Rush Hour (1998) | Review and Lessons Learned #56

Rush Hour was still a fun movie 21 years later, but it feels very ’90’s and doesn’t hold up as well as we’d like.  Still a fun buddy cop action-comedy worth seeing, though.

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from Rush Hour

Dusty: If you’re backup, be there when called!

  • 5 minutes late and the bad guys get away.

Sky: Don’t do your business out in the open. 

  • Keep your secrets secret!  Carter doing his undercover work out in the open is idiotic. You’re undercover, act like it!

Love seeing Chan and Tucker on screen together

Dusty: Finger to the throat means death.

  • Drax learned this lesson in Guardians of the Galaxy.

Pulling a gun on your fellow officer doesn’t seem like a smart/considerate move

Sky:  Don’t assume foreigners can’t speak your language

  • Another movie cliche, but seriously, don’t assume they don’t speak your language.  You’ll give away all your secrets.

Are we really getting a part 4?  We’ll be there on opening day!

 

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It’s not surprising to see the Audience’s score (78%) is way above the Critics (60% – squeaking into the “fresh” rating) for Rush Hour on Rotten Tomatoes.

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

If you missed it, last week we learned from Spider-man: Far From Home.

The Matrix (1999) | Spoiler Review and Lessons Learned Episode 50

The Matrix more than holds up! It remains an incredible sci-fi story full of action, cool characters with awesome code names and Agent Smith. We love it!

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from The Matrix

Sky: Never trust men in suits. 

  • Their gonna capture you, hold you against your will and put some kinda shrimpy-tracker-thingy in your tum-tum.

Dusty: Do, follow, be, what you believe in.

  • When you feel it from your bones to your balls (as the Oracle said), you’ve got to pursue it.

Bullet time!

Sky: Always double tap.

  • Cypher done screwed up royally by not killing Tank proper like.  When you intend to kill something make sure you do it. This is rule number 2 in Zombieland.

Dusty: Never trust the guy that looks like a bad guy

  • Yeppers, we both believe you CAN judge a book by its cover.

Lobby gun fight.  Best.  Scene.  Ever.

Sky: Perception is reality.

  • It doesn’t matter that the Matrix is an illusion, the lessons learned inside it turn Neo and others into the people they are.  In real life, if you perceive something to be true and act in that fashion, your perception becomes the reality of others.

Great subway fight with Neo coming into his own and taking on Agent Smith

Dusty: There is no spoon.

  • Neo chose and learned to believe that he had no limits.  If you choose, you can believe the same about yourself in this life.

Let us know what you think of the movie or any lessons you learned that we missed by commenting below.  Or, you can visit our Watch and Learn Facebook Page and comment there.

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The Rotten Tomatoes scores weren’t as great as we would’ve expected… Audience at 85% and Critics at 88%. Too cerebral (as Dusty would say)?

Dusty has chosen Godzilla: King of the Monsters as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we learned from John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

John Wick: Chapter 3: Parabellum | Spoiler Review #49

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum was an incredible display of action!  Crazy visceral fight scenes, great stunts and a fun continuation of the Wick saga.

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

Dusty: Never bring a knife to a gun fight.

  • You ain’t John Wick!  He’s the only one who can win a gun fight with a knife.

Incredibly visceral knife battling scene

Sky: Go ahead and break the rules, just be ready to suffer the consequences.

  • John Wick knew the consequences, but he pulled the trigger in Chapter Two any way.  If you run a red light or eat cookies before dinner, be ready for trouble.

Dusty: If I am fighting for my life, I want the odds to be as unfair and stacked in my favor as possible. Lots of guns.

  • My life is on the line? Yep, give me all the heavy hitting weapons, please.

Halle Berry killed it as Sofia with her incredible dogs

Sky: Dogs are better than cats.

  • Not only more loving, but they’re better to have in a fight on your side.

Dusty: If you want peace, be ready for war.

  • You’d rather have it and not need it (weapons) than need it and not have it.

Taking on two Indonesian martial arts masters

Sky: Always target the chinks in their armor.

  • Look for their weaknesses and exploit 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 our Watch and Learn Facebook Page and comment there.

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What great Rotten Tomatoes scores from both camp… Audience at 92% and Critics at 89%.  Let’s keep going… can’t wait for Chapter 4.

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

If you missed it, last week we learned from Guardians of the Galaxy (2014).

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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.