One Cut of the Dead Movie Review – Incredible Japanese Horror-Comedy

one cut of the dead review

One Cut of the Dead split the two of us in half. Dusty, not so much a fan. Me, Sky, absolutely loved it! The first act is weird, but acts two and three pay-off the entire story like none other.

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from One Cut of the Dead

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Sky: Improvise, adapt and overcome. 

  • They were beset by so many challenges but ingenuity and an attitude of “it can be done” had them succeed in the end. The producer was about to throw in the towel but daughter Mao improvised, asserted herself and the show went on. The Director and his wife took over two parts and killed it.

Dusty: Never listen to Sky’s movie recommendations.

  • That’s one opinion. And you know what they say about opinions…

What a weird first act, but it’s paid off later!

Sky: Always be ready because today might be your time to shine.

  • The camera assistant was able to take over and did a great job because she knew the job. Also, the Director and Nao knew the script and everyone’s roles, so they could take over as well.

Dusty: Perseverance is critical to getting the job done.

  • When beset by challenges, like this team was, you have to overcome one challenge at a time on your way to success.

Action!

Sky: Constraints or restrictions force you to get creative.

  • They were given just two hours prior to showtime to make it work, and they did it. They were forced to get creative and use the resources on hand. Happy, successful ending.

Dusty: Influence others by showing them the benefit they’ll receive from doing what you want them to.

  • The Director convinced Ko, the love interest-turned-zombie, to continue with the show by telling him this is his show and it’s all about him.

Fun interplay between the “director”, “actors” and “zombies”.

 

Rotten Tomatoes scores:

  • The Audience: 83%
  • The Critics: 100%

Grades:

  • A+ from Sky
  • Z from Dusty (bringing shame to the Matsuhashi family)

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

Check out last week’s episode on Fantasy Island.

Fantasy Island 2020 Review

Fantasy Island is a fun, not-really-horror movie. Fun actors playing relatable characters with a crazy story in a beautiful island setting… and Chastity! What’s not to love?

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from Fantasy Island

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Sky: What goes around comes around.

  • Don’t be surprised when the school girl you picked on comes back for revenge.

Dusty: Don’t turn your back on danger.

  • Never leave the room when the stove is on, when your baby is in the bathtub, or turn your back when little kids are swimming.

A beautiful island, but we’ll never be guests here.

Dusty: Always carry a weapon.

  • Sloan was kidnapped and on the run, but she didn’t even try to pickup a rock or a stick to use as a weapon.

Sky: Regret is a disease.

  • Living in the past robs you of enjoying the now. Gwen (Maggie Q) missed out on a lovely family due to the guilt she felt over Nick’s death.

Great torture scene with Melanie (Lucy Hale) choosing instead to save Sloan (Portia Doubleday).

Dusty: If at all possible, keep yourself safe while fighting. Live to fight another day.

  • Michael Rooker’s Damon crash tackled Dr. Torture off the cliff instead of try to kick him off the ledge.

Sky: Never separate.

  • When in caves and being chased by baddies, there’s power in numbers. Separating is the last thing you want to do. And pickup a weapon!

Michael Rooker was under-utilized.

 

Rotten Tomatoes scores:

  • The Audience: 47%
  • The Critics: 10%

Grades:

  • B+ from Sky
  • B- from Dusty

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

Check out last week’s episode on Aquaman (2018).

Aquaman (2018) | Spoiler Review and Lessons Learned

aquaman

Wow!  Aquaman was spot on a great movie!  Fingers crossed for more DC greatness to come. Good action, cool special effects, nice acting and a great story that progressed nicely.

Updated 2.8.20: We re-released this as episode #87 in anticipation of DC’s Birds of Prey.

Lessons Learned from Aquaman

Sky: Stressful situations are opportunities for growth.

  • Arthur’s powers grew when he was being bullied in the aquarium.

Dusty: Arrogance and pride will be your downfall.

  • Just like General Cornwallace in The Patriot: pride is a weakness that can cause your downfall.  Here, Arthur (Jason Momoa) thought he could easily defeat his younger brother King Orm (Patrick Wilson).
Jason Momoa and Amber Heard (Mera)

Sky: Heroes create their own villains.

  • Arthur created the Black Manta (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) by not helping him save his father.

How does he fight with such a huge head?

Dusty: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

  • Aquaman would want to be saved, so that’s good enough reason to save the father and at least turn him in to the authorities.

Sky: Don’t dismiss your impact on the environment.

  • The Atlanteans got fed up with humans dirtying up the oceans. Remember ‘The Happening’ when mother nature got fed up with humans and the trees started causing us to commit suicide? Yep, it can happen.

Dusty: Learn from your mistakes.

  • DC is learning from theirs and making better movies now.  Hopefully, the trend will continue.

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.

On Rotten Tomatoes the audience has it at 80% (matching Sky’s score) but the critics are off the mark again at 60%.  At least it’s fresh.

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

If you missed it, last week we discussed Bumblebee.

Ghostbusters (1984) Movie Review – A+ and Must Watch!

Ghostbusters Movie Review

Ghostbusters holds up today and is just as funny and exciting as ever. Take it from two guys who’ve seen it dozens of times.

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from Ghostbusters

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Dusty: Always have your poker face on when buying a firehouse or anything for that matter.

  • You can’t let them know how much in love with something you are before putting an offer down.

Sky: “Ray, when someone asks you if you’re a god, you say ‘YES’!”

  • Truer words were never spoken.

Who you gonna call? We love the original gang (Ramis, Hudson, Murray and Aykroyd).

Dusty: Persistence always gets the girl.

  • Dana Barrett (Sigourney Weaver)

Sky: Persistence pays off. 

  • Ray and Egon were really into the spirit realm and they ended up saving NY and maybe the world with their arcane knowledge. Also, Dan Aykroyd grew up with a family really into the arcane and it ended up paying off with this blockbuster movie.

Walter Peck (William Atherton) making a huge “Monday Morning Quarterback” mistake.

Dusty: Keep your keys on you when you leave the house with an automatic lock on your door.

  • Don’t pull a Louis Tully (Rick Moranis) and lock yourself out of your own apartment. And if it happens once, you’d better learn from it and NOT repeat that mistake.

Sky: Always look before you leap (or shoot).

  • They almost killed that maid in the hallway when they were on the hunt for Slimer.

That’s how they did that!

 

Rotten Tomatoes scores:

  • The Audience: 88%
  • The Critics: 97%

Grades:

  • A+ from Sky
  • A+ from Dusty

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

Check out last week’s episode on The Gentlemen.

The Gentlemen Movie Review and Lessons We Learned

the gentlemen

The Gentlemen was great… highly recommended. We both gave it an “A” and it’s very reminiscent (in all the good ways) of Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch. Guy Richie respects his audience, and we love him for that.

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from The Gentlemen

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Dusty: Use deductive reasoning to find out who knows things.  

  • Mickey showing Matthew (played by Jeremy Strong) one of this marijuana grows made it pretty obvious he was the one who put the raid in place.

Sky: Always scope the car before you get in.

  • We’ve seen it a million times, other gangsters and zombies get you in your car when you don’t expect it.

Great performances by Matthew McConaughey (Mikey Person) and Charlie Hunnum (Ray).

Dusty: Own up to your mistakes as the leader.

  • Coach is the epitome of a great leader who takes responsibility for those in his charge.

Sky: Do not get in bed with criminals. 

  • Coach wanted to just run a gym, but he protected his boys and for his troubles, was forced into 4 unsavory acts.

Coach (Colin Farrell) was probably the closest to a “gentleman” we got in this movie. We loved the respect he had from his boys.

Dusty: Never blackmail a drug dealer.

  • They have no problems with killing people, you just put yourself next on their, Fletcher (played by Hugh Grant).

Sky: If involved in criminal activities, hire a body guard for your wife.

  • The competition always tries to get to you through your family, so protect them.

They can get to you through your wife, Mickey! Where’s Rosalind’s bodyguard? (played by Michelle Dockery)

 

Rotten Tomatoes scores:

  • The Audience: 84%
  • The Critics: 72%

Grades:

  • A from Sky
  • A from Dusty

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

Check out last week’s episode on Bad Boys for Life.

Bad Boys for Life

bad boys for life

Bad Boys for Life was fun, but the cliched action and story, along with a few annoying fake-outs, don’t have us recommending this one (unless you’re already a Bad Boys fan).

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from Bad Boys For Life

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Dusty: Listen to the people around you.

  • They have another perspective that you should consider.

Sky: Make smart mating decisions. 

  • Don’t screw a witch or a warlock, and don’t make it with a demon or a succubus. Mike made a huge mistake that came back to bite him.

The Bad Boys are back! Detectives Mike Lowrey (Will Smith) and Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence) .

Dusty: Never take rubber bullets to a gun fight.

  • What the?! You’re dealing with criminals who have no compunction of shooting you dead.

Sky: Don’t let hate and anger cloud your judgement.

  • Marcus hit the nail on the head when he told Mike he was filling those bullet holes with hate and that was leading him down the wrong path. The witch (Isabel Aretas, played by Kate del Castillo) allowed her anger lead to mistakes and her own death.

What a lovely racially and gender-iffically diverse team AMMO is.

Dusty: Always keep a grenade launcher in the boot of your ride.

  • You never know when you’ll need one.

Sky: Always have an escape plan.

  • You can imagine a criminal like Zway-lo (played by Nicky Jam) always know how to get out of there should a rival gang or the cops crash the party.

What a gun!

 

Rotten Tomatoes scores:

  • The Audience: 97%
  • The Critics: 75%

Grades:

  • D+ from Sky and Dusty

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

Check out last week’s episode on 1917.

1917 Movie Review | Movie Of the Year For ME

1917

1917 was incredible! We both gave this incredible one-shot war epic an A+. Please, please, please go see this in theaters if you haven’t already.

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from 1917

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Dusty: Never trust socialists.

  • Nazis (socialist) pilots pulled out of burning planes you would hope could show some gratitude.  Nope, that’s not the case at all.

Sky and Dusty: Movement is survival. 

  • “If you’re not shooting you’re reloading, if you’re not reloading you’re moving. If you’re not moving you’re dead.”

Lance Corporal Schofield (George MacKay) looking towards the German line just before the first wave launches.

1917 Lance Corporal Schofield hero shot

Dusty: Always have a sidearm.

  • Your rifle is for distance but for close quarter combat, you need a pistol. But maybe in WWI this idea/strategy wasn’t in place yet?

Sky: Rats are the devil.

  • They spread plague, eat your dog’s food and trigger tripwires.

Incredible production design for the bombed out French city of Ecoust.

1917 beautiful and realistic production design

Sky: Wrap a wound ASAP. 

  • You never know when your hand will find it’s way into a decaying corpse.

Schofield and Blake ( Dean-Charles Chapman) making their way through no man’s land.

1917 passing through no man's land

 

Rotten Tomatoes scores:

  • The Audience: 89%
  • The Critics: 90%

Grades:

  • A+ from Sky
  • A+ from Dusty

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

Check out last week’s episode on Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989).

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

bill and teds

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!

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

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

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

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

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

ready or not

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.

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

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.

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

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.