Spaceballs (1987) | Spoiler Review and Lessons Learned #32

Spaceballs came out when we were kids, we loved it then… and we STILL LOVE it now!  Laugh out loud from the long Spaceball 1 intro to the wedding scene ending.  We’ve changed our grading scale, and this gets an A+ from each of us (A++++ from Dusty).

Lessons Learned from Spaceballs

Sky: Don’t run from your problems.

  • Princess Vespa (Daphne Zuniga) ran away instead of facing her problems and saying no to her father. Running away doesn’t solve anything, your problems are still there.

Dusty: Don’t miss the big problem and go after the small one.

  • Don’t trip over dollars to pick up pennies. Leave the case with the industrial strength hair dryer.
Dark Helmet (Rick Moranis) couldn’t be better in this role.

Sky: Invest in a virgin alarm.

  • For all you fathers of daughters out there.

Dusty: Change the combination on my luggage. Never set the luggage combination to 12345.

  • LOL when President Scroob (Mel Brooks) had the same combination on his luggage.

Sky: When the right thing comes around, grab onto it with both hands.

  • Lonestar (Bill Pullman) and Vespa fell in love, you’ve got to fight for that, even if she’s supposed to get married.

Dusty: Always check to see if you still have your ring when someone shakes your hand.

  • Dusty remembers this every time he gets a massage.

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.

Wow!  Those critics scored it just below fresh on Rotten Tomatoes at 58%.  The audience is much more on-the-money here with 83%.

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

If you missed it, last week we discussed Galaxy Quest.

Galaxy Quest (1999) | Spoiler Review and Lessons Learned #31

Sky enjoyed Galaxy Quest a bit more than Dusty did, but we both recommend this one to the listeners.  Great sci-fi action and story, tons of comedy and great performances by all! Some good lessons were learned, great props taken home and no minors/miners were harmed in the making of this episode.

Replayed as a WAL Classic, episode #76 on 11.28.19.

Lessons Learned from Galaxy Quest

Sky: Never give up, never surrender.

  • Jason Nesmith’s (Tim Allen) iconic line.  Yep, a great life lesson to live by.

Dusty: Fully engage with everyone you talk with and take every person seriously.

  • They want to meet their favorite celebrity, give it to them (assuming they aren’t too pushy).

Sky: Never meet your heroes.

  • Jason Nesmith (Tim Allen) disappointed a lot of fans with his short attitude at the beginning of the film. This could turn these people off to you forever because they’ll remember this one interaction above all others.

Dusty: If you ever become a celebrity, don’t let it get to your head and be a jerk.

  • Totally… don’t pull a Heigl.

Sky: Always do what you know is right and stand by your actions.

  • The crew of the NSEA Protector knew that keeping up the charade with the “historical documents” was wrong, yet they went with it until things got too dangerous.

Dusty: Leave when you are on top (or just starting your decent).

  • Once your time has passed, find something new. You never want to be a has-been.

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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We’re flipping it on Rotten Tomatoes this time.  Critics at 90% with the audience at 78%.  It’s fresh either way, but Sky hates agreeing with critics. Eh, it happens.

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

If you missed it, last week we discussed Aquaman.

Bumblebee | Spoiler Review and Lessons Learned #29

Bumblebee was better than every other live-action Transformers movie that came before it, but does that make it a good movie?  We enjoyed some aspects (old school look, characters, action, John Cena) but it left us rather bored and wanting more Cybertron action.

Lessons Learned from Bumblebee

Sky: Do not shoot first and ask questions later.

  • Agent Burns’ (John Cena) really screwed up by being the first to attack Bumblebee. Everything could’ve been different had he tried to communicate first (even though he felt they were being attacked).

Dusty: Have something that you can share with your kids regularly. Song, Movie, Event, etc. This will help them to remember you when pass on. Events are easier to remember.

  • Charlie and her father had their car and her diving as activities they did together.

Sky: Music makes everything better.

  • Not just within a movie, but also in real life.

Dusty: Don’t force a change on someone.

  • The “Gen 1” Transformers are so much better and people will them.  Every movie should’ve had the old school look to the transformers.

Fun interactions between Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld) and Bumblebee

Sky: Do not leave aliens alone to torture another alien.

  • What were they thinking? They should’ve had armed guards with them 24/7, not just Dr. Powell (John Ortiz).

Dusty: Only work with people you like.

  • Never a Decepticon (their name says it all!)

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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On Rotten Tomatoes the critics score of 92 was way ahead of the audience’s 80%.  I think the critics like the overly emotional story line and audiences wanted more action/Cybertron.

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

If you missed it, last week we discussed Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse.

Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse | Spoiler Review and Lessons Learned #28

Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse blew us away!  This may be the best Spider-man movie ever.  It was genius how they brought together so many “new” heroes to the movie-going audience and they made it work (too bad other superhero movies can’t always do the same).  The story was incredible with great voice talents and surrounding everything was amazing animation that was like a comic book come to life.

Lessons Learned from Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse

Sky: Make the best of the situation you’re in.

  • Miles Morales didn’t like going to that school and didn’t want to be Spider-man.  But, both happened to him and by the end he accepted each and tried to make the most out of them.

Dusty: With great power comes great responsibility.

  • When you’re blessed with something other people don’t have, you’ve got a responsibility to do something good with it.

Sky: We learn best by doing.

  • Miles was forced to be Spider-man in order to survive.  Getting out there and doing will teach you more in life than any book can.

Dusty: With great responsibility comes great need for resolution.

  • You’ve got to know what you stand for in order to exercise your power for the betterment of others.

Loved the new Spider-peeps in this movie

Sky: You are never truly ready for the most important things in life. You just learn to deal with or survive those things.

  • Miles could never be ready for being Spider-man, but when it came, he worked through it and survived.  A real-life example is having kids.  Sure, people can tell you what to expect but that’s never going to fully prepare you for what parenthood is like.  You’ve just got to learn to deal with it as it happens.

Dusty: Great need for resolution comes great need for action.

  • Following through with your great power, responsibility and resolve requires taking action and doing what you know needs doing.

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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You know a movie is good when the Rotten Tomatoes critics score and the audience are both over 95%: Audience at 95% and critics at 97%.

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

If you missed it, last week we discussed Thor (2011).

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.

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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.