RocketMan (1997) | Spoiler Review and Lessons Learned #33

RocketMan was a laugh-out-loud riot of a movie!  Neither of us remembered how good it was and Dusty actually gave it an A+!  What a grade!  Harland Williams is in top from as Fred Randall, and his supporting cast does a great job allowing him free reign.

Lessons Learned from RocketMan

Sky: Don’t kick off your shoes in the house.

  • You’re gonna break something, and potentially tick-off your wife something fierce.

Dusty: Being and acting weird makes others uncomfortable.

  • Try to pay attention to social cues and know when they aren’t picking-up what you’re putting down.
William Sadler plays a great straight-man alongside Harland’s crazy Fred

Sky: If you’re running out of time, skip the sleep.

  • If it’s important to get done, sleep can wait until you’re dead.

Dusty: Don’t judge a book by it’s cover.

  • Just ’cause Fred’s a bit weird, doesn’t mean he’s an idiot.  This guy’s the smartest in the room, but you’d never know it if you didn’t give him a chance.

Harland Williams – 2006 interview with Conan O’Brien

Sky: Learn your lesson the first time.

  • Put the chimp to sleep first!
Sky’s favorite scene

Dusty: Don’t assume you are the smartest person in the room.

  • Yeah, go ahead and assume they’re smarter than you until they prove their idiocy.

Bonus Lesson from Dusty: Always blame Julie.

Let us know what you think of the movie or any lessons you learned that we missed by commenting below.  Or, you can visit out Watch and Learn Facebook Page and comment there.

Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

What is wrong with these people?!  Critics are way off the mark here with their unforgivable 21% Rotten Tomatoes score.  The audience are closer to the mark with 72%.

Dusty has chosen So I Married an Axe Murderer as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we discussed Spaceballs.

Spaceballs (1987) | Spoiler Review and Lessons Learned #32

Spaceballs came out when we were kids, we loved it then… and we STILL LOVE it now!  Laugh out loud from the long Spaceball 1 intro to the wedding scene ending.  We’ve changed our grading scale, and this gets an A+ from each of us (A++++ from Dusty).

Lessons Learned from Spaceballs

Sky: Don’t run from your problems.

  • Princess Vespa (Daphne Zuniga) ran away instead of facing her problems and saying no to her father. Running away doesn’t solve anything, your problems are still there.

Dusty: Don’t miss the big problem and go after the small one.

  • Don’t trip over dollars to pick up pennies. Leave the case with the industrial strength hair dryer.
Dark Helmet (Rick Moranis) couldn’t be better in this role.

Sky: Invest in a virgin alarm.

  • For all you fathers of daughters out there.

Dusty: Change the combination on my luggage. Never set the luggage combination to 12345.

  • LOL when President Scroob (Mel Brooks) had the same combination on his luggage.

Sky: When the right thing comes around, grab onto it with both hands.

  • Lonestar (Bill Pullman) and Vespa fell in love, you’ve got to fight for that, even if she’s supposed to get married.

Dusty: Always check to see if you still have your ring when someone shakes your hand.

  • Dusty remembers this every time he gets a massage.

Let us know what you think of the movie or any lessons you learned that we missed by commenting below.  Or, you can visit out Watch and Learn Facebook Page and comment there.

Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

Wow!  Those critics scored it just below fresh on Rotten Tomatoes at 58%.  The audience is much more on-the-money here with 83%.

Sky has chosen Rocketman as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we discussed Galaxy Quest.

Galaxy Quest (1999) | Spoiler Review and Lessons Learned #31

Sky enjoyed Galaxy Quest a bit more than Dusty did, but we both recommend this one to the listeners.  Great sci-fi action and story, tons of comedy and great performances by all! Some good lessons were learned, great props taken home and no minors/miners were harmed in the making of this episode.

Replayed as a WAL Classic, episode #76 on 11.28.19.

Lessons Learned from Galaxy Quest

Sky: Never give up, never surrender.

  • Jason Nesmith’s (Tim Allen) iconic line.  Yep, a great life lesson to live by.

Dusty: Fully engage with everyone you talk with and take every person seriously.

  • They want to meet their favorite celebrity, give it to them (assuming they aren’t too pushy).

Sky: Never meet your heroes.

  • Jason Nesmith (Tim Allen) disappointed a lot of fans with his short attitude at the beginning of the film. This could turn these people off to you forever because they’ll remember this one interaction above all others.

Dusty: If you ever become a celebrity, don’t let it get to your head and be a jerk.

  • Totally… don’t pull a Heigl.

Sky: Always do what you know is right and stand by your actions.

  • The crew of the NSEA Protector knew that keeping up the charade with the “historical documents” was wrong, yet they went with it until things got too dangerous.

Dusty: Leave when you are on top (or just starting your decent).

  • Once your time has passed, find something new. You never want to be a has-been.

Let us know what you think of the movie or any lessons you learned that we missed by commenting below.  Or, you can visit out Watch and Learn Facebook Page and comment there.

Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

We’re flipping it on Rotten Tomatoes this time.  Critics at 90% with the audience at 78%.  It’s fresh either way, but Sky hates agreeing with critics. Eh, it happens.

Dusty has chosen Spaceballs as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we discussed Aquaman.

Aquaman | Spoiler Review and Lessons Learned #30

aquaman

Wow!  Aquaman was spot on a great movie!  Fingers crossed for more DC greatness to come. Good action, cool special effects, nice acting and a great story that progressed nicely.

Lessons Learned from Aquaman

Sky: Stressful situations are opportunities for growth.

  • Arthur’s powers grew when he was being bullied in the aquarium.

Dusty: Arrogance and pride will be your downfall.

  • Just like General Cornwallace in The Patriot: pride is a weakness that can cause your downfall.  Here, Arthur (Jason Momoa) thought he could easily defeat his younger brother King Orm (Patrick Wilson).
Jason Momoa and Amber Heard (Mera)

Sky: Heroes create their own villains.

  • Arthur created the Black Manta (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) by not helping him save his father.

How does he fight with such a huge head?

Dusty: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

  • Aquaman would want to be saved, so that’s good enough reason to save the father and at least turn him in to the authorities.

Sky: Don’t dismiss your impact on the environment.

  • The Atlanteans got fed up with humans dirtying up the oceans. Remember ‘The Happening’ when mother nature got fed up with humans and the trees started causing us to commit suicide? Yep, it can happen.

Dusty: Learn from your mistakes.

  • DC is learning from theirs and making better movies now.  Hopefully, the trend will continue.

Let us know what you think of the movie or any lessons you learned that we missed by commenting below.  Or, you can visit out Watch and Learn Facebook Page and comment there.

Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

On Rotten Tomatoes the audience has it at 80% (matching Sky’s score) but the critics are off the mark again at 60%.  At least it’s fresh.

Sky has chosen Galaxy Quest as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we discussed Bumblebee.

Bumblebee | Spoiler Review and Lessons Learned #29

Bumblebee was better than every other live-action Transformers movie that came before it, but does that make it a good movie?  We enjoyed some aspects (old school look, characters, action, John Cena) but it left us rather bored and wanting more Cybertron action.

Lessons Learned from Bumblebee

Sky: Do not shoot first and ask questions later.

  • Agent Burns’ (John Cena) really screwed up by being the first to attack Bumblebee. Everything could’ve been different had he tried to communicate first (even though he felt they were being attacked).

Dusty: Have something that you can share with your kids regularly. Song, Movie, Event, etc. This will help them to remember you when pass on. Events are easier to remember.

  • Charlie and her father had their car and her diving as activities they did together.

Sky: Music makes everything better.

  • Not just within a movie, but also in real life.

Dusty: Don’t force a change on someone.

  • The “Gen 1” Transformers are so much better and people will them.  Every movie should’ve had the old school look to the transformers.

Fun interactions between Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld) and Bumblebee

Sky: Do not leave aliens alone to torture another alien.

  • What were they thinking? They should’ve had armed guards with them 24/7, not just Dr. Powell (John Ortiz).

Dusty: Only work with people you like.

  • Never a Decepticon (their name says it all!)

Let us know what you think of the movie or any lessons you learned that we missed by commenting below.  Or, you can visit out Watch and Learn Facebook Page and comment there.

Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

On Rotten Tomatoes the critics score of 92 was way ahead of the audience’s 80%.  I think the critics like the overly emotional story line and audiences wanted more action/Cybertron.

Dusty has chosen Aquaman as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we discussed Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse.