Thor (2011) | Spoiler Review and Lessons Learned #27

Thor was a great introduction to our first intergalactic Marvel Superhero (if you don’t count Silver Surfer).  We enjoyed the movie, seeing the Warriors 3 and Lady Sif, along with Hawkeye and Agent Coulson.  Fun stuff, and you get a glimpse of the comedy that Thor (Chris Hemsworth) eventually brought forth in Ragnarok.

 

Lessons Learned from Thor

If they don’t heed your warning, feel free to use your weapon.

  • It was great seeing Darcy (unlike everyone else holding a weapon in every other movie) use the taser on Thor before he could get too close.

It’s never too late to do the right thing.

  • Everything seemed too hopeless for Thor after being cast out of Asgard. But he does the right thing and becomes a better person and tries to save the townspeople. He also sacrifices himself for the lives of his friends and everybody else, and this makes him worthy of regaining his power and Mjolnir.

Wise king’s never seek war, but must always be ready for it.

  • This was a great line that was revisited in Ragnarok.

Know which rules to break. Don’t break orders.

  • Yes, there’s big consequences for breaking orders.
Great scene with Hawkeye’s first appearance and “sexy Thor” going for Mjolnir

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If you want someone to do something, make them think it’s their idea.

  • Loki totally “inceptioned” Thor.

Proverbs 16:18 – Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall.

  • Thor’s pride got in the way, but he grew from this experience.

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.

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Another close one on Rotten Tomatoes.  Audience at 76% and critics at 77%.  Lovely, we’re on the same page.

Dusty has chosen Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we discussed Captain America: The First Avenger.

Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) | Spoiler Review and Lessons Learned #26

We loved Captain America: The First Avenger.  Great story, Chris Evans is a perfect Cap and totally re-watchable.  Some great supporting performances all around, and an incredible score by Alan Silvestri.  What’s not to love?

Lessons Learned from Captain America: The First Avenger

Never give up.

  • Steve Rogers is the definition of tenacity. He wouldn’t give up on becoming a soldier and he wouldn’t give up on his friend and the other captured soldiers.  We love how he said he doesn’t like bullies and he’ll stand up to them no matter what. This is what really got us to get behind this version of Capt. America.

Be self-less and take care of others. Humility is not thinking less of yourself but thinking of yourself less.

  • These characteristics are embodied by Steve Rogers.

You never know who’s packing heat.

  • That was cool seeing the old lady in the shop prompt Agent Carter for the code and she had an awesome gun within arm’s reach.

The little guy can make a big difference.

  • Size doesn’t matter.  It’s what you do with it.

Be respectful of everyone even prisoners, because one day they may have a stick of their own.

  • Dum Dum Dugan was being pushed by a Hydra guard and told him to watch out. When there is a revolt in the prison, and the prison guards are being overrun, wouldn’t you rather have been considered a nice guy and maybe the let you live.
Pretty foolish, capturing Captain America

Always go after bullies. Even if they are Hitler.

  • Every bully deserves to be taken down.

If they deserve to die, kill them.

  • I love Spider-man, but he, Batman and Superman have an issue with killing baddies that deserve it.  Not Captain, though!  Love it!

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.

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What is happening over there on Rotten Tomatoes?  Critics at 79% and audience at 74%?  2 issues here: critics are higher and the audience is soooooo looooooowwwww.

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

If you missed it, last week we discussed Ralph Breaks the Internet.

Ralph Breaks the Internet | Spoiler Review and Lessons Learned #25

Ralph Breaks the Internet

Ralph Breaks the Internet was a worthy sequel to part one.  We learned so many lessons from it regarding internet usage, interacting with your friends and being prepared for the worst life can throw at you.

Lessons Learned from Ralph Breaks the Internet

Always have a backup plan.

  • There is a reason why Dusty and I work for ourselves and try to create plenty of streams of income. If we somehow lose one, we’ll have the others to rely on. When Vanellope’s (Sarah Silverman) game got shut down, she had nowhere else to go and had to rely on the kindness of Ralph (John C. Reilly) and others.

“Necessity is the Mother of invention” & “Where there is a will, there is a way”

  • When your life or home or job is on the line, that motivation will push you to find a way.

Focus on the solution, not the problem.

  • Vanellope wanted to leave the internet when she thought their predicament was impossible and she was fixated on losing the game. Ralph was intent on finding a solution and kept her there in search of it

2a. You can make money online.

  • Too true.  We are both proof of this.  Figure out what you can offer to the world and step into action to create additional streams of income.

2b. But, do not read the comments

  • There are trolls out there, so don’t let their negative comments derail you from achieving your goals.
“Jabba the Hutt”

Don’t be the guy that your friends are worried about hurting your feelings. Be even-keeled, understanding and roll with the punches.

  • If you keep getting butt-hurt over things, like Ralph does with his insecurities, your friends/family will stop spending time with the Debbie Downer you are.  Be Petey Positive instead!

Do not get emotional in your bidding on “Eboy”.

  • Emotions will cause you to over-bid on that item that you “just must have!”

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.

One of those few movies where the critics are higher than the audience: 87% versus 67% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Dusty has chosen Captain America: the First Avenger as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we discussed Overlord.

Overlord | Spoiler Review and Lessons Learned #24

Overlord was super fun, realistic and gruesome.  What a great mash-up of WWII battles and Zombie hysterics.  We both recommend it highly.  The acting was great, the special effects and the gore rocked, the WWII action was spot on and the story made sense (most of it, anyway).

Lessons Learned from Overlord

When it’s a matter of life and death keep your mind in-the-now. You should be 100% consumed with completing your mission and getting out alive.

  • Sky knew that writer was going to die as soon as he started talking about the future.

Learn another language.

  • Ed (Jovan Adepo) was able to befriend Chloe (Mathilde Ollivier) with his command of the French language.

Curiosity killed the cat.

  • Ed was risking his life snooping around the church underground instead of trying to exit straight away.

Never send one man to handle a prisoner.

  • Sending Chase (Iain De Caestecker) alone to deal with Wafner (Pilou Asbaek) was a bad move. He’s just a photographer, after all.

Never look back when running away from an exploding church.

  • Why’s Ed looking back?!  It slows you down, foo!!!

Do not bring the mortally wounded back from dead. It never works out.

  • Remember Pet Sematary or the Lazarus Effect? Neo from The Matrix (shot in the matrix) or Frank Bannister (frozen/strangled) in The Frighteners (Michael J. Fox) are okay because of the non-mortally wounded death.

Bonus Lesson: Be quiet when you’re behind enemy lines.  No chit-chat, Kathy!

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.

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Another close one!  Audience at 76% and critics at 81% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Sky has chosen Ralph Breaks the Internet as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we discussed Die Hard.

Die Hard (1988) | Spoiler Review and Lessons Learned #23

Die Hard is one of the best action movies of all time.  It turned Bruce Willis into a major star, and gave us the incredible Alan Rickman on the big screen for the first time.  Fun story, great direction, good musical score and perfect acting.  We had a fun time discussing this one.

Lessons Learned from Die Hard

Don’t shoot yourself in the foot by trying to hurt somebody’s feelings to make yourself feel better.

  • John McClane made a bad move when he said “Guess you didn’t miss my name.” Come on buddy you’re trying to patch things up, don’t start a war.

Make fists with your toes to relieve flight stress.

  • Dusty said it’s a lesson learned, but it’s never worked for him.  Give it a shot and see if it works for you.  Maybe just eat some Twinkies instead like Sgt. Al Powell (Reginald Veljohnson).

When you’re approaching your target keep your gun up and ready to fire.

  • It looked cool, but Karl holding his gun up as he slowly walked across the roof was rather stupid. When you see the enemy it takes you a few milliseconds to aim the gun before you pull the trigger. Give yourself a better chance of nailing the enemy by keeping the gun level.

Make sure the guy you kill is dead.

  • McClane made a big mistake just leaving Karl hanging up there.  No worries, though, about Hans Gruber coming back after this fall.

“Next time you have the chance to kill someone, don’t hesitate.”

  • That is the absolute truth. If they are going to kill you, don’t hesitate and do it to them before they can do it to you.

Reiterated from prior lessons learned: You don’t have to get close when you’re holding a gun.

  • Yep, stay back.  Bullets can fire across the room.

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.

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Yay, we’re in agreement for once!  Audience at 94% and critics at 93% on Rotten Tomatoes.

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

If you missed it, last week we discussed Hunter Killer.

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.

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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.

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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.

Our Top 5 Defining Childhood Movies – Episode #20

We skip the lessons learned this week and instead discuss our individual top 5 defining childhood movies.  Interestingly, at least to us, our lists only overlapped on one movie… and it was our #1 choice!  Get ready for some fun ’80’s movie talk.

Sky’s #5: Return of the Living Dead (1985 – horror)

Dusty’s #5: Red Dawn (1984 – action)

Sky’s #4: The Last Starfighter (1984 – sci-fi)

Dusty’s #4: Predator (1987 – action)

Sky’s #3: The Transformers: The Movie (1986 – animated)

Dusty’s #3: Ghostbusters (1984 – comedy/sci-fi)

Sky’s #2: Spaceballs (1987 – comedy)

Dusty’s #2: Commando (1985 – action)

Sky & Dusty’s #1: The Goonies (1985 – action/adventure)

Let us know what you think of our list, and tell us your Top 5 Childhood defining movies.  We’d love to hear them, especially if they’re non-1980’s movies.  Just comment below or you can visit out Watch and Learn Facebook Page and comment there.

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

If you missed it, last week we discussed lessons learned from Bad Times at the El Royale.

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.