Zombieland (2009) and Double Tap | Spoiler Review and Lessons Learned

Zombieland and the Double Tap sequel are incredibly fun movies!  We loved the relentless zombie-killing, blood and gore, slow motion action, fun characters and comedic moments in both. Plus, Bill Murray and Elvis’ blue suede shoes!

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movies before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from Zombieland: Double Tap

Listen to our episode on Zombieland: Double Tap

Dusty: Always confirm your kill.

  • Don’t give them a chance to get up and scurry away or resume their attack on you.

Sky: Always strive to do and be better. 

  • This is exemplified by Tallahassee’s drive to earn zombie kill of the year instead of just kill of the week.

The 4 back for more (Breslin, Harrelson, Stone and Eisenberg)

Dusty: Never park your car in someone else’s driveway.

  • In more ways than one 🙂

Sky: Kids learn by example. 

  • Little Rock left her sister just like they left Tallahassee in Columbus with the stupid little note. This is a learned behavior.  Watch what you do in front of your kids because they’re going to copy you.

Great additions to Zombieland: Nevada (Rosario Dawson), Albuquerque (Luke Wilson) and Flagstaff (Thomas Middleditch)

Dusty: The world is your toilet.

  • Out in the woods, in a swamp, your own backyard… it’s okay to whip it out.

Big fans of Madison here!

Sky: “If you love something, you shoot it in the face so it doesn’t become a flesh-eating monster.”

  • Yeppers, in the zombie apocalypse you don’t want your loved ones to turn and eat you.

Zombieland: Double Tap Rotten Tomatoes score:

  • The Audience: 90%
  • The Critics: 67%

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

Lessons Learned from Zombieland (2009)

Listen to our episode on Zombieland

Sky: Live in the now!

  • If the world you’re living in won’t allow for the things you want to do, especially if your life is on the line, don’t do it.

Dusty: Don’t waste your ammo.

  • No more is being made and this is the stuff that’s helping to keep you alive. Be smart with it, Tallahassee.

Dusty loves the level-action rifle

Sky: Enjoy the little things.

  • Great lesson, take joy in the things you love to do.

Dusty: Don’t do things that bring attention to yourself, especially when your life is on the line.

  • Running an amusement park at night with the lights and music?!  Bad choice.

Some creative deaths in Zombieland

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Sky: Don’t prop the door open.

  • You’ve turned a safe exit into a portal of danger.  Know where it is, clear the way and be ready to use it.

A zombie-fied Bill Murray!

 

Dusty: Don’t give your gun to anybody!

  • Holy cow, bad choices made by everybody right and left in Zombieland.

Let us know what you think of the movie or any lessons you learned that we missed by commenting below.  Or, you can visit our Watch and Learn Facebook Page and comment there.

Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

Zombieland Rotten Tomatoes score:

  • The Audience: 90%
  • The Critics: 86%

Gemini Man | Spoiler Review and Lessons Learned #70

Gemini Man was a little fun, but that CG pulled us right out of the movie every time. Fun story, though, with Mission Impossible overtones.

Lessons Learned from Gemini Man

Sky: If you’ve gotta own a van, choose double-sliding doors so you always have an exit.

  • And, wire that puppy so the doors can open while driving (unless kids are in the car).

Dusty: When fighting your clone, just put a bullet in their head.

  • When it’s you or him, you gotta choose #1.

Junior vs gristled veteran Henry Brogan

Sky: As a spy, your government will eventually come after you.  Have an escape plan.

  • Hatch in floor, check!  Bug out bag with guns and cash, check!  Good looking chick to escape with, check!

Dusty: Look for bugs.  

  • They’re always listening.
  • Pick-up your own listening device detector (bug wand).

The only time Brogan (and Dusty) experiences happiness

Dusty: Know yourself.

  • If it’s you you’re fighting, you know what would attract you, so use that against you (understand?).

The CG is more believable in the darkend scenes.  Don’t get me started on that ending scene in broad daylight.  Yeesh!

Let us know what you think of the movie or any lessons you learned that we missed by commenting below.  Or, you can visit our Watch and Learn Facebook Page and comment there.

Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

Rotten Tomatoes score:

  • The Audience: 84%
  • The Critics: 25%

Dusty has chosen Zombieland: Double Tap as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we discussed Joker.

Joker | Spoiler Review and Lessons Learned #69

Joker was a bleak, depressing movie.  No fun, no excitement and all drama without the characteristic genius evil-doing Batman-nemesis that we grew up with.  But, Joaquin Phoenix was good.

Sky didn’t bother with lessons learned from the bleak and boring Joker.

Let us know what you think of the movie or any lessons you learned that we missed by commenting below.  Or, you can visit our Watch and Learn Facebook Page and comment there.

Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

Rotten Tomatoes score:

  • The Audience: 69%
  • The Critics: 90% (shocking!)

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

If you missed it, last week we learned from Zombieland (2009).

Rambo: Last Blood #67

Rambo: Last Blood was a fitting send-off for our beloved Vietnam veteran.  Revenge action and violence has never been more visceral nor satisfying.

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from Rambo: Last Blood

Sky: Send your kids off to school with protection.

  • That Damascus steel letter opener was pretty sweet and a great idea for dorm safety.

Dusty: Never go to Mexico.

  • There are so many safer yet just as beautiful countries to visit.  There’s Canada and we’ve still got Hawaii!

Dusty loves the level-action rifle

Sky: You’re never going to convince somebody to NOT do something if their mind and heart are set on it.

  • We all saw it coming, Gabrielle was not got going to obey Uncle John nor Grandma.

Dusty: Over communicate.

  • This is a lesson for just about every movie we watch.  Communication can solve most problems.  Let’s work together, people!

Sky’s favorite death!!!

Sky: Never ask a question you don’t want the answer to.

  • There was nothing Gabrielle’s father could’ve said to make her happy.  No matter the answer, after asking the question “Why did you leave?”, she’s going to feel worse than before. “Actions speak louder than words.”

Rambo watched Home Alone and took all the wrong, murderous lessons from it

Sylvester Stallone stars as ‘John Rambo’ in Rambo V Last Blood. Photo credit: Yana Blajeva.

 

Dusty: Get a backhoe and get to work on your doomsday bunker.

  • What a great stash for your canned foods and for hunting bad guys.

Let us know what you think of the movie or any lessons you learned that we missed by commenting below.  Or, you can visit our Watch and Learn Facebook Page and comment there.

Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

Rotten Tomatoes score:

  • The Audience: 84%
  • The Critics: 28%

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

If you missed it, last week we learned from Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010) #66

We’re huge fans of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.  Great writing and a fun story with killer action, witty dialogue and cool comic booky, video-gamey visuals.

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Sky: Persistence is critical.

  • If you have a dream, pursue it.  The Sex Bob-ombs kept gigging and finally landed a contract (ill-fated, but they landed it) and Scott finally got the girl.

Dusty:   Never cheat on anybody you’re dating.

  • Cheaters have no honor nor respect for themselves or the one they’re with.  Doesn’t matter how hard it is, do the right thing.

Vegan powers!!!

JP Sears: If Meat Eaters Acted Like Vegans

Sky: Wallace said, “If you want something bad, you  have to fight for it. 

  • It goes with the first lesson, but it’s an important idea for success in life.

Ramona gets some action with this awesome large-handled Mjolnir!

 

Sky & Dusty: Don’t partake of anything an enemy gives you.

  • Any enemy would only have ulterior motives behind giving you anything.

Let us know what you think of the movie or any lessons you learned that we missed by commenting below.  Or, you can visit our Watch and Learn Facebook Page and comment there.

Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

Rotten Tomatoes score:

  • The Audience: 81%
  • The Critics: 83%

Dusty has chosen Rambo: Last Blood as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we learned from Angel Has Fallen.

Angel Has Fallen | Spoiler Review and Lessons Learned #65

Angel Has Fallen was a bummer of a movie!  Too predictable and nowhere nearly as enjoyable as its predecessors.  What a terrible way to conclude a franchise.

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from Angel Has Fallen

Dusty’s 3-parter:

  1. Grab your victim’s guns.
  2. Beware of your surroundings and always know the exits.
  3. Train as if it’s real so you won’t be dead when it is.

Sky:  Simple plans are the most effective. 

  • Their plan was too fantastical. Kill the president, that’s it. Why set somebody up for the fall and kill every secret service agent?

Nick Nolte… Angel’s only saving grace

Dusty: Get a phone and start live streaming everything

  • Use the technology of today to begin proving your innocence.

Sky:  Don’t get plastic surgery.

  • Now you look fake.

We’re not plastic surgery fans.

Dusty: Lions do what lions do

  • When the crap hits the fan, you react naturally and show your true stripes.

Gerard Butler as Mike Banning.

 

Sky: It’s better to know when to quit than to stick around and hurt your loved ones.

  • Maybe not a great lesson, but Dusty’s right.  If you need to change, work to change for the betterment of yourself and your loved ones.

Let us know what you think of the movie or any lessons you learned that we missed by commenting below.  Or, you can visit our Watch and Learn Facebook Page and comment there.

Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

Rotten Tomatoes score:

  • The Audience: 94%
  • The Critics: 39%

Sky has chosen Scott Pilgrim vs. the World as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we learned from Kung Pow: Enter the First.

Kung Pow: Enter the Fist | Spoiler Review & Lessons Learned 64

Kung Pow: Enter the Fist is one of the best spoofs of all time!  We absolutely love it! The comedy is spot on and the premise of taking an old kung fu movie and creating something new from it is comedy genius!

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from Kung Pow: Enter the Fist

Dusty: Never fight a baby.  

  • It is a lose-lose situation.

Lovin’ Steve Odekirk!

Sky: Ask and ye shall receive. 

  • Master Tang changed his mind at a second request from the Chosen One imploring him to help.

Master Tang… none more masterful

Dusty: Rodents are disposable.

  • Yep, eating or self-defense, do what you want with dem pests.

Sky: Always pay attention to your surroundings. 

  • We love it when Betty and his henchmen are walking through town and some random stupid villages are still walking towards these degenerates that are beating other people. “Hey guys, what’s going on?”

We love Wimp Lo.

Dusty: Fighting to music is the only way to go.

Those small nets gets us all the time, too!

 

Sky: Stay away from psycho hose beasts like Ling.

  • A lesson we first leaned from Wayne’s World.

Let us know what you think of the movie or any lessons you learned that we missed by commenting below.  Or, you can visit our Watch and Learn Facebook Page and comment there.

Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

Rotten Tomatoes score:

  • The Audience: 69%
  • The Critics: 13% (“That’s a lot of nuts!”)

Sky has chosen Angel Has Fallen as the next set of movies we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we learned from the Pirates of the Caribbean Trilogy.

The Pirates of the Caribbean Trilogy

Pirates of the Caribbean Trilogy spoiler review and lessons learned

What a fun re-watch!  The Pirates of the Caribbean Trilogy holds up and the comedy mixed with action and adventure in a period piece is a must-see.  And, Captain Jack Sparrow!

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movies before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Dusty: Even though it’s sad, rum can make a huge bonfire and save you.

  • Out in the ocean, you’ve got to do what you can to guide ships to you.

Sky: Everyone has a price. 

  • Most people are greedy, just offer them something to get what you want.

The best pirate we’ve ever seen

Jack Sparrow IS the best pirate we've ever seen

Dusty: Do what you gotta to avoid a mutiny.

  • This holds true for pirate captains as well as us in the real world who manage people or even your family.

Sky: Being waited on hand and foot makes you weak. 

  • If somebody is doing everything for you (waking you up, getting you dressed, cooking all your meals) then you won’t become a self-reliant, strong person.  Elizabeth Swan is an exception to this, but in the real world, coddled people are weak people.

We love the cursed pirates CG

Sky: Show them what you want them to see (misdirection).

  • Captain Jack’s Sparrow’s plan of stealing the super fast British ship by commandeering the other one was perfect misdirection.  Everyone thinks he’s a buffoon and underestimates him, but he’s always one step ahead.

Non-pirates out-pirating the pirates

More The Curse of the Black Pearl goodness

The Curse of the Black Pearl on IMDB.

Rotten Tomatoes score: The Audience at 89% and The Critics at 66%

Lessons Learned from Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

Dusty: Know what your end goal is and go after it.

  • Even though losing the game meant more years added on to Will Turner’s sentence, it was the one way for him to learn the location of the key, so it was worth it.

Sky:  Stay on task. 

  • The cannibals kept going back and forth between Jack and the Pirates. If they just stayed on task and maybe divide up their forces, they would’ve had a very nice meal that night.

Awesome fishy bag guys with Davey Jones leading this cutthroat crew

Dusty: Pick yourself up when life throws you a curve ball.

  • Don’t fall into despair and wallow in your own stink like Norrington did after his defeat in the first movie.  Get back on that horse and ride!

Sky:  Don’t give in to superstition. 

  • Being haunted, ghosts, ancient Chinese secrets… don’t believe any of it. Just believe in yourself and what you can do and what you know to be true. Acting upon your superstitions doesn’t get you anywhere I believe and all it does is add fear to your life. Humans are too fearful, so cut the superstitions, cut the fear and just enjoy life more.

The two-pronged native cannibal chase was great!

Sky: Always be prepared to settle your debts when the collector comes.

  • You make your bed, you’ve got to lie in it.

Dusty: Don’t ever settle somebody else’s debt.

  • For us in the now, don’t cosign for other’s debts.

A little over-the-top, but a great sword fighting scene

More Dead Man’s Chest goodness

Dead Man’s Chest on IMDB.

Rotten Tomatoes score: The Audience at 53% and The Critics at 72%.

Lessons Learned from Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End

Dusty: Never give up your human rights without a fight.

  • Instead of singing in solidarity on your way to the gallows, fight in solidarity for your life.

Sky: Hold true to your word because that’s all you’ve got. 

  • Once a betrayer, always a betrayer. This is a big mistake of Lord Beckett and most pirates. If you show somebody they can’t trust you, they won’t trust you from that point forward.

Captain Jack Sparrow: never one to be outdone

Dusty: Always have a plan. 

  • Be like Sparrow and always think about how you’re going to get what you want or get out of the predicament you’re in.

Sky:  “Improvisation is too good to leave to chance.” – Paul Simon

  • It seems like Sparrow is constantly improvising, but we’re sure he’s game planning the entire time before he takes action on anything.

Calypso!

Sky: The more you do, the more you can do.

  • Jack’s success in this movie came from everything else he’s experienced and accomplished (and failed at) in the past.  For us in the real world, every bit of experience you gain adds to your wisdom, allowing you to draw from past successes and failures as you work to achieve your goals.

Dusty: Communication helps all situations.

  • Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann should’ve been communicating their intentions the entire time.  They could’ve been working together toward the same goals.

Rousing the troops and headed towards a fantastic conclusion!

More At World’s End goodness

At World’s End on IMDB.

Rotten Tomatoes score: The Audience at 72% and The Critics at 44%.

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Hobbs & Shaw | Episode 60

Hobbs & Shaw had unbelievable, crazy action with great comedic one-liners, and we had a rockin’ good time!  This is a great spin-off to the Fast & Furious Franchise.

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from Hobbs & Shaw

Sky: You can learn a lot about somebody by fighting them.

  • This is probably true, but I (Sky) will never intrinsically understand it.  I’m not a fighter, I’m more of an avoider.

Dusty: Always have one in the chamber.

  • The goal is to protect yourself, so don’t waste time in having to pull the slide back.

These two are perfect buddy-action-movie stars!

Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) and Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) in Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, directed by David Leitch.

Sky: Go to a stunt driving school so you’ll be ready for your next big high-speed chase.

Dusty: Family is the most important.

  • It may seem cliche and over-used in movies, but family is the true bond that can get you through the tough times.  This is one of the reasons we love this franchise.

Idris Elba was a great black Superman

Sky: We can accomplish so much more with teamwork.

  • It took these two frien-enemies working together to take out Brixton (Elba).

With all the cameos in the movie (like Eiza Gonzalez), they’re preparing for a continuing franchise

 

Dusty: Get creative when making booby traps.

  • Yeah, prepare for the worst and surprise your enemies like they did here with “Samo-Alone”.

Dusty’s super-cool desk (now that’s he’s got Deadpool)

Let us know what you think of the movie or any lessons you learned that we missed by commenting below.  Or, you can visit our Watch and Learn Facebook Page and comment there.

Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

Rotten Tomatoes score:

  • The Audience: 89%
  • The Critics: 66%

Sky & Dusty have chosen the Pirates of the Caribbean Trilogy as the next set of movies we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we learned from Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood | Review and Lessons Learned #59

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood may have been meandering and a little boring at times, but the acting talents of DiCaprio and Pitt are on full, glorious display.

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Sky: Pick yourself up by the bootstraps and soldier on with the job you were hired to do.

  • DiCaprio’s character of Rick Dalton came back from the brink of breaking down on set and killed it with the kidnapping scene with the little girl and Luke Perry.  This is how we should all act and when it’s your turn to perform, perform and get the job done.

Dusty: Have a weapon (especially a flame thrower) near you at all times.

  • You’ve gotta be able to protect yourself and your family.

Pitt and DiCaprio were on point in this one!

Sky: If it’s not “hell yes” it’s “hell no”.

  • It’s easier said than done, and Kurt Russell’s stunt coordinator character broke this rule and hired Cliff. This ended up with Bruce Lee getting thrown around and his wife’s car getting beat up. I don’t know who originally said this, but it applies to all aspects of life. Life is too short to do the stuff you don’t want to do, so when somebody offers you something and you don’t immediately jump at the opportunity, turn it down.

Dusty: If you’re even in a pool and roasting on fire, just go under.

  • Yep, water puts out fire (it’s science, yo!).

Danger!  Danger!  Jail bait… DANGER!!!

Sky: Try not to think with your little brain.

  • Cliff Booth was right when he inquired as to the age of PussyCat. There’s jail bait out there, and it takes a little bit of forethought and self-control to NOT be taken in by it.

Margot Robbie was great as Sharon Tate

 

Dusty: Train your dog to chew off somebody’s face, arm or balls.

  • Sounds good, but are you willing to put in the work to do this?  A horse and hardback book is good enough.

Let us know what you think of the movie or any lessons you learned that we missed by commenting below.  Or, you can visit our Watch and Learn Facebook Page and comment there.

Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

The critics enjoyed this one, they had it at 84% on Rotten Tomatoes which was a bit more positive than the Audience at 71%.  We agree with the Critics on this one.

Dusty has chosen Hobbs & Shaw as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we learned from Army of Darkness.