Kingpin (1996: Harrelson, Quaid, Murray | Episode 6

Kingpin is an incredible Farrelly Brothers comedy and we’ve loved it since college.  Great story and characters perfectly portrayed by the actors.  We especially LOVED Bill Murray!  It’s wall-to-wall comedy and laugh-out loud scenes.  Love those 10 nut shots and other running gags.

Lessons Learned from Kingpin:

Never give up on your dreams.

  • Ishmael wanting to continue when Roy wanted to quit after discovering that his average came from bowling 15 frame games.

When something feels hinky, DO NOT proceed.  

  • Roy knew it was a bad idea to follow Big Earn and cheating the bowling father and his buddies.

Don’t blame others for your problems; everything is own damn fault.

  • Roy blaming Big Earn for 17 years when it was his own fault due to his poorly thought actions.

If you give up one moral, the next and then the next ones fall more easily.

  • Ishmael, with his Amish heritage, never did anything bad and worked harder than anyone around them. He hooked up with Roy and suddenly finds himself saying yes to cigarettes, then coffee then alcohol and all the other things he should’ve never partaken in.

Don’t poop in a urinal.

The comb-over is phenomenal and it’s a must-have for Dusty should he lose his hair someday.  Sky?  No, he’ll just go bald like today’s action movie heroes Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Jason Statham.  Not bad company, eh?

Check out the Red Rose bowling ball on Amazon.

Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

Critics gave it a 50% on Rotten Tomatoes!  For shame, critics, for shame…

Dusty has chosen Ant-Man and the Wasp as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we discussed lessons learned from Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom | Episode 5

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom was some good, mindless fun but repeated too many of the same movie tropes as every other Jurassic movie to date.

Lessons Learned from Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

There’s nothing like the potential of physical harm to spur your butt to move.

  • The threat of a lava-burning death spurred Owen’s body to “wake up” from the tranquilizer.

There’s no hiding things from kids. 

  • Kids are always listening and paying attention as Maisie demonstrated while listening in on Eli’s secret plan.

Don’t enter a cage with a carnivorous dinosaur.

  • Yep, if what you wanted was a bloody, terror filled death, you want about it the right way, guy.

Bullets fly. You don’t need to have the gun against the dinosaur.

  • This happens far too often in movies: a stupid soldier approaching Blue in the lab after Blue’s already attacked another soldier.  Shoot from a distance, ya big dumb-dumb.

When there is a stampede (of anything), run…

  • Another common movie trope repeated with these senseless soldier deaths.

It’s always the rich white guy…

  • True dat, one more trope for the record.  Not sure who the bad guy is going to be?  Look towards your “friendly” rich white guy for the answer. 

Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

Critics gave this a 50% on Rotten Tomatoes.  Yep, feels about right.

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

If you missed it, last week we discussed lessons learned from Incredibles 2.

Incredibles 2 | Episode 4

 

Incredibles 2 was fun, and Dusty enjoyed it more than Sky did.  We both loved seeing all our same characters in a “new” adventure that had many elements of the first installment.

Lessons Learned from Incredibles 2:

If it’s too good to be true, it is.

  • Driving in the car to their new incredible home to live in. A couple of billionaires wanting to bring back heroes.

Communication solves problems while a lack of communication causes problems.

  • Robert Parr not communicating fully with the family and the family started to break-down with his lack of communication. Honest communication is what brought his daughter back on his side and things went smoothly with Helen (this is also an echo from the first Incredibles movie).

Raising kids is tough.

  • As demonstrated by Bob Parr trying to raise the kids.

An event can be seen differently by different people.

  • Brother and sister have different perspectives on the death of their parents. Man wanted heroes accepted, woman wants heroes gone so people don’t rely on them.

 Protect yourself don’t wait for help

  • Mom and dad relying on the phone in the office and calling heroes instead of taking your life in your own hands and doing what you need to do to protect yourself. Don’t wait for others to help you. 

No good deed goes unpunished.

  • Super heroes trying to do a good thing and they cause lawsuits and greater damage and a hatred or fear of supers. 

To fix the law, you have to break it.

  • Elastigirl’s rationale to her family for what she was doing

Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

93% on Rotten Tomatoes.  Yeppers, seems about right.

Dusty has chosen Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we discussed lessons learned from Deadpool 2.

Solo: A Star Wars Story | Episode 2

Solo: A Star Wars Story was a surprisingly good movie, given that we didn’t care for the most recent two releases in the Star Wars Universe.

Lessons Learned from Solo: A Star Wars Story:

When you see an opportunity, take it.

  • Signing up for the Imperial Order; meeting Beckett and joining him

Anti-lesson: Assume everyone will betray you and you will never be disappointed.

Real lesson: Don’t have expectations, plan as much as you can and improvise when necessary.

  • The anti-lesson was Becket’s point of view.  Sky doesn’t prescribe to that as it’s a negative, unfriendly way to go through life.

Think outside the box for solutions to your problems.

  • Making it through the Kessel Run in record time.

Know how you’re going to win before you play.

  • Gambling between Han and Lando.  Lando has a “card up his sleeve” but it ends up back-firing on him late in the movie.
Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian

Think a few moves ahead of your opponent.

  • Becket’s teaching Han, and we can learn from Becket as well

Assume people will let you down.  Understand that heading into anything.

  • Becket (played by Woody Harrelson) betraying Han at the end

 

Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

83% on Rotten Tomatoes.  Why not 100%?!

Dusty has chosen Deadpool 2 as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we discussed lessons learned from Avengers: Infinity War.

Welcome to the Watch & Learn Podcast

Hello and welcome to our new show, the Watch and Learn Podcast.

We are brothers, Sky Matsuhashi and Dusty Matsuhashi Heiner (he took our step dad’s last name).  We live in different cities now, and this podcast allows us to hang out and and share ideas.

We love movies and discussing what we liked/disliked about each.  We believe that you can learn from anything, and the entertainment you consume can be a part of this process.

Join us as we watch movies, new and old, and discuss the life lessons we extract from them.

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