Kung Pow: Enter the Fist | Spoiler Review & Lessons Learned 64

Kung Pow: Enter the Fist is one of the best spoofs of all time!  We absolutely love it! The comedy is spot on and the premise of taking an old kung fu movie and creating something new from it is comedy genius!

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from Kung Pow: Enter the Fist

Dusty: Never fight a baby.  

  • It is a lose-lose situation.

Lovin’ Steve Odekirk!

Sky: Ask and ye shall receive. 

  • Master Tang changed his mind at a second request from the Chosen One imploring him to help.

Master Tang… none more masterful

Dusty: Rodents are disposable.

  • Yep, eating or self-defense, do what you want with dem pests.

Sky: Always pay attention to your surroundings. 

  • We love it when Betty and his henchmen are walking through town and some random stupid villages are still walking towards these degenerates that are beating other people. “Hey guys, what’s going on?”

We love Wimp Lo.

Dusty: Fighting to music is the only way to go.

Those small nets gets us all the time, too!

 

Sky: Stay away from psycho hose beasts like Ling.

  • A lesson we first leaned from Wayne’s World.

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Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

Rotten Tomatoes score:

  • The Audience: 69%
  • The Critics: 13% (“That’s a lot of nuts!”)

Sky has chosen Angel Has Fallen as the next set of movies we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we learned from the Pirates of the Caribbean Trilogy.

The Pirates of the Caribbean Trilogy

Pirates of the Caribbean Trilogy spoiler review and lessons learned

What a fun re-watch!  The Pirates of the Caribbean Trilogy holds up and the comedy mixed with action and adventure in a period piece is a must-see.  And, Captain Jack Sparrow!

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movies before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Dusty: Even though it’s sad, rum can make a huge bonfire and save you.

  • Out in the ocean, you’ve got to do what you can to guide ships to you.

Sky: Everyone has a price. 

  • Most people are greedy, just offer them something to get what you want.

The best pirate we’ve ever seen

Jack Sparrow IS the best pirate we've ever seen

Dusty: Do what you gotta to avoid a mutiny.

  • This holds true for pirate captains as well as us in the real world who manage people or even your family.

Sky: Being waited on hand and foot makes you weak. 

  • If somebody is doing everything for you (waking you up, getting you dressed, cooking all your meals) then you won’t become a self-reliant, strong person.  Elizabeth Swan is an exception to this, but in the real world, coddled people are weak people.

We love the cursed pirates CG

Sky: Show them what you want them to see (misdirection).

  • Captain Jack’s Sparrow’s plan of stealing the super fast British ship by commandeering the other one was perfect misdirection.  Everyone thinks he’s a buffoon and underestimates him, but he’s always one step ahead.

Non-pirates out-pirating the pirates

More The Curse of the Black Pearl goodness

The Curse of the Black Pearl on IMDB.

Rotten Tomatoes score: The Audience at 89% and The Critics at 66%

Lessons Learned from Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

Dusty: Know what your end goal is and go after it.

  • Even though losing the game meant more years added on to Will Turner’s sentence, it was the one way for him to learn the location of the key, so it was worth it.

Sky:  Stay on task. 

  • The cannibals kept going back and forth between Jack and the Pirates. If they just stayed on task and maybe divide up their forces, they would’ve had a very nice meal that night.

Awesome fishy bag guys with Davey Jones leading this cutthroat crew

Dusty: Pick yourself up when life throws you a curve ball.

  • Don’t fall into despair and wallow in your own stink like Norrington did after his defeat in the first movie.  Get back on that horse and ride!

Sky:  Don’t give in to superstition. 

  • Being haunted, ghosts, ancient Chinese secrets… don’t believe any of it. Just believe in yourself and what you can do and what you know to be true. Acting upon your superstitions doesn’t get you anywhere I believe and all it does is add fear to your life. Humans are too fearful, so cut the superstitions, cut the fear and just enjoy life more.

The two-pronged native cannibal chase was great!

Sky: Always be prepared to settle your debts when the collector comes.

  • You make your bed, you’ve got to lie in it.

Dusty: Don’t ever settle somebody else’s debt.

  • For us in the now, don’t cosign for other’s debts.

A little over-the-top, but a great sword fighting scene

More Dead Man’s Chest goodness

Dead Man’s Chest on IMDB.

Rotten Tomatoes score: The Audience at 53% and The Critics at 72%.

Lessons Learned from Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End

Dusty: Never give up your human rights without a fight.

  • Instead of singing in solidarity on your way to the gallows, fight in solidarity for your life.

Sky: Hold true to your word because that’s all you’ve got. 

  • Once a betrayer, always a betrayer. This is a big mistake of Lord Beckett and most pirates. If you show somebody they can’t trust you, they won’t trust you from that point forward.

Captain Jack Sparrow: never one to be outdone

Dusty: Always have a plan. 

  • Be like Sparrow and always think about how you’re going to get what you want or get out of the predicament you’re in.

Sky:  “Improvisation is too good to leave to chance.” – Paul Simon

  • It seems like Sparrow is constantly improvising, but we’re sure he’s game planning the entire time before he takes action on anything.

Calypso!

Sky: The more you do, the more you can do.

  • Jack’s success in this movie came from everything else he’s experienced and accomplished (and failed at) in the past.  For us in the real world, every bit of experience you gain adds to your wisdom, allowing you to draw from past successes and failures as you work to achieve your goals.

Dusty: Communication helps all situations.

  • Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann should’ve been communicating their intentions the entire time.  They could’ve been working together toward the same goals.

Rousing the troops and headed towards a fantastic conclusion!

More At World’s End goodness

At World’s End on IMDB.

Rotten Tomatoes score: The Audience at 72% and The Critics at 44%.

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Hobbs & Shaw | Episode 60

Hobbs & Shaw had unbelievable, crazy action with great comedic one-liners, and we had a rockin’ good time!  This is a great spin-off to the Fast & Furious Franchise.

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from Hobbs & Shaw

Sky: You can learn a lot about somebody by fighting them.

  • This is probably true, but I (Sky) will never intrinsically understand it.  I’m not a fighter, I’m more of an avoider.

Dusty: Always have one in the chamber.

  • The goal is to protect yourself, so don’t waste time in having to pull the slide back.

These two are perfect buddy-action-movie stars!

Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) and Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) in Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, directed by David Leitch.

Sky: Go to a stunt driving school so you’ll be ready for your next big high-speed chase.

Dusty: Family is the most important.

  • It may seem cliche and over-used in movies, but family is the true bond that can get you through the tough times.  This is one of the reasons we love this franchise.

Idris Elba was a great black Superman

Sky: We can accomplish so much more with teamwork.

  • It took these two frien-enemies working together to take out Brixton (Elba).

With all the cameos in the movie (like Eiza Gonzalez), they’re preparing for a continuing franchise

 

Dusty: Get creative when making booby traps.

  • Yeah, prepare for the worst and surprise your enemies like they did here with “Samo-Alone”.

Dusty’s super-cool desk (now that’s he’s got Deadpool)

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Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

Rotten Tomatoes score:

  • The Audience: 89%
  • The Critics: 66%

Sky & Dusty have chosen the Pirates of the Caribbean Trilogy as the next set of movies we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we learned from Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood | Review and Lessons Learned #59

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood may have been meandering and a little boring at times, but the acting talents of DiCaprio and Pitt are on full, glorious display.

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Sky: Pick yourself up by the bootstraps and soldier on with the job you were hired to do.

  • DiCaprio’s character of Rick Dalton came back from the brink of breaking down on set and killed it with the kidnapping scene with the little girl and Luke Perry.  This is how we should all act and when it’s your turn to perform, perform and get the job done.

Dusty: Have a weapon (especially a flame thrower) near you at all times.

  • You’ve gotta be able to protect yourself and your family.

Pitt and DiCaprio were on point in this one!

Sky: If it’s not “hell yes” it’s “hell no”.

  • It’s easier said than done, and Kurt Russell’s stunt coordinator character broke this rule and hired Cliff. This ended up with Bruce Lee getting thrown around and his wife’s car getting beat up. I don’t know who originally said this, but it applies to all aspects of life. Life is too short to do the stuff you don’t want to do, so when somebody offers you something and you don’t immediately jump at the opportunity, turn it down.

Dusty: If you’re even in a pool and roasting on fire, just go under.

  • Yep, water puts out fire (it’s science, yo!).

Danger!  Danger!  Jail bait… DANGER!!!

Sky: Try not to think with your little brain.

  • Cliff Booth was right when he inquired as to the age of PussyCat. There’s jail bait out there, and it takes a little bit of forethought and self-control to NOT be taken in by it.

Margot Robbie was great as Sharon Tate

 

Dusty: Train your dog to chew off somebody’s face, arm or balls.

  • Sounds good, but are you willing to put in the work to do this?  A horse and hardback book is good enough.

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Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

The critics enjoyed this one, they had it at 84% on Rotten Tomatoes which was a bit more positive than the Audience at 71%.  We agree with the Critics on this one.

Dusty has chosen Hobbs & Shaw as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we learned from Army of Darkness.

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.”

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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.

 

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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!

 

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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.

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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.

Toy Story 4 | Spoiler Review and Lessons Learned #54

Toy Story 4 was a good *maybe* final installment in the franchise.  Fun new characters and a fresh story line and lovely animation.

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from Toy Story 4

Dusty: Loyalty is important.

  • Woody demonstrated this with his attitude of “leave no toy behind”.  This is how we all should be in regards to family, friends, work and anything else important in our lives.

Bo Peep leading the way

Sky: Where there’s a will there’s a way. 

  • Forky wouldn’t be dissuaded from getting into the trash and found multiple ways to end up there.  Woody as well wouldn’t be dissuaded from saving Forky and keeping him around as one of Bonnie’s toys.  If it’s important to you, you’ll find a way to accomplish it.

No more perfect fit for the motorcycle stuntman Duke Caboom than Keanu Reeves

Dusty: Stealing a Kidney from someone is wrong.

  • Besides murder, you can’t get much more evil than this.

Sky & Dusty:  Listen to your inner voice… that’s just your gut or your conscience telling you to do the right thing. 

  • Of course Woody always follows his conscience because he is a very good toy. Buzz Lightyear didn’t understand the idea, but eventually he got it and followed his own. And even when his own inner voice wasn’t saying what he thought it should, he kept questioning it and pushing the button over and over again. So he was actually listening to his inner voice because he knew that that other voice was wrong.

Bunny and Ducky were fun additions to the toy menagerie

Sky: You can get what you want by buttering them up.

  • Bo Peep convinced Duke Caboom to do what she wanted by saying all those nice things, so he relented and helped them save Forky.  You know what they say, “Flattery will get you… everything.”

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Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

The Critics (98%) and Audiences (95%) on Rotten Tomatoes agree on this one.  Highly recommended to see.

Sky has chosen Spider-man: Far From Home as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we learned from Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 (2017).

Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 (2017) | Spoiler Review #53

Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 was a perfect follow-up!  Just as good as the first with humor, action and beautiful space landscapes.  Space opera indeed!

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2

Dusty: Sometimes the thing you’ve been searching for your entire life has been there all along.

  • Appreciate the things you have and the grass isn’t always greener.  Quill never realized his daddy, Yondu, was with him all along.

Lovin’ the dancin’ Groot intro

Sky: Say the things you want to say to somebody before it’s too late.

  • If Yondu would’ve told Quill how he felt about him sooner, then their lives could’ve been much different and potentially better.

We love the beautiful space landscapes

Dusty: Family does not leave.

  • Family is always there for each other, regardless of arguments and little squabbles.

Sky: Don’t lock up your enemies together.

  • You’re just giving them the chance to work together and defeat you.  Yondu caged with Rocket?!  Bad thinking, Ravagers.

Yondu’s arrow in action

Dusty: Always, always be extraordinarily humble.

  • We love Drax!

Mantis, look out!

Sky: Keep your mouth shut when they’re on your side. The tide can always turn against you.

  • It’s the downfall of too many people, their “ego” causes them to spout off and turn your friends against you.

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.

We think the Rotten Tomatoes score should be higher than these, but the critics at 84% and the audience at 87% is nothing to shake a stick at.

Dusty has chosen Toy Story 4 as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we learned from Dark Phoenix.