its weird, but definitely curious and something that could be potentially fun
STICKMAN: Oy with this.
MADHERO: Aquaman making over a billion dollars and beating every Batman and Spider-Man movie proves that Entourage was just being prophetic all this time
STICKMAN: Sure is depressing.
LARRY: After seeing the film, I can see why it’s having such a wide appeal, especially internationally. China loves explosive and wild action scenes, and big reptile monsters.
STICKMAN: It was ...fine? It wasn't great, it was super messy and generic in a lot of parts. Its success is perplexing from a quality perspective.
LARRY: Oh, absolutely. But plenty of successful films succeed above quality. Dark Knight Rises for example. Teehee.
MADHERO: China tends to love the ocean a lot, so maybe don't bet against Avatar that's gonna heavily feature an underwater world. I liked Aquaman well enough and thought it was fun. Ok films making a billion is nothing new.
LARRY: Yeah I liked it too, just cuz seeing him in the suit made me nerdgasm more than any DCEU previously.
STICKMAN: I feel nothing for his glittery suit, I wanted to see his ABS. The spookyboi spin-off is bizarre, but if it means a high concept underwater horror movie I'm kinda down.
MADHERO: If it and Shazam are signs of the new DCEU, I'm all for it. But how about some chompers? That's not something I saw coming when that got announced. Its weird, but I could see it work. Underwater feels unexplored as a horror mechanic if only cause its expensive to actually film in it.
STICKMAN: I don't feel the CGI in Aquaman worked for the underwater stuff, so I dunno if it'll work in a cheaper horror spin-off.
LARRY: I’m pretty surprised that The Trench, which maybe had like 15 minutes in the actual movie, is gonna get a whole friggin spinoff. Kinda odd, the creatures don’t event have characters lol they don’t talk they just scream.
STICKMAN: That one shot in the trailer with them gave people a boner and WB can't stop making spin-offs.
MADHERO: There's potential in the idea and I think they'd be used as the main monsters than anything respembling a main character. It definitely shows DC's intentions to be more loose, which I'm more than ok with
STICKMAN: Let's hope they can be good, too.
The Oscars may be just around the corner, whether the Academy likes to admit it or not, but it's called Awards SEASON for a REASON (Hey, that rhymes), and one of the biggest in this final stretch is the BAFTAs, which, are basically the British Oscars, except they had a host...and there wasn't any constant cyclone of discourse and drama for this one...which in some ways, made it a little boring. The big winners of the night were The Favourite and Roma, the former taking home the most awards, whilst the latter took the big one, Best Film. Roma also got Best Director, Cinematography and Foreign Language, whilst The Favourite scooped up both Actress awards, Best British Film, Original Screenplay and a slew of additional production awards.
Other winners included Mahershala Ali in Green Book for Best Supporting Actor, Rami Malek in Bohemian Rhapsody for Best Actor and BlacKKKlansman for Best Adapted Screenplay. Into the Spider-Verse took Best Animated Feature, setting it comfortably on course for a Disney upset at the Oscars this year (Hopefully), whilst some of the other Oscar favourites (Vice, A Star is Born, Black Panther) had to settle for one award apiece, with mostly undeserving wins (Whoever thought Vice deserved Best Editing and Black Panther deserved Best VFX needs to be shot). With Roma winning Best Film, you may think that this puts it on course for Best Picture at the Oscars, but these two awards shows have differed in there top pick every time since 2014, so if anything Roma's chances have now diminished...still...WHO THE HELL ACTUALLY KNOWS AMIRITE.
MADHERO: I did not see this but I'm all for Roma and Cuaron winning more important awards
STICKMAN: Alfonso is a good chap.
LARRY: Not surprising The Favourite is.......a favorite. Ahem.
MADHERO: I’m happy with The Favourite getting some love. Despite its many Oscar noms, I do think its probably gonna lose a bunch at the Oscars, so its nice to see Colman and Weisz receive something for their amazing work
LARRY: Oh yeah, it’s not a frontrunner sadly. But Roma sure is. Ro-ma! Ro-ma! Ro-ma!
STICKMAN: I think The Favourite is very much a BAFTA winner and not an Oscar winner.
MADHERO: We'll talk more about that when the Oscar Predictions blog pops up, but yeah. I'm glad that Spiderverse gets the love it deserves. With that and the twitter thread happening with the Pixar's For Your Consideration tweet, there's a good chance it might cause the upset
STICKMAN: I wasn't super enamored with Roma as a film, a technical achievement for sure, but not as a whole product...personally. If Spider-Verse loses out on the Oscar at this point there's gonna be riots. Isle of Dogs has won more awards this season than Incredibles 2.
LARRY: Oh hell yeah, it’s literally been sweeping. No SHOT they fuck up this hard.
MADHERO: Well, we'll talk about Oscar fuckuppery soon.
LARRY: Ooooooh boi, Academy fuckery? My favorite.
Sigh. Alright, so clearly the Oscars' planning committee have really been fucking up quite a bit as of late, what with the hosting fiasco sans Kevin Hart, the poorly pitched "Popular Film" category, only performing the two most popular Best Original Song nominees and not letting the previous acting winners present at the Oscars. All of these choices have been backpedaled on one way or another, and it's tiiiiiiiiime for Round 5! FIGHT.
As was noted in their initial press release, we knew that the Academy had planned on cutting some of the awards presentations from the main broadcast in an attempt to keep the entire show within three hours. Concerns were immediately seen from film buffs all across the interwebs, but that didn't stop them from eventually announcing the decision to present Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Makeup/Hairstyling, and Best Live-Action Short during the commercials. Naturally, this was met with criticism from the entire film community, from people like Russell Crowe to Guillermo Del Toro, noting that cinematography and editing in particular were intrinsic to the art of film and to not include them would be a disgrace to the industry and its cinematographers and editors. Which is all true. A few days later, the Academy announced a retcon, saying that all the awards will be shown live, but what's stopping them from trying to implement this next year? It's clear the Academy's priorities are not in the right place, sacrificing the celebration and achievement in lieu of shorter runtimes and more mainstream appeal. Shame, Academy. Shame...
STICKMAN: Oh boy oh boy
MADHERO: This show is literally supposed to happen next week, but at this stage they might even go back on that
LARRY: That’s their secret sixth backpedal.
STICKMAN: The real show has been the build-up. Can you even backpedal if you were never peddling forwards to begin with.
LARRY: Well the world pedals forward, thus they were without even trying
MADHERO: Its been a while when the prepping of something felt like such a complete disaster. Everyone understands that the format needs changing and definitely be shorter, but they've tackled everything in the worst way possible and everyone involved in the making of this should honestly be let go.
STICKMAN: I feel like the actual show is just going to be the Academy standing on stage screaming for 3 hours, and then Vice will win Best Picture.
LARRY: And Best Editing. Don't know how THAT fucking happened.
MADHERO: That would ensure that literally no one will walk away from the show happy, except of course the producers of Vice. It'll be very interesting if all this actually results in a decent show, but as its stands its gonna be extremely cobbled together
STICKMAN: I can't wait for this nightmare. It's all been an intentional series of fuck-ups to boost the ratings, people wanna see this train crash.
MADHERO: Just fuck me up, fam.
LARRY: Their ratings are gonna go up cuz of the trashfire hype. Can we serve alcohol just this once?
STICKMAN: I always drink vodka whilst watching the Oscars. ALWAYS.
MADHERO: You're gonna need the strong stuff for this one.
If we were to already start an Most Anticipated list of 2020, I think Dune is probably something that would rank really high on all our lists. Not just cause of its source material of Frank Herbert's novels, which I personally never read, but mainly cause its being directed by none other than Denis Villeneuve, who has been doing pretty well in the sci fi genre with the double whammy of Arrival and Blade Runner 2049. The fact he gets to even do something like this after 2049 disappointed at the box office is pretty astonishing, but is alright in my book.
Adding to the excitement is the absolutely insane cast that's been gotten thus far. We know that Timothee Chalamet is playing the lead, but he's now been joined by, and this is gonna take a while, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Dave Bautista, Stellan Skargard, Oscar Isaac, Charlotte Rampling, Javier Bardem, Jason Momoa and Josh Brolin. This absolute unit of a cast has also been given a release date of November 20th, 2020, taking the spot initially reserved for Fantastic Beasts 3, which hopefully means WB is keeping that in the pipeline to improve and shows confidence in this project. I'm pretty goshdarn stoked. Let that spice flow
LARRY: Not since Smash have we seen a cast this dense with star power. "Everyone is here!" indeed
STICKMAN: I feel like this has Blade Runner 2049 written all over it. Long in the works follow-up to a divisive and not super successful cult science fiction movie, lot of money and talent behind it. It's gonna disappoint at the box office. CONFIRMED.
LARRY: Oh, most definitely. Unless they can find some way to give it mass appeal. Not sure how, but i dunno.
STICKMAN: Make the worms sexy.
MADHERO: I feel like that's probably a given although Dune does have a fanbase and the sheer scope should maybe interest more people. But hey, I just want some great sci fi and with Villeneuve we'll probably get that
STICKMAN: I'm always here for Villenvnvunvenue. He has continued to amaze me.
LARRY: Oh, Villy-boy is def gonna deliver. It's a matter of how many more of these can he make without the box office muns to produce them.
MADHERO: This is supposed to be a two parter so its gonna be double the financial disapointment, but also double the great sci fi goodness.
STICKMAN: Double the sand bois. None of the Sting.
MADHERO: Now if only we can get Alejandro Joderowsky in some way involved. The Russian Doll nod could maybe help. Then it would be some nerd eclipse
LARRY: Wow this is just some kind of weird arthouse sci-fi circlejerk now lol
TRAILER LIGHTNING ROUND
ALRIGHT, it's been a hot minute since we did one of these but it's time for a TRAILER LIGHTNING ROUND DUN DUNDUNDUNDUNUNNN.
We got a few recent trailers to run through, we'll kick things off with the new TV spot for Disney's pointless remake of Aladdin that aired during the Grammy's. It didn't really offer much new beyond the initial teaser trailer, beyond our first look at the Genie... and oh boy...what a disaster that's been
MADHERO: Hoooo boy, that Genie. I know that they try to move away from the Williams version and not just imitate it, but hoo boy.
STICKMAN: He's a big blue mistake if ever I saw one. The rest of the film doesn't look so hot either, but Genie's the awful blue icing on the crappy cake.
LARRY: It looks like the first round of a render that nobody decided to workshop at all. The face is just so....woof.
MADHERO: Its mostly the face that looks wrong, like Smith's face is just plastered over it. I know these remakes have been a license to print money, but I'm very much having my doubts here. Woof. What else is there?
LARRY: The Cave of Wonders also looks too small too man. Nobody is talkin about that but it's a PROBLEM.
STICKMAN: That Genie face is a physical manifestation of all my hatred for live action Disney remakes. ANYWAY...moving on, we have the first teaser for Tolkien, a somewhat embellished looking biopic about the creator of Lord of the Rings, his inspiration for the stories and his love life. It looks...visually interesting? Not sure what to think about a glossy Fox Searchlight biopic releasing in the middle of the year.
MADHERO: I didn't know this existed until 5 minutes after we started doing this. Whoopsy. Anyway you'd think they'd have tackled this much earlier with how popular the LOTR films are.
STICKMAN: And you'd think Warner Bros would be doing it too.
LARRY: Cuz this is what we needed........a Tolkein who FUCKS.
STICKMAN: It's about time. Boy's gonna smoke so much weed.
MADHERO: It looks interesting, if a tad bland when compared to similar stuff like Finding Neverland, but we'll see.
LARRY: Yeah it looks a little bleh and overtly indulgent in its moodiness, but I'm here to see if Hoult can pull off the role.
STICKMAN: We SHALL SEE, next up we have the first teaser trailer for Child's Play, the remake...of a series that's still actively running outside of this remake, which is being made without the consent of the original creator or anyone involved with the original production! How charming. Still, this teaser is a lot of fun, it got me interested in something I hated by default, so that's pretty impressive.
LARRY: Yeah surprisingly better than I expected.
MADHERO: I dunno how to feel about Aubrey Plaza being old enough to play a mom now. And well as the whole situation regarding this movie and the other Chucky on TV, which is a right proper mess
LARRY: She's definitely old enough to play a younger Mom.
STICKMAN: It's a huge mess, but if it means we get a more straightforward mainstream horror release in addition to the more cult orientated TV sequel? That'd be nice.
MADHERO: I think Im gonna stick with the original, but it at least looks better than expected. Thank u next.
LARRY: Yeah I won't see it, but okay.
STICKMAN: The original Child's Play is well good. And I'd much rather support the original creators, provided what they're doing is still solid. ANYWAY, last trailer and it's for Yesterday, the new Danny Boyle movie, made in collaboration with Notting Hill DUDE Richard Curtis. What if you woke up and you were the only one who'd heard of The Beatles? Why, you'd have a cheesy but heartwarming romantic comedy romp, that's what. I'm not feeling this one myself, but I'd like to be won over in the coming months before release, everyone else is into it, it seems.
MADHERO: Boyle gave up Bond 25 for this and hey it looks cute.
STICKMAN: You can never tie Boyle down.
LARRY: Yeah I think the romcom route is really what this premise calls for, and hey, if it means sorta re-examining Beatles songs in a modern setting, I'm down.
STICKMAN: I get the feeling this isn't going to be for me, Boyle loves jumping around between genres, and a quirky romcom about The Beatles seems a weird turn for anyone else but him.
MADHERO: I'm not the biggest Beatlemaniac around though I did go to their dedicated museum in Liverpool and think their songs are pretty neat. Curtis can play with these supernatural themes as seen in About Time and the like. I think its nice to see Boyle do something different. Now make one with everyone forgetting Queen or something
STICKMAN: I stood outside that museum, does that count as going to it. Also I wish everyone could forget Bohemian Rhapsody..the movie that is.
LARRY: I do love The Beatles as much as anyone else would, so I'm down to see a fun jukebox romcom. Also this concept but Queen would make an INCREDIBLE movie.
MADHERO: Not really, but its something. Maybe don't go and stand outside the theater so that we can discuss all the movie that came out this week and next.
LARRY: Imagine someone in the club scene starts writing Mercury's music and shit? Reclaim the music for a new age, I can see it.
MADHERO: LARRY, YOU CAN WRITE YOUR SCRIPT LATER WE'RE FOCUSING ON THE NOW! I CAN WRITE THIS AND A SCRIPT AT THE SAME TIME
LARRY: I CAN WRITE MY SCRIPT AND WORK ON THIS AT THE SAME TIME!
MADHERO: Can you? Well we're about to find out
HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE HIDDEN WORLD
DIRECTOR: Dean DeBlois (How to Train Your Dragon 1 & 2)
STARRING: Jay Buruchel, America Ferrera, Cate Blanchett, Craig Ferguson, F. Murray Abraham, Jonah Hill, Kit Harrington
SYNOPSIS: When Hiccup (Buruchel) discovers Toothless isn't the only Night Fury, he must seek "The Hidden World", a secret Dragon Utopia before a hired tyrant named Grimmel (Abraham) finds it first.
MADHERO: I have the feeling I'm gonna feel very alone in the fact that I'm somewhat excited for this movie and feel its the right time to cap everything off cause I'm stuck with the two people in the world who don't like this series.
LARRY: Whyyyyyyyy did they make morrrrrrrre.
STICKMAN: I couldn't give a toss, but hey, good for those who care and want to see how this story ends.
MADHERO: You can enjoy the Toothless gifs from afar
LARRY: I love the first. I'll rewatch the first any day of the week, it's excellent. But they didn't need to make a sequel and a trequel feels even more tired, they're slowly undoing all of the mystery of the world and it's just so blatantly cash-grabby.
MADHERO: I still can't understand this take for the life of me even though we've even over it plenty of times. Everything I've heard does make it sound like it caps the trilogy off on a highlight.
LARRY: Literally the whole APPEAL of Toothless was that he was ONE of his kind. No more, now he's got a fuck buddy.
MADHERO: I mean........no. The main appeal of Toothless is that he's fucking cute
STICKMAN: Yeah. I thought it was because he was cute.
LARRY: No, that's the fucking GIF appeal lol The STORY appeal is that him and Hiccup are both sorta singularities, that's why their partnership works well in the first.
STICKMAN: The only thing I liked about HTTYD was that Toothless was cute.
MADHERO: No one's gonna buy the plushie of Toothless because he's the only Night Fury around. They're not gonna make one plushie and cause some battle royale to happen. ANYWAY, WE'LL BE DONE WITH THIS ARGUMENT SOON
LARRY: MAD YOU STILL AREN'T GETTING MY POINT LMAO
STICKMAN: They gon fuck. I seen the POP Vinyls.
MADHERO: Bad Dragon is gonna see a new marketing oppurtunity
STICKMAN: Hell yeah. More dildos for me.
LARRY: Just watch this movie be good and I'm gonna have to eat my god damn words.
STICKMAN: It is good, but people said that about 1 and 2, and look where that got me.
ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL
DIRECTOR: Robert Rodriguez (Machete, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For)
STARRING: Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, Jackie Earle Haley, Keean Johnson
SYNOPSIS: Alita (Salazar) awakens with no memory in a post-apocalyptic world destroyed by a technological fall. Dr. Ido (Waltz) finds her and gives her a new body. They later discover that Alita is more than what she seems and has an extraordinary past.
STICKMAN: Big eyes big swords no problem.
MADHERO: To think this movie is finally out. I heard about this happening before even Avatar came out. That's how long James Cameron had been working on it.
STICKMAN: James Cameron needs to dial it down a notch.
LARRY: Aaaaaaaaaand sounds visually great but otherwise mediocre.
MADHERO: I feel like the eyes have been changed cause it certainly doesn't feel as jarring as they did in the first teaser. Anyway, fans of the manga and OVA are actually embracing this movie, and that's a miracle
STICKMAN: They didn't change, James Cameron just altered the fabric of reality with all his money to make us all change.
MADHERO: While the critical response have been more mixed, audiences and fans seems to be a lot more positive. I've been very curious about this film and would've seen it hadn''t I done that whole mini vacation thing
LARRY: I'm just here for Mahershala's Matrix cosplay.
STICKMAN: Mahershala looks fly as fuck. Honestly if anime fans like it that means I probably won't. No offense, you damn weebs.
MADHERO: Watch him be in it for like 10 minutes or so. As a casual anime fan, I look forward to my bug eyed robo spectacle
LARRY: Yeah the action looks awesome. Just...everything surrounding it is meh
STICKMAN: I can see it for free so I might do, but that didn't help Aquaman from being thoroughly mediocre but watchable, and I doubt it'll help this either.
HAPPY DEATH DAY 2U
DIRECTOR: Christopher Landon (Scout’s Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, Happy Death Day)
STARRING: Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Phi Vu, Suraj Sharma
SYNOPSIS: Two years after the events of the first film, Tree Gelbman (Rothe) unexpectedly re-enters the time loop and becomes determined to escape it after finding out her friends are now involved.
STICKMAN: I feel like we talked about this film before. AHO. AHUH. HUhhh..nn.
LARRY: Oh get outta heeeeeeere.
MADHERO: Guys..... Groundhog Day. That's it. That's the line
STICKMAN: I saw the first one...it was fine. This one sounds fine too.
MADHERO: I do like how this film seems to have drop what little pretense it had of being a horror film and is going for the comedy angle
LARRY: Yeah looks to be embracing it.
STICKMAN: I mean, the first was that too. Did you guys see the first film.
LARRY: Does it look like I'd have seen it lol
MADHERO: I liked the comedy of Happy Death Day a lot, so its nice to see them work from that. I think still had its horror/slasher moments, even if it was never all that scary
STICKMAN: It was a better comedy than it was a horror, but it was all elevated by the great lead performance. This film seems to focus on the side characters a lot which...hrmm.
MADHERO: Yeah, Jessica Rothe was great. She still looks like a lot of fun here. The side characters were fairly stereotypical, but can be built upon.
STICKMAN: Depends on if they do or not. This is something I can wait to see, and looking at the box office takings? Seems like most people agree with that. Still, Blumhouse make films for 5p so it'd be hard for a film of theirs to fail financially.
MADHERO: Its probably worth at least a rental
ISN’T IT ROMANTIC
DIRECTOR: Todd Strauss-Schulson (A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas, The Final Girl)
STARRING: Rebel Wilson, Liam Hemsworth, Priyanka Chopra, Adam DeVine, Betty Gilpin
SYNOPSIS: A young woman (Wilson) disenchanted with love mysteriously finds herself trapped inside a romantic comedy.
LARRY: OH HEY ANOTHER MOVIE I WON'T SEE.
STICKMAN: Oh boy more of this. Really stoked for more Rebel Wilson uncomedy.
MADHERO: This movie is releasing on Netflix like 2 weeks after it released in theaters in the US so it gobbling up all the romcoms continue.
LARRY: Yikes, just goes to show what faith they have in a theatrical run.
MADHERO: I think it might be its metaness? Plus Netflix has been a haven for the genre since they do very well there. Putting personal opinions on Rebel Wilson aside, whom I'm mixed on, I do think she's perfect for this very meta type of film.
STICKMAN: Unlike me, as a viewer.
LARRY: Well, yeah, but it should be a GOOD film too. Metaness does not = good.
STICKMAN: Is this a review of Deadpool 2.
MADHERO: The reviews have suggested that its alright, which does make it perfect for something to watch on Netflix and then go... ehh, I'll watch something else. It came, it made its Valentine's Day money, and now it goes
LARRY: Netflix and turn off the TV.
STICKMAN: I wish I was a valentines.
MADHERO: Next time, Ralph Wiggum. Someone will choo choo choose you someday.
FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY
DIRECTOR: Stephen Merchant (Cemetry Junction)
STARRING: Florence Pugh, Jack Lowden, Nick Frost, Lena Headey, Vince Vaughn, Dwayne Johnson
SYNOPSIS: The journey of professional wrestler Saraya "Paige" Bevis (Pugh), from growing up in a household of professional wrestlers (Frost, Headey) to winning the WWE Divas Championship in 2014
LARRY: Stephen Merchant writing/directing a RAW movie? Weird.
MADHERO: Its definitely weird to have Stephen Merchant of all people direct this, as well as having Nick Frost as a former wrestler with a mohawk. Nice to see Florence Pugh in more stuff though. She's been really good on stuff like Lady Macbeth and Little Drummer Girl
STICKMAN: This is a very British film that also happens to have The ROCK in it. It's odd, and I guess a marketing ploy for US audiences.
LARRY: Yeah like...it's so odd this is a thing that exists. It feels like the kind of film that'd release on DVD.
MADHERO: Can't get more British than Norwich. Also I feel its mostly about Paige's story than the Rock and they just used all his scenes for the trailer
STICKMAN: Norwich, the home of Alan Partridge and...turkeys.
LARRY: Oh, definitely. They're juicing every cameo he makes.
STICKMAN: Just like he juices every day.
MADHERO: His production company is making it and he's part of the wrasslin so it makes sense. I know plenty of people who might be interested in this, and the movie is supposedly pretty good, but its probably in the "not for me" file.
STICKMAN: I'm not a wrastling boy.
LARRY: Oh my roommate is super into RAW and WWE and he is all over this movie. But I am not thus I am not all over it.
MADHERO: With that done, lets Summerslam our way to Movie of the Week! That's a nice reference right there and that's where it ends for me. Its all downhill from this, people
STICKMAN: Time for the real fictional spectator fight, us arguing about movies.
LARRY: Now THAT is a Summer Slam.
STICKMAN: I'll slam you any day, babe.
MADHERO: Its gonna be quite the ladder match for the ultimate Movie of the Week. But with that challenge, Sticky, what's your Movie of the Week?
LARRY: BET ITS SHIT HO HO
MADHERO: Oooooh. Smacktalk. Classic wrestling maneuver.
MOVIE OF THE WEEK
STICKMAN: Noooow, myyyyy movie of the week is one that's relevant for the upcoming Oscars, since it's nominated for S O M E A W A R D S . Can You Ever Forgive Me, a true story drama starring Melissa McCarthy as a down on her luck author who turns to letter forgery in order to pay the bills, and look after her cat, who is of course, the most important person in her life. That and Richard E Grant, who chews the scenery something spectacular here.
McCarthy herself changes up her usual routine of falling over with metaphorically falling over...into a dive of depression, resentment and regret...y'know, that funny stuff. It's been billed as a dramedy, but I'd say it was more of a drama with some comedic moments, when this film wants to hit hard, it goes right for it. It's a well told and well performed story that, whilst a little on the long side, certainly does a good job of exploring the main 'character's' motivations. It's also gay as fuck, which is surprising, given the marketing didn't seem to mention that at all...so yeah, was a good film, not the best I've seen, but in terms of Academy Award attention it's a damn side better than some of the Best Picture nominations....VICE, I'M LOOKING AT YOU.
MADHERO: Is Richard E. Grant as delightful in this as he was when he heard the news he got his Oscar nomination?
STICKMAN: His character is kinda a mess, so no.
LARRY: Wait, gay as fuck? Please elaborate.
MADHERO: Dang. Well at least the movie is good. Its nice to see McCarthy show her more dramatic side.
STICKMAN: Both the main characters are gay and their relationships are a focus of the story.
LARRY: That's...really great wait how did they not market that. The fuck. People woulda ate that shit UP.
MADHERO: Probably cause its not the crux of the story? I assume the main hook is the fraud she pulls off. Selling that relationship might be a bit more difficult
LARRY: I guess but you coulda put in some clips or something. Now I'm more interesting in seeing the film because of its representation. Also Grant does look funny.
STICKMAN: It is kinda one of the main crux's of the story though. Its part of both characters' arcs. Grant plays that to extreme scenery chewing delight, whilst McCarthy is surprisingly understated and brilliantly so.
MADHERO: Do you think both actors deserve their noms and should this film have gotten more or do you feel its alright where it sits?
STICKMAN: I feel given what has garnered the lions share of nominees, it deserved to do better than others. It's not a perfect film, like I said it's pretty sluggish, but it's also pretty engaging. One part got me having the feels but that's a selective thing I'd imagine.
LARRY: Especially compared to fucking Bohemian Rhapsody and Vice. I'm sure it's better.
MADHERO: What about you, Larry? Does your movie deserve it over BoRhap and Vice?
STICKMAN: Yes, I can already tell you yes.
LARRY: My MOTW is “The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part,” the hotly awaited yet financially not-doing-so-hot sequel to the animated modern classic that kickstarted a whole cinematic universe. Lots of people are saying it’s a fun time at the theater but just not as inspired as the first go-around, and as for me, yeah I guess that sums it up, though I still definitely enjoyed myself.
With Lord and Miller having story and screenplay credits, the film still has a lot of spirit and takes our characters on a fun, new journey that continues it’s allegorical nature surrounding adolescence, maturity, and family. I also found myself laughing quite a bit throughout the film, even if not every joke lands. And...yeah, the animation is stellar and a lot cleaner, which may impress some fans and annoy others. Ultimately, what holds the film back is riding the coattails of the original a tad too tightly, whether it’s the abundance of live action sequences, or the humor targeted toward pop culture and what not. That doesn’t make it bad, but obviously it was inevitable that this direct sequel would feature diminishing returns. Nevertheless, it’s a fun time at the theater with a strong moral lesson that makes it perfectly solid children’s fare.
STICKMAN: I also saw this and have mixed feelings.
MADHERO: I..... haven't seen this yet, and surprisingly I seem to be in the majority on that front with it surprisingly not doing so hot
LARRY: Yeah wtf. It's not a bad movie, geez.
STICKMAN: I have mixed feelings on this film honestly. On the one hand, it looks really nice, it's frequently funny and has lots of heart to spare...but it's really a huge retread of the first and overdoes it in a lot of departments.
LARRY: Yeah not everything hits. No spoilers, but there's a few musical numbers and it gets a bit grating.
STICKMAN: I will say, one thing I didn't like about this film was the way it uses the real world/LEGO world connection this time. It really doesn't know what it wants to be in that regard, and there's some notable plot holes as a result. Would've been better off without it in some ways.
LARRY: I'm not gonna go that far, I think it works toward some good themes, it's just used way too much.
MADHERO: I'm still definitely going to see it at some point, but I've not had that feverish hype I had for the original, which to be fair was 5 years ago.
STICKMAN: It's got issues, but it's still a fun film to watch, and there's some entertaining cameos.
LARRY: Yeah it's a bunch of fun. One cameo in particular was very funny and I almost didn't believe it was real.
STICKMAN: Speaking of interesting...wait...I haven't got anything, better just say your MOTW, Mad.
MADHERO: I may have ocassionally revealed on this show that I'm a sports fan, particularly of the European football variety. Compared to that, I check very little on the American sports side, though my favorite of which is probably basketball thanks to its fast pace. Anywaaaaay, we're of course familiar with sports movies and even the sports management films with movies like Jerry Maguire and Moneyball. Getting drafted into that category is Steven Soderburgh's High Flying Bird, which you can watch now on Netflix.
While I'll admit to know very little about the politics between the NBA, its franchises and owners and of course the players, but the film does take on a bit of a crash course and make you feel like you're given a peek. Shot entirely on iPhones, it follows Andre Holland's agent character, as he seeks to help a young up-and-comer get back in the game whilst the NBA has on a six month lock-out due to a disagreement between players and owners. While the cast featuring Holland and Zazie Deetz are great, the real stars are Soderbergh's direction and Terrell Alvin McCraney (who previously wrote Moonlight)'s script, who keep things very fast paced yet easy to follow. As someone not as invested in this realm of sports, I still thought it was interesting and worth a look.
STICKMAN: Sports, huh. Why you gotta do this to me.
MADHERO: Hey look man I didn't have a lot of time and decided to see something on Netflix
LARRY: So interesting that Soderbergh is on an iPhone kick.
STICKMAN: I watched Steven Soda Burgers previous iPhone movie, Unsane this weekend and I was not a fan of basically any part of that movie. It looked hella cheap.
MADHERO: I can't speak for Unsane and how that used it. There's definitely moments where you notice it, but it also really pops and can feel intimate. Its definitely impressive considering how some films look with the best cameras in the world compared to this
STICKMAN: Does anyone throw the iPhone into a basketball hoop. If I was making a basketball movie on an iPhone I'd throw it in a hoop.
LARRY: Wow what a trick shot.
MADHERO: Sadly no. Shit's expensive. Gotta use a GoPro for that
LARRY: WASTED OPPORTUNITY C'MON SODABURRRRRR
STICKMAN: But hey, it's a Netflix film that isn't terrible, how often do they come around.
LARRY: ....I mean
MADHERO: One is nominated for a Oscar so maybe they're doing alright. SPEAKING OF WHICH, We'll be doing our predictions for the show as soon as next week, so that'll be fun. Provided they don't backtrack their release date
STICKMAN: AAAAAAAAGH I've SEEEEENN some movies.
LARRY: Spoiler, ALL the nominations aren't actually real. It's all an illusion, Oscars cancelled.
STICKMAN: I can't waaaait to spend 3 hours adding all the nominees to a banner and then nobody looking at it.
MADHERO: Maybe the real Oscars are the friends we made along the way, but to find out if thats the case we'll be there.... next time. buhbye
STICKMAN: I wish I had friends...and an Oscar...GOODBYE.
LARRY: Adios, friendos.