MADHERO: Hi everyone. Hope you're ready to talk movies, because after last episode's kinda meh output (as happens on the beginning of September) and suddenly BAM, we've got all kinds of stuff to talk about, from Oscar hopefuls (and not so hopefuls) wacky Eli Roth directed family films, and the long awaited franchise of....Angelina Jolie's Unbroken. Oh, and I guess Predator returns as well.
STICKMAN: OH BOY. CLOCKS IN WALLS.
MADHERO: THE HYPE STARTS HERE AND NOW FOR....whatever that movie is.
LARRY: Don’t forget about all those rampant girls with their guns. ‘Murica loves a good violent Purge ripoff
MADHERO: No idea what you're on about ,but we'll get to that soon enough. But first, the newwwwwws.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY RELEASES FIRST CAPTAIN MARVEL IMAGES AND DETAILS. REVEALS FILM WILL NOT BE AN ORIGIN STORY
(NOTE: We talked about Captain Marvel before the trailer dropped. We'll be discussing that trailer on a later date)
So we’re all pretty pumped for Captain Marvel, right? First female-led MCU movie, Brie Larson starring, some 90s action, all great stuff. AND the fandom is probably going to explode when Marvel drops the first official trailer. But for now, we’ll keep gawking at the exclusive photos Entertainment Weekly grabbed through a new spread, giving us our first looks at some of the movie’s sure-to-be highlights! We get to see a young Nick Fury, pre-eyepatch, a pack of Skrulls on the shore, and we got to see the return of Ronan and Korath, previously seen in Guardians of the Galaxy. Given that Captain Marvel is part of a Kree military team called “Starforce,” it makes sense that these characters would be included; maybe we’ll get a hint of backstory as to how Ronan and Korath became the outsiders they were back in Guardians.
We also got to see Larson is uniform, both as a pilot and as Captain Marvel, but also in a Nine Inch Nails shirt, which is far more important. Besides that, other highlights include Jude Law as Badass McClearlyTheSecretVillain, Ben Mendehlson as SuitMan McClearlyASkrull, and Lashana Lynch as one of Carol Danvers’ oldest friends and a fellow pilot. Overall, they’re just pictures, we consider me excited anyway! The Skrulls look awesome, as does the production design both on Earth and in space. Plus, I’m excited to see Ronan and Korath and expand on their characters a little bit. So far, Captain Marvel looks to be another heckin’ good time from the ol’ Marvel Machine.
STICKMAN: The Skrulls look too much like Dragonball Evolution. Like that's a joke, but it's literally the case.
LARRY: I can’t say you’re wrong. Still tho, they look good
MADHERO: I was about to say the same. No one must be reminded of that travesty. Aw well, at least the rest is looking good so far.
STICKMAN: They could look betterrrrr. Other than that it's looking pretty coo. All your favourite Guardians of the Galaxy side characters RETURN....in....side roles?
LARRY: Kinda incredible that through one picture we can already tell Jude Law is gonna turn on everyone. Almost impressive.
STICKMAN: Or turn everyone on. Depending on the film's rating.
MADHERO: I'm definitely curious what the deal is with that between Ronan and Korath. Hopefully it adds depth to both
LARRY: Mah boi Djimon Honsou deserves his due.
STICKMAN: What 90s trends were hot around that time in Space, which the generation of space 90s kids refuse to let die or admit to their flaws?
LARRY: Wow this joke is already too deep for me lol
MADHERO: Space 90s were a very different time. Its hard to judge on just a few images, but luckily we don't have to wait long for a trailer. I'll say I'm surprised they're not going the origin route, but Carol Danvers' origin is a bit of a mess, so i get it
LARRY: They’ll probably do a few flashbacks. That should cover it.
STICKMAN: Looking forward to that trailer, this feels like a significant chapter for the MCU both in establishing one of its most important characters but also just...having a female led/directed movie FINALLY. JEEZ. When the DCEU trumped you on that, you've cocked up.
MADHERO: As EW states boldly: The Future is Female, but we'll about that!
STICKMAN: I mean, surely it's the past that's female. The Space 90s, specifically.
Although it's been a breezy year free of ever divisive DCEU films so far (Aquaman is on the horizon, mind), that's not to say we haven't been hearing about the plans, or lack thereof for Warner Bros' expanded comic book universe. A promising trailer for Shazam and a not...soul-crushing trailer for Aquaman aside, we've heard about a lot of projects entering early development, a lot of which seem disconnected from continuing the expanded world itself, and had a deafening silence on the actual future for these films post-Justice League. Until now......sorta? Word has it that, after a failed contract negotiation for a Superman cameo in Shazam, Henry Cavill may be out completely as the Man of Steel, with plans for the characters standalone franchise seemingly on hold, and the actor having recently signed on for the lead in The Witcher TV series for Netflix.
It's not confirmed at this stage, but it appears Warner Bros want to put Superman on the shelf for the time being, focusing instead of a Supergirl prequel, and Cavill doesn't want to wait out any longer for future roles in the series. After 3 massively divisive films, each with their own set of controversies surrounding Superman, it's not a surprise that the guy wants out....pile onto this the still as of yet unconfirmed/not denied allegations of Ben Affleck being out as Batman too? Ooy...what a mess.
MADHERO: *Holds up action figure as dogs bark staring emotionless into the camera*
STICKMAN: Surrealism is not an appropriate response to fan's questions, it seems.
MADHERO: I have no idea what to make of Cavill's response to the whole thing. WB's was appropriate corporate vague, and Cavill's one was beyond weird.
LARRY: I love how they tried using Supergirl to give this story validity when in reality it makes it even more ridiculous. As if the DCEU gave a rat’s ass about the lore.
STICKMAN: Dang Larry, so cold.
MADHERO: The Supergirl rumors are chump change compared to the rumor of Michael B. Jordan being Superman, which probably isn't happening, but that would be wild.
STICKMAN: That would be pretty fun. I might have to unplug the internet for a few years, mind.
MADHERO: Apparently Jordan's name is just in talks for almost every WB property (which is why he was linked with that Matrix reboot for a bit). Either way, even if he's not been supported by the films, I can't help but be bummed about this. You always feel like Cavill was a great Superman waiting to happen.
STICKMAN: He looked the part and had the physicality, and the personality for sure. Unfortunately WB decided he needed to be ANGSTY and TORTURED.
LARRY: I mean, I’m still not really buying this story. I’m sure Cavill is gonna get more chances to be Supes in more movies, I really don’t buy that DC would just drop him when he got a generally good response with Whedon’s rewrites. He finally started being the happy, charming Supes we all want to see from him.
MADHERO: I don't think its about WB dropping him, but more so about renegotiations not working out. WB seems to be in no real rush to actaully make a Man of Steel 2, and Justice League 2 ain't happening either. At that point, as an actor, I'd probably look around for other opportunities
STICKMAN: Like some sorta....Witcher TV show for Netflix where you get to have sex on a unicorn.
LARRY: Yes but if this could balance Fallout and JL, I doubt he can’t continue doing that. Moustache be damned.
MADHERO: We'll see what happens, because who truly knows for sure with the DCEU. At this stage, I'd feel pretty comfortable saying he's out
STICKMAN: At least we'll always have Ben Affl-oh.
So a couple of episodes, we talked about the upcoming changes of the Academy Awards, including a shorter running time, starting earlier and perhaps most of all: the introduction of a new category to celebrate Achievement in Popular Film. A lot of the discussion gravitated towards that, largely because its a terrible idea, and the category was described quite vaguely. This dunking contest has made the Academy realize that this category probably was announced too early, and has officially decided to postpone the award.b
How long that postponement will take is unclear, but lets hope its somewhere between never and the heat death of the universe. Part of this might also be attributed to Black Panther, the movie largely considered the shoe-in for that award, having no interest and wanting to go for the grand Best Picture, with Marvel Studios/Disney now readying a big For Your Consideration campaign. So yeah, when or whether we'll see this category back remains to be seen. Personally, I wouldnt mind if it stayed in that oven and burned to death.
STICKMAN: I guess this idea wasn't very....POPULAR...ahah aheheheh.
LARRY: It’s just a postponement, for all we know it could start up the ceremony after this.
MADHERO: Well we don't know. When we discussed, we speculated on what the award meant, and that they probably had an better idea. And it turns out they hadn't. Whoops
STICKMAN: The argument still stands that the whole point of the award just seems to be to ignore popular movies in major categories, when there are plenty of deserving inclusions. There was a brief glinting hope that they might start being more diverse with their choices when the category was first extended in nominees, but now we're back to the bullshit again.
MADHERO: I think things got complicated with Black Panther, who could've taken that award blindfolded, rejected the concept of it and also that A Star Is Born is looking like a big hit but also the main Best Picture contender. They had no idea of the criteria and that just shows how poorly thought out this idea was
LARRY: Yeah they definitely needed more of a thorough understanding of the award if they were gonna implement it mid-season.
STICKMAN: It's too early to call anything the main contender for any award, but the fact that it's hard to categorise what is POPULAR and what is OSCAR WORTHY just speaks fucking volumes about how far up their own asses the people in charge are.
LARRY: I just don’t think this is much of a deterrent. I think they are ultimately going to go through with it, sadly...just not right now.
MADHERO: GIVE MISSION IMPOSSIBLE FALLOUT A BEST PICTURE NOD
STICKMAN: I MEAN I'D BE DOWN FOR THAT.
LARRY: SAME. THAT CLIMAX? WOOF
MADHERO: No need for the Popular Film category when that film deserves to be on there regardless. We'll see whether the category survives, but I'd like it gone forever.
AWARDS SEASON OFFICIALLY BEGINS WITH VENICE AND TORONTO FILM FESTIVALS. FAVORITES LOOK TO BE A STAR IS BORN, ROMA AND FIRST MAN
The days are growing shorter, the leaves are starting to brown...you know what that means? It's festival season… which means OSCAR BAAiaiiiIIITTT. WOOOOOO. August ended with the Venice International Film Festival, which brought with it a slew of long-awaited premiers which resulted in mostly promising buzz for the hopeful awards contending films of the next few months. First Man, A Star is Born, The Favourite and Roma all debuted to glowing reviews, the latter of which taking the main prize at this festival, with A Star is Born leading the early Oscar charge at the same time. 22nd July also received positive reviews, whilst the big point of contention this year was the premiere of Suspiria, which garnered a massively polarising reception, with those who loved it...LOVING it, and those who dislike it despising it.
TIFF followed up soon after, with some of the same films receiving similar acclaim, but Barry Jenkins joining in the acclaim club thanks to his new film 'If Beale Street Could Talk' and Steve McQueen also garnering large praise for his dark thriller 'Widows' . Surprisingly, the winner of the important TIFF People’s Choice Award was Peter Farrelly’s Green Book, so expect to hear more from that. Outside of the awards season, one of the bigger film premiers at TIFF was the new Halloween film, which garnered largely glowing reviews, a promising start for a film that's not out for another month and is already sporting a healthy assortment of praise. It's too early at this point to call who the frontrunners are for the awards in early 2019, but with so many highly anticipated and varying films getting high degrees of praise, it's going to be a fun road to the Oscars for sure.
MADHERO: Oscar Season Hoooooooo
STICKMAN: Halloween for Best Picture? You heard it here first folks.
MADHERO: I'd be down for that honestly. Maybe Jamie Lee Curtis for Best Actress? The campaign starts here
LARRY: Festival season is so, so strong this year.
MADHERO: Roma is apparently Mexico's official send in for Best Foreign Language film, so it'll at least get that probably. Gonna be very interesting how the Academy will react to the wave of quality Netflix releases
STICKMAN: With a huff and a puff and a not giving any of them nominations, probably.
Hey Larr: Phooey. Not nominating Netflix films at this point is just ignorant, especially if they already qualify.
MADHERO: It does look like its going to be a good race. Surprised to see A Star Is Born get so much buzz though.
STICKMAN: I thought it looked pretty droll but then the Academy loves shit like this.
LARRY: They sure love films about art. They also love Bradley Cooper.
MADHERO: I feel its hard to judge just based on the trailers, but I'm curious. I'm also expecting of plenty of La La Land/Three Billboards style hot takes
STICKMAN: It's gonna be a fun few months, some real ones to watch out for, both in the awards path and out of it.
Toy companies producing movies isn’t anything new, and now, a new opponent is ready to enter the ring with a fresh start. Mattel, the company behind beloved toy properties like Barbie and He-Man, is ready to get a piece of the franchise-pie with their new and official “Mattel Films” division, headed by “Dallas Buyers Club” producer and experienced film professional Robbie Brenner. This most likely means that the previously planned Barbie film with Sony Pictures will be canned, along with the He-Man movie that hasn’t seemed to gain much traction. And...that’s about all this means. Predictions for film projects? Maybe Polly Pocket? Hot Wheels? I dunno. Hopefully Mattel hasn’t bitten off more than they can chew. Don’t be DC, Mattel. Don’t be DC.
STICKMAN: I'm not looking forward to any of these.
MADHERO”I think a Master of the Universe movie has potential. If they did something like Thor Ragnarok, I think that could be really cool. Everything else.....ehh. Though to be fair, I don't know too many other Mattel properties that I could see as a movie.
STICKMAN: I don't know if Mattel have the experience to make anything interesting or creative with these properties. They just wanna sell toys.
LARRY: I just wanna see the Hot Wheels demolition derby movie. Like, the Fast films but past 11. That’s the only potential I see in this.
MADHERO: Oh yeah, they own Hot Wheels. That could easily be used for a Fast and Furious knockoff
STICKMAN: Thomas the Tank Engine versus Hot Wheels: Dawn of Justice.
MADHERO: Its not really like Hasbro who own stuff like Transformers and GI Joe where you can see a film version. Becomes a little harder when He Man is the only one you really have, but I guess that also means She Ra, and Barbie continues to make the big bucks
STICKMAN: Barbie had a film in the works prior to this situation so it'll be interesting to see what becomes of that
MADHERO: Probably what Sony made at some point will be scrapped and they'll start with something more straightforward and less meta? Sony's version looked to be going pretty meta
STICKMAN: Sony making movies is never a good idea, let's face it.
LARRY: To be fair, Barbie has made countless animated films. I could see Barbie making huge bucks for a female demographic, and if they wanna be progressive with it, that would be even more on brand.
STICKMAN: BARBIE SUCKS, STRAIGHT WHITE PRIVILEGE. TRAINS ALL THE WAY.
MADHERO: We'll see what the Thomas the Tank Engine movie will look like soon enough. Moving on
RIP BURT REYNOLDS
Its not often that we lose an icon, but I feel like that label is very much appropriate to Burt Reynolds, who passed away earlier in the month due to an heart attack. At one point in time, particularly the 70s, Reynolds was the biggest movie star in the world, with iconic films such as The Longest Yard (which played up his former college football days), Deliverance and of course Smokey and the Bandit, and later on for Boogie Nights, for which he almost won a Oscar. Afterwards, he became more known as a former icon, popping up in everything from GTA: Vice City to Archer. He was also cast in Quentin Tarantino's new film Once Upon A Time in Hollywood, but sadly passed before he could shoot any of his scenes. I did not experience Reynolds in his prime, but its hard to not see the impact he left on that era. We wish his family and friends nothing but the best in this difficult time.
STICKMAN: Can't say I'm the most familiar with his body of work, but you can't deny he's an iconic institution of 70s culture, and his death will be felt by a lot of people.
LARRY: Smokey and the Bandit defined the genre for me when I saw it, really sad to see he’s passed. His moustache reigned supreme.
STICKMAN: Sometimes moustaches can be a force for good.
MADHERO: I think there's definitely a case of a generation gap here and that we mostly experienced Reynolds through ironic/unironic admiration. Archer comes to mind.
LARRY: Yeah, I definitely agree with that, but my generation oughta get a history lesson.
STICKMAN: Archer was a good prompter on his cultural impact yes.
MADHERO: To be fair to Reynolds, he was aware of his rep. He often picked roles to have fun, and didn't really challenge himself (though Deliverance and Boogie Nights were great performances in dark movies). One of his last movies, The Last Movie Star, does sorta reflect on that legacy.
LARRY: Yeah I feel like The Last Movie Star is kinda the perfect sendoff for him. I saw the film and I’d say it pays tribute to him in a big way. And to similar stars of his generation and their lasting impact moving forward.
STICKMAN: I'm not sure about perfect but the name certainly carries with it a poignancy now.
MADHERO: Not sure how big his role in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood would've been, but its a shame he didn't get to shoot that. Imagine it was small, but it would've been nice.
STICKMAN: That would've been an interesting way to bow out his career, yeah. Quite the legacy.
MADHERO: RIP Burt. On a career filled with some amazing highs.
LARRY: May he Rest In Peace.
MADHERO: Alright, that's it for the news, but we've got a new hot and piping review for you ready to go. Shane Black has had an interesting trajectory as a writer/director, and one of his very first jobs was punching up and being the very first victim on the Predator. So it seems fitting he's directing a new Predator 30 years later. I haven't seen it, but Sticky and Larry have, so it'll be a fun discussion cause man. The reaction is all over the place.
STICKMAN: It's a piping hot something for sure.
LARRY: Somebody sure was piping something.
MADHERO: Oh boy. So anyway, guys. How is this film now that it stars less actual predators?
DIRECTOR: Shane Black (Iron Man 3, The Nice Guys)
STARRING: Boyd Holbrook, Trevante Rhodes, Jacob Tremblay, Olivia Munn, Keegan-Michael Key, Sterling K. Brown, Thomas Jane
SYNOPSIS: When a young boy (Tremblay) accidentally triggers the universe's most lethal hunters' return to Earth, only a ragtag crew of ex-soldiers (Holbrook, Rhodes etc.) and a disgruntled science teacher (Munn) can prevent the end of the human race.
STICKMAN: WelLlllLl....honestly, the Predator franchise has never been the most acclaimed, has it? Besides the original at least. I've still managed to enjoy Predator 2, Predators and AvP in varying amounts. So, because of that I went into THE PREDATOR with reasonable hopes despite the mixed to negative reception.
And well...it's definitely...something. A mess doesn't even begin to describe it, but that's not to say it doesn't have a lot of plus points. Chiefly, the main cast, once they've been settled in at least, is pretty entertaining and likeable, and there's a lot of fun lines from the 'Loonies' as they're called. Action/Gore wise it's also pretty great, the film doesn't take itself seriously and as such goes pretty OTT with the violence, which...well that's what you want from a Predator film really. It's nice to see practical Predator costumes back too...for the most part.
It's entertaining throughout, but it's a hot mess otherwise. The editing is all over the place, basic choppy cuts aside, things frequently just sorta happen without explanation, there's a vehicle acquired midway through that is just sorta...there and never explained. A character dies and the cut is so quick you barely realise what's just happened. The 3rd act is a hot mess, clearly...hastily cobbled together from reshoots, and the final scene, clearly chopped from a mid-credits scene is a joke of a conclusion.
LARRY: Yeah, gotta echo a lot of what Sticky is saying here. I enjoyed myself watching The Predator, and have enjoyed the majority of the franchise since the Schwarzenegger days, but this latest addition feels like Fox got exactly what Shane Black's Predator would look like, realized maybe that's not what they ultimately wanted, and attempted to hack together something resembling a balance which...is less-than-achieved. There's a lot of interesting, subversive ideas at play here but it's all diluted with everything else the studio wanted, and so it ends up being...yeah, a mess.
The story is convoluted, the characters are kinda a hodge-podge, and the writing is expository as shit. That being said, everything outside of that is pretty solid. Outside of some relatively bland cinematography, the action is a lot of fun, and the Predator kills are as gruesome and amazing as you could possibly ask for. The production and prop design for the actual Predator is also pretty sleek, with the Super-Predator looking absolutely ridonkulous. So, yeah, it's a fun romp but ultimately leaves a lot to be desired.
MADHERO: Sounds like its fun, but quite the mess. That's unfortunate to hear, especially with Black's directing track record
STICKMAN: There's some big decisions regarding the lore of the franchise that's gonna piss a LOT of people off. At the least it tries something new but....not without mistakes.
LARRY: This movie doesn't exactly respect the Predator universe as a whole. It makes a lot of bold choices that may or may not really service the franchise.
MADHERO: With Black you can expect the film to not take itself all too seriously, but it sounds like this movie might be a step too far with Fox trying to hit the brakes
LARRY: See the thing about Black is that he is clearly trying to add these new ideas about what the Predators are and their relationship to humans. If the studio hadn't been involved, I think Black coulda pulled it off. Sensitive subjects and subversive postmodern commentaries are classic Black.
STICKMAN: It would've still be controversial, but at least fully coherent.
MADHERO: I haven't seen the film, so I can't judge. Most of the criticism seems to be related the third act.
STICKMAN: Third act is very dull. Knowing how it was originally intended to be before reshoots? Would've been a lot crazier.
LARRY: It's dull but it's also really convoluted Tries to tie up all the established stuff and ends up dropping the ball. but it probably comes closest to being an actual Predator movie than the first two thirds.
MADHERO: How fun is it before all that? Any good kills?
LARRY: You can tell by the gruesome kills that Black was having a BALL with Predator. The violence and gore in this movie is easily it's biggest strength.
STICKMAN: There are some fun kills, and a lot of gore, which is nice for sure. The best kill is the one that's hardest to see, which is a shame.
MADHERO: Alright. Anything you still wanna say for the wrap up, because it sounds like that if you want to go see it, you have to keep in mind a lot of asterisks. Is it worth checking out in theaters or would you wait for a home release?
LARRY: If you want some bloody good action, it's definitely worth ticket price, and it's got some solid laughs too, I'd say. But....yeah just know that it's gonna lack anything resembling depth.
STICKMAN: I'd honestly say wait until a home release....I've been comparing it in my mind to Alien Covenant, which was another messy franchise film from 20th Century...that one could argue was from the saaame franchise? But at least in Alien Covenants case it looked really nice and had a solid first half run. The Predator just looks kinda bland and may piss people off too much to enjoy at that kinda price. It's a lot of fun, and you won't come out feeling completely shortchanged, but it's a big let down and a huge mess. Definitely the weakest of the core Predator films.
MADHERO: Alright. A mixed bag for sure. Now to see what other mixed bags there are in theaters. Or maybe there are some nice bags.
STICKMAN: There's a mixed bag of bags.
LARRY: A bagged mix of mixes.
THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS
DIRECTOR: Eli Roth (Knock Knock, Death Wish)
STARRING: Jack Black, Cate Blanchett, Owen Vaccaro, Sunny Suljic, Kyle MacLachlan
SYNOPSIS: A young orphan named Lewis Barnavelt (Vacarro) aids his magical uncle (Black) in locating a clock with the power to bring about the end of the world.
LARRY: I'm just happy Jack Black has work. That's my main takeaway.
STICKMAN: I'm not.
MADHERO: A family film starring Jack Black about wizards and stuff directed by..... Eli Roth?
STICKMAN: This looks like effort went into it. But it just looks kinda...generic at the same time?
MADHERO: It looks fine, but with Jack Black, the pumpkin and even a dummy keep reminding me a bit of Goosebumps.
STICKMAN: Oh yeah. Also doesn't look very...scary for a horror film. Family or not.
LARRY: I guess Black's into the spooky, mystical kids fare.
MADHERO: The weird thing is that we'll soon talk Goosebumps 2 which doesn't have Jack Black. Anyway, it looks like quirky family fun and not much else. I feel this could potentially surprise though.
STICKMAN: I was hoping for something great, but....it looks pretty meh. Oh well.
LARRY: I dunno, Jack Black and Cate Blanchett? Could be a sleeper goodie.
A SIMPLE FAVOR
DIRECTOR: Paul Feig (Spy, Ghostbusters)
STARRING: Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively, Henry Golding, Andrew Rannells, Linda Cardellini
SYNOPSIS: A mommy blogger (Kendrick) seeks to uncover the truth behind the disappearance of her best friend (Lively).
STICKMAN: This looks pretty fun.
MADHERO: Like everyone else, I have no real idea what to make of this film, but damn does Blake Lively look good in suits.
LARRY: "From the DARKER SIDE of director Paul Feig" Excuse me while I gag.
MADHERO: The edge is real, but this does look a little edgier than the usual Feig fair. A lot of Gone Girl comparisons
LARRY: But yeah, this movie looks interesting, I just hate that stupid self-awareness as though he's earned it.
STICKMAN: Are you not a Feigfanatic, Larry.
LARRY: Very much not. Bridesmaids is good, Spy is pretty bad and Ghostbusters was borderline garbage.
MADHERO: I will not take this slander of Spy. Ghostbusters was pretty bad, so I'm glad this is something of a comeback and something different
STICKMAN: Mainly I'm glad it's something different, since this looks actually watchable.
LARRY: Yeah it looks like an interesting watch, mostly because it's so ambiguous. Like I don't know much about it but it looks stylistic enough that I'm curious to know more about it.
MADHERO: It goes to a lot of weird places apparently. So yeah, good job marketing team on not spoiling anything
STICKMAN: The trailer impressed me which I can't say Paul Feig has ever managed before. So that in of itself is IMPRESSIVE.
WHITE BOY RICK
DIRECTOR: Yann Demange (’71)
STARRING: Matthew McConaughey, Richie Merritt, Bel Powley, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Brian Tyree Henry
SYNOPSIS: In 1980s Detroit, Richard Wershe Jr. (Merritt) was a street hustler, FBI informant and drug kingpin—all before he turned sixteen.
MADHERO: I'M WHITE BOY RIIIIIICK
LARRY: Good one.
STICKMAN: Pickle Rick is an internet war crime.
LARRY: They seem to be marketing McConaughey a lot even tho...he's probably not in the movie all that much. It's centered on the kid, so...
STICKMAN: The titular whitey.
MADHERO: Rick and Morty jokes aside, the story behind it is wild. The movie apparently is not so much
STICKMAN: It looked like it had all the markings of an average crime caper with a star side-character and all. A real Triple 9. A real Killer Joe.
LARRY: A real Mud. Wait...Anyway yeah maybe I'll go see this I dunno.
MADHERO: Killer Joe at least had William Friedkin directing it. Anyway, yeah. This looks pretty average
STICKMAN: I'll give this one a pass. Seen too many edgy crime movies to bother with the average ones.
DIRECTOR: Dan Fogelman (Danny Collins, This Is Us)
DIRECTOR: Dan Fogelman (Danny Collins, This is Us)
STARRING: Oscar Isaac, Olivia Wilde, Mandy Patinkin, Olivia Cooke, Laia Costa, Annette Bening, Antonio Banderas)
SYNOPSIS: As a young New York couple (Isaac, Wilde) goes from college romance to marriage and the birth of their first child (Cooke), the unexpected twists of their journey create reverberations that echo over continents and through lifetimes.
MADHERO: Oooooooo, i'm here for this overly sentimental shit.
LARRY: I am...not.
STICKMAN: Do you ever feel like Olivia Wilde and Oscar Isaac only signed onto this film to make out with each other.
MADHERO: But Larry, what if I told you the audience at TIFF has compared this to Book of Henry and Collateral Beauty
LARRY: OH BOY. Except #EndHateWatching So
STICKMAN: This is Henry's Book of Collateral Life Beauty.
MADHERO: From the guy that brought you This is Us, that show very popular in the USA for..... reasons? I've never seen it
LARRY: It's popular for the same reasons you just said. It's overtly sentimental.
STICKMAN: This is Us is the prequel to This is It, the Michael Jackson documentary.
MADHERO: Well that explains the popularity. Otherwise yeah, I'm here for this dreck
LARRY: I mean, I'll rent it one of these days if it's really THAT bad.
STICKMAN: I'm booking a plane ticket to get as far away from this shit as possible.
DIRECTOR: Panos Cosmatos (Beyond the Black Rainbow)
STARRING: Nicolas Cage, Andrea Riseborough, Linus Roache, Bill Duke
SYNOPSIS: Red Miller (Cage), a broken and haunted man hunts an unhinged religious sect (Roache) who slaughtered the love of his life (Riseborough).
STICKMAN: Aww yeah. Here's my kinda shit.
LARRY: Oh here we GO. NIC CAGE
MADHERO: AND NOW FOR SOMETHING ABSOLUTELY FUCKING METAL
STICKMAN: From the director of Beyond the Black Rainbow...a film that came out 8 years ago and never released in the UK.
MADHERO: A lot of people are saying this feels like a big comeback for Cage, and its one of his wilder roles, so that should be amazing
STICKMAN: This director loves his red tints and I'm here for it. Also c-c-c-c-cHAINSAW BATTLE.
MADHERO: Cage with a giant battleaxe, crazy cultists. Its going to VOD very soon after the release so it should be easy to check out hopefully
STICKMAN: It's not out here until mid-October, and I assume it'll be a similar VOD situation....but the important thing is...this film's actually releasing in the UK. NOICE.
MADHERO: Its in limited release here so I might need to wait for VOD as well, but I'll definitely give it a look
LARRY: This seems like the kind of movie to experience in theaters tho. Like, to scope it out.
STICKMAN: Well I don't live in New York Larry. SOOOOO I don't get that choice.
LARRY: Fair enough.
THE SISTERS BROTHERS
DIRECTOR: Jacques Audiard (Rust and Bone, Dheepan)
STARRING: Joaquin Phoenix, John C. Reilly, Jake Gyllenhaal, Riz Ahmed, Rutget Hauer
SYNOPSIS: Eli and Charlie Sisters (Phoenix, Reilly), two hitmen brothers on the trail of a chemist (Ahmed) with a unique secret formula for prospecting gold wanted by their boss.
MADHERO: The title makes it sound like a quirky comedy, and hey, it turns out its kind of that.
STICKMAN: This has the hallmarks of something at one pointed considered an awards contender that just quietly got...released just before awards release season. Y'knooow. Quirky western, strong leads.
LARRY: It looks pretty quirky but also dark. Kinda sardonic.
MADHERO: There's probably some darkness and seriousness in there, but Phoenix and Reilly look like they're having fun.
LARRY: Yeah but it's got a grit to it, that's what interests me. Also, JAKEY GYLLENHAAL
STICKMAN: The double act I never thought I needed.I was wondering where he'd gotten to.
MADHERO: Busy wearing a fishbowl on his head maybe?
STICKMAN: I hope so. I really do.
MADHERO: Alright, that's it for all the film releases this week, but hey, that still gives us some time for MOVIE OF THE WEEK!
STICKMAN: AAAAAGGHH. Match of the Week.
LARRY: Yeah MOTW or whatever.
MADHERO: Larry, how can you act so blasé about one of our main subjects. Unacceptable. For that you have to present yours first
STICKMAN: HAAA HAAA. YOOOU HAVE TO WRIIITE.
MOVIE OF THE WEEK
LARRY: Alright, well the only new movie I have seen as of late is Predator, which we already talked about, so I'd like to throw it back to a film that I always love to revisit, Edgar Wright's "Scott Pilgrim vs. The World," which is now on Netflix!! The nerdiest of Wright's filmography, I think that, while it has some issues, this is a really inspired film that takes an already stylistic comic book series and adapts it to the screen with energy, panache, and personality.
Most people agree that the visuals in this film are mesmerizing, and the action is shot very dynamically. They feel like Smash Bros. fights sometimes, each punch packs a wallop. Plus, it's hysterically funny, Wright's quirky and offbeat humor is here in spades and is edited oh so sleekly. Admittedly, Scott is a relatively problematic character, and some of the stereotypes regarding vegans and the manic-pixie dream girl don't hold up as strongly, but besides for that, this is a super enjoyable movie that I lowkey want to rewatch this very second. But we're doing Screwvies now so let's just talk about it a little, hmmm?
STICKMAN: This film certainly has a lot of style to spare.
MADHERO: I actually haven't seen this movie in quite some time, so its neat to see it coming to Netflix
STICKMAN: I do think it's main issue is that Scott Pilgrim is a whiny shit and his arc feels unearned. BUT....it looks really nice and is very funny too.
LARRY: Yeah that's what I meant by "problematic." He's sorta given the hero role despite the very, VERY shitty things he does.
MADHERO: I feel like there's some parts in that movie that wouldn't be very 2018, and Scott Pilgrim is never really punished for his shittiness, but that's more a problem with the movie than with the graphic novel. Still, hard to focus on that with all the colors
STICKMAN: It's very colourful. And the music is great too. Editing got that Edgar Wright PAZAAAZZ
LARRY: Colorful, lots of big words and bold punches. Also, pre-MCU Chris Evans sure is a character.
MADHERO: When someone pointed out he looks like a American Kazuma Kiryu from Yakuza in that film, I can't unsee it anymore. He's definitely the most fun ex of the bunch
STICKMAN: Oh me too. That's so...so crazy....mhmm.
LARRY: Wellllllll Brandon Routh I also like.
STICKMAN: I can relate to being bifurious.
MADHERO: What is it Sticky, my deep cut too much? How about your movie of the week? That any more mainstream
LARRY: probs shit WOOPS DID I DO THAT
STICKMAN: In the year of our lord 20 and 18, the state of Netflix's movie output is pretty clear. Quantity over quality. Sure, some of the stuff they've put out, or are about to put out is great...but a large majority of it is total shit, and often something bought on the cheap from a studio looking to avoid a box office disaster. With that said, it makes it a little hard to get excited for some weird cross-country family animated movie that turns up on the service. But Netflix actually payed a pretty penny for the rights to Next Gen....and well, it's got problems, but honestly? It's pretty good.
Basically, imagine if every inanimate object in the world turned into Baymax from Big Hero 6...and then Disney went off the rails and let their films involve beating the shit out of children, suicide bombings and a dog that can't stop swearing (Which tbf is bleeped, but still). The animation is actually really impressive, visually striking and colourful throughout...and it's one of the first animated movies to be entirely made in Blender. It has an odd blend of anarchic meta humour, dark action sequences, Disney sentimentality and poorly thought out commentary on modern society...but as a whole, it's a constantly entertaining, endearing action romp that, whilst a little dark and violent for most younger children, still provides worthwhile viewing for anyone else.... plus, it's on Netflix....you already own it, y'all.
LARRY: What the hell lol Suicide bombings?
STICKMAN: I mean, it's not like...Homeland, there's a twist but it is basically suicide bombings.
LARRY: Damn. Sounds like this is #maturecontent
MADHERO: That's how you know its from the same people that made 9
STICKMAN: It's reasonably family friendly. 9 was quite unique despite its flaws, this feels a bit more like a hodgepodge of several other more standard blockbuster things.
MADHERO: I do kinda like how in this movie everything is automated to the point of it being creepy. I know you mentioned the toilet on twitter
STICKMAN: The living, talking, chipper toilet was....an interesting concept. I'm not sure I'd be into that, I know SOOOOME people would be.
LARRY: Damn this sounds like it has more depth than I imagined.
STICKMAN: There's some depth to it, oddly, yeah. Not in that department though. I will say the main character is immensely unlikable and extremely #problematic for the majority of the film.
MADHERO: Yeah, I've heard that complaint. Also apparently not-Baymax is voiced by John
Krasinski. Guess he's finally allowed to use it after A Quiet Place
LARRY: Good one.
STICKMAN: Out of the two Krasinksskii films this year, I know which you should watch fiiirsst. But this one ain't that bad either, give it a look PERHAPS. Speaking of things to maybe watch.....uhh....Mad?
MADHERO: Alright, unlike you two deciding to Netflix and chill, I decided to go and see a movie in the THEATER! A lot has been made of the latest Spike Lee joint Blackkklansman, and its actually the first time I've seen one of his films in theaters, and it was definitely worth it. I knew I was in for a really wild true story (though how much of what's real in the film is up for debate), and in that sense it did not disappoint. A lot of that is helped with the acting, with John David Washington inherting some good acting genes and Adam Driver making a serious case for Best Supporting Actor. He's great.
Besides also being very funny, sometimes uncomfortably so, and it often portrays the Klan as a bunch of idiots, its not afraid to point out the evil and death this ideology has brought us. Not too mention an ending that basically left my theatre so quiet that you could hear a pin drop, showing that we're still dealing with these dangerous idiots. So yeah, its fun, funny and important. Go see it if you haven't yet.
STICKMAN: Cinemas are for CHUMPS. HAH. LOOOOSER.....I could've seen this film, or American Animals...but I saw The Predator instead. Why must I be such a sci-fi horror nerd.
MADHERO: Give me your lunch money, pipsqueak. That or spend it watching true art!
STICKMAN: Says you, you never even saw a Predator decapitate a guy.
LARRY: Yeah I enjoyed this film quite a bit.
MADHERO: How did the last segment go for your screening Larry? I was with an pretty much exclusively white audience, and it was still incredibly fucking awkward.
LARRY: Well I actually saw an early theatre crew screening, which was a very diverse group. But it was still very, very quiet at the end. Personally all of this true story controversy doesn't irk me so much considering that movies change up details like this all the time and nobody would've known about it if Boots Riley hadn't said anything.
STICKMAN: I wish I knew what was being spoken about. I wish I was more.... w o k e .
MADHERO: well go see the film and then you know
STICKMAN: But the moonneyyy.
LARRY: Personally I agree with most of what you said, I think this film does a great job balancing drama and comedy, as well as nuance in the many political sides this movie explores. I also don't exactly think that the KKK guys in this movie are really as dumb as everyone thinks this film portrays them...there's maybe like one or two dummies. And...yeah the film certainly laughs at their expense. But there are countless disturbing moments that portray them as high-functioning members of society.
MADHERO: Also I was really surprised that the actress who plays Patrice is also Liz from Spider-Man homecoming. Also one of the Klan members is Paul Walter Hauser and has cemented him as a new fave character actor
STICKMAN: Isn't Topher Grace in this also.
LARRY: He is!! He's David Duke.
STICKMAN: I last saw him in...Predators. Which was a loooong time ago.
MADHERO: Go see it, you won't regret it. I think that about wraps it up. I guess now we go and just roll around..... like a turd.... in the wind.
STICKMAN: Is the Sonic film out next week!?
MADHERO: Nah that ain't till next year. But we've got a Shadow the Hedgehog movie now. It might as well be now. Prepare your takes, folks. Its gonna a fun goopy ride
STICKMAN: I've never been so aroused by goopy bois yet enraged by shitty films in my life. GOODBYE.
LARRY: *Shivers.* B-bb-b-b-buh bye....