Ghostbusters (1984) Movie Review – A+ and Must Watch!

Ghostbusters Movie Review

Ghostbusters holds up today and is just as funny and exciting as ever. Take it from two guys who’ve seen it dozens of times.

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from Ghostbusters

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Dusty: Always have your poker face on when buying a firehouse or anything for that matter.

  • You can’t let them know how much in love with something you are before putting an offer down.

Sky: “Ray, when someone asks you if you’re a god, you say ‘YES’!”

  • Truer words were never spoken.

Who you gonna call? We love the original gang (Ramis, Hudson, Murray and Aykroyd).

Dusty: Persistence always gets the girl.

  • Dana Barrett (Sigourney Weaver)

Sky: Persistence pays off. 

  • Ray and Egon were really into the spirit realm and they ended up saving NY and maybe the world with their arcane knowledge. Also, Dan Aykroyd grew up with a family really into the arcane and it ended up paying off with this blockbuster movie.

Walter Peck (William Atherton) making a huge “Monday Morning Quarterback” mistake.

Dusty: Keep your keys on you when you leave the house with an automatic lock on your door.

  • Don’t pull a Louis Tully (Rick Moranis) and lock yourself out of your own apartment. And if it happens once, you’d better learn from it and NOT repeat that mistake.

Sky: Always look before you leap (or shoot).

  • They almost killed that maid in the hallway when they were on the hunt for Slimer.

That’s how they did that!

 

Rotten Tomatoes scores:

  • The Audience: 88%
  • The Critics: 97%

Grades:

  • A+ from Sky
  • A+ from Dusty

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

Check out last week’s episode on The Gentlemen.

Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker | Spoiler review and lessons learned

Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker had a really choppy story that worked too hard to right the wrongs of the prior episode.  It had some good parts, but it wasn’t anywhere near the Star Wars movie we wanted.

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker

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Dusty: You’ve got a camera on you at all times, take pictures of important things.

  • Weird how in the future they don’t have phones to snap a few quick pics of this incredibly important dagger with directions on it to the Sith home world.

A great water-soaked light saber battle between Kylo Ren and Rey.

Sky: You are not your ancestors. 

  • Ray has this little dilemma that she thinks she’ll turn evil because she’s a Palpatine.  It doesn’t matter who your ancestors were what they did in the past. What matters is what you do in this life. If anybody wants to hold you accountable for your parent’s or ancestor’s actions, kick ’em to the curb.

Finn and Poe had a few more sensible things to do in this episode.

Dusty: Communication is critical.

  • As seen in this and almost every movie, a lack of communication leads to problems.

Billy Dee, Billy Dee, Billy Dee!

Sky: Never underestimate an android.

  • Not so applicable now, but it was a cool lesson because their droids are just as helpful/important/useful as any human in the story.

We love Carrie Fisher, but Leia wasn’t needed in this movie.

 

 

Rotten Tomatoes scores:

  • The Audience: 86%
  • The Critics: 55%

Grades:

  • D from Sky
  • D- from Dusty

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

Check out last week’s episode on Jumanji: The Next Level.

The Terminator Franchise | Spoiler Reviews and Lessons Learned

We love the Terminator Franchise, with parts 1 and 2 being the best.  It’s gone downhill since then, but Sky enjoyed Dark Fate while Dusty wasn’t a fan at all.

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch these movies before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from Terminator: Dark Fate

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Dusty: The best defense is a good offense.

  • The best part of T2 was Sarah Connor going after Miles Dyson and tries to take out Skynet.  They should do the same in this sequel.

Sky: Do the right thing now and come what may.

  • When you see someone in need, help them out like the couple did when Grace fell from the bridge.  But, no good deed goes unpunished…

The T-800 Terminator versus an incredibly powerful Rev. 9 (played by Gabriel Luna)

Dusty: Always have a backup plan.

  • The EMP was good, but just in case, don’t put all your eggs in one basket.

Sky: Never give personal information to an unknown person.

  • With online phishing or stalkers or just bad people wanting to do you and yours harm, don’t give out information like, “All her friends call her Dani.”

Sarah Connor: still a bad-ass protecting Dani (Natalia Reyes)

Linda Hamilton, left, and Natalia Reyes star in Skydance Productions and Paramount Pictures’ “TERMINATOR: DARK FATE.”

Dusty: Always close the door.

  • Don’t allow the enemy a way in to kill you.  Close that door so the Rev. 9 can’t get it.

We get an augmented human named Grace (played by McKenzie Davis) fighting for our future in this installment.

Sky: It pays to have powerful, well-placed friends. 

  • If you need an EMP, call up Major Dean.  But, why wasn’t “Major Dean” named “Major Danny Dyson” instead?

Terminator: Dark Fate Rotten Tomatoes score:

  • The Audience: 70%
  • The Critics: 84%

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

Lessons Learned from Terminator 2: Judgment Day

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Dusty: Don’t stupidly fly your helicopter so close to your target.

  • If you can keep your distance and still do you job, do it.

Sky: Don’t let power go to your head. 

  • Those psych ward abusers were terrible people. Psych ward abusers are cliché in movies, but it’s necessary so we’re on Sarah Connor’s side as she’s beating them to escape.

Our trio of Heroes: Sarah and John Connor (Linda Hamilton and Edward Furlong) and the Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger)

Dusty: Never Jerk the wheel when you are driving.

  • Stay calm and controlled or else it’s flipping/spinning time.

Sky: Learn to pick locks.

  • It worked for Sarah Connor, it’ll work for you as well.

The best scene: the canal chase with that awesome shotgun

Dusty: Have an arsenal because you’ll be glad when it comes in use.

  • You never know what the future will bring, but always be prepared.

Nothing more scary than the unrelenting T-1000 (Robert Patrick)

Sky: Always know your nearest metal smelting plant. 

  • Terminators, zombies, psycho-hose beasts, they can all be destroyed by molten metal.

Terminator 2: Judgment Day Rotten Tomatoes score:

  • The Audience: 94%
  • The Critics: 93%

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

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!

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: 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.

Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 (2017) | Spoiler Review #53

Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 was a perfect follow-up!  Just as good as the first with humor, action and beautiful space landscapes.  Space opera indeed!

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2

Dusty: Sometimes the thing you’ve been searching for your entire life has been there all along.

  • Appreciate the things you have and the grass isn’t always greener.  Quill never realized his daddy, Yondu, was with him all along.

Lovin’ the dancin’ Groot intro

Sky: Say the things you want to say to somebody before it’s too late.

  • If Yondu would’ve told Quill how he felt about him sooner, then their lives could’ve been much different and potentially better.

We love the beautiful space landscapes

Dusty: Family does not leave.

  • Family is always there for each other, regardless of arguments and little squabbles.

Sky: Don’t lock up your enemies together.

  • You’re just giving them the chance to work together and defeat you.  Yondu caged with Rocket?!  Bad thinking, Ravagers.

Yondu’s arrow in action

Dusty: Always, always be extraordinarily humble.

  • We love Drax!

Mantis, look out!

Sky: Keep your mouth shut when they’re on your side. The tide can always turn against you.

  • It’s the downfall of too many people, their “ego” causes them to spout off and turn your friends against you.

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.

We think the Rotten Tomatoes score should be higher than these, but the critics at 84% and the audience at 87% is nothing to shake a stick at.

Dusty has chosen Toy Story 4 as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we learned from Dark Phoenix.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters | Spoiler Review and Lessons Learned #51

Godzilla: King of the Monsters was such a boring and disappointing movie.  We both felt the same, but the major takeaway was that Mothra made of Redbull. It gave Godzilla wings!

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from Godzilla: King of the Monsters

Sky: It sucks to be expendable.

  • Soldiers are always first to die, they’ll leave you behind if necessary.  Do what you’ve got to do to be incredibly important to your group/workplace.

Dusty: You always have a choice.

  • You may have to suffer the consequences or admit you were wrong, but you’ve always got a choice.

Stay miles away from this guy!

Sky: Don’t telegraph your punches.

  • Godzilla’s spines light up when he’s about to shoot his electric snout burst.

Dusty: People are more important than anything. 

  • There are better options than “Thanos-ing” the earth with titans to save it.

Whoa, 3-headed aliens?!  I’ll stay on Earth, thanks anyways, Elon.

Dusty: Never join the navy because they may make you be in a submarine.

  • If you’re going into the armed services, choose the one that most suits your personality.  Love being in close, sweaty quarters with tons of dudes?  Navy’s the one for you.

Cool seeing prior civilizations that worshiped these titans

Trailer:

More Cowbell!

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.

It’s not often that we agree with Critics on Rotten Tomatoes, but this time, we sure did!  Critics at 40% and Audience at 86%.

Sky has chosen Dark Phoenix as the next movie we’ll learn from.  Here’s the CRAM IT! episode from Screen Junkies:

If you missed it, last week we learned from 1999’s The Matrix

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

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) | Spoiler Review and Lessons Learned #48

Guardians of the Galaxy is one of the best MCU movies.  James Gunn shows us what a space opera can be with an incredible story and real characters that we’ll never forget.

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from Guardians of the Galaxy

Sky: Know your audience.

  • When you’re trying to communicate to others (like Quill to Drax in the Kiln), make sure to use words they’ll understand.  Your goal is to be understood, right?

These misfits took down the Kiln

Dusty: Always have a plan. Even if you only have 12% of a plan.

  • You can always wing it (like they’re good at), but start with a plan.

Love that 12% scene

Sky: Keep your personal business personal.

  • Don’t alert those around you to the crazy payday you’re on the verge of, especially if they might not skip an opportunity for jacking billions of units from you.

Dusty: Call your mother once a week if not more.

  • Yep, take it from us.  Eventually, you won’t have the opportunity to.

Sky: Work with what you got.

  • When life hands you lemons (or a spaceship without weapons), make lemonade.

Dancing Groot!

Dusty: Always think outside of the box.

  • There’s a solution to every problem, you just have to find 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 our Watch and Learn Facebook Page and comment there.

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This movie was LOVED by both the critics (91%) and the audience (92%) on Rotten Tomatoes.  See?  We can get along sometimes.

Dusty has chosen John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we learned from Thor: Ragnarok.

Thor: Ragnarok (2017) | Spoiler Review and Lessons Learned #47

Thor: Ragnarok was a fantastic movie!  We both loved the humor and the story, and Hela was a great baddie.  Taika Waititi made a killer MCU debut.

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from Thor: Ragnarok

Sky: Don’t pick a fight with an unknown.

  • They didn’t know what Hela was capable of, starting a fight with her may not be the best idea.  Learn what she’s capable of first, then beat the crap out of her.

Dusty:  Tell your kids everything they need to now well before you die. 

  • Odin made a huge mistake by not telling Thor and Loki about Hela ahead of time.  Communicate, people!

The whole team with Taika Waititi… exactly what Thor 3 needed!

Sky: Accept your circumstances and move forward.

  • You can’t change what’s happened, just accept it and move on.  Banner was having a hard time on Sakaar at first, but things would’ve gone a bit smoother had he just accepted his circumstances.

Dusty: Don’t fight with coworkers.

  • Nope, not worth it at all. Keep things copacetic.

What a beautiful movie

Sky: Kill them with kindness.

  • Thor constantly trusting Loki and being his brother eventually convinced Loki to be on the side of good.

Dusty: Life is about growth and change.

  • Thor learns and grew through his interactions with Loki, and finally realized that Loki was just going to remain the God of Mischief.

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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I guess some of the audience didn’t like this new comedic take on Thor?  Rotten Tomatoes scores for the audience is at 87% while critics are at 93%.

Sky has chosen Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we learned from Avengers: Endgame.

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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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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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.