The Saint Movie Review Spying & Heisting with Val Kilmer and Elisabeth Shue (1997)

The Saint

The Saint was a fun movie in 1997, but the story telling doesn’t work for today’s audience. The performances of Kilmer and Shue are great, but they’re encumbered by a slow moving story. There are better spy and heist movies we’d recommend over this one.

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Life Lessons Learned from The Saint

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Sky: Don’t take a job just for the money, especially from a victim of one of your crimes.

  • Simon meeting and negotiating with the Tretiak’s makes no sense. They have it in for you, Simon!

Dusty: Always have an escape.

  • Simon demonstrated this rule very well with his break-fall truck placed 20 stories below. Dangerous, but smart.

Kilmer’s nerdy reporter disguise fits right in.

Sky: There ARE hookers with a heart of gold. 

  • That hooker took them in and gave them clothes and a place to warm up, but then grandma turned them in. Just like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman, they really do exist.

Dusty:  Learn how to disguise your voice.

  • Great party trick, and can also put the bad guys off your scent.

A fun scene with Simon portraying his own handler while negotiating with the Tretiak’s.


Rotten Tomatoes scores:

  • The Audience: 63%
  • The Critics: 30%


  • B+ from Dusty
  • D+ from Sky

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

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Tango & Cash (1989) | Spoiler Review and Lessons Learned

Tango & Cash is a straight-up FUN 80’s action buddy cop flick. Interesting and moving story, great action, lots of humor and the lusciously flowing hair of Kurt Russel. We love it!

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Life Lessons Learned from Tango & Cash

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Dusty: Get an amazing haircut like Cash (Kurt Russell).

  • If you got it, show it off! We would if we could.

Sky: Cut your hair when you’re on the run from the law.

  • Showing up with hair like that and everyone will notice you, Cash.

Look at those flowing locks!

Dusty: Get away from danger fast.

  • Tango wanting to stay in prison to avoid Matt’s potential trap makes no sense. Get to gettin’ while the gettin’s good!

Sky: Wear your seat belts. 

  • Face and his buddy had plenty of time to buckle up (even criminals need safety) before Tango “forced” them to stop the truck and fly through the windshield.

“Out on the streets, this pig and his cop friends, broke my ribs, my leg and my jaw.” – Face (Robert Zdar)


Rotten Tomatoes scores:

  • The Audience: 52%
  • The Critics: 30%


  • A- from Dusty
  • B from Sky

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

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Bloodshot starring Vin Diesel and Guy Pierce | Spoiler Review

Bloodshot was mindless fun, but not something we’d recommend. Sure, you get Vin Diesel being his bad ass self, but the non-original twist villain and plot aren’t worth your time.

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Life Lessons Learned from Bloodshot

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Sky: KISS – keep it simple, stupid.

  • Dr. Harting’s (Guy Pierce) plan is too much trouble. Convincing Bloodshot each time, over and over, to go for revenge? Find someone as good as him, pay him to go murder all, and be done with it.

Dusty: Who we were doesn’t dictate who we have to be.

  • Yep, we can always change.

Nobody’s tougher than Vin Diesel in his movies.

Bloodshot (Vin Diesel) and Dalton (Sam Heughan) in Columbia Pictures’ BLOODSHOT

Sky: Do NOT work for a murderous megalomaniac.

  • You disappoint him, you’re next on the Bloodshot hit list. Plus, you’re helping this guy murder people. Good luck explaining yourself to Saint Peter at the pearly gates.

Dusty: Don’t put any electronics into your body.

  • KT and Bloodshot were susceptible to Guy Pierce’s meddling because of the cybernetic enhancements they had. Elon, really? Are you expecting us to put your new brain chips in our heads? Count us out.

Sarcasm Alert! Way to show us the coolest visual in the trailer, guys.

Dusty: Question everything.

  • “Every yellow light leads to a red.” So, when something feels hinky and your spidey-sense tingles, pay attention and be wary.

Sky: You can’t control others. 

  • You might succeed for a time, but you’ll just build up resentment in them and create an enemy close to you.
KT (Eiza Gonzalez) and Ray Garrison (Vin Diesel) in the RST Lab in Columbia Pictures’ BLOODSHOT.


Rotten Tomatoes scores:

  • The Audience: 78%
  • The Critics: 30%


  • D from Sky
  • D+ from Dusty

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

Check out last week’s episode on Starship Troopers (1997).

Starship Troopers (1997) – Starring Casper Van Dien and Denise Richards

Starship Troopers is an action/sci-fi classic and deserves to be seen by one and all! Great special effects, lots of gore and good looking soldiers are all you need (in movies and in life).

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Life Lessons Learned from Starship Troopers

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Sky: It’s not why you’re there that matters, it’s what you do when you get there. 

  • Rico might’ve joined the military Carmen (Denise Richards), but he’s a good soldier and leader and Carmen had nothing to do with that.

Dusty: Be proactive not reactive.

  • You want to be the one putting pressure on your enemy, helping them make mistakes. Letting them pressure you makes your job tougher.

Johnny Rico (Casper Van Dien) about to blow up the tanker bug.

Sky: “Never pass up a good thing.” – Lt. Rasczak

  • Sir, yes sir!

Dusty: Fool me once shame on you. Fool me twice shame on me.

  • Starting the battles with troops first, twice, is a major blunder. Napalm the bugs is a better step one before you send in actual troops.

Loved Michael Ironside as Lt. Rasczak and Dina Meyer as Dizzy Flores.

Dusty: Use your fleet to bomb before infantry. 

  • This goes along with the prior lesson… napalm first!

Sky: Do not question a superior officer in the tactics they teach you.

  • “The enemy cannot push a button if you disable his hand… MEDIC!” Loved this lesson.


Rotten Tomatoes scores:

  • The Audience: 70%
  • The Critics: 63%


  • A+ from Sky
  • B+ from Dusty

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

Check out last week’s episode on Extraction.

Netflix’s ‘Extraction’ starring Chris Hemsworth | Spoiler Review

Extraction is a fast-paced, action packed, fun and violent movie. Great actors, perfect action and an amazing one-take car/gun chase makes this a Netflix movie you CANNOT miss.

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Life Lessons Learned from Extraction

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Sky: “You drown, not by falling into the river, but by staying submerged in it.”

  • You can’t deny the wisdom of this statement and it can be applied to any difficult things you face throughout your life.

Dusty: You can survive a 130 meter fall into water from a cliff.

  • Hecka scary, though!

Sky: Money is the great seducer.

  • Tyler Rake (Chris Hemsworth) thought he could trust his friend Gaspar (played by David Harbour). But, Gaspar lives in a dirty, dangerous city and a couple million bucks will get him and his wife to Fiji in no time.

Dusty: Preparation leads to success.

  • Tyler had everything he needed to handle a war zone on him when he went to extract Ovi.

The director, Sam Hargrave, also played Gaeten the sniper.

Sky: Backup and support is critical.

  • Whether you’re taking part in a military mission or simply trying to do a new business venture, you’re more likely to be successful if you have a team of people supporting.

Dusty: Think ahead and be proactive, not reactive.

  • Being reactive limits your options. Being proactive puts you in charge and you have more options to achieve your goals. This fits with the prior lesson from Dusty, because looking ahead helps you to see what you may need in the future, so you can prepare yourself for it.

Rotten Tomatoes scores:

  • The Audience: 71%
  • The Critics: 67%


  • B from Sky
  • B+ from Dusty

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

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Kingsman Movie Review The Secret Service (2014)

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Kingsman: The Secret Service is an awesomely fresh take on the spy genre. Firth, Egerton and Strong knocked it out of the park, as did the incredible fight scenes, cinematic visuals and fun soundtrack.

How many Kingsman movies are there?

Two so far, but we’re looking forward to the upcoming prequel, The King’s Man. The first two movies are Kingsman: The Secret Service and the sequel, Kingsman: The Golden Circle.

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Lessons Learned from Kingsman: The Secret Service

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Dusty & Sky: “True nobility is being superior to your former self.”

  • We loved this line from Galahad (Colin Firth). Always work to be 1% better every day.

Firth killed it (and everyone else) in our favorite scene.

Dusty: Lock the door so they cannot leave when you fight.

  • This great scene reminder Dusty of another of his favorite movies, A Bronx Tale.

Sky: If it’s too good to be true, it is.

  • Valentine giving free access… there’s a catch, right? A billionaire giving away free stuff?  Nah, nothing nefarious here.

Eggsy (Egerton) picking up where his mentor left off. Time to wack some wankers. Lock the doors!

Dusty: Never steal a car.

  • It’s not worth the trouble for a few minutes of joy riding fun.

Sky: Don’t let anybody put digital anything in your body.

  • Are you friggin’ kidding me?!

Mark Strong as Merlin was fantastic (the rest were pretty cool, too)


Rotten Tomatoes scores:

  • The Audience: 84%
  • The Critics: 74%


  • A+ from Sky
  • A from Dusty

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

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Bad Boys for Life

bad boys for life

Bad Boys for Life was fun, but the cliched action and story, along with a few annoying fake-outs, don’t have us recommending this one (unless you’re already a Bad Boys fan).

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Lessons Learned from Bad Boys For Life

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Dusty: Listen to the people around you.

  • They have another perspective that you should consider.

Sky: Make smart mating decisions. 

  • Don’t screw a witch or a warlock, and don’t make it with a demon or a succubus. Mike made a huge mistake that came back to bite him.

The Bad Boys are back! Detectives Mike Lowrey (Will Smith) and Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence) .

Dusty: Never take rubber bullets to a gun fight.

  • What the?! You’re dealing with criminals who have no compunction of shooting you dead.

Sky: Don’t let hate and anger cloud your judgement.

  • Marcus hit the nail on the head when he told Mike he was filling those bullet holes with hate and that was leading him down the wrong path. The witch (Isabel Aretas, played by Kate del Castillo) allowed her anger lead to mistakes and her own death.

What a lovely racially and gender-iffically diverse team AMMO is.

Dusty: Always keep a grenade launcher in the boot of your ride.

  • You never know when you’ll need one.

Sky: Always have an escape plan.

  • You can imagine a criminal like Zway-lo (played by Nicky Jam) always know how to get out of there should a rival gang or the cops crash the party.

What a gun!


Rotten Tomatoes scores:

  • The Audience: 97%
  • The Critics: 75%


  • D+ from Sky and Dusty

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

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Hot Shots! Part Deux | Spoiler Review and Lessons Learned

We love spoofs, and Hot Shots! Part Deux is one of the best of all time! Charlie Sheen, Lloyd Bridges and Valeria Golino knock this one right out of the park.

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Lessons Learned from Hot Shots! Part Deux

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Gummy bears, gummy bears!  Sprinkles, sprinkles!

Sky: Use Fixodent.

  • Take a lesson from President Tug Benson – affix those dentures in place so you don’t freak out Prime Minister “Tojo”.

The ultimate movie prop.

Sky: Choose the table full of kids when you’re eating family style at a Chinese restaurant.

  • The President’s line about less than half of the commandos returning reminded Sky of how he chooses his seat at his family’s functions.

Lloyd Bridges (as President Tug Benson) was a shining star.  Especially when battling Saddam Hussein.

Sky: Don’t stand below the thing you’re trying to blow up.

  • Saddam Hussein stupidly ran under the chopper to blow it up.  But, worth it for the piano and the Wicked Witch gag.

You can’t have a Hot Shots! sequel without Ramada (played by the lovely Valeria Golino).

Rotten Tomatoes scores:

  • The Audience: 63%
  • The Critics: 57%

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

Check out last week’s episode on Terminator: Dark Fate.

The Terminator Franchise | Spoiler Reviews and Lessons Learned

We love the Terminator Franchise, with parts 1 and 2 being the best.  It’s gone downhill since then, but Sky enjoyed Dark Fate while Dusty wasn’t a fan at all.

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Lessons Learned from Terminator: Dark Fate

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Dusty: The best defense is a good offense.

  • The best part of T2 was Sarah Connor going after Miles Dyson and tries to take out Skynet.  They should do the same in this sequel.

Sky: Do the right thing now and come what may.

  • When you see someone in need, help them out like the couple did when Grace fell from the bridge.  But, no good deed goes unpunished…

The T-800 Terminator versus an incredibly powerful Rev. 9 (played by Gabriel Luna)

Dusty: Always have a backup plan.

  • The EMP was good, but just in case, don’t put all your eggs in one basket.

Sky: Never give personal information to an unknown person.

  • With online phishing or stalkers or just bad people wanting to do you and yours harm, don’t give out information like, “All her friends call her Dani.”

Sarah Connor: still a bad-ass protecting Dani (Natalia Reyes)

Linda Hamilton, left, and Natalia Reyes star in Skydance Productions and Paramount Pictures’ “TERMINATOR: DARK FATE.”

Dusty: Always close the door.

  • Don’t allow the enemy a way in to kill you.  Close that door so the Rev. 9 can’t get it.

We get an augmented human named Grace (played by McKenzie Davis) fighting for our future in this installment.

Sky: It pays to have powerful, well-placed friends. 

  • If you need an EMP, call up Major Dean.  But, why wasn’t “Major Dean” named “Major Danny Dyson” instead?

Terminator: Dark Fate Rotten Tomatoes score:

  • The Audience: 70%
  • The Critics: 84%

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Lessons Learned from Terminator 2: Judgment Day

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Dusty: Don’t stupidly fly your helicopter so close to your target.

  • If you can keep your distance and still do you job, do it.

Sky: Don’t let power go to your head. 

  • Those psych ward abusers were terrible people. Psych ward abusers are cliché in movies, but it’s necessary so we’re on Sarah Connor’s side as she’s beating them to escape.

Our trio of Heroes: Sarah and John Connor (Linda Hamilton and Edward Furlong) and the Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger)

Dusty: Never Jerk the wheel when you are driving.

  • Stay calm and controlled or else it’s flipping/spinning time.

Sky: Learn to pick locks.

  • It worked for Sarah Connor, it’ll work for you as well.

The best scene: the canal chase with that awesome shotgun

Dusty: Have an arsenal because you’ll be glad when it comes in use.

  • You never know what the future will bring, but always be prepared.

Nothing more scary than the unrelenting T-1000 (Robert Patrick)

Sky: Always know your nearest metal smelting plant. 

  • Terminators, zombies, psycho-hose beasts, they can all be destroyed by molten metal.

Terminator 2: Judgment Day Rotten Tomatoes score:

  • The Audience: 94%
  • The Critics: 93%

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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!

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Lessons Learned from Zombieland: Double Tap

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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%

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Lessons Learned from Zombieland (2009)

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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.

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Zombieland Rotten Tomatoes score:

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