The Saint Movie Review Spying & Heisting with Val Kilmer and Elisabeth Shue (1997)

The Saint

The Saint was a fun movie in 1997, but the story telling doesn’t work for today’s audience. The performances of Kilmer and Shue are great, but they’re encumbered by a slow moving story. There are better spy and heist movies we’d recommend over this one.

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Life Lessons Learned from The Saint

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Sky: Don’t take a job just for the money, especially from a victim of one of your crimes.

  • Simon meeting and negotiating with the Tretiak’s makes no sense. They have it in for you, Simon!

Dusty: Always have an escape.

  • Simon demonstrated this rule very well with his break-fall truck placed 20 stories below. Dangerous, but smart.

Kilmer’s nerdy reporter disguise fits right in.

Sky: There ARE hookers with a heart of gold. 

  • That hooker took them in and gave them clothes and a place to warm up, but then grandma turned them in. Just like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman, they really do exist.

Dusty:  Learn how to disguise your voice.

  • Great party trick, and can also put the bad guys off your scent.

A fun scene with Simon portraying his own handler while negotiating with the Tretiak’s.

 

Rotten Tomatoes scores:

  • The Audience: 63%
  • The Critics: 30%

Grades:

  • B+ from Dusty
  • D+ from Sky

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

Check out last week’s episode on Back to the Future.

Back to the Future Movie – a Truly Perfect Movie and MUST WATCH! (1985)

Back to the Future

Back to the Future

Back to the Future is a perfect movie and it’s still as fun today as it was when we first watched it back in 1985. The McFly family saga is one you CANNOT miss.

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Life Lessons Learned from Back to the Future

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Sky & Dusty: Stand up to bullies. 

  • Marty and George both stand up to Biff and fight back with awesome results. Help others fight back if they can’t do it for themselves. Be compassionate and help others.

Biff (played by Tom Wilson) is the quintessential bully and it’s exciting seeing both George and Marty stand up to him.

Dusty: Use the right tools.

  • It helps to have a scientist like Doc Brown on your side to know the right tool. In this movie, Doc Brown used the flux capacitor, a Delorean, the special wrench, the model to explain the system and a well-timed lightening bolt. Bad tool: McFly’s weak binoculars 🙂
Christopher Lloyd and Michael J. Fox were perfectly cast in the roles of Doc Brown and Marty McFly.

Sky: Don’t let insecurities stand in the way of your dreams. 

  • Marty and George both said, “What if they don’t like it” about Marty’s music and George’s book idea. They also both say, “I don’t think I can take that kind of rejection.” Like father like son but they both overcome this insecurity.

Marty helps George “get the girl”.

 

Rotten Tomatoes scores:

  • The Audience: 94%
  • The Critics: 96%

Grades:

  • A+ from Dusty and Sky

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

Check out last week’s episode on Brigsby Bear.

Brigsby Bear Movie Review and Lessons Learned

Brigsby Bear

Brigsby Bear divided the brothers! Sky loved it, Dusty hated it. Dusty found disturbing possibilities behind the movie, Sky just saw the heart felt story.

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Life Lessons Learned from Brigsby Bear

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Dusty: Don’t leave it up to television to teach your children.

  • It’s a parent’s responsibility to teach the kids right and wrong and to guide them into being great people. The sense from the movie is that Tim (played by Mark Hamill) relied on his show to teach James life’s big lessons.

Sky: Creativity is the spice of life.

  • Without James’ pursuit to create the Brigsby Bear movie, he could’ve easily just been a victim and a couch potato watching Netflix and surfing the web all day and everybody would’ve allowed that. His goal of making the movie led to friendships and accomplishing a great feat.

Mark Hamill plays the kidnapping “father” of James, played by Kyle Mooney.

Dusty: Focus on your passions and do it.

  • This leads to happiness in life and potentially, huge success.

Sky: It doesn’t matter what they think. 

  • “What if they don’t like it?” Spencer was right when he said it doesn’t matter what they think. And, if they don’t like it, good. Learn from this experience as you make another movie. Figure out what they didn’t like, what didn’t work, and make necessary changes.

Sky would definitely watch a Brigsby Bear movie. Loving this nostalgic ’80’s look.

 

Rotten Tomatoes scores:

  • The Audience: 86%
  • The Critics: 82%

Grades:

  • F from Dusty
  • A from Sky

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

Check out last week’s episode on Bloodsport.

Bloodsport 1988 – Jean-Claude Van Damme at his greatest

Bloodsport

Bloodsport is still an incredible movie. IMDB calls it a cult classic… BS! This is a straight up classic, perfect 80’s action movie. Highly recommended!

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Life Lessons Learned from Bloodsport

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Dusty: I need to learn the splits.

  • What a party trick!  Dusty will have all the ladies now! …and the monies and the respect.

Sky: Cheaters are losers.

  • Chong Li and his trainer are real douchers! Cheating might get you the win, but St. Peter at the Pearly Gates will call you on it.

Jean-Claude’s martial arts skills are on full display in Bloodsport.

Dusty: Keep going until the job’s done.

  • Keep on pounding on the guy until he says “matte” or the ref raises your arm.

Sky: Never turn your back on the enemy. 

  • Ray Jackson made a huge mistake thinking that he already won when Chong Li went down.

Ray Jackson was a fun, gruff badass (played by Donald Gibb).

 

Rotten Tomatoes scores:

  • The Audience: 74%
  • The Critics: 40%

Grades:

  • A+ from Dusty and Sky

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

Check out last week’s episode on Killing Gunther.

Killing Gunther Movie Review Spoiler and Lessons Learned (2017)

killing gunther

Killing Gunther didn’t really work for us. Their were some fun elements like poison goofs and Mission Impossible masks, but not enough to have us recommending this one.

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Life Lessons Learned from Killing Gunther

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Dusty: Play chess.

  • Chess forces you to learn how to think 4-5 moves ahead… exactly the kind of skill an assassin (or poker player) needs.

Sky: You can’t cheat your way to being the best. 

  • If you take out the world’s #1 assassin, you’re aren’t the best by extension. You’re not even the “best of what’s left”. To be the best, you’ve got to work hard to earn it.

Gunther (Arnold Schwarzenegger) facing off against Blake (writer/director Taran Killam).

Dusty: Patience is key.

  • Not that Dusty IS an assassin (wink wink), patience leads to success. Plan it out for a fool proof mission with an escape route.

Sky: Never attack the world’s greatest assassin on his own turf.

  • Don’t give him the home field advantage.

Sky’s a huge fan of Bobby Moynihan, playing the explosives expert Donnie.

 

Rotten Tomatoes scores:

  • The Audience: 28%
  • The Critics: 48%

Grades:

  • D from Dusty and Sky

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

Check out last week’s episode on Tango & Cash.

Tango & Cash (1989) | Spoiler Review and Lessons Learned

Tango & Cash is a straight-up FUN 80’s action buddy cop flick. Interesting and moving story, great action, lots of humor and the lusciously flowing hair of Kurt Russel. We love it!

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Life Lessons Learned from Tango & Cash

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Dusty: Get an amazing haircut like Cash (Kurt Russell).

  • If you got it, show it off! We would if we could.

Sky: Cut your hair when you’re on the run from the law.

  • Showing up with hair like that and everyone will notice you, Cash.

Look at those flowing locks!

Dusty: Get away from danger fast.

  • Tango wanting to stay in prison to avoid Matt’s potential trap makes no sense. Get to gettin’ while the gettin’s good!

Sky: Wear your seat belts. 

  • Face and his buddy had plenty of time to buckle up (even criminals need safety) before Tango “forced” them to stop the truck and fly through the windshield.

“Out on the streets, this pig and his cop friends, broke my ribs, my leg and my jaw.” – Face (Robert Zdar)

 

Rotten Tomatoes scores:

  • The Audience: 52%
  • The Critics: 30%

Grades:

  • A- from Dusty
  • B from Sky

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

Check out last week’s episode on The Wrong Missy.

The Wrong Missy from Netflix | Spoiler Review #102

The Wrong Missy was a miss in our books. Funny at times, but a bit too much like another beloved (by Sky at least) romantic comedy we discussed, Blended. This is probably one we’ll never watch again, but we had a good time discussing it.

Lauren Lapkus killed it as Missy, and Rob Schneider is always great on screen.

THE WRONG MISSY, 2020
Lauren Lapkus as Missy and Rob Schneider as Komante in The Wrong Missy. Credit: Katrina Marcinowski/NETFLIX

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Life Lessons Learned from The Wrong Missy

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Sky: Don’t use easy-to-break passwords.

  • Nate (played by the incomparable Nick Swardson) taught us a great lesson with his constant hacking of Tim’s (David Spade) social media and email accounts.

Dusty: Every good lie has a little bit of truth in it.

  • Not that we’re telling you it’s okay to lie, but if you must, build in some truth to convince others of the lie.

The always fun Nick Swardson playing a hilarious human resources manager.

Sky: Double-check all digital communications.

  • In this day and age, people are losing jobs and relationships are ending through social media mistakes. Think twice before hitting SEND.

Dusty: Never do anything stupid, wrong, demeaning, for money or your boss.

  • Jack Winstone (played by Geoff Pierson) demonstrates exactly how a boss shouldn’t treat employees. You got a boss like this? Get a new job ASAP.

We both agree that rational and calm (Molly Sims’ Melissa) is much preferred over chaotic and crazy (Lauren Lapkus’ Missy).

 

Rotten Tomatoes scores:

  • The Audience: 52%
  • The Critics: 37%

Grades:

  • D from Sky
  • D- from Dusty

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

Check out last week’s episode on The Princess Bride.

The Princess Bride (1987) | Spoiler Review and Lessons Learned

The Princess Bride is a beloved family classic for us. We love the story and the characters and we both pray it will never be remade.

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Life Lessons Learned from The Princess Bride

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Sky: Kids are impatient (plus they’re a handful).

  • This is a great lessons for soon-to-be parents. You’ll never be fully prepared for parenting, but you’ll have to deal with these little monsters soon.

Dusty: Never hire any mercenaries.

  • They’re only concerned with money, and can turn on you at the drop of a gold bullion.

Nothing more noble than true love.

Sky: A bit of tolerance is a great thing. 

  • Wesley built up his tolerance to iocaine powder, allowing him to beat Vizzini. But this applies to humans in general with germs or exercise or facing difficult situations. Expose yourself and you’re stronger for it.

Dusty: Read to your kids.

  • Try to instill a love of books and using your imagination by reading great books to them.

Every character is fully fleshed out from their first appearance on screen.

 

Rotten Tomatoes scores:

  • The Audience: 94%
  • The Critics: 97%

Grades:

  • A+ from both Sky and Dusty

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

Check out last week’s episode on Bloodshot.

Bloodshot starring Vin Diesel and Guy Pierce | Spoiler Review

Bloodshot was mindless fun, but not something we’d recommend. Sure, you get Vin Diesel being his bad ass self, but the non-original twist villain and plot aren’t worth your time.

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Life Lessons Learned from Bloodshot

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Sky: KISS – keep it simple, stupid.

  • Dr. Harting’s (Guy Pierce) plan is too much trouble. Convincing Bloodshot each time, over and over, to go for revenge? Find someone as good as him, pay him to go murder all, and be done with it.

Dusty: Who we were doesn’t dictate who we have to be.

  • Yep, we can always change.

Nobody’s tougher than Vin Diesel in his movies.

Bloodshot (Vin Diesel) and Dalton (Sam Heughan) in Columbia Pictures’ BLOODSHOT

Sky: Do NOT work for a murderous megalomaniac.

  • You disappoint him, you’re next on the Bloodshot hit list. Plus, you’re helping this guy murder people. Good luck explaining yourself to Saint Peter at the pearly gates.

Dusty: Don’t put any electronics into your body.

  • KT and Bloodshot were susceptible to Guy Pierce’s meddling because of the cybernetic enhancements they had. Elon, really? Are you expecting us to put your new brain chips in our heads? Count us out.

Sarcasm Alert! Way to show us the coolest visual in the trailer, guys.

Dusty: Question everything.

  • “Every yellow light leads to a red.” So, when something feels hinky and your spidey-sense tingles, pay attention and be wary.

Sky: You can’t control others. 

  • You might succeed for a time, but you’ll just build up resentment in them and create an enemy close to you.
KT (Eiza Gonzalez) and Ray Garrison (Vin Diesel) in the RST Lab in Columbia Pictures’ BLOODSHOT.

 

Rotten Tomatoes scores:

  • The Audience: 78%
  • The Critics: 30%

Grades:

  • D from Sky
  • D+ from Dusty

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

Check out last week’s episode on Starship Troopers (1997).

Starship Troopers (1997) – Starring Casper Van Dien and Denise Richards

Starship Troopers is an action/sci-fi classic and deserves to be seen by one and all! Great special effects, lots of gore and good looking soldiers are all you need (in movies and in life).

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Life Lessons Learned from Starship Troopers

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Sky: It’s not why you’re there that matters, it’s what you do when you get there. 

  • Rico might’ve joined the military Carmen (Denise Richards), but he’s a good soldier and leader and Carmen had nothing to do with that.

Dusty: Be proactive not reactive.

  • You want to be the one putting pressure on your enemy, helping them make mistakes. Letting them pressure you makes your job tougher.

Johnny Rico (Casper Van Dien) about to blow up the tanker bug.

Sky: “Never pass up a good thing.” – Lt. Rasczak

  • Sir, yes sir!

Dusty: Fool me once shame on you. Fool me twice shame on me.

  • Starting the battles with troops first, twice, is a major blunder. Napalm the bugs is a better step one before you send in actual troops.

Loved Michael Ironside as Lt. Rasczak and Dina Meyer as Dizzy Flores.

Dusty: Use your fleet to bomb before infantry. 

  • This goes along with the prior lesson… napalm first!

Sky: Do not question a superior officer in the tactics they teach you.

  • “The enemy cannot push a button if you disable his hand… MEDIC!” Loved this lesson.

 

Rotten Tomatoes scores:

  • The Audience: 70%
  • The Critics: 63%

Grades:

  • A+ from Sky
  • B+ from Dusty

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

Check out last week’s episode on Extraction.