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.

Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

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.

Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

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.

Venom (2018, Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams) | Episode 18

Venom was a totally enjoyable movie. What’s all the negative critical reception about? Tom Hardy killed it as Brock/Venom and we both recommend watching it.

Lessons Learned from Venom

Pay attention to weaknesses and exploit when necessary.

  • Anne Weying (Michelle Williams) helped Venom at the end with her knowledge of the symbiote’s weakness.

Don’t own a convince store.

  • I hate to burst your bubble slime-ball, but this isn’t the first time Mrs. Chen has had a gun held in her face.
We loved Tom Hardy as Venom. Great buddy-action banter between the two.

Keep your ego in check and do your job admirably.

  • It was Eddie Brock’s own fault that he pushed Drake (Riz Ahmed) so far and he lost his job, girlfriend and all job prospects because of it.

Don’t do any medical testing.

  • “Possible side effects include loss of scalp and penis”.  Nope, not worth it… not worth it at all.
We knew this guy was going to rue the day he messed with Mrs. Chen.

If you’re supporting a megalomaniac, you’re not a victim when you die due to his actions or plans.

  • We have no sympathy for the death of Dr. Dora Skirth (Jenny Slate).  It’s her own darn fault for willingly experiment on human beings.

Don’t walk towards a gun fight.

  • Yeah, Anne, what the heck were you thinking?

Check out the Venom 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.

What a difference between the critics and the audience.  31% vs 89% on Rotten Tomatoes.  Lesson learned… critics ain’t worth listening to.

Sky has chosen Bad Times at the El Royale as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we discussed lessons learned from the 80’s classic Top Gun.

The Predator (2018) | Episode 15

The Predator 2018 Watch and Learn Podcast

The Predator is at the bottom of our Predator franchise list, but it’s still worth seeing if you’re a Predator fan.  Not as much suspense, but plenty of gore and action that R-rated movie fans love.  Be ready for some confusing story elements, though.

Lessons Learned from The Predator

Have guns everywhere. Even in the refrigerator in the camper.

  • Yep, be prepared for a Predator invasion.
bullpup assault rifle
A bullpup assault rifle

Be prepared for Armageddon.

  • Going along with Dusty’s first lesson, have guns and supplies in case the end of the world is at your doorstep.

The Predator attacks

Do not take part in secret government projects.

  • EVERYONE involved on the government side eventually dies.  Yep, government at it’s most inept once again.
Dusty’s mounted deer with his sons

Don’t listen to movies when it comes to science, logic, or …

  • Sometimes movies have science advisers.  But it seems that more often than not, the writer is just flying by the seat of his pants and makes the science up.  If it doesn’t pass the sniff test, don’t believe it.

The Predator in his ship

Getting proof of something that others won’t believe is a good idea.

  • McKenna (Boyd Holbrook) had a good plan in sending some of that equipment back home to save as proof of aliens.

Nothing is truly secure when you’re dealing with alien beings.

  • The Predator may have appeared to be securely restrained, but like the lesson above teaches, government ineptitude will be the death of all those involved.

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.

This is a dog as far as critics are concerned, and the audience isn’t far behind (50%) on Rotten Tomatoes.

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

If you missed it, last week we discussed lessons learned from 1987’s Predator.

Predator (1987, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers) | Episode 14

Predator movie review

Predator can do no wrong in our eyes.  We love this height-of-80’s-action movie.  It does not get better than this.

Lessons Learned from 1987’s Predator

When you are in a fight, competition, poker, don’t tip-off your opponent that you have a trick up your sleeve by changing your actions.

  • Dutch (Arnold Schwarzenegger) tipped off the Predator to the trap he set for him.

Chew makes you a sexual tyrannosaurus.

  • See, you can learn from Jesse “The Body” Ventura.

:55 The Making of Predator

Being expendable is never a good thing.

  • According to Dillon (Carl Weathers), Dutch’s team is called in for the mission because they’re expendable.

Sometimes you can’t run and you’ve just got to make a stand.

  • Dutch realized there’s no way the team was going to “get to the chopper” and they used their trap making skills in an effort to make a stand against the Predator.

tipping off your hand

Always be ready to adapt to every situation to give you an advantage and be smart to watch for things you can exploit in your opponent.

  • Dutch realized that the Predator couldn’t see him when he was covered in mud and used this to his advantage.

You can shave without shaving cream.

  • Sky and Dusty both follow Mac’s (Bill Duke) lead and both shave without shaving cream.

Never take your eyes off your target.

  • Mac and Dillon screwed up by losing sight of the Predator and trying to flank a creature that blends into the background.

Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

87% fans, critics at 80%.  Well, I guess not all critics are terrible on Rotten Tomatoes.

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

If you missed it, last week we discussed lessons learned from Crazy Rich Asians.

Solo: A Star Wars Story | Episode 2

Solo: A Star Wars Story was a surprisingly good movie, given that we didn’t care for the most recent two releases in the Star Wars Universe.

Lessons Learned from Solo: A Star Wars Story:

When you see an opportunity, take it.

  • Signing up for the Imperial Order; meeting Beckett and joining him

Anti-lesson: Assume everyone will betray you and you will never be disappointed.

Real lesson: Don’t have expectations, plan as much as you can and improvise when necessary.

  • The anti-lesson was Becket’s point of view.  Sky doesn’t prescribe to that as it’s a negative, unfriendly way to go through life.

Think outside the box for solutions to your problems.

  • Making it through the Kessel Run in record time.

Know how you’re going to win before you play.

  • Gambling between Han and Lando.  Lando has a “card up his sleeve” but it ends up back-firing on him late in the movie.
Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian

Think a few moves ahead of your opponent.

  • Becket’s teaching Han, and we can learn from Becket as well

Assume people will let you down.  Understand that heading into anything.

  • Becket (played by Woody Harrelson) betraying Han at the end

 

Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

83% on Rotten Tomatoes.  Why not 100%?!

Dusty has chosen Deadpool 2 as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we discussed lessons learned from Avengers: Infinity War.