Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989) Review | Non non non Bogus!

bill and teds

Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure is still a great time traveling comedy with a small twist; instead of changing the past they’re trying to learn from it.  Loved it!

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Lessons Learned from Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure

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Sky: Follow your dreams. 

  • Others may poo-poo your ideas or try to steer you their way, but screw that.  Do what speaks to you and be happy in life.

Dusty: Think outside the box.

  • Instead of just regurgitating ideas, their idea of having historical dudes do your work for you.

What’s up with that halter-top, Bill?

Sky: Discipline is good.

  • Ted didn’t want military school (who does?) but young people crave discipline even if they don’t know it. Rules and boundaries are good, and being forced to do things healthy for you like chores or exercise are good. Zero gravity environments cause muscles to deteriorate.

Dusty: Be stealth.

  • Have stealth when you are trying to sneak into a castle to spend time with some princess babes.

Historical dudes chillin’ at the mall.

Sky: Never leave a historical dude alone without supervision!

  • Napoleon with his little-man-complex shouldn’t have been left with a 12 year old babysitter.

Dusty: Teach your kids well.

  • You’re training them to be productive adults.

George Carlin was fantastic.

 

Rotten Tomatoes scores:

  • The Audience: 75%
  • The Critics: 79%

Grades:

  • A from Sky
  • B+ from Dusty

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

Check out last week’s episode on Ready Or Not.

‘Ready Or Not’ Movie Review | Lessons Learned to NOT Married Into Crazy Families

ready or not

Ready Or Not was a fun “get ’em” horror movie but isn’t one either of us are likely to watch again. Sky recommends it, Dusty… not so much.

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from Ready Or Not

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Sky: If someone’s hunting you, don’t freak out. It’s just a person.

  • It ain’t Freddy or Jason.  Calm down, breath, turn the tables and attack back.

Dusty: Never turn to a kid for help when you are going to die.

  • What the heck is a 10-year old going to do to save your life?!

Some good bloody fun in Ready Or Not.

Sky: You can’t choose your family, but you can choose to not be a part of it.

  • Alex (and Daniel) hated their family.  Don’t bring others into your family through marriage if it’s an unhealthy situation that they’d hate to be in.

Dusty: When the danger is still clear and present, save the explanations after you get to safety.

  • You don’t need to know, all that matter is they’re trying to kill you.  Just do all you can to get away.

Samara Weaving was perfect as Grace.  

Sky: Stay in shape enough to jump over fences.

  • As long as you can hop over a fence, you can escape from zombies and killer in-laws (and butlers).

Dusty: Grab your enemy’s gun.

  • You need every advantage you can get, and Grace skipping the kid’s gun was a huge mistake.

We loved seeing the come-up-pence this family receives at the end.

 

Rotten Tomatoes scores:

  • The Audience: 78%
  • The Critics: 88%

Grades:

  • B from Sky
  • D+ from Dusty

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

Check out last week’s episode on Star Wars: Episode IX.

Jumanji: The Next Level | Spoiler Review and Lessons Learned

Jumanji: The Next Level was a great follow-up to a great re-do! We both loved the new characters and actors along with new story elements and settings.

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from Jumanji: The Next Level

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Dusty: Never let issues get in the way of friendship. Forgive and move on with your life.

  • It was great seeing Milo (Danny Glover) coming to visit his lifelong friend Eddie (Danny DeVito) to mend their friendship.

Sky: “You got to pay attention to what’s in your hand.”

  • Fun lesson from Milo to Eddie in the plane.

They’re back!

Dusty: Don’t let pride or pain keep you from doing what you love.

  • Eddie was living an unhappy and resentful life and missed out on still being involved in the restaurant with Nora (Bebe Neuwirth).

Sky: You must continually exercise your mind and be a lifelong learner.

  • When you stop learning you lose that growth mindset and things become harder to accept and understand.  It took Eddie and Milo a bit too long to understand they were in a video game.

Danny DeVito and Danny Glover were great additions to the cast.

Dusty: Keep your body in shape.

  • “If you’re not growing, you’re dying.  There’s no third direction.” – Big Tom Callahan from Tommy Boy. Getting old ain’t fun, but staying healthy in mind and body will make aging a bit more tolerable.

Awkwafina was great portraying both Spencer and Eddie.

Sky: The things you do affect more than just yourself, you’ve got to think about your loved ones before you do something drastic.

  • Spencer didn’t think about what his disappearance would do to his family nor his friends when he jumped back in.  Also, 0 thought was given to how he would be able to complete the mission and end up stuck in the game.

Rotten Tomatoes scores:

  • The Audience: 87%
  • The Critics: 69%

Grades:

  • A- from Sky
  • A from Dusty

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

Check out last week’s episode on Team America: World Police.

Team America: World Police (2004) Spoiler review and lessons learned

Team America: World Police holds up!  Just as funny as ever and it’s a great send-up of Bruckheimer movies, actors, dictators and Hollywood pretentiousness.

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from Team America: World Police

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Sky: Every good team needs an acting expert!

  • “Without an expert they were like pigs to the slaughter.” – Spottiswood

Dusty: Be aware of what is behind your target.

  • Funny stuff blowing up parts of Paris when your intent was to save Paris, but c’mon!  Pay attention, people.

There’s no way to see through this disguise.

Dusty: No country should police the world.

  • Only step in when you’re invited.  Like giving another man’s wife a foot massage.

We love the portrayal of Kim Jong Il.

Sky: Difficult times separate the men from the boys.

  • Gary just couldn’t hack it.  But it wouldn’t be a great third act if he didn’t switch gears and jump back into action (with a dong in his mouth).

Matt Stone and Trey Parker on set with Sky’s prop.

Dusty: Don’t ever join a guild that has a horrible name that people can make fun of you. F.A.G.

  • Yeah, think about what they’ll call you first.

Dusty’s opinion: the best Matt Damon movie ever.

Sky: Don’t ever be a irritating, stupid, lowlife Matt Daemon.

  • JK, all!

Rotten Tomatoes scores:

  • The Audience: 80%
  • The Critics: 77%

Grades:

  • B+ from Sky
  • A- from Dusty

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

Check out last week’s episode on Knives Out.

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.

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

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.

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!

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movies before proceeding.

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%

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

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.

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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Zombieland Rotten Tomatoes score:

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

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.

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.

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.

Kung Pow: Enter the Fist | Spoiler Review & Lessons Learned 64

Kung Pow: Enter the Fist is one of the best spoofs of all time!  We absolutely love it! The comedy is spot on and the premise of taking an old kung fu movie and creating something new from it is comedy genius!

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from Kung Pow: Enter the Fist

Dusty: Never fight a baby.  

  • It is a lose-lose situation.

Lovin’ Steve Odekirk!

Sky: Ask and ye shall receive. 

  • Master Tang changed his mind at a second request from the Chosen One imploring him to help.

Master Tang… none more masterful

Dusty: Rodents are disposable.

  • Yep, eating or self-defense, do what you want with dem pests.

Sky: Always pay attention to your surroundings. 

  • We love it when Betty and his henchmen are walking through town and some random stupid villages are still walking towards these degenerates that are beating other people. “Hey guys, what’s going on?”

We love Wimp Lo.

Dusty: Fighting to music is the only way to go.

Those small nets gets us all the time, too!

 

Sky: Stay away from psycho hose beasts like Ling.

  • A lesson we first leaned from Wayne’s World.

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.

Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

Rotten Tomatoes score:

  • The Audience: 69%
  • The Critics: 13% (“That’s a lot of nuts!”)

Sky has chosen Angel Has Fallen as the next set of movies we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we learned from the Pirates of the Caribbean Trilogy.

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)

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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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.

Army of Darkness (1993) | Review and Lessons Learned #58

Army of Darkness is still one of our favorites!  We saw it back in ’93 with our grandma and a cousin, but the two of us enjoyed it more than anyone else in the theater.

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from Army of Darkness

Dusty: Always have a firearm on you.

  • You need something to protect yourself (and to battle the deadite armies that are inevitably on their way).

Sky: Do not read from the Necronomicon. 

  • It’s like saying Beetlejuice three times, just don’t take the chance (whether you believe or not).

This is my boomstick!

Dusty: Pay attention to details.

  • When something important comes up (like reciting some tough to remember Latin words with dire consequences for messing up), you’ve got to do what you must to get it correct.  This holds true for your boss at work or your wife giving you a complicated task.

Alternate Ending – 6 century sleep gone wrong

Sky: Learn from your mistakes. 

  • Mistakes are fine to make, as long as you work to not repeat them. This is something I’m always working on as a poker player. Every mistake is your opportunity to improve yourself. So when Ash made the mistake the first time of not writing the words down and not reciting them properly, he should realize that he’s not all that adept at remembering unfamiliar Latin terms, so he should figure out a way around this. Writing them down is one solution.

We love the absurdity that is Army of Darkness

Dusty:  Keep chemistry books in the back of your car JIC you need to make some gun powder.

  • Yep, right there next to your bag full of spare clothes.

We are super huge fans of the skeleton army

 

Sky: Don’t pick a fight with the guy with a gun.

  • “Good… Bad… I’m the guy with the gun.”

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.

Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

Wow, the critics are at 72% on Rotten Tomatoes!?  How does that happen?  Way to go critics, finally judging a movie based on its intent and not what you want (Audience at 87% of course).

Bruce Campbell’s 2015 Reddit AMA

Sky has chosen Once Upon a Time in Hollywood as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we learned from Stuber.