The Terminator Franchise | Spoiler Reviews and Lessons Learned

We love the Terminator Franchise. T2 Judgment Day is the best of the bunch, with 1984’s The Terminator in 2nd place. The most recent Dark Fate was very enjoyable with the return of Linda Hamilton and some crazy scary terminators for Arnie and co to deal with.

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Lessons Learned from The Terminator (1984)

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Sky: If a naked guy in the middle of the night approaches you, back away. 

  • Don’t antagonize or threaten him. He knows more than you or at least he ain’t scared of you. Tim Allen wrote a great autobiography called “Don’t Stand Too Close To A Naked Guy.”

Dusty: Don’t peal out when you are trying to sneak away.

  • They do this all the time in movies and a couple times here. Loud tire screeching is the enemy of your stealthy escape.

Sky: This too shall pass.

  • All those little annoyances, like ice cream in your apron and spilling food on a dude, ain’t no thang. In a few days, maybe even a few hours, they won’t matter. And look on the bright side, you might have a fun story to tell from it.

Dusty: The only way to keep a secret is to tell no one.

  • Yep, loose lips sink ships and the more sets of lips that know, the more likely your secret will get out.

Grades:

  • B from Sky
  • A- from Dusty

The Terminator Rotten Tomatoes score:

  • The Audience: 89%
  • The Critics: 100%

Check out the IMDB page on 1984’s The Terminator for more info.

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.

Back to the Future Movie – a Truly Perfect Movie and MUST WATCH! (1985)

Back to the Future

Back to the Future

Back to the Future is a perfect movie and it’s still as fun today as it was when we first watched it back in 1985. The McFly family saga is one you CANNOT miss.

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Life Lessons Learned from Back to the Future

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Sky & Dusty: Stand up to bullies. 

  • Marty and George both stand up to Biff and fight back with awesome results. Help others fight back if they can’t do it for themselves. Be compassionate and help others.

Biff (played by Tom Wilson) is the quintessential bully and it’s exciting seeing both George and Marty stand up to him.

Dusty: Use the right tools.

  • It helps to have a scientist like Doc Brown on your side to know the right tool. In this movie, Doc Brown used the flux capacitor, a Delorean, the special wrench, the model to explain the system and a well-timed lightening bolt. Bad tool: McFly’s weak binoculars 🙂
Christopher Lloyd and Michael J. Fox were perfectly cast in the roles of Doc Brown and Marty McFly.

Sky: Don’t let insecurities stand in the way of your dreams. 

  • Marty and George both said, “What if they don’t like it” about Marty’s music and George’s book idea. They also both say, “I don’t think I can take that kind of rejection.” Like father like son but they both overcome this insecurity.

Marty helps George “get the girl”.

 

Rotten Tomatoes scores:

  • The Audience: 94%
  • The Critics: 96%

Grades:

  • A+ from Dusty and Sky

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

Check out last week’s episode on Brigsby Bear.

Bloodshot starring Vin Diesel and Guy Pierce | Spoiler Review

Bloodshot was mindless fun, but not something we’d recommend. Sure, you get Vin Diesel being his bad ass self, but the non-original twist villain and plot aren’t worth your time.

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Life Lessons Learned from Bloodshot

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Sky: KISS – keep it simple, stupid.

  • Dr. Harting’s (Guy Pierce) plan is too much trouble. Convincing Bloodshot each time, over and over, to go for revenge? Find someone as good as him, pay him to go murder all, and be done with it.

Dusty: Who we were doesn’t dictate who we have to be.

  • Yep, we can always change.

Nobody’s tougher than Vin Diesel in his movies.

Bloodshot (Vin Diesel) and Dalton (Sam Heughan) in Columbia Pictures’ BLOODSHOT

Sky: Do NOT work for a murderous megalomaniac.

  • You disappoint him, you’re next on the Bloodshot hit list. Plus, you’re helping this guy murder people. Good luck explaining yourself to Saint Peter at the pearly gates.

Dusty: Don’t put any electronics into your body.

  • KT and Bloodshot were susceptible to Guy Pierce’s meddling because of the cybernetic enhancements they had. Elon, really? Are you expecting us to put your new brain chips in our heads? Count us out.

Sarcasm Alert! Way to show us the coolest visual in the trailer, guys.

Dusty: Question everything.

  • “Every yellow light leads to a red.” So, when something feels hinky and your spidey-sense tingles, pay attention and be wary.

Sky: You can’t control others. 

  • You might succeed for a time, but you’ll just build up resentment in them and create an enemy close to you.
KT (Eiza Gonzalez) and Ray Garrison (Vin Diesel) in the RST Lab in Columbia Pictures’ BLOODSHOT.

 

Rotten Tomatoes scores:

  • The Audience: 78%
  • The Critics: 30%

Grades:

  • D from Sky
  • D+ from Dusty

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

Check out last week’s episode on Starship Troopers (1997).

Starship Troopers (1997) – Starring Casper Van Dien and Denise Richards

Starship Troopers is an action/sci-fi classic and deserves to be seen by one and all! Great special effects, lots of gore and good looking soldiers are all you need (in movies and in life).

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Life Lessons Learned from Starship Troopers

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Sky: It’s not why you’re there that matters, it’s what you do when you get there. 

  • Rico might’ve joined the military Carmen (Denise Richards), but he’s a good soldier and leader and Carmen had nothing to do with that.

Dusty: Be proactive not reactive.

  • You want to be the one putting pressure on your enemy, helping them make mistakes. Letting them pressure you makes your job tougher.

Johnny Rico (Casper Van Dien) about to blow up the tanker bug.

Sky: “Never pass up a good thing.” – Lt. Rasczak

  • Sir, yes sir!

Dusty: Fool me once shame on you. Fool me twice shame on me.

  • Starting the battles with troops first, twice, is a major blunder. Napalm the bugs is a better step one before you send in actual troops.

Loved Michael Ironside as Lt. Rasczak and Dina Meyer as Dizzy Flores.

Dusty: Use your fleet to bomb before infantry. 

  • This goes along with the prior lesson… napalm first!

Sky: Do not question a superior officer in the tactics they teach you.

  • “The enemy cannot push a button if you disable his hand… MEDIC!” Loved this lesson.

 

Rotten Tomatoes scores:

  • The Audience: 70%
  • The Critics: 63%

Grades:

  • A+ from Sky
  • B+ from Dusty

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

Check out last week’s episode on Extraction.

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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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