The Meg | Episode 11

The Meg was mindless fun, but not something either of us will likely watch again.  Decent action and some beautiful underwater shots, but this didn’t seem to bring anything new to the shark genre.  We did love Statham, though.

Lessons Learned from The Meg

It is another world down there. It’s worth studying, but not worth risking your life or dying for.

  • It’s great checking out a trench nobody’s been to before.  But we have unmanned drones for a reason, people!

The billionaire should keep himself way out of harms way and off in a helicopter or a control booth of some sort.

  • Morris (Rainn Wilson’s character) screwed up by getting in on the shark-chasing action by being on the water instead of flying safely above it.

Learn to swim, especially if your gig involves bodies of water.

  • Taking a middle-of-the-ocean based job without swimming skills?  Not too bright, guy.

Kids hear everything.

  • Yep, 8 year-olds are ever-present and it’s easy to forget that their ears are always perked up to the happenings around them.

You’re never safe until you’re back on land.

  • When you’re dealing with sea-dwelling killers, don’t rest until you’re back on land.  Even if you think there’s only one of them around.

Hold onto the vehicle before the driver accelerates quickly or the momentum will throw you overboard. 

  • Morris screwed up again (and cost him his life) when he failed to remember boating safety 101 and hold on when boats accelerate.

Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

Critics and audiences are pretty simpatico on this movie with scores of 47% and 56% respectively on Rotten Tomatoes.

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

If you missed it, last week we discussed lessons learned from Mission Impossible: Fallout.

The Equalizer 2 | Episode 9

The Equalizer 2 was good, but didn’t bring much new to the table that we didn’t see in part 1.  We discuss both of them and the lessons we took away in this episode.

Lessons Learned from The Equalizer Parts 1 & 2:

Always be aware of your surroundings.

  • Know where the entrances and exits, the people in the room and any possible threats. Also, look for weapons to defend yourself with.

Be who you are in this world.

  • Be proud to be the person you are. Play to your strengths and be happier.

Always negotiate anything you have to pay for.

  • Miles and Robert haggled back and forth on the price of the paining and they both got a fair deal. Just ask the question, “Are you flexible on that price?”

If you can do something about it, do it because you can.

  • Robert helps because he’s got the skills.

Don’t pick a fight with an unknown entity.

  • Denzel might seem like easy pickings, but you learn to your detriment that he’s anything but.

Progress, not perfection.

  • This is what we should all strive for. Just a little better every day.

You can be a victim or learn from your painful experiences.

  • “There’s two types of pain: pain that hurts and pain that alters.”

Always be nice to anyone that has access to your toothbrush.

Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

Yeppers, like most action movies, the audience scored it higher than the critics.  74% versus 50% at Rotten Tomatoes.

Sky has chosen Mission Impossible: Fallout as the next movie we’ll learn from.

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

Skyscraper | Episode 8

Skyscraper was a fun yet seen-it-all-before summer blockbuster movie.  We loved The Rock and the death-defying action in this ‘Die Hard’ repeat.

Lessons Learned from Skyscraper:

When you make the best decision you can with the information you’re given, accept the outcome.

  • Poker players (like Sky) have to deal with this in every session they play.
  • Sawyer made a “correct” call to not shoot the father during the hostage situation.  

Always try the easy way first.

  • Sawyer quickly popped the unlocked cockpit door open instead of having to smash it open, saving a little bit of time.

If you’re going to die anyway, take as many with you as you can.

  • Sky liked seeing the head of security taking out the helicopter and pilot in order to ruin the bad guys’ plan.

If you have the shot, take it. Don’t hesitate and eliminate the threat.

  • Dusty felt that within the initial hostage situation, they should’ve just taken out the father when they had the chance.  You can’t argue with this given how the situation resolved itself. 

Keep guns in your safe room.

  • It’s a no-brainer to have weapons for self-defense (just like Zhao Long Ji did). If they find out how to open the door, you’ve gotta have a backup plan.

 Don’t give over complete control of your $6.5 billion security system to anyone.

  •  Terrible idea of giving Sawyer that tablet that can bring everything down.

Never build a safe room because, as movies will show you, have safe room… will use.

 Teach your kids to run away from men with guns.

  • Stranger = danger and men with guns = danger. It’s easy for a “nice” stranger to win the trust of a child.

Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

Yep, as expected there’s a hug gap between critics at 49% and the audience at 79% Rotten Tomatoes.

Dusty has chosen The Equalizer 2 as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we discussed lessons learned from Ant-Man and The Wasp.

Kingpin (1996: Harrelson, Quaid, Murray | Episode 6

Kingpin is an incredible Farrelly Brothers comedy and we’ve loved it since college.  Great story and characters perfectly portrayed by the actors.  We especially LOVED Bill Murray!  It’s wall-to-wall comedy and laugh-out loud scenes.  Love those 10 nut shots and other running gags.

Lessons Learned from Kingpin:

Never give up on your dreams.

  • Ishmael wanting to continue when Roy wanted to quit after discovering that his average came from bowling 15 frame games.

When something feels hinky, DO NOT proceed.  

  • Roy knew it was a bad idea to follow Big Earn and cheating the bowling father and his buddies.

Don’t blame others for your problems; everything is own damn fault.

  • Roy blaming Big Earn for 17 years when it was his own fault due to his poorly thought actions.

If you give up one moral, the next and then the next ones fall more easily.

  • Ishmael, with his Amish heritage, never did anything bad and worked harder than anyone around them. He hooked up with Roy and suddenly finds himself saying yes to cigarettes, then coffee then alcohol and all the other things he should’ve never partaken in.

Don’t poop in a urinal.

The comb-over is phenomenal and it’s a must-have for Dusty should he lose his hair someday.  Sky?  No, he’ll just go bald like today’s action movie heroes Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Jason Statham.  Not bad company, eh?

Check out the Red Rose bowling ball on Amazon.

Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

Critics gave it a 50% on Rotten Tomatoes!  For shame, critics, for shame…

Dusty has chosen Ant-Man and the Wasp as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we discussed lessons learned from Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom | Episode 5

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom was some good, mindless fun but repeated too many of the same movie tropes as every other Jurassic movie to date.

Lessons Learned from Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

There’s nothing like the potential of physical harm to spur your butt to move.

  • The threat of a lava-burning death spurred Owen’s body to “wake up” from the tranquilizer.

There’s no hiding things from kids. 

  • Kids are always listening and paying attention as Maisie demonstrated while listening in on Eli’s secret plan.

Don’t enter a cage with a carnivorous dinosaur.

  • Yep, if what you wanted was a bloody, terror filled death, you want about it the right way, guy.

Bullets fly. You don’t need to have the gun against the dinosaur.

  • This happens far too often in movies: a stupid soldier approaching Blue in the lab after Blue’s already attacked another soldier.  Shoot from a distance, ya big dumb-dumb.

When there is a stampede (of anything), run…

  • Another common movie trope repeated with these senseless soldier deaths.

It’s always the rich white guy…

  • True dat, one more trope for the record.  Not sure who the bad guy is going to be?  Look towards your “friendly” rich white guy for the answer. 

Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

Critics gave this a 50% on Rotten Tomatoes.  Yep, feels about right.

Sky has chosen the classic Kingpin as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we discussed lessons learned from Incredibles 2.

Incredibles 2 | Episode 4


Incredibles 2 was fun, and Dusty enjoyed it more than Sky did.  We both loved seeing all our same characters in a “new” adventure that had many elements of the first installment.

Lessons Learned from Incredibles 2:

If it’s too good to be true, it is.

  • Driving in the car to their new incredible home to live in. A couple of billionaires wanting to bring back heroes.

Communication solves problems while a lack of communication causes problems.

  • Robert Parr not communicating fully with the family and the family started to break-down with his lack of communication. Honest communication is what brought his daughter back on his side and things went smoothly with Helen (this is also an echo from the first Incredibles movie).

Raising kids is tough.

  • As demonstrated by Bob Parr trying to raise the kids.

An event can be seen differently by different people.

  • Brother and sister have different perspectives on the death of their parents. Man wanted heroes accepted, woman wants heroes gone so people don’t rely on them.

 Protect yourself don’t wait for help

  • Mom and dad relying on the phone in the office and calling heroes instead of taking your life in your own hands and doing what you need to do to protect yourself. Don’t wait for others to help you. 

No good deed goes unpunished.

  • Super heroes trying to do a good thing and they cause lawsuits and greater damage and a hatred or fear of supers. 

To fix the law, you have to break it.

  • Elastigirl’s rationale to her family for what she was doing

Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

93% on Rotten Tomatoes.  Yeppers, seems about right.

Dusty has chosen Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we discussed lessons learned from Deadpool 2.

Solo: A Star Wars Story | Episode 2

Solo: A Star Wars Story was a surprisingly good movie, given that we didn’t care for the most recent two releases in the Star Wars Universe.

Lessons Learned from Solo: A Star Wars Story:

When you see an opportunity, take it.

  • Signing up for the Imperial Order; meeting Beckett and joining him

Anti-lesson: Assume everyone will betray you and you will never be disappointed.

Real lesson: Don’t have expectations, plan as much as you can and improvise when necessary.

  • The anti-lesson was Becket’s point of view.  Sky doesn’t prescribe to that as it’s a negative, unfriendly way to go through life.

Think outside the box for solutions to your problems.

  • Making it through the Kessel Run in record time.

Know how you’re going to win before you play.

  • Gambling between Han and Lando.  Lando has a “card up his sleeve” but it ends up back-firing on him late in the movie.
Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian

Think a few moves ahead of your opponent.

  • Becket’s teaching Han, and we can learn from Becket as well

Assume people will let you down.  Understand that heading into anything.

  • Becket (played by Woody Harrelson) betraying Han at the end


Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

83% on Rotten Tomatoes.  Why not 100%?!

Dusty has chosen Deadpool 2 as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we discussed lessons learned from Avengers: Infinity War.

Welcome to the Watch & Learn Podcast

Hello and welcome to our new show, the Watch and Learn Podcast.

We are brothers, Sky Matsuhashi and Dusty Matsuhashi Heiner (he took our step dad’s last name).  We live in different cities now, and this podcast allows us to hang out and and share ideas.

We love movies and discussing what we liked/disliked about each.  We believe that you can learn from anything, and the entertainment you consume can be a part of this process.

Join us as we watch movies, new and old, and discuss the life lessons we extract from them.

Dusty has chosen Avengers: Infinity War as the first movie we’ll learn from.