Ant-Man and The Wasp | Episode 39

Originally aired on 7.26.18 as our seventh episode

Ant-Man and The Wasp was another fun Marvel blockbuster.  The humor was spot-on and the characters were perfectly portrayed and had lots of chemistry. Great CG effects, too!  We also loved Luis’s story telling.

Lessons Learned from Ant-Man and The Wasp:

Play with your kids. 

  • Scott played with Peanut and built an awesome cardboard slide through the house.
  • Playing with your kids is free and they’ll remember it forever.  Do it.

Don’t hold on to anger, it’s going to be your downfall.

  • Ghost chose to be an enemy instead of trying to be a friend.  Her condition would’ve enticed Hank Pym to help.

Patience is a virtue

  • Scott should’ve waited two days until his time was up and no longer on house arrest.
  • The Wasp pulling Scott out of his house instead of waiting.  There was no rush yet.
  • Ghost not helping them get Janet back then requesting them help her.

It’s always the rich white guy… an easy target for Hollywood writers.

  • Walton Goggins being the bad guy was easy to see coming.

 Communication is vital.

  • If Bill Perkins communicated to Hank what was going on, or if Scott had originally told Hope and Hank about Germany, all the problems could’ve been nipped in the bud.

Just in case you foil a robbery or something, you should promote your company by constantly wearing the logo on your hat and t-shirt.

  • The X-con guys were always wearing their company logos.

Here’s the “Clever Girl” supercut video:

Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

Critics gave it an 88% while the audience score was 77% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Captain Marvel will be next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we replayed our first episode, Avengers: Infinity War.

Avengers: Infinity War | Episode 38

Originally aired on 6.21.18 as our first episode

We LOVED Avengers: Infinity War.  Plenty of action, great characters and story, along with lots to learn.

Lessons Learned:

Movies can save your life.

  • Peter Parker utilizing ‘Aliens’ to defeat the Maw.

Anger screws everything up.

  • Starlord beating on Thanos (but maybe this was the only way to win in the end?)
  • Drax attacking Thanos, ruining Starlord’s plan on Nowhere
  • Iron Man going ballistic and trying to kill Winter Soldier, exacerbating his rift with Cap (from ‘Captain America: Civil War’)

Sometimes you win when your opponent thinks they’ve won.

  • Thanos thinks he’s won, that’s how he will eventually lose.  Dr. Strange sees this as the one way they won out of the 14,000,605 possible futures he viewed.

All power in one place is deadly. “Power corrupts, but absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

  • Thanos has “good” intentions now, but it could turn into a thirst for power later.

Don’t let your pride get in the way, especially between you and your friends.

  • The rift between Iron Man and Captain America makes it so the Avengers don’t fully assemble to fight Thanos (yet).

Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

Critics at 85% and Audience at 91% on Rotten Tomatoes.  Why not 100%?!

We’ll revisit Ant-man and the Wasp next week before we finally get the time to watch Captain Marvel.

Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse | Spoiler Review and Lessons Learned #28

Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse blew us away!  This may be the best Spider-man movie ever.  It was genius how they brought together so many “new” heroes to the movie-going audience and they made it work (too bad other superhero movies can’t always do the same).  The story was incredible with great voice talents and surrounding everything was amazing animation that was like a comic book come to life.

Lessons Learned from Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse

Sky: Make the best of the situation you’re in.

  • Miles Morales didn’t like going to that school and didn’t want to be Spider-man.  But, both happened to him and by the end he accepted each and tried to make the most out of them.

Dusty: With great power comes great responsibility.

  • When you’re blessed with something other people don’t have, you’ve got a responsibility to do something good with it.

Sky: We learn best by doing.

  • Miles was forced to be Spider-man in order to survive.  Getting out there and doing will teach you more in life than any book can.

Dusty: With great responsibility comes great need for resolution.

  • You’ve got to know what you stand for in order to exercise your power for the betterment of others.

Loved the new Spider-peeps in this movie

Sky: You are never truly ready for the most important things in life. You just learn to deal with or survive those things.

  • Miles could never be ready for being Spider-man, but when it came, he worked through it and survived.  A real-life example is having kids.  Sure, people can tell you what to expect but that’s never going to fully prepare you for what parenthood is like.  You’ve just got to learn to deal with it as it happens.

Dusty: Great need for resolution comes great need for action.

  • Following through with your great power, responsibility and resolve requires taking action and doing what you know needs doing.

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.

You know a movie is good when the Rotten Tomatoes critics score and the audience are both over 95%: Audience at 95% and critics at 97%.

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

If you missed it, last week we discussed Thor (2011).

Thor (2011) | Spoiler Review and Lessons Learned #27

Thor was a great introduction to our first intergalactic Marvel Superhero (if you don’t count Silver Surfer).  We enjoyed the movie, seeing the Warriors 3 and Lady Sif, along with Hawkeye and Agent Coulson.  Fun stuff, and you get a glimpse of the comedy that Thor (Chris Hemsworth) eventually brought forth in Ragnarok.

 

Lessons Learned from Thor

If they don’t heed your warning, feel free to use your weapon.

  • It was great seeing Darcy (unlike everyone else holding a weapon in every other movie) use the taser on Thor before he could get too close.

It’s never too late to do the right thing.

  • Everything seemed too hopeless for Thor after being cast out of Asgard. But he does the right thing and becomes a better person and tries to save the townspeople. He also sacrifices himself for the lives of his friends and everybody else, and this makes him worthy of regaining his power and Mjolnir.

Wise king’s never seek war, but must always be ready for it.

  • This was a great line that was revisited in Ragnarok.

Know which rules to break. Don’t break orders.

  • Yes, there’s big consequences for breaking orders.
Great scene with Hawkeye’s first appearance and “sexy Thor” going for Mjolnir

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If you want someone to do something, make them think it’s their idea.

  • Loki totally “inceptioned” Thor.

Proverbs 16:18 – Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall.

  • Thor’s pride got in the way, but he grew from this experience.

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.

Another close one on Rotten Tomatoes.  Audience at 76% and critics at 77%.  Lovely, we’re on the same page.

Dusty has chosen Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we discussed Captain America: The First Avenger.

Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) | Spoiler Review and Lessons Learned #26

We loved Captain America: The First Avenger.  Great story, Chris Evans is a perfect Cap and totally re-watchable.  Some great supporting performances all around, and an incredible score by Alan Silvestri.  What’s not to love?

Lessons Learned from Captain America: The First Avenger

Never give up.

  • Steve Rogers is the definition of tenacity. He wouldn’t give up on becoming a soldier and he wouldn’t give up on his friend and the other captured soldiers.  We love how he said he doesn’t like bullies and he’ll stand up to them no matter what. This is what really got us to get behind this version of Capt. America.

Be self-less and take care of others. Humility is not thinking less of yourself but thinking of yourself less.

  • These characteristics are embodied by Steve Rogers.

You never know who’s packing heat.

  • That was cool seeing the old lady in the shop prompt Agent Carter for the code and she had an awesome gun within arm’s reach.

The little guy can make a big difference.

  • Size doesn’t matter.  It’s what you do with it.

Be respectful of everyone even prisoners, because one day they may have a stick of their own.

  • Dum Dum Dugan was being pushed by a Hydra guard and told him to watch out. When there is a revolt in the prison, and the prison guards are being overrun, wouldn’t you rather have been considered a nice guy and maybe the let you live.
Pretty foolish, capturing Captain America

Always go after bullies. Even if they are Hitler.

  • Every bully deserves to be taken down.

If they deserve to die, kill them.

  • I love Spider-man, but he, Batman and Superman have an issue with killing baddies that deserve it.  Not Captain, though!  Love 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 out Watch and Learn Facebook Page and comment there.

Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

What is happening over there on Rotten Tomatoes?  Critics at 79% and audience at 74%?  2 issues here: critics are higher and the audience is soooooo looooooowwwww.

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

If you missed it, last week we discussed Ralph Breaks the Internet.

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.

Incredibles 2 | Episode 4

 

Incredibles 2 was fun, and Dusty enjoyed it more than Sky did.  We both loved seeing all our same characters in a “new” adventure that had many elements of the first installment.

Lessons Learned from Incredibles 2:

If it’s too good to be true, it is.

  • Driving in the car to their new incredible home to live in. A couple of billionaires wanting to bring back heroes.

Communication solves problems while a lack of communication causes problems.

  • Robert Parr not communicating fully with the family and the family started to break-down with his lack of communication. Honest communication is what brought his daughter back on his side and things went smoothly with Helen (this is also an echo from the first Incredibles movie).

Raising kids is tough.

  • As demonstrated by Bob Parr trying to raise the kids.

An event can be seen differently by different people.

  • Brother and sister have different perspectives on the death of their parents. Man wanted heroes accepted, woman wants heroes gone so people don’t rely on them.

 Protect yourself don’t wait for help

  • Mom and dad relying on the phone in the office and calling heroes instead of taking your life in your own hands and doing what you need to do to protect yourself. Don’t wait for others to help you. 

No good deed goes unpunished.

  • Super heroes trying to do a good thing and they cause lawsuits and greater damage and a hatred or fear of supers. 

To fix the law, you have to break it.

  • Elastigirl’s rationale to her family for what she was doing

Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

93% on Rotten Tomatoes.  Yeppers, seems about right.

Dusty has chosen Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we discussed lessons learned from Deadpool 2.