Army of Darkness (1993) | Review and Lessons Learned #58

Army of Darkness is still one of our favorites!  We saw it back in ’93 with our grandma and a cousin, but the two of us enjoyed it more than anyone else in the theater.

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from Army of Darkness

Dusty: Always have a firearm on you.

  • You need something to protect yourself (and to battle the deadite armies that are inevitably on their way).

Sky: Do not read from the Necronomicon. 

  • It’s like saying Beetlejuice three times, just don’t take the chance (whether you believe or not).

This is my boomstick!

Dusty: Pay attention to details.

  • When something important comes up (like reciting some tough to remember Latin words with dire consequences for messing up), you’ve got to do what you must to get it correct.  This holds true for your boss at work or your wife giving you a complicated task.

Alternate Ending – 6 century sleep gone wrong

Sky: Learn from your mistakes. 

  • Mistakes are fine to make, as long as you work to not repeat them. This is something I’m always working on as a poker player. Every mistake is your opportunity to improve yourself. So when Ash made the mistake the first time of not writing the words down and not reciting them properly, he should realize that he’s not all that adept at remembering unfamiliar Latin terms, so he should figure out a way around this. Writing them down is one solution.

We love the absurdity that is Army of Darkness

Dusty:  Keep chemistry books in the back of your car JIC you need to make some gun powder.

  • Yep, right there next to your bag full of spare clothes.

We are super huge fans of the skeleton army

 

Sky: Don’t pick a fight with the guy with a gun.

  • “Good… Bad… I’m the guy with the gun.”

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.

Wow, the critics are at 72% on Rotten Tomatoes!?  How does that happen?  Way to go critics, finally judging a movie based on its intent and not what you want (Audience at 87% of course).

Bruce Campbell’s 2015 Reddit AMA

Sky has chosen Once Upon a Time in Hollywood as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we learned from Stuber.

Stuber | Spoiler Review and Lessons Learned #57

Stuber was an enjoyable buddy-cop movie that didn’t bring anything new to the genre, but there’s a fun chemistry between Bautista and Nanjiani that makes it worth watching.

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from Stuber

Sky: Don’t drive blind

  • Impaired in any way?  Driving just puts yourself and others at risk… unnecessarily (especially with guys like Stuber around).

Dusty: Have many guns

  • You can never have too many to protect yourself with (Chris Tucker’s character carried an extra one in his ankle holster).

Iko Uwais is always great to see in a movie.

Sky: Skip the therapist, and head to your local strip club for advice and perspective on life

  • Those strippers have done a ton of living, so let them share their wisdom with you.

Dusty: Shots fired… call backup ASAP

  • Yep great advice for cops and for regular peeps like us.  You need help, just ask.

Stu shot someone!  What a crazy day he had.

Sky: Use the threat of social media instead of violence to coerce cooperation

  • People are too wrapped up in their social media profiles nowadays.  If you’re one of these people, you’re giving others ammunition to use against you.

We loved that they went to the Sriracha factory

Dusty: Real men shake hands

  • Stu’s got that one right.

Sky’s Anti-Lesson Learned: “Real men cry, real men listen to their feelings.”  No.  What makes you a man is doing what needs to be done regardless of your feelings. I can’t disagree with Stu more. Sure, it’s okay to cry it’s okay to have feelings. But keep your crying to yourself and keep your feelings to yourself. Nobody cares about your feelings, the only care about what they want.

 

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.

You’re botching it again, Critics with a measly 45% on Rotten Tomatoes with the Audience coming in with a much more acceptable (and deservable) 80%.

Dusty has chosen Army of Darkness as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we learned from Rush Hour (1998).

Rush Hour (1998) | Review and Lessons Learned #56

Rush Hour was still a fun movie 21 years later, but it feels very ’90’s and doesn’t hold up as well as we’d like.  Still a fun buddy cop action-comedy worth seeing, though.

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from Rush Hour

Dusty: If you’re backup, be there when called!

  • 5 minutes late and the bad guys get away.

Sky: Don’t do your business out in the open. 

  • Keep your secrets secret!  Carter doing his undercover work out in the open is idiotic. You’re undercover, act like it!

Love seeing Chan and Tucker on screen together

Dusty: Finger to the throat means death.

  • Drax learned this lesson in Guardians of the Galaxy.

Pulling a gun on your fellow officer doesn’t seem like a smart/considerate move

Sky:  Don’t assume foreigners can’t speak your language

  • Another movie cliche, but seriously, don’t assume they don’t speak your language.  You’ll give away all your secrets.

Are we really getting a part 4?  We’ll be there on opening day!

 

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.

It’s not surprising to see the Audience’s score (78%) is way above the Critics (60% – squeaking into the “fresh” rating) for Rush Hour on Rotten Tomatoes.

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

If you missed it, last week we learned from Spider-man: Far From Home.

Spider-man: Far From Home | Spoiler Review and Lessons Learned #55

Spider-man: Far From Home was amazing! (pun intended)  Great story, a cool and believable villain, tons of humor and great webbing action.

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from Spider-man: Far From Home

Sky: Honesty is the best policy.

  • Ned’s lie stuck Peter between the teachers for the entire flight. Just say, “Hey, MJ, want to sit next to me?” I like the plan, but be honest and direct instead.

Dusty: Always check to see if the place is open on the website. 

  • Mr. Harrington neglected to check the website prior to their trip.  Dusty went to Florence and the David sculpture museum was closed.

Yeah, a bit stiff up there on stage

Sky: Always have a backup plan.

  • Quentin had a great backup plan for blaming Spider-man in case they got into a fight and the illusions were exposed. In the real world, always consider what could go wrong and plan for it (even if Sky doesn’t always do that).

Jake Gyllenhaall as Mysterio was a great choice

Dusty: Always trust your Peter Tingle (gut).

  • When something feels wrong/bad/dangerous, that’s your subconscious (gut) alerting you to the danger.  Heed your Peter Tingle just like Spider-man did.

Sky:  Surround yourself with smart, capable people.

  • CEO’s, managers and Mysterio have great teams that allow them to succeed with their plans.

You want the people close to you safe, but you expose her as someone that Spider-man knows?  Really?!

Dusty: Don’t apologize for being the smartest in the room.

  • This was a great line from Mysterio to get Peter on his side.

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.

Another consensus!  The Critics at (94%) and Audiences (98%) on Rotten Tomatoes agree on this one.  Now, a positive RT score means that the person giving the rating thinks the movie is worth seeing.  What kind of Critic or Audience member says you shouldn’t see this?  There are some joyless people in this world.  What a shame.

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

If you missed it, last week we learned from Toy Story 4.