Mission Impossible: Fallout | Episode 41

Originally aired on 8.16.18 as our tenth episode.

Mission Impossible: Fallout was the perfect combination of good story, awesome action and great acting.  This movie delivered on all it intended to.  Ethan Hunt is back and just as exciting as ever, but maybe a bit more careful now in his later years.

Lessons Learned from Mission Impossible: Fallout

Never Trust CNN.

  • Even Wolf Blitzer’s in on it!!!

Do your clandestine activities behind closed doors.

  • They screwed up by opening those doors early and exposing Solomon Lane hooded and hand-cuffed.

If you are in a car being chased by a motorcycle, ram it.

  • Don’t let Ilsa on the bike screw up your game plan.  You’ve got a car, ram that tiny vehicle.

Learn to ride a motorcycle.

  • That way you have another mode of transport open to you in case you’ve gotta make a quick getaway.  Also, helicopter lessons aren’t a bad idea.

Travel the World. It is Beautiful.

  • Yep, there’s more to the world than just your hometown, and seeing it through the movies doesn’t bring the majesty to life.

Accept the past, it’s what led you to where you are now.  Unhappy?  Make a change.

  • Julia accepts her past with Ethan Hunt, and all the crap she went through before led her to this fulfilling work with a great doctor husband.  If she wasn’t happy, then it’s time to make a change and pursue a life worth living.

Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

Wow, a 97% from critics on Rotten Tomatoes?  Two things: 1) how’d that happen for a Tom Cruise action movie?! and 2) well deserved.  The audience gave it an 88%

If you missed it, last week we discussed lessons learned from Captain Marvel.

Captain Marvel | Spoiler Review and Lessons Learned #40

Captain Marvel is a good addition to the MCU.  This movie’s got humor and a compelling story, and Carol Danvers’ origin is worth watching.  We would’ve liked more detailed fight scenes, but really enjoyed Fury’s larger role in this one.  Plus, Agent Coulson!

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from Captain Marvel

Sky: You control 2 things in your life: your actions and your attitude. 

  • Yon-Rogg (Jude Law) was right when he told this to Veers (Brie Larson), but he was using it as a way to control her.

Dusty: Always go with your heart. Not your head. 

  • Trust your gut and do what feels right.

“I feel the need for speed!”

Sky: You could be your own greatest enemy.

  • Sky can’t remember who said this in the movie: “Know your enemy, it could be you.” So many people in this life blame the outside world and blame others for their problems. If your life is screwed up, it’s your own damn fault. The sooner you accept this, the sooner you can work to better your life.

She’s beating up an old lady!

Dusty: Question everything. Even if you think you are on the right side, you need to check and recheck to make sure you are doing the right thing.

  • Carol Danvers wasn’t too pig-headed and stubborn to listen to Talos’ (Ben Mendelsohn) story and she learned she’d been lied to for years and the Skrulls aren’t her enemies.

Sky: “Whether you believe you can or you can’t, you’re right.”

  • This is one of the most important lessons anybody can learn in life. People who tell themselves they’re no good at math, will never be good at math. People who tell themselves and the world that they can’t read or write worth crap, will never read or write worth crap. Your beliefs will turn you into the person you’re going to be, and they led you to be the person that you are today. Regarding Carol Danvers, even though she doesn’t know anything about her past, all those experiences turned her into the strong, confident and no–quit type of person she is.

Dusty: Be on the side of good, not evil.

  • Be the hero of your life story and fight for what’s right.

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.

The audience score on Rotten Tomatoes started really low, but it’s gradually moving up as more people enjoy the movie and leave their reviews.  Currently, Audience at 62% and Critics at 79%.

Next week we’ll re-aire ___ as Sky needs time off to build out his online poker course.

If you missed it, last week we re-aired Ant-man and the Wasp.

Ant-Man and The Wasp | Episode 39

Originally aired on 7.26.18 as our seventh episode

Ant-Man and The Wasp was another fun Marvel blockbuster.  The humor was spot-on and the characters were perfectly portrayed and had lots of chemistry. Great CG effects, too!  We also loved Luis’s story telling.

Lessons Learned from Ant-Man and The Wasp:

Play with your kids. 

  • Scott played with Peanut and built an awesome cardboard slide through the house.
  • Playing with your kids is free and they’ll remember it forever.  Do it.

Don’t hold on to anger, it’s going to be your downfall.

  • Ghost chose to be an enemy instead of trying to be a friend.  Her condition would’ve enticed Hank Pym to help.

Patience is a virtue

  • Scott should’ve waited two days until his time was up and no longer on house arrest.
  • The Wasp pulling Scott out of his house instead of waiting.  There was no rush yet.
  • Ghost not helping them get Janet back then requesting them help her.

It’s always the rich white guy… an easy target for Hollywood writers.

  • Walton Goggins being the bad guy was easy to see coming.

 Communication is vital.

  • If Bill Perkins communicated to Hank what was going on, or if Scott had originally told Hope and Hank about Germany, all the problems could’ve been nipped in the bud.

Just in case you foil a robbery or something, you should promote your company by constantly wearing the logo on your hat and t-shirt.

  • The X-con guys were always wearing their company logos.

Here’s the “Clever Girl” supercut video:

Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

Critics gave it an 88% while the audience score was 77% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Captain Marvel will be next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we replayed our first episode, Avengers: Infinity War.

Avengers: Infinity War | Episode 38

Originally aired on 6.21.18 as our first episode

We LOVED Avengers: Infinity War.  Plenty of action, great characters and story, along with lots to learn.

Lessons Learned:

Movies can save your life.

  • Peter Parker utilizing ‘Aliens’ to defeat the Maw.

Anger screws everything up.

  • Starlord beating on Thanos (but maybe this was the only way to win in the end?)
  • Drax attacking Thanos, ruining Starlord’s plan on Nowhere
  • Iron Man going ballistic and trying to kill Winter Soldier, exacerbating his rift with Cap (from ‘Captain America: Civil War’)

Sometimes you win when your opponent thinks they’ve won.

  • Thanos thinks he’s won, that’s how he will eventually lose.  Dr. Strange sees this as the one way they won out of the 14,000,605 possible futures he viewed.

All power in one place is deadly. “Power corrupts, but absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

  • Thanos has “good” intentions now, but it could turn into a thirst for power later.

Don’t let your pride get in the way, especially between you and your friends.

  • The rift between Iron Man and Captain America makes it so the Avengers don’t fully assemble to fight Thanos (yet).

Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

Critics at 85% and Audience at 91% on Rotten Tomatoes.  Why not 100%?!

We’ll revisit Ant-man and the Wasp next week before we finally get the time to watch Captain Marvel.