Episode #69.2 – Dudes!

Since this week’s episode went super long (which is saying a lot for us), we cut a bunch out. But some of that bunch was not half bad. So, we thought we’d drop it here for a bonus episode. You won’t find it on iTunes, or Stitcher, or whatever fake podcast app name I come up with next. Only here on the site. Give it a listen. Or ignore it. Whatever. You’re an adult.

 

Episode #69 – Women Be Shoppin’!

It’s a slow news week. So it’s pretty much all tangents!

  • Top Gun 2 “definitely happening”
  • Tom Holland is Nathan Drake….?
  • More like Alien: Covenope
  • Fantastic Beasts 2 will have a script!
  • SNL loses another cast member.
  • The creator and stars of Hannibal up for more Hannibal.
  • Floriana Lima won’t be around as much for Supergirl season 3
  • Stephen Amell, Arrow Ninja Warrior
  • Lois & Clark reboot? No.
  • Hanna: The Series
  • Ellen, stand up!
  • Ride some Guardians (and whatever else Marvel/Disney may have planned).
  • Zack Snyder deals with a tragedy as Joss Whedon steps in to help.
  • Justice League Dark loses its director, again.
  • The Flash script is done, and good, and The Batman will face some villains.
  • Deadpool gets a new villain to face.
  • New Mutants will be scary.
  • Silver and Gold Black.
  • James Gunn holsters his Guardians 3 plans (for now) while Guardians 2 outgrosses Guardians 1.

All that, the Weekly Watched, and all the tangents. Like, all of them.

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Weekend Watch – 5/26/17

Welcome to the Weekend Watch. Where we try to point you towards the best ways to spend your viewing time (or, at least, steer you clear of the garbage).

Movies

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Loren: I was totally into this as the Pirates movies have been a bit of a guilty pleasure of mine (except for that abysmal 4th movie), but the critics have not been kind. I may check it out for myself this weekend.

RDT: Capt. Jack Sparrow works best as a side character, sparingly, not as a lead. I am 100% out of this franchise.

Rick: Despite having avoided the last one like the plague, I’m mildly interested in this. Bringing the original cast back together is probably the best thing they could have done with this series. I mean, apart from giving less screen time to Johnny Depp. Adding Javier Bardem as the villain is just enough to entice me into watching. Probably from my couch, though.

Jen: This does not look as bad as the previous to outings, which, to be fair, I have not seen. It feels like there’s a lot going on at this point in the franchise and I’m too lazy to even look up the Wikipedia summary to see where we left off. I’m out but only due to laziness.


Baywatch

Loren: And yet on this one I’ve been kinda out on since the first trailer. It’s weird I love the cast, and thought the Jump St. movies were a ton of fun, but this does nothing for me. I’ll check it out streaming/Redbox down the road.

RDT: I know the reviews aren’t great, but I kinda don’t care. It looks funny enough. I could see myself catching it on an upcoming Saturday afternoon.

Rick: I’m sure this leans way more terrible than good, but it looks just silly and self-aware enough that I can tune out and enjoy how ridiculous it is.

Jen: I agree with all of the above. This is likely silly, but the cast is so charming and aware of their own silliness and that may just carry it.


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Weekend Watch – 5/19/17

Welcome to the Weekend Watch. Where we try to point you towards the best ways to spend your viewing time (or, at least, steer you clear of the garbage).

Movies

Alien: Covenant

Loren: Apparently I actually need to see Prometheus first, which I still haven’t done. Watching that trailer I was thinking oh this actually looks pretty ok, until that shower scene. Then I was like nah, I’m just going to go watch the original Alien instead.

RDT: Post-Prometheus (a gorgeous piece-of-shit of a movie), I have little to no desire to see this. Idle curiosity and an eventual boring Saturday afternoon will get me to see it, but that is months away and on some kind of streaming service.

Rick: You’ve done it, Hollywood. You made an Alien movie that is actually an Alien rip-off. That’s…that’s amazing. Also, you made this instead of the far more interesting Neill Blomkamp-shepparded sequel to Aliens (1986), which had both James Cameron and Sigourney Weaver’s endorsement. This movie is literally why we can’t have nice things.

Jen: I was good at Aliens. I don’t really need anymore of these movies. Thanks, though.


Everything, Everything

Loren: Didn’t we already do this movie? Isn’t this just a gender swapped The Fault in Our Mars?

RDT: I am not the audience for this movie. (Rick wins, by the way…)

Rick: I prefer the title The Fault in Our SARS. This might be wonderfully sappy for the right crowd, but all I could think of while I watched the trailer was this scene from the Jake Gyllenhaal classic, Bubble Boy jake gyllenhaal bubble boy GIF

Jen: I dunno guys, this feels a little more like A Walk to Remember: dying girl falls in love with boy family doesn’t approve of…I’m sure 13 year-old girls will swoon for it.


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Episode #67 – Dr. Show meets Lawyer McLawyer

This week, the guys cover some movie news and ALL THE TV NEWS!!! Seriously, it’s insane.

  • Hellboy rebooted
  • Daisy Ridley and Tom Holland not staring in a zombie movie
  • King Arthur was apparently a movie some people might have seen
  • Too much tv news to list (cause I’m super lazy right now)
  • Ma Kent hates the Justice League
  • Josh Gad disagrees with Josh Gad over whether Josh Gad will be playing The Penguin or not
  • New Mutants casting confirmed and unconfirmed

All that, the Weekly Watched, and a few not-so-brief tangents.

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#Family – RDT’s Official Ranking of the Films in the Fast & Furious Franchise

If you follow our Twitter, you know I (RDT) recently completed an epic rewatch of the Fast & Furious franchise. You’d think it was because I needed a refresher before The Fate of the Furious was released. But, in actuality, a coworker and I were scheduled to debate the best film in the series. In front of our whole office. For real. I wore a tie and jacket!

Anyway, he was Tokyo Drift. (No, really.) My choice, as well as the results of the debate, will be revealed below. To prepare, I felt it worth revisiting them all, though this time in chronological order.

So, without further ado, and with a little help via Flickchart, let’s get to it, starting at the bottom.

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Because when you can’t get Vin Diesel, you get Tyrese, amirite? After The Fast and The Furious was a surprise hit, Universal immediately put a sequel into development. But Vin Diesel doesn’t didn’t do sequels. Hoping to change his mind, but still hedging their bets, two scripts were written. One with and one without Dominic Toretto. Obviously, Vin passed (wisely), and we got Roman Pearce (sigh….). I give them a little (very little) credit for not just emulating Toretto with another stoic gearhead. But I’m still not sure Tyrese was the way to go. All in all, this movie is terrible, pretty much unwatchable. Uninteresting leads, comically over-the-top villain and just boring car stuff.

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Third in the series (though sixth-ish in the timeline), this attempt at a franchise reboot was, in a word, unsuccessful. Critical failure and box office disappointment, it nearly killed the series. Admittedly, this movie is well directed (director Justin Lin would go on to helm three more movies in the franchise). The car stuff is pretty good. And we get our first look at Han, a beloved, integral character carried through the next four movies. Unfortunately, despite all that, in the end, it’s really no more than a poor man’s Karate Kid with cars.

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The original crew is back together, this time without the “the’s”! Brian, Dom, Mia and Letty (oh, not so fast, Letty) return to….fight…..Mexican drug lords…..I think? This movie is watchable. It’s nice to see everyone together again, and there’s some great Brian/Dom moments. But, at the end of the day, it’s pretty forgettable. So much so that I’m not 100% sure that gif is from this movie.

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The most recent release, just a few weeks ago, and the first to go into production since Paul Walker’s death, #F8 might be too much of a “good” thing. The dialogue is atrocious, the action ridiculous, the plot contrived, but still, I enjoyed the hell out of it. I may will see it again. Why rate it so low? Honestly, I just like the other ones more. The Hobbs solo and Hobbs/Shaw stuff is pretty great, though. Oh and Helen Mirren is in it. Helen Mirren!!! God damn, I love these movies (except 2, and most of 3).

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Ahh, original flavor. It’s a franchise that currently deals in international hackers and Russian subs, but started with street racers highjacking semi-trucks for DVD players. Point Break ripoff that it is, you can’t deny the sheer watchability of it. It’s not a great movie. It may not even be a good movie. But it’s enjoyable as hell and these leads fucking exude chemistry. I watch this and understand why 4 revitalized the franchise. I just like these characters. But where’s Leon?

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I have to be honest, right up until the epic rewatch, I considered 6 just as forgettable as 4, maybe more so. Sure, it’s a little soap-y (I’m looking at you, amnesiac Letty), the villain doesn’t quite standout (Owen “The Lesser” Shaw), and the plot is inconsequential. But I don’t care. This is prime Hobbs, covered in sweat (even at night), dropping dialogue the likes of which I want engraved on my tombstone (“They hit like thunder and disappear like smoke.”). Plus, they take on, and defeat, a tank. A TANK! And that’s not even the final action sequence. This one, even more so than Five, establishes what this franchise will be going forward (street racers who are now top secret government agents because why not?).

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Look, you can’t talk about this movie and not mention the elephant in the room: Paul Walker’s tragic, and ironic, death in a high speed car accident. He had only finished about 50% of his scenes when it happened. Like others, I wonder what this movie would have been had he survived. I heard a rumor that Kurt Russell’s character, Mr. Nobody, would’ve been revealed as Brian’s father. **shrugs** But that’s neither here nor there. Death aside. Creepy CGI Brian aside. Obvious rewrites aside. I try to take this movie at face value. And at face value, it’s a hell of a good time. Y’all, in this one, cars (practically) fly and we (finally) get a kickass villain in Jason “The Stath” Statham’s Deckard Shaw.

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Here you have it, the end of our journey together. Fast Five, the best in the Fast & Furious franchise. If 6 showed us what this franchise would be then Five opened the door to show us what it could be. This is the one that proved this franchise is more than just racing cars (#family). Hell, there’s a street race in it and it happens off screen. All of your favorites are back, oh and Tyrese, too (sigh…). Hiding out in Brazil, Dom and Brian put a team together to take down, and steal from, a Brazilian drug kingpin, all while trying to stay one step ahead of Luke Hobbs, the DSS agent hunting them down. (Apparently, the DSS is a real thing. Who knew?) One part Ocean’s 11, one part Fugitive, and one part, well, fast cars (but not just fast cars), put them together and you’ve got, unbelievably so, a truly great movie.

That’s it. A definitive ranking of the Fast & Furious franchise.

I lost the debate, by the way. Everyone pretty much agreed mine was the better movie. But my opponent blew me out of the water with his presentation skills. His argument was that, in addition to the introduction of Han and director Justin Lin, Tokyo Drift is the purest of the franchise. It is the one that is solely about street racing and nothing else. So while Five may be the better action movie, Tokyo Drift is the better Fast & Furious movie. A flawed, but well presented, argument.

Ride or Die.

From Culver City,

–RDT

Weekend Watch – 5/5/17

 

Welcome to the Weekend Watch. Where we try to point you towards the best ways to spend your viewing time (or, at least, steer you clear of the garbage).

Movies

 

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Loren: 

RDT: 

Rick: 

Jen: 


The Dinner

Loren: Everyone else seems really into this so sure why not.

RDT: I stopped watching about 90 seconds into that trailer. I started to feel like my brain was trying to figure it out. I’d rather just watch the movie (or read the book).

Rick: Yep. Totally in for this.

Jen: A four star cast? A trailer that builds suspense and interest without giving away the whole plot? An adult drama? Yeah, I’ll check this out.


3 Generations

Loren: Without reading anyone else’s below I thought, “Man that was not a good trailer for what could be a pretty good movie”. Glad to see I wasn’t alone in that thinking. It started like a movie that we covered last year, whose name eludes me at the moment, but changed up with the trans story that seemed really well handled.

RDT: Regardless of the subject matter, that’s a pretty generic trailer (and, like Jen says, title), yet I’m still intrigued. I get a little bit The Kids Are Alright vibe, too. I feel no need to run out, but I’m sure it’ll stay on my radar.

Rick: Like Jen mentions below, the title is lacking. The subject matter, however, is important. In order to make the movie more accessible to younger viewers, The Weinstein Company and GLAAD successfully protested the original R-rating the film was given by the MPAA and got it down to a PG-13. I have a feeling that this will do better on home video than in theaters, but good for them for putting up a fight to help its intended audience see the film.

Jen: Generic title alert! Why they changed this from “About Ray,” I’ll never know, but I love the matter-of-factness with which Ray is dealt. Heck of a cast too, this will stay on my radar.

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Episode #65 – Talk About a Murderverse

We’re back for another week full of pop culture news.

  • Star Wars sticks with the summer
  • And will be joined by Dr. Jones
  • Fyre Fest is a disaster, and Seth Rogen & The Lonely Island were already planning to make a movie about it!
  • Jurassic casting, and retconning.
  • He-Man has a release date, but doesn’t have a director.
  • David Fincher to direct a sequel to a mediocre movie (and we’re not talking about The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo)
  • Will Smith v. Fresh Prince
  • Lion King casting
  • Kevin Hart will be either John Candy or Dan Aykroyd
  • Unbreakable getting the sequel we all (except Loren) have been waiting for!
  • Who is the actual host of The Gong Show?
  • Powerless goes away just as RDT figures out how to fix it!
  • Eliza Dushku is The Lady, but Seth Green definitely is NOT Loren
  • Boondock Saints wants your $600 to make a shitty tv show
  • Capt. Jack shows up on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride.
  • DC All Access?
  • No one is directing The Flash
  • Avengers 4 still doesn’t have a title

All that, the Weekly Watched, and a few not-so-brief tangents.

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Weekend Watch – 4/21/17

Welcome to the Weekend Watch. Where we try to point you towards the best ways to spend your viewing time (or, at least, steer you clear of the garbage).

Movies

Unforgettable

Loren: That certainly does look like one of THOSE movies. You know, like a bigger budget version of a Lifetime movie. But hey, at least Katherine Heigl is getting work again, right? Right?

RDT: I look forward to reading all the punny review headlines.

Rick: Please read Jen’s entry first…Okay. Possible double feature pairings: The Hand that Rocks the Cradle, The Babysitter (2005), The Boy Next Door (2015), Obsessed (2009), Poison Ivy (1992), or basically any Lifetime movie with a similar theme. Maybe the Tori Spelling classic Mother, May I Sleep with Danger? (1996).

Jen: I need a glass of Pinot Grigio just watching that trailer. This is a definite ‘Friday night with the girls drinking cheap wine on the couch’ movie I just can’t decide what the double feature should be – fielding suggestions.


Free Fire

Loren: I could have sworn we already covered this but I went back and checked. We hadn’t. I guess I just saw this trailer before. Anyway, it looks fun, in that ultra-violent/period/bottle episode kinda way.

RDT: I am intrigued by this, and not just for the Brie Larson factor. Maybe not in theaters, but probably streaming.

Rick: Director Ben Wheatley (Kill List, High Rise, A Field in England) isn’t known for making anything truly mainstream or by-the-numbers. The setting and cast alone were attractive to me, but the fact that he’s at the helm makes me think this isn’t going to be your average shoot ‘em up.

Jen: This smells like a Tarantino rip off, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. I’d be willing to give this a whirl.


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Episode #63 – The Jen K. Lovefest Hour!

Loren was off galavanting in Florida with Star Wars nerds this week. So Jen joined me covering the world of pop culture and talking about grammar…?

  • Young Dumbledore cast
  • Reimagining (but not remaking or rebooting) Labyrinth
  • Coming 2 America
  • Last Jedi trailer and poster
  • Carrie Fisher will not be in Episode 9
  • Superman and Cat Grant returning to Supergirl
  • More Big Little Lies…?
  • The Magicians, The Path and Grace & Frankie all renewed
  • New Justice League poster is a poster
  • The Aquaman v Ivan Drago
  • The Punisher has wrapped
  • Daredevil, season 3 will shoot this fall
  • Animated Spider-Man gets a voice, and a villain

All that, the Weekly Watched, and just a few brief tangents (you’re welcome, Dave).

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