The Karate Kid – we review a classic ’80’s movie we loved (1984)

the karate kid

the karate kid

The Karate Kid holds up and is maybe even more enjoyable now than when we were kids. Dusty’s seen it 4x with his kids and Sky loved it again. Great life lessons from Mr. Miyagi, bullies getting what’s coming to them and Daniel-san winning the tournament. What’s not to love? And don’t forget, Elisabeth Shue!!!

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Life Lessons Learned from The Karate Kid

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Sky: Listen to those with experience.

  • Kids nowadays don’t listen to their elders (have they ever?). Your elders have “been around the block a few times” and experienced more, so they’ve got more insight. If a Mr. Miyagi comes around and tries to impart knowledge, you’d best listen.

Everyone needs a mentor like Mr. Miyagi.

Dusty: Don’t turn away a girl when you are hurt. 

  • Just like in Back to the Future (Lorraine taking care of injured George/Marty), women love taking care of you. Let Ali dote over you, Daniel-san!

Kreese and Johnny are unforgettable baddies.

Sky: Balance is key.

  • Not just physical balance, but also balance between all of our roles in life.

Dusty: Never wear a towel around your neck and under your jacket.

  • You look like a tool (Ali’s dad coming back from the club). Also, avoid popped collars and scarfs when NOT in season.

The final moment! Love that balance and the Crane Kick to the face.

The Karate Kid crane kick (screen grab) Credit: Columbia Pictures

 

Rotten Tomatoes scores:

  • The Audience: 82%
  • The Critics: 88%

Grades:

  • A+ from Dusty
  • A from Sky

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

Check out last week’s episode on The Hunt.

The Hunt with Betty Gilpin and Hillary Swank… We loved it!

the hunt

The Hunt was super fun, full of death and dismemberment. What’s that say about us? Who cares! We loved it and how it struck at both sides of the political spectrum.

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Life Lessons Learned from The Hunt

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Sky: Keep your wits about you.

  • There’s always a fool that goes off with guns blazing, losing his mind. That’s how you get killed.
Members of the hunted (from left, Ike Barinholz, back to camera, Justin Hartley, Kate Nowlin), including Daisy (Emma Roberts) and Don (Wayne Duvall), find weapons in a clearing in The Hunt, directed by Craig Zobel.

Dusty: Be prepared for anything. 

  • You never know when you’ll be put into a life-and-death situation like this, so… bone up on your hunting, shooting and survival skills.

They screwed themselves royally by picking the wrong “Crystal”.

Sky: Be mindful of what you say and do, it can easily make you a target. 

  • Social media is a job killer. We’re not saying to NOT say what you want, but just beware that with today’s over-reacting and politically charged climate, what you say can be held against you. Cancelled!

Dusty: If someone is going to kill you, its either you or them.

  • Don’t play by any “rules”. They’re hunting you, hunt them right back and don’t hold back.

Loved this final battle between Betty Gilpin (Crystal) and Hillary Swank (Athena).

 

Rotten Tomatoes scores:

  • The Audience: 66%
  • The Critics: 56%

Grades:

  • A- from Dusty
  • A from Sky

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

Check out last week’s episode on Eurovision Song Contest.

Eurovision Song Contest | Reviewing a Wonderful Will Ferrell & Netflix Comedy

Eurovision

Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga was incredible. You’ve got the comedy styling of Will Ferrell with the wholesome sweetness of Rachel McAdams… along with killer songs and a great underdog story. Loved it!

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Life Lessons Learned from Eurovision Song Contest

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Sky: Don’t quit on the thing you love. 

  • Lars loved Eurovision and singing and always pursued it no matter the ridicule he faced. Sigrit loved singing but also Lars and never gave up on him.

Dusty: It’s OK to be a dreamer. But, dream big!

  • It’s a huge dream of Fire Saga to win Eurovision and their chances are 1 in a few million. But, they pursued it and look where it got them.

It ain’t over until the fat lady sings.

Sky: Rehearse, rehearse, rehearse. 

  • Before a final performance of any kind (board presentation, singing on stage, filming a movie), you’ve got to rehearse it step by step so you don’t screw it up. It was quite stupid on Lars’ part to spring secret performance aspects on Sigrit. But, it lead to an incredible underdog story success.

Dusty: Don’t over complicate things.

  • Adding too many elements to their performance was overkill. Just let your song and voice reach through to the audience instead of theatrics.

Dan Stevens killed it as Alexander Lemtov and held his own with Ferrell on screen.

EUROVISION SONG CONTEST: The Story of Fire Saga- Dan Stevens as Alexander Lemtov. Cr. John Wilson/NETFLIX © 2020

 

Rotten Tomatoes scores:

  • The Audience: 80%
  • The Critics: 64%

Grades:

  • B+ from Dusty
  • A from Sky

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

Check out last week’s episode on The Saint.

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.

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

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.

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

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!

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

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.

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

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!

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

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

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

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.