Shazam! | Spoiler Review and Lessons Learned #43

Shazam! was a fun origin story with a character we knew nothing about.  They nailed the humor and the humanity with this foster family turned super hero family story.  Definitely a worthy inclusion in the DCEU.

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from Shazam!

Sky:  Everyone is more understanding if you step out ahead and admit your foibles.

  • The name Shazam is pretty child-like, and the fact that they poked fun at it in the movie (when Billy laughed at the name) and the trailer gets the audience on their side.

Dusty: Stand up for the little guy

  • It took the mention of a “mom”, but Billy turned back and stood up for Freddy against the bullies.  If someone can’t defend  himself, step up and lend a hand.

Not exactly heroic… yet

Sky: Kids need to feel loved, accepted and wanted.

  • Without his mother’s love, Billy Batson felt lost and alone in the world.  For all the parents out there, it’s very easy to show your child you love them.

Dusty: No matter what situation you are in, act cool.

  • Don’t let ’em see you sweat, nor that you don’t know what you’re doing!  But, it makes sense that a 14 year old wouldn’t be able to keep his cool when given super hero powers.

Flossin’!

Sky: Closure isn’t worth striving for.

  • Billy spent every moment looking for his mom.  Not exactly looking for closure, but to fill a gap in his soul.  Looking for closure means you probably live a life of regret and you’re also living in the past.  “Live in the NOW!”

Dusty: Look to the help of your family and friends.

  • Billy found his family and they all worked together to defeat Dr. Sivana and the 7 Deadly Sins.

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 consensus!  91% and 90% Rotten Tomatoes.  We agree.

Sky has chosen Ace Ventura: Pet Detective as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we re-aired Deadpool 2.

Deadpool 2 | Episode 42

Originally aired on 6.28.18 as our third episode.

Deadpool 2 was such a fun movie!  We loved it as much as the first.  The humor, the action, the superheroes and the villains… everything worked so well!

Lessons Learned from Deadpool 2:

Rules are made to be broken.

  • We both prescribe to this life lesson. You just have to accept the consequences.

Never do the superhero landing.

  • Deadpool does it and hurts his knee.

Family is not an F-word.

  • Family gives you something to fight for (just ask Dominic Toretto).

Know how to defend your home.

  • Deadpool, while a trained fighter, successfully defended his home (once he sharpened the cream cheese spreader and used better aim the second time).

Don’t follow Deadpool’s lead.

  • He led all but Domino to death due to his poor planning.

Real friends are there when you need them.

  • Colossus coming to Deadpool’s aid; Deadpool doing all he can for Firefist.

Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

83% on Rotten Tomatoes.  We believe it should be 100%.

We have chosen Shazam! as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we re-aired our episode on Mission Impossible: Fallout.

Mission Impossible: Fallout | Episode 41

Originally aired on 8.16.18 as our tenth episode.

Mission Impossible: Fallout was the perfect combination of good story, awesome action and great acting.  This movie delivered on all it intended to.  Ethan Hunt is back and just as exciting as ever, but maybe a bit more careful now in his later years.

Lessons Learned from Mission Impossible: Fallout

Never Trust CNN.

  • Even Wolf Blitzer’s in on it!!!

Do your clandestine activities behind closed doors.

  • They screwed up by opening those doors early and exposing Solomon Lane hooded and hand-cuffed.

If you are in a car being chased by a motorcycle, ram it.

  • Don’t let Ilsa on the bike screw up your game plan.  You’ve got a car, ram that tiny vehicle.

Learn to ride a motorcycle.

  • That way you have another mode of transport open to you in case you’ve gotta make a quick getaway.  Also, helicopter lessons aren’t a bad idea.

Travel the World. It is Beautiful.

  • Yep, there’s more to the world than just your hometown, and seeing it through the movies doesn’t bring the majesty to life.

Accept the past, it’s what led you to where you are now.  Unhappy?  Make a change.

  • Julia accepts her past with Ethan Hunt, and all the crap she went through before led her to this fulfilling work with a great doctor husband.  If she wasn’t happy, then it’s time to make a change and pursue a life worth living.

Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

Wow, a 97% from critics on Rotten Tomatoes?  Two things: 1) how’d that happen for a Tom Cruise action movie?! and 2) well deserved.  The audience gave it an 88%

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

Captain Marvel | Spoiler Review and Lessons Learned #40

Captain Marvel is a good addition to the MCU.  This movie’s got humor and a compelling story, and Carol Danvers’ origin is worth watching.  We would’ve liked more detailed fight scenes, but really enjoyed Fury’s larger role in this one.  Plus, Agent Coulson!

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from Captain Marvel

Sky: You control 2 things in your life: your actions and your attitude. 

  • Yon-Rogg (Jude Law) was right when he told this to Veers (Brie Larson), but he was using it as a way to control her.

Dusty: Always go with your heart. Not your head. 

  • Trust your gut and do what feels right.

“I feel the need for speed!”

Sky: You could be your own greatest enemy.

  • Sky can’t remember who said this in the movie: “Know your enemy, it could be you.” So many people in this life blame the outside world and blame others for their problems. If your life is screwed up, it’s your own damn fault. The sooner you accept this, the sooner you can work to better your life.

She’s beating up an old lady!

Dusty: Question everything. Even if you think you are on the right side, you need to check and recheck to make sure you are doing the right thing.

  • Carol Danvers wasn’t too pig-headed and stubborn to listen to Talos’ (Ben Mendelsohn) story and she learned she’d been lied to for years and the Skrulls aren’t her enemies.

Sky: “Whether you believe you can or you can’t, you’re right.”

  • This is one of the most important lessons anybody can learn in life. People who tell themselves they’re no good at math, will never be good at math. People who tell themselves and the world that they can’t read or write worth crap, will never read or write worth crap. Your beliefs will turn you into the person you’re going to be, and they led you to be the person that you are today. Regarding Carol Danvers, even though she doesn’t know anything about her past, all those experiences turned her into the strong, confident and no–quit type of person she is.

Dusty: Be on the side of good, not evil.

  • Be the hero of your life story and fight for what’s right.

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.

The audience score on Rotten Tomatoes started really low, but it’s gradually moving up as more people enjoy the movie and leave their reviews.  Currently, Audience at 62% and Critics at 79%.

Next week we’ll re-aire ___ as Sky needs time off to build out his online poker course.

If you missed it, last week we re-aired Ant-man and the Wasp.

Ant-Man and The Wasp | Episode 39

Originally aired on 7.26.18 as our seventh episode

Ant-Man and The Wasp was another fun Marvel blockbuster.  The humor was spot-on and the characters were perfectly portrayed and had lots of chemistry. Great CG effects, too!  We also loved Luis’s story telling.

Lessons Learned from Ant-Man and The Wasp:

Play with your kids. 

  • Scott played with Peanut and built an awesome cardboard slide through the house.
  • Playing with your kids is free and they’ll remember it forever.  Do it.

Don’t hold on to anger, it’s going to be your downfall.

  • Ghost chose to be an enemy instead of trying to be a friend.  Her condition would’ve enticed Hank Pym to help.

Patience is a virtue

  • Scott should’ve waited two days until his time was up and no longer on house arrest.
  • The Wasp pulling Scott out of his house instead of waiting.  There was no rush yet.
  • Ghost not helping them get Janet back then requesting them help her.

It’s always the rich white guy… an easy target for Hollywood writers.

  • Walton Goggins being the bad guy was easy to see coming.

 Communication is vital.

  • If Bill Perkins communicated to Hank what was going on, or if Scott had originally told Hope and Hank about Germany, all the problems could’ve been nipped in the bud.

Just in case you foil a robbery or something, you should promote your company by constantly wearing the logo on your hat and t-shirt.

  • The X-con guys were always wearing their company logos.

Here’s the “Clever Girl” supercut video:

Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

Critics gave it an 88% while the audience score was 77% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Captain Marvel will be next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we replayed our first episode, Avengers: Infinity War.

Avengers: Infinity War | Episode 38

Originally aired on 6.21.18 as our first episode

We LOVED Avengers: Infinity War.  Plenty of action, great characters and story, along with lots to learn.

Lessons Learned:

Movies can save your life.

  • Peter Parker utilizing ‘Aliens’ to defeat the Maw.

Anger screws everything up.

  • Starlord beating on Thanos (but maybe this was the only way to win in the end?)
  • Drax attacking Thanos, ruining Starlord’s plan on Nowhere
  • Iron Man going ballistic and trying to kill Winter Soldier, exacerbating his rift with Cap (from ‘Captain America: Civil War’)

Sometimes you win when your opponent thinks they’ve won.

  • Thanos thinks he’s won, that’s how he will eventually lose.  Dr. Strange sees this as the one way they won out of the 14,000,605 possible futures he viewed.

All power in one place is deadly. “Power corrupts, but absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

  • Thanos has “good” intentions now, but it could turn into a thirst for power later.

Don’t let your pride get in the way, especially between you and your friends.

  • The rift between Iron Man and Captain America makes it so the Avengers don’t fully assemble to fight Thanos (yet).

Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

Critics at 85% and Audience at 91% on Rotten Tomatoes.  Why not 100%?!

We’ll revisit Ant-man and the Wasp next week before we finally get the time to watch Captain Marvel.

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World | Spoiler Review and Lessons Learned #37

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World was a beautifully crafted and fun final installment of the trilogy.  Sky enjoyed it much more than Dusty, but both agree that the characters are compelling and the story was fun and well-paced.

Lessons Learned from How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World 

Sky & Dusty: Pick your battles

  • Hiccup going out and taking out ships and freeing tons of dragons brought the dragon-hating world to his doorstep, and he finally encountered somebody he couldn’t defeat (at least at first).

Dusty: Never underestimate your opponent. 

  • This is a ubiquitous lesson that movie characters, both good and bad, seem to forget all the time.

“Demon!”

Sky: Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.

  • Putting all the dragons in one place makes you a juicy target for dragon haters.

Dusty: If you run from your problems, they will catch up to you.

  • People hate those dragons, so they’ll just follow you to your new home.  Running does no good.

Sky: Don’t let your boss make a mistake.

  • Eret told Hiccup that Grimmel was the worst of the worst, but left it at that and it was obvious to the audience that this would lead to issues for Hiccup and his people.

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.

Yay, great Rotten Tomatoes scores from both!  Audience at 89%, critics at 91%.

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

If you missed it, last week we discussed Alita: Battle Angel.

Alita: Battle Angel | Spoiler Review and Lessons Learned #36

Alita: Battle Angel was incredible!  Best manga/movie adaptation ever.  Perfect story, cool characters, amazing CG and action up the wazoo!

Lessons Learned from Alita: Battle Angel

Sky & Dusty: Don’t underestimate anyone

  • She’s tiny and harmless, until she unleashes her “panzer kunst” fighting style.

Dusty: Don’t sit by in the presence of evil.

  • If you allow evil to spread or go unchecked, you’re partly responsible for what happens.

You don’t want this fist coming at you

Sky: Never underestimate your opponent.

  • This is when you let your guard down and they strike. Or, you send one guy to handle the problem when 10-12 would’ve been more realistic.

Dusty: Don’t do things that your girlfriend would disapprove of.

  • Unless you want to give her an easy reason to dump you.

Sky: Don’t bite the hand that feeds you.

  • All the hunter warriors knew this and as soon as Ido said, no more free repairs, they stopped.

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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.

Those critics are up to no good again.  59% vs the audience’s 94% on Rotten Tomatoes?  They are so out of touch.

Sky has chosen How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we discussed The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part.

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part | Spoiler Review and Lessons Learned #35

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part was a lot of fun for Dusty, but Sky wasn’t such a fan.  Dusty enjoyed how they put lots of small new tweaks to things like songs and intros that they did in part 1.

Lessons Learned from The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part

Sky: How you respond to your situation is up to you. You can let it change you for the better, or for the worse.

  • Emmet allowed being stuck under the laundry machines turn him into a big jerk.  He became a victim.

Dusty: Don’t try to change someone else. The only person you can change is yourself. Also, you do not know what is best for the person. Maybe what you want is worse.

  • You goal should just to improve yourself daily, and be an asset or positive force in the lives of those around you.

Gotta love Emmett’s positive outlook

Sky: Know your parents. Some give open threats, others follow through. If you have the follow-through type of parents, you better do what they say.

  • If your mom’s going to make you put all the LEGO’s in storage, don’t tick her off.

Dusty: Communication is the key to relationships.

  • All movie/tv logic breaks down when characters don’t talk to each other.  Same thing happens in real life.

Sky: Do not act with a lack of information.

  • Emmet, if he would’ve listened to his friends who he came to save, wouldn’t have smashed Queen Whatevra’s home and caused the “ar-mom-ageddon”.

Dusty: It’s much easier to be friends than enemy.

  • Being cool and kind with others is the way to go.  Set aside your differences and work to build friendships as opposed to working on being better or putting them down.
  • Watch out for “resting bitch face”.  If they look angry/mad when resting, they’re an unhappy person in life. Angry face = angry life.

Bonus Lesson: Be yourself.  If others don’t like you for it, screw them.

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.

It’s only been out for 5 days now, but the critics and audiences are simpatico: 85% for critics and 79% for the audience on Rotten Tomatoes.

Dusty has chosen Alita: Battle Angel as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we discussed So I Married an Axe Murderer (1993).

So I Married an Axe Murderer (1993) | Spoiler Review and Lessons Learned #34

So I Married an Axe Murderer was more enjoyable for Dusty than it was for Sky.  Maybe because the nostalgia brought him back to his college days watching it with buddies.  Yep, probably more enjoyable watching this one with friends.

Lessons Learned from So I Married an Axe Murderer

Sky: See the local sights as a tourist would.

  • I bet only half of the residents of San Francisco and the Bay area have been to Alcatraz or even walked the Golden Gate Bridge. That’s a shame.

Dusty: All yellow lights turn to red.

  • Pay attention to the warning signs.

Sky: Just share your concerns with the ones you love.

  • Ask her if she is the person you think she could be. If you logically came to this decision, she should understand.

Dusty: Never do open mic at a poet lounge.

  • Those places seem a bit pretentious, and neither of us would be comfortable there.

Sky: Google the person you’re dating or about to hire or get into business with.

  • As long as they give you their real name, there’s no more guessing if they’re an axe murderer or not.  And, because everyone looks at the socials nowadays, only put things there that you’re proud of.

Dusty: Never kiss your friend’s mom on the mouth.

  • She consider you a “right sexy bastard” now.

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.

Critics weren’t fans of this one, but the audience wasn’t thrilled with it either: 54% for critics and 68% for the audience on Rotten Tomatoes.

Sky has chosen The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we discussed RocketMan (1997).