Gemini Man | Spoiler Review and Lessons Learned #70

Gemini Man was a little fun, but that CG pulled us right out of the movie every time. Fun story, though, with Mission Impossible overtones.

Lessons Learned from Gemini Man

Sky: If you’ve gotta own a van, choose double-sliding doors so you always have an exit.

  • And, wire that puppy so the doors can open while driving (unless kids are in the car).

Dusty: When fighting your clone, just put a bullet in their head.

  • When it’s you or him, you gotta choose #1.

Junior vs gristled veteran Henry Brogan

Sky: As a spy, your government will eventually come after you.  Have an escape plan.

  • Hatch in floor, check!  Bug out bag with guns and cash, check!  Good looking chick to escape with, check!

Dusty: Look for bugs.  

  • They’re always listening.
  • Pick-up your own listening device detector (bug wand).

The only time Brogan (and Dusty) experiences happiness

Dusty: Know yourself.

  • If it’s you you’re fighting, you know what would attract you, so use that against you (understand?).

The CG is more believable in the darkend scenes.  Don’t get me started on that ending scene in broad daylight.  Yeesh!

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Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

Rotten Tomatoes score:

  • The Audience: 84%
  • The Critics: 25%

Dusty has chosen Zombieland: Double Tap as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we discussed Joker.

Rambo: Last Blood #67

Rambo: Last Blood was a fitting send-off for our beloved Vietnam veteran.  Revenge action and violence has never been more visceral nor satisfying.

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from Rambo: Last Blood

Sky: Send your kids off to school with protection.

  • That Damascus steel letter opener was pretty sweet and a great idea for dorm safety.

Dusty: Never go to Mexico.

  • There are so many safer yet just as beautiful countries to visit.  There’s Canada and we’ve still got Hawaii!

Dusty loves the level-action rifle

Sky: You’re never going to convince somebody to NOT do something if their mind and heart are set on it.

  • We all saw it coming, Gabrielle was not got going to obey Uncle John nor Grandma.

Dusty: Over communicate.

  • This is a lesson for just about every movie we watch.  Communication can solve most problems.  Let’s work together, people!

Sky’s favorite death!!!

Sky: Never ask a question you don’t want the answer to.

  • There was nothing Gabrielle’s father could’ve said to make her happy.  No matter the answer, after asking the question “Why did you leave?”, she’s going to feel worse than before. “Actions speak louder than words.”

Rambo watched Home Alone and took all the wrong, murderous lessons from it

Sylvester Stallone stars as ‘John Rambo’ in Rambo V Last Blood. Photo credit: Yana Blajeva.

 

Dusty: Get a backhoe and get to work on your doomsday bunker.

  • What a great stash for your canned foods and for hunting bad guys.

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Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

Rotten Tomatoes score:

  • The Audience: 84%
  • The Critics: 28%

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

If you missed it, last week we learned from Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010) #66

We’re huge fans of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.  Great writing and a fun story with killer action, witty dialogue and cool comic booky, video-gamey visuals.

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Sky: Persistence is critical.

  • If you have a dream, pursue it.  The Sex Bob-ombs kept gigging and finally landed a contract (ill-fated, but they landed it) and Scott finally got the girl.

Dusty:   Never cheat on anybody you’re dating.

  • Cheaters have no honor nor respect for themselves or the one they’re with.  Doesn’t matter how hard it is, do the right thing.

Vegan powers!!!

JP Sears: If Meat Eaters Acted Like Vegans

Sky: Wallace said, “If you want something bad, you  have to fight for it. 

  • It goes with the first lesson, but it’s an important idea for success in life.

Ramona gets some action with this awesome large-handled Mjolnir!

 

Sky & Dusty: Don’t partake of anything an enemy gives you.

  • Any enemy would only have ulterior motives behind giving you anything.

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Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

Rotten Tomatoes score:

  • The Audience: 81%
  • The Critics: 83%

Dusty has chosen Rambo: Last Blood as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we learned from Angel Has Fallen.

Angel Has Fallen | Spoiler Review and Lessons Learned #65

Angel Has Fallen was a bummer of a movie!  Too predictable and nowhere nearly as enjoyable as its predecessors.  What a terrible way to conclude a franchise.

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from Angel Has Fallen

Dusty’s 3-parter:

  1. Grab your victim’s guns.
  2. Beware of your surroundings and always know the exits.
  3. Train as if it’s real so you won’t be dead when it is.

Sky:  Simple plans are the most effective. 

  • Their plan was too fantastical. Kill the president, that’s it. Why set somebody up for the fall and kill every secret service agent?

Nick Nolte… Angel’s only saving grace

Dusty: Get a phone and start live streaming everything

  • Use the technology of today to begin proving your innocence.

Sky:  Don’t get plastic surgery.

  • Now you look fake.

We’re not plastic surgery fans.

Dusty: Lions do what lions do

  • When the crap hits the fan, you react naturally and show your true stripes.

Gerard Butler as Mike Banning.

 

Sky: It’s better to know when to quit than to stick around and hurt your loved ones.

  • Maybe not a great lesson, but Dusty’s right.  If you need to change, work to change for the betterment of yourself and your loved ones.

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Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

Rotten Tomatoes score:

  • The Audience: 94%
  • The Critics: 39%

Sky has chosen Scott Pilgrim vs. the World as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we learned from Kung Pow: Enter the First.

Hobbs & Shaw | Episode 60

Hobbs & Shaw had unbelievable, crazy action with great comedic one-liners, and we had a rockin’ good time!  This is a great spin-off to the Fast & Furious Franchise.

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from Hobbs & Shaw

Sky: You can learn a lot about somebody by fighting them.

  • This is probably true, but I (Sky) will never intrinsically understand it.  I’m not a fighter, I’m more of an avoider.

Dusty: Always have one in the chamber.

  • The goal is to protect yourself, so don’t waste time in having to pull the slide back.

These two are perfect buddy-action-movie stars!

Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) and Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) in Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, directed by David Leitch.

Sky: Go to a stunt driving school so you’ll be ready for your next big high-speed chase.

Dusty: Family is the most important.

  • It may seem cliche and over-used in movies, but family is the true bond that can get you through the tough times.  This is one of the reasons we love this franchise.

Idris Elba was a great black Superman

Sky: We can accomplish so much more with teamwork.

  • It took these two frien-enemies working together to take out Brixton (Elba).

With all the cameos in the movie (like Eiza Gonzalez), they’re preparing for a continuing franchise

 

Dusty: Get creative when making booby traps.

  • Yeah, prepare for the worst and surprise your enemies like they did here with “Samo-Alone”.

Dusty’s super-cool desk (now that’s he’s got Deadpool)

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Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

Rotten Tomatoes score:

  • The Audience: 89%
  • The Critics: 66%

Sky & Dusty have chosen the Pirates of the Caribbean Trilogy as the next set of movies we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we learned from Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

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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Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

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.

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Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

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.

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Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

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.