Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989) Review | Non non non Bogus!

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Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure is still a great time traveling comedy with a small twist; instead of changing the past they’re trying to learn from it.  Loved it!

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Lessons Learned from Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure

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Sky: Follow your dreams. 

  • Others may poo-poo your ideas or try to steer you their way, but screw that.  Do what speaks to you and be happy in life.

Dusty: Think outside the box.

  • Instead of just regurgitating ideas, their idea of having historical dudes do your work for you.

What’s up with that halter-top, Bill?

Sky: Discipline is good.

  • Ted didn’t want military school (who does?) but young people crave discipline even if they don’t know it. Rules and boundaries are good, and being forced to do things healthy for you like chores or exercise are good. Zero gravity environments cause muscles to deteriorate.

Dusty: Be stealth.

  • Have stealth when you are trying to sneak into a castle to spend time with some princess babes.

Historical dudes chillin’ at the mall.

Sky: Never leave a historical dude alone without supervision!

  • Napoleon with his little-man-complex shouldn’t have been left with a 12 year old babysitter.

Dusty: Teach your kids well.

  • You’re training them to be productive adults.

George Carlin was fantastic.

 

Rotten Tomatoes scores:

  • The Audience: 75%
  • The Critics: 79%

Grades:

  • A from Sky
  • B+ from Dusty

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Check out last week’s episode on Ready Or Not.

‘Ready Or Not’ Movie Review | Lessons Learned to NOT Married Into Crazy Families

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Ready Or Not was a fun “get ’em” horror movie but isn’t one either of us are likely to watch again. Sky recommends it, Dusty… not so much.

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Lessons Learned from Ready Or Not

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Sky: If someone’s hunting you, don’t freak out. It’s just a person.

  • It ain’t Freddy or Jason.  Calm down, breath, turn the tables and attack back.

Dusty: Never turn to a kid for help when you are going to die.

  • What the heck is a 10-year old going to do to save your life?!

Some good bloody fun in Ready Or Not.

Sky: You can’t choose your family, but you can choose to not be a part of it.

  • Alex (and Daniel) hated their family.  Don’t bring others into your family through marriage if it’s an unhealthy situation that they’d hate to be in.

Dusty: When the danger is still clear and present, save the explanations after you get to safety.

  • You don’t need to know, all that matter is they’re trying to kill you.  Just do all you can to get away.

Samara Weaving was perfect as Grace.  

Sky: Stay in shape enough to jump over fences.

  • As long as you can hop over a fence, you can escape from zombies and killer in-laws (and butlers).

Dusty: Grab your enemy’s gun.

  • You need every advantage you can get, and Grace skipping the kid’s gun was a huge mistake.

We loved seeing the come-up-pence this family receives at the end.

 

Rotten Tomatoes scores:

  • The Audience: 78%
  • The Critics: 88%

Grades:

  • B from Sky
  • D+ from Dusty

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

Check out last week’s episode on Star Wars: Episode IX.

Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker | Spoiler review and lessons learned

Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker had a really choppy story that worked too hard to right the wrongs of the prior episode.  It had some good parts, but it wasn’t anywhere near the Star Wars movie we wanted.

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Lessons Learned from Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker

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Dusty: You’ve got a camera on you at all times, take pictures of important things.

  • Weird how in the future they don’t have phones to snap a few quick pics of this incredibly important dagger with directions on it to the Sith home world.

A great water-soaked light saber battle between Kylo Ren and Rey.

Sky: You are not your ancestors. 

  • Ray has this little dilemma that she thinks she’ll turn evil because she’s a Palpatine.  It doesn’t matter who your ancestors were what they did in the past. What matters is what you do in this life. If anybody wants to hold you accountable for your parent’s or ancestor’s actions, kick ’em to the curb.

Finn and Poe had a few more sensible things to do in this episode.

Dusty: Communication is critical.

  • As seen in this and almost every movie, a lack of communication leads to problems.

Billy Dee, Billy Dee, Billy Dee!

Sky: Never underestimate an android.

  • Not so applicable now, but it was a cool lesson because their droids are just as helpful/important/useful as any human in the story.

We love Carrie Fisher, but Leia wasn’t needed in this movie.

 

 

Rotten Tomatoes scores:

  • The Audience: 86%
  • The Critics: 55%

Grades:

  • D from Sky
  • D- from Dusty

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

Check out last week’s episode on Jumanji: The Next Level.

Jumanji: The Next Level | Spoiler Review and Lessons Learned

Jumanji: The Next Level was a great follow-up to a great re-do! We both loved the new characters and actors along with new story elements and settings.

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Lessons Learned from Jumanji: The Next Level

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Dusty: Never let issues get in the way of friendship. Forgive and move on with your life.

  • It was great seeing Milo (Danny Glover) coming to visit his lifelong friend Eddie (Danny DeVito) to mend their friendship.

Sky: “You got to pay attention to what’s in your hand.”

  • Fun lesson from Milo to Eddie in the plane.

They’re back!

Dusty: Don’t let pride or pain keep you from doing what you love.

  • Eddie was living an unhappy and resentful life and missed out on still being involved in the restaurant with Nora (Bebe Neuwirth).

Sky: You must continually exercise your mind and be a lifelong learner.

  • When you stop learning you lose that growth mindset and things become harder to accept and understand.  It took Eddie and Milo a bit too long to understand they were in a video game.

Danny DeVito and Danny Glover were great additions to the cast.

Dusty: Keep your body in shape.

  • “If you’re not growing, you’re dying.  There’s no third direction.” – Big Tom Callahan from Tommy Boy. Getting old ain’t fun, but staying healthy in mind and body will make aging a bit more tolerable.

Awkwafina was great portraying both Spencer and Eddie.

Sky: The things you do affect more than just yourself, you’ve got to think about your loved ones before you do something drastic.

  • Spencer didn’t think about what his disappearance would do to his family nor his friends when he jumped back in.  Also, 0 thought was given to how he would be able to complete the mission and end up stuck in the game.

Rotten Tomatoes scores:

  • The Audience: 87%
  • The Critics: 69%

Grades:

  • A- from Sky
  • A from Dusty

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Check out last week’s episode on Team America: World Police.

Team America: World Police (2004) Spoiler review and lessons learned

Team America: World Police holds up!  Just as funny as ever and it’s a great send-up of Bruckheimer movies, actors, dictators and Hollywood pretentiousness.

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Lessons Learned from Team America: World Police

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Sky: Every good team needs an acting expert!

  • “Without an expert they were like pigs to the slaughter.” – Spottiswood

Dusty: Be aware of what is behind your target.

  • Funny stuff blowing up parts of Paris when your intent was to save Paris, but c’mon!  Pay attention, people.

There’s no way to see through this disguise.

Dusty: No country should police the world.

  • Only step in when you’re invited.  Like giving another man’s wife a foot massage.

We love the portrayal of Kim Jong Il.

Sky: Difficult times separate the men from the boys.

  • Gary just couldn’t hack it.  But it wouldn’t be a great third act if he didn’t switch gears and jump back into action (with a dong in his mouth).

Matt Stone and Trey Parker on set with Sky’s prop.

Dusty: Don’t ever join a guild that has a horrible name that people can make fun of you. F.A.G.

  • Yeah, think about what they’ll call you first.

Dusty’s opinion: the best Matt Damon movie ever.

Sky: Don’t ever be a irritating, stupid, lowlife Matt Daemon.

  • JK, all!

Rotten Tomatoes scores:

  • The Audience: 80%
  • The Critics: 77%

Grades:

  • B+ from Sky
  • A- from Dusty

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

Check out last week’s episode on Knives Out.

Knives Out | Spoiler Review and Lessons Learned

Knives Out was  a great murder mystery that up-ended the genre.  We loved the acting and the story progression.  It was surprising that Rian Johnson pulled this one off after making the disappointing The Last Jedi.

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Lessons Learned from Knives Out

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Sky: There’s always a lesson to learn.

  • That was a great scene and neat seeing how Harlan thought he was poisoned but then was still paying attention and learned a great way to murder somebody with morphine.  He even whipped out his notepad to jot it down.

Dusty: Be perceptive and pay attention to the world around you.

  • Marta (Ana de Armas) paid attention and realized that clues were left behind.  She smartly noticed them then worked to obscure those clues from Benoit Blanc (played by Daniel Craig).

What a great cast of characters.

Dusty: There are no such things as coincidences.

  • Every detective knows that things happen for a reason and everything is tied together.

Sky: Nobody responds well to ultimatums. 

  • Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) told Richard (Don Johnson) to tell his wife about the affair or he would. That’s reason enough for murder for a lot of people.

Great acting across the board from de Armas, Evans and Craig.

Dusty: Don’t do things that put yourself in harms way.

  • What a stupid idea!  The maid tried to meet with Ransom (Chris Evans) in secret to expose him.  He’s capable of murder!  Stay away and involve the cops.

Love that knife display.

Sky: Don’t talk politics at a party.

  • It almost always leads to an argument.

Rotten Tomatoes scores:

  • The Audience: 97%
  • The Critics: 93%

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

Check out last week’s episode on Ford v Ferrari.

Ford v Ferrari | Spoiler Review and Lessons Learned

We both enjoyed the real-life story of Miles’ and Shelby’s Le Mans win in 1966 in Ford v Ferrari. Bale and Damon were incredible as the two that led to victory.

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Lessons Learned from Ford v Ferrari

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Dusty: Sometimes it is worth it to take huge risks and lay everything on the line.

  • Shelby put his entire company on the line when he was confident in his team and his driver.  Inspirational.

Sky: Don’t insult somebody who can do something about it.

  • Enzo Ferrari made a huge mistake by insulting the Deuce, which prompted Ford to “go to war” against Ferrari in Le Mans.

Great acting by Christian Bale (Ken Miles) and Matt Damon (Carroll Shelby).

Dusty: Leave everything on the track.

  • Put it all on the line, run it in the red, hit 7,000 when everything is on the line and winning is the only option.

Sky: Nothing great ever comes from one man. It’s always a team effort. 

  • This win took Ford’s initiative, Shelby’s expertise and passion for racing and Miles incredible racing talents.

Ken Miles wasn’t just the driver, he worked to build the winning car as well.

Dusty: Never lie to your wife.

  • This is a critical lesson for every married man to learn sooner rather than later.  It doesn’t pay to get caught in any lie with your better half.

Shelby couldn’t race anymore, but he stuck with his love of cars and worked to accomplish the impossible.

Sky: Visualize perfection and go for it.

  • You know what perfect looks like, and even if it’s not attainable 100% of the time (like the perfect lap for Ken Miles) you must strive for it.

Rotten Tomatoes scores:

  • The Audience: 98%
  • The Critics: 92%

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

Check out last week’s episode on Hot Shots! Part Deux.

Hot Shots! Part Deux | Spoiler Review and Lessons Learned

We love spoofs, and Hot Shots! Part Deux is one of the best of all time! Charlie Sheen, Lloyd Bridges and Valeria Golino knock this one right out of the park.

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Lessons Learned from Hot Shots! Part Deux

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Gummy bears, gummy bears!  Sprinkles, sprinkles!

Sky: Use Fixodent.

  • Take a lesson from President Tug Benson – affix those dentures in place so you don’t freak out Prime Minister “Tojo”.

The ultimate movie prop.

Sky: Choose the table full of kids when you’re eating family style at a Chinese restaurant.

  • The President’s line about less than half of the commandos returning reminded Sky of how he chooses his seat at his family’s functions.

Lloyd Bridges (as President Tug Benson) was a shining star.  Especially when battling Saddam Hussein.

Sky: Don’t stand below the thing you’re trying to blow up.

  • Saddam Hussein stupidly ran under the chopper to blow it up.  But, worth it for the piano and the Wicked Witch gag.

You can’t have a Hot Shots! sequel without Ramada (played by the lovely Valeria Golino).

Rotten Tomatoes scores:

  • The Audience: 63%
  • The Critics: 57%

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

Check out last week’s episode on Terminator: Dark Fate.

The Terminator Franchise | Spoiler Reviews and Lessons Learned

We love the Terminator Franchise, with parts 1 and 2 being the best.  It’s gone downhill since then, but Sky enjoyed Dark Fate while Dusty wasn’t a fan at all.

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Lessons Learned from Terminator: Dark Fate

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Dusty: The best defense is a good offense.

  • The best part of T2 was Sarah Connor going after Miles Dyson and tries to take out Skynet.  They should do the same in this sequel.

Sky: Do the right thing now and come what may.

  • When you see someone in need, help them out like the couple did when Grace fell from the bridge.  But, no good deed goes unpunished…

The T-800 Terminator versus an incredibly powerful Rev. 9 (played by Gabriel Luna)

Dusty: Always have a backup plan.

  • The EMP was good, but just in case, don’t put all your eggs in one basket.

Sky: Never give personal information to an unknown person.

  • With online phishing or stalkers or just bad people wanting to do you and yours harm, don’t give out information like, “All her friends call her Dani.”

Sarah Connor: still a bad-ass protecting Dani (Natalia Reyes)

Linda Hamilton, left, and Natalia Reyes star in Skydance Productions and Paramount Pictures’ “TERMINATOR: DARK FATE.”

Dusty: Always close the door.

  • Don’t allow the enemy a way in to kill you.  Close that door so the Rev. 9 can’t get it.

We get an augmented human named Grace (played by McKenzie Davis) fighting for our future in this installment.

Sky: It pays to have powerful, well-placed friends. 

  • If you need an EMP, call up Major Dean.  But, why wasn’t “Major Dean” named “Major Danny Dyson” instead?

Terminator: Dark Fate Rotten Tomatoes score:

  • The Audience: 70%
  • The Critics: 84%

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Lessons Learned from Terminator 2: Judgment Day

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Dusty: Don’t stupidly fly your helicopter so close to your target.

  • If you can keep your distance and still do you job, do it.

Sky: Don’t let power go to your head. 

  • Those psych ward abusers were terrible people. Psych ward abusers are cliché in movies, but it’s necessary so we’re on Sarah Connor’s side as she’s beating them to escape.

Our trio of Heroes: Sarah and John Connor (Linda Hamilton and Edward Furlong) and the Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger)

Dusty: Never Jerk the wheel when you are driving.

  • Stay calm and controlled or else it’s flipping/spinning time.

Sky: Learn to pick locks.

  • It worked for Sarah Connor, it’ll work for you as well.

The best scene: the canal chase with that awesome shotgun

Dusty: Have an arsenal because you’ll be glad when it comes in use.

  • You never know what the future will bring, but always be prepared.

Nothing more scary than the unrelenting T-1000 (Robert Patrick)

Sky: Always know your nearest metal smelting plant. 

  • Terminators, zombies, psycho-hose beasts, they can all be destroyed by molten metal.

Terminator 2: Judgment Day Rotten Tomatoes score:

  • The Audience: 94%
  • The Critics: 93%

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Zombieland (2009) and Double Tap | Spoiler Review and Lessons Learned

Zombieland and the Double Tap sequel are incredibly fun movies!  We loved the relentless zombie-killing, blood and gore, slow motion action, fun characters and comedic moments in both. Plus, Bill Murray and Elvis’ blue suede shoes!

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Lessons Learned from Zombieland: Double Tap

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Dusty: Always confirm your kill.

  • Don’t give them a chance to get up and scurry away or resume their attack on you.

Sky: Always strive to do and be better. 

  • This is exemplified by Tallahassee’s drive to earn zombie kill of the year instead of just kill of the week.

The 4 back for more (Breslin, Harrelson, Stone and Eisenberg)

Dusty: Never park your car in someone else’s driveway.

  • In more ways than one 🙂

Sky: Kids learn by example. 

  • Little Rock left her sister just like they left Tallahassee in Columbus with the stupid little note. This is a learned behavior.  Watch what you do in front of your kids because they’re going to copy you.

Great additions to Zombieland: Nevada (Rosario Dawson), Albuquerque (Luke Wilson) and Flagstaff (Thomas Middleditch)

Dusty: The world is your toilet.

  • Out in the woods, in a swamp, your own backyard… it’s okay to whip it out.

Big fans of Madison here!

Sky: “If you love something, you shoot it in the face so it doesn’t become a flesh-eating monster.”

  • Yeppers, in the zombie apocalypse you don’t want your loved ones to turn and eat you.

Zombieland: Double Tap Rotten Tomatoes score:

  • The Audience: 90%
  • The Critics: 67%

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Lessons Learned from Zombieland (2009)

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Sky: Live in the now!

  • If the world you’re living in won’t allow for the things you want to do, especially if your life is on the line, don’t do it.

Dusty: Don’t waste your ammo.

  • No more is being made and this is the stuff that’s helping to keep you alive. Be smart with it, Tallahassee.

Dusty loves the level-action rifle

Sky: Enjoy the little things.

  • Great lesson, take joy in the things you love to do.

Dusty: Don’t do things that bring attention to yourself, especially when your life is on the line.

  • Running an amusement park at night with the lights and music?!  Bad choice.

Some creative deaths in Zombieland

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Sky: Don’t prop the door open.

  • You’ve turned a safe exit into a portal of danger.  Know where it is, clear the way and be ready to use it.

A zombie-fied Bill Murray!

 

Dusty: Don’t give your gun to anybody!

  • Holy cow, bad choices made by everybody right and left in Zombieland.

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Zombieland Rotten Tomatoes score:

  • The Audience: 90%
  • The Critics: 86%