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.

 

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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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!

 

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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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: 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.

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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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).

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:

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.

Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

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.

Blended | Podcast Episode 12

Blended lessons learned

Blended is great fun.  Sure, it’s Sandler at his most Sandler-iness, but you can’t deny the chemistry between him and Drew Barrymore.  This is their 3rd outing together, and it’s worth watching just like the prior two.

Lessons Learned from Blended

Actions speak louder than words.

  • It’s obvious that Jim (Adam Sandler) and Lauren (Barrymore) care about their kids.  But, it’s also obvious that Lauren’s ex-husband Mark (Joel McHale) doesn’t care about his family as evidenced by his lack of participation.  His words have no meaning because his actions show them how he feels.

Think of and be considerate of the other person you’re spending time with.

  • Jim taking Lauren out to Hooters, while it’s a meaningful place to him, would be off-putting to her for a first date.

blended on safari

Practical jokes aren’t as funny as you think they’re going to be.

  • A couple practical jokes backfired on Jim and Lauren didn’t find them funny at all.  Most people, I suspect, feel this way when they are the butt of any practical joke.

Spank Your Kids!

  • This is Dusty’s life lesson (although Sky doesn’t follow this).  Proverbs 13:24 – “Whoever spares the rod hates their children, but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them.”

Ginger shimmying

Don’t skimp on vacations.

  • Dan Patrick’s character of Dick “Lolipopolous” went all out on his once-in-a-lifetime trip to Africa.  That’s how vacations should be done.  You’re there only once, get the most out of it you can and don’t worry about the cost.

Go on vacation with your kids.

  • Take them with you and give them great experiences that they’ll learn from and the memories they develop from these experiences will be carried with them throughout their life.

Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

Of course, the critics can’t bring themselves to laugh at an Adam Sandler movie (and such a shame that is).  The critics score is 14%, while the audience is at 63% on Rotten Tomatoes.  Critics are just too good for Sandler, eh?

Dusty has chosen Crazy Rich Asians as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we discussed lessons learned from The Meg.

Kingpin (1996: Harrelson, Quaid, Murray | Episode 6

Kingpin is an incredible Farrelly Brothers comedy and we’ve loved it since college.  Great story and characters perfectly portrayed by the actors.  We especially LOVED Bill Murray!  It’s wall-to-wall comedy and laugh-out loud scenes.  Love those 10 nut shots and other running gags.

Lessons Learned from Kingpin:

Never give up on your dreams.

  • Ishmael wanting to continue when Roy wanted to quit after discovering that his average came from bowling 15 frame games.

When something feels hinky, DO NOT proceed.  

  • Roy knew it was a bad idea to follow Big Earn and cheating the bowling father and his buddies.

Don’t blame others for your problems; everything is own damn fault.

  • Roy blaming Big Earn for 17 years when it was his own fault due to his poorly thought actions.

If you give up one moral, the next and then the next ones fall more easily.

  • Ishmael, with his Amish heritage, never did anything bad and worked harder than anyone around them. He hooked up with Roy and suddenly finds himself saying yes to cigarettes, then coffee then alcohol and all the other things he should’ve never partaken in.

Don’t poop in a urinal.

The comb-over is phenomenal and it’s a must-have for Dusty should he lose his hair someday.  Sky?  No, he’ll just go bald like today’s action movie heroes Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Jason Statham.  Not bad company, eh?

Check out the Red Rose bowling ball on Amazon.

Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

Critics gave it a 50% on Rotten Tomatoes!  For shame, critics, for shame…

Dusty has chosen Ant-Man and the Wasp as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we discussed lessons learned from Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.