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.

Stuber | Spoiler Review and Lessons Learned #57

Stuber was an enjoyable buddy-cop movie that didn’t bring anything new to the genre, but there’s a fun chemistry between Bautista and Nanjiani that makes it worth watching.

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from Stuber

Sky: Don’t drive blind

  • Impaired in any way?  Driving just puts yourself and others at risk… unnecessarily (especially with guys like Stuber around).

Dusty: Have many guns

  • You can never have too many to protect yourself with (Chris Tucker’s character carried an extra one in his ankle holster).

Iko Uwais is always great to see in a movie.

Sky: Skip the therapist, and head to your local strip club for advice and perspective on life

  • Those strippers have done a ton of living, so let them share their wisdom with you.

Dusty: Shots fired… call backup ASAP

  • Yep great advice for cops and for regular peeps like us.  You need help, just ask.

Stu shot someone!  What a crazy day he had.

Sky: Use the threat of social media instead of violence to coerce cooperation

  • People are too wrapped up in their social media profiles nowadays.  If you’re one of these people, you’re giving others ammunition to use against you.

We loved that they went to the Sriracha factory

Dusty: Real men shake hands

  • Stu’s got that one right.

Sky’s Anti-Lesson Learned: “Real men cry, real men listen to their feelings.”  No.  What makes you a man is doing what needs to be done regardless of your feelings. I can’t disagree with Stu more. Sure, it’s okay to cry it’s okay to have feelings. But keep your crying to yourself and keep your feelings to yourself. Nobody cares about your feelings, the only care about what they want.

 

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You’re botching it again, Critics with a measly 45% on Rotten Tomatoes with the Audience coming in with a much more acceptable (and deservable) 80%.

Dusty has chosen Army of Darkness as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we learned from Rush Hour (1998).

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.

Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995) | Spoilers and Lessons Learned #45

Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls is better than the first!  More laugh out loud moments and both of us realize that when we think of Ace, scenes from part 2 more readily pop to mind than part 1.  We love it!

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls

Dusty: Bat poop (guano) is very valuable and can make many things.

  • Being so valuable, it makes sense that Cadby wanted it all to himself.  We now have a new business venture to pursue!

Sky: If they’re ecstatic when you leave the place you live, you’re doing it wrong.

  • The monks partying as he’s leaving means he was not so welcome there.  But, denial IS bliss.

Rhino birthing… peak physical comedy!

Dusty: Never show your balls.

  • Keep those undies on!

“It’s slinky, it’s slinky… everyone love a slinky!”

Dusty: Projectors are fun!

  • We all remember making shadow puppets back in school.

Here are Sky’s movie props

Check out the trailer:

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Wow, those critics… just… don’t… know.  33%?!  We’re with the audience at 72% on Rotten Tomatoes.

We have chosen Avengers: Endgame as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we learned from Ace Ventura: Pet Detective.

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994) | Spoiler Review and Lessons Learned

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective holds up and is still incredibly funny!  This is the Jim Carey we fell in love with and it was fun revisiting this one.

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

Sky: If you’re struggling to pay your apartment rent at 35, you’re doing something wrong.

  • Ace’s career, while noble, isn’t so lucrative.  If you can’t keep the lights on, what good are you to the lost pets of the world?

Dusty: There is always time for good hygiene.

  • Pop dem pimples!

Instant replay… magical!

Sky: Blaming others for your issues will lead to your downfall.

  • Einhorn/Finkle became a police lieutenant and could’ve led a happy life if she’d just given up on her need for revenge.

Dusty: You need to be perceptive and come to conclusions if you want to be a detective.

  • Attention to detail is critical, and Ace has it as demonstrated by his schooling of the human detectives.

“He found Captain Winky!”

Sky: Don’t leave a calling card when you pull a fast one.

  • “You’ve been had by Ace Ventura”. You’re just inviting some jacked-up meathead to come find and pulverize you.

Dusty: Be persistent and never give up.

  • Ace wasn’t giving up.  When he hit a dead end, he went back to the start because there was obviously something missing.

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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Pretty low, but it’s pretty close with critics at 47% and the audience at 57% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Dusty has chosen Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we learned from Shazam!

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part | Spoiler Review and Lessons Learned #35

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part was a lot of fun for Dusty, but Sky wasn’t such a fan.  Dusty enjoyed how they put lots of small new tweaks to things like songs and intros that they did in part 1.

Lessons Learned from The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part

Sky: How you respond to your situation is up to you. You can let it change you for the better, or for the worse.

  • Emmet allowed being stuck under the laundry machines turn him into a big jerk.  He became a victim.

Dusty: Don’t try to change someone else. The only person you can change is yourself. Also, you do not know what is best for the person. Maybe what you want is worse.

  • You goal should just to improve yourself daily, and be an asset or positive force in the lives of those around you.

Gotta love Emmett’s positive outlook

Sky: Know your parents. Some give open threats, others follow through. If you have the follow-through type of parents, you better do what they say.

  • If your mom’s going to make you put all the LEGO’s in storage, don’t tick her off.

Dusty: Communication is the key to relationships.

  • All movie/tv logic breaks down when characters don’t talk to each other.  Same thing happens in real life.

Sky: Do not act with a lack of information.

  • Emmet, if he would’ve listened to his friends who he came to save, wouldn’t have smashed Queen Whatevra’s home and caused the “ar-mom-ageddon”.

Dusty: It’s much easier to be friends than enemy.

  • Being cool and kind with others is the way to go.  Set aside your differences and work to build friendships as opposed to working on being better or putting them down.
  • Watch out for “resting bitch face”.  If they look angry/mad when resting, they’re an unhappy person in life. Angry face = angry life.

Bonus Lesson: Be yourself.  If others don’t like you for it, screw them.

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It’s only been out for 5 days now, but the critics and audiences are simpatico: 85% for critics and 79% for the audience on Rotten Tomatoes.

Dusty has chosen Alita: Battle Angel as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we discussed So I Married an Axe Murderer (1993).

RocketMan (1997) | Spoiler Review and Lessons Learned #33

RocketMan was a laugh-out-loud riot of a movie!  Neither of us remembered how good it was and Dusty actually gave it an A+!  What a grade!  Harland Williams is in top from as Fred Randall, and his supporting cast does a great job allowing him free reign.

Lessons Learned from RocketMan

Sky: Don’t kick off your shoes in the house.

  • You’re gonna break something, and potentially tick-off your wife something fierce.

Dusty: Being and acting weird makes others uncomfortable.

  • Try to pay attention to social cues and know when they aren’t picking-up what you’re putting down.
William Sadler plays a great straight-man alongside Harland’s crazy Fred

Sky: If you’re running out of time, skip the sleep.

  • If it’s important to get done, sleep can wait until you’re dead.

Dusty: Don’t judge a book by it’s cover.

  • Just ’cause Fred’s a bit weird, doesn’t mean he’s an idiot.  This guy’s the smartest in the room, but you’d never know it if you didn’t give him a chance.

Harland Williams – 2006 interview with Conan O’Brien

Sky: Learn your lesson the first time.

  • Put the chimp to sleep first!
Sky’s favorite scene

Dusty: Don’t assume you are the smartest person in the room.

  • Yeah, go ahead and assume they’re smarter than you until they prove their idiocy.

Bonus Lesson from Dusty: Always blame Julie.

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 wrong with these people?!  Critics are way off the mark here with their unforgivable 21% Rotten Tomatoes score.  The audience are closer to the mark with 72%.

Dusty has chosen So I Married an Axe Murderer as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we discussed Spaceballs.

Spaceballs (1987) | Spoiler Review and Lessons Learned #32

Spaceballs came out when we were kids, we loved it then… and we STILL LOVE it now!  Laugh out loud from the long Spaceball 1 intro to the wedding scene ending.  We’ve changed our grading scale, and this gets an A+ from each of us (A++++ from Dusty).

Lessons Learned from Spaceballs

Sky: Don’t run from your problems.

  • Princess Vespa (Daphne Zuniga) ran away instead of facing her problems and saying no to her father. Running away doesn’t solve anything, your problems are still there.

Dusty: Don’t miss the big problem and go after the small one.

  • Don’t trip over dollars to pick up pennies. Leave the case with the industrial strength hair dryer.
Dark Helmet (Rick Moranis) couldn’t be better in this role.

Sky: Invest in a virgin alarm.

  • For all you fathers of daughters out there.

Dusty: Change the combination on my luggage. Never set the luggage combination to 12345.

  • LOL when President Scroob (Mel Brooks) had the same combination on his luggage.

Sky: When the right thing comes around, grab onto it with both hands.

  • Lonestar (Bill Pullman) and Vespa fell in love, you’ve got to fight for that, even if she’s supposed to get married.

Dusty: Always check to see if you still have your ring when someone shakes your hand.

  • Dusty remembers this every time he gets a massage.

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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Wow!  Those critics scored it just below fresh on Rotten Tomatoes at 58%.  The audience is much more on-the-money here with 83%.

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

If you missed it, last week we discussed Galaxy Quest.

Galaxy Quest (1999) | Spoiler Review and Lessons Learned #31

Sky enjoyed Galaxy Quest a bit more than Dusty did, but we both recommend this one to the listeners.  Great sci-fi action and story, tons of comedy and great performances by all! Some good lessons were learned, great props taken home and no minors/miners were harmed in the making of this episode.

Replayed as a WAL Classic, episode #76 on 11.28.19.

Lessons Learned from Galaxy Quest

Sky: Never give up, never surrender.

  • Jason Nesmith’s (Tim Allen) iconic line.  Yep, a great life lesson to live by.

Dusty: Fully engage with everyone you talk with and take every person seriously.

  • They want to meet their favorite celebrity, give it to them (assuming they aren’t too pushy).

Sky: Never meet your heroes.

  • Jason Nesmith (Tim Allen) disappointed a lot of fans with his short attitude at the beginning of the film. This could turn these people off to you forever because they’ll remember this one interaction above all others.

Dusty: If you ever become a celebrity, don’t let it get to your head and be a jerk.

  • Totally… don’t pull a Heigl.

Sky: Always do what you know is right and stand by your actions.

  • The crew of the NSEA Protector knew that keeping up the charade with the “historical documents” was wrong, yet they went with it until things got too dangerous.

Dusty: Leave when you are on top (or just starting your decent).

  • Once your time has passed, find something new. You never want to be a has-been.

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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We’re flipping it on Rotten Tomatoes this time.  Critics at 90% with the audience at 78%.  It’s fresh either way, but Sky hates agreeing with critics. Eh, it happens.

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

If you missed it, last week we discussed Aquaman.

The Goonies (1985) | Spoiler Review & Lessons Learned #21

The Goonies spoiler review and lessons learned

The Goonies is a perfect adventure movie for anyone who’s ever wanted to follow a map to buried treasure.  This one captured our imaginations back in ’85, and it landed at the top of our lists in last week’s Top 5 episode.  Listen to this episode and let’s live vicariously through the adventures of Mikey, Chunk, Mouth, Data, Brand, Andy and Stef.

Lessons Learned from The Goonies

Always be kind.

  • The Fratelli’s poor treatment of Sloth, along with Mikey’s (Sean Astin) and Chunk’s (Jeff Cohen) kind treatment put Sloth on their side and against his family.

Never judge a book by its cover.

  • Chunk was scared at first.  But, it’s great how Sloth became Chunk’s best friend and new family member.

Don’t let good opportunities pass you by.

  • The Goonies had plenty of chances to end their journey because of the danger, but they chose to go on instead.  They succeeded as a group of friends, beat the Fratelli’s and saved the neighborhood.

Kids can do amazing things.

  • For sure, they’re capable and with their imagination, they see the possibility in everything.

Keep your candles and dynamite separate. In fact, don’t buy candles that resemble the dynamite you’re carrying.

  • C’mon Chester Copperpot, you’re not a treasure hunter I would try to emulate.

Never pig out at a fat camp or you will get kicked out.

  • Great story from Chunk.

Check out The Goonies official trailer:

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Audience at 91% and critics at 70% on Rotten Tomatoes.  Seems right, as critics often don’t want to have fun at the movies.  Poo on you, critics.

Dusty has chosen our #1 movie, Hunter Killer as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we discussed our Top 5 Defining Childhood Movies.