Hunter Killer | Spoiler Review & Lessons Learned #22

Hunter Killer spoiler review and lessons learned

We enjoyed the action, suspense and story of Hunter Killer.  Perfect pacing, great acting, awesome underwater visuals and killer submarine action.

Lessons Learned from Hunter Killer

Always take the shot when you have it.

  • Don’t wait!  Your goal is to win, so when you have the shot, take it.

Dusty out hunting with the boys

Start off on the right foot with your new boss. Be the can-do, will-do, go-to guy for your boss.

  • We hated how Negative Nancy XO Edwards (Carter McIntyre) kicked it off with his Captain Joe Glass (Gerard Butler) with “It’s going to be impossible to find the men.”

Never join the Navy or you will be put into a large tin can and never see the sun.

  • Not a fan of the close-quarters, no-sun, stinky-men inherent in submarine life.

Cooler heads prevail so try to keep your head about you and look at the situation objectively.

  • Jayne Norquist (Linda Cardellini) kept a cool head, saw the situation for what it was and made some great decisions and points in the meeting and with Common’s character of RA Fisk. Also, Gary Oldman’s character of Donnegan was already on edge from his earlier meeting with those other military guys about how things were heating up with Russia.

Resting Bitch Face

Start a YouTube channel for your protection.

  • YouTube is great for going LIVE when you’re being chased by Jason Vorhees!

Loyalty… it’s fantastic!

  • Yeppers, Captain Andropov (Michael Nyqvist) is a great commanding officer.  His men disobeyed a direct order from their current captain to not fire on the sub. If you’re loyal to your men, train them well and support them in their job, they’ll be indebted to you.

Here it is, but we wouldn’t recommend watching the Hunter Killer official trailer before seeing the movie:

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.

Man, critics were at it again with this one: 36% for those fools and 84% from the audience on Rotten Tomatoes.  Go, audience!

Sky has chosen the incomparable Die Hard (a Fathom Events presentation) as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we discussed The Goonies.

The Goonies (1985) | Spoiler Review & Lessons Learned #21

The Goonies spoiler review and lessons learned

The Goonies is a perfect adventure movie for anyone who’s ever wanted to follow a map to buried treasure.  This one captured our imaginations back in ’85, and it landed at the top of our lists in last week’s Top 5 episode.  Listen to this episode and let’s live vicariously through the adventures of Mikey, Chunk, Mouth, Data, Brand, Andy and Stef.

Lessons Learned from The Goonies

Always be kind.

  • The Fratelli’s poor treatment of Sloth, along with Mikey’s (Sean Astin) and Chunk’s (Jeff Cohen) kind treatment put Sloth on their side and against his family.

Never judge a book by its cover.

  • Chunk was scared at first.  But, it’s great how Sloth became Chunk’s best friend and new family member.

Don’t let good opportunities pass you by.

  • The Goonies had plenty of chances to end their journey because of the danger, but they chose to go on instead.  They succeeded as a group of friends, beat the Fratelli’s and saved the neighborhood.

Kids can do amazing things.

  • For sure, they’re capable and with their imagination, they see the possibility in everything.

Keep your candles and dynamite separate. In fact, don’t buy candles that resemble the dynamite you’re carrying.

  • C’mon Chester Copperpot, you’re not a treasure hunter I would try to emulate.

Never pig out at a fat camp or you will get kicked out.

  • Great story from Chunk.

Check out The Goonies official trailer:

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.

Audience at 91% and critics at 70% on Rotten Tomatoes.  Seems right, as critics often don’t want to have fun at the movies.  Poo on you, critics.

Dusty has chosen our #1 movie, Hunter Killer as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we discussed our Top 5 Defining Childhood Movies.

Bad Times at the El Royale | Spoiler Review & Lessons Learned #19

Bad Times at the El Royale Spoiler Review and Lessons Learned

Bad Times at the El Royale was an enthralling movie from moment one.  With incredible performances by Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Chris Hemsworth and the rest of the cast, it’s a can’t miss movie.  But, even for how good it was, we wouldn’t be surprised if we never watch it again.

Lessons Learned from Bad Times at the El Royale

Once you start down the wrong path, it’s tough to turn it around.

  • Miles (Lewis Pullman) doing bad things at the hotel; Rose (Cailee Spaeny) falling under a cult leader’s spell, killing, then not even caring when her sister dies.

Stand for something or you will fall for anything. Read your bible and never join a cult.

  • Rose was in a bad way and susceptible to Billy Lee’s temptations (Chris Hemsworth).  What a terrible situation to be in.

It’s never too late to change your ways.

  • Sure, maybe you can’t make it up to those you’ve wronged or get forgiveness from them, but you can do right from this point forward (even if you’re on your way to death’s door).

Always look for wires and behind mirrors in every hotel and airbnb room.

  • Yep, good advice fo’sho.

We always revert back to our level of training in times of stress.

  • Miles picked up the rifle in a stressful moment and got right back to killing.

Don’t assume someone is incapacitated. Make sure they are tied up.

  • Yeah, Emily (Dakota Johnson) totally screwed up by allowing Rose to be free while she investigated the corridor.

Check out the Bad Times at the El Royale official trailer:

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.

Finally!  It seems like forever since we’ve seen a movie with audience and critics simpatico.  Audience at 76% and critics at 72% on Rotten Tomatoes works for us.

We’re going to discuss our individual Top 5 Defining Childhood Movies in the next episode.

If you missed it, last week we discussed lessons learned from Venom.

Venom (2018, Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams) | Episode 18

Venom was a totally enjoyable movie. What’s all the negative critical reception about? Tom Hardy killed it as Brock/Venom and we both recommend watching it.

Lessons Learned from Venom

Pay attention to weaknesses and exploit when necessary.

  • Anne Weying (Michelle Williams) helped Venom at the end with her knowledge of the symbiote’s weakness.

Don’t own a convince store.

  • I hate to burst your bubble slime-ball, but this isn’t the first time Mrs. Chen has had a gun held in her face.
We loved Tom Hardy as Venom. Great buddy-action banter between the two.

Keep your ego in check and do your job admirably.

  • It was Eddie Brock’s own fault that he pushed Drake (Riz Ahmed) so far and he lost his job, girlfriend and all job prospects because of it.

Don’t do any medical testing.

  • “Possible side effects include loss of scalp and penis”.  Nope, not worth it… not worth it at all.
We knew this guy was going to rue the day he messed with Mrs. Chen.

If you’re supporting a megalomaniac, you’re not a victim when you die due to his actions or plans.

  • We have no sympathy for the death of Dr. Dora Skirth (Jenny Slate).  It’s her own darn fault for willingly experiment on human beings.

Don’t walk towards a gun fight.

  • Yeah, Anne, what the heck were you thinking?

Check out the Venom official trailer:

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.

What a difference between the critics and the audience.  31% vs 89% on Rotten Tomatoes.  Lesson learned… critics ain’t worth listening to.

Sky has chosen Bad Times at the El Royale as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we discussed lessons learned from the 80’s classic Top Gun.

Top Gun (1986, Tom Cruise, Val Kilmer) | Episode 17

Top Gun 1986 podcast review, reminiscence and lessons learned

Top Gun is a quintessential, must-see ’80’s movie.  We really enjoyed revisiting this and learning some great lessons.  We discussed ’80’s music, actors and of course… Hot Shots!

Lessons Learned from Top Gun

Never leave your wingman.

  • You’ve got each other’s backs and your lives in each other’s hands.  There’s got to be absolute trust there for everyone to come home safely.

Follow orders. Military, work, wife… follow orders.

  • If they have more knowledge than you, a wider perspective or more information than you, do what they say.

Val Kilmer and Tom Cruise

Don’t live your life dangerous and foolish.

  • It’s good to think outside the box and test boundaries, but you need to do things sensibly.

Personal hygiene is important. Nobody likes a stinky person.

  • Keep yourself clean.  Clean = smells nice = have friends.
Cruise and McGillis: yep, she’s taller

Talent can only take you so far. Hard work, dedication, and perseverance is required to be great.

  • Even those without much talent can compete if they put forth more effort than the talented ones.

Let go of your ego, it can ruin you. You make others shine, you shine as well.

  • Supporting your team leads to everyone’s success.  “There’s no “I” in “team””.

Check out the Top Gun trailer:

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.

Wow, another classic movie where the critics scored it way lower than the audience on Rotten Tomatoes.  Critics at 54% and audience at 83%?  We’re on the audience’s side.

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

If you missed it, last week we discussed lessons learned from Peppermint.

Peppermint (2018, Jennifer Garner) | Episode 16

Peppermint spoiler review

Jennifer Garner killed it as the vengeance seeking mother Riley North in Peppermint.  We thoroughly enjoyed this revenge genre movie, even though it didn’t bring anything new.  The violence was extremely satisfying and the audience is on Riley’s side the entire way.

Lessons Learned from Peppermint

Don’t allow low-life friends talk you into anything. In fact, ditch your low-life friends.

  • If Riley’s husband Chris didn’t associate with low-lives, their family would still be intact.

Never rob or mess around with drug dealers.

  • Right along with Sky’s lesson above, stay away from drug dealers.  If there’s one thing we learned from the ’80’s arcade game “NARC”, it’s that when you battle drug dealers, you ultimately face off against a giant head shooting laser eyes and tongues at you: https://youtu.be/52hHU4UxYF4
Riley getting bloody judgy vengeance
Riley getting bloody, judgy vengeance

Don’t talk, just do it. Be like John Wick or Bryan Mills in Taken.

  • Riley almost failed in her mission because she just had to get close to Diego to tell him off before she kills him.

Bullets come out of the gun at a very fast speed and goes far to your target. Never get close!

  • This goes right along with the lesson above… don’t talk and don’t stand close.  Just pull the trigger from a distance.
Loved this Fight Club-esque life changing moment from Riley North
Loved this Fight Club-esque life changing moment from Riley North

When you’re taking on a Goliath, hit ‘em where they’re most vulnerable.

  • Riley started off her vengeance by hitting drug shipments and low-level thugs before moving to the big dogs and alerting them to her mission.

Have more than one kid.

  • Kids keep each other company and entertained.

Peppermint trailer:

Sky mentioned a couple of great movies: Hush and The Belko Experiment (click for IMDB pages)

Check out Keanu’s 3-gun skills:

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.

Wow! Is it possible for critics to be more out of touch with the audience?  Critics at 11% and audience at 80% on Rotten Tomatoes.  No wonder we don’t trust the opinions of critics.

Sky has chosen 1986’s Top Gun as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we discussed lessons learned from 2018’s The Predator.

The Predator (2018) | Episode 15

The Predator 2018 Watch and Learn Podcast

The Predator is at the bottom of our Predator franchise list, but it’s still worth seeing if you’re a Predator fan.  Not as much suspense, but plenty of gore and action that R-rated movie fans love.  Be ready for some confusing story elements, though.

Lessons Learned from The Predator

Have guns everywhere. Even in the refrigerator in the camper.

  • Yep, be prepared for a Predator invasion.
bullpup assault rifle
A bullpup assault rifle

Be prepared for Armageddon.

  • Going along with Dusty’s first lesson, have guns and supplies in case the end of the world is at your doorstep.

The Predator attacks

Do not take part in secret government projects.

  • EVERYONE involved on the government side eventually dies.  Yep, government at it’s most inept once again.
Dusty’s mounted deer with his sons

Don’t listen to movies when it comes to science, logic, or …

  • Sometimes movies have science advisers.  But it seems that more often than not, the writer is just flying by the seat of his pants and makes the science up.  If it doesn’t pass the sniff test, don’t believe it.

The Predator in his ship

Getting proof of something that others won’t believe is a good idea.

  • McKenna (Boyd Holbrook) had a good plan in sending some of that equipment back home to save as proof of aliens.

Nothing is truly secure when you’re dealing with alien beings.

  • The Predator may have appeared to be securely restrained, but like the lesson above teaches, government ineptitude will be the death of all those involved.

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.

This is a dog as far as critics are concerned, and the audience isn’t far behind (50%) on Rotten Tomatoes.

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

If you missed it, last week we discussed lessons learned from 1987’s Predator.

Predator (1987, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers) | Episode 14

Predator movie review

Predator can do no wrong in our eyes.  We love this height-of-80’s-action movie.  It does not get better than this.

Lessons Learned from 1987’s Predator

When you are in a fight, competition, poker, don’t tip-off your opponent that you have a trick up your sleeve by changing your actions.

  • Dutch (Arnold Schwarzenegger) tipped off the Predator to the trap he set for him.

Chew makes you a sexual tyrannosaurus.

  • See, you can learn from Jesse “The Body” Ventura.

:55 The Making of Predator

Being expendable is never a good thing.

  • According to Dillon (Carl Weathers), Dutch’s team is called in for the mission because they’re expendable.

Sometimes you can’t run and you’ve just got to make a stand.

  • Dutch realized there’s no way the team was going to “get to the chopper” and they used their trap making skills in an effort to make a stand against the Predator.

tipping off your hand

Always be ready to adapt to every situation to give you an advantage and be smart to watch for things you can exploit in your opponent.

  • Dutch realized that the Predator couldn’t see him when he was covered in mud and used this to his advantage.

You can shave without shaving cream.

  • Sky and Dusty both follow Mac’s (Bill Duke) lead and both shave without shaving cream.

Never take your eyes off your target.

  • Mac and Dillon screwed up by losing sight of the Predator and trying to flank a creature that blends into the background.

Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

87% fans, critics at 80%.  Well, I guess not all critics are terrible on Rotten Tomatoes.

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

If you missed it, last week we discussed lessons learned from Crazy Rich Asians.

Crazy Rich Asians | Episode 13

Crazy Rich Asians Podcast

We loved Crazy Rich Asians and had a great time discussing it and the lessons we learned.    It was a supremely enjoyable more-romance-than-comedy romantic comedy.  Fun and memorable characters played by great actors within a believable fish-out-of-water story makes this a must-see movie.

Lessons Learned from Crazy Rich Asians

Possessions will not make you happy, it’s the other things like family, love and experiences that will.

  • Rich people may buy a ton of expensive items, but the happiness derived from objects is fleeting.

Try the local “delicacies”.

  • That food they all chowed down on in the Singapore street markets sounded and looked so amazing.  That’s it, we’re going one day!

Singapore street food scene in Crazy Rich Asians

Always play to win. Don’t play to lose

  • Playing with scared money and playing to not lose is not a recipe for success.  Rachel Chu (Constance Wu’s character) demonstrated this nicely twice in the beginning with her student and at the end with her future mother-in-law (Michelle Yeoh’s character).

Always be prepared in Singapore for high class events.

  • Peik Lin Goh (Awkwafina’s character) is well prepared with various outfits in the boot of her car.

Awkwafina and Oliver from Crazy Rich AsiansDon’t cheat on your spouse.

  • Yep, Astrid’s (Gemma Chan) husband really screwed up by letting his insecurities ruin their marriage.

If something scares you, just do it and grow from the experience.

  • Rachel grew significantly from dealing with this entire situation.  Sure, she didn’t know what she was getting herself into, but by sticking through it, she’s a 10x stronger person now for it.

Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

Currently the critics dig on this movie just a little more than the audience, with 93% of critics giving the thumbs-up and 88% of the audience doing so.  Check it out on Rotten Tomatoes.

Dusty has chosen 1987’s Predator as the next movie we’ll learn from.

*Sorry listeners, we switched up the order after we recorded this one.  Top Gun will be coming soon, though.

If you missed it, last week we discussed lessons learned from Blended.

Blended | Podcast Episode 12

Blended lessons learned

Blended is great fun.  Sure, it’s Sandler at his most Sandler-iness, but you can’t deny the chemistry between him and Drew Barrymore.  This is their 3rd outing together, and it’s worth watching just like the prior two.

Lessons Learned from Blended

Actions speak louder than words.

  • It’s obvious that Jim (Adam Sandler) and Lauren (Barrymore) care about their kids.  But, it’s also obvious that Lauren’s ex-husband Mark (Joel McHale) doesn’t care about his family as evidenced by his lack of participation.  His words have no meaning because his actions show them how he feels.

Think of and be considerate of the other person you’re spending time with.

  • Jim taking Lauren out to Hooters, while it’s a meaningful place to him, would be off-putting to her for a first date.

blended on safari

Practical jokes aren’t as funny as you think they’re going to be.

  • A couple practical jokes backfired on Jim and Lauren didn’t find them funny at all.  Most people, I suspect, feel this way when they are the butt of any practical joke.

Spank Your Kids!

  • This is Dusty’s life lesson (although Sky doesn’t follow this).  Proverbs 13:24 – “Whoever spares the rod hates their children, but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them.”

Ginger shimmying

Don’t skimp on vacations.

  • Dan Patrick’s character of Dick “Lolipopolous” went all out on his once-in-a-lifetime trip to Africa.  That’s how vacations should be done.  You’re there only once, get the most out of it you can and don’t worry about the cost.

Go on vacation with your kids.

  • Take them with you and give them great experiences that they’ll learn from and the memories they develop from these experiences will be carried with them throughout their life.

Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

Of course, the critics can’t bring themselves to laugh at an Adam Sandler movie (and such a shame that is).  The critics score is 14%, while the audience is at 63% on Rotten Tomatoes.  Critics are just too good for Sandler, eh?

Dusty has chosen Crazy Rich Asians as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we discussed lessons learned from The Meg.