MADHERO: Hello everyone. Hope y'all are ready for some good ol fashioned FOOTBALL TALK! THAT'S RIGHT, ITS TIME FOR THE SUPER BOWL! So who cares about movies and such. If we talk about them, we'll talk about those 30 second trailers that play in between the match, because that's how we roll, baby. So guys, are you going to be rooting for the Los Angeles Rams or the New England Patriots?
STICKMAN: I wish someone would ram my patriot. By which I mean hellllooo.
LARRY: I'm going for the Los England Patrams.
MADHERO: What a bunch of cowards. All you had to say was "fuck Tom Brady" and there'd be cheers everywhere. Aw well.
STICKMAN: Who's Tom Brady. Is he of The Brady Bunch?
MADHERO: This is what we're dealing with, people. Lets just move on to news.
Its that time of the year again: the time where we all bitch about the 91st Academy Awards' nominees. They may be hostless, they may not sing all the songs (or at least now they do) but they're still filled with spicy takes. While most people were expecting films like A Star is Born or The Favourite, the Best Picture nominees surprised with Bohemian Rhapsody and Vice, two not particularly well reviewed films that still managed their way to the main prize, along with the first ever superhero film ever nominated with Black Panther, the first Netflix film with Roma, along with Blackkklansman and Green Book.
Perhaps the most interesting thing this year is there isn't much in the way of a front runner. Green Book has picked up important awards, but failed to get a Best Director nod and both the director and writer are mired in controversy and would feel like a bland pick when compared to previous winners Moonlight and Shape of Water. A Star is Born has felt like it lost momentum and Roma might have the Netflix and foreign language bias . All the categories besides Best Actress (Glenn Close seems to have it in the bag) are still up for grabs, which does make things more fun for the Prediction blog. And hey, Spider-Verse scored a well deserved Best Animated Feature, so the snubbing of Lord and Miller content has at least ended. In any case, I'll await your take on how BP is just your average MCU film that doesn't deserve this honor for whatever reason.
LARRY: Where the HELL IS MY BEALE STREET BEST PICTURE NOM
MADHERO: Blame Annapurna putting all its eggs into Vice's basket, and that seems to have worked out
LARRY: Blegh. That movie is such PANTS.
STICKMAN: Vice was poopy. If Beale Street Could RELEASE IN THE UK I'd go watch it.
MADHERO: I haven't seen it so I can't provide a scalding hot take. Bohemian Rhapsody though..... the fucking hell, guys? I know it did insanely well but so did Mission Impossible Fallout and that has 0 nominations
STICKMAN: This year's Best Picture nominations are especially poor I must say. Some great films in there but also a lot of shit. Last few years it's been hard to deny the quality of the nominations even if you liked others more, but this year it's like...the fuuuuck?
LARRY: Yeah it's a weak year. And almost all of them have people spewing hot takes everywhere. Or controversy or like. Something bad. See if we had BEALE STREET THERE WOULDN'T BE ANY PROBLEMS.
MADHERO: The amount of divisiveness seems to make it hard to pick an outright villain this year. Most have pointed to Green Book since that has the best chance of winning out the bunch. I gotta say, out of all these, I'd personally go with The Favourite or Blackkklansman. That or Roma, which does need to overcome a lot of barriers
STICKMAN: I feel like I don't know the frontrunner any more, either. Star is Born seems to have lost its momentum and Green Book has proved controversial and that usually spells doom.
LARRY: I have a feeling it's gonna be Rooooomaaaaaaa pls let it be Roma, fuck all the Netflix haters.
STICKMAN: I want Black Panther to win, not because I think it's the best film of the year, but because of the simultaneous celebrations and also fanboy rage it would cause. The internet would break.
LARRY: White boys would be so pissy. It'd be a sight.
MADHERO: Oh the amount of white boy rage it would create would power the earth for years. And yeah I wouldn't mind it. It ain't gonna, but that's part of the fun.
LARRY: You can we talk about Cold War coming in with a director AND cinematography nod? Impressive stuff.
MADHERO: Not bad. The Foreign Language category is really strong this year
STICKMAN: What about Weekends for Best Animated Shorts, guys. LET'S DO IT. LET'S MAKE THE MAGIC.
MADHERO: I've only seen the dumpling one cause I'm super casual. But yeah, we'll be sure to provide predictions closer to the show. But I'll at least be willing to predict the show being a shitshow from what has been revealed
LARRY: How's that host search coming along?
STICKMAN: I'm hosting the Oscars. That's why I know Weekends is going to winnnn. HUHUHAUHAUAUUAHHHH
DC has given us several updates this past week regarding many different projects currently being developed at the DCEU: we got our first look at the characters in the upcoming Birds of Prey film, the announcement of a Super Pets film (which is surely going to sell like hot cakes), and, most importantly, a word on the upcoming solo venture for Batfleck...or so we thought.
After speculation and rumors abound, Deadline has reported that Ben Affleck plans on ditching the ol' cape and cowl, though not necessarily because he's being replaced. Instead, Matt Reeves, who is still signed on as writer and director, will be focusing on a young Bruce Wayne, with his film now slated for a June 2021 release date. In an interview with Hollywood Reporter, the director talked about exploring the more detective part of Batman, as well as featuring a rogues gallery rather than just one villain. This...could be good? I'm interested in exploring the life of a young Bruce Wayne, and with the right actor in the part, it could be an interesting way to continue ol' Batty's story without conflicting with the canon. Why fret, Flashpoint will solve all of our problems, surely. hehe
MADHERO: RIP Batfleck. May darkness welcome you once again
STICKMAN: The sound of silence has consumed him forever.
LARRY: Ain't much of a loss tbh
MADHERO: I think the overall consensus of his time is good Batman in not particuarly good films. That's certainly where I stand. He did the best with what he had to work with
STICKMAN: I thought he was great in BvS but the film was bad, and he had nothing to do in Justice League at all. He was completely wasted , and a Matt Reeves Batman trilogy would've been a real redemption for his tenure. Oh well.
LARRY: Eh, he was good but nothing compared to other great Batmen. We still got Reeves tho, and that man knows how to make a god damn MOVIE.
MADHERO: The search is now on for a new Batman, and it seems to be moving at least now that it has a solid release date. I like Reeves doing this as well as the promise of diving more into Batty's detective skills and a rogues gallery. So, any cast suggestions?
LARRY: Well it's gotta be someone a bit younger. I guess an obvious choice is someone like Armie Hammer.
MADHERO: Honestly yeah Armie Hammer seems like a good pick, and he was gonna be Batman in George Miller's Justice League, so it'd be a nice twist of fate, but I guess we'll see.
STICKMAN: I think we should just have LEGO Batman in the role.
LARRY: Will Arnett isn't an awful choice...
MADHERO: That's the only truly right choice, which is why they wont do it
STICKMAN: Dye Dan Stevens hair black and there we go. I'd watch that.
Remember The Mummy? No, not that one...OR that one...the Tom Cruise one? No? Well, it was meant to launch the DARK UNIVERSE, a shared universe of action adventure movies based around the iconic Universal Horror staple of films. It was so in motion we got an official logo and twitter account (Now gone) which previewed the upcoming roster of actors/actresses involved...one of them was Johnny Depp, who was to be, as many wish he would be these days, THE INVISIBLE MAN. Well, The Mummy tanked, the Dark Universe is dead, but you can't kill the Universal Monsters themselves for very long.
Blumhouse, a long time partner with Universal Studios, have been entrusted with bringing the Invisible Man reboot to the big screen again, sans Johnny Depp and now with 'Upgrade' director and SAW co-creator Leigh Whannell attached to bring it to life. The focus is now on smaller, horror-based projects with a roster of directors bringing their unique touch to individual characters/monsters, rather than joining them together in a big mushy action sludge-pile. Needless to say, this is the best case scenario turnaround for the Universal Monsters, and I'm very excited to see how this turns out. Fuck Johnny Depp!
MADHERO: Maybe Johnny Depp is still in it and he'll just be invisible
STICKMAN: I hope Johnny Depp's role in the film is like his role in Orient Express, where he's dead.
LARRY: That would be ideal.
MADHERO: Honestly they should've gone to Blumhouse from the very beginning. That made more sense than spending all this money of a non-existent universe that even had its own logo.
STICKMAN: Blumhouse is Universal's horror money machine.
LARRY: Maybe they'll give one to Peele.
STICKMAN: Jordan Peele's Creature from the Black Lagoon.
MADHERO: I think Peele is gonna be busy with his own original work plus Twilight Zone, but hey who knows. Leigh Whannell is gonna be a busy boy with this and him now writing the Escape from New York remake
STICKMAN: We'll never get Upgrade 2: Upgrade Harder now.
MADHERO: Does make you wonder what they're going to do with the other Universal movie monsters, but lets see them do this first before going DARK UNIVERSE 2 BABY!
STICKMAN: I WANT CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOOOOOON. MAKE IT A FUN AND CAMPY HORROR WITH A BIG BUFF FISH MAN.
LARRY: Let's just release one and then see if the franchise tank can hold any more.
UNIVERSAL RELEASES FIRST TRAILER FOR FAST AND FURIOUS SPIN-OFF HOBBS AND SHAW
Who's ready to follow some beefy men fight cybernetic Idris Elba with cars and elevators!?! Well, you're in luck sirs and madams!! The debut trailer for the latest installment in the Fast & Furious franchise, fully titled "Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw" (christ), has Dwayne Johnson's Luke Hobbs and Jason Staaafammm's Deckard Shaw, a hero and villain of the films, teaming up to defeat Idris Elba's Brixton, a supervillain that has been cyber-genetically enhanced...it's basically superpowers, which I guess are a thing now in this universe.
The trailer is pretty bad in how its edited, or shall I say COBBLED, together, but some of the action looks like classic F&F dumb fun. Cars flying around, some stupid comedy, maybe a contrived moral about friendship and not judging books by their cover. Sure. But will it be the same without Vin Diesel and familyyyyyyy?? Nope. But we'll take what we can get.
MADHERO: How is this both a pretty bad trailer and also a trailer that makes me want to buy 10
STICKMAN: I would watch this garbage. Dwayne the John Rockson and Jason Statham are the double act we never knew we needed.
LARRY: It's essentially two trailers in one. There's the funny "Why Can't We Be Friends?" parody song version, and then the action-packed version. They conveniently smushed them together.
MADHERO: I like how they continue to ignore the fact Jason Statham's character literally killed one of the main gang but its all good now.
STICKMAN: He scored high with test audiences so now he's ONE OF THE GANG. Vin Diesel is actually in every scene in the movie but he refused to be on screen with Dwayne so he's out of frame in each one.
MADHERO: The existence of this film must piss Vin so much since he and the Rock can't stand each other. Its kinda funnnnnny. Also, I guess superpowers are a thing now in the F&F verse
STICKMAN: Sure why not. Makes going into space seem more plausible if anything.
MADHERO: We had zombie cars in Fate of the Furious and now superpowers here. WE'RE THIS CLOSE TO SPACE! I CAN TASTE THE OZONE
STICKMAN: In Space nobody can hear you say FeamiAEIAily.
LARRY: Watch Idris get brought back after HE'S an audience favorite. Cuz ya know he will be
MADHERO: Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw Presents: Hobbs and Shaw and Brixton
STICKMAN: I've had a brain hemorrhage from reading that.
We've talked about DC a bunch, so maybe let's talk about the guy who originally got the universe started. Needless to say, Zack Snyder has had it rough, both in the production of massive movies that were either reviewed mixed or outright panned, to eventually letting go of Justice League (and some would suggest fired) and dealing with personal tragedy. Even with all that, he's still a capable director with a clear sense of style, so it was always interesting to see what he does next. For a long time that looked to be a adaptation of Ayn Rand's Fountainhead (oh no) but that seems to have been scrapped (phew) for a return to his roots.
Before 300 and Watchmen, Snyder first broke through from his commercial gigs after directing 2004's Dawn of the Dead, a remake that's better than it has any right to be. He's now, in partnership with Netflix, going to make Army of the Dead, a 90 million action heist thriller about a group of mercenaries doing some heisting in Las Vegas....which just happens to be quarentined due to a zombie outbreak. It'll be nice to see Snyder work outside the realm of comics, and the promise of a "fully loose" Snyder should be at least interesting (especially if you count Sucker Punch as still being restrained).
STICKMAN: I can't believe the director of the Owls of Ga'Hoole is BACK.
MADHERO: I keep forgetting that movie exists and that he directed it. I'm just really glad Fountainhead isn't happening. That would've set the internet on fire.
LARRY: Maybe not the best time to make a post-apocalyptic movie about Las Vegas given the mass shooting that happened there in 2017. Not exactly sure I’m looking for that kinda content. Especially not from Zack Snyder.
MADHERO: I can sorta see where you're coming from, Larry, but the sad part is people move on from that really quickly. Plus its more escapist in the sense that its about a zombie apocalypse
STICKMAN: I'm not seeing the connection between zombie apocalypse and a mass shooting.
LARRY: Yeah, but violence isn’t exactly escapism when that’s exactly what happened. I’m just not interested in seeing corpses lie the ground of Las Vegas.
STICKMAN: If you couldn't set a film in a part of America that had seen gun violence in the past year, you wouldn't have any movies set in in America.
MADHERO: But we're talking about an extremely unrealistic scenario here. I dunno, I think this could be fun but I'm worried that Snyder going hogwild is like all those Shaggy memes talking about how he's only so much % of his power. Like, we're getting Ultra Instinct Snyder soon
STICKMAN: Snyder unleashed with all his Owl ga'hooling chaos.
MADHERO: Sucker Punch was only 1% of his true power. Be afraid.
LARRY: Look, I’m just saying the timing isn’t the best. But also, Snyder doesn’t make movies I’m interested in seeing, so why should I be even remotely excited for this?
STICKMAN: I feel like that's more your issue here.
LARRY: Yeah, it’s a me thing. But I also find Snyder to be a mediocre filmmaker at best who’s films revel in this sort of machismo that I’m not interested in. So, I dunno, just doesn’t seem like him going back to his “roots” really warrants all this hype.
MADHERO: Netflix is making a little bit of everything, and even though Snyder's work hasn't been.... great over the years, I'm still interested with what he does next. Except the Fountainhead. Please don't do that
Two of nerdoms most popular British directors, Christopher Nolan and Edgar Wright, have been a little radio silent since their respective, tremendous 2017 films (Dunkirk and Baby Driver), with the question on everyone's lips having been WHAT'S NEXT, GUYS!? Well...now we know....soooorta? First, Warner Bros have given Nolan's next movie a release slot of July 17th 2020...that's slap-bang in SUMMER MOVIES SEASON, and it's billed as an 'Event Movie' releasing in IMAX and that's...well that's literally all we know. Not a name, not a premise, not nothing. Cool.
Over at the Wright camp, we have a bit more information, even if it is a little vague...but oh so enticing. After dipping his toes in comedy-drama with Baby Driver, Wright is seemingly stepping into full serious territory...with a Soho (London) set psychological horror, filming this summer and with Anya Taylor Joy set to star, presumably for a 2020 release date as well. FUCK. YES. He also confirmed Baby Driver 2's script was more or less finished, with that likely coming after his horror project. So yeah, lots to look forward to, and in Nolan's case, many reasons for IMDB staff to be panicking already.
MADHERO: I can't believe the 2020 Nolan movie is already the top rated film on IMDB
LARRY: Damn, Nolan AND Wright in 2020? We are truly blessed.
MADHERO: You just know it will at some point because it happens to all his movies. TDKR has no business in the IMDB Top 250. Anywaaaaaay
STICKMAN: With Nolan, Wright and Villenienienvue all having films out in 2020, it's gonna be a real modern master directors paradise.
MADHERO: God, Dune is gonna be awesome, but we're not talking Villeneuve. I'm definitely interested in Wright doing something a bit more horror themed. Baby Driver was already a pretty big departure for him and I'd like to see develop as a filmmaker
STICKMAN: I'm fucking ready for a Edgar Wright horror movie. I hope they call it DON'T and it's a feature length version of his fake trailer.
LARRY: I don’t know what else to say other than these all sound amazing.
MADHERO: Indeed. But hey, why talk about movies that are actually out right now. Now it being the Super Bowl weekend, its kinda quieter than normal, but there's still plenty of room for something.... awesome.
STICKMAN: Is it Batman.
MADHERO: I mean, Batman's in it.
LARRY: ooh la laaaaaaa
MADHERO: How much Batman? Well I dunno really, but he's there. He's in....
THE LEGO MOVIE 2: THE SECOND PART
DIRECTOR: Mike Mitchell (The Spongebob Movie: Sponge out of Water, Trolls)
STARRING: Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Tiffany Haddish, Will Arnett, Stephanie Beatriz, Charlie Day, Alison Brie, Nick Offerman
SYNOPSIS: Five years since everything was awesome, the Duplo invaders have turned Bricksburg into a post-apocalyptic wasteland. When an intergalactic invader (Beatriz) from the Systar System kidnaps Emmet’s friends (Banks, Arnett etc.) under the orders of shape-shifter Queen Watevra Wa-Nabi (Haddish), Emmet's (Pratt) Master Builder skills are put to the ultimate test.
LARRY: I hear there's yet ANOTHER earworm song in this, And it's gonna get me cuz I'm a sucker for it.
MADHERO: I can't believe its been 5 years since the original Lego Movie what the fuck even is time.
STICKMAN: I'm ready for it. LEGO Movie was great, so was LEGO Batman Movie to be honest. LEGO Ninjago movie even was fun. Ready for moooore.
MADHERO: And as is Lego movie tradition, the song will be the only thing getting nominated for awards
STICKMAN: Dang yo. That's cold.
LARRY: Yeah I'm a fan of all the LEGO movies thus far, even if they've slightly declined with each installment. I've heard this is a worthy follow-up, so bring it on!!
MADHERO: The whole DCEU is there having a party except Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill because.... well you know
LARRY: But we do have Sillyman!! I mean, Superman. It's definitely Superman.
MADHERO: So yeah, should be a fun time. Good to see Friends and Duplo represented. Just one more step till FUCKING BIONICLE
STICKMAN: GIVE ME BIONICLES OR GIVE ME DEATH.
WHAT MEN WANT
DIRECTOR: Adam Shankman (Bedtime Stories, Rock of Ages)
STARRING: Taraji P. Henson, Aldis Hodge, Tracy Morgan, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Richard Roundtree, Pete Davidson
SYNOPSIS: A woman (Henson) is boxed out by the male sports agents in her profession, but gains an unexpected edge over them when she develops the ability to hear their thoughts.
MADHERO: Well this just took a slight turn.
STICKMAN: A turn right off the cliff.
LARRY: This is apparently a genuine remake of the Mel Gibson movie and I can't help but laugh. Nobody fucking wanted this lol
MADHERO: Well now it has a lady reading the minds of men, and obviously its all about how they want to bang Taraji P. Henson, which y'know fair enough.
LARRY: I mean...hey, that's not too far off.
STICKMAN: Men, huh? Hooo. Bastards.
LARRY: Ugh, disgusting men.
MADHERO: Fuck em. And fuck this movie while we're at it. Or not, maybe its ok. I dunno, I dont really care honestly
LARRY: It...probably won't be.
STICKMAN: It looks pretty bad. What's that toast joke about, is this The Simpsons.
MADHERO: It does, but hey so was the original so they got that going for it.
DIRECTOR: Nicholas McCarthy (The Pact, At the Devil’s Door)
STARRING: Taylor Schilling, Jackson Robert Scott, Colm Feore, Brittany Allen
SYNOPSIS: A mother (Schilling) concerned about her young son's (Scott) disturbing behavior thinks something supernatural may be affecting him.
MADHERO: Creepy Kid Horror movie #1 of 2019, followed up soonish by Brightburn.
STICKMAN: I'd like this to be a good one, but...it's an early 2019 horror movie and despite early buzz seems to be lacking any buzz a week before release soooo...doooooomed?
LARRY: Eh, I don't think it looks to be subverting any expectations i.e. doooooomed
MADHERO: There's stories in the press of this movie that is was actually edited in certain parts because it was too scary.
LARRY: lol. So it's a lose/lose.
STICKMAN: Oh god, seriously. If that's real, that's bullshit, if it's some stupid PR stunt then that's stupid as fuck.
MADHERO: Its probably just dumb PR. I've heard some good stories at festivals but its hard to say. At least nice to see Taylor Schilling in something other than Orange is the new Black
STICKMAN: As is stands, the review embargo is up like two days before release...which means it's probably not awful, but not that great either. But HEY...if you go see it, you'll get to see the trailer for the Child's Play remake...they did...without the creators blessing...to screw over his ongoing Chucky film series they don't have the rights to...oh.
LARRY: I (don't) love horror.
DIRECTOR: Hans Petter Moland (A Somewhat Gentle Man, In Order of Disappearance)
STARRING: Liam Neeson, Laura Dern, Emmy Rossum, Tom Bateman, William Forsythe
SYNOPSIS: Snowplower Nelson Coxman (Neeson) seeks revenge against a drug cartel in his Rocky Mountains hometown after his son is murdered by the gang.
STICKMAN: Mr Plow, that's my name, that name again is Mr Plow. I will find you, and I will plow you.
MADHERO: Finally, the gritty Mr. Plow movie we've all been waiting for
LARRY: Mr. Plow and The Snowman should team up. Would cause quite a stir.
STICKMAN: God yes. Please.
MADHERO: Apparently this movie is actually a really fun dark comedy that almost works as a parody of the Neeson action movie and that kinda makes me really interested.
STICKMAN: Why have they marketed it as some generic bullshit then.
MADHERO: The trailer I saw had at least some comedic moments, but probably because the action bits sell better
STICKMAN: Maybe this really is a Mr Plow movie.
LARRY: I feel like Liam Neeson has a lot to prove if he's gonna make fun of his own persona he has so ruthlessly ingrained into film.
STICKMAN: He does that in the LEGO Movie though...and LEGO Movie 2...I guess? Out now.
MADHERO: I mean, he can do comedy. That's been established for a while now. Its just fun to see him do it in a film like this, which is apparently a remake of a Norwegian film, and the same director is making it
STICKMAN: What a ride. What a SNOW PLOW RIDE.
LARRY: Eh, I can't say I consider Liam Neeson a comedic talent. And if so, just barely.
MADHERO: I can't wait for the Mr. Sparkle movie after this.
DIRECTOR: Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight, Miss You Already)
STARRING: Gina Rodriguez, Ismael Cruz Cordova, Anthony Mackie, Aislinn Derbez,
SYNOPSIS: Gloria (Rodriguez) finds a power she never knew she had when she is drawn into a dangerous world of cross-border crime.
LARRY: So apparently this isn't very good.
MADHERO: O hey, another remake of an foreign language film that I didn't know existed
STICKMAN: I didn't even know this film existed, let alone the original.
MADHERO: Same, honestly. Probably a reason why they're dumping this in the Super Bowl weekend.
STICKMAN: Hide it behind the leather eggs.
LARRY: I'd just rather watch Gina Rodriguez as Carmen Sandiego tbh.
MADHERO: Well you can at least hear her do that in the animated series and the live action film will happen soon-ish. So yeah, that's probably gonna be a better attempt than this
MADHERO: Alright, instead of something overly generic, let's go talk about films we liked on MOVIE OF THE WEEK!
LARRY: WOW NEW IDEAS
MADHERO: Very new and exciting, yes. I think we've all got something a little bit different, so that'll be fun
STICKMAN: We're all doing Venom.
LARRY: Ummmm. No?
STICKMAN: Wait...I'm not doing it either.
MADHERO: Well, I'll guess I'll start with mine then.
MOVIE OF THE WEEK
So as per tradition, I went to the IFFR for the third time this year, or the International Film Festival Rotterdam. Now for the longest time, it seemed like I wasn't able to go on account on some major IRL stuff going down, but eventually I did, though I was only really able to see 2 films. One of which was High Life, which didn't really click for me honestly but that's more on me than the film probably. What did click with me a lot more is Zhang Yimou's Shadow, which is a hell of a lot better than The Great Wall was, so you could say that its a return to form.
The film mainly follows a commander named Jing, who's actually the "shadow" of the real commander who's been ravaged by a wound that seems to age and weaken him. He must train to defeat a different commander from a warring city so that an invasion can take place, but is everything as it seems? What mostly stands out is how the movie uses the color grey. This is an extremely grey movie but I've never seen it used so beautifully. While the film starts slow, it really gets going once its gets to the action and the color red is introduced, and hoo boy there's lots of it. There's some really great action there and I'll never look at an umbrella the same way. I don't know how you might be able to watch this, but do so if you can
STICKMAN: Is there any edgy hedgehogs in this.
MADHERO: God I wish, but no sadly
STICKMAN: Fuck. You go to this fancy pants film festival but you don't find any hedgehogs. What was the point.
LARRY: Psh, not High Life? Unsubscribed.
MADHERO: High Life just didn't do it for me eventually. Sorry. This however was really cool, and I can't undersell just how gorgeous it is
STICKMAN: I do like me some stylishly muted colour pallets. This sounds like my kinda jam, shame I'll never ever get to see it ever.
MADHERO: Grey has never been more stylish. And boy does it get bloody in the 2nd half.
LARRY: ...wait so is the blood gray too? Nothing gets me hornier than well color-corrected violence.
MADHERO: No, the film is in color. It just uses a lot of grey, black and white.
STICKMAN: That's hot dude.
MADHERO: What about your film, Sticky? Is that one hot?
STICKMAN: No, unless you're into dirty fingers and eating all your meals straight out of the pan with a spatula.
LARRY: ...who says I'm not? Don't kink shame me.
Mad may be being a hipster with his international film festival BULLSHIT, but I can't let him steal my glory...so bitch, I'm gonna do a documentary. Okay, okay, it's an Oscar nominated documentary...and okay, I saw it in IMAX...but...documentaries are hipster...right? RIGHT!? Anyway it's Free Solo, a film I hadn't really heard of prior to the nominations being announced for the BAFTAs and Oscars, where it got a nom in both awards' Best Documentary Feature category, but suddenly found out was playing at my local IMAX so...of I went.
And what can I say, it was really fascinating, jaw-dropping, a little depressing, and a big heap helping of terrifying It's about a guy who climbs up the sides of mountains without any gear or any rope to stop him from plummeting to his death...and it showed in IMAX so...yeah. Butt clench city. Beyond the jaw dropping feats displayed, it's also a melancholic look at the kind of mindset it takes to do these kinda things, and how that 'it's okay if I die tomorrow' mentality plays with his friends and loved ones. A bittersweet but all the same awe-inspiring real life story. Real good stuff.
LARRY: Sticky, it's not just some mountain. It's EL CAPITAN. THE TALLEST MOUNTAIN IN AMERICA.
MADHERO: I've heard some really good things about this, including that yes, it is quite the butt clencher
STICKMAN: I've never heard so many PPHHHHSSSS in an audience before.
MADHERO: I almost want a bts of the making of this film, because man, that could not have been easy. Distract him and boom, he ded.
LARRY: Oh, yeah, I saw this too, btw!! And I loved it, made my Top 10 of the year. There are plenty of videos. As a filmmaker, I was more nervous for the cameras. Those things are worth ass-loads of money in insurance.
MADHERO: Im pretty sure human life is worth a bit more than some expensive cameras
STICKMAN: It's pretty BTS in the film honestly. Part of the story is the filming, it's pretty unique and interesting.
LARRY: Yeah I loved how they sorta spotlighted the relationship between Alex, the climber, and the filmmakers. Fascinating stuff.
MADHERO: Its definitely one I still wanna see in a movie theater. That seems like the best experience.
STICKMAN: Hell yeah. Nat Geo in IMAX, son.
LARRY: Ugh, YES. Seeing it in IMAX was such an incredible experience. You see every damn grain on those rock formations.
MADHERO: What about you, Larry. What's your Movie of the Week? Does it involve climbing dangerous mountains as well?
I'm gonna keep this short and sweet since I not only reviewed this movie not-too-many episodes ago but also named it #5 on my Top 5 films of 2018, which it remains to this day. "Widows," Steve McQueen's latest masterwork, was completely shunned from the golden naked men ceremony this year, which is a real shame because the level of filmmaking here is just exquisite.
From the countless long shots to the compelling character framing to the intense final act, McQueen truly is a versatile filmmaker and he's made something truly wonderful. If you slept on "Widows" last year, please do yourself a favor and get on this.
MADHERO: I still haven't seen this sadly so you can blame me for its snubbing
LARRY: SHAME, MAD. SHAME.
STICKMAN: I had mixed feelings on this as we've previously established, but the performances especially feel like a big oversight on the Academy's behalf, given worse films are up for Best Picture.
MADHERO: I'm sorry that I didn't have a lot of time in the period that it came out, ok. I'll try and catch it now that its easily avaliable
LARRY: Well DO IT.
STICKMAN: It's got a dog in it, A DOG.
MADHERO: The dog from Game Night in fact. And ok, Shia. I'll try now that I have more time on my hands. Its a shame the Academy didn't care for it as much. Better luck next time, McQueen
LARRY: Wait, really? It's the same dog? He must have a damn good agent.
STICKMAN: Yeah boi. It does feel weird to follow up winning Best Picture with something that didn't get a single Oscar nomination. But there you go.
MADHERO: I think that about wraps everything up. Hope you're all able to recover from that Rams/Pats loss and all those boneless chicken wings or whatever, because next episode we once again dive headfirst into the world of anime adaptations, and boy that's always a treat. Also dragons.
STICKMAN: I want chicken wings. And HTTYD 3 came out like two days ago here so that's weird. Oh well.
LARRY: Moral of this episode? Go watch Widows and 12 Years a Slave. That's all I got out of it anyway.
MADHERO: That and chicken wings are good. We just established this. On that moral lesson, we bid you adieu
STICKMAN: I wonder what dragon wings taste like. Okay bye.
LARRY: Adios muchachos.