The Matrix (1999) | Spoiler Review and Lessons Learned Episode 50

The Matrix more than holds up! It remains an incredible sci-fi story full of action, cool characters with awesome code names and Agent Smith. We love it!

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Lessons Learned from The Matrix

Sky: Never trust men in suits. 

  • Their gonna capture you, hold you against your will and put some kinda shrimpy-tracker-thingy in your tum-tum.

Dusty: Do, follow, be, what you believe in.

  • When you feel it from your bones to your balls (as the Oracle said), you’ve got to pursue it.

Bullet time!

Sky: Always double tap.

  • Cypher done screwed up royally by not killing Tank proper like.  When you intend to kill something make sure you do it. This is rule number 2 in Zombieland.

Dusty: Never trust the guy that looks like a bad guy

  • Yeppers, we both believe you CAN judge a book by its cover.

Lobby gun fight.  Best.  Scene.  Ever.

Sky: Perception is reality.

  • It doesn’t matter that the Matrix is an illusion, the lessons learned inside it turn Neo and others into the people they are.  In real life, if you perceive something to be true and act in that fashion, your perception becomes the reality of others.

Great subway fight with Neo coming into his own and taking on Agent Smith

Dusty: There is no spoon.

  • Neo chose and learned to believe that he had no limits.  If you choose, you can believe the same about yourself in this life.

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Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

The Rotten Tomatoes scores weren’t as great as we would’ve expected… Audience at 85% and Critics at 88%. Too cerebral (as Dusty would say)?

Dusty has chosen Godzilla: King of the Monsters as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we learned from John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

John Wick: Chapter 3: Parabellum | Spoiler Review #49

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum was an incredible display of action!  Crazy visceral fight scenes, great stunts and a fun continuation of the Wick saga.

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Lessons Learned from John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

Dusty: Never bring a knife to a gun fight.

  • You ain’t John Wick!  He’s the only one who can win a gun fight with a knife.

Incredibly visceral knife battling scene

Sky: Go ahead and break the rules, just be ready to suffer the consequences.

  • John Wick knew the consequences, but he pulled the trigger in Chapter Two any way.  If you run a red light or eat cookies before dinner, be ready for trouble.

Dusty: If I am fighting for my life, I want the odds to be as unfair and stacked in my favor as possible. Lots of guns.

  • My life is on the line? Yep, give me all the heavy hitting weapons, please.

Halle Berry killed it as Sofia with her incredible dogs

Sky: Dogs are better than cats.

  • Not only more loving, but they’re better to have in a fight on your side.

Dusty: If you want peace, be ready for war.

  • You’d rather have it and not need it (weapons) than need it and not have it.

Taking on two Indonesian martial arts masters

Sky: Always target the chinks in their armor.

  • Look for their weaknesses and exploit them.

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

Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

What great Rotten Tomatoes scores from both camp… Audience at 92% and Critics at 89%.  Let’s keep going… can’t wait for Chapter 4.

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

If you missed it, last week we learned from Guardians of the Galaxy (2014).

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) | Spoiler Review and Lessons Learned #48

Guardians of the Galaxy is one of the best MCU movies.  James Gunn shows us what a space opera can be with an incredible story and real characters that we’ll never forget.

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from Guardians of the Galaxy

Sky: Know your audience.

  • When you’re trying to communicate to others (like Quill to Drax in the Kiln), make sure to use words they’ll understand.  Your goal is to be understood, right?

These misfits took down the Kiln

Dusty: Always have a plan. Even if you only have 12% of a plan.

  • You can always wing it (like they’re good at), but start with a plan.

Love that 12% scene

Sky: Keep your personal business personal.

  • Don’t alert those around you to the crazy payday you’re on the verge of, especially if they might not skip an opportunity for jacking billions of units from you.

Dusty: Call your mother once a week if not more.

  • Yep, take it from us.  Eventually, you won’t have the opportunity to.

Sky: Work with what you got.

  • When life hands you lemons (or a spaceship without weapons), make lemonade.

Dancing Groot!

Dusty: Always think outside of the box.

  • There’s a solution to every problem, you just have to find it.

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

Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

This movie was LOVED by both the critics (91%) and the audience (92%) on Rotten Tomatoes.  See?  We can get along sometimes.

Dusty has chosen John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we learned from Thor: Ragnarok.

Thor: Ragnarok (2017) | Spoiler Review and Lessons Learned #47

Thor: Ragnarok was a fantastic movie!  We both loved the humor and the story, and Hela was a great baddie.  Taika Waititi made a killer MCU debut.

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Lessons Learned from Thor: Ragnarok

Sky: Don’t pick a fight with an unknown.

  • They didn’t know what Hela was capable of, starting a fight with her may not be the best idea.  Learn what she’s capable of first, then beat the crap out of her.

Dusty:  Tell your kids everything they need to now well before you die. 

  • Odin made a huge mistake by not telling Thor and Loki about Hela ahead of time.  Communicate, people!

The whole team with Taika Waititi… exactly what Thor 3 needed!

Sky: Accept your circumstances and move forward.

  • You can’t change what’s happened, just accept it and move on.  Banner was having a hard time on Sakaar at first, but things would’ve gone a bit smoother had he just accepted his circumstances.

Dusty: Don’t fight with coworkers.

  • Nope, not worth it at all. Keep things copacetic.

What a beautiful movie

Sky: Kill them with kindness.

  • Thor constantly trusting Loki and being his brother eventually convinced Loki to be on the side of good.

Dusty: Life is about growth and change.

  • Thor learns and grew through his interactions with Loki, and finally realized that Loki was just going to remain the God of Mischief.

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.

I guess some of the audience didn’t like this new comedic take on Thor?  Rotten Tomatoes scores for the audience is at 87% while critics are at 93%.

Sky has chosen Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we learned from Avengers: Endgame.

Avengers: Endgame | Spoiler Review and Lessons Learned #46

Avengers: Endgame is a perfect ending to 11 years and 22 movies in the MCU.  We can’t imagine a more fitting ending to some of our favorite characters and a great starting off point for new stories beyond this.

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Lessons Learned from Avengers: Endgame

Sky: If you’re going down the wrong path because of past actions, see a counselor.

  • Thor had the weight of the universe on his shoulders, and failing them all, it makes sense that he spiraled downwards.  A counselor *might* have helped.

We have a plan

Sky: There’s always hope.

  • Things seem hopeless, but even 5 years later, something comes around to give them a chance at reversing the past.

Nebula had a great arc through these movies

Marvel Studios’ AVENGERS: ENDGAME..L to R: Nebula (Karen Gillan) and War Machine/James Rhodey (Don Cheadle)..Photo: Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2019

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.

Some great Rotten Tomatoes scores with the audience at 90% and critics at 95%.  A little surprising, though, with audience > critics.

Dusty has chosen Thor: Ragnarok as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we learned from Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls.