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  • At the Screwvies: Episode 108

    5 days ago



    MADHERO: Hey everyone. I hope you're ready for the SUMMER MOVIE EXTRAVAGANZA! Since Infinity War moved dates , it no longer was the summer start we all were hoping for. But hey, who cares when you've got so many other summer movies like.....a Melissa McCarthy comedy...or one starring old people reading 50 Shades. Hmmmm....o hey this Deadpool 2 thing seems kinda fun.

    LARRY: basically still was the Summer start. It just started the Summer earlier lol

    STICKMAN: 50 Shades of Deadpool. He'd be into that.

    MADHERO: Well he got pegged in the first one, so its already way more kinky than that whole trilogy. I imagine this is the type of convo Deadpool would want us to have.

    LARRY: Yeah, you could say it really lights a fire under your ass.

    STICKMAN: Don't do that, kids. That's bad for your anus to dry it up.

    MADHERO: ......right. Lets talk some news.



    Boy oh boy this one's been a while coming, huh? Announced waaaaay back in 2014, The Predator came out strong in the early days with its promising director (Shane Black of Iron Man 3 and Nice Guys fame), ambitions of a big budget R rated picture from FOX, and a fantastic cast of actors. And then...things changed. The film's release date has changed more times than there's been Predator films to date, from March, to February to August and now September. Throw in what felt like total radio silence from everyone involved and the always troubling reshoot situations going on...and you'd be forgiven for having no hope...BUT..we finally got our first look at the film in action this week..and...uhh... looks okay? It's got Predators in it, good cast, competently filmed...uhh...there just doesn't seem to be much to discuss, huh? Opening on the much touted suburban angle with a child ...randomly getting a box of Predator gear and crashing a space ship by crashing a toy space ship. And then we cut away from anything related to that completely and instead get a lot of military action, guns, screaming and some shots of Predators being angry. And...that's it? Most of note is the use of weapons by the Predators previously only featured in the AvP films...and in general, it does feel a bit worryingly similar to AvP R in setting and characters so far. There's the rumblings of genetic hybridization going on, which means more action figures I guess. I dunno, I want to be enthusiastic but this didn't really do much for me, hope there's a better trailer waiting for us in a month or so.

    MADHERO: Well..... this was underwhelming. You give me the promise of a Predator movie directed by Shane Black, director of The Nice Guys, and THAT'S the teaser you put out. Pffffft

    STICKMAN: I know right. It didn't look like the work of a acclaimed director at all. FOX are usually pretty good with trailers too, even if the film ain't so hot. This one just don't work at all.

    LARRY: When Shane fucking Black is attached to Predator in the suburbs, you expect a really good first trailer... And this was....bland. To be fair, tone is a very big part of Shane Black and it's hard to capture that in a minute and a half.......but it could've been better than THIS.

    MADHERO: I guess that's the best thing you can say about it. It looks well made, but besides Jacob Tremblay playing around with a spaceship, it just looks like your average alien invasion, and with Black and the cast involved, you kinda expect more.

    LARRY: I love how, with this cast, they chose to spotlight Olivia Munn and Boyd Holbrook and not KEEGAN MICHAEL KEY. C'MON.

    STICKMAN: I'm hoping they're just hiding the best parts for the release, but you gotta get bums in seats first and then surprise us when we're watching.

    MADHERO: Either this is hiding a way more fun movie, or a complete distaster. Or something that got turned into the editing booth as something kinda bland.

    LARRY: I think it's the third.

    STICKMAN: As someone who likes all the Predator movies, and even enjoys AvP (the first one) quite a bit? I'm worried. I think this could turn out a real clunker. We've like...had next to no marketing up to this point, and a bunch of delays. I'm concerned. At least Alien Covenant was half a good movie.

    MADHERO: Its one of those things where you put faith in the people involved, but this did not really inspire confidence in the way I hoped it would. Also there's a Predator with fish-net stockings in one of the teaser images. That enough to raise hope?

    STICKMAN: I'm all about that fishnet, bruh. And he had a hell of a cod piece on.



    Hey, remember when Robert Downey Jr. played other roles instead of Iron Man? HAHAHAHA NEITHER DO I. Seriously though, its been a while since we saw Downey in anything other than as Tony Stark. While he’ll be playing Doctor Dolittle in 2019, there were also many wondering what was happening to his other franchise: his Ritchie Sherlock Holmes movies.

    Yes, in 2020, RDJ, along with his partner-in-crime Jude Law, will return on screen as Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson in the third installment of their Sherlock Holmes series. You may recall the first installment from 2009, which was...okay, and the second, subtitled "A Game of Shadows", which came out in 2011 and was actually pretty damn good. After nine friggin years without this series, you’d think they’d leave it at peace, but nope. Currently, there is no director attached, but there is a script by Chris Brancato, who is mostly known for his work in television (Hannibal, Narcos). For those hoping to see Guy Ritchie return to the series, considering his work with the live-action Aladdin, it seems unlikely. So who will take the mantle? LET'S SPECULATE, SHALL WE?

    STICKMAN: I'm the other way around on those films, Larry. First one was pretty damn good, second was okay.

    LARRY: Nah. Moriarty makes everything better.

    MADHERO: Boy they sure took their sweet time. I guess it helps that they have a framing device in Sherlock Holmes being presumed dead in the last one. I remember liking the first one, but I really didn't like the 2nd one since so much of it felt like more of the same. I haven't seen them in a while.

    LARRY: Personally I'm just happy to see RDJ doing something other than Iron Man. Granted I'd rather he do a prestige project or something, but it's nice to see him do anything else.

    STICKMAN: My concern of a third one without Guy Ritchie is that he really kinda...gave the film its personality visually and action-wise? They are very distinctive films.

    LARRY: I'm with you Sticky. With Ritchie taken up by Aladdin, I can't think of a quality replacement.

    MADHERO: The lack of Ritchie would be weird, since the first two films are consumed by his style. You can of course argue whether that's a good thing.

    STICKMAN: I think it's a good thing personally. Also get Hans Zimmer back for the score. That score is top notch. Regardless it's a much better franchise than Sherlock is.

    MADHERO: I'm kinda done with the concept of Sherlock as a whole tbh. But again, been ages since I last saw these films.






    Just when you thought he was done, they pull you back in. That seems to be Sylvester Stallone's mantra, as he returned to his role of Rocky Balboa in Creed, showing a much more vunerable side to him and see that his character has truly aged, which isn't a surprise considering he's now in his 70s. It nearly nabbed him the Oscar, and we'll see what Creed 2 does with his character, but for now, Stallone is returning  to his 2nd most famous character: John Rambo. 2008's Rambo was the last we ever saw, which was cartoonishly violent to the point of self-parody, it seemed like the series was over....until now.

    To be fair, a Rambo 5 (or Rambo V as its now known) had always been somewhat teased as a possibility, but thanks to Stallone's Instagram, we now know that its happening for realsies, with Rambo in retirement but called back when his friend's granddaughter is being taken by a Mexican sex trafficking ring. Shooting is supposedly happening this fall, with a fall 2019 release date planned. Not gonna lie, there is something cathartic about a 70 year old man continue to do this like its the 80s, but I'm fairly sure that Stallone could kick my ass easily, so I'll just shut up.

    STICKMAN: I can't believe this is real.

    LARRY: Not the MOST out of nowhere sequel we'll be talking about today.........

    MADHERO: Its been one of those things teased for such a long time that you can't believe its happening until its there, kinda like Venom for me.

    STICKMAN: I've only seen Rambo 1 and Rambo 4...I really didn't like Rambo 1 and Rambo 4 was garbage kinda garbage.

    LARRY: Ya know, this film could be a great...individual, original film with an up-and-coming writer. Doesn't have to be Rambo 5!!

    STICKMAN: We didn't need Creed but that went down pretty well.

    MADHERO: There's a huge audience for his stuff in Asia. We're getting an Escape Plan 2 and 3 because of China alone. I forgot the first Escape Plan was even a thing

    STICKMAN: What the hell's Escape Plan.

    MADHERO: The big Stallone/Schwarzenegger crossover about 3 decades too late.

    STICKMAN: Oh dear. Anyway, this is a film. Rambo vs Cartel. Sicarambo. I made that joke in Screwvies DMs but I'm making it again for the luls.


    MADHERO: Anyway, its happening, and if it is, I hope its as cartoonishly violent as Rambo 2008 was. That or awkwardly thank the Taliban like in Rambo 3.

    LARRY: Oooooooooof.



    Hoooooo boy. So Get Out was a huge fricken deal, and deservedly so in my opinion (watched it for the third time recently, still love it), and everyone has been curious as to what Jordan Peele is bound to do next. Well, saddle up, because details have just recently been revealed. His new film is titled Us and it slated for a March 15th, 2019 release date. He will once again be directing a script he wrote, and it will be produced through his production company Monkeypaw Productions and Blumhouse, with whom he worked with for Get Out. Currently, negotiations are underway for Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke, and Elizabeth Moss to star; the story details are scarce at the moment but so far we know it will center on two suburban couples, one white and one black. Woohoo, more RACIAL TENSIONS!

    Based on these details, we can see that Peele is continuing to explore racial relations with a horror lens, but will this film be enough to feel distinctly different from his last picture? We'll just have to wait and see.  Its apparently a lot more expensive than Get Out was, with the price range supposedly around 25 milliona as opposed to Get Out's 5. i guess that's what happens when you can call yourself a Academy Award winner. Also that probably makes it the most expensive Blumhouse movie ever. All I know is, consider my ticket purchased.

    MADHERO: There's not much to go on based on what has been said, but enough is there to have my interest peaked.

    STICKMAN: Get Out was 2017's big event horror...and even though it wasn't very horror based at was pretty good, and went on to win an Oscar no less. I think there's gonna be a lot of hype around this one just on  that prestige alone. I just hope it's not more of the same.

    MADHERO: I do think Peele realizes he can't just do what he did with Get Out. It might hit on similar topics, but we probably won't see Lupita Nyongo fall into the Sunken Place.

    STICKMAN: I don't know what to expect really, although he's not new to the bizz, it was his first movie project in both writing/directing...I dunno if he's got more up his sleeve. I hope so, that'd be great. The cast is tremendous already.

    LARRY: Yeah it seems to be following a similar vein, but I think there's a lot to explore here past racial relations and maybe discuss romantic themes as well? I dunno, it should be interesting to see where it diverges and where it doesn't. Also this is suburbia as opposed to upper class people, so there's that.

    STICKMAN: Wish we had more to go on, the poster was cool. I dunno, I feel Get Out is a bit overrated but it was a good film for sure. Hope he builds on his first attempt and makes an even stronger follow-up, and actually includes some horror.

    MADHERO: Well he has plenty of experience with Key & Peele, which even though that was sketch comedy, hit on a lot of different themes regarding race. I'm already interested based on his first film, and the cast so far looks excellent.

    LARRY: Yeah, loving the pairing of Nyong'o and Duke. The two most underused BP stars coincidentally.

    STICKMAN: The cast is great. Don't let me down, Peeeeeeele.

    MADHERO: I'm glad Duke is getting more work after his breakout role in Black Panther. He really showed off his charm and I was surprised he hasn't been in much else besides a few Modern Family episodes. Also good to see Elizabeth Moss do more movies.

    STICKMAN: Praise be. Get it. References.

    LARRY: The way I see it, I'm fine with more Get Out. I'm fine with this being totally different. For me, it's a win win. Peele knows what he's doing.



    Last episode we reported on a double dose of stop motion animated goodness, which included finally getting confirmation of a new film from LAIKA. Now, at the time, LAIKA hadn't revealed any details of their project, referring to it as 'Film 5', and we all naturally assumed it'd be a little while until we heard more details. Nope. A week later and we've got the full scoop on what we now know is called 'Missing Link'.

    This new project, which sees LAIKA team up with Anapurna, sees Hugh Jackman's character, Sir Lionel Frost go in search of all things monsters and mythical. This leads him to encounter 'Mr Link', who's the last remaining missing link between man and ape, played by Zach GhagalifaI cantspellhisnameifItried. And eventually the pair go off in search of a legendary Shangri-La, a valley of monsters where the rest of his kind may be waiting for him. Zoe Saldana joins the pair as Adelnia Fortnight, who helps them on their journey, whilst a as of yet unknown villain stalks them.  Joining the cast are a host of talented people, including Stephen Fry, Emma Thompson, Timothy Olyphant, and some British comedians nobody except me has probably heard of. The film is set for release (In the US) in Spring 2019, and has a rumoured budget of $100 Million which...seems risky, but there you go. Looking forward to it very much.

    MADHERO: 100 million for a stop motion anmated film seems.... risky.

    STICKMAN: Super risky. I guess they're banking on Hugh  Jackman's box office draw. LAIKA as a brand means quality, but it doesn't mean greenstacks.

    LARRY: I can almost guarantee the movie ain't making that back.

    MADHERO: LAIKA is semi-funded by Nike, so in that sense they have cash to burn. Anyway the movie. Seems definitely more comedic sounding, though we're all definitely gonna cry about Mr. Link loneliness or something

    STICKMAN: You say that Larry, but LAIKA have made that kinda bank before. Kubo was a box office disappointment and made around $70 Million. If the marketing focuses in Jackman, the film is good, and it's released at the right time,  they could do it.

    MADHERO: I also think that the film is aiming to be more comedic, and that tends to get the families in seats rather than an adventure story like Kubo.

    STICKMAN: Kubo was very dark but it had a lot of comedy, that wasn't the focus of the marketing for sure. Anyhow, I hope LAIKA get a hit from this. I really do. Paranorman and Coraline both did pretty well, but Boxtrolls and Kubo kinda fizzled out.

    LARRY: Depending on their release date, if they find an open time to really grab the family market, it could make good money.

    MADHERO: The movie sounds fun. Laika has yet to make a bad film (even though Boxtrolls was only just ok.) and it'll be good to see what they can bring. I admire their ambition

    LARRY: I just think the odds are immediately stacked against them at $100 million.

    STICKMAN: Given Aardman seem to have lost their ambition in recent years, LAIKA are kinda the last champions of ambitious stop motion yeah, I wish them nothing but the best, I'll be there to see it, no doubt.



    Holy shit, its actually happening this time. So once again, I'm talking about an old ass property making an comeback. Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure popped up in 1989, and managed to become a cult hit that's still beloved by many who grew up with it and its bodacious attitude. The sequel, Bogus Journey, while not as good, promised a utopia where the Wyld Stallyns would write the  greatest song ever written, which would create a righteous utopia. that would save the universe from annihilation

    Of course, not much came of that. Even as his career took off in many different directions, Keanu Reeves (Ted) has always said he wanted to continue the story, as well as Alex Winter (Bill), who's career went more into the behind the scenes stuff. After years and years of teasing, it seems now that Bill and Ted Face the Music is finally happening, with MGM taking care of the production and looking for international distributors at Cannes. This installment will see Bill and Ted go back in time once again, having become middle aged, starting up families  and still not writinn the greatest song ever written, with the space time continuum now starting to get torn apart. Original writers Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon are writing/producing, with Dean Parisot (Galaxy Quest, Red 2) in charge to direct. I'll be honest, Bill and Ted was something before my time, but I know plenty of people happy with this news, and it'll be fun to see Keanu Reeves do something like Theodore Logan after nearly 2 decades of Neos and John Wicks. So not for me, but know plenty who'll find this news.....EXCELLENT *guitar riff*

    STICKMAN: Bill and Ted is one of the most cheesy franchises ever. But I mean, can't deny that kinda feel-good cheese isn't welcome in this era of society.

    MADHERO: Its so cheesy that it bounces right back to endearing. Its the ultimate pair of time capsule movies. So its funny to  see it brought back in a way.

    LARRY: Ehhhhhhhh I'm not really on the boat for this. I think the original film is cheesy fun, the second is kinda lame though. I just don't like unearthing these franchises that are so deeply of their era. It doesn't feel like it needs to be brought back, it was fun at the time and it finished its run. I don't see it translating well.

    STICKMAN: I'm not sure how Keanu Reeves is gonna regress back to TUBUULARRRR DUUUUDE after being John Wick.

    MADHERO: The 2nd is nuts in a fun kinda way honestly. And I do think there's something interesting about seeing these guys now in their late 40s and not having fullfilled the prophecy yet. There's potential in that, and it'll be fun to see that contrast with Reeves especially.

    LARRY: This just makes me think about Dumb and Dumber 2 honestly.

    MADHERO: Honestly, Dumb and Dumber just did the same schtick only now with the characters being older, making it kinda sad. Here it seems like they wanna go in a different direction and its about exploring that youthful part again.

    LARRY: I's just cheesy vs....gross out?

    STICKMAN: There's gonna be a depressing angle on the whole...middle aged schtick. Given they were like, 19 or whatever in the first film. I mean it's not gonna be Logan, but there's gonna be  bittersweet feel I'd hope.

    LARRY: Yeah. I don't think I wanna see a depressing Bill and Ted.

    MADHERO: Its also probably not going to be as needlessly expensive as Dumb and Dumber Too. I think its hopefully gonna be a fun throwback. Bill and Ted was never this huge commercial hit. Also, Logan but with Bill and Ted would be a riot

    LARRY: That's true, it won't cost a whole lot.

    STICKMAN: I'm down for BILL.

    MADHERO: Wait a minute. Logan. Bill and Ted....Bill S. Preston and Theodore LOGAN! HOLY SHIT

    STICKMAN: We're through the looking glass here, people.


    MADHERO: On that massive revelation, its now time to move on to Deadpool 2.  I could also highlight the other movies, but really, this seems like the only one people care about. Unless there's some hardcore Melissa McCarthy fans out there who really want to know more about Life of the Party.

    LARRY: #MelissaMcCarthyStopMakingMovies2018

    STICKMAN: I agree with this hashtag.

    MADHERO: Harsh. Lets maybe wait with that discussion and go and talk about somethng we're interested in.

    LARRY: Meh, Deadpool who?



    DIRECTOR: David Leitch (John Wick, Atomic Blonde)

    STARRING: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Julian Dennison, Zazie Deetz, TJ Miller, Brianna Hildebrand, Terry Crews

    SYNOPSIS: Deadpool (Reynolds) forms a team of mutants called the X-Force to protect a young mutant (Dennison) from the time-traveling soldier Cable (Brolin)

    MADHERO: I've been all over the map in terms of excitement for this honestly, but especially after the final trailer, I've found myself really excited for this movie. Helps that the marketing is once again top notch,

    STICKMAN: I'm kinda eh on Deadpool. I enjoyed watching the first but it is massively overrated and overstated in terms of being unique, I feel. If the new one turns out good I'll probably go see it, but I'm not excited, per ce.

    LARRY: I'm excited. Originally I wasn't but the trailers have really turned me around.

    MADHERO: I agree that I dont think its as unique as it thinks it is, and it kinda falls apart when you don't watch it with an audience, but I laughed my ass off the first time,

    STICKMAN: My hope with the sequel is that they go all in with the fourth wall breaking and don't just relegate that humour to turning to the camera and saying X-Men a bunch. The first one is funny but it's kinda a generic superhero movie once you get beyond that aspect.

    LARRY: Well there's gonna be plenty of that. X-Men references, I mean.

    STICKMAN: One plus the film has going for it is having a John Wick director on board, which means hopefully at least the fight scenes are gonna be cool...riiight?

    MADHERO: I do hope that the X-Force either get treated as more of a joke and not as characters we're supposed to care about. Domino and Peter aside, they look kinda lame. Either that or I hope they saved some good Terry Crews bits.

    LARRY: MY BOI PETER. Peter is gonna be the MVP of this film, guaranteed.

    STICKMAN: I just hope in general the film tries to be less sentimental in parts, it felt weird In the first.

    MADHERO: Well there's a Celine Dion song in there. There's gonna be sentiment at some point.

    STICKMAN: I think the MVP of the film is going to be Ryan Reynolds to be hoonnest. Without him these films would just  not work.

    MADHERO: Its gonna be hard when they need to find someone else to do it. Also Josh Brolin looks like fun as Cable. I hope they go all in on his stupid origin bullshit.

    LARRY: He probably isn't in the film all that much.

    STICKMAN: Deadpool gonna turn to camera and go "Disney, hehehe" and people gonna die laughter.


    DIRECTOR: Ben Falcone (Tammy, The Boss)

    STARRING: Melissa McCarthy, Molly Gordon, Gillian Jacobs, Maya Rudolph, Jacki Weaver

    SYNOPSIS: When her husband suddenly dumps her, longtime dedicated housewife Deanna (McCarthy) resets by going back to college - landing in the same class and school as her daughter (Gordon)

    LARRY: #MelissaMcCarthyStopMakingMovies2018

    MADHERO: I can't believe they remade Extremely Goofy Movie with Meliisa McCarthy.


    STICKMAN: Gawwwsh, ayuck. Anyway, wow many times does Mellisa McCarthy fall over in this movie.

    MADHERO: All of them. Its in her contract. I'm not as anti McCarthy as you guys are, but she really needs to stop doing movies directed by her husband. They are no bueno.

    STICKMAN: Anti McCarthyism. It's the 50s all over again.

    LARRY: I really don't comprehend it. This formula has been bad MULTIPLE TIMES. McCarthy can be a talented comedic force, she just keeps getting into clunkers.

    STICKMAN: Nobody gonna give me an award for my history joke. Okay. It's probably better written than this entire movie.

    MADHERO: Lets hope Happytime Murders isn't one of those clunkers when that eventually comes out. Also Sticky, I liked your historical joke.

    STICKMAN: Thanks babe.


    DIRECTOR: James McTeigue (The Raven, Survivor)

    STARRING: Gabrielle Union, Seth Carr, Ajiona Alexus, Christa Miller

    SYNOPSIS: A woman (Union) fights to protect her family during a home invasion.

    STICKMAN: The prequel to Breaking Bad.

    MADHERO: Yep. This suuuuuuuuuuure is an home invasion movie.

    STICKMAN: The basic premise is a fun subversion but like, other than that. Hoowee...textbook. I hear it's fine? Like...the very definition of....watchable but nothing.

    LARRY: Yeah, besides for Gabrielle Union, who I do like, this looks passable. Then again, sometimes taking standard plots and infusing some representation can be a good thing.

    MADHERO: Union is not in enough movies, so its good to see her lead one, but this screams something you rent or watch drunkenly on Netflix.

    STICKMAN: Netflix is the home of 'Eh, why not' movies. In a cinema landscape too expensive to be worth taking risks on this caliber of films.

    MADHERO: Well it probably wasn't too expensive to make, so who knows. I can't say I really care about this film, but it'll have its audience.

    LARRY: I'd see it if I got the time. Deadpool 2 is gonna get my money first.

    STICKMAN: It looks fiiiine but I'm not gonna watch it unless it's on Netflix or TV and I'm bored, probably. But to be fair, I'm bored quite a lot.

    MADHERO: Its a perfect Moviepass film except that seems to be kinda dead sooooooooooo..... moving on


    DIRECTOR: Raja Gosnell (Beverly Hills Chihuahua, The Smurfs 2)

    STARRING: Will Arnett, Ludacris, Natasha Lyonne, Jordin Sparks, Gabriel Iglesias, Shaquille O’Neal

    SYNOPSIS: Max (Ludacris), a macho, solitary Rottweiler police dog is ordered to go undercover as a primped show dog, along with his human partner (Arnett), to avert a disaster from happening.


    LARRY: Welp.


    STICKMAN: I had to sit through this trailer in front of Isle of Dogs and it was excruciattaiiinggg.

    MADHERO: Lol, that must've been quite the mood whiplash. I know its not really my scene, but I thought this kinda family film had died off.

    STICKMAN: I mean they tend to go direct to DVD these days. Spooky Buddies and what have you.

    LARRY: I have no comment other than the ever usable PASS.

    STICKMAN: That dog did not need a Brazilian, and I didn't need fart jokes either. This is my kryptonite.

    MADHERO: I was mainly distracted by the terrible mouth movement. Also, poor Will Arnett.

    STICKMAN: A career dive on par with his horse fursona.

    LARRY: This definitely feels like a BoJack project

    STICKMAN: But would they be real dogs or people dogs?


    DIRECTOR: Bill Holderman (directorial debut)

    STARRING: Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, Mary Steenburgen,

    SYNOPSIS: Four lifelong friends (Keaton, Fonda, Begen, Steenburgen) have their lives forever changed after reading 50 Shades of Grey in their monthly book club.

    STICKMAN: The less interesting spiritual sequel to Fight Club.

    MADHERO: And here I thought Show Dogs was going to be the most "Not my Thing" movie we'd talk about today.

    STICKMAN: Old people movies sure have made a resurgence these days. Much like the audience themselves, I'd imagine they'll die off soon.

    LARRY: Ooof.

    MADHERO: I think here it can be somewhat forgiven in that none of us are the right age nor gender for this. This isn't even a mom movie. Its a grandma movie.

    STICKMAN: I can't think of any movie I'd want to see less than 'Granny gets horny reading a book about BDSM and watersports'.

    MADHERO: Show Dogs?

    STICKMAN: Ah fair point.

    LARRY: Okay, to be fair, 50 Shades is a small plot point here. It's ultimately a romantic comedy.

    STICKMAN: Oh good, now it's boring too.

    LARRY: I'll take boring over horny grandmas.

    STICKMAN: We are so not the audience for this,'s almost unfair to talk about it. It's like going to a baby store and complaining none of the clothes fit us


    MADHERO: Right. Lets talk about MOVIE OF THE WEEK INSTEAD!!!!!

    STICKMAN: We should rename Movie of the Week the Movie Club, and we watch Fifty Shades of Grey and get horny and decide to explore ourselves, y'know.

    LARRY: Calm it down, Stix.

    MADHERO: No, we're not. We're keeping the original formula of talking about recent VOD/DVD releases and once we saw in the theater. No need to fix what isn't broken

    STICKMAN: I wish someone would fix me.

    MADHERO: Maybe that can happen....what your MOTW? That might be able to help you

    LARRY: Likely won't. Given his usual choices.


    STICKMAN: Oh...WELLLLL....I watched a weird South Korean superhero... comedy... drama.... nnn...thingghh? Psychokinesis, from the same director who brought you the cult favourite Train to Busan, along with a host of animated films, is exclusive to Netflix outside of South Korea, and given it was just there to waaatch? I watched it...and it was...okaaaay? 

    It's kinda  a weird one, and not as good as Train to Busan, which in of itself had issues too. Basically, it's about a father attempting to rekindle a relationship with his long-seperated daughter after her mother dies during the start of an aggressive demolition project on her place of work and living. Also...the father drank weird meteor juice that gives me telekinesis powers. What follows is a film that's part...weird slapstick comedy that feels like it's aimed at a family audience, part melodrama about lost loved ones and rekindling relationships...part violent police/corporation corruption story, and part superhero movie. That last part only really coming into play at the end. It's a film of many parts and they don't all gel that well together, but the last 30 minutes are quite fun, and it's never bad by any means. It's on Netflix, so...yeah...can't complain.

    LARRY: Train to Busan is NUTS. And...this one sounds similarly hard to pin down

    MADHERO: Well this is.... different

    STICKMAN: South Korean cinema I've noticed is always a weird blend of tones. You get a lot of goofy comedy, and then out of nowhere it'll be super melodramatic and weepy.

    LARRY: Hm. Important to keep in mind... But hey, slapstick comedy with telekinesis? I'd watch that.

    STICKMAN: There's lots of people falling over, if that's your thing. It's being promoted as something of a super hero movie, but it's not really so much that until the final act, so don't go in expecting as much.

    MADHERO: True. I think it can be interesting, and considering superhero movies are so American, its nice to get a different peespective

    STICKMAN: Yeah, it's always fun to see how a different country tackles a well-trodden genre. As it was with Train to Busan and zombie movies. I'd recommend Busan over this one, mind.

    MADHERO: Alright, Larry. What's your MOTW? Surely nothing too melodramatic, right?

    LARRY: Well, that's not exactly the word I would use.

    STICKMAN: What is the word you'd use? WHAT IS IT!? TELL ME

    LARRY: Funny. My MOTW is Tully, directed by Jason Reitman from a screenplay by Diablo Cody. This is a pair that has worked together before on both Juno and Young Adult, and it's clear that they are a good pairing for each other; whether or not you enjoy their films, This is the case with Tully, a film that stumbles here and there, but is otherwise a charming, hysterical, and poignant look at the effects of motherhood on the female psyche. Charlize Theron plays a mother of three who hires a night nanny, Tully (hey, that’s the title), played by Mackenzie Davis, and it soon becomes apparent that Tully is something of an anomaly. That's all I'll say, but the film definitely takes some...weird turns, which I'll get to later.

    Charlize Theron continues to prove that she is best when restrained, and Mackenzie Davis is a pitch-perfect match for her on screen. The cinematography is beautiful, the sound design is effective and the pacing is generally strong...until the third act, which is where the film starts to bite off more than it can chew. Still, that doesn't take away from an otherwise enjoyable film that you'll probably miss thanks to all these Wars of Infinity or whatever. I'd suggest giving it a watch if you ever get the opportunity to.

    STICKMAN: Does she drink a lot of mother's milk in this film.

    LARRY: Sticky, yes there is a lot of breastfeeding in the film.

    MADHERO: I've heard a bunch about this movie, including the twist, and honestly, I still don't really know what to know of this film and Jason Reitman as a  filmmaker.

    LARRY: I generally like Reitman, though I hear he's had a few missteps as of late. What with Men, Women, and Children and Young Adult not doing so hot.

    STICKMAN: These films do not appeal to me at all.

    MADHERO: I liked old Reitman. Don't mean Ivan, but I feel he started really well with Thank You For Smoking and Juno. Then I hated Young Adult but that's really my thing. But stuff like Labor Day and especially Men, Women and Children made me feel he really regressed as a filmmaker.

    LARRY: Well Tully definitely gets back to his roots. It feels very reminiscent of Juno. Also Thank You For Smoking is one of my all-time favorite films.

    STICKMAN: Sounds like it's a bit all over the place though.

    MADHERO: Good to hear that's it a turnaround. I don't think the subject matter interests me enough to see it, but I'm happy you liked it, even with the weird twists and turns.

    LARRY: What interested me was Theron most of all, and she is excellent here. Reminded me why she became a powerhouse in the first place.

    STICKMAN: Coo. What about you, Madthew Heroic, what manner of bullshit did you watch this week?

    LARRY: ...Madthew? Really?

    MADHERO: Welll..... just like you, I watched my bullshit through the magic of Netflix on my laptop, because its easy. So Netflix is kinda bad at advertising their movies. You'd think having an all new John Woo movie would be something to advertise. As it stands, they were too busy making Oblvious Anime Man memes and watching followers talk about Everything Sucks. Anyway,  Manhunt is the new Woo movie in question, and its very much a return to classic form.

    A Chinese prosecutor gets framed for a crime he didn't commit in Japan, and a lot of shit ensues. This has all the classic Woo tropes you can hope for. Gun Fu? Check. Crazy plottwists? Check. And Doves? O you bet there are doves. In a way, it feels like a throwback and almost like a parody of his films. It does feel a lot cleaner than his previous.films., but if you know what you're in for. you'll have a good time

    STICKMAN: Is there good action, though. Like...I can't put up with John Woo's bullshit unless there's good aaction.

    MADHERO: Yeah. A lot of the action is great.

    LARRY: Sweeeeeeeeeet. Or shall I say. WOOhoo.

    STICKMAN: What's the balance between Wooshit and Action.

    MADHERO: Theres a lot of Wooshit in there. It doesn't go full Mission Impossible 2, but there's a LOT of the things people make fun of when they talk Woo.

    STICKMAN: Ooyy. See I love over the top action films and cool fights, but John Woo ain't never done it for me.

    LARRY: I really don't feel strongly one way or the other. If it's a good movie, I'll watch it. Plain and simple.

     MADHERO: I don't think this'll be your thing. But hey, you can always give it a try since its on Netflix and turn it off otherwise.

    STICKMAN: I mean, it works for weird anime shows. Netflix is a window into all sorts of shit.

    LARRY: I'm always looking to expand my film viewing. Not afraid to dive down some weird rabbit holes.

    STICKMAN: I wish I could unxpand some of my film viewing, and remove Mission Impossible 2.


    MADHERO: Alright. That does it for this week's episode. Next up, we're getting into more summer fun with..... uh oh. The Starred Wars. Finally, I can't wait for more porg adventures. Oh wait, its a prequel before porgs existed, so I guess we have to do with gungans.

    LARRY: And Woody Harrelson.

    STICKMAN: Oh fuck, do we have more Star Wars ALREADY!? AAAGGHH. I SCREAAAAAAM.

    MADHERO: I can't bear another batch of hot takes. I'm not strong enough

    LARRY: You must become one with the hot takes, Mad. That is how you will become stronger.

    MADHERO: I refuse, but I'll prepare. See ya next time.


    LARRY: See y'all later!!

  • My first post-college journal update

    6 days ago

    kyenryn Erin

    It's 2018. 

    A lot has happened in my life since I first became a Rooster Teeth fan in 2013 and made an account on the website in 2014. As I was experiencing the rollercoaster that is college, I found solace watching content from a company that focused on comedy and nerd culture.

    College felt like, and still feels like, a parallel world to the one I'm currently living in. I was a shell of myself, who would rather try and make people like me then create genuine human connections to those who enjoy the things I enjoy. For example, I would spend multiple weekend nights drinking my junior year, hanging around people who I didn't actually care about (aside from like, two other people in the room).

    My senior year (or semester, rather, as I graduated early in December 2017) was spent in a relationship that I would later end due to distance/various issues (including disconnection). I spent all of my time with that person out of fear that we would eventually grow apart and move on in our lives. 

    I was sleeping at that person's apartment nearly every single day of the week; they cooked for me and took care of me like a parent would. This habit became increasingly unhealthy as I forgot what it was like to be by myself and would also drive one of his roommates to hate me and refuse to speak to me whenever I was in the room.

    I even tried to find a job near where I attended school, but I was unable to because I was applying for jobs that didn't exactly fit in with my majors, Journalism and English. This, however, turned out to be a blessing in disguise.

    I had made a small group of friends in college (our squad name is BEST, which takes a letter from each of our first names) that I hung out with and spoke to almost all the time. Before junior year, I spent so much time with these people, laughing and screaming in our dining hall at stupid and sometimes insensitive jokes we'd make to each other. We'd laugh together, cry together, get angry with each other like siblings would.

    Once junior year hit, I became flakier than a saltine cracker.

    After senior year, I thought I had completely thrown my relationship with my squad down the drain. I focused on partying and being in a relationship my last two years of college and spent less time with them. I realized now how stupid that was, considering I would probably go to jail if that meant having some stupid fun with these guys (just kidding, future employers). 

    I managed to slowly reconnect with the people I thought I lost after college thanks to Facebook Messenger. I started to realize the important things in my life, like my squad, my new freelance job, becoming healthier (working out, eating right, etc.) thanks to being at home and finally decompressing from the constant mismanagement of college.

    Three months later, I landed a job at an amazing media company.

    Six months later, I'm going back up to school to walk at graduation.

    And now, I'm purchasing a Rooster Teeth First membership to try to connect to the community and company that makes me laugh every single day.

    Although I didn't go into specifics, Rooster Teeth content has helped me significantly throughout college for being a distraction from the craziness in my life. Every moment I could get away from being a college student to be a fan for 30+ minutes felt euphoric.

    This is how I justified myself to spend a little extra each month to watch the content that is constantly showing me new ways to entertain an audience.

    Thank you, Rooster Teeth, and to my friends who know more about me than I do myself.

  • MAD Wrestling Reviews: "WWE Backlash" (2018)

    1 week ago


    From the bitter remains of "The Greatest Royal Rumble", a backlash arises, shaking the wrestling world to its very core. Madhog and Devar must suffer through the pay-per-view equivalent of testicular torture porn in order to BURN IT DOWN to the ground!
    the MP3 file here:

  • At the Screwvies: Infinity War Spoiler Special

    1 week ago



    MADHERO: Hello, and welcome to something that we haven't done in a while and probably should've done for Last Jedi but oh well: A SPOILER SPECIAL!  Yes, there is, at it turns out, a lot to discuss about Tully. I personally can't believe Charlize Theron turned out to be a vampire at the end. I did not see that coming. Wait? Nobody watched that movie Dang. Guess we'll discuss Infinity War then.

    STICKMAN: Thanos: The Hands of Fate.

    LARRY: Alright that was a good one, Stix. Can't beat that.

    STICKMAN: End of blog, goodbye everyone.

    MADHERO: The Hand of Fate, or the Gauntlet of Fate as it turns out. In case it wasn't clear, its a spoiler special, so if you're one of the five people (seeing from the box office) who hasn't seen Infinity War yet, turn back now.

    STICKMAN: f you read the blog entitled SPOILERS and get spoiled that's your own fault.


    MADHERO: Alright, with that out of the way......hoooooooooooooowee what a movie. Quite the gut punch of an ending, I'll tell ya hwat. Nothing meme-worthy about that.

    STICKMAN: Another MCU film's big twist turned into  a meme less than a day after it releases in the US.


    LARRY: I don't think anyone predicted the presence of memes as a potential spoiler, and yet here we are. Its a meme based on the PIVOTAL FINAL MOMENTS OF THE MOVIE

    MADHERO: First Hail Hydra, now crumbling into dust. What a world.

    STICKMAN: Just got a bit dusty is all.

    MADHERO: If you don't know the context, I guess its something people can still somewhat understand. Still though, its funny to see such a tragic moment being turned into a meme. My mom was honestly surprised that Thanos had effectively won in the end.

    STICKMAN: Most people have come to the conclusion that the narrative arc of this film followed Thanos and not everyone else, which is an interesting idea.

    LARRY: Yeah it certainly isn't...usual for the villain to "win". I would argue this film, ultimately, is about Thanos more than anyone else. Besides maybe Tony.

    MADHERO: Its about his quest to get all the Infinity Stones. I'm not sure if I believe that he's the main character, though Infinity War has so many character that it doesn't really have a main one. Its definitely his story and his victory, and it takes balls to end the film with sad music and your main villain smiling at peace, having completed his insane goal.

    STICKMAN: Someone was having a panic attack throughout the credits  in the screening I went to.


    MADHERO: I definitely heard some kids sniffing, particuarely when Spidey was the one to go. Its quite surprising all the people that have gone. Spidey, Doctor Strange, Black Panther, pretty much all the Guardians except Rocket, and while they're almost certainly some that are going to return,  its definitely a surprise at the brutality at play.

    STICKMAN: It was a memorable and emotional sequence but it didn't hold much weight to it beyond the events of the next film.

    LARRY: I don't agree it doesn't hold weight but I do see where Sticky is coming from given the news cycle.

    MADHERO: Well, that's another thing I wanted to ask. We obviously know more films are in development. There's a Homecoming 2 along the way, Black Panther 2 might not be officially announced but is probably happening soon. Guardians 3. With all that in mind,  does this ending have weight? Cause obviously we know all that stuff but the majority of the audience doesn't.

    LARRY: I do feel it holds weight, dramatically within the film's context. And I don't feel it's fair to say the ending fails at something it can't really help.

    STICKMAN: Depends on the person, from a general standpoint it lacks a sense of permanence for me. It lives and dies by being tied to this massive universe in terms of the emotional payoff of that scene.

    MADHERO: Someone compared it to Han Solo being frozen in carbonite at the end of Empire, and I feel that's a apt comparison, though of course the way films were released was way different then.

    STICKMAN: I disagree on that being  an apt comparison, because there was no suggestion at the time necessarily that Han Solo would return  in the following film.

    LARRY: I think the very act of killing off so many characters, characters that people genuinely cared for and connected to, is an act of filmic courage all in itself, even if some of them have sequels coming up. Because, let's face it, we all got caught up in that moment, sequels or otherwise. We all forgot until the credits rolled. And, I dunno, I just love cinematic moments that genuinely shock.

    STICKMAN: I absolutely did not forget. Is it courageous to kill them off knowing they'll be back in a year? Feels more about shock value than storytelling, and it worked big time, but yeah. It was a great moment, I'm just saying I didn't for one moment genuinely believe Spider-Man had just died forever.


    MADHERO: Obviously there's some deaths we know that aren't going to remain dead, but there are some we're confident are totes goners. Heimdall, Loki, Vision (maybe?) Gamora and probably some others as well.

    STICKMAN: I feel anyone who had an actual death scene is dead. I don't think it'd be fair to have sequences like that and then bring them back. Particularly Gamora and Vision.

    MADHERO: Vision I expected to go considering the stone he had in his head. The way he went out though......oof.

    STICKMAN: If you're gonna die. Die twice. That's what I always say.

    LARRY: The idea of their efforts being so damn futile. It hurt, even though it was inevitable.

    MADHERO: Thanos being so chill about it as well, just using the Time Stone to bring him back. Damn.

    STICKMAN: Well that's an interesting question in of itself. Did you go in assuming this film would end this way? Or was it a shock to not have any sort of resolution?

    LARRY: For me? A shock. I got caught up in the moment, honestly. The scene on Titan filled me with some hope, genuinely. We always knew there wasn't gonna be a complete resolution seeing as this was Part 1 or 2 originally.


    MADHERO: Well it did have a resolution. Just not the one I think many expected. Obviously we know that it originally started as Infinity War Part 1, and if you know that, the ending definitely feels like that, but after seeing it twice and seeing the film as Thanos' story, I feel like the movie genuinely holds up on its own. Movies like Deathly Hallows part 1 and Mockingjay don't really work as their own movies. I feel this does

    LARRY: Oh it definitely does. I would agree with that whole-heartedly.

    STICKMAN: Well those are different because they're telling a linear story about one group of characters. This is like, 6 or 7 franchises colliding in one cosmic nightmare. Good luck watching GotG 3 without having seen this film I guess. I think it's a great movie, providing you have that connection to the MCU

    LARRY: I would also agree with that. This is essentially the point of no return for non MCU bois. If you weren't following, you aren't gonna get half of the shit in this film.

    MADHERO: Its funny, cause their recently was a Digital Spy article about a woman seeing it without having seen any of the other stories and she actually enjoyed it. You can miss a lot of context, but maybe this works more on its own than we think, cause we have seen all those films.

    STICKMAN: I think it's a fun movie with great action scenes regardless of if you've seen the MCU collective. But in terms of characters and emotional connection? You're lost. The backstory  and development of the characters is in the past 18 movies.

    LARRY: Yeah. Audiences will always like big action. Honestly, Sticky is just me at this point haha

    MADHERO: Agreed. Its weird, cause that can be an issue, but also this movie is the fastest to reach the billion mark and still needs to go to China, so they must be doing something right

    LARRY: Because there are a LOT of fans, and the fanbase keeps growing.

    STICKMAN: If they maintain the quality of each film? Great. If there's gonna be duds and ones people choose not to see, that's gonna be an issue for Avengers 5: Moon Knight Begins.


    MADHERO: Going back to deaths and moments a bit, while I expected Vision to go, I was honestly kinda surprised Gamora went. That was probably the biggest surprise other than Red Skull suddenly reappearing.

    STICKMAN: Gamora's death was somewhat diluted by my confusion and shock at seeing Red Skull back randomly. Played by some guy from The Walking Dead who does good impressions of Huge Weaver.

    LARRY: be honest I thought it was Hugo Weaving. Couldn't tell the difference...

    MADHERO: it didn't take away from it imo. I just always assumed she'd be safe. In fact, I think the favorites in the deadpool were Iron Man, Cap, and Thor and they're all fine in the end. Like, when Tony got stabbed I assumed he'd be toast as well, but he's alive at the end. My guess for one last sendoff in Avengers 4.

    STICKMAN: Oh it was a great death, I was just sorta like...Red Skullll?  When Tony got stabbed, someone in my screening screamed OH GOD NO

    LARRY: LOL that was me in my screening. I was TERRFIED to  see him die, Jesus. But no....not today Starkkkkkk

    STICKMAN: He did feel like the guy most likely to get his card punched. If he survives the next one, I'll be very surprised.

    MADHERO: I didn't scream that, but I felt it. And then Strange had to save him by giving the stone. Wonder why he'd do that considerinig they weren't exactly tight. Could it be.....A PLAN?!

    STICKMAN: Maybe there was some sorta. MAGIC PLAN READING AFOOT



    MADHERO: Its a prevailing theory that Strange has for the most part edged things towards the one victory in the 14 million posibilities, and I guess that means keeping Tony alive. Remember, he said he wouldn't hesitate letting Tony and Peter die for the stone, so for him to give it up is definitely weird,

    STICKMAN: It can be viewed as him bluffing. But I'd imagine, given the source material, this was the plan. In the comics he squirrels a bunch of people away in a pocket dimension thing. But in this one he poofed so.

    LARRY: Yeah that's what I thought...Strange having a plan isn't hard for me to believe. He probably saw Captain Marvel in his visionssssss

    MADHERO: Obviously we don't know the plot of Avengers 4, but there's already plenty of rumors of time travel being involved in some capacity based on some set photos. Its going to be interesting to see Captain Marvel's involvement, but more will be clear once we actually see her film.

    STICKMAN: Which comes out befoooore Infinity...More? I think that's the working title.

    LARRY: Infinity (One) More (Movie). Yeah she's gonna save the MCU, and I’m here for it.

    MADHERO: Evangelion style. Nice. Would be really awkward if she has crumbled into dust as well.

    STICKMAN: Avengers: You (cannot) kill Spider-Man when he has a sequel.

    MADHERO: I do wonder how in the hell Homecoming 2 is going to be marketed considering its Sony but Spidey is also canonically dead in the MCU. It has a July release date, so its not like they can't talk about it until May when Avengers 4 is out.

    LARRY: I speculate it's gonna be pushed. And a trailer for Spidey 2 will premiere after Avengers 4.

    MADHERO: Well again, Spidey is in a awkward position since it technically comes from a different studio.

    STICKMAN: What happened to Stan Lee. Did he dissolve? “Excelsior, I don't feel so good.”

    LARRY: ...Let's hold off on the Stan Lee dying jokes for now. Not sure my heart can take it.

    MADHERO: Its definitely an interesting dilemma to have. Anyway, what about some other characters and moments. How about giant dwarf Peter Dinklage?

    STICKMAN: He was there.


    STICKMAN: That whole sequence was there. I can't get a handle on its location.

    LARRY: Kinda funny how Dinklage has now been in TWO Marvel films only to be throwaway characters.


    MADHERO: I do feel that sequence was probably the one I couldn't be bothered with, even if it leads to Thanos getting stabbed and an awesome entrance, and I loved Thor and Rocket's character interactions.

    LARRY: Yeah Thor's entire sideplot felt like the most tangential.

    STICKMAN: Oh yeah. I'm always here for Rocket, especially now nobody else is here for him.

    MADHERO: Rocket is close to MVP in this movie, but its probably Thor. Hemsworth's really showing his dramatic and comedic chops in this film.

    STICKMAN: What about Drax though. What about Drax.

    MADHERO: I mean, he had the best lines, but in terms of moments, Thor just edges out for me.

    STICKMAN: Did everyone else enjoy how the goofy mid-credits scene of hit comedy Thor Ragnarok led directly into a dark opening sequence where the entire remaining cast of Thor is murdered?

    MADHERO: RIP Korg and Miek, they were too good for this world.

    STICKMAN: I struggle to sleep at night not knowing their fate.

    MADHERO: Thor does mention only half of his ship was decimated andi its So maybe they're still around.

    LARRY: I didn't love Ragnarok so peace out, those people. The death of Valkyrie tho is sad.

    STICKMAN: Piss off, ghosts. What if the ghosts Korg sees in Ragnarok are the spirits of the people who died in Infinity War trying to reach out to Thor before the events of the film unfold?

    MADHERO: I think she's still around probably. Part of the half that got away. Loki tho seems gone for realsies

    STICKMAN: With Loki, third times the charm. He never turned Thor into a frog tho. His work is not yet done.

    LARRY: Was about time for Loki to be honest. That boi had to learn a lesson.

    MADHERO: Well hard to learn one when you're dead.

    LARRY: ....the death IS the lesson, Mad.


    MADHERO: What about Hulk never showing up despite being in the trailers. That was actually a surprise.

    LARRY: Good misdirection.

    STICKMAN: Part of me feels gipped out of that cool running scene, but it was a surprise for sure. The trailers misdirected on Thanos' mentality as well. He was played much more VILLAIN'y in those than he was in the film. Lot of unused sinister lines.

    MADHERO: No smiles of his face. He's kind of a bummer throughout. There are a lot of toys of Hulk bursting out of the Hulkbuster armor, so either they were going to do it at one point or it was a misdirect all along.

    STICKMAN: Maybe that's in the sequel. Thanos needs to take a me-day. Sit down and play some Fortnite or something.

    LARRY: He's gonna have plenty of time for me-days.

    STICKMAN: Well daddy daughter day's not happening so I guess so.

    MADHERO: He seems to be doing that at the end. Does make me wonder what his character arc is gonna be like. The Gauntlet is kaput at the end so how powerful is he now.

    LARRY: ...yes but if they go back in time, the gauntlet WON'T be kaput.

    STICKMAN: Go back in time with what infinity stone exactly. The Eye of Shigeru Miyamoto is gone too I guess. What I want to know is how Tony gonna get off that planet, what with no ship, no team and a hole in his front.

    LARRY: There are other ways of time traveling when you're literally a universe of comic books.

    MADHERO: I'm honestly surprised the film hasn't caused some sort of backlash Last Jedi style considering some of the directions it takes. I'm kinda happy with that, since I was prepared for so many bad Infinity War takes to swamp my feed and now I'm glad almost everyone seems to love it.

    STICKMAN: The only backlash I've seen is dumb backlash relating to Gamora's death, which I thought was excellent. But it's been mainly loved quite a bit so huzzah, thanks Marvel. But also fuck you Marvel, how dare you delay Ant-Man and the Wasp by a SHITTING MONTH in the UK because of a football event that ends two days after the release of the GOD DAMN MOOOVIE.

    LARRY: Yeah I am surprised that Infinity War lived up to the hype this much, honestly. Cuz.......MAN the hype was high.


    MADHERO: You could argue whether that emotional beat was earned (I'm sorta inbetween on it) but that's been basically it. Its a film that I already liked, and while I wish more characters had their moment (Cap has like.,,, 5 lines tops), I'm really impressed by the remarkable achievement the Russo's have pulled off.

    STICKMAN: Cap had one of the best lines though. Captain America meeting Groot was the comedy highlight I never saw coming.

    MADHERO: Rocket wanting Bucky's arm was better imo.

    STICKMAN: Basically, this film was awesome. It's got issues but it's hard to care when it gets so much right and delivers great visuals, action, laughs, drama and tears. It's like, the full package.

    LARRY: Also, the team up of Quill, Spidey, Strange, Tony, Mantis, AND Nebula? Surprisingly impactful. A strange but solid hodge-podge.

    STICKMAN: A DOCTOR Strange hodge-podge.

    LARRY: Oh....oh, you.

    MADHERO: Tony's utter disbelief at the Guardians' idiocy was a delight. Anyway, I think that about wraps everything up. We could be going on all day about this films and the moments in it, but we have to wrap up at some point. I think that about does it for our yearly spoiler special.

    LARRY: Damn, let's not wait so long next time...

    STICKMAN: Are we not getting the band back together for...Han Solo... A Solo Hand Story. That film I'm probably not watching tbh. Or Jurassic World 2; Oh look, there's Blue.

    MADHERO: That or Deadpool 2 or whatever. Its hard to say what everyone will be talking about. We'll find out soon enough. BYE EVERYONE!



  • Finally doing it!!

    2 weeks ago


    My girlfriend and I are coming to RTF this year!!  We have been wanting to for a really long time.  It's nice to know we can finally make it!!!

  • At the Screwvies: Episode 107

    2 weeks ago



    MADHERO: There was an idea, to bring together a group of mediocre people, to see if we could become legit film critics, so that people may ask about our opinion some day, so we could see the things that they never should need to see. Of course, that doesn't really apply here cause HOLY SHIT EVERYONE'S GOING TO SEE INFINITY WAR! ITS FINALLY OUT WOOPWOOP!

    STICKMAN: Who you calling mediocre. How dare you, I'm terrible.


    STICKMAN: It's no Freddy vs Jason.

    MADHERO: I've waited for this since they showed his ugly purple mug in 2012 and now its finally here. But first, we need to talk about other the news.



    A few months back, we got our first look at Sony's unnecessary, MCU excluded Spider-Man spin-off, Venom. Venom itself wasn't really anywhere to be seen, barring a splattering of black goo here and there. That's all changed now...SORTA. Sony, being one of the few studios to actually release any Cinemacon trailers to the public, have given us a more extended look at Venom that...actually had Venom in it! For 3 seconds maybe, but...heeeeey!

    The film itself looks more or less the same, a lot of cringey lines, a moody/edgy atmosphere that seems out of place in a Marvel film in 2018, and a continuing suggestion that Venom itself will not be featured in the film a huge deal in favour of Tom Hardy's oddly attractive mug. We did get to see the symbiote in action...although apparently it's a sym-BI-ote in this film. There was a lot of gooey tendrils shooting out and about, in something that felt more like The Darkness than a Venom film...and then we got our look at the big boy himself. And he was...a mixed bag? Looked fine in a still image, but the mouth movements were put it lightly. Naturally, most of the internet is now horny for Venom because he's got a tongue that looks like a dick I guess. Oh well. If you can't beat them, join them.


    MADHERO: "I think that you're working for an evil person" - a line of dialogue in the year of our lord 2018

    STICKMAN: So fellas, how erect were you at the end when you saw Venomnum.

    MADHERO: His tongue looks like a penis, as pointed out by Elizabeth Banks, so very.

    LARRY: God pls fix his mouth movement...He looks so goofy

    MADHERO: Either way, while I think this is a far better trailer than the first one, its still one that doesn't really fill me with confidence. There's a lot of talk that Venom only really shows up at the end, and if that's the case, hoo boy.

    STICKMAN: It being better than the first in only that we actually saw Venom,  really. Briefly. And considering the film is called VENOM if he's not in it for a considerable portion of time...I might just go to bed.

    LARRY: ...honestly this one may be worse for me. I am filled with ZERO confidence. Tom Hardy looks like he has no idea what the fuck he's doing half the time. Jenny Slate looks ridiculously miscast.

    MADHERO: Sym-bi-ote

    STICKMAN: I think it is time we have a Sym-Bi-Ote. Get representation going, folks. So we're all really excited then.

    LARRY: It feels more like a Mr. Fantastic origin film than a Venom origin film. Also the voice is utter cheese.

    STICKMAN: I'll just wait and look at the porn on Twitter instead of seeing the film.

    MADHERO: I'm.......indifferent. I don't think it'll be good, so I'm kinda just hoping its ok. Its such a weird thing that it exists honestly.



    So hey, CinemaCon happened, and Paramount came and revealed a solid chunks of news. Here are three of the bigger pictures: Cloverfield will be getting a brand new movie developed from the ground up, going back to Abrams’ ol’ Mystery Box fun times. Meanwhile, Overlord, originally a new Cloverfield movie out in October, will now be its own thing, and the first R rated film from Bad Robot, and is apparently insane looking. Also, A Quiet Place, which was originally going to maybe be a Cloverfield film, is confirmed to be getting a sequel following its smashing success. So, yay.

    Star Trek is getting two, count ‘em, TWO, sequels. One will be the hotly speculated-on entry from crazy boi Quentin Tarantino (my oh my what a world we live in), speculated to be its own thing with its own characters, so not related to Abrams Trek. Speaking of which, Star Trek 4 will directed by SJ Clarkson, best known for Jessica Jones, will direct that, becoming the first female director in the series!! Hooray for inclusion and representation!!

    Finally, for those of us are who still children at heart, the third Spongebob movie will called “It’s a Wonderful Sponge”. Gee, I wonder what that could be referencing. It will be another combination of 2D/3D animation. So, yay, more animated adventures with everyone’s favorite nautical sponge. Oh, and a Mission Impossible stunt so insane it defines explanation. That's going to be fun to watch.

    MADHERO: That Mission Impossible stunt, based on description alone, sound so fucking insane that I have to see it, and I was already going to do that anyway.

    STICKMAN: I haven't read it but I look forward to seeing it. Mission Impossible been on a great streak.

    LARRY: I'm just kinda here for all this Trek news.

    MADHERO: Its interesting that 2 projects are essentially moving forward, but one is going to be so dramatically different that its understandable. Don't want it to completely overtake Star Trek 4, cause I like that series, but I'm extremely curious by Tarantino's take.

    LARRY: I just think its great for a franchise to have two distinctly different directors at the helm of the same franchise

    STICKMAN: He's going to make Kirk crash the Enterprise into a tree.

    MADHERO: Holy shit, Sticky. Now you're just making me feel bad. As the resident Cloverfield stan, how do you feel about the development surrounding all of that?

    LARRY: I'm happy A Quiet Place wasn't a Cloverfield film. That's about it. Also apparently Overlord is NUTS, so I'm here for it.

    STICKMAN: I mean...I want whatever's best for my boy Cloverfield. Paradox wasn't exactly  a smash hit, and I didn't want them to continue with the lazy tie-in bullshit. Overlord being its own thing is good, especially since we might get a proper Cloversequel too.

    MADHERO: I'm curious whether Quiet Place can work concept wise as a sequel. Its not really a slasher who can come back and kill more teenagers. Curious how they'll do it without being shit.

    STICKMAN: I guess tell a story from a different perspective. But it seems based purely around the money possibilities rather than something that makes sense to doooo.

    LARRY: Part of its success was its originality, so a sequel sounds…. bad.

    MADHERO: Quiet Place is one of Paramount's first genuine hits in a while. They're gonna bleed that stone dry.



    Its time to once again discuss the continuing developments of the DC slate over at Warner Bros. One of those newly announced briefly sent the internet buck wild, as Warner Bros and Steven Spielberg announced that they would re-team for an adaptation of the comic book series Blackhawk. Now I know what you're thinking: what the hell is that? Basically, it follows a group of multicultural ace pliots, led by their mysterious leader Blackhawk as they fight the Nazi's in WWII. Since then, they've only popped up now and then, including an episode of the Justice League cartoon. You can see why Spielberg might be interested in such a project, but considering his other projects, it remains to be seen when we'll get this and whether it has any ties to the DCEU.

    Speaking of ties  to the DCEU, projects with connections seem to be moving forward. Suicide Squad seems to have a million spin-offs in development, and one of them, the Harley Quinn spin-off starring Margot Robbie, seems to be moving along, with Warner Bros and Robbie's production company Lucky Chap locking on to Cathy Yan to direct. Yan is relatively new on the block, having made Sundance hit Dead Pigs, which Robbie liked a lot. She would be the first Asian American woman to direct a superhero movie, which is pretty neat. Aquaman and Shazam were shown footage at Cinemacon,  with Aquaman really impressing with its scope despite director James Wan saying VFX werent done yet. Shazam was more BTS stuff. All in all, a lot going on at WB.

    STICKMAN: I'm sad to report that DC are at it again.

    LARRY: God, fuck ALL of this. I feel like a broken record.

    MADHERO: They're doing their best.....which isn't very good.

    STICKMAN: I mean it's too early to say if they're good or not. Then again, after Justice League, I'm pretty much done.

    MADHERO: I do think that the concept of Spielberg doing Blackhawk sounds very interesting. That is something that's seemingly very far removed from all the potential DC stuff besides WW, since its basically pilots fighitng Nazi's.

    LARRY: Eh they'd probably use WW to tie in. Doesn't seem super far fetched. Seems like an easy way of going back to the SOLE DC FILM THAT HAS BEEN OF ANY QUALITY

    STICKMAN: I don't really get why DC, who own all their properties, are off-shooting so many of their films into different categories and universes.

    MADHERO: Because their attempts to make an actual universe has turned into the DCEU.

    LARRY: I'm sick of hearing these announcements. Even if its directors I like. In fact, that kinda makes it worse.



    It's fair to say 2018 has been a pretty good year for stop-motion. Although Early Man underwhelmed slightly, it was still a lot of fun, whilst Isle of Dogs managed to be super charming. But what about the future? Well it's looking pretty bright,  LAIKA has finally announced they’re working on something new. The as of yet untitled and ungenre'd 'Film 5' is now in production, with a change of distributor/financier. Annapurna, taking over from Focus Features/Universal Studios. We don't know much about the film except it's being directed by Paranorman's Chris Butler, and stars Hugh Jackman and Zoe Saldana. They said it'd be a moving and funny adventure, which LAIKA described as an 'evolutionary step' for the studio, but to me it sounds like par for the course, in a good way.

    The good news don't stop there a rather out of the blue and shocking announcement, we now know that Aardman Animations are working on a sequel to their first, and most successful feature film, Chicken Run. Dropping Dreamworks in favour of their current partner, StudioCanal, as well as original co-producer Pathe. That's literally all we know at this point, but it's a cool, if somewhat...unnecessary project. That will come out in the years that follow Autumn 2019, which is when Shaun the Sheep : Farmageddon (Yes I know) comes out. Great to see stop motion films continuing to be made, and the two biggest in the bizz still going strong.

    LARRY: Damn, a sequel to CHICKEN RUN... Never thought I'd see the day...

    STICKMAN: Dreamworks actually wanted to make a Chicken Run 2 right back in the day, but without Aardman and in CGI. Thank god they weren't invited to this party.

    LARRY: Fuck that.

    STICKMAN: It was super unexpected, and exciting...but also....a bit unnecessary. Chicken Run is Aardman's best non-Wallace & Gromit thing.

    MADHERO: I think Early Man kinda didn't do as well as hoped so now they're doing something that's brought them the most success. Its still their most successfull movie release, despite releasing in 2000

    STICKMAN: It's the most successful stop motion film of all time. But then that was with Dreamworks marketing/budget, and fuck, they can sell Boss Baby, so they can sell anything.

    LARRY: This is true. But it'll be fun to give the franchise to a new generation of people. Inject some fucking British humor in our American veins.

    STICKMAN: Early Man was a disappointment financially, but I don't know how much it invoked this sequel, Aardman projects take literally years to develop so it may well be it was always the plan to do it.

    MADHERO: Well, not everything, but having a big budget helps. I do wonder if Mel Gibson is going to be back as well, cause....y'know. 2000 Mel Gibson and 2018 Mel Gibson are in very different places.

    STICKMAN: Please don't bring Mel Gibson back. Kill Rocky, I don't care. The world is ready for an all-female stop motion chicken movie.

    MADHERO: LAIKA making a new movie is always good. They always kill it and I hope to see something even half as good as Kubo.

    STICKMAN: They always kill it except when there's Boxtrolls involved. Kubo is their finest work though. And that's coming from someone who loved Paranorman.

    LARRY: KUBOOOOO What a masterpiece.

    MADHERO: Good times for stop motion announcements.




    Back in the glorious days of Summer 2015, when life was a tad better, we got Mad Max Fury Road, arguably (certainly among us hosts) one of the best films of the decade and one of the greatest action movies ever made. After years in development, it all seemingly worked out in the end, making close to 400 million at the box office,  and riding its way to 6 Oscars and a nomination for Best Picture, something I don't think any of us expected. The stars all seemed allign for a sequel, with the film ready for Tom Hardy's Max to ride another day, with director George Miller talking about a Furiosa spin-off and a sequel titled The Wasteland in development.

    Three years later, and not much has come from that, and now we kinda know why.  Turns out that Miller's production company Kennedy Miller Mitchell have sued distributor Warner Bros  for unpaid bonuses up to 7 million, claiming they kept the budget under 157 million as promised. WB meanwhile claims the movie cost 185 million and therefore doesn't have to pay the bonuses. It sounds like with all that's going on, even when its all settled down, we won't see Miller and WB working together any time soon, and leaves any future sequels with the Australian director in doubt. Its a shame it has to go this way, because I'd have loved another Fury Road.

    STICKMAN: Ohno. This isn't shiny and chrome at all.

    MADHERO: We shall not witness the Mad Max sequels.

    STICKMAN: You okay Larry? Need a hug?

    LARRY: *yawns* Oh, who, me? I'm quite content. Fury Road sucks and never deserved a sequel.

    STICKMAN: These words will not pass. My take is the original Mad Max films sucked, Fury Road is the fuckin dogs bollocks.

    LARRY: LOL can't wait for them to go somewhere and then just go back again OOOOOH THE POWER OF CINEMA

    MADHERO: I think its mainly the reaction of us liking it as much that makes him hate it more. I've been that petty with things

    STICKMAN: I feel my love for Fury Road is stronger than any enraged Larry discorse can destroy. It lives, it dies, it lives again. Basically, I suggest an assassination.

    MADHERO: It sucks that we'll never see a sequel, certainly not from Miller. He can't even go back to dancing penguins since that's owned by WB as well.

    STICKMAN: Maybe he can make a movie about penguins driving fast cars and going insane.

    LARRY: Tbh I don’t hate Fury Road. I just don’t like it and got get the appeal. Maybe George Miller can else????

    STICKMAN: George Miller made Happy Feet when he was making a vision that wans't Mad Max.

    MADHERO: Happy Feet was a weird fucking movie now that I think about it. Maybe a crossover is needed. Happy Max. Mad Feet?

    STICKMAN: FUCK HAPPY FEET. I'd watch a crossover though.

    MADHERO: Either way, I hope George Miller gets to make other things and while we're at it, Fuck WB.



    Alright, so as we discussed regarding Venom and Paramount, Cinemacon happened this week in Las Vegas, an annual events from theater chains and distributors to talk about all the stuff they have in development or have coming up to get butts in seats, something that's often more difficult than it seems since the American theater experience sounds terrible. But anyway, most of this revolved around showing footage that we didn't get to see. We basically only got Venom. So here a quick recap of some of the more interesting stories at Cinemacon



    In what was easily the weirdest thing to come out of Cinemacon, 20th Century Fox (possibly going through their last Cinemacon considering the Disney deal)  talked about developing an app called CtrlMovie. This app prompts you to make an decision of what's going to happen in the movie and in theaters this'll be done by vote. Its kinda like Telltale games, but a movie. This tech is now being used to make a Choose Your Own Adventure movie.  I hate this idea with every fiber of my being.

    STICKMAN: If it's anything like a Telltale game all the actors will noclip through the walls whilst t-posing. They actually did this idea of a joke on Futurama over a decade ago, so...yeah. Not a great idea.

    MADHERO: Its the woooooooooooooorst. I want to see a movie. Not play some scenes through my smartphone. And you know fights 'll break out cause others wanted to make a different decision. This could work for a theme park ride, but not for a movie

    LARRY: I see this as more so being interactive experience? Like a team-building thing? This ain't good for like...theatergoing.

    STICKMAN: I don't want to build a team. I want to watch a mOVIE.



    As we now know, Halloween is back, and once again its wiping the slate clean to focus on a sequel  of the original, now over 40 years later. Directed by David Gordon Green and written by Danny McBride of all people, the tense footage apparently features an older Michael Myers escaping from the mental facility he's been imprsioned in for years, once again ready to terrorize the one that got away: Laurie Strode, playerd once again by Jamie Lee Curtis. Strode is happy he escaped, cause now she can do what she always wanted: kill Michael Myers. Sounds like a good time.

    STICKMAN: God damn I wish I could've seen this FOR MYSELF.

    MADHERO: You will.....eventually.

    LARRY: Yeah, not much to comment on really. Is it any good?

    STICKMAN: I will say, Halloween ain't my favourite horror franchise, even the first film. But there's something tantalising about a reunion sequel like that.

    MADHERO: I'm just hoping Halloween III is still canon. The Silver Shamrock must live.

    STICKMAN: Oh god, I hope. Halloween III is the best one. Fight me.



    In what is arguably the funniest story coming out of Cinemacon, Amazon presented their Cinemacon panel during a standard Vegas luncheon. All was fine and dandy, up until the room started to turn red and the people got their first look at Luca Guadanigno's (Call Me By Your Name) remake of Dario Argento's Suspiria. It turns out that the footage shown was a little.....extreme, showing a dancer being telepathically thrown around a room until she's a pile of bones and all contorted, as the crowd reacted to a mix of awe and disgust at the insanity that unfolded, with people reportedly vomiting. So yeah, fun for the whole family.

    STICKMAN: Apparently she shit and piss herself as she was thrown around the room. So. There's that too. It was a luncheon event, which is pretty funny.

    MADHERO: An unforgettable luncheon indeed.

    LARRY: God, what a presentation tho. Makes me wanna see Suspiria, what can I say...

    STICKMAN: I'd of loved to have been there, it sounds really funny. Not the video but the reaction and the poor timing. People spitting out their mini-sandwiches and falling over.

    MADHERO: Its a obvious stunt, but its fucking hilarious to hear about it. Does make me really interested in the other fucked up shit that's in there.

    LARRY: How is this from Luca fucking Guadaningo? The man who gave us Call Me By Your Name and A Bigger Splash now gives us....pissing and shitting ourselves...

    STICKMAN: And here we thought jizzing in peaches was going to be the most disgusting thing we talked about this year. This guy needs a doctor.



    Hopefully, one day, we won’t have to consistently report on the passings of beloved celebrities. Alas, today is not that day. Verne Troyer, known mostly for playing the iconic role of “Mini-Me” in the Austin Powers series, has passed at the age of 49. Known for his shorter stature, he used his height to his advantage to portray unique and iconic characters in film and music videos, including The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Postal and even Harry Potter. Despite facing adversity in his life, he consistently persevered, and became a beloved face in the world of nerd-dom. It is sad to see him gone, but he will always be remembered for making us laugh, and making us smile, even if it was a tad crude. Farewell, Verne.

    STICKMAN: I can't say I've seen much of this guy, outside of some searingly annoying online casino adverts, but it's always sad to hear someone die, especially when it's pretty young at that.

    LARRY: Only 49...he had so much time left.

    MADHERO: This was kind of a bummer to hear, especially since it seems to have been a suicide. Mini-Me was a really iconic role for him. He didn't do a whole lot of other roles  (I remember seeing him in Terry Gilliam's Doctor Paranassus), but he did build a genuine connection with his fans, and you can see that by the people mourning him.

    STICKMAN: The response says a lot about what he meant to people even if he wasn't a hugely prolific actor.

    MADHERO: I still remember the ads he did for stuff like World of Warcraft.

    LARRY: And, let's face it, just two movies made Mini-Me a household name. Everyone knows that role.

    STICKMAN: I mean I ain't ever seen it but I've heard of it.

    MADHERO: Everyone knows about it in some capacity, and few actors get that oppurtunity to be that defined in a part they played. Some resent that, but I don't believe Troyer ever did. Either way, we wish Troyer's family nothing but the best in this difficult time.

    STICKMAN: Rest in peace.

    LARRY: Rest in peace, Verne. Condolences to his family and friends during this time.


    MADHERO: Alright. That's it for the news. Now its time to talk the movie we've all been waiting for: the Overboard remake starring Anna Faris and Eugenio Derbez. Haha. Finally. But for real, Infinity War has been something that we've been awaiting for over 4 years, and after all that waiting and plenty of movies inbetween, its finally here: the seeming endgame of the current MCU as we know it.

    STICKMAN: Eh. Let's skip it.

    LARRY: Yeah it ain't that important, y'know? Same ol', same ol'

    MADHERO: Well geez. Guess the Spoiler Special we had planned is canceled then. O well. For real though we're talking about it. We're not going to spoil anything in case you haven't had the time to see it yet, and trust me, there's a lot to talk about with this film that I wouldn't dare to spoil..


    LARRY: Ridiculously so...

    MADHERO: No time wastin, its time to tackle this goliath of a movie.....NOW!



    DIRECTOR: Joe and Anthony Russo (Captain America: Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War)

    STARRING: Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Don Cheadle, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Karen Gillan, Josh Brolin,

    SYNOPSIS: The Avengers (Downey Jr, Evans etc.) and their allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos (Brolin) before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe.

    MADHERO: So how do you even tackle Infinity War, because everyone is going to have a different experience with this film. The Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to absolutely baffle us with its scope and quality, with some bumps along the way. As someone who was there since the beginning alllllllllllll the way back in 2008 with Iron Man, I can of course say that Infinity War..... is fucking awesome. Its genuinely amazing to see a film of this magnitude unfold, with this many characters and stars all interacting with one another, and it does genuinely feel like a conclusion to what has been a  decade of films. Its an overused word, but its deserves the term "epic" with its insane action set pieces. At the same time, the movie still managed to surprise me in ways I didn't see coming , particuarely in its portrayal of Thanos, who's given a lot more pathos than expected and has been absolutely worth the build up since Avengers.


    That doesn't mean the film isn't without faults. The grand scale of it all leaves some characters more sidelined than others, and it does often feels like its spinning  its plates to make sure they don't all fall and break. Its grand scale can be quite exhausting at times, and the film really takes its time to breathe, though there are plenty of jokes and character interactions that are worth seeing. Also, anyone that hasn't been watching everything up until Captain America might find it a incomprehensible mess. Still, I can only speak from it as a fan that I thought it was an amazingly huge experience that I can't wat to see again in IMAX and has been worth all the buildup.(edited)

    STICKMAN: I'd have to agree for the most part, I really enjoyed this movie a whole bunch. It is something that's really only going to truly land  for the diehard fans, the ones who've been invested since day 1, because as it's being sold and marketed, it's all been building to you haven't done any of the construction? S'kinda...I dunno how it'll be, actually.  For me it really worked though, it was about as satisfying as it could've been, given so many different franchises and worlds had to be collided, in addition to continuing the stories laid out in those often very different films. It does feel all a bit too loud and crazy at times, for such a long film, you do come out of it very a good way for the most part.

    I will say, the specific divisions of the characters throughout the film surprised me, and there were some connections I'd of liked to be seen made that didn't happen, but this is just part 1 of a two part And it is epic, it's a true epic, in scale, ambition and stakes. People wanted the stakes to be raised in this film...and...well...yeah, they were.


    LARRY: Yeah I agree with a lot of what's being said here. I do feel like certain characters are left underwritten and underused, but the ones who are used to their fullest are excellently crafted. Thanos in particular is probably my favorite villain in the MCU, brilliantly developed with a very nuanced Brolin performance. The action is top-tier Marvel, its different intergalactic locals are stunning, and its story is paced pretty well. I do still have a quandry with just how reliable this film is on its predecessors, but as someone who has been on this journey, this was absolutely worth all of the build-up.

    STICKMAN: I'm not sure about favourite, but he was very good, they didn't go the way I expected with him, I'll say that much.

    LARRY: Yeah he wasn't just a simplistic baddie. They give him a lot of time to breathe, which I appreciated.

    MADHERO: I think we can all agree that your enjoyment of the film is going to heavily rely on your previous knowledge. My mom is going to see it on Monday and we raced through the essentials, but even then you're going to miss some pieces. Other MCU films felt strengthened by their lack of a connection almost.

    STICKMAN: I will say he didn't quite gel well with previous showings of Thanos within the MCU.

    MADHERO: Thanos has been a bit all over the place in the MCU, but I really like his take here. I don't think he's sympathetic or even relatable, but his cold calculated pragmatism and unrelenting belief that he's doing the right thing makes him an effective villain. Plus the fact he kicks everyone's ass

    STICKMAN: He does kick some ass, that can't be denied. Also I'm glad it's pointed out in the film how stupid his massive fucking testicle chin is.


    LARRY: Honestly, this film, to me, started showing the cracks in having so many directors write the same characters. I felt the Guardians were sorely underwritten in this one. They lacked the charm that Gunn brought to them.

    STICKMAN: I disagree, I think they did a good job with the Guardians. Especially Drax, the funniest boy who ever lived.

    MADHERO: Well you could say the same thing about how comic book writers tackle different characters. You can't expect every character to be written by the same person. Though apparently Gunn wrote the Guardians'' dialogue

    LARRY: ...did you like Groot? Cuz I particularly found him underused.

    MADHERO: He wasn't in it much, though I didn't expect him to be in for much. Rocket got a lot more screentime than expected. That applies to a lot of characters. Those hoping for Black Panther 2 might be a tad disappointed with how little he's in it.

    LARRY: Yeah BP is just kinda here, honestly. Those unfamiliar with his film probably will be lost.

    STICKMAN: Film felt very LotR'sy at times.


    MADHERO: The final battle is very Helm's Deep, so I agree with that. A lot of it comes back to whether this film can be enjoyed without seeing the other films. I'd say you can, because howee the action is fun, but you lose a hell of a lot of context and depth. Its super enjoyable as a fan, and better than Age of Ultron, but maybe not as good as the Avngers. I'm definitely surprised by some of the bold choices they make, especially the end, and its makes me absolutely hungry for more. This will not convert non-believers, but those drinking the Marvel Kool-aid will only want more.

    STICKMAN: I feel like it's maybe better than The Avengers because it's doing so much and succeeding in the majority of its ambitions The emotional strengths of this film are probably lost without the context. But then...who's going to see Infinity War without any MCU knowledge. I  guess we'll see how it stacks up with part 2 next year, because it really is a film of two halves.

    LARRY: Yeah, I agree part of this film can only be appreciated once we get Part 2. That being said, some of the more thematic, conceptual scenes were stunning, and this film does feature some of the most heartwrenching moments of the series as whole. So, for that, I'll say it's on par with the first Avengers at least.

    MADHERO: I don't think it needs the Part 2 to be appreciated. It stands up surprisingly well on its own in my opinion, though it does leave you with one hell of a cliffhanger. In that sense its more successfull than most Part 1's in that it actually feels satisfying on its own. But hey, maybe that's enough Infinity War for now, because believe it or not. Other movies are coming out as well.


    STICKMAN: That’s a damn lie and you know it. Nothing has come out.

    MADHERO: Well, somehow, 2 other movies decided to take on the fight with Thanos. Will they be more successful? Looking at the box office, probably not, but hey it was worth a shot.

    LARRY: Yeah what I'm saying is what Sticky is saying. But anyway YEAH I GUESS OTHER MOVIES EXIST



    DIRECTOR: Rob Greenberg (episodes of How I Met Your Mother)

    STARRING: Anna Faris, Eugenio Derbez, Eva Longoria, John Hannah, Swoosie Kurtz

    SYNOPSIS: A spoiled playboy (Derbez) winds up with amnesia after falling off his yacht. A single, working-class mom (Faris) convinces him that they are married.

    LARRY: Over? I barely know her.

    MADHERO: Ok, who thought it was a good idea to remake Overboard in the  year of our lord 2018?

    STICKMAN: It's a remake? It's 2018?

    MADHERO: A remake of a Kurt Russell/Goldie Hawn movie, yes. In that movie, its Hawn's character who's a rich socialite who gets amnesia which leads Russell's average joe character to make her believe he's her husband.

    STICKMAN: Oh good. Sounds exactly the kinda film that can take on Infinity War.

    LARRY: Perf. Wait, non-MCU Kurt Russell?? Pass.

    MADHERO: Needless to say, that shit wouldn't really fly today, which I guess it why they genderflipped it with the man getting amnesia, but its still, kinda, y'know, a tad gross.

    STICKMAN: Are we sure Aardman aren't releasing something this weekend? They seem to love releasing their financially iffy releases in the US on the same day as the biggest films of the year.

    MADHERO: Stopmotion takes time, unlike lazy remakes.

    STICKMAN: OH DAMN. This board just went WAY over.


    DIRECTOR: Jason Reitman (Young Adult, Men, Women and Children)

    STARRING: Charlize Theron, Mackenzie Davis, Mark Duplass, Ron Livingston

    SYNOPSIS: Mother of three Marlo (Theron) comes to form a unique bond with the sometimes challenging young nanny Tully (Davis).

    LARRY: Okay this one I'm actually excited for.

    MADHERO: Ok, so I guess if intergalactic space battles aren't your thing, you can always watch Charlize Theron being tired from doing mom stuff.

    LARRY: Well the implication is that Tully is..."not from this world".

    MADHERO: Wait hold on what? The babysitter's an alien? This..... changes everything.

    STICKMAN: Is this a remake of that David Bowie documentary where he was from space. And had like, weird sex or something. I ain't seen that film.

    LARRY: No she's not an alien lol. I'm saying there's something like mystical and odd about her.

    STICKMAN: Ah poo. I'm bored now. Where's the big purple man?

    MADHERO: Oh..... I guess my main source of contempt is that I hated Young Adult, which previously featured Reitman, Theron and Cody and Reitman especially I feel has kinda stagnated as a filmmaker imo, but hey, this is supposed to be good.

    LARRY: I like Theron, man. Holding out hope.

    MADHERO: But not in Fury Road apparently.

    LARRY: Where she was utterly wasted? Yes.



    MADHERO: Well with that hot take bombshell, its now time for MOVIE OF THE WEEK! The part of the show where we tackle DVD/Netflix releases or movies we just saw in the theater. Gee, I wonder what's it gonna be.


    STICKMAN: Hey how about something I went and did at a film fest-Oh...never mind, we're doing Bradley Rocket and the Glove Gang. Cuz nobody else watched anything interesting.




    MADHERO: Look, guys, we can beat around the bush all day long and I could let Stickman be a fucking hipster and talk about his Cardiff animation festival thingy.... but c'mon, Infinity War is out right now, its just been announced that its taken Star Wars: THe Force Awakens' record with the highest domestic opening weekend of all time, and not much interesting (that we saw at least) is coming to DVD at this point. So yeah, at least on my end, Infinity War it is. My thoughts you can read in the review.

    STICKMAN: Infinity War was okay I guess.

    LARRY: Yeah something about a glove or whatever.

    STICKMAN: Did I see it at the Cardiff Animation Festival, the first of its kind? No I don't think so.  I saw ducks dancing to existential poetry. But SUUURE, this one had a tree that talked. Did you two come out of Infinity War with the worlds throbbiest headache?

    MADHERO: Well I did see it at a midnight screening, so I was pretty tired at the end of it all. No headache though.

    STICKMAN: I watched it in IMAX 3D, it was an amazing, priceless experience that left me holding my head in pain for the rest of the day.

    LARRY: Ouch. I almost never see films in 3D anymore.


    MADHERO: Going to see it in IMAX soon. Anyway, I think yhat about wraps everything up. We're not quite done yet with IW, as we'll definitely try and do a Spoiler Talk, the first one since Civil War, and then we can move on to the next big thing

    STICKMAN: That's pretty neat, we doing a Cardiff Animation Festival spoiler-talk too?

    LARRY: Wah-oh...

    MADHERO: Sure, that'll really get the clicks. People love Cardiff for its. ... sheep? Anyway we're doing Deadpool 2 next, cause the summer movie season is officially here. BYE Y'ALL

    STICKMAN: Keep your hands off my sheep. They're mine. GOOODBYYEE


  • 2K18 PROM!!!

    2 weeks ago

    ModernFlash Jordan Wright

    I had my prom a few weeks ago and it was AMAZING and wanted to share some photos of it with me in my (Ruby) Rose Themed Suit!

  • RTX 2018 Sydney (My Experience

    3 weeks ago

    HAKURU_15 Triple G

    Hi y'all, again it's been a while, i remember back then when i was pretty young here (i was one of those small young-lings that would fake my age just to make an account type of people) yes I'm looking at you Barbara. I'd use to post quite often. I was a pretty big RT fan back then usually towards any type of news, the community and pretty much all about the whole RvB thing but also anything that RT would start producing I'd go mad nuts because a company like this that pursues in creating entertaining content? That's pretty dope and cool to look up to. Now I'm in college suffering through a few projects and just waiting to get out of here and well.... redoing my whole portfolio. Anyway's without further a do, I went to RTX on February. My experience? It. Was. Amazing. In fact it was so crazy I'd have to nail down and break it down for you guys! So here's how it goes!

    I was going to RTX as Masterchief, last time before that i went as a Combat Evolved Paper Marine.... yes it was out of paper not hard paper mind you.... it was uhm.... hard.... but surprisingly it survived the whole experience except when i was leaving home.

    Anyways going as Masterchief in his classic Mark VI glory with some pretty dope hard upgrades, a visor, some lights and a pretty cool black under suit, i started to meet up with a few other halo cosplayers. They were amazing, one of them was the white shipmaster from halo 2 and 3, in fact he was even mentioned during the live rooster teeth podcast during that time. Anyways while we were walking around like bad asses as we were, i heard a person saying out to us "hey guys mind if get a picture with you guys?" 

    Now as cosplayers walking around, it's always an amazing experience when someone says they wanna have a picture with you. It's like you done something right, it's like you sparked something in them, and deep down all that hard work and effort, it was worth it. BUT THIS. WAS. WORTH. IT.

    Me and my friends just turned around and suddenly it was MATT HULLUM. Yes ladies and gentlemen Matt mother fucking Hullum. The Sarge himself! And this was one of the first times I've actually met Matt! The only times I've met any RT people in real life was during the first time i met with Burnie and Gavin during Supanova and boi that was a long time ago. Anyways we all had an epic group photo with Matt and other people and honestly it was an amazing experience meeting him like that.

    Oh.... there's more.... 

    Anyways after that and with a lot of walking around i went and started to get food. It was like 5pm and it was 1 hour before closing time. So i walked back in and see what else was going on. Suddenly my same friends started walking around and telling me "YO WE ARE ON A HUNT!"

    and I'm like "A hunt?"

    Basically what happens is during when the con is about to get empty you'd usually find RT members walking around meaning less people taking photos and less people probably.... wanting to eat the RT guys and girls up? (okay maybe i was a little bit exaggerating there but you get what i mean) back to the story, my friends suddenly actually met up with I think Michael and Gus. Like seriously GUS. As i was walking around too i saw a small line trying to get a picture and autograph with Jeremy from the Achievement Hunter crew. Sadly there was a guardian saying the line is full so i was like "meh okay i missed out, no biggie, i hardly watch Achievement Hunter anymore and i actually don't know much about Jeremy" so it didn't really bother me that much. Then sooner or later i see Jeremy running around with a camera and his going to random people. Then he looks at me. DUH MASTERCHIEF. Walking up towards me and I'm like "uhm..., uh.... wait IS THIS SHIT HAPPENING?!" He walks up to me and tells me "YO TAKE OFF YO HELMET!" so i basically did, but i didn't know what to say! And his like "YO WHAT UP MAN!" and I'm like "UH.... UHM... I'M SUPER TIRED!!!" To tell you the truth i kinda was since walking in armor makes you sweat like buckets.... but at the same time it made me an idiot saying that. I wish i said stuff like "YO YOU ARE THE MAN!" or "WANNA WEAR MY STINKY HELMET?!" other than that It was a pretty good honor meeting Jeremy like that. Then moving on i actually met BETHANY! 

    Here's the link to prove it!: Me and Pharah with Bethany!

    Honestly I was like "wow damn we're actually finding these guys like left and right holy shit! 

    After that i went home as a happy guy, it was truly one of the most amazing experiences of RTX I've ever had! Now here's the thing.... I haven't seen that video of Jeremy running around in the web.... and i haven't seen that photo of Matt with me and the group! So I've been looking around for ages! So if anyone has seen Jeremy running around at RTX or Matt in a group photo with Masterchief and a big huge giant Sangheli and of course a Pharah cosplayer! Lemme know in the comments that would be amazing not just to me but to my friends as well!

  • At the Screwvies: Episode 106

    1 month ago



    MADHERO: Hello ladies and gents. Today is kind of a weird episode. If only cause its somewhat caused by a sudden whirlwind of Avengers releasing at the end of April instead of the bieginning of May, so suddenly a lot of films came this way,  but in their fear, didn't realize they are now releasing on Friday the 13th, but the next Friday is 4/20 BABY! WOOPWOOP BLAZE IT! Also we''ll all be too busy with slaying Norse mytology and cardboard. So whoopsy.

    LARRY: Europeans go ham on 4/20? Like is it equally a thing?

    STICKMAN: Let's get high...on the cinematic experience.

    MADHERO: We could be talking about the dank kush, but we should probably first get to the news.

    LARRY: Dank news. Way better than that ol' fake news garbage.

    STICKMAN: That dank Kushner.



    Horror is having quite the good streak going on. A Quiet Place just made over 50 million in its opening, one of the most successful in the genre, Get Out was nominated for a bunch of Oscar's a while ago. Its gonna be grand until Truth or Dare ruins it for everyone. But even with Quiet Place's success, it doesn't quite tip last year's horror phenomenon IT, starring dat boi Pennywise. Dat boi managed to score not only the best opening in horror history, but the highest grossing horror movie ever, and the 3rd highest rated R. So all of a sudden, being in an evil clown movie is a hot commodity, which has led to some very solid casting picks for the sequel.

    Now if you haven't seen the film/read the book, Chapter 2 will take place 27 years after It 1. After months of back and forth, we now know that Jessica Chastain (who has previously worked with It director Andy Muschietti in Mama) is the now adult Beverly, played originally by Sophia Lillis, and now we get word that James McAvoy will play adult Bill Denbrough (Jaden Lieberher in 1) and Bill Hader will be playing Richie Tozer (Finn Wolfhard's part), which is honestly a case of perfect casting. Obviously Bill Skarsgard will be back as the clown, and its going to be interesting to see how IT, which resonated a lot I imagine with the Stranger Things crowd, will do so in a modern day sequel with adults. We'll have to find out on September 2019 should nothing happen to the shoot this summer.

    STICKMAN: This film is either gonna make all the moneys or none of the moneys depending on how the age-shift plays out.

    LARRY: That's a star-studded cast thus far. I don't see it being a failure.

    MADHERO: I feel more and more IT hit a certain point before we started getting tired of the 80's (although we may not have reached that point yet. Chapter 2 going to modern day does make me wonder how it'll work, but the cast so far looks stellar

    STICKMAN: I liked IT more than I thought I would, I'd go see the sequel, if anything it not having the children in is a plus cuz some of them were pretty cringe.

    LARRY: I too did enjoy IT more than I expected and would gladly see these actors portray the kids.

    STICKMAN: Pennywise gonna be doing Gangham Style in the new one. Then a dab.

    LARRY: He. MUST. Dab. Perfect metaphor for......something.

    MADHERO: Muscietti. Make Pennywise dab. The people demand it. #MakePennywisedab

    STICKMAN: The campaign starts here. Also the casting is good, yes. I like horror movies and IT was a fun one. Less 80s nostalgia but same quality would be great.

    LARRY: I personally think the success of the first one will just ease people into the sequel.

    MADHERO: Also make the Babadook his boyfriend or something I think that was a thing for a while.

    STICKMAN: Babadook is shy, stop outing him.



    Everyone has been keeping a watchful eye over the casting of Disney's live-action remake of Mulan; many once speculated that Disney would be white-washing it, akin to controversies with Aladdin, but Disney has confirmed otherwise, and now they're putting their money where their mouth is! The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed new additions to the cast, including Donnie Yen  as Mulan's mentor Commander Tung, Jet Li as the Emperor, Gong Li as the film's witchy villainess, and Xana Tang as Mulan's sister.

    This is all solid news, showing strong representation all around. It also indicates some new characters and story changes, given that the villain in the original film is Shan Yu, leader of the Huns...who wasn't particularly interesting so maybe it'll be an improvement? Also she didn’t have a sister in the original. I dunno, whatever the case, the addition of Yen and Li are awesome, and I look forward to seeing their performances.

    MADHERO: Yeah yeah, well known Chinese actors is all well and good, but WHERE'S MY JIVE TALKING DRAGON?!


    LARRY: Jay Pharoah is my pick for Mushu.

    STICKMAN: I shall voice him. It will be controversial.

    MADHERO: In all honesty, the Mulan remake is still quite a while away that I'm not all that excited for it (yet). Mulan these days is probably more known for causing Schezuan sauce mania now than as a film. Thanks, Rick and Morty.

    STICKMAN: I couldn't be less excited if it didn't exist.

    LARRY: Yeah butttttttt Donnie Yen. He's awesome and underappreciated here.

    STICKMAN: The robot was better in Rogue One.

    LARRY: LIES. SLANDER....I did love the robot tho.

    MADHERO: He's cool. So's Jet Li. It does sound like they're changing a bunch with  giving Mulan a sister and the witch. Like you said, the Hun leader is.... kinda boring in the original

    STICKMAN: Jet Li is just a cool name in general. I just want the robot from Rogue One in it now. Is he?

    MADHERO: Alan Tudyk isn't in it yet. Maybe he can play the dragon.

    STICKMAN: Yes. YES. We're starting lots of campaigns on this episode

    LARRY: He'd be dope

    MADHERO: He and Disney are pretty tight, so who knows. I'd be up for it, but the movie aint out till 2020. They have time

    STICKMAN: I hope I'm dead by then so I don't have to see it.



    I think it's safe to say we were all a little surprised, and probably a little delighted to see The Shape of Water take the Best Picture at this year's Oscars. Whether or not you liked the film, we all love the director, our chummy Mexican fishfucker, Guillermo del Toro. And that success seems to have paid off quite nicely for him when it comes to future projects, as the studio he worked with on that film, Fox Searchlight, have now inked a deal with him to become THE home of the Del Toro 'brand', opening a new genre label within FOX Searchlight to focus on genre films (Sci-Fi, Horror and Fantasy, or a mixture I suppose) which have the Del Toro name attached to them in some form.

     Basically, it gives him a home for both his own projects, but also for films he wishes to produce or 'curate'.  This is great news for genre fans, really, as Del Toro has often struggled to find a home for some of his more weird projects, which often tread a fine line between indie and mainstream that make them financially shaky, and therefore hard to finance. This deal seems to suggest Searchlight are going to let him take the risks required to make films like Shape of Water, that got them so much attention this awards season. Pretty great news, I must say.

    MADHERO: Any good news about del Toro is alright in my book.

    STICKMAN: I know right. God that fish was sexy.

    LARRY: Yeah this is great news. Del Toro deserves to do every project he wants.

    STICKMAN: I want that stop-motion Pinnochio film he wanted to make so so so badly. I can't believe we never got to see it made.

    MADHERO: Being a Oscar winning director does sorta  give you the clout to do anything you want provided you don't fuck up too much. He had to shop his projects to almost every studio so I'm happy for him he's found a home where he can continue creating the stuff he wants

    STICKMAN: Fox Searchlight is a good home for weird directors with ambitious projects, honestly. Glad they've got a focused genre department now.

    LARRY: Yeah Searchlight has a solid track record.  And who knows, plenty of other directors and writers probably can find a home there.

    MADHERO: I do wonder how solid the partnership is with the looming Disney deal, but maybe they wanna keep a good deal going

    STICKMAN: I swear if Disney fuck it up, I'll stab them.

    LARRY: Seems like a minute addition in the grand scheme of the Disney deal. I don't see it getting affected....drastically.

    STICKMAN: Protect Guillermo del Toro's projects and fish men at all costs. Keep Konami away from him.


    Remember District 9? The relatively low budget science-fiction film that could? Now...remember Elysium? Chappie? Oh. Yeah, so Neill Blomkamp was a director who smashed it out of the gate on his first try, and then struggled to replicate the same success ever since. After those  films, and a dream project of his coming true (Alien 5/Aliens 2), then getting scrapped, Blomkamp decided to walk away from studio pictures and form his own, more experimental production company, called OATS. They got a reasonable amount of attention last year from releasing a series of ambitious sci-fi short film projects, with the intention of gaging interest in which of those projects the audience they had would most like to see a feature out of.  That project was Firebase, and now the crowdfunding campaign has begun to decide just what form the next iteration of that story will take.

    Set in the Vietnam War, where a reality bending super being known as 'The River God' is causing havoc for the soldiers, with one guy being sent in to save the day.  The short itself was more a proof of concept and less a full-on narrative film, but obviously it was the one that captured people's interest the most, and you can now put money down to prove it. The more money they raise, the bigger the project, it starting out as another short film, before expanding to a feature, then a potential trilogy of films, which would then be distributed digitally, firstly to the backers, and then to the rest of the world, either for free or pay to own, depending. It's an interesting fundraising tactic, but it's a slight concern that Blomkamp, who clearly needs help when it comes to making films, has gone out on his own and is just doing his own thing...guess we'll see how good it actually turns out.

    MADHERO: Not gonna lie, I haven't watched all of OATS' work yet. I've seen the one with Sharlto Copely as God and Zygote. I don't think I've seen Firebase and now that one is becoming a (potential) movie. Whoopsy.

    LARRY: I haven’t seen any but I support it completely.

    STICKMAN: I think the interest in those releases dropped pretty sharply by the 3rd big one. There was a cooking show too. My favourite was Zygote.

    MADHERO: I admire the idea and Blomkamp's willingness to pursue it on his own terms. That said, Im curious how well this crowdfunding will do for him. His site doesn't really list a goal, so its basically just clicking a donate button

    STICKMAN: It doesn't say how much they've raised either. And there's no set limit, so whatever you donate is put towards whatever gets made, even if it's not that big a project. So you may donate $10 for a movie, but you may only end up getting another short film.

    LARRY: Well yeah isn’t each project based on how much they make? Makes sense to keep it all ambiguous and shit.

    MADHERO: I dunno, I tend to prefer when a crowdfund is as open as possible. Add some transparency and the like.

    STICKMAN: That said, it's a pretty cool  way to decide your project, and you get the same rewards no matter how much you donate. My fear is that it won't be very good, the writing on the shorts was pretty poor, and if it's him writing the feature? Oy vey.

    LARRY: Cool. Seems like a worthy cause to me. I want more original damn ideas yo.

    MADHERO: I wish Blomkamp nothing but the best. Chappie hasn't somehow washed that away.



    So, here's an odd coincidence. Just this past week, I was lucky to attend a special screening of one of my all-time favorite films, Amadeus. This was specifically unique because the score was being performed live by a professional orchestra alongside the film. It was an amazing experience, and gave me a deeper appreciation for a film I already so deeply loved. It was almost like a high.

    Well, less than two days later, I open my phone to check the ol' #filmtwitter and I see the heartbreaking news that its director, Milos Forman, passed away after a short battle with illness. Needless to say, I was heartbroken; I had just been reveling in the brilliant artistry that had yet to considerably age after 34 years, and mere hours later, a part of that art was lost. It hit me hard, and it reminded me of his other fantastic films: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Man on the Moon, Hair, etc. All exquisite films that tell human stories in unique, sensitive ways. He was politically motivated, but never indulgently so; he loved theatre, and often adapted it; he was a great director, and a huge impact on the way I saw film and stories. He will be missed, truly.

    STICKMAN: I've never seen Amadeus but I have seen One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest, and that's a damn good film. This is a shame to hear.

    MADHERO: Damn, a real shame even if he was no longer involved in directing since 2006. Cuckoo's Nest and Amadeus are stone cold classics anyone wants to have in their arsenal

    LARRY: It's actually very fascinating because, in my eyes, the best scene in Amadeus involves a Requiem. So it was as if we were sending him off properly, in a strange way. Things have an odd way of working out...

    STICKMAN: He also directed Man on the Moon, which we recently got that crazy ass documentary about.

    LARRY: Yeah seeing his process was fascinating. And like, how he was able to somehow handle Jim Carrey through all that.

    MADHERO: Yeah. Just wanted to mention that. Having to work with Jim Carrey in that headspace must've been wild. People vs Larry Flynt is also a really fun biopic that shouldn't be forgotten.

    STICKMAN: He made a lot of great films, and two genuine classic works of cinema, it's a real shame he's gone.

    MADHERO: He was, as mentioned, less active these days, but its still sad to hear we'll never get another Forman film. May he rest in peace.

    STICKMAN: Thanks for the movies, Milos.

    LARRY: Rest easy, Milos. You made this film boi very happy that night



    Sadly, we have to report that Japanese animation legend Isao Takahata has passed away at the age of 82 following a battle with lung cancer.  Takahata is of course best known for being the co-founder of Studio Ghibli, and I don't think I need to explain much more why that makes him an automatic legend. Now while Ghibli is of course defined by Hayao Miyazaki's work, Takahata's work is worth talking about as well. Grave of the Fireflies, arguably his most well known work, is one of the greatest (and tragic) anti-war movies ever produced. His work has gone in very different styles and directions, from the realistic drama of Only Yesterday, the bizarrely weird Pom Poko, the simple comedy antics of My Neighbours the Yamada, to Japanese folklore adaptation The Tale of Princess Kaguya, which is still one of the most gorgeous animated movie I've ever seen. Needless to say, he leaves quite the legacy, and while he had already retired since Kaguya, its a shame we'll not see another Takahata movie. We wish his family and Studio Ghibli nothing but the best. RIP.

    STICKMAN: Damn, what a bummer.

    LARRY: I’m gonna go watch Grave again for the 15th time and cry a bit, peace. Artistry at its finest.

    STICKMAN: I don't watch a lot of anime, but Ghibli was the exception and he made some really interesting films with them.

    MADHERO: Yeah, really was a shame to hear this news. Not something you see coming even though he was old and sick

    STICKMAN: Pom Poko is the only film I've seen where testicles turn into a picnic blanket, andyet 

    Pom Poko is actually a really sweet film despite the ballplay.

    MADHERO: Pom Poko is so fucking weird and the fact its from the same director as Grave of the Fireflies makes it even weirder. He was skilled.

    LARRY: Princess Kaguya is a beautiful, beautiful film. And Grave is just.......amazing

    STICKMAN: Grave of the Fireflies is often the go-to film for people trying to show others that animated films can be for mature audiences. Because it pairs an widely accessible tone and content with dark themes and a serious OOMPH.

    MADHERO: Kaguya was one of my favorite films in 2013. Its an extremely melancholic piece of filmmaking, but my god is it beautiful.

    STICKMAN: I found Kaguya to be a bit too depressing but it looked fucking beautiful. All his films did really.

    LARRY: Sad to see he has left us, but damn did he leave his mark. He will always be remembered as an excellent storyteller.

    MADHERO: Once again, we wish his family and co-workers at Ghibli nothing but the best in this difficult time. Needless to say, he made his mark on the world.

    LARRY: Agreed. Farewell, Takahata-san


    MADHERO: Alright, that's it for the news, and we're actually sticking to Japan somewhat. We haven't talked Isle of Dogs when it came out in limited release for reasons that are about to become clear....well now. We were waiting for an wide release, and we finally got it, and Stickman, stop motion connoisseur was able to see it. But I think its safe to say that Wes Anderson films tend to leave you cold. So what's gonna happen here

    STICKMAN: Oh boy oh boy, ANIMATION. But Wes Anderson...hrmmmm.


    STICKMAN: Fuck, my review is ruiiinnned.

     MADHERO: O dannnnnnnnnnnng. That leaves me the only one that hasn't seen it, like a complete chump. Well guys, fight it out. What did you think of the doggo movie?

    LARRY: Sticky, you wanna start?



    DIRECTOR: Wes Anderson (Fantastic Mr. Fox, Grand Budapest Hotel)

    STARRING: Bryan Cranston, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Jeff Goldblum, Bob Balaban, Koyu Rankin, Greta Gerwig, Scarlett Johansson, Liev Schreiber

    SYNOPSIS: A boy (Rankin) journeys to Trash Island to rescue his dog Spots (Schreiber), and gets help from a pack of misfit canines (Cranston, Murray, Norton, Goldblum, Balaban who have also been exiled.

    STICKMAN: So, like Mad said I'm not huge on Wes Anderson's whole shtick. In fact I actually watched The Grand Budapest Hotel for the first time the night after Isle of Dogs and found it to be a pretty cold and irritating experience. Isle of Dogs, however, I rather liked, but some of its shortcomings can still be tied to Wes Anderson himself. Pluses first, the film looks beautiful, after the slight disappointment that was Early Man, it's really nice to see an another ambitious and this time almost fully hand-crafted stop motion movie in the cinema this year. There's a ton of great details,  the set design is amazing, and the animation has a great mixture of subtle expressions and over the top cartoonish'ness that blends really well.  It's also a lot sweeter than you'd expect from this guy. There's some genuinely moving scenes and you really care for the plight of a good deal of the characters, even if thankfully the film doesn't fully milk that sentimentality as much as most animated films in this era do. Negative-wise, I felt a host of characters and side-stories were unnecessary, and given this is the longest stop motion movie ever made? Could've been scrapped, frankly. Also, like I said, the Anderson'isms are often a detriment, the humour doesn't always land, and some of the dialogue is a bit cringey...but...yeah, overall I liked this film quite a bit.

    LARRY: I actually am a fan of Wes Anderson, with most of his films ranging from excellent to still enjoyable yet flawed for me. Isle of Dogs falls somewhere in the middle for me, a film that has some shortcomings but ultimately is a funny, enjoyable, heartfelt piece from one of Hollywood's most unique voices. As Sticky said, great animation all around, the voice cast is superb, and I actually found the humor to mostly land. My issues are more story-based: the film's pacing is a bit of a mess, big reveals sorta just happen without being earned, and the script at times is heeeeeeavily expositional. All that said, I agree with Sticky that there are many moving scenes, and I think that Wes Anderson should continue crafting stories with stop-motion because it seems to be the medium that best suits his perfectionist cinematography. Overall, thumbs up for me.

    MADHERO: So both of you liked it with some shortcomings . How do you feel it compares to his previous stop motion film, Fantastic Mr. Fox?

    STICKMAN: I think this is a marked improvement on that one,  which felt a bit too cooky for its own good sometimes. The animation was lovely but I felt Fox lacked heart because the main character was such a wanker.

    LARRY: I actually think Fox is, on the whole, a better film, even if the lore of this one is a bit more interesting to me.

    MADHERO: Fox wanking aside. How about the characters here?

    STICKMAN: It's a mixed bag, Chief (Cranston) is a great lead, but a lot of the side cast don't really have much to do, particularly Oracle...who's...there? The core cast of dogs is fun, although there's a recurring gag from Goldblum's dog that just didn't land for me at all.

    LARRY: Yeah many of the characters introduced in the trailers aren't really given a lot to do, sadly. They provide some fun laughs but ultimately feels somewhat empty.

    MADHERO: The huge voice cast is wild, so its a shame that not all of them are put to good use. How do you feel about the Japanese language not being subtitled. Caused a bit of a minor controversy.

    STICKMAN: I don't really get that. There's an initial kinda...barrier to get over when there's a mixture of un-dubbed/subbed dialogue, and also either dubbed or subbed or both. But you settle in after the opening.

    LARRY: I mean....a good chunk of it IS subtitled or translated... So I don't get the hubbub. It never felt like direct cultural appropriation or alienating.

    STICKMAN: People have made a lot of fuss about it and I don't really get why, it's not offensive to anyone but cat-lovers, FRANKLY. And for that reason, I must boycott this film.

    MADHERO: Ehhh, I'd say its more minor. Now these points have largely been about the flaws, so in the wrap up, really go at it why you like this movie and why people need to see it now that its opening wide.

    LARRY: I mean, it's a wholly unique experience in cinemas right now. That alone should sell you. It's a nice breath of a fresh air amidst the Ready Player One's and Pacific Rim's and what not. The animation alone is worth ticket price. It's also just a deeply cultural story that involves a surprisingly fascinating lore that develops in interesting, albeit a bit rushed, ways. Also, people love dogs, and if you love dogs, you'll definitely be captured by it in some fashion.

    STICKMAN: Its just really nice to see stop motion get such a prominent and expertly crafted release, and with a film that's not  aiming to be either kid-friendly or particularly's a film, it's quite scrappy and a bit violent at times, but I mean, we should have more animated films like that. And it's a really fun and charming one, with some strong emotional beats but not in the style you'd expect from Camp Disney/Pixar. FIRST AND FOREMOST, it was a film, I...a Wes Anderson sceptic managed to enjoy quite a lot, so yeah. They're good dogs, Brent.


    MADHERO: Alright. That's probably the highest rated movie out now. OR IS IT! Maybe all these other films scurried away because they're actually amazing or something.

    LARRY: BWAHAHA of course not.

    MADHERO: Who needs Avengers when you have,, uhhhh... looks at handwritten note George the giant albino gorilla.....wait what.

    STICKMAN: Oh no, not another movie with Clint Eastwood and his best friend.



    DIRECTOR: Brad Peyton (Journey 2, San Andreas)

    STARRING: Dwayne Johnson, Naomie Harris, Malin Akerman, Joe Manganiello, Jeffrey Dean Morgan

    SYNOPSIS: Primatologist Davis Okoye ( Johnson), shares an unbreakable bond with George, an albino gorilla who has been in his care most of its life. But a mysterious genetic experiment mutates this once gentle ape, along with a wolf and crocodile into a raging creature of enormous size.

    MADHERO: The savior of the video game movie is here, and its Dwayne Johnson giving it a 2nd go.

    LARRY: Who's ready for some dumb fun? You know I am.

    STICKMAN: Is it the saviour though, really.

    MADHERO: Its still ranked higher than Tomb Raider on RT....for now.

    STICKMAN: By 1%. I'm not sure I call this winning.

    LARRY: I dunno, seems to be getting a solid reception.

    MADHERO: As a fan of one of the N64 games, its wild to me there's a film adaptation out now, and it seems that for the most part, it knows exactly what it wants to be.

    STICKMAN: I wouldn't call it solid, Larry...I'd say it was decidedly mixed with a small slant on it being dumb enough to be enjoyable. Also, the merchandise for this film is massively overpriced, I just thought I'd put that out there.

    MADHERO: Well I thought you of all people would shell out the big bucks for a giant mutant crocodile

    STICKMAN: I mean I'm always down for a big crocco. He can rampage over me anyday.

    MADHERO: Apparently there's even a new arcade game out. So that's neat. Bring it to consoles, Warner Bros. Also The Rock screaming GEOOOOOOORGE remains funny, and I like how the Doom twitter account responded to him slagging off the film.


    LARRY: That Twitter response was GOLD.


    DIRECTOR: Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2, True Memoirs of an International Assassin)

    STARRING: Lucy Hale, Tyler Posey, Violett Beanne, Nolan Gerard Funk

    SYNOPSIS: A seemingly harmless game of truth or dare turns deadly when someone -- or something -- begins to punish those who tell a lie or refuse a dare.

    STICKMAN: Oh dear. Blumhouse here, reminding us they are still Blumhouse.

    LARRY: Those faces tho.... Making me morbidly curious.

    MADHERO: Welp, Blumhouse and horror had a good run. Had to end at some point.

    STICKMAN: We got Get Out and Happy Death Day, but we also still get Insidious 4 The Last Key and Truth or Dare. It's also called BLUMHOUSE PRESENTS Truth or Dare, like that brand means quality. It can sometimes mean quality, it can sometimes not. It's not a bankable brand, even if their ident is fucking rad.

    LARRY: You always have your duds.

    MADHERO: Like ok, this is a really dumb concept, but we got Final Destination out of a dumb concept and that series is mostly fun. This just looks.... kinda melodramatic. And I'm pretty sure the creepy smile is something you can do with a Snapchat filter.

    STICKMAN: That smile is just there to put on the poster, I swear. Like the baby mask in Happy Death Day. It's vaguely creepy and vaguely tied to the film in iconography to the point where you'd recognise it...maybe.

    MADHERO: Probably also wasn't a good idea to release a new horror when Quiet Place is raking in the dough. Whoopsy.

    LARRY: The clip in the trailer where he kills himself with the pool cue did make me jump. So give it SOME credit.

    STICKMAN: You big baby. YOU BIG BABY.

    MADHERO: You literal infant. Moving on


    DIRECTOR: Abby Koh and Marc Silverstein (Fairfax Fandango)

    STARRING: Amy Schumer, Michelle Williams, Emily Ratajkowski, Rory Scovel, Naomi Campbell

    SYNOPSIS: A woman (Schumer) struggling with insecurity wakes from a fall believing she is the most beautiful and capable woman on the planet.

    MADHERO: Finally, I've been waiting all my life for a Shallow Hal 2......o wait no I haven't fuck.

    STICKMAN: I had to sit through this trailer in front of A Quiet Place and it was literally the scariest thing I saw that day.

    LARRY: This is front of A Quiet Place???? WHAT?

    STICKMAN: It was Infinity War followed by this film in the trailers. At least it wasn't Sherlock Gnomes like in front of Isle of Dogs.

    MADHERO: I feel like this premise doesn't really work with someone like Amy Schumer in the lead. Yeah, she isn't supermodel level pretty, but she isn't that unattractive either. But the trailer makes us want to believe like she's this absolute ghoul or something

    LARRY: Yeah I think she’s already pretty. Kinda hard to believe.

    STICKMAN: Amy Schumer is such a painfully unfunny comedian I swear. And this film's idea of what beauty means and how to view it is so warped and shitty. OH BOY.

    MADHERO: She's had her moments in her Comedy Central show, and I think she was good in Trainwreck, but recently its a tad downhill. The internet REALLY doesn't like her

    LARRY: Well I think she’s a funny comedian at times but sometimes she gets a little too awkward and vulgar for my taste. I feel like the internet’s view on celebrities changes every damn day.

    MADHERO: Nah they're pretty consistent with her.

    STICKMAN: Look, if you think yourself a bit  on the fat side, and if, like this film suggests, you feel incapable of being attractive to others. Hop on deviantArt, search Sonic the Hedgehog, and realise there's always hope.

    MADHERO: Truly the life lesson Hollywood is too afraid to teach

    STICKMAN: All morals should revolve around Sonic fetish artwork.


    DIRECTOR: Jay Chandrasekhar (Beerfest, The Babymakers)

    STARRING: Jay Chandrasekhar, Paul Soter, Steve Lemme, Erik Stolhanske, Kevin Hefferman, Brian Cox, Marisa Coughlan

    SYNOPSIS: After an international border dispute arises between U.S. and Canada, five wacky state troopers set up a new highway patrol station in the disputed area of Canada.

    STICKMAN: There's a Super Troopers 1?

    LARRY: Can you believe I got this before Isle?? This film looks so ridiculous.

    MADHERO: And now we're entering knee deep into "I know there's an audience for this but its definitely not me" territory.

    LARRY: Is there? I feel like ever the cult following of the first has sincerely diminished with time.

    STICKMAN: What's the deal with this. Is American thing. Cuz I don't go in for those shenanigans.

    MADHERO: Ok, gather around kids, cause Super Troopers 1 was released all the way back in 2001. Now the original comedy troupe, Broken Lizard, went on to do a bunch more films like Beerfest and the like, and ultimately decided to crowdfund this sequel, which was really successful. So with that raised, they got a distributor and now here we are. Again, it being crowdfunded shows a clear audience is out there. I just have never found them all that funny.

    STICKMAN: Cops being outlandish and wacky and slapstick in an era where the relationship between the police and civilians is at times, lower than ever. Great idea.

    LARRY: Don’t forget the stupid weed jokes. Always makes it better.

    STICKMAN: At least they aren't chugging beer up their assholes. The only broken lizard I want to hear about, is me.

    MADHERO: But hey, good for those that finally get their sequel.

    LARRY: I feel like the only family for this is manchildren.

    STICKMAN: Where’s Paul Blart Mall Cop 3.

    MADHERO: We have to start our own Indiegogo for that, Stick.


    MADHERO: I’ll contact Kevin James. But maybe before we do that, we should go and talk MOVIE OF THE WEEK!


    LARRY: Yayyyyyyyyy

    STICKMAN: OH FUUUCK. Larry stole mine, despite having seen it before me. The thief.

    LARRY: Well gee. Look at that.

    MADHERO: Oh shiiiiiiiiiiiiit. Movie thievery. That's not very nice. That said, Larry saw it first, so he gets to talk about it first. So Larry, what's your (and Sticky's) Movie of the Week

    LARRY: Hahahahahaha TAKE THAT


    LARRY: My film this week is A Quiet Place, which we actually were talking about earlier, specifically regarding its success, and well-deserved!! I am not a horror man myself, but I’m a fan of Krasinski and Blunt, so I decided to give it a shot and was pleasantly surprised. That being said, it decides to trade in spoopy shit for more family-driven, emotional suspense revolving around a family forced to survive apart from each other, and hoo boy does it work.

    The performances are stirring, the minimal writing is effective in more ways than one, and the suspense and thrills are consistent throughout the entire affair. Add that to its ingenious concept, and you have a wholly unique cinematic experience in a theatergoing sense. It is not without problems, but overall, I was on the edge of my seat the whole time, almost afraid to breathe at points. Definitely recommended from this boi.

    STICKMAN: This is also my movie of the week, because fuuucckkk, I guesss. As a big horror fan, I found it was a bit lacking in the horror department, but beyond that, it's a fantastic, well crafted and emotionally engaging human drama, and whilst it was a little disappointing for such a huge horror film success to be...well...not that great a horror film...AGAIN? This was really great all the same.

    LARRY: Yeah it’s light on the true horror. Maybe that’s why I liked it so much hehehe

    MADHERO: You 2 sharing a horror Movie of the Week? Never thought I'd see the day

    STICKMAN: I will say, if you want to see a true, masterfully executed slice of silent tension in a full-on horror movie, you HAVE to check out Don't Breathe. Like, wowza. Less raw human drama, more pulpy thriller.

    LARRY: For now, pregnant Emily Blunt has my heart.

    MADHERO: How are the monsters in general? Or is the monster.......MAN?!

    LARRY:, it’s a monster.

    STICKMAN: The monsters are okay, kinda generic by modern standards, the threat isn't so much the monster as the sound that lures them, which is neat.

    MADHERO: The true monster? Nails.

    STICKMAN: Fuck dude, that nail. Why the fuck didn't they fix that. Idiots.

    LARRY: That being said, I did like their design, and the scenes where they did tease them were excellent in my eyes.

    STICKMAN: Anyway, Mad, what'd you see, some mainstream blockbuster TRIPE I'M SURE. HMMMM?

    MADHERO: Alright, after the billions and billions of hot takes, I'm ready to jump into the pool of Ready Player One takes. Its been a while since a blockbuster was this hotly debated before its even out and not a MCU/Star Wars movie. Some call it a celebration of pop culture, others will say its a celebration towards consumerism and doesn't get the point. And I am here to say: they're both kinda right. Ready Player One isn't even in Spielberg's Top 20 of films that he's made, but its been a while since he's made a movie like this, and you can still feel the man has a knack for entertainment.

    Now it helps that a lot of the more problematic elements of the book have been sawed off and are improved upon, though you can also say the movie is made a lot more generic. As dumb as it kinda is, I can't help but let out a slight chuckle when you see characters like the Battletoads or Spawn or He Man and the like pop up in the same movie. There's  a certain glee to that. Plus, the action is pretty damn spectacular to see on the big screen. So yeah, I didn't ultimately hate Ready Player One. 14 year old me  would've loved it, and as it stands, 24 year old me thinks its perfectly fine.

    STICKMAN: Spawn's in this movie? Does he look as shit as he did in his movie?

    LARRY: Like for a second and kinda

    MADHERO: Well he's more in shadows, but he's together with He Man in the shot. Also your old pal Xeno makes an appearance

    STICKMAN: Oh my gosh. Are the Xenos better than in Alien Covenant?

    LARRY: Yeah I enjoyed watching the film in the theater but it quickly degraded after... I realized just how truly stupid it is.

    STICKMAN - Yesterday at 2:40 AM

    MADHERO: I guess? They're in it far less. I think that might be a tad harsh Larry. The movie is kinda dumb, but its not offensively stupid.

    LARRY: Not offensively, no. But it is quite dumb. And certain plot points and plot holes and story contrivances reeeeeally made me cringe.

    STICKMAN: I was all prepped to see  this film after the decent reviews, but other films  came out...and then I got a Film Festival and Infinity War...and then the positivity kinda tapered out over the week after release. Now I'm gonna wait until DVD. Although there being Xenos makes me want.

    MADHERO: O you should read excerpts from the novel, Larry. You'd have a field day. I think I know one story contrivance you're talking about,  but that may go too deep into spoilers. I think a DVD release might be the best so you can pause so you can spot Hello Kitty or anyone else.

    STICKMAN: Am I in this movie? I feel they scraped the barrel enough that I'm in with a shot.

    MADHERO: I mean, if you look hard enough, maybe. I've heard people say Amaterasu from Okami is in it but I didn't see her. There's an awful lot to keep track of. So.....maybe?

    STICKMAN: Sweet, looking forward to the royalties from that, then.

    LARRY: Look i get why people like it but honestly the glamour and glitz faded fast. It’s stunning visually and there’s some inspiration found in the cracks, but ultimately I found it forgettable and easy to dunk on.


    MADHERO: Oh its super easy to dunk on, as the internet shows. Alright. That's it for this episode. Good to finally have the isle of dogs talk out of the way. Now we can focus on the really important film coming out: Jason Reitman and Charlize Theron's reunion in Tully. Oh and something called Avengers Infinity War I guess

    STICKMAN: What's that. Sounds stupid.

    LARRY: A war that goes on for Infinity?

    MADHERO: Something about a purple alien gathering some stones so he can J O  with some bros.

    STICKMAN: Just like my never-ending war with my inner demons. GOODBYE EVERYONE.

    MADHERO: Alright. Byyyyyyyyyyye

    LARRY: Bye y’all

  • Update Journal 2018!

    1 month ago

    niall Bleep Bloop


    Another year, another journal from myself.

    A lot has happened in the last year, pretty much mostly good if I have to be honest. I went to university for my final year of my course in IT in September of 2016. Finished my University in May of 2017 and had a job right out of University. I came out with a 2.1 which means I can go back to my University and continue my studies at any time I want, which I do plan to eventually.

    I traveled too and from Vancouver to meet @TheMcSushi (Kaitlyn) and Kaitlyn spent Christmas with me in Ireland in 201, which I would say was awesome but we both were sick for about a week of it XD

    In November of last year I applied for a IEC visa, it is a 2 year Working Holiday visa that allows me to stay in Canada and work for 2 years. In December, I was accepted and it was crazy to think that I could be on my way to moving out of my family home and travel 8,000km to stay with Kaitlyn. In March, that happened.

    I have been doing interviews for jobs and I am all set up in the Canadian system. I am even trying to get my drivers license over here (oh joy! XD). If you want my North American number just DM me :)

    In other exciting new, Kaitlyn and I will be going to RTX Austin 2018 this year. We will be going from the 2nd of August to the 6th. We will be arriving on the Thursday at 6am and leaving at 8pm on the Monday. If anyone is going this year it would be awesome to hang out with ye!

    I think that has been me in the last while. If you want to catch up just give me a shout on here or any of my social media, I have many XD



  • At the Screwvies: Episode 105

    1 month ago



    MADHERO: What's up, my fellow gamers. Its a me, Madhero. That is a reference to Mario Bros. I hope you're ready to read this blog like  Hermione from Harry Potter. I hope you much on popcorn like Michael Jackson and watch a film like Robert de Niro in Cape Fear.  What I'm trying to say is that Ready Player One is out this week

    STICKMAN: Cheers love, Tracer's also in this film. I guess.

    MADHERO: Larry, what's your pop culture introduction? Otherwise this whole bit is game over, man. Game over.


    MADHERO: not really a reference. You blew it.

    LARRY: I reference The Iron Giant, it counts.

    MADHERO: Are you ready, kids like you're ready for Spongebob? Well I've got some news for you.




    The long-awaited first female led MCU movie, Captain Marvel has started filming in California this week, and with that production ramp-up, has come a collection of interesting casting/character reveals. Joining Brie Larson playing the titular role, we have the already previously rumoured Samuel L Jackson confirmed to be reprising his role of SHIELD director Nick Fury for the first time since Age of Ultron.  But the MCU callbacks extend beyond just that, and include a couple other characters, one well-known and a surprise..the other? Just kinda a surprise, really.

    Clark Gregg is returning to playing Agent Phil Coulson for the first time in the movies since the original Avengers back in 2012, having been 'killed off' in that film and then revived shortly after for the still ongoing Agents of SHIELD TV Show. More surprisingly is the return of Lee Pace and Djimon Honsou as their respective Kree villains Ronan and Korath, previously seen, and promptly killed in Guardians of the Galaxy. How are they managing all these reprisals? Well the film is set in the 90s and all parties will be playing younger versions of themselves. The inclusion of Kree characters seems to confirm the assumption that this film will be a mixture of cosmic and earth-bound action, following on from the merging of these two mostly separated parts of the MCU in the upcoming Infinity War. PRETTY NEAT, HUH?



    STICKMAN: My favourite part of that was when in Agents of SHIELD, Lady Sif met him and he was like  "NOOW DON'T YOU TELL THOOOR I'M ALLIIVE, AHAHA" Air tight.

    MADHERO: Well she didn't pop up in Ragnarok, so I guess that settled it.

    LARRY: Anyway, yeah this movie looks cool so far I guess.

    STICKMAN: Looks is a stretch, it sooouonnds cool. We don't know how it looks yet, beyond that green suit people took pictures of and freaked out about being WROOONG.

    MADHERO: Its nice to see these people back, especially Clark Gregg as Coulson. I'm curious about the addition of Pace and Honsou. I feel like Pace gets a bad wrap as Ronan, so maybe this could be some redemption. Don't get me wrong, he's a boring villain, but Lee Pace legit tried to get something out of it.

    STICKMAN: Ronan sure was in Guardians of the Galaxy. His best scene is in the blooper reel where he agrees to the dance off

    LARRY: Yeah, very curious as to how they fit. Interesting to see a return. Lee Pace is a good actor.

    MADHERO: Same goes for Honsou, who's probably kicking himself that he didn't wait till Black Panther became a thing and got stuck playing a boring henchman.

    LARRY: Ohhhhh man That's a good point there.

    MADHERO: He does have an iconic moment to be fair, but hey, I'm interested to see what they do with these returning characters. The Russos also very recently changed their Twitter profile pic to Captain Marvel. What could it meaaaaaaaaaaaaaan.

    STICKMAN: It meaaans the Russo brothers love to troll us.



    Here at At the Screwvies, we've talked quite a bunch about franchise restarts and reboots and usually they're met with a groan. "Here we go again" we say, feigning enthusiasm for a project that's long run out of steam. Case in point, Men in Black, the trilogy of films which features a killer premise, but only 1 genuinely good film. We've seen Sony try and resurrect through it becoming a 21 Jump Street continuation, only for that project to fall apart.  Now though, they're doing it again, with F. Gary Grey (Fate of the Furious) directing and a script from Iron Man screenwriters Art Marcum and Matt Holloway. That's all well and good, but what got people really excited is the prospect of a mini-Revengers reunion, with Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson cast in 2 of the lead roles.

    Now that of course is great news. Thompson and Hemsworth had great chemistry together in Thor Ragnarok and are both capable of being very funny, which you need for Men in Black. Details are for now under wraps, other than that it'll follow the Jurassic World route of being a restart of a franchise rather than a all out reboot, and to be more of an ensemble film than just featuring the 2 leads. Whether Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones will reprise their roles remains to be seen, but all in all, this reboot is actually off to a good start in my opinion.

    STICKMAN: I don't trust this movie at all but I'm down for Hemsworth and Thompson fighting aliens again.

    MADHERO: I like how when this movie was initially talked about with just Hemsworth it was a bit meh, but everyone got excited at the possible Revengers reunion.

    LARRY: Tessa Thompson can be in whatever she wants and I'll buy a ticket. So, I'm sold.

    MADHERO: I just want Taika Waititi to play a alien in it or something.  I'm interested in them going the Jurassic World route with continuing but not necessarily rebooting. Makes me wonder if we'll just skip the origin and go straight in the action.

    LARRY: I'd prefer that. MIB doesn't really need an origin to be cool.

    STICKMAN: I just...I dunno, Men in Black y'know? First film was good stuff, second wasn't as much, third? Oooff.  Sony making reboots is always an alarm bell, but this is great casting.

    LARRY: Yeah Sony isn't super trustworthy but having Gray on the project gives me a bit of hope. As does this casting, yeah.

    MADHERO: Sony very recently had a slamdunk with Jumanji, so who knows. Men in Black remains a killer premise with which they really haven't done enough. So I'm interested what they can do with a new creative team.

    STICKMAN: Who knooooows. Mysterriiess.

    LARRY: I just want Hemsworth to do the eyes/ears joke again. The ONE good joke from Ghosbusters 2016.

    STICKMAN: There were no good jokes in Ghostbusters 2016, only bad moods.


    Okja-585x359.jpg news that doesn't make the European film scene look any less pretentious and annoying, Cannes Film Festival artistic director Theirry Fremaux has officially banned any and all films produced by streaming services from being eligible for awards at the festival. Last year, when Netflix submitted both Okja and The Meyerowitz Stories as contenders for last year's festival, Cannes tried to negotiate with them so they would fully qualify, but an agreement was never reached. This sparked a lot of controversy with many European filmmakers, as they felt that it was not fair to include them. So, this year, it looks like Cannes is putting their foot down on streaming platforms. This just so happens to fall in line with a statement Steven Spielberg recently made that he feels that films not screened in theaters don't deserve to be nominated for Academy Awards, and that Netflix is "a challenge to cinema".

    This entire debacle is a loaded conversation filled with loaded questions. Does a film originating from a streaming service deserve awards recognition if it doesn't have a theatrical run? Is it unfair for Cannes to disqualify these films just because of Netflix's business model? These are all inquiries I can't fully answer but to simply ban them from a festival is a tad short-sighted to me Films such as Okja or Mudbound deserve as much love as any other Best Picture nominee this year, theatrical run or not. Alas, it looks as though harmony between theaters and streaming is a bit far off...

    STICKMAN: This is a multi-layered situation. There's a lot of the old guard directorial gang who're very opposed to the idea of different platforms for viewing cinema on, and I agree that it's a shame Netflix refuse to screen things in cinemas, but...yeah.

    MADHERO: The Cannes/Netflix war is an extremely tiring one. Especially if you replace Cannes with traditional cinephiles

    LARRY: I find it hard to believe Netflix couldn't screen the damn movies for like...a week. I get it costs them money, and France's rules are really strict. But like...I dunno, part of me feels like there is a price to pay for awards contention.

    STICKMAN: But if you're just screening it in two cinemas for a few days then what's the point really. 99% of people won't be able to see it.

    MADHERO: I kinda wish they would, but Netflix remains adamant to buck the trend

    STICKMAN: It's more disappointing when Netflix gets the rights to a film released in cinemas  elsewhere and then chooses to keep them locked to streaming only with no theatrical release. When they make their own stuff it feels a little more justifiable, even if it's frustrating at times.

    MADHERO: coughcoughAnnihilationcough

    STICKMAN: AAGGGHH. But then, I'm not upset I didn't pay £11 to see MUTE or The Cloverfield Paradox I guess.

    LARRY: I dunno, just trying to play Devil's Advocate. On principle, I believe any film, regardless of distribution, should be eligible. Netflix has made some genuine beauties.

    MADHERO: I'm still very curious what's going to happen when Irishman launches. That's gotta make old school cinephiles uncomfortable when a old school Scorsese film couldn’t have happened without Netflix.

    STICKMAN: I think it's kinda a crusty old move from Cannes, which is very oldschool when it comes to the cinema experience, but I appreciate the desire to maintain the cinema as the place to see films, I guess.

    LARRY: Maybe it'll force everyone to confront shit.



    In what's becoming something of a trend this particular year, 20th Century Fox have once again announce a reshuffling of its films, having previously pushed back New Mutants by a year, and moved The Predator from Summer to September of this year. Whilst The Predator remains rooted in its current slot...for now at least, it's less good news for those looking forward to seeing New Mutants, which has been pushed back AGAIN, originally set to release in the next month, before being pushed back to February of 2019, it's now been pushed back even further, all the way to August 2019, supposedly because Fox are still not satisfied with the level of horror/scares currently present in the film.

    It's bad news for X-Men fans all around, as Dark Phoenix, the next chapter in the mainline series, as that's now moved from November 2018 to February 2019, in order to both allow reshoots on that film as well, and also for Bohemian Rhapsody, the LOOOONG troubled Freddie Mercury biopic to actually be brought forward, possibly for awards contention? Who knows with that film. There's a couple other less drastic pushes and pulls, Joe Cornish's (Attack the Block) next film has been moved from February to March 2019, animated film nobody's heard of, Spies in Disguise has been pushed from January to April 2019, whilst The Force, an adaptation of a popular crime novel has been pulled from the schedule completely in order to be retooled. HOOO...movies, huh?

    MADHERO: Ok, so what the fuck is going on with New Mutants?

    STICKMAN: I think it's pretty wild that we got a trailer for that film last year, and it's not out for over a year that ever happened? Like, a proper trailer with footage from the film.

    LARRY: I don't ever recall... It's gonna be so weird if the film doesn't resemble that footage. It'll be like it's own little time capsule of what could've been.

    STICKMAN: Just like with Justice League, except within the space of two months.

    MADHERO: I feel like it has, but it was only 2 months away from release when it got that massive delay, and now its pushed even further for what it sounds like extremely heavy retooling.

    STICKMAN: My cinema still has it listed for release in two weeks, the posters are up and everything. I want to see if it comes available to book and turn up and find out what they end up showing, y'know?

    MADHERO: And apparently a scene featuring Jon Hamm and long time X-men baddie Mister Sinister got scrapped as well. Funny how we were expecting 3 X-men films this year, and now only get one


    LARRY: Honestly, The New Mutants felt like an odd choice for universe building. Leave that to the surely shitty Dark Phoenix.

    MADHERO: Good to hear that Bohemian Rhapsody is on the right track after Singer got fired. That push makes it seem that Fox is confident in it

    LARRY: God, Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury. That's gonna be a ride.

    STICKMAN: I'm more interested in the film about the making of that film, y'know? What a ride the production has been.



    Back to Netflix for a hot second. In a fun bit of news, it looks as though they have snagged the rights to adapt Carmen Sandiego into a live-action feature film, with Jane the Virgin star Gina Rodriguez attached to play the role. This is no surprise as she is also voicing the character in Netflix's animated series based on the same property, which appears to be somewhat in line with the film. Now for those not in the know, Carmen Sandiego originated as a game show  where the player had to find the titular Carmen all over the world as she tries to steal treasure for the VILE Corporation. Since then there have been animated series, video games, and more.The film will be a standalone adventure, produced by Rodriguez along with Kevin Misher and Caroline Fraser. All I can say is...yes, I'm down. Granted, I haven't seen anything from this creative team yet, but all I know is that I love the franchise and I can't wait to see it taken under Netflix's wing.


    MADHERO: I never grew up with Carmen Sandiego. I feel like that was very much an American thing. That said, the theme song is ballin'



    LARRY: Anyway, I grew up on this show and its many computer games. I love her as a character and I can't wait to see what they decide to do with the lore and look of it all.

    MADHERO: Its been parodied countless times on the internet, and I'm a sucker for geography,  so I probably would've been all over it as a kid. As an adult man, I dunno , maybe? Rodriguez is a talented actress for sure.

    LARRY: Plus the game show is loads of cheesy fun.

    STICKMAN: I was a sucker for Geography until my A Level course got botched by my teacher bailing and I missed out on my University Choices and my whole life unravelled into a disaster that has never ended....anyawwayy...Netflix, huh?

    MADHERO: All I really care about is whether they get Rockapella back and do the theme again. This is really important.

    LARRY: Lord knows they're gonna do this in style.

    STICKMAN : I'm sure Rodriguez will look good in a...yellow hat? Is that right?


    MADHERO: You've desecrated the Carmen Sandiego canon

    STICKMAN: Fuck. I'm gonna be murdered now.



     So, we're only about a month away from Avengers Infinity War, and there's a good chance a few actors are going to be taking some downtime to do other projects once that is all said and done. Obviously we just talked Hemsworth and Men in Black, but what about Robert Downey Jr, one of, if not the main pillar of the whole MCU. Since no one seems to be in a rush for Sherlock Holmes 3, Downey is instead focusing on another classic Hollywood franchise: Doctor Dolittle. Based on the classic children's stories which got adapted into a musical and with Eddie Murphy, this version will have Downey play the titular animal doctor, along with Antonio Banderas and Michael Sheen as fellow humans in The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle, which will be released in April of 2019.

    But the talking animals are of course the main attraction, and the voice cast is spectacular. Tom Holland as not a spider but a dog, Kumail Nanjiani, Octavia Spencer, Ralph Fiennes, Emma Thompson, John Cena as Yoshi (a polar bear, not the Mario character sadly), Rami Malek, Marion Cotilliard. Its a cast that could almost put Infinity War to shame. Now I'll be honest, I'm only really familiar with Eddie Murphy's Doctor, so I honestly don't really know what to expect here, but  with such a great cast and a more fantasy/adventure style tone, I'm hoping for something interesting.

    STICKMAN: More like Doctor Dolittleinterestinthisfilmproject.

    LARRY: I really hope this doesn't become, like, Jack Black and Gulliver's Travels. Like, a really poorly adapted reimagining of a classic piece of literature

    MADHERO: I think its going to be more of an adventure movie than an all out comedy.

    STICKMAN: Life after Iron Man for Robert Downey Jr involves talking to animals. I think we all saw that coming.

    LARRY: Yeah it's gonna be an adventure comedy, but like, can it be GOOD please? I like Doctor Dolittle. The concept and the musical. Not the Eddie Murphy films

    MADHERO: I only ever really remember the Eddie Murphy version, and even back then I thought that was one of his lesser films. So I'm not really attached honestly

    STICKMAN: What if the animals were all really buff like the tigers from Zootopia.

    MADHERO: People would literally die from John Cena Polar bear then. They'll yiff themselves to death

    STICKMAN: And so they should.

    MADHERO: Its good to see Tom Holland and Downey be in more films together, even if he's now a dog instead of a spidered man.

    LARRY: Also, RALPH

    STICKMAN: Ralph?

    LARRY: Ralph Fiennes! He's amazing

    MADHERO: Ralph Wiggum is in it

    STICKMAN: Ralph Wiggum's breath smells like cat food. COINCIDENCE!?


    MADHERO: All these Simpsons reference brings us smoothly to the ultimate reference.  Or well, it would if we didn't have a review of a much smaller film. Because while everyone is probably going to see Ready Player One to prepare their hot takes, Stickman saw You Were Never Really Here. And you might be thinking "the fuck is that." And, well.....a little help here, Stick


    LARRY: Not out until April for us American blokes.

    STICKMAN: That's why we're covering it, LARRY. YOU DANG FOOL.




    DIRECTOR: Lynne Ramsey (We Need to Talk About Kevin)

    STARRING: Joaquin Phoenix, Ekaterina Samsonov, Alex Manette, John Doman

    SYNOPSIS: A traumatized veteran (Phoenix) tracks down missing girls for a living. When a job spins out of control, Joe's nightmares overtake him as a conspiracy is uncovered leading to what may be his death trip.

    STICKMAN: I DIIIIID...although I'm not sure the Taxi Driver comparisons are super valid. On the basic premise of a damaged soul rescuing a child from prostitution, sure.  Other than that NOT SO MUCH. You Were Never Really Here is not so much about the journey as it is the destination, whilst it does have a narrative, it takes a backseat to the experience of seeing Phoneix's character suffer through said narrative. Whilst in some ways that leads to possibly an underwhelming payoff in comparison to the usual potential high-brow crime drama offerings, what it offers instead is an amazing, devastating and generally unsettling experience, seeing a terrible and dark world through the eyes of someone who's truly been broken by a life of hardships, and yet continues to try and do the right maybe the wrong ways.

    As a visceral experience of sound and visuals, I've never really seen anything quite like it, the sound design is a character unto itself, paired with the editing it makes the film less of a crime drama and more of a horror film sometimes, with the genuinely traumatic and jumpy PTSD sequences throughout the film adding a lot to proceedings. Phoneix is a man of few words in the film, but delivers an incredible performance all the same, and at times a raw and upsetting one for sure. Music's top notch, Johnny Greenwood, fresh off his Oscar nomination for Phantom Thread delivers a quirky and snythy score that sometimes takes over the senses, and other times plays into the background and quietly racks up the tension. I'm not sure this film is for everyone, and it's certainly not a fun ride, but it is an amazing one, and the best film I've seen this year so far.


    MADHERO: Phoenix won the Best Actor awards at Cannes for this role, and it sounds completely deserved. He's been one of my favorite actors

    STICKMAN: He's on terrific form for this one. I've never seen a more truly damaged character in a film, I swear. Like...physically and emotionally broken.

    LARRY: Hot damn. That's high praise.

    MADHERO: Lynne Ramsey seems to be a master at great uncomfortable films after this and We Need To Talk about Kevin.

    STICKMAN: Lynne Ramsey is the queen of beauty and discomfort paired together seamlessly. Let me just say one thing..the final scene of this film? HOO. Chills.


    MADHERO: So if you're looking for something a little more highbrow and visceral, You Were Never Really Here is definitely worth a shot. If you're not in that mood though, I guess there's always....POP CULTURE REFERENCES!!!!!




    DIRECTOR: Steven Spielberg (The BFG, The Post)

    STARRING: Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Simon Pegg, Mark Rylance, TJ Miller, Letitia Wright

    SYNOPSIS: When the creator (Rylance) of a virtual reality world called the OASIS dies, he releases a video in which he challenges all OASIS users to find his Easter Egg, which will give the finder his fortune. Wade Watts (Sheridan) finds the first clue and starts a race for the Egg.


    LARRY: How could I? There are so many of them. Critics are meh, fans are excited, online personalities are skeptical. This film is a take bonanza.

    STICKMAN: The film hated by everyone with an insanely fiery passion pretty good? Like...not amazing...but....pretty good? Not worth the searingly hot takes.

    MADHERO: Look, the book is pretty fucking bad. Doesn't mean it can't be improved upon, and apparently that's what Spielberg has mostly done.

    LARRY: Apparently the film is nothing like the book. Huzzah...?

    STICKMAN: The idea is fun, and as long as you take the fun idea and make it not be bad, then huzzah! Also I remember everyone loving the book when it first came out so I dunno what happened to it then. I ain't read it.

    MADHERO: I've heard the references aren't nearly as in your face as the book, which I guess is a good thing because they drown you with them in the book and the trailers, and a lot of that is the appeal, but I'm also glad its somewhat dialled down.

    LARRY: Really? Cause it looks like there’s 5 references per second.

    MADHERO: Well its less in your face. More quick glance rather than HEY REMEMBER STREET FIGHTER! THERE'S CHUN LI I'm seeing this pretty soon because Spielberg and because I've grown up on a lot of this stuff, so might as well see it on the big screen.

    STICKMAN: Senor Speilbergo strikes again.

    LARRY: Yeah I'm gonna see it too, cuz I'm just damn curious at this point.


    DIRECTOR: John Krasinski (The Hollars)

    STARRING: John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Noah Jupe, Millicent Simmonds

    SYNOPSIS: A family (Krasinski, Blunt, Jupe, Simmonds) lives an isolated existence in utter silence, for fear of an unknown threat that follows and attacks at any sound.

    STICKMAN: OOooooh. Sorry. ooooo...

    MADHERO: so uhhhhh, this is apparently really really good. Good job, Jim from the Office.

    LARRY: Surprisingly enough, I wanna see this too.

    MADHERO: Larry, you hypocrite


    MADHERO: shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

    STICKMAN: Larry really likes Chuck. Y'know, from Chuck.

    MADHERO: .......that's Zachary Levi.





    MADHERO: Needless to say, we'd all be fucked in the scenario of the film.


    DIRECTOR: Kay Cannon (directorial debut)

    STARRING: Leslie Mann, Ike Barinholtz, John Cena, Kathryn Newton, Gideon Adlon

    SYNOPSIS: When three parents (Mann, Barinholtz, Cena) stumble upon their daughters’ (Newton, Adlon) pact to lose their virginity on prom night, they launch a covert one-night operation to stop the teens from sealing the deal.

    LARRY: This movie looks so fucking stupid. Any movie with butt-chugging has me turned off.

    STICKMAN: Don't you want to see Jonathon Cena get beer funnled up his asshole? DON'T YOU!?

    LARRY: Nope.


    MADHERO: Ok, so it may look stupid, but you know what it also is...CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED THAT'S WHAT! Currently close to 90% on RT, which is really impressive. With this and Game Night, it seems like the American comedy is somewhat back on its feet again.


    MADHERO: John Cena butt beer chugging is very popular with critics

    STICKMAN: And yet Tomb Raider gets mixed reviews, huh. What a world. WHAT A WORLD.

    MADHERO: Needed more butt beer chugging obviously

    LARRY: Seriously... What the actual fuck.


    DIRECTOR: Tyler Perry (Confessions of a Marriage Counseler, Boo 2: A Madea Halloween)

    STARRING: Taraji P. Henson, Aijona Alexus, Lyriq Bent, Crystle Stewart

    SYNOPSIS: A faithful wife (Henson) tired of standing by her devious husband (Bent) is enraged when it becomes clear she has been betrayed.

    MADHERO: Awwwwwwwwwwww yeah, ready for some good ol fashioned Tyler Perry bullshit that won't release here

    LARRY: Hopefully Taraji can have a success after the "meh" Proud Mary.

    MADHERO: Apparently she's pretty bad in this because Tyler Perry is a pretty terrible director

    STICKMAN: More like Tyler Notverrygoodatmakingfilms.

    MADHERO: As weird and not good as his Madea movies are, they're fucking Monty Python when compared to his drama's, which is the biggest soap opera imaginable.

    STICKMAN: And yet, this is more eligible for the Cannes Film Festival than anything Netflix could ever make now. Sorry, Scorsese.

    MADHERO: I'll never see this and I'm ok with that

    LARRY: Same.

    STICKMAN: I'll never see anything ever again and that's okay because it includes this.


    DIRECTOR: Michael Mason (directorial debut)

    STARRING: David A.R. White, Jennifer Taylor, John Corbett, Tatum O’Neal, Ted McGinley

    SYNOPSIS: Pastor Dave (White) responds to the unimaginable tragedy of having his church, located on the grounds of the local university, burned down.

    MADHERO: Ahhhh yes, Pure Flix is back on its bullshit

    STICKMAN: Jesus died for our sins, which include these films. Happy Easter everyone.

    MADHERO: But don't you want to hear the good news on this Easter weekend? It bombed We're free from these movies forever


    LARRY: Thank the lord.

    MADHERO: God's Not Dead died for our sins

    STICKMAN: God really isn't dead. It was all a ploy.To prove his existence by killing this franchise.

    MADHERO: This was all the proof I needed that there's a god above. That and Veggietales.

    STICKMAN: More like Veggiefail. Back to a life of sin for me. Pass the gay sex.


    MADHERO: Hold on, all that gay sex has to wait, unless there's gay sex in your MOVIE OF THE WEEK?!


    STICKMAN: No, there's no gay sex in mine. How about yours.

    MADHERO: I don't think so honestly. Mine's pretty hetero.

    LARRY: Nope, none in mine.

    STICKMAN: Shit. The straights win again.

    MADHERO: Well then, no gay sex. So Sticky, what else you got to satisfy your urges.


    STICKMAN: I got...a VIDEO GAME MOVIE!? But,'s not that bad, I don't think anyhow. It's the new Tomb Raider film was pretty alright, to be honest. No, it ain't gonna win any awards, and it's the sorta film you'll watch and promptly forget, especially considering it's a somewhat diluted version of the far more memorable 2013 reboot game. That said? I had a lot of fun in the moment, and it's one of the more high quality, well directed and well performed video game movies I've seen.

    Alicia Vikanda is honestly really great as Lara Croft, being a blend of both incarnations of the character, she has the naivety, inexperience but skill and determination of the reboot Lara, but brings across some of the wit and thrill-seeking joy of the original Lara too. The action scenes are generally well constructed and entertaining, and the narrative, whilst not holding a candle to her progression in the game, offers a more streamlined basic plot. It's not perfect, and in comparison to the game it's rather lacking in scope, and also one other key aspect that's a spoiler so I can't say...but...honestly? It's probably the strongest video game movie  to date, even if it's maybe not the most memorable.

    LARRY: So....high praise but not really?

    MADHERO: Does it have the same LUDONARRATIVE DISSONANCE as Tomb Raider 2013?

    STICKMAN: because you're not playing it.

    LARRY: Well it's good to see Vikander does well as the part. She would really be my only reason to go see it.

    STICKMAN: She's really good yeah, I'd watch another one with her in.

    MADHERO: WUHAAAAT! But how I else am I going to use 2013's favorite word. I know plenty of people who saw this and really liked it. Do you think its a better film than the Jolie ones?

    STICKMAN: It's a better film..but I think I prefer the first Jolie film in terms of its set pieces and style. Jolie’s film's a stylish guilty pleasure whereas this is a decent action thriller. Most of my main issues stem from comparisons to the game, which you could argue aren't issues with the film so much as  diminishing returns in comparison to a game not everyone has played.

    LARRY: Yeah I'd definitely prefer the former. I like to say a film should always stand on its own. Not really fair to compare the game and the film so closely, even though they did take inspiration from it.

    MADHERO: That's fair. It does seem that internationally its doing quite well, so hopefully they get to keep going on until we finally get that Fresh rated video game movie.

    LARRY: Give Vikander a blockbuster to munch on while still doing some prestige projects.

    STICKMAN: I would love to see a more ambitious sequel  that maybe does its own thing a bit more, as Rise would be hard to adapt continuing on from where they left this one.

    MADHERO: Cool, anyway Larry, I think you also picked something that you can see in the theater right now. Did you, or did you quickly change your mind?

    LARRY: Oh hush. I did pick a theatrical release, yes, one I didn't even initially plan on seeing. My choice is Pacific Rim: Uprising, a film that, again, I wasn't too interested in initially. But, my friend was interested in seeing it, and since we tend to see films together, I decided to give it a go. And...yeah, I was pleasantly surprised.

    It's still just as hokey as the first, there's some shoehorned character stuff, and Del Toro's charm is somewhat lacking, but the film more than makes up for it by improving on many of the original film's problems: the pacing is much tighter, the structure works a lot more, the lead performance from Boyega is far funnier and more genuine than Hunnam, and it fascinatingly incorporates some damn interesting world-building. Plus, the action decides to use brighter colors and a more sleek look this time around, which makes for action scenes with more fluidity and you can actually see what the hell is going on. It's not perfect, but I had a blast watching it, and probably would again sometime in the future.

    MADHERO: O dang. And you were badmouthing the original.

    LARRY: I rewatched it before seeing the second, and I enjoyed it more than I expected....tho I will still say it suffers from some genuine problems which this film fixes.

    MADHERO: No one is saying OG Pacific Rim is flawless. I liked that movie a lot, but I haven't had much interest in seeing this film. Something about it just feels a tad bland.

    STICKMAN: Does it fix the annoying anime'isms. like the goofy science gang.

    LARRY: Well, about a fifth of it is in Chinese so the anime-isms are still here.

    MADHERO: But.....but.....anime isn't from China.

    LARRY: even I can't defend myself for that brain fart. But Boyega is excellent in it, somehow he has proven to be a better Han Solo-esque figure than Ehrenreich probably ever will be.

    STICKMAN: Boyega is always good. What did you watch Mad, something CHINESE?

    MADHERO: Haha, I wish. No, I didn't watch anything Chinese. In fact I watched something that the Chinese really don't care much for. Its been a couple of months, but needless to say there was a moment in time where it was impossible to escape The Last Jedi takes.  So many, awful spicy takes. Even now you've got people claiming to be actors for Solo claiming Disney is nervous about the future of the franchise after its reception. To hell with that, I say, because I'm of the opinion that The Last Jedi is great. Not perfect, there's definitely flaws, but I found it to be pretty much what I wanted.

    You can argue forever about what it was that didn't click for people, whether it was those evil women taking over the franchise from the macho men. Luke becoming much more of a sadsack drinking milk straight from the teet, or porgs. As it turned, I liked most of those things, and I believe that as of right now, its one of the more bold Star Wars movies released, and makes me genuinely curious what's going to happen with Episode 9. We may soon drown  in takes and future Star Wars movies, but I continue to support The Last Jedi, warts and all.

    LARRY: Yeah I'm in the same boat as you, Mad. I enjoy the film though I do think it has issues.

    STICKMAN: There was one stretch of maybe 20 minutes that were awesome but the rest was pretty damn pants, I gotta say. Not because NNGGHH THE CANNOONNNN just...wasn't...great. That whole casino planet bit was truly the pits.

    MADHERO: That's kinda harsh, Sticky, though you and your aversion to Star Wars (or rather the massiveness of Star Wars) is well known at this point. I'm honestly not too hard on Canto Bight after rewatching the film.

    STICKMAN: It's like, Act 2 of the film though which is a problem. I don't see why  me not sucking Darth Vader's dick means my opinion isn't any more valid than yours on it.

    LARRY: I just think it doesn't mesh well with the Rey/Kylo plot.

    MADHERO: Vader's penis is all burned up and mechanical. Don't recommend it. It feels too long, but it doesn't take up as much as the film as I previously felt, and it does lend itself to a great ending and message of the overall film

    LARRY : Yeah, like, it's a generally well-done sequence. I just was FAR more interested in other stuff.

    STICKMAN: The film is too long, it wastes a lot of good character/story potential set up by Force Awakens, characters have weird and forced-feeling conclusions to their stories....and Porgs suck too, sorry. That bit with the samurais and the burning space room and then the salt planet showdown was rad as fuck. Rest I'll pass on.

    LARRY: *licks ground* Bleh, salt.


    MADHERO: That's it for today's episode. Hopefully Sticky will calm down from his Star Wars rampage to focus on....uhhhh...Rampage.

    STICKMAN: I wasn't on a rampage until you BELITTLED MY OPINIONS, NNNHHMMM. Now I'm gonna turn into a giant lizard man and smash up Dwayne Johnson.

    LARRY: Will I see Rampage or won't I see Rampage.

    MADHERO: Team George all the way, son. Oh and I guess we'll finally talk Isle of Dogs since it'll be going wide.

    STICKMAN: Who.

    MADHERO: You'll just have to watch Rampage to find out who George is. Later.


    LARRY: Bye y'all!

  • MARVEL Madness

    1 month ago


    For the 1st half of April (next month) I'll be focusing more of my attention on my MARVEL fanbase due to Infinity War's release on the 27th & for how I plan to get myself prepared for it (besides just watching every movie in the MCU (including Black Panther) that has come out so far, which I did for the last 3 months in a mixed-up order) I plan to watch both Amazing Spider-Man movies (despite them not being a part of the MCU, but I've considered them to be good nonetheless) on Tuesday the 3rd with the 1st one & on Thursday the 5th with the 2nd one (& for me, both of them have opened up a new perspective of MARVEL that I didn't already have) & next (after that on the following weekend) I plan to watch both the 1st 2 Avengers movies on the 7th (the 1st one @ 5:00 & the 2nd one @ 8:00) & both Guardians Of The Galaxy movies on the 8th (the 1st one @ 5:00 & the 2nd one @ 8:00), & I was originally gonna do this part as a Tuesday/Thursday thing (like with the TASM movies) but I thought to myself "Why not reserve it for the 1st full weekend of April instead?" & by the time that Infinity War comes out, it'll leave me with more excitement than ever before with MARVEL movies, especially with both The Aveners & Guardians Of The Galaxy teaming up to stop Thanos from acquiring all 6 Infinity Stones & wiping out half the universe.

  • Winter 2018 Anime: Two Series You NEED To Watch

    1 month ago

    BlackPenguin Guardian x8; Panel Lead

    I feel like top-shelf anime series, or at least non sequel top-shelf series, only come about once every season or so.  So getting two of them during this season was a real treat.  I'm talking about A Place Further Than The Universe and Laid Back Camp. Both are currently available on Crunchyroll. I really enjoyed them, so let me recommend them to y’all.  I'll give you a synopsis and my impressions of both.

    1st - A Place Further Than The Universe


    Synopsis (Episode 1 Spoilers)

    Shirase (a high school outcast) and Mari (who is struggling with feelings of stagnation) cross paths at their school.  Mari learns of Shirase’s tragic backstory, in which Shirase’s mother went missing in Antarctica.  Shirase, working multiple jobs, has been trying desperately to go there to find her mom.  As a result, Shirase’s classmates have ridiculed and bullied her.  She gets called “Antarctica”, and told that she’s a loser who will never make it there.  Mari, feeling inspired by Shirase’s resolve to get to Antarctica, decides to join her in her quest.


    This show is ssooo good.  The perfect seasoning blend of comedy and feel-good drama.  The central theme of the series is about taking a leap of faith.  Having the conviction to follow your goals when they seem impossible, and throwing caution to the wind in pursuit of them.  Now, most of the time stories about following your dreams are, sadly, a little boring.  But what makes this story really special is that the dream isn’t a concept or idea.  It’s a physical place. More tangible than most dreams, yet even more unobtainable in some ways.  A dangerous, rare place: Antarctica.  Seeing the girls work towards that goal is such a fun and fulfilling journey.  And as it gradually becomes a four girls show (a common anime trope), the growing chemistry and friendship among the girls is both hilarious and tear-jerking.


    The show is also fucking funny.  The situations the girls find themselves in are downright hilarious, and the way the characters play off each other is very well-done.  Each one has their own role within the comedic stylings.  Shirase is aloof but easily flustered, Mari is oblivious and clumsy, Yuzuki is the straight man, and Hinata is the wild card.  You get the feel that the writers put some effort into how these girls would play off each other.  Each of the main four characters manages to steal the scene in hilarious ways.  Slapstick, absurd fast-paced humor, smartly done comedic situations; it has it all.


    But hoo boy, the flip side of that coin?  The feels?  This show has that in spades.  The over-arching plot is about Shirase's mother, but each character is struggling with very personal problems.  And as the series goes on, each one gets their time in the spotlight.  It’s very rewarding to see them help each other out, and get their cries on.  There’s tension, strained relationships, pain, catharsis, and heart-warming growth.  The interplay between the funny and emotional is what makes this show work. It does both extremely well, and knows when to do each.



    Lastly, it’s fucking pretty. The world, the environments; it’s all so pleasing to watch. There’s a tremendous amount of detail. Mari’s house and school feel both real and stifling. The skies, oceans, and snow seem so vast. Light and focus is done very well. I’m also unfamiliar with the character design style, but very in love with it. Lines are thick and deliberate. Faces are simple, yet incredibly expressive. Clothes have weight, and characters’ wardrobes are very individualistic. The show is also devoid of any super-deformed sequences, 4th wall breaks, or drawn-out inner monologues, which helps to cement the reality-based feel.




    To sum up, it’s a very well done show. The comedy is clever, the emotions are dense, the visuals are on point, and the message is compelling. It's rare to find a show that's so well-rounded.  You need to watch it. I’m giving it a 10/10, on my personal scale. But even objectively, it’s minimum 9/10.



    2nd - Laid Back Camp

    If that first show was a fun roller coaster, Laid Back Camp is calming Sunday drive. This series is funny, quirky, cute, and chill as fuck. I loved to watch this one before bed, as it’s very relaxing and puts you in good mood.



    Synopsis (Episode 1 Spoilers)

    High school student Rin loves camping by herself. One day, while camping, she meets a stranded girl named Nadeshiko. Rin hosts Nadeshiko for the evening, during which the latter becomes interested in camping. After this initial encounter, Nadeshiko becomes enamored with camping. This sparks a series of events which pulls even more classmates into the camping scene.


    This series is the anime embodiment of a palate cleanser. The heart of the show is two-fold. First about Rin, a primarily solo camper,  as she learns to enjoy camping with others. Second, about Nadeshiko's introduction to camping through her friends. Throw in Rin’s non-camping friend and the two-member high school camping club, and you have a delightful recipe for a group of high school girls learning to camp and enjoy the wilderness. Seeing these cute characters get to know each other and go on adventures is very fun.



    I know that premise might seem too feel-goody, but this show is far more than that. It feels like a slice of life anime that doesn’t take itself too seriously. It’s decidedly funny, full of puns and witty quips. I would describe the humor as dry and down-to-earth, with the occasional side-splitting gag out of left field. Whether it’s Nadeshiko’s innocent funny foibles or Rin’s well-aimed deadpan delivery, this show brings the comedy.




    Also, they do a great deal of cooking and the food looks DELICIOUS.  Even the characters remark how Nadeshiko makes food look good.  Nearly every episode features one of the girls cooking a meal, followed by the others thoroughly enjoying it.  It’s anime food porn, on par with Food Wars (only way more low-key).  Ribs, sukiyaki, ramen, pork buns, rice, curry, skewers - it has all that and more.




    But what makes this show unique is that interstitched between the light exposition, lies a 4th-wall breaking camping guide. As the characters go on adventures and learn more about camping, a narrator explains their tools/equipment and gives advice to the viewer. Equally humorous and informative, the narrator expounds on the topic at hand. As the camping club learns about tents, we’re given a mini-presentation about different types of tents and their prices. When they learn about campground policies, the narrator teaches us about camp fires. That concept might seem boring but these segments feature cute anthropomorphized objects, chibi versions of the characters, puns, and upbeat music. They serve as funny technical guides that punctuate scenes. Not to mention the narrator has a great voice that ASMR lovers would appreciate.  Here's one example.




    The last components that make this show great are the music and visuals. The music bounces between upbeat/happy and calming/centering. When it’s the former, the show feels hilarious. When it’s the latter, it has a decompressing value. It puts you in a good mood, then puts you in a relaxed mood. Visually, it’s awe-inspiring. In a show about camping and the outdoors, it delivers on showing you the appeal and grandiosity of nature. This show is a treasure trove of Mount Fuji shots, as well as expansive evening vistas of both cities and stars. When combined, the music and visuals emphasize not only the fun of camping, but also the marvelous nature of the outdoors.




    Overall, I found this show to be a funny and soothing salve for the soul. Every episode leaves me feeling great and gives me a good laugh. By the time the end credits roll, I’m ready to be lulled into peaceful contentment by the relaxing ending music.  Also, these are real places.  Check out this reddit post where a guy goes to Japan, visits the places from the show, and reveals the striking resemblance between real life and the show.  I think it shows the creators' due diligence in creating the series.  The show has even inspired non-campers to try winter camping.  I know I want to try it now.



    It was such a treat having these two shows this season, and they play really well off each other.  Both are really, really well-done.  Quality animation, great writing, and great messages.  I loved ending the night by watching A Place Further Than The Universe, followed by Laid Back Camp.  The first will bring you up, and the second will soothe you back down.  And both do so quite comedically.  I highly recommend watching both of them, and even at the same time.

  • At the Screwvies: Episode 104

    2 months ago



    MADHERO: Ok. Here we go again. Every now and then, the question arises: will we get a good video game movie? Tomb Raider already had 2 goarounds, and now they're giving it a go again. But there's only one problem. WHERE ARE THE POLYGONAL GIANT BOOBS?! WHAT THE HELL, WARNER BROS/MGM?! HOW CAN YOU BETRAY US LIKE THIS

    LARRY: ThEy ArEn'T bIg EnOuGh!1!1!

    STICKMAN: Without a pair of rocking triangle tee tahs, it's just not...a video game......ah....

    MADHERO: Absolutely disgusted. I'll just have to wait for Rampage to get my true video game movie experience. I'm so mad I want to talk about something else, like I dunno, news.

    STICKMAN: I hope that big flying wolf got better boobs, y'know?



    UGghGHHGHGHhHGhghghHGHGHGHhghg WHY ARE THESE BEING MADE. Sorry, force of habit. Warner Bros. is chugchugchuging along with the Fantastic Beasts train of films (so much so that the god damn franchise has a logo now), and this past week saw the drop of the first official trailer for the sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, that being The Crimes of Grindelwald. Based on the trailer, it looks the beasts themselves are taking a backseat to pursuing and defeating the evil Grindelwald, played by Johnny Depp, a figure who has caused an uproar with the fanbase after he was accused of being emotionally and sexually abusive. Maybe that’s why there’s only one god damn shot of him. Whoops. ;)

    We also get our first look at Jude Law as Dumbledore. And….yup, it’s Jude Law. Playing…Dumbledore, I guess? I dunno, the lack of giant beard is throwing me off. Of course, the original four leads from the previous film are set to return, and it looks like the magic is certainly still in spades…well, the magic, not the “magic” so to speak. I personally wasn’t too struck by this trailer despite it showing a good chunk of stuff, most Potterheads probably saw Hogwarts.

    MADHERO: Ok, so I think we're all pretty big Potter fans as it was all part of our childhoods, but the lack of excitement for this film just feels like its gonna reach subzero at this point.

    LARRY: I mean, I'm not much of a Potterhead. I've seen all the films but haven't read any of the books in full. I do enjoy some of flicks tho

    STICKMAN: I grew up with the books, the films and the games (Sadly), so yeah. I'm big into Pooter. Fantastic Beasts 1 was....pointless? And the sequel looks even moreso. Throw in how stupid The Cursed Child was, and I'm just done with the prolonging of this franchises financial viability.

    LARRY: Yea, and Depp's controversy certainly isn't helping matters. The fanbase is unhappy, so the vibes just aren't good.

    MADHERO: My lack of excitement isn't even necessarily due to Depp, though his appearance as such an important character is annoying. I think my lack of excitement comes mainly from  how mediocre Fantastic Beasts was.

    LARRY: I didn't even think Fantastic Beasts was that mediocre. I enjoyed myself in it even though it was pretty vapid overall. It was a fun little side quest of sorts but why make four more?

    STICKMAN: The Depp controversy washed away with the appearance of Hogwarts. You just have to wave your hands at the camera, twinkle some pixie dust and say DUMMBLLEDOOREE and the hardcore Potter fans will start crying with joy.

    MADHERO: It was nice seeing Hogwarts again, but I'm actually far more interested in them exploring Paris. Exploring America was one of the better things in Fantastic Beasts, and that circus looked interesting.

    LARRY: Oh, AND the whole "sidestepping Dumbledore’s homosexuality" controversy as well. Just a lot of bullshit surrounding this film.

    MADHERO: Ignoring Dumbledore's sexuality and his relationship with Grindelwald is missing such an open goal. That's one of the interesting aspects you can explore.

    STICKMAN: Star Wars as a franchise rides so much on the nostalgia people have from seeing and hearing certain things. Harry Potter...SORRY, WIZARDING WORLD is becoming very much like that, and I'm not a fan.

    MADHERO: All in all, we're peeved, and I hope its better than the first one. Then I can actually not dread there being 5 of these.


    After a teaser trailer and a brief TV spot in the past few months, we've finally gotten a full length trailer for what's possibly going to be the film event of the year, providing Black Panther doesn't overshadow it...and that's Avengers: Infinity War. We don't really get a whole load of new details, but we do get to see the different teams of characters interacting/bantering a bit more. Most notably we have Star Lord dissing Iron Man's iron plan for...something happening in the movie that we don't yet know about, and Spider-Man dissing Doctor Strange's name as the end-credits sting.

    Beyond that we get a lot of big scale action, a suggestion that Strange will be tortured/used by Thanos' team as an unintentional Avengers spy of sorts, some Hulkbuster activities, and proof that Mr Purple's big plan is to wipe out exactly half the universe, including half of the human population, as it was in the comic books. Mainly, it looks rad as hell, and if it was any other studio, having so many characters smushed into one epic sci-fi romp would be a concern, but it's fair to say Marvel have earned our trust for the time being. Don't let us dooooown, guysss.

    MADHERO: *froths in the mouth* Shiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit

    LARRY: Ughhhh this trailer was so gooooooood Easily their best, no question.

    STICKMAN: This shit gon be crazy

    MADHERO: Its a really well done trailer that I feel does a great job at selling not just the scale, but the character dynamic we've come for

    STICKMAN: This was a very Spider-Man heavy trailer I must say, they're clearly happy to have that guy in the film.

    LARRY: We get some subtle plot details, some hysterical character interactions, and FINALLY A SNEAK PEEK AT THANOS FLASHBACKS YESSSS. I am very pleased. All great moments.

    MADHERO: Yeah, lot of Spidey is this trailer. Lot of Doctor Strange as well. Mainly I'm just a fan of Peter Quill dissing Tony's plan, or Steve putting up a fight against Thanos. This trailer is just filled with cool moments

    STICKMAN: It's not an Avengers movie without SNAPPY DIALOGUE. CHARACTER INTERPLAY.


    MADHERO: That's the one thing that separates  its from its contemporaries, you don't just come for the massive action: you come for the characters.

    LARRY: You right Maddy boi, it’s all about their journeys. I’m very excited to see the Guardians play around with everyone as well. And this is the major culmination.

    STICKMAN: That Captain America bit where Thanos is like "You fuckin serious, mate?" is pretty rad.

    MADHERO: It definitely feels like the endgame, even though we're getting Avengers 4 next year.

    STICKMAN: Erryone gon die.



    O HEY, A MARVEL MOVIE THAT IS SUCCESSFUL! WHAT ELSE IS NEW! You may have noticed it, but the superhero movie is kinda doing really well. The movie has been number 1 at the domestic box office for 5 weeks now, becoming the first movie to do that since Avatar in 2009. Black Panther has some very strong legs, and it out grossing the Avengers domestically is now an inevitability which is something no one could've predicted. Its the 5th MCU movie to break the billion barrier, but the first solo debut film (if we don't count the Avengers), and has outgrossed any Spider-Man or Batman movie. Anyone that would've told you that 5 years ago would've called you a madman.

    Now of course, Kevin Feige has used this moment to say that, duuuuuuuuuh, of course Black Panther is going to get a sequel. You could argue how much of a spoiler that is for him surviving Inifinity War, but that was always on the cards. Its success has also led Sony to start developing a Spider-Man spinoff movie on the character of Nightwatch, to be made by Spike Lee. Now I've never heard of Nightwatch despite being a big Spidey fan, but the fact BP's success is used to make more minority superheroes can only be a good thing after decades of white men. So good job, Black Panther.

    STICKMAN: The Black Panther livves.

    LARRY: If this beats Tomb Raider, it'll be the first time since Avatar a film has been at #1 for five straight weeks. Nuts. Not much to say about this other than this is great news and it deserves all da monies.

    MADHERO: Its success has been amazing to see. It already felt like an event upon release, but you can really feel like its this big moment for movies

    STICKMAN: I don't think it's the best MCU film, but I'm glad it's done so well and the ramifications, much like with Deadpool's success for R Rated movies, is already starting to show potential for more interesting productions in the future, good and bad. I think this and Wonder Woman have proven there's a market for more than just white dudes in the blockbuster market. Not that this needed proving, but it's been we go, folks.

    MADHERO: Yeah. The Nightwatch thing already is a pretty obvious reaction to this huge moment.

    LARRY: Psh, that’s dumb as hell. Like I'm all for the success of this film and more big blockbusters with black leads but don't use it as a ploy to grab some cash. Also, Spike Lee hasn't made a good/successful movie in years.

    STICKMAN: It's Hollywood, Larry.

    MADHERO: I am genuinely curious where its gonna end up when all is said and done. Could it outgross the Avengers? Could it make more than Infinity War. We'll find a couple months I guess

    STICKMAN: I think Infinity War's gonna make more, but that's about as event a film as you can get these days.

    LARRY: It probably will, but it will it be as consistent as BP gross-wise? We'll have to see.



     So here's a whopper of news. Ava DuVernay, director of Wrinkle in Time, has officially been announced as the next female director to join the DCEU. Yeah. You heard me. The project? Adapting "The New Gods", a series by Jack Kirby in which two neighboring planets, New Genesis and Apokalips, are ruled by Highfather and Darkseid respectively. The series features characters such as Mister Miracle, Big Barda, and Steppenwolf, who we saw as the villain in Justice League. In fact, we also saw Batman v. Superman allude to Darkseid during Batman's dream sequence, so it's no surprise that New Gods is in the works.

    What IS surprising is that it's being given to DuVernay, who notably passed on the opportunity to direct Black Panther, saying that her and Marvel simply didn't see eye to eye, so my question is....what makes DC different? While I respect DuVernay a lot as a director, the overwhelming consensus on Wrinkle in Time is that it's a little all over the place with its world and its plot, which is concerning seeing as New Gods is jam-packed with lore and characters. And, once again, this is yet ANOTHER DC project that they have announced before even finding a good footing after Justice League's disappointing reviews and box office returns. So...yeah, call me skeptical I suppose.

    STICKMAN: I have no faith in DC.

    MADHERO: So I haven't seen A Wrinkle in Time yet, and have heard the mixed reception, but I'm actually really interested in this. New Gods is Peak Jack Kirby, and trying to put that on film sounds like a insane endeavor for any filmmaker. It also takes place so far off anything DCEU related that they can ignore it and do its own thing

    LARRY: Yeah, but Wrinkle in Time isn’t goooooooood

    STICKMAN: My concern is if this is a hard thing to a Wrinkle in Time, and she didn't pull that off with Disney? How is this going to work with DCEU.

    LARRY: My thoughts exactly. She hasn’t proven she can tackle large world-building.

    MADHERO: You could say the same about the likes of James Gunn and Ryan Coogler and they did fine. Again, haven't seen WiT, but I'm at the very least still interested in what they do with this. And I'd imagine that WB gives DuVernay the creative freedom to make this movie.

    STICKMAN: I feel she may need to get her blockbuster chops going on less ambitious projects before tackling nightmares like this.

    LARRY: Yeah I’m interested in seeing it, just not sure if it’s be smartest move right now.

    MADHERO: I dunno, maybe my tone will change when I see Wrinkle and go "oh no why you do this"

    LARRY: Yeah it just might. Coogler wasn’t perfect either but his thematic work was top notch.

    STICKMAN: You could say that yeah, but they had a more confident backer in the form of Disney/Marvel. DCEU and Warner Bros don't have the same quality control. I'd like for this to be good, and mainly it's nice to see a director like this get a film gig that isn't based around specific representation, because the sooner we normalise the idea that minority filmmakers can make ANY film they want? The better.

    MADHERO: I feel we put too much stake in the overall DCEU quality, but like all other 900 DCEU movies, we'll see if this even gets made. This is by far the most out there we've seen so far.

    LARRY: It’s great to see DuVernay getting work. I’m just not sure she’s ready.


    Believe it or not, but the live action Grinch movie will soon turn 18 years old, which just continues to show how fucking old I'm getting and how time is incredibly cruel. That movie, in retrospect, is not very good, and kind of terrifying when it becomes clear how Dr. Seuss' style really doesn't work in live action, and if that didn't do it, Mike Myers' Cat in the Hat sure did. Since then all Seuss movies have been animated, with Illumination now tackling its 2nd Dr. Seuss adaptation, after previously kinda missing the point of the Lorax as well as making certain subsets of the internet thirsty for the Onceler. It was a weird time.

    We already had a brief tease during the Winter Olympics, and now we have a actual trailer, which mostly just shows the Grinch, voiced almost unrecognizably by Benedict Cumberbatch, being a bit of a dick while doing groceries, and being a grump to anyone but his good dog, Max. The whole thing is shown through a pretty ehh remix of the classic Grinch song, and it being Illumination, Pharrell Williams' Happy shows up, but I honestly didn't mind the trailer. The animation looks nice, Cumberbatch fits the character, and it all looks decidedly inoffensive.  We already had a far worse movie out, so I don't this'll ruin Suess' legacy, but that's just me.

    STICKMAN: Fuck me up the ass, this looks awful.

    LARRY: Oh, agreed. A-fucking-greed.

    MADHERO: ......what is it exactly that looks so awful? It just looks kinda inoffensive.

    STICKMAN: Well the first 30 seconds being Minions in-jokes for starters, wasn't a great opening. None of the jokes were funny, the premise is missing the point of the source material completely, it looks so bland and like every other CGI animated movie in terms of pacing and's just...ich.

    MADHERO: What about it misses the point? The point is he's a jerk that learns eventually to be kind up until the end?

    STICKMAN: He's supposed to be cold and twisted and isolated from the world and that's partly why he's so bitter. He goes to the fuckin supermarket in this one.


    MADHERO: Like, yeah, The Lorax missed the point spectacularly, but I don't know how walking into a supermarket being a jerk is out of character for the Grinch.

    STICKMAN: I'll say the animation quality and details are nice, but given this film probably cost like $150 Million to make and had animators slaving away on it without any overtime more than likely? Hardly kudos to be given at this point.

    LARRY: To me this looks like Illumination continuing to add unnecessary bits and pieces to an otherwise brilliant source material. I love The Grinch, I find the original special a great piece of animated history, and this just looks to be annoyingly modernizing it in dumb ways. Hell, Cumberbatch doesn't even sound that good as Grinch.

    STICKMAN: I shan't be partaking in this one, sorry. Dog's cute though I guess.

    MADHERO: Illumination movie are pretty famously cheap. I guess I just don't see why you guys are being such Grinches towards this. Like, The Boss Baby I can understand, but this genuinely looks really bland and inoffensive, and somehow that warrants it the death penalty

    LARRY: Oh sure, it's inoffensive. But's just so dumb looking. And again, I don't like the whole "Grinch is just a part of our community hardy har har"

    STICKMAN: I swear to christ if the Mario movie opens with a Minion going DUDDADUDUDUNUDN DBUUUBUBUB POOPOOOOO I'm gonna burn down Hollywood.

    MADHERO: Y'all are overreacting and I look forward to having the usual Illumination reaction of "ehh, it was fine."

    LARRY: God I hope I have that reaction.



    Well, this certainly came outta nowhere. Henry Selick, well known for his stop motion directing work on classic films such as The Nightmare Before Christmas and Coraline, is making a new stop motion movie, this time for Netflix. 'Wendell and Wild' will star recent Oscar winner Jordan Peele and his constant comedy co-hort, Keegan-Michael Key as the titular characters, who are twin brothers...and also demons who end up having to showdown with their arch nemesis in order to win their freedom from hell.  Disturbing 'Hell & Back' PTSD aside, not much else is known about the project at this point, except that Selick is co-writing the screenplay with Peele, who as we just said, recently won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for this work on Get Out, and the character designs are being handled by Argentinian artist Pablo Labato, who has a very...unique visual style which is going to be interesting to see translated into stop motion puppetry. That's all we know at this point, we don't even have an estimated release date, but obviously this is stop motion, and can take many years, so watch this space, folks. I know I will.

    MADHERO: O wow, I completely forgot about Hell and Back up until you mentioned it. That was a thing

    STICKMAN: The cursed.

    LARRY: Yikes.

    MADHERO: Never has Bob Odenkirk as Satan been so thoroughly wasted. That said, I'm into this. Key and Peele are an amazing comedy duo, and Sellick doesn't make enough movies. Probably cause they take so long to make.

    STICKMAN: Selick hasn't made many films but the ones he has end up pretty good.

    LARRY: I'm here for an extended Key & Peele hell.

    MADHERO: It being Key and Peele, on Netflix and about demons does make me wonder if this is going to be a more adult affair.

    LARRY: That'd be awesome.

    STICKMAN: That's certainly possible, although Netflix have a few family friendly animated films under their belt now, so I wouldn't rule out either angle.

    LARRY: True....but an adult comedy would be so much fun. I want them to cuss and stuff

    STICKMAN: You should watch Hell and Back, Larry. That's got a lot of cussing.

    LARRY: I did.....

    STICKMAN: Oops.

    MADHERO: It can go either way. Of course, Sellick's films always have a dark sensibility to them. I think it can work either way, and if it can make Peele unretire from acting, even just voiceacting, that's always good.

    STICKMAN: Must be better than talking poop.

    LARRY: Maybe get Patrick Stewart a cameo in thissss hmmmm?

    STICKMAN: I'm always down for more stop motion...unless it's Hell and Back.


    MADHERO: Alright, that's it in terms of news this week. Now last episode we had to cut some movies because we were late, but now that we're back on schedule, we now have to discuss everything coming out, whether we like it or not. So. Do we have a good video game movie finally? Are we there for giant robots? Are we ready for...GAY TEEN ROMANCE?!

    STICKMAN: The Planet Gayteen.

    MADHERO: Now we could start talking about those big movies first, but hey, as it turns out, Larry actually saw the film. So before we get to our Sherlock Gnomes takes. Larry, what did you think of Love, Simon?

    LARRY: I definitely was not ready.



    DIRECTOR: Greg Berlanti (Arrowverse, Life as we Know It)

    STARRING: Nick Robinson, Josh Duhamel, Jennifer Garner, Katherine Langford, Alexandra Schipp, Keiynan Lonsdale

    SYNOPSIS: Simon Spier (Robinson) keeps a huge secret from his family (Duhamel, Garner), his friends, and all of his classmates: he's gay. When that secret is threatened, Simon must face everyone and come to terms with his identity.

    LARRY: It was....okay. I understand that this film has been getting a lot of praise for being a great piece of representation for the LGBT community while still being accessible to everyone. And, yes, I commend the film for tackling this subject with a lot of nuance and a less-than-soapbox-y take; think John Hughes with a slice of 2018. That being said, I still think it's fair to judge this film like every other dopey romantic comedy out there and...yeah, some moments are pretty cheesy, there are certain character and story flaws in the third act, and the ending reveal wasn't particularly interesting to me. But, it's relatively well-written, surprisingly well-acted (Nick Robinson being the clear standout), very funny, and tells a human story with enough attitude and intelligence for me to walk out somewhat satisfied.

    MADHERO: So fairly standard teen romance, but gay?

    LARRY: Yeah, I suppose. Consider this a nice step forward, but not notable otherwise.

    STICKMAN: I find romantic dramas/comedies immensely not interesting regardless of who's in love with whom. Fact of the matter is a gay romance in a film shouldn't be a big deal, so no point giving this film undue praise just for doing one.

    MADHERO: Its still a pretty big step for a major film release. So good on Fox for releasing it wide. A lot of the reviews seem to suggest "yeah its sweet" but not much else besides the fact it is a gay romance, which sadly still is important, but hey, progress.

    LARRY: I agree, Stick, but it really matters to some people, so why spoil their fun, especially if they're connecting with it?

    STICKMAN: I have no problem with people connecting with it, and I hope it helps someone out who feels incapable of expressing their sexuality.

    LARRY: I saw this film with a queer friend of mine and certain scenes had her in tears, so clearly it is having a strong effect on people. But yeah, no need is overpraising it on my end. Besides, other people are much more well-spoken about this film than I, so I'm not sweating over it.

    MADHERO: That's good to hear. Happy for those feeling represented.



    STICKMAN: Gay Robots.

    LARRY: Ew. Gnomes.

    STICKMAN: Don't be Gnomeist.

    LARRY: I will be Sherlock Gnomeist.

    STICKMAN: That's fair.



    DIRECTOR: Roar Uhtaug (Escape, The Wave)

    STARRING: Alicia Vikander, Walton Goggins, Dominic West, Daniel Wu, Kristin Scott Thomas, Nick Frost

    SYNOPSIS: Lara Croft (Vikander) must push herself beyond her limits when she finds herself on the island where her father (West) disappeared.


    LARRY: Ah, the smell of mediocre action films with great lead performances.

    STICKMAN: So, the reviews for this ain't been so hot, but it's still the HIGHEST RATED VIDEO GAME MOVIE OF ALL TIME, CHAPS. WOOOO.

    MADHERO: WE DID IT! Now Rampage doesn't have all this pressure to succeed.

    STICKMAN: And hey, the audiences seem to like this are never wrong..r...right? RIGHT!?

    MADHERO: I've seen a bunch of interviews with Vikander, and it really does seem like she gave it her all. And the game its based on has a (largely) good story, so its a bit of a shame its mostly turned into a generic origin story.

    STICKMAN: I hear it weirdly doesn't spend as much time on the island as you'd think. Considering the game it's based on is set entirely on the island.

    MADHERO: Does she lock the butler in the freezer. This is important information I need.

    STICKMAN: God I hope so. In Rise of the Tomb Raider's DLC, there's an audiolog you can find that references her doing that as a child. It's CANON. LET'S HAVE A CINEMATIC FLASHBACK.

    LARRY: ...I have no strong feelings about this particularly point of contention. All I know is that I'm probably skipping this one.

    STICKMAN: I'm gonna go see it, hopefully I'll have a GOOD OL' TIME.


    DIRECTOR: Steven S. DeKnight (Daredevil Season 1)

    STARRING: John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Cailee Spaeny, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Burn Gorman, Jing Tian

    SYNOPSIS: Jake Pentecost (Boyega), son of Stacker Pentecost, reunites with Mako Mori (Kikuchi) to lead a new generation of Jaeger pilots against a new Kaiju threat.

    MADHERO: From Academy Award winner Guillermo del Tooooowait, never mind

    LARRY: Another one I'm thoroughly disinterested in. Why PR needed a sequel, I'll never understand.

    STICKMAN: Pupcific Rim Puprising is the only movie I need now, thanks to Screen Junkies.

    MADHERO: That video was absolutely adorable and the best ad for this film. Now I'm the only one here that thouroughly enjoyed the OG Rim, but even I find it hard to really get excited for this sequel

    STICKMAN: It  feels weird how loved Pacific Rim 1 was back in the day. I never really understood it and now a lot of people don't seem to either. I enjoyed the one interesting fight in the 2 hour movie about fighting robots.

    LARRY: I think Del Toro not being as involved just has me cold.

    MADHERO: I'm well aware it has issues, but I found it too fun to care. In this....well I guess all action scenes are in the day now, so you can see what's happening, but for a film about colorful giant robots, it looks like its lacking a sense of personality.

    LARRY: I mean, that's a plus in my opinion. People gotta STOP shooting action scenes in the dark.

    STICKMAN: My favourite fight scene was at Tokyo...dripping with rain and neon. That was like...AMAAAZING.

    MADHERO: But Larry, how else are we gonna hide our dodgy CGI?

    STICKMAN: As you can see, it's not being hidden very well in this film. Pacific Rim was never a big hit in the west, it only recouped money thanks to Asian markets, and Legendary is owned by an Asian company now's your sequel.

    LARRY: Whatever, it was cool action but bland characters and a shit story. Uprising probs ain't gonna do much better.

    STICKMAN: John Boyega is a good boy though.

    MADHERO: It actually looks pretty good from the trailers effects wise. I dunno, I should be more excited than I am, but I feel like this is just going to be a big thud. Which is a shame for John Boyega, but he'll always have Star Wars and be Moses, so he's ok.

    LARRY: Again, it's the lack of Del Toro. He's the heart of the project.

    STICKMAN: He's the heart of all projects. Including my love.

    MADHERO: Its a shame this guy called Oscar took him from us.


    DIRECTOR: John Stevensson (Kung Fu Panda)

    STARRING: James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Johnny Depp, Chiwetel Eljiofor, Mary J. Blige, Michael Caine, Maggie Smith

    SYNOPSIS: Gnomeo and Juliet (McAvoy, Blunt) recruit detective Sherlock Gnomes (Depp) and his sidekick, Gnome Watson (Eljiofor) to help investigate the mysterious disappearance of the other garden gnomes.

    STICKMAN: Ah shit. Speaking of films I can't believe have sequels.

    LARRY: Christ.

    MADHERO: ....who asked for this? Other than Elton John

    LARRY: Poor Elton...was he really that desperate??

    MADHERO: He REALLY wanted to make Gnomeo and Juliet, and I guess now he's like, shit, another one cause why not. Now with more problematic casting

    STICKMAN: Elton John shouldn't be allowed near any movies, after what happened in Kingsman 2.

    LARRY: He was GREAT in Kingsman 2. Whatchusayin

    MADHERO: That should've been a cute cameo and turned really fucking obnoxious. Anyway this movie......its bad, probably

    STICKMAN: Make one Elton John cameo joke, fine. Make him a plot device? No no no. The first Gnomeo and Juliet was bad, so why wouldn't this one be any different.

    MADHERO: I do kinda like the Oscar posters they did that tried desperately to cram in the world gnome


    MADHERO: Call Me By Your Gnome

    LARRY: Eek.


    DIRECTOR: Steven Soderbergh (Side Effects, Logan Lucky)

    STARRING: Claire Foy, Joshua Leonard, Jay Pharaoh, Juno Temple

    SYNOPSIS: A young woman (Foy) is involuntarily committed to a mental institution, where she is confronted by her greatest fear--but is it real or a product of her delusion?

    STICKMAN: A horror movie Larry, RUN.

    LARRY: Not just a horror film. But one SHOT ON AN IPHONE! RUN FOR THE HILLS

    MADHERO: Leave it to Soderbergh to just go "yknow, what, I'll make a film on my iPhone, cause I'm Steven Soderbergh"

    LARRY: You can fucking tell almost instantly.

    STICKMAN: It's a really dumb gimmick though, you either won't notice or it'll look worse. What's he trying to prove? It adds nothing.

    LARRY: I think he's just trying to experiment, but I don't like the iPhone look.

    MADHERO: I actually kinda like that about it. Its very different looking from other films and at least in some shots, has this almost dollhouse quality. And the iPhone also worked really well for something like Tangerine

    LARRY: Yeah, iPhone doesn't shoot shitty video, it's just that (without additional lenses and shit), every shot looks the same.

    STICKMAN: Tangerine was filmed that way because that was how they got the film made though. Steven Sodomburger probably has enough money to rent a couple cameras.

    MADHERO: I dunno. Its Soderbergh, and he rarely makes bad movies. Also nice to see Claire Foy in other things as well.

    LARRY: Eh, maybe Logan Lucky set him on a new path. Wanted to go smaller. Either way, I'll pass.

    STICKMAN: I'll wait until it's on Netflix.


    MADHERO: Well, that's it for the movies, other than that Christian one that suddenly made a ton of money, but that ain't really our scene. You know what is our scene? MOVIE OF THE WEEK THAT'S WHAT!

    STICKMAN: I'll have no religion in MY HOUSE. WHAT MOVIES ARE WHAT.

    LARRY: Movies are my only religion.

    MADHERO: Oh dang, deep. If you're so spiritual about films, than what is your Movie of the Week this time, Larry?


    LARRY: My MOTW is Cory Finley's Sundance darling, Thoroughbreds! I may not like horror, but I'm all for a good psychological thriller, and Thoroughbreds certainly delivers that and more. Starring Olivia Cooke, Anya Taylor-Joy, and Anton Yelchin in his final cinematic role, it tells the story of two young teenage girls who conspire to kill one of their stepfathers, and needless to say things take a turn.

    What I love about this film is that it's incredibly restrained: it doesn't indulge in typical thriller tropes or anything over-the-top, it keeps the entire situation very grounded and somehow finds less in more. The most visual and compelling moments come from the minutiae of the characters' lives, brought out brilliantly by the editing and cinematography. However, the star here is the surprisingly quotable script and its flawless execution from our three leads, each providing their own insightful piece of the emotional puzzle. It's ending is a biiiiiiiit of a whimper all things considered, but with multiple rewatches it is bound to grow on me. THOROUGHBREDS is naturally a very small release, but I encourage anyone looking for something subtly intense to give it a look if they can.

    STICKMAN: Psychological Thrillers are horror films, fucking fight me.

    MADHERO: Such a shame that this is Yelchin's last ever film role.

    LARRY: Well, lemme tell ya, it's one to go out on. Really well done.

    STICKMAN: Yelchin was a great actor.

    MADHERO: Anya Taylor Joy is really showing herself to be a good actress as well, between this, Split and the Witch.

    LARRY: She is amazing in the film, though it's Olivia Cooke who steals the show. It's a shame that she's in Ready Player One right now, which is sure to overshadow her work here.

    MADHERO: Or maybe it'll lead people to see more of her stuff, including this, I dunno.

    STICKMAN: Time to wipe off the numbers on the '__ Seconds since someone dissed Ready Player One on the internet' board. ANYWAY, MAD. DO YOURS.

    MADHERO: So my movie of the week is, as it turns out, my Most Anticipated Movie of the year, so y'know, no pressure. I was naturally pretty excited for Annihilation to finally make it to my Netflix que, even though I'd have happily paid a ticket to see it, but that's neither here nor there. What is there is that its a movie I definitely needed to think about for it  after finishing it, reading articles upon articles to get a sense of interpetation of details that I missed, and that's when I realized just how deep this movie really is.

    Alex Garland has really shown himself to be one of the most exciting directors working today between Dredd, Ex Machina and now this. It almost makes me kinda glad that its on Netflix, cause I almost immediately watched it again after thinking and reading all those interpetations. It also helps that besides being such a cerebral experience, its also a very cool  and beautiful looking sci fi film where nothing quite feels right, with dashes of some pretty horrifying yet amazing imagery. Its on Netflix outside of the US, so if you're into brainy sci fi, you have no excuse. Go see this film, on as big a screen if possible.

    STICKMAN: Hey this is mine too I guess. Mainly because Paddington 2 is OVERRATED. But that's a story for anoooother time. I don't know how I feel about Annihilation but it certainly was an experience.


    MADHERO: Really? Awesome. I knew you were really looking forward to it as well, so what are your THAUGHTS!

    LARRY”heyIsawannihilationtoo…. inatheater:)

    STICKMAN: I felt like it lacked a strong cast of characters, despite having a strong cast, nobody really had much to do apart from Portman, and there wasn't really a story so much as a series of weird events that happened in a strange world. In that respect it disappointed me, given how strong the narrative of Ex Machina and his previous writing on films was,'s still an amazing visual experience and the last 30 minutes fucked me good.

    LARRY: Gotta agree with Sticky on most of those points. I found Portman to be fine, nothing extraordinary, and the last twenty minutes confused the shit out of me in a really awkward way. But yeah, visually dazzling. Finally a sci-fi film with some COLOR.

    MADHERO: I do agree that the characters could've been stronger. Ex Machina had the advantage of being a bottle film with few characters. But I generally enjoyed just about everyone in it and I do think a lot of them do a good job of bringing the themes home

    LARRY: Ugh Ex Machina is soooooo good...

    STICKMAN: It created this really amazing world and had some really cool sequences, but it just lacked engagement? And whilst I think it's a good film in a lot of ways, I do disagree with the sheer volume of acclaim it's received. It's definitely a film with problems, which, given it was my most anticipated film of the year, disappointed me somewhat.

    MADHERO: For anyone who saw this and want a deep dive in its themes, I highly recommend Emily Yoshida's article on Vulture. Really helped me understand the film more and made me love it more. Definitely up for consideration for my Top 5 this year.

    STICKMAN: I feel like a film needs to be more than a lengthy post-viewing analysis piece to be worthy of acclaim, but there you go. It's kinda in the same camp as Space Odyssey in some respects. I liked it though, a very unique experience and I loved the lighthouse sequence.

    LARRY: Ooh, yeah.... Like Space Odyssey meets Arrival meets Aliens.

    STICKMAN: Mainly I just wanted Dredd to turn up and be like JUSTTIICE TIIIIME and shoot some people up. I dunno.


    MADHERO: Well....that about does it for this episode. We're gonna take some rest to prep our HOT TAKES! Ready Player One is upon us soon, and we need something good prepared to dunk on it/the haters.


    LARRY: Nah, fans are loving it post-early screenings. It's the marketing that's got people jaded. Who knew, Spielberg can deliver fun.

    MADHERO: Just read some of the book paragraphs and you'll find out why. Will that affect the movie?! COME FIND OUT THEN! Gotta go to the volcano and boil my takes.

    LARRY: Good one. Aw well. See you all after that rolls over!

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  • At the Screwvies: Episode 103

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    MADHERO: Hey everyone. Here we all, all recovered from the annual Oscar watch. Sure it took a couple days to recover, but we're still going to deliver an actual show now that its all over.  Its threw my whole biological clock out of whack, but it was worth it to see them not fuck up this time.

    STICKMAN: It certainly was an efficient, no thrills production

    LARRY: I mean, it didn't really fuck me very much. Though seeing the fish man get an Oscar? NOW THAT FUCKED ME UP

    STICKMAN: I wish the fish man would fuck me.

    MADHERO: Hey now, maybe we should discuss that a bit more. In the News section maybe




    Well, the whole reason why we delayed this episode to begin with. The 90th Academy Awards, and they were here to remind you that no, we're not going to fuck up the Best Picture nominee again, as I used my amazing "be wrong in predicting Best Picture" powers to see Guillermo del Toro's Shape of Water take the gold, becoming the first genre film to win since Return of the King, instead of Three Billboards, also winning Best Director, Original Score and Production Design. Its really awesome to see a creature feature with horror roots take the gold, and del Toro is an amazing person for whom we at Screwvies all wish the best. The acting wins went about as expected, with Gary Oldman and Sam Rockwell winning the Actor awards, and Frances McDormand and Allison Janney taking the Actress awards. Roger Deakins, long time Oscar loser, finally got his statue for his stunning Blade Runner 2049 work, and Jordan Peele won Best Original Screenplay for Get Out.

    As expected, the after effects of #MeToo and #TimesUp were there in full force as there were plenty of jabs and speeches about women in the industry, with the highlight being Frances McDormand's speech asking all the women nominees to stand up. It was of course a very political night, with Guillermo del Toro celebrating and calling himself a immigrant in his speech. The show itself was, as expected, way too long and filled with unnecessary (if well made) montages and the subject matter didn't leave much in the way of great comedy, but all in all it was a throughly professional show with Kimmel again doing a good if unremarkable job hosting. As for the predictions, I was on my way to a clean sweep up until Best Picture, and Stickman and I tied with our predictions, with him getting his own category, Animated Short, wrong. Life's weird sometimes.



    STICKMAN: GAAAHHHH. But hey, getting Best Picture right gives me bonus points, right? So...I win?

    MADHERO: Sure. I'll give up my 4x winning streak. Congrats

    STICKMAN: Yesssss. Now for it to never happen ever again.

    LARRY: This was honestly a solid year as far as my predictions. Got a good 3/5ths, better than most years. I gotta say, I was genuinely surprised to see Get Out win Best OG Screenplay.

    STICKMAN: I felt like that was the category it was going to win in, if any.(edited)

    MADHERO: It does probably speak volumes as to how predictable the Oscars were, though Shape winning Best Picture was a legit and fun surprise to me. One of my favorite Best Picture winners in a while

    LARRY; I just thought 3B had the Academy eating out of its hand. Clearly not.

    STICKMAN: I'm really happy Shape of Water won, it was a really lovely and touching film. Also that fishbutt.

    LARRY: I'm pretty sure Shape won because of the polarized views over Get Out and 3B in the Academy. Kinda like how Moonlight won over La La Land. I'm not saying it didn't deserve it. It just happened to be the safer pick. I love GDT. The man deserves all the golden naked men

    STICKMAN: I feel it won in its own right, and having seen it, I felt it was pretty Oscar-ready.

    MADHERO: McDonagh not nominated for Best Director was its death knell, it seems. Actors really liked it, while everyone else gravitated towards Del Toro. I'm just happy that I won't have to see anymore 3 Billboards hot takes.

    STICKMAN: Also how about that shock win for Coco, huh? Shocking.

    LARRY: Robert Lopez, a DOUBLE EGOT. What a guy.

    MADHERO: A movie about a mute woman loving a fish man does not exactly scream "safe." But hey, what did we think of the actual award show? Ratings are down again, but that's a given these days.

    STICKMAN: I feel like a lot of people watch it on streaming services rather than TV, I watched it on NOW TV so.

    LARRY: I enjoyed the show quite a bit actually. Kimmel seemed to play it safe this year, which is to be expected given all the controversy throughout the year. I'm glad the winners were a good group of diverse people.

    STICKMAN: The show was kinda forgettable minus a couple memorable speeches and the jet ski gag. I've never understood why the Oscars are expected to be a huge  ratings draw, it's a bunch of stuffy old white men picking the 'best' film nobody has seen.

    MADHERO: I think the show itself was pretty good, but not amazing. It was competent and it walked the #MeToo tightrope quite well honestly. And I hope the costume designer of Phantom Thread is happy with his jetski


    LARRY: FREAKY DEAKS. Gotta say though, Phantom Thread got robbed for score.

    MADHERO: THE CURSE IS OVER! We can move on to, I dunno, Amy Adams.

    LARRY: Yeah I guess.

    STICKMAN: Amy Adams not being nominated for Arrival continues to offend me.

    MADHERO: Rootin' for ya, Amy. Maybe some day.


    Continuing with what seems like a streak of Disney movie teasers, presumably to launch in front of A Wrinkle in Time, we got our first look at the awfully titled 'Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck it Ralph 2' and...well...yep, that was a strange way to end it. Without revealing too much about the actual story at this point, we're introduced to the selling point of this film, Ralph and Sarah Silverman's annoying character venturing into the Internet thanks to their Arcade's new Wi-fi installation.  Cue the usual gags like meeting anthropomorphised pop-ups, websites being made into their own virtual buildings you can walk around, albeit in this one all based around product placements such as eBay and (oddly) IMDB, which gives the whole thing disturbing Emoji Movie vibes.  We already know from D23 that Disney's own websites will be featuring too, which is broadly an excuse to have lots of Star Wars/Pixar/Marvel/Disney cameos in the film, removing it from video games once and for al. That said, we do get a video game...of sorts? A child's tablet game about feeding pancakes to a bunny that results in a surprisingly dark but admittedly amusing gag involving the poor exploding and terrifying what's weirdly a repurposing of child Moana. It wasn't super impressive, and I have a lot of reservations about the sequel, the original really not standing up to re-viewing, in my opinion. But we'll see, early days yet I suppose.

    MADHERO: The final joke was great and was fun to see Disney do something that delightfully dark.

    STICKMAN: I'm surprised people aren't mad about it. I laughed, which is generally a sign it's in bad taste.

    LARRY: Honestly that joke was pretty morbid. And it went on for way too long. Like, it's a very strange joke to end a fucking Wreck-it-Ralph teaser on.

    STICKMAN: I loved it, although it's brought out the creepy fetishes in some people, so that's ruined it forever.

    MADHERO: Its the one really memorable part of the  teaser. The rest feels like that Futurama episode where they enter the internet.

    LARRY: Yeah this teaser was fine. Seems to be what we would expect from a film like this. The one guy who was the Buzzfeed-esque quiz gave me a giggle.

    STICKMAN: I'm really worried it's just gonna be a mix of that Futurama episode, and a whole heap helping of Disney easter eggs that  people will eat up because DIISNNEYYY.

    MADHERO: Its just a tease to get a feel of what the film will be like. I'm honestly very curious about the D23 footage they talked about cause it could be a great self aware gag, but we didn't get to see that yet. Its really just to sell the concept.

    LARRY: Yeah, and I liked the concept initially. I just wanna see what the actually STORY is gonna be.

    STICKMAN: Yeah I don't really get the plot. I guess...Ralph breaks the internet? And then it leads into that South Park episode where the internet stops working.

    MADHERO: I think there's a algorhtym type character who I'm 100% sure is going to be the villain, but we can only speculate.


    STICKMAN: I'm not super on board with this film, but I think it'll turn out fine, Disney don't really do dud animated films. Even if they're often by the numbers.

    MADHERO: At worst, it'll be passable. Disney's got this whole animation thing down after 80+ years. Lets see how their live action stuff maybe fairs.


    Not sick of live-action Disney remakebootquelspinoffs? Well, you're in luuuuckkkkKKKKKKK, cuz the ol' Mouse House just dropped two teaser trailers for two more nostalgia-fueled money makers. First off, we have our first genuine look at Mary Poppins Returns, starring Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda. Gotta say, the sweeping sky shots of Mary flying in definitely grabbed my attention, but also, Lin as a chimney sweep? Sold. Then again, we still have plenty more to see from this film, as it doesn't come out until December.

    Moving on, our second teaser was a look at Christopher Robin, a film that follows an adult Christopher getting back in touch with his childhood once his old Hundred Acre Wood friends reappear. It isn't much, but from what we can tell, it looks like Christopher is now a corporate stooge, and Pooh and friends are here to remind me what it means to have fun....or something, I dunno this trailer is honestly pretty cliche. It's not hard to predict where it's going to go., the stuffed animal CGI is good, but DAMN if it ain't a little creepy. No surprise that people have already been re-editing the trailer to seem like a horror film. Well, anyway, we can expect this film on August 3rd. With this, as well as their countless other projects, 2018 looks to be a biiiiiiig year for Disney. Let's hope we all survive it.


    MADHERO: Not gonna lie, the Christopher Robin trailer, as someone who grew up with Winnie the Pooh, kinda got to me. Also really glad they kept Jim Cummings' voice. Though McGregor shouting POOOOOH?! made me laugh

    LARRY: Yeah the cast seems cool but like...the weird CGI's creeeeepyyyyyyy

    STICKMAN: I mean I'm not exactly on board with this film trend of Disney anyway, but this seemed really cliche and heavily steeped in nostalgia for emotional impact.

    MADHERO: Its an somewhat aged stuffed animal. Its bound to look a little creepy. Some of the OG toys the characters were based on are terriftying

    STICKMAN: That's very true.

    LARRY: OKAY BUT THE MOUTH BARELY MOVES AND ITS NOT WELL SYNCED TO THE VOICE. Sorry I seem to be the only person who's not about it

    STICKMAN: I am very much not about it.

    MADHERO: People have already pointed out how its basically Hook but Winnie the Pooh, which is.....yeah, that's what it is. I'm still curious though. As for Mary Poppins, that's something I'm not as nostalgic for. Blunt looks great though

    LARRY: Mary Poppins looks surprisingly epic. Those sky shots.

    STICKMAN: I just...I just....ooyyy. Visually it was very nice, but other than that. I think Blunt will be great in the role but again, so steeped in nostalgia feels.

    LARRY: Sticky, did you enjoy Mary Poppins?

    STICKMAN: Eh. It's okay.

    LARRY: Aaaaaaaaand that's our answer. This film seems to be deeply stemmed in the original's tone and aesthetic.

    MADHERO: It ain't out till Christmas so we'll have a while to get excited for it. Give me my 2d animated penguins just like PL Travers wanted

    STICKMAN: Saving Mr Banks 2: Rolling in her grave.



    You'd think with a imminent takeover on the horizon, that Fox would slowly start slowing down their X-Men /comic book movie front, but it seems like they didn't get the memo and Fox is only continuing to develop new project. We already knew about X-Force, which is to be directed and written by Drew Goddard and will most likely be teased in Deadpool 2, as we saw the likes of Terry Crews in the most recent trailer. New Mutants is using its long delay to add a new character to the film, speculated to either be Kitty Pryde (whom they're planning a spinoff for) or longtime New Mutant companion Warlock. However, Fox is also using its Fantastic Four property in a different way, with Noah Hawley developing Doctor Doom, and as we now know, having comic book writer Brian K. Vaughn work on a Silver Surfer movie.

    Now that's pretty interesting. Silver Surfer is obviously a very well known character, but hard to take a crack at considering how cosmic he is. He of course made his big screen debut in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, played by Doug Jones but voiced by Laurence Fishburne, but that film is probably more known for its interpetation of Galactus (giant space cloud).  It'll be interesting to see if the success of Thor Ragnarok and Guardians of the Galaxy will embolden Fox to go a bit more weird with this film, which might not even happen depending on how the Disney deal will develop.

    STICKMAN: I don't feel like Silver Surfer has enough going for him to have a solo film. He's very much  a supporting character, even if he has some pathos.

    MADHERO: I honestly don't know enough about him to judge, but I do know he's had plenty of acclaimed solo runs.

    LARRY: #BringBackDougJones

    STICKMAN: But even in those he's kinda doing stuff with or to other people. But FOX seem to be on a roll with their more experimental films, so who knows. It's interesting to see projects like this starting up given the uncertain future of the FOX owned Marvel properties.

    LARRY: Yeah. Personally I'd prefer the wider range of properties and artistic visions. If being under the Disney mantle would risk that...

    MADHERO; Yeah. I'm more than ok with Fox making F4 movies but not using the F4. Marvel probably wouldn't let the guy who made Fargo and Legion make a Dr Doom movie

    STICKMAN: That's the concern, they've finally started to try new things and Disney will very much want to make the more comic-accurate or family friendly option as opposed to weirder or more adult offerings. Not that those aren't fun, but variety is pretty nice.

    LARRY: Yeah but Disney does have a kind of formula. It's nice that Fox is messing with that, doing their own stuff.

    MADHERO: We honestly don't know when the Disney deal is gonna take place at this point. Hell there's still a chance Comcast will swoop in, but we'll see if this even gets made.

    STICKMAN: They have a formula for all their studios, really. FOX have a formula for X-Men  too, but Deadpool and LOGAN, and ...maybe The New Mutants show they're willing to experiment with side-projects.

    LARRY: Yeah but their best work breaks formula.

    STICKMAN: Agreed



    For a while now we've been hearing about Quentin Tarantino's next movie, that totally isn't about the Manson murders, but also clearly is. It's unclear what the broad premise is, beyond exploring that tragic 1969 incident, but we've finally got a name, and a rather impressive cast is beginning to form. The film is now titled Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which breaks the double barreled naming convention set up by previous films (Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill, Inglorious Bastards, etc) but that, along with the early synopsis released suggests the film will be about  struggling TV actor Rick Dalton and his stuntman Clff Booth in Hollywood who just happen to live next door to the ill-fated Sharon Tate. The two leads playing said struggling actors? Leonardo Di Caprio and Brad Pitt, starring alongside each other for the first time, both having worked on different Tarantino films in the past.

    The name, seemingly an allusion to the works of Sergio Leone, also suggest a continued western theme to Quentin's films, following on from Django Unchained and Hateful Eight, but that's just educated speculation at this point.  My main takeaway at this point is a continued concern that Tarantino taking on the Manson murders seems...risky? He's not one known for his tact and respecting of history, but unlike gunning down Hitler, who we can all agree was something of a bastard, this seems in poor taste, and is already garnering controversy.  We'll see, though!

    MADHERO: Mmmmmm, yes. I'm looking forward to this, even with my complicated feelings towards Tarantino

    STICKMANL Tarantino is a royal prick , but he makes good films.

    LARRY : Especially with Tarantino's recent controversy, this feels like a risky move to be tackling something with...less than tact.

    STICKMAN: People aren't really in camp Tarantino right now, so it's gonna be interesting to see how that effects the film down the line.

    MADHERO: Well Sony paid 100 million and then some. Its going to happen. The film aint out till August 2019, so that may give it time for everything to cool down. That or we get new revelations and they just cancel the whole thing

    STICKMAN: That's the possibility. He seems to have come out of crashing someone into a tree quite well, oddly.

    MADHERO: In his and Uma Thurman's defense, it seemed like that was something the author added as Thurman defended him on Instagram. Then of course came that Stern interview where he defended Polanski which was just....oof

    LARRY: Point is, it's gonna be hard for film twitter to suddenly stop supporting Tarantino. So the film is gonna have an audience to some capacity.

    STICKMAN: Tarantino is one of those directors a lot of film people are all about, but now there's a vocal group very much against him, in some respects for good reason. But we'll see how things play out.


    LARRY: The movie sounds interesting. Cast is A+ so far.



    So, if you watched the Oscars (which we certainly did), you may have seen Call Me By Your Name win the Best Adapted Screenplay category. Well, that was the only award it walked away with, but that hasn't seemed to slow down its momentum. In fact, director Luca Guadagnino has officially confirmed plans for a sequel, with Chalamet and Hammer returning as the two leads. He is currently working with help from the original novel's author, Andre Acima, on the story, which would be set five to six years after the events of the original. According to Guadagnino, they're looking to find a new tone for the sequel, which will have Elio and Oliver traveling around the world. Guadagnino has spoken before about wanting to do a sequel to CMBYN, at one point comparing it to Linklater's "Before" trilogy in how sequels were filmed years after each other to follow the actor's aging. He expressed an interest in touching upon the politics of the 90's, such as the fall of communism and the beginning of the Berlusconi era in Italy. Needless to say, after CMBYN's success, a sequel would be welcomed with open arms by the film community! Let's hope it maybe gains more traction that time.

    STICKMAN: Two Names, Two Callious.

    MADHERO: Its good that you mentioned the Before trilogy otherwise this seems like such a weird move.

    LARRY: Who's ready for more peach scenes???

    STICKMAN: I heard about that peach scene and I'm not on board with these shenanigans.

    MADHERO: Haha, yeah. The peach. The thing everyone jokes about regarding this film which I don't get cause I haven't seen it yet.

    LARRY: It's one hell of a moment.

    STICKMAN: All gay people jizz in fruit, it's a common fact.

    LARRY: I'm down for this honestly. If they can progress the story is a fascinating way, I can watch Guadagnino's aesthetic choices for weeks.

    MADHERO I know it gets used for the sexy times, and that's about it. Its interesting to see this happen. People really liked these characters and then it'll be interesting to see where they are in a couple years. Interested for sure, but have to see the first one first.

    STICKMAN: Next time they'll jizz in a watermelon, and then for the 3rd and final film, they'll jizz on a giant pumpkin.

    MADHERO: Also curious when he'll start this, since he has Suspiria in the pipeline for this year but that seems done and ready for release. We just haven't seen anything.

    LARRY: I'm just glad he's working with the author and genuinely trying to see where these characters are going to go in their own future.

    STICKMAN: Call me by your name 2: Cruise Control


    MADHERO: Alright, that's it for the news. Now since this episode is later, we're got going to discuss Red Sparrow and Death Wish, cause hey, those are already out and  you can see them, but by the sounds of it, you probably shouldn't see Death Wish.

    STICKMAN: Fuck Death Wish.(edited)

    LARRY: I mean, Red Sparrow supposedly ain't great either.

    MADHERO: Yeah, but it ain't Death "Just like Get Out according to director Eli Roth" Wish.

    STICKMAN: Fuck me sideways with a peach.

    MADHERO: Enough about that, lets talk about some other, hopefully better films



    DIRECTOR: Ava DuVernay (Selma, 13th)

    STARRING: Storm Reid, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Chris Pine, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michael Pena, Zach Galifianakis, Levi Miller, Deric McCabe

    SYNOPSIS: After learning her astrophysicist father (Pine) is being held captive on a distant planet deep in the grip of a universe-spanning evil, Meg Murry (Reid) works with her highly intelligent younger brother (McCabe), her classmate (Miller), and three astral travelers (Winfrey, Witherspoon, Kaling) to save him.

    STICKMAN : Suuuch potetnntiall, wasssted. It's really sad because I think people really wanted this to continue the runaway success of what Black Panther accomplished for big budget black filmmaking, but I fear the reviews are a death sentence.

    MADHERO: I'll be real for a sec: I really liked A Wrinkle in Time back in middle school, but in terms of trying to film it, its a challenge for pretty much anyone. It doesn't really lend itself to film. Obviously I hoped this movie would be received slightly better, but I like what I hear about it swinging for the fences and being bold and ambitious, even when a lot of it doesn't unfortunately work as hoped.

    STICKMAN: Sometimes being bold and ambitious doesn't pay off, which is a shame, but the heart is in the right place, at least.

    LARRY: To be fair, it seems like the vision is certainly there. I don't think DuVernay is perhaps to blame. And yeah, as Mad said, the story is a tricky one.

    STICKMAN: I don't think it's a blame game, I think it's just a hard film to make and it didn't succeed, that's all.

    MADHERO: Its really the weight of the source material. I think any filmmaker would have a problem with it.

    LARRY: Okay blame sounds negative, I'm just saying that DuVernay clearly put her vision into it, akin to what Coogler did with Black Panther, and that should be commended.

    MADHERO: And hey, it should be noted that for a lot of critics it does work. I think its something you either going to love or just leave you cold.

    STICKMAN: I think there's some people who are so enamoured with the concept and the source material, that it's just exciting and moving to see it on the big screen? But..I dunno, we'll see how things play out.

    MADHERO: I'm probably going to see it with my sister since we're both fans of the book. I hope I fall into the camp that likes the film.

    LARRY: Yeah I'll definitely give it a shot too. I love DuVernay, gotta go support the visionaries!

    STICKMAN: I won't, but then I'm gonna see Tomb Raider regardless because the 'source material' means a lot to me,  so I get it.


    DIRECTOR: Nash Edgerton (The Square)

    STARRING: David Oyelowo, Charlize Theron, Joel Edgerton, Amanda Seyfried, Sharlto Copley, Thandie Newton

    SYNOPSIS: Mild-mannered businessman Harold (Oyelowo) finds himself at the mercy of his back-stabbing business colleagues back home (Theron, Edgerton), local drug lords and a morally conflicted black-ops mercenary (Copley).

    STICKMAN: Never mind, all is lost.

    MADHERO: Oof, this just took a nosedive

    LARRY: Hooooooooly fuck. What a tone deaf film.

    STICKMAN: Great talent going massively to waste, here.

    MADHERO: I don't know about tonedeaf, but for something that's supposed to be a comedy, it doesn't look all that funny.

    STICKMAN: I had no idea it was supposed to be a comedy. I saw the trailer in front of Shape of Water and just...oops? The audience seemed pretty disinterested also.

    LARRY: Um....yeah I'm gonna stick with tone deaf to describe this one. It tackles a rather major topic with a lot of the exact opposite of sensitivity. And the whole "not funny" thing makes it worse.

    MADHERO: To be fair, a lot of good comedies do that as well. This....doesn't look like a good comedy. Which is a shame cause I like pretty much every actor in it.

    LARRY: Yes but it doesn't look self-aware at all.

    STICKMAN: There’s some Oscar winning talent in the mix and they're all WASTED. WASTED I TELLS YA

    LARRY: Charlize Theron's little blip before Tully gets her into the awards race.


    DIRECTOR: Rob Cohen (The Fast and the Furious, The Boy Next Door)

    STARRING: Toby Kebbell, Maggie Grace, Ryan Kwanten, Ralph Ineson, Randy Couture

    SYNOPSIS: Thieves attempt a massive heist against the U.S. Treasury as a Category 5 hurricane approaches one of its Mint facilities.

    STICKMAN: Oops. So, this film is going to direct to streaming here, which is always a great sign.

    MADHERO: The official trailer  for this film has like 10 million views on Youtube, but only about 100 likes or so. Hmmmmmmmmmm....

    STICKMAN: It looks pretty pants.

    LARRY: I'm not sure how I feel about Tony Kebbell doing a country accent.

    MADHERO: I love how they're advertising it as from the original director of the Fast and the Furious movies, but his most recent movies include Alex Cross and The Boy Next Door.

    STICKMAN: So yeah, I'd give this one a pass, you guys.

    LARRY: Gotta love...... the disaster movies meets heist movie genre. Also, gotta love the ridiculously punny use of Rock Me Like a Hurricane.

    MADHERO: And hell if you go further you get Stealth and The Mummy 3. What I’m trying to say is that Rob Cohen isn't that great a selling point


    STICKMAN: We're in for NOTHING, cuz we're not watching it.


    DIRECTOR: Johannes Roberts (The Other Side of the Door, 47 Meters Down)

    STARRING: Christina Hendricks, Martin Henderson, Bailee Madison, Lewis Pullman

    SYNOPSIS: A family (Hendricks, Henderson, Madison, Pullman) staying in a secluded mobile home park for the night are visited by three masked psychopaths, to test their every limit.

    STICKMAN: What the heck.

    LARRY: Great, more pants stuff.

    STICKMAN: I mean, the original Strangers is a cult favourite despite iffy reviews.

    MADHERO: Y'know, I thought it was a pretty terrible title until I learned its a sequel to a film that came out in 2008 called The Strangers.

    STICKMAN: I'm not sure anyone was hankering for a sequel. I ain't seen it.

    LARRY: Again, no horror for this boi

    MADHERO: This one has Christina Hendricks in it, so that's something, I guess. Its teasers honestly look ok. Not that scary, but maybe that it has some self awareness

    LARRY: I mean, I do like her. But...not enough.

    MADHERO: I'll probably never see this, but it speaks volumes that this one looks the most promising outside of Wrinkle in Time.

    STICKMAN: I will say, the original was lauded by some for being atmospheric and tense, this seems more jump-scarey, but I can't say how accurate that is to the original, I like the bold colours, though. Could be okay. STRANGER things have happened. AHOAHOHOHOHOHO.


    MADHERO: Alright. That's it for movies this week. Ain't so  great aside from WiT if that's your thing. But if it ain't, there's always MOVIE OF THE WEEK!


    LARRY: ....shit same.

    MADHERO: WELL YOU BOTH DID! I did as well. Surely you remember, right?

    STICKMAN: I sure don't

    MADHERO: Alright, I'll go first  Maybe something will jog your memory

    STICKMAN: Good idea.


    MADHERO: Alright, we talked about the Oscars, and we're all happy that The Shape of Water won Best Picture. Even Blade Runner got some trophies to bring home . Unfortunately, one of the films that went home without any Oscar trophies is Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig's directorial debut which had to see Get Out and Shape of Water steal most of its thunder. Which was to be expected, but still a bit of a shame since I was really suprised how much I liked this movie.

    What really stands out from it is just how well written it is. It could be very easy for all these characters to fall into stereotype or tropes we're all familiar with, but there's something Gerwig does with character beats and moments that just make them feel real, and it finds a lot of humor in that. Saorise Ronan continues to show why she's one of the best actresses working today, and Gerwig shows herself a force to be reckoned. There's a reason why this film broke Toy Story 2's record for a while.

    STICKMAN: I saw a statatasttastic thing that said audiences found this to be the most overrated Oscar nominee by some degree, I assume you disagree?

    LARRY: They clearly didn't see The Post.


    LARRY: Nah I liked all the nominees this year but that statatasttastic is bullshit. Tell 'em, Mad.

    MADHERO: I disagree quite a bit. There's something I really connected to with it, despite my and Lady Bird's experiences being nothing alike.

    STICKMAN: I intended to go see it, but bad health and shitty weather got in my way, sadly.

    MADHERO: Definitely check it out whenever it comes out on DVD or streaming. Its not a film you need to see on the big screen, but one that's definitely worth seeing.

    LARRY: I've seen the film twice, and I found it even better on a second viewing. I agree with Mad that there's a lot to connect with, and Gerwig's direction is very, very strong. Metcalf and Ronan are amazing togther, truly.

    STICKMAN: I will do so, it was the one I wanted to see most after the ones I'd already seen. Also no jizzing peaches.

    MADHERO: I want a spinoff about the football coach teaching the drama class. Anyway, Sticky, what's your MOTW?

    STICKMAN: AHaha, RIGHT? I...don't know what this means. Soooo, I've seen a few films since we last did an episode, I saw The Shape of Water and loved it a lot, but instead I'm going to annoy Larry and talk about a HORROR FILM, one you can watch right now. The Ritual, a Netflix exclusive in the US, but a traditional cinema release here that just came out on DVD, is a horror film that in some ways owes a lot to The Descent, especially in terms of its set-up.

    This time though, we're trading caving for mountain/forest hiking, trading an all-female cast for all-men, and trading comic-book'esque visceral gore for...visually unsettling gore and a nice dose of surrealism. Seeming to take some visual/creature inspirations from The Witch, it's not a masterpiece of horror by any means, but it's a well crafted and entertaining one, with its unique and well realised creature design (Which I shan't spoil) and use of surrealist imagery to convey various nightmare sequences make it stand out quite a bit. You already technically own it if you have Netflix in the US, so why not give it a watch? It's certainly a ride.


    MADHERO: I've heard really good things about this from the horror crowd.

    STICKMAN: It's definitely a film that's going to live on in cult success with the horror fans. Whilst it's not super original in basic premise, the design of the creatures and surrealism is pretty remarkable.

    MADHERO: Oooooh. Surreal horror, that's always fun.

    LARRY: Is it?

    STICKMAN: Yes Larry, IT IS. Especially when the narrative is actually followable.

    MADHERO: True. That's a pretty necessary ingredient. I actually don't think its on Netflix here, but it is in the US, so check it out there. Now Larry, you have a film with the exact opposite scenario

    LARRY: Yes, ironically enough. Though my pick will be on Netflix soon for all you chaps.


    LARRY: So, I saw Annihilation a week or two ago. Needless to say, I was very excited about it, as we all were. Walking out, my opinions are a little mixed, though I certainly did enjoy the film. It's a visual feast, and a nice breathe of fresh air to see a dark, sci-fi tale bursting with color and vibrancy. The world itself is also very fascinating, and the more we learn about it, the more invested you become.

    Add that to some solid performances and some excellent suspense and body horror, and you have an experience that, not to sound like a broken record, deserves to happen in a theatre. That being said, I found the story to be slow in the beginning, and a tad bland and ridiculous toward the end. I don't want to give away what happens, but needless to say, something fucking happens, and it's gonna decide whether you love or hate this film. BUT, needless to say, I thoroughly recommend this film to any fan of sci-fi, especially those who like a dash of horror. I may not be in love with it, but this film is gonna garner conversation, and that alone has merit in my book.



    LARRY: ...okay guys let's breathe a bit. Do you have any questions for me, perhaps?

    STICKMAN: There's nothing more frustrating than seeing reviews saying "This is a must-see on the biggest screen possible" and it's like...Gee, would if I could.

    MADHERO: I feel like it might be best to go into this film cold.

    STICKMAN: Agreed. Also you were rude about my film choice so I'm gonna be rude about yours. 10/10

    MADHERO: I heard there's a pretty naughty bear in it out there to kick Paddington and Pooh's ass


    LARRY: Um...sure let's call it a bear.

    STICKMAN: AAGGHH. I'll jizz in your peaches, you fiends.

    MADHERO: I'd rather you didn't. Id rather watch this movie, but that will have to happen next week. On my laptop.

    STICKMAN: I'm gonna hijack a cinema screen and broadcast it there.


    MADHERO: Well, that's it for our sorta late Screwvies but hey at least now we talked about the Oscars while they were still relevant. Hopefully next time we'll be back on our regular schedule, as we'll get giant robots and Tom Brady getting his own movi...o sorry . Tom Braider.

    LARRY: Niiiiiiiice. Good one

    STICKMAN: Thomas Braider and the Philosophers Stone.

    MADHERO: Alicia Vikander seems like a weird casting choice, but we'll see how that goes. Ok. Laaaaaaaaaaaaaaaater.

    STICKMAN: Buh bye.

    LARRY: Bye y'all.

  • Black Panther the worst Marvel film to date? (Spoilers)

    2 months ago


    It's been a few weeks since I watched Black Panther and I feel like I might have missed a trick whilst watching after seeing all of the positive reviews, not only from reviewers but from other Marvel fans. Don't get me wrong I understand that everyone can have their own opinions on the film and if they enjoyed it and as some have said thought it was the 'best Marvel' movie they have seen then more power to them. I just really didn't enjoy it as much as my personal favourites -  Captain America Civil War and Spider-Man Homecoming. The main issues I had with the film can be broken down into 2 main points: 


    1. The plot was honestly really quite boring, I thought more time would have been spent in Wakanda delving deeper into the country and culture of a place that, obviously, we've never seen on screen before. But the majority of the Wakanda scenes seemed to take place in a few different locations: the waterfall/arena place where T'Challa has to face his challengers, the throne room/palace and the tech area where T'Challa's sister spends most of the film. Now I know that the final battle took place on the hillside and on the railway system that is used to transport the Vibranium around, but those locations just weren’t particularly interesting to me, I would have liked to have spent more time in and around the Wakandan people where a couple of scenes took place, these really helped to build an understanding of the county and their culture but the time spent here was just not as long as I think it could have been to really show how epic the county was.


    2. The CGI was honestly just unacceptable for the budget the film, £200 million dollars and quite frankly I have seen better CGI on films much older, the film that immediately jumps to mind would be the original Iron Man film which came out nearly 10 years ago at this point and that film was on a budget of £140 million dollars, which is a lot less than Black Panther and the CGI was considerably better. The scenes that I would pick out as having particularly poor CGI when looking back on Black Panther would be all the scenes involving T'Challa meeting with his father in the afterlife, the scenes in the waterfall location and the large Rhino's, which I'm sure are a big part of the Black Panther comics but seemed a little ridiculous and out of place for this film and the general theme it seemed to be going for.


    This isn't to say that the film didn't have positive points, such as Michael B Jordan who I thought did a great job as Killmonger in the limited screen time he received, managing to bring a real purpose and meaning to why his character went along the path that he did, his reasoning is something I'm sure most people can relate to even if he didn't go about it in the best possible way. Martin Freeman and Andy Serkis were two other standouts who managed to develop their characters even further than they had already managed in their previous outings. Danai Gurira killed her role as the conflicted Okoye, bringing an emotion and power to her scenes that wasn't felt throughout the rest of the film, with the possible exception being when Killmonger spoke with his father.


    Hopefully I didn't bore you all with my rambling!! I might do more reviews for films in the future, who knows!!

  • At the Screwvies: Oscar Special 2018

    2 months ago



    MADHERO: Live, from a Discord server divided between 3 different countries, its the 5th Annual At the Screwvies Oscar Predictions! The game that knows no winners, only losers attempting to guess the outcome of a awards show. But hey, its all in good fun. So Stickman and Larry, what kind of karazy predictions do you have cooking up?

    STICKMAN: I predict my butt will get numb after 90 minutes.

    LARRY: I predict people will get even more upset about Three Billboards.


    MADHERO: Well I predict some spicy hot takes, both before and certainly after when the wrong movie wins Best Picture, but lets not get too ahead of ourselves. Lets see some of our predictions



    ·        Blade Runner 2049 (Roger Deakins)

    ·        Darkest Hour (Bruno Delbonnel)

    ·        Dunkirk (Hoyte van Hoytema)

    ·        Mudbound (Rachel Morrison)

    ·        The Shape of Water (Dan Laustsen)

    DEAAAAAAAAAAAKS! Oh sorry, that's just me celebrating the Oscar's greatest loser.  Roger Deakins is largely considered to be one of the best cinematographers in the bizz, who despite now having 14 nominations, has somehow never managed to win an Oscar. UNTIL NOW?! We can certainly believe so, with The Deaks delivering some of his best work ever in Blade Runner 2049, a film that looks absolutely stunning pretty much all the way through. Plus, there's a feeling that its his time. However, he's had tremendous bad luck before, and he could have it again with the likes of Dutch cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema getting a lot of praise for his work on Dunkirk, and Rachel Morrison, the first ever woman nominated in the category, also possibly getting a gander in a time where female empowerment is hot (it also helps that film is really well shot). For now, I'm going to give it to Deakins, because if Blade Runner needs to win something, its that.

    STICKMAN: C'mooon Deakins. Freaky Deaky.

    LARRY: Give him the damn golden naked man already. He’s been through enough losses

    MADHERO: Do we even need to say more? Like,  I should be somewhat biased for van Hoytema because he's Dutch, but you really do get the feeling it really should be his time.

    LARRY: Honestly, I think Hoytema also deserves an Oscar at some point.

    STICKMAN: Everyone on this list did a great job, but Blade Runner 2049...I meaaan... Even if it didn't feel like a potential token win for Deakins, it's well deserved regardless.

    MADHERO: Hoytema’s a lot younger. He'll get one eventually. It should go to one man only (sorry Rachel Morrison)

    LARRY: She’s also bound to win one.


    GOING TO WIN:  Roger Deakins (Blade Runner 2049)

    WANT TO WIN: Roger Deakins

    SHOULD’VE NOMINATED: Alexis Sabe (The Florida Project)


    GOING TO WIN: Roger Deakins (Blade Runner 2049)

    WANT TO WIN: Roger Deakins (Blade Runner 2049)

    SHOULD’VE NOMINATED: Sean Price Wiliams (Good Time)




    SHOULD’VE NOMINATED: Paul Thomas Anderson (Phantom Thread)



    ·        Blade Runner 2049

    ·        GOTG Vol 2

    ·        Kong Skull Island

    ·        Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ·        War for the Planet of the Apes

    Often considered the pleb category for handing out an Oscar to a more mainstream film, and as such, is naturally the only one I've seen all the films from. It's broadly the usual suspects this time. You got Disney nominees, the vastly underrated Blade Runner 2049, the even MORE underrated War for the Planet of the Apes, and then the only real surprise in the form of Kong Skull Island, which didn't make quite the same visual splash as say, War or GotG in terms of details, it made up for in terms of creative creature design. It's hard to say who the frontrunner is, you could argue Blade Runner might be tossed this as a pity award, as it did have spectacular visual effects, with one standout, spoilery use of the tech towards the end. Personally I feel War for the Apes should get it, both because that film trilogy deserved a fuck lot more awards recognition, and also DAMN was that film a massive step-forward for motion capture performances.

    MADHERO: Ah yes, the people's award

    LARRY: If I were in control, the Apes trilogy would’ve gotten its due years ago. It’s bullshit that this doesn’t win every god damn year.

    STICKMAN: The peoples award for recognising the underrepresented grunts of the movie industry.

    MADHERO: The Apes movies (the reboot ones) have ever won anything, which plays into the underrated angle that trilogy will forever carry. I've talked a lot about the visuals in Blade Runner, and that film might be one of the showier ones here.

    STICKMAN: But War is a film comprised 99% of motion capture performances. And the details and quality of the visual effects for them is staggering.

    MADHERO: In the sense that that film was a constant visual feast, wheras War you almost forget. Its probably also the most prestigious nominee of the bunch, even if it didn't get anything in the major categories.

    LARRY: I wish Okja would’ve gotten a shout, but it seems it being on Netflix might’ve kept that back.

    STICKMAN: Following the tracking of other awards shows, I'd say this was going to Blade Runner, but I reallllly want Apes to win.


    GOING TO WIN: Blade Runner 2049

    WANT TO WIN: Blade Runner 2049

    SHOULD’VE NOMINATED: Shape of Water


    GOING TO WIN:  Blade Runner 2049

    WANT TO WIN:  War for the Planet of the Apes



    GOING TO WIN: Blade Runner 2049

    WANT TO WIN: War for the Planet of the Apes




    ·        Dear Basketball – Glen Keane and Kobe Bryant

    ·        Garden Party – Victor Caire and Gabriel Grapperon

    ·        Lou – Dave Mullins and Dana Murray

    ·        Negative Space – Max Porter and Ru Kuwahata

    ·        Revolting Rhymes – Jakob Schuh and Jan Lachauer

    Ah yes...the Me Category for Excellence in the field of 'This wouldn't be here if I wasn't doing it'. There's a great mixture of different styles of animation this year, including the guarenteed top-shelf Pixar CG  with LOU, lower budget 'style over detail' CG  Revolting Rhymes from Triggerfish, and tech-demo levels of photorealism CGI with Garden Party. The French stopmotion film Negative Space, and then maybe the most media attention-grabbing of the bunch, Dear Basketball, a 2D, pencil-drawn short written by basketball legend Kobe Byrant in the run-up to his retirement, with directing handled by 2D Disney Renaissance alumni, Glen Keane. My personal favourite has to be Negative Space because it's the most visually creative of the lot. The obvious frontrunner is Pixar, but LOU hasn't exactly received a lot of attention in the same our boy PIPERRRRR did. I'd like Negative Space to win, but I think it's between Dear Basketball and LOU for the awards. My main question being WHERE THE FUCK IS WORLD OF TOMORROW 2!? DIDN'T EVEN MAKE THE SHORTLIST. JEEEESUS.

    LARRY: I have seen..........none of them. Time for my lunch break.

    MADHERO: I saw Dear Basketball and it looked really nice and that's about all I have to say, but I agree. World of Tomorrow 2's snub is baffling

    STICKMAN: It's only baffling until you realise he's only been nominated twice and never won.

    MADHERO: I'm going to predict Dear Basketball because I wanna hear the words Academy Award winner Kobe Bryant in my lifetime.

    LARRY: I’ll agree. Also Lou was in front of Cars 3 so fuck that shit.

    STICKMAN: I will say DB’s the one with the most buzz but that doesn't mean jackshit in Animated Short.


    GOING TO WIN: Dear Basketball

    WANT TO WIN: Dear Basketball

    SHOULD’VE NOMINATED: World of Tomorrow 2


    GOING TO WIN: Negative Space.

    WANT TO WIN: Negative Space.




    WANT TO WIN: Dear Basketball

    SHOULD’VE NOMINATED: World of Tomorrow 2



    ·        Dunkirk – Hans Zimmer

    ·        Phantom Thread – Jonny Greenwood

    ·        The Shape of Water – Alexandre Desplat

    ·        Star Wars: The Last Jedi – John Williams

    ·        Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – Carter Burwell

    All stellar, stellar picks. I’m immediately going to count out Three Billboards just because it has so many other nominations. Star Wars, while obviously worth nominating for Williams’ brilliance, does rely heavily on work from its previous installment. The remaining three are all at equal odds of winning, though I’m going to inch it to Phantom Thread; Jonny Greenwood’s romantically hypnotic score has garnered huge praise, so much so that there’s already live concerts happening for it. Dunkirk’s score is very smart though, and probably one of Hans Zimmer’s best in a long while. Then again, Alexandre Desplat’s excellent orchestrations and arrangements in The Shape of Water are so gosh darn lovely and peaceful that you want to start streaming it the second you walk out of the theatre. Either way, any of these three are solid in my book.

    MADHERO:Jonny Greenwood obviously got jealous of Trent Reznor and wanted to have his own Oscar

    LARRY: I think Greenwood’s gonna take it home, and we’ll deserved. I could listen to his score for hours.

    MADHERO: This one is really hard to call. The Academy clearly admires Phantom Thread and his score is a big part of that. I also think Desplat's work on Shape of Water is excellent, and there's a lot to like about Zimmer's Dunkirk work as well.

    STICKMAN: The Academy are a bunch of starchy farts so you gotta go for whatever's the most traditional score, frankly. I'm going for Shape of Water. I want fucking Hans Zimmer to win a god damn Oscar for his Nolan work ALREADY.

    MADHERO: His last Oscar was for The Lion King, which is pretty wild.

    STICKMAN: I hate the Oscars. Why are we doing this.

    LARRY: Oh wow, that was a long fucking time ago. If there’s a time for him to win, it’s with Dunkirk.


    GOING TO WIN: Alexander Desplat (Shape of Water).

    WANT TO WIN: Alexander Desplat

    SHOULD’VE NOMINATED: A Ghost Story (Daniel Hart)


    GOING TO WIN: Alexandre Desplat (Shape of Water)

    WANT TO WIN:  Hans Zimmer (Dunkirk)

    SHOULD’VE NOMINATED: Oneohtrix Point Never (Good Time)


    GOING TO WIN: Jonny Greenwood (Phantom Thread)

    WANT TO WIN:  Jonny Greenwood (Phantom Thread)

    SHOULD’VE NOMINATED: Oneohtrix Point Never (Good Time)



    ·        Call Me by Your Name – James Ivory

    ·        The Disaster Artist – Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber

    ·        Logan – Screenplay by Scott Frank, James Mangold and Michael Green;

    ·        Molly's Game – Aaron Sorkin

    ·        Mudbound – Virgil Williams and Dee Rees

    As far as I can see, this is Call Me’s to lose. It’s easily the most respected film in the category, and the script itself is damn incredible, capturing a natural sense of human interaction and relationships. While it’s great to see Logan here, I don’t see it garnering the superhero’s first writing award sadly, though don’t let that take away from the incredible work on display. The other nominees, Disaster Artist, Molly’s Game, and Mudbound are also excellent but simply don’t have the Oscar buzz and caliber to get an award. Disaster Artist, which I don’t think any business being in this category but whatever, is now marred by Franco’s controversy, and Molly’s Game has no other nominations outside of the obvious recognition of Sorkin. Needless to say, this is an easy win for Ivory’s excellent script in Call Me By Your Name.

    STICKMAN: The only remaining nominee for The Disaster Artist after so much expectations at time of release. Oops.

    MADHERO: I've only seen 2 of these cause I managed to miss the Disaster Artist. Damn. Still though, Logan up there is quite impressive.

    STICKMAN: I would say the script for LOGAN wasn't especially impressive, even if the film was good.

    LARRY: Disagree there, but whatever. Opinions and such.

    MADHERO: I agree with Larry this is Call Me By Your Name's to lose.

    STICKMAN: It's the only one up for Best Picture and it's a word heavy film so yeah, seems likely.

    LARRY: Yes but it also has beautiful quiet moments too, which is the true sign of an EXCELLENT script ironically.

    STICKMAN: I can write out blank pages too.


    GOING TO WIN: Call Me By Your Name

    WANT TO WIN: Logan

    SHOULD’VE NOMINATED: Blade Runner 2049


    GOING TO WIN: Call me by your Name

    WANT TO WIN: Mudbound

     SHOULD’VE NOMINATED: Blade Runner 2049


    GOING TO WIN: Call Me By Your Name

    WANT TO WIN: Logan




    ·        The Big Sick (Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani)

    ·        Get Out (Jordan Peele)

    ·        Lady Bird (Greta Gerwig)

    ·        The Shape of Water (Guillermo del Toro and Vanessa Taylor)

    ·        Three Billboards (Martin McDonagh)

    Oof. This is another tough category filled with some really great nominees. Again you're in a position where any one of these could win and it would be completely ok in my book. Happy to see The Big Sick in there, because Nanjiani is a lovely man who deserves nothing but the best, but it seems he'll probably join the other lovely man Guillermo del Toro in probably not winning  this award, as the award seems to be a battle between Jordan Peele's Get Out and Martin McDonagh's Three Billboards. Both are insanely talented writers at the peak of their powers. Get Out was like lightning in a bottle. Meanwhile its clear that the Academy really really likes Three Billboards. Between all of that, I think Get Out might just edge it for capturing the cultural zeitgeist in a way no one could've predicted, also because I don't think Get Out will win much else. Rootin for my boy, Peele.

    STICKMAN: Feel this is a pretty open category I gotta say. I feel like if Get Out is going to win any of them it's this one.

    LARRY: Ees gun b 3B. And damn I’m ready for it. I don’t think Get Out is a front runner

    MADHERO: This is probably the strongest batch of nominees in years

    STICKMAN: I think it's a 3way between Shape of Water, Get Out and Three BIllboards, with Billboards as maybe the favourite just because of its momentum.

    LARRY: I genuinely think Three Billboards has the best script. I like Shape and Get Out, but as far as writing goes, this is the film that should be lauded.

    MADHERO: Swap out Shape of Water with Lady Bird and I'd agree. I think Three Billboards might take it, but I also think the Academy wants to acknowledge Get Out in some fashion, and this might be the best

    STICKMAN: I'm not as enamoured with Three Billboards in terms of writing, but there you go. I'm going to RISK IT ALL and say Get Out might steal it.

    MADHERO: I prefer McDonagh's other films, but hey, I wouldn't mind if it won. Like I said, rootin' for Peele and maybe Lady Bird sneaking in

    LARRY: This is definitely the strongest nom for Lady Bird. Would love to see this take it.


    GOING TO WIN: Get Out

    WANT TO WIN: Get Out or Lady Bird



    GOING TO WIN: Get Out.

    WANT TO WIN: Get Out.



    GOING TO WIN: Three Billboards

    WANT TO WIN: Three Billboards

    SHOULD’VE NOMINATED: Ingrid Goes West



    ·        The Boss Baby – Tom McGrath and Ramsey Ann Naito

    ·        The Breadwinner – Nora Twomey and Anthony Leo

    ·        Coco – Lee Unkrich and Darla K. Anderson

    ·        Ferdinand – Carlos Saldanha

    ·        Loving Vincent – Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman and Ivan Mactaggart

    Let me preface this by saying the obvious. Coco is going to win this award, there's literally a 0% chance it won't. That's partly because it's both very deserving in a lot of ways, it's a great film, but also because it's a Disney/Pixar film and they've won it every year going for half a decade now. This is the easiest award to predict of the entire Oscars and features the biggest snub with Lego Batman out for either Boss Baby or Ferdinand… the Academy just really don't like the LEGO movies for some reason. The two non-mainstream picks this year are good ones to be fair, Loving Vincent's incredible, hand-oil painted animation is an use of the medium, and The Breadwinner, whilst I haven't been able to see, is an acclaimed 2D animation from the same studio that brought you Secret of the Kells and Song of the Sea. That said, Coco's gonna win, and I mean...I guess, frustratingly, it deserves it.

    LARRY: Not frustrating to me... Pixar wholly deserves the win, moreso than other years.(

    MADHERO: I only saw Coco and named it my 5th best movie of the year so yeah I'm all for taking the Academy's bullshit

    STICKMAN: It's frustrating that Disney monopolise a category that's one of the most diverse showings of the evening regardless of if they've earned it or not.

    LARRY: Okay yes, but when it’s deserved, it’s deserved. But believe me I’d love to see The Breadwinner win. That story is incredibly powerful and deserves any and all recognition.

    MADHERO: I feel like we've beaten that horse to the point that its glue. In the end, the best film should win, and there have been times where the Disney film wasn't that, but it sure is now.

    LARRY: Also, shout out to Boss Baby for being a fucking bonkers thrill ride. Don’t sleep on it if you wanna feel like you’re on adrenaline.

    STICKMAN: Fuck The Boss Baby. Sleep on that and go support indie animated films instead.


    GOING TO WIN: Coco

    WANT TO WIN: Coco

    SHOULD’VE NOMINATED: The Lego Batman Movie


    GOING TO WIN: Coco.

    WANT TO WIN: The Breadwinner.



    GOING TO WIN: Coco

    WANT TO WIN: Coco

    SHOULD’VE NOMINATED: Captain Underpants



    ·        Mary J. Blige - Mudbound

    ·        Allison Janney - I, Tonya

    ·        Lesley Manville - Phantom Thread

    ·        Laurie Metcalf - Lady Bird

    ·        Octavia Spencer - The Shape of Water

    This is a pretty easy category to predict at the onset. Almost everyone agrees that Alison Janney is gonna steal this one for I, Tonya, and for good fucking reason. She was a tour-de-force, and I loved every god damn second of it. Some are holding out hope that Laurie Metcalf, another stellar presence, will win for her emotional and honest turn in Lady Bird, and while I loved her as well, I still think Janney is a notch above. Despite the nice burst of diversity, I don’t see Mary J. Blige getting it, nor Octavia Spencer, but damn if those performances aren’t also great. Lastly, I think people are seriously sleeping on Lesley Manville’s performance in Phantom Thread, it is DAMN well worthy of an Oscar and I’m glad she’s in the category, winner or not.

    STICKMAN: I have seen...none of these.

    LARRY: JANNEYYYYYYYYYYYY. She killed this role and this is probably the most fun win to be sure of.

    MADHERO: I've only not seen Phantom Thread but I've heard great things about Manville's performance. All of the women are great here. I agree with Larry though that it really is Janney's to lose, even though its very much a type of awards bait performance.

    STICKMAN: This does seem to be her award. I can't say I've seen enough of it to comment.

    LARRY: I’ve seen all but Blige, who I hear is also excellent. But yeah this is an amazing category. Manville definitely deserves to be in this lineup.

    MADHERO: Janney is really good, but you're always kinda aware that its a performance. Laurie Metcalf really disappears in her role. So does Mary J. Blige which is very impressive.

    STICKMAN: I want Laurie Metcalf to win because angry mum powers.

    LARRY: Metcalf is excellent, but I think Janney's "performance" is simply because the character is so out of left field.

    STICKMAN: Depends on if you want an outlandish performance or a somewhat grounded one.

    LARRY: Pretty much every other nom here is more grounded. But, to me, Janney stole every scene.

    STICKMAN: She should give them back.


    GOING TO WIN: Allison Janney (I, Tonya)

    WANT TO WIN: Laurie Metcalf (Lady Bird)

    SHOULD’VE NOMINATED: Bria Vinaite (The Florida Project)


    GOING TO WIN: Allison Janney (I, Tonya)

    WANT TO WIN: Laurie Metcalf (Lady Bird)



    GOING TO WIN: Alison Janney (I, Tonya)

    WANT TO WIN: Alison Janney (I, Tonya)

    SHOULD’VE NOMINATED: Dafne Keen (Logan)



    ·        Willem Dafoe (The Florida Project)

    ·        Woody Harrellson (Three Billboards)

    ·        Richard Jenkins (The Shape of Water)

    ·        Christopher Plummer (All the Money in the World)

    ·        Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards)

    Hotdamn. Plummer actually did it. Only 9-10 days of shooting after replacing Kevin Spacey and getting nominated for an Oscar, becoming the oldest acting nominee ever. Good for him. Unfortunately, his performance as oil tycoon J. Paul Gettey is the only one of this list I haven't seen, but he's part of an extremely tough field of actors who each bring a very different type of energy. Jenkins is great as Sally Henkins' gay neighbour, bringing a lot of humanity and humor to a part that could've been very stereotypical, Harrellson subverts his tough guy persona to play the police chief being targeted. But the real battle is between Willem Dafoe's motel manager Bobby and Sam Rockwell's racist dumbass cop Dixon from Three Billboards. Rockwell can probably prepare his speech,  and he does do a good job bringing depth to a character that's proven very divisive, but I personally prefer Dafoe's performance. He deserves it for just one scene along, but I'm predicting Rockwell to take it.

    STICKMAN: I like how I've seen two of these just from seeing one film. That's handy.

    MADHERO: That doesn't happen very often, but you can't deny its undeserved.

    STICKMAN: I mean you could argue Harrellson is just being himself with cancer but he was very good.

    LARRY: Rockwell definitely is on a different level than Harrelson in the film. But there are other nominees that deserved a place.

    STICKMAN: Sam Rockwell is probably going  to win, but his performance I felt was a bit too cartoonish for the most part.

    MADHERO: I'm not sure I buy that, but Rockwell did have the juicier part and I wish nothing but the best for him...BUTDAMNITIWANTDAFOETOWIN

    STICKMAN: He brought more emotional weight in the 3rd act but  before that point not so much. I want Dafoe to win so they have to put a TV-MA rating on the Oscars.

    LARRY: Dafoe stealing this one would be a huge surprise.

    MADHERO: If Rockwell doesn't get it, Dafoe will, but as established, that's a big if

    LARRY: Every awards show needs a surprise.


    GOING TO WIN: Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards)

    WANT TO WIN: Willem Dafoe (The Florida Project)

    SHOULD’VE NOMINATED: Tracy Letts (Lady Bird)


    GOING TO WIN: Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards)

    WANT TO WIN: Willem Dafoe (The Florida Project)

    SHOULD’VE NOMINATED: Will Poulter (Detroit)


    GOING TO WIN: Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards)

    WANT TO WIN: Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards)

    SHOULD’VE NOMINATED: Patrick Stewart (Logan)



    ·        Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water)

    ·        Frances McDormand (Three Billboards)

    ·        Margot Robbie (I, Tonya)

    ·        Saorise Ronan (Lady Bird)

    ·        Meryl Streep (The Post)

    Holy fuck, this is one spectacularly good list of nominees. Yeah yeah, you've got the inevitable Streep nomination and I'm sure she's great, and it really says something that all 4 of the nominees I've seen could win and would be completely satisfied with all of them. Sally Hawkins  brings a great screen presence and makes you believe a woman can fall in love with a fish man. Margot Robbie makes Tonya Harding, a woman long considered a punchline, extremely symphatetic while still giving her a dark edge. Saorise Ronan makes a character that under a less capable actress could be extremely unlikable very realistic and well developed, but as great as all 3 are, McDormand stands above them all as one angry mother. She dominates the movie in a chokehold and never really lets go and has taken hold of all the major awards. So yeah, her Fargo statue is going to get some company, and I'm personally ok with that, but I would've been ok with all of them.

    STICKMAN: Frances McDormand was pretty damn amazing.

    LARRY: McDormand's got the momentum. I got my chips on her, despite my love for Robbie.

    MADHERO: McDormand is about as secured as Coco is, which is even more impressive considering how fucking good this list of nominees is

    STICKMAN: Meryl Streep feels like the odd one out, which says a lot.

    LARRY: Yeah, especially since I'm hearing a lot about The Post being generally conventional and a low-tier nominee.

    MADHERO: Seriously though, I just have reiterate that any of these women could come on stage and I'd be happy. But McDormand reigns supreme.


    STICKMAN: And I mean, I want her to win just because she's gonna do something NUTTY on stage too. Probably gonna kick Jimmy Kimmel in the nuts.


    GOING TO WIN: Frances McDormand (Three Billboards)

    WANT TO WIN: Pretty much any of the nominees

    SHOULD’VE NOMINATED: Brooklynn Prince (The Florida Project)


    GOING TO WIN: Frances McDormand (Three Billboards)

    WANT TO WIN: Frances McDormand (Three Billboards)

    SHOULD’VE NOMINATED: Garance Marillier (RAW)


    GOING TO WIN: Frances McDormand (Three Billboards)

    WANT TO WIN: Frances McDormand (Three Billboards)

    SHOULD’VE NOMINATED: Tatiana Maslany (Stronger)


    Best-Actor.jpg·        Timothée Chalamet – Call Me by Your Name

    ·        Daniel Day-Lewis – Phantom Thread

    ·        Daniel Kaluuya – Get Out

    ·        Gary Oldman – Darkest Hour

    ·       Denzel Washington – Roman J. Israel, Esq.

    For me, this prediction is clear as day. Say what you want about Darkest Hour, but Gary Oldman’s transformation into Winston Churchill is one for the books. It’s arguably the best performance of his career and is the kind of turn that wins Oscars, politically or otherwise. Also, Oldman deserves a fucking Oscar; it’s almost unbelievable that he hasn’t won one yet, as he is one of the most decorated and respected actors in the medium. That being said, Timothy Chalamet was a revelation in Call Me, and if Oldman didn’t have this, I’d be putting all of my eggs into his basket. Daniel Day-Lewis, while amazing in Phantom Thread, has had his time in the sun. Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out is basically the surprise-attack film of the year, and everyone is on their toes waiting for it to steal every damn award, so I’d love to see him win, though it’s doubtful. Unfortunately, I think it’s far to say Denzel Washington is out of the running; I haven’t seen his performance, but Roman J. Israel Esq. hasn’t gotten any Oscar traction. Maybe next time, Denzel.

    MADHERO: I've only seen Get Out here and I'm surprised Kaluuya even got nominated. He's great, but dang.

    STICKMAN: Whilst I feel this was an open category at one point, the sights are steering towards Oldman at this point. And yeah, that was a nice surprise.

    LARRY: He did do an amazing job.

    MADHERO: Horror, especially acting in horror doesn't really get the recognition it deserves and Kaluuya really nailed it. Everyone in Get Out did. But yeah, its Oldman's to lose. Chalamet looked like he might nick it, but everyone seems to agree its Oldman's time

    LARRY: God I hope Chalamet keeps doing shit. He's fucking AMAZING in Call Me.

    STICKMAN: He ain't going nowhere.

    LARRY: Eh, sometimes they disappear. He better not.

    MADHERO: He played a pretentious douche really well in Lady Bird and thats all I really saw him in, but I've heard good things.

    STICKMAN: I'm torn honestly, I want Daniel to win just because that'd be really sweet, but also Gary Oldman is a longtime fave of mine, long deserving of recognition.

    MADHERO: It took a while for Oldman to get his first nomination with Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, so I'm glad it didn't take nearly as long for him to potentially win it.

    STICKMAN: And he will win, but the fact I can't decide which I want says a lot.


    GOING TO WIN: Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour)

    WANT TO WIN:  Gary Oldman

    SHOULD’VE NOMINATED: Hugh Jackman (Logan)


    GOING TO WIN: Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour)

    WANT TO WIN: Gary Oldman/Daniel Kaluuya (Darkest Hour/Get Out)

    SHOULD’VE NOMINATED: Robert Pattinson (Good Time)


    GOING TO WIN: Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour)

    WANT TO WIN: Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour)

    SHOULD’VE NOMINATED: Jake Gyllenhaal (Stronger)



    ·        Christopher Nolan – Dunkirk

    ·        Jordan Peele – Get Out

    ·        Greta Gerwig – Lady Bird

    ·        Paul Thomas Anderson – Phantom Thread

    ·        Guillermo del Toro – The Shape of Water

    Well, certainly can't complain about diversity issues for Directors this year, huh? I mean, hell, I'm sure somebody still is, but this is a great group. Notable inclusions include Greta Gerwig joining the depressingly small roster of female directors to be up for the awards, Jordan Peele up for Get Out, a black director and his comedy (satire if you will) horror film, no less. Christopher Nolan getting his first ever Oscar directing nomination, in a move that'll make you go ... wait...Nolan's never been nominated for Best Director before? Aaaand Guilermo Del Toro who's just a lovely chap who is always worth mentioning. He's also the frontrunner here, I would say, having won at the BAFTAs and other awards shows this season for The Shape of Water.  It's hard to argue any of the others have a stronger chance, with me  continuing to wonder why Phantom Thread is there instead of Three Billboards and Martin McDonagh,  which seemed like a no-brainer at one point given its position as a potential front-runner for the main prize. Blade Runner? Realllly?

    LARRY: The more I think about it, I kinda want Peele to snag this despite my love for GDT. Peele just really captured the zeitgeist.

    MADHERO: Again, another really strong batch with whom I'll be mostly happy if any of them won. PTA is a cool dude so I'd even be happy for him despite not seeing Phantom Thread

    STICKMAN: I want Del Toro to win just because he's a sweetie. Although I think Nolan is long overdue, he has no momentum at this point really.

    LARRY: Sadly, I agree. Though his direction is brilliant in Dunkirk.

    MADHERO: del Toro seems to be the frontrunner, especially with McDonaugh out. I think Peele is gonna get his dues in Screenplay though

    STICKMAN: I think Get Out was a stronger written film than directed.

    LARRY: Nah, his direction is better than his writing. Also direction is a much more comprehensive category, hence why I think he deserves that.


    MADHERO: Hey, here's something. Both were pretty great. I'm picking my boi Guillermo because then The Three Amigos (Cuaron, Innaritu and del Toro) all have Oscars for very different films and I wish that fucking nerd nothing but the best. Peele and Gerwig will hopefully get another shot

    STICKMAN: Alright, UN peace envoy. I would like to see it go to Del Toro , but like you said, everyone's deserving of plaudits in this category, which is nice.


    GOING TO WIN: Guillermo del Toro (Shape of Water)

    WANT TO WIN: Guillermo del Toro

    SHOULD’VE NOMINATED:Denis Villeneuve (Blade Runner 2049)


    GOING TO WIN: Guillermo del Toro (Shape of Water)

    WANT TO WIN: Guillermo del Toro

    SHOULD’VE NOMINATED: Denis Villenvinue (Blade Runner 2049)


    GOING TO WIN: Guillermo del Toro (Shape of Water)

    WANT TO WIN: Jordan Peele (Get Out)

    SHOULD’VE NOMINATED: Craig Gillespie (I, Tonya)

    MADHERO: Alright, we've finally managed to come to the major category: Best Picture. Its an eclectic mix of films this year, with some very obvious nominees and ones we could never imagine being nominated.

    STICKMAN: Mad Max Fury Road!?

    LARRY: I mean........they're all great.



    ·        Call Me by Your Name

    ·        Darkest Hour

    ·        Dunkirk

    ·        Get Out

    ·        Lady Bird

    ·        Phantom Thread

    ·        The Post

    ·        The Shape of Water

    ·        Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    MADHERO: Now we have 9 films nominated, and while we're supposed to treat all nominations equally, I think its fairly obvious there are some films that have no chance of winning the big prize. Darkest Hour may have a great Oldman performance, but that's probably not enough. The Post sounds like prime Oscar bait, but that won't translate to any wins, Phantom Thread clearly has some fans, but probably not enough, and Call Me By Your Name's hype kinda fizzled out before it ever really got a chance. Is that a fair assessment?

    STICKMAN: I mean, I haven't seen any of them. What hope do they have, y'know? I am the barometer from which film awards are set.

    LARRY: I would agree with that.

    MADHERO: So that leaves us with 5 films that still somewhat have a shot.  Dunkirk stil has a shot according to some polls. Its easily the biggest and highest grossing film of the nominees, and I know both of you really liked it (I was a bit more cold on it). How do you feel about its chances?


    LARRY: Ehhhhhh still relatively low. It hasn't gained a lot of traction sadly, even with Nolan's incredible efforts. I think the film's personal detachment of the characters was a bit of a curve ball for a lot of people.

    STICKMAN: I really liked the film but it came out pretty early for an Oscar contender, and whilst Nolan is overdue some awards love, I don't think this is his year.

    MADHERO: I feel it releasing in the summer probably hurt its chances. Had it been a November it might be fresher in people's minds. I'm more shocked that its only Nolan's first nomination as a director.

    STICKMAN: It's insane to think he hasn't been nominated before. When most cinemagoers think modern accalimed directors they think Nolan, let's face it.

    MADHERO: IMDB certainly does. Anyway, moving on to 2 movies that may on the offset may not have much to compare to, but both seem to have really struck a nerve. Get Out, a horror film  with satirical elements tackling racism from not your typical rednecks, but liberals "who'd have voted for Obama for a 3rd term" and somehow didn't manage to piss that entire group off is quite exceptional. Obviously it wasn't made with what would happen with American politics in 2017/18, but it manages to tackle it in such a smart way. Its also a really effective film in general, and its great to see the Academy actually honor a film like this.


    LARRY: It would be crazy to see a horror film with the Best Picture race.

    STICKMAN: I wouldn't have given it the nominations it'd received personally, but it's cool to see a film like this, both in concept and genre get this sorta attention, especially with up and coming talent at the forefront. I would scarcely call Get Out a horror film, even if it's considered one.

    LARRY: I mean, Peele deserves recognition. That's for sure.

    MADHERO: Going from very silly comedy (which did tackle similar topics) to this and see the impact is something to behold. And to think all of it happened because he was offered the role of Poop in the Emoji Movie.

    LARRY: He's ahead of his time in a lot of ways in the ways he thinks about film and representation in film.

    STICKMAN: I still think Get Out is pretty comedic, it was considered a comedy until suddenly it was offensive to call it one. But hey ho. Oscar frontrunner it's not, but it's neat to see it get this level of recognition.

    LARRY: ...because it's not a comedy.

    STICKMAN: How is Manchester by the Sea a comedy in your eyes but not this.

    LARRY: BLACK comedy.

    STICKMAN: Get Out.

    MADHERO: I think it could potentially sneak in and have a shot, but I was referring to 2 films when I talked about Get Out, and the other one is Greta Gerwig's Lady Bird: a film that held the Rotten Tomatoes 100% for quite a while until a certain bear took its thunder. Obviously Lady Bird isn't as big a cultural milestone as Get Out was, but its  a incredibly confident debut from an exciting voice and extremely likable to boot. Whether people love it enough for it to win remains to be seen, but I certainly did. Much more so than I expected


    STICKMAN: I missed out on seeing Lady Bird because stomach bugs and snow, so take it away, gang.The real question is where's Paddington 2, the real cultural milestone of our times.

    MADHERO: Maybe next year when its eligible.

    LARRY: Yeah Lady Bird is a very well made film, and on a second viewing I came to enjoy it far more. That being said I still wouldn't rank it amongst the actual heavy hitters, just because it lacks a lot of the subtextual qualities that more richer films have.

    STICKMAN: Is it a comedy though.

    LARRY: ...Lady Bird is, yes.

    MADHERO: I think that's fair. Its not a "heavy" film by any means, but its a very well made movie for sure that really shows off Gerwig's skill as a writer and director.

    LARRY: Absolutely. This nomination certainly won't be her last.

    MADHERO: Alright. Now its time for the 2 heavy hitters. The absolute favorites who're the ones challenging for the naked golden man, and they're 2 very different film. On the left corner you have Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (referred to as just Three Billboards for brevity's sake) a dark dramedy about loss, grief and people being absolute idiots but in a charming kinda way. And on the other you have The Shape of Water, a fantasy drama that's essentially about a woman falling in love with the Creature from the Black Lagoon, but crafted in a way to arguably be del Toro's magnum opus. Both deal with outsiders, but that's almost where the similarities end. So what's it gonna be?


    LARRY: Three Billboards. No question in my mind, honestly.

    STICKMAN: Would you consider that  a comedy.

    LARRY: Sticky SHUT UP

    MADHERO: Three Billboards made me laugh uncomfortably a lot, and also just genuinely laugh. Shape of Water didn't have much in the way of comedy, but it does have charm to spare.

    STICKMAN - Yesterday at 11:00 PM

    Shape of Water made me laugh. Personally I feel Three Billboards is too flawed to warrant the level of acclaim it's recieved, over other nominees and particularly Shape of Water, since it seems to be a two-way race for them.

    LARRY: It's honestly shocking to me that Shape is this much of a contender. I really enjoy the film but it does have some problems, structurally and pacing-wise. I figured films like Call Me or Darkest Hour would rise above it cuz of their more formal approaches to cinema, but I guess Shape really struck people.

    STICKMAN: The 3rd act of Billboards ain't so hot, and the film's ethics and sense of humour are kinda backwards often.

    LARRY: Much like life. I don't know about you Sticky but I know tons of people who say stuff like that. We can't act like it doesn't exist. Sometimes people write characters who are shitty.

    STICKMAN: Doesn't justify it. You can be aware of it and include it, but making it a joke you're supposed to laugh along with ain't excatly very 2018.

    LARRY: I just think people are trying to justify hatred of the 3rd act by implying McDonaugh isn't also acknowleding this backwards ethics you are referring to.

    MADHERO: I have issues with Three Billboards. Its lack of political correctness in dialogue isn't really one of them. I feel like Three Billboards will likely win, but my heart goes out for Shape of Water. McDonagh not getting a Director nomination is normally a death sentence, but as we saw with Argo and Ben Affleck, it really doesn't have to be a killer I think there's the reservation of Shape of Water being "the fish fucking movie." Which sucks, because it is very beautiful

    LARRY: Shape will win director, Del Toro will earn his naked man. But Three Billboards is gonna round up the night I feel.

    STICKMAN: I don't think Three Billboards is going to win, personally. I think Shape's going to win Best Picture, even more so now I've seen it. It feels like the sorta film the Academy would love.

    MADHERO: It should be noted that I've never been right on my Best Picture prediction, so maybe Shape will take it after all. FINAL PREDICTIONS GO!


    GOING TO WIN: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    WANT TO WIN: The Shape of Water

    SHOULD’VE NOMINATED: Blade Runner 2049


    GOING TO WIN: The Shape of Water.

    WANT TO WIN: The Shape of Water.

    SHOULD’VE NOMINATED: Blade Runner 2049.


    GOING TO WIN: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    WANT TO WIN: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri



    MADHERO: Well, that about does it. Join us this Sunday as we'll livetweet the Oscars along with everyone else using their Twitter account on that point in time. And we'll be back on a later episode discussing the wins and the inevitable DRAMA that's bound to happen on this wacky night.

    STICKMAN: My main takeaway is I'm looking forward to not having to have a conversation about Three Billboards again after next week, hurraaahh!

    LARRY: Haha, not gonna happen.

    MADHERO: The hot takes are going to reach volcanic levels of hot. Can't wait

    STICKMAN: Enjooooy the Oscars y'alllllllll.

    LARRY: See you all from under the rubble.

  • At the Screwvies: Episode 102

    3 months ago



    Hey. So you know that feeling when you're witnessing history. That moment where something approaches and you just know that this is going to have a massive impact. The intensity of the hype? It can be quite overwhelming, but I can't wait for next week and all of us say: "yes, I saw the caveman claymation football movie." Truly a momentous occasion. And I guess there's some cat man walking around. Probably not a big deal.

    STICKMAN: Psschh, he's not made of plasticine.  Just money.

    LARRY: I mean, who else is gonna relate Brexit to football??

    MADHERO: Woah. Leave the politics out of this wholesome blog. They can maybe return to one of our reviews though. Maybe. ANYWAY, we missed the Super Bowl last episode, so we're gonna talk about those things now while everyone has moved on

    STICKMAN: It's all about those Winter Olympics now bruh. Did you SEEE that Grinch teaser. No. 



    Well, it took fucking forever, but we finally got our first look at Solo. After multiple unconfirmed rumors that Disney was preparing for this to die, we got our first look during the Super Bowl and a full trailer not too long after. It Star Wars. A lot more muted in color than I thought, which contrast the cool teaser posters they have. I'm sure it'll be fine, but the trailer didn't really take much of my scepticism away, but hey I'll probably still see it, so Disney won't care.

    The bigger news came not too long after, when LucasFilm announced that they would be producing a new series of films with David Benihoff and DB Weiss, best known for showrunning all of Game of Thrones, one of the biggest tv shows of all time.  Now after that, they could do pretty much anything they wanted, so to see them tackle Star Wars of all things is pretty exciting. There's been some backlash of some people who see GoT's quality has gone down in the recent seasons, and of course the feeling of Star Wars fatigue, which I'm starting to feel as well. But hey, we'll wait and see what they'll be about when Episode IX is over and done with

    STICKMAN: It sure is a trailer for a Star Wars movie. This time not as visually interesting. Outstanding.


    LARRY: Ehrenreich hasn’t sold me yet, but other than that, not a bad trailer. Admittedly got me hyped for a movie I’ve been skeptical about.

    STICKMAN: What's there to be hyped about!? Why are people won oooover?! Is all it takes just a bunch of Star Wars shapes and noises to get people bending over and taking a big ol ramming from Disney?

    MADHERO: I mean, Glover as Lando looks glorious. I wish the movie was about him

    STICKMAN: I think we all do. Would be an interesting story compared to Han Solo doing the kettle run or whatever.

    LARRY: Yeah, honestly. SHOCKS me that they didn’t even give him a line in the trailer. It’s also a proven talent. As opposed to Ehrenreich.

    MADHERO: But hey, how about that FUTURE STAR WARS?! Guess that announcement means their Confederate show is permanently on ice.

    LARRY: Thank god. What a fucking stupid idea.

    MADHERO: Dumb ideas aside, how do we feel about them working on it? Obviously these guys were in high demand, but Star Wars is extremely different from Game of Thrones.

    LARRY: I mean, I’m fine with it. As long as they don’t come up with any stupid ideas I’m sure they can bring the size and scope needed for a SW film.

    STICKMAN: I have never watched Game of Thrones so. I just expect a lot more porn in these films. Maybe Chewbacca mounting Han Solo.



    MADHERO: Not even a cheeky dvd box purchase? Dang. That's how I've seen....andpiracy. I'm curious what they come up with and kind of story they'll tell. Should also say this'll be a different thing from what Rian Johnson is cooking up

    LARRY: Yeah at least the trilogies are gonna have variety. They are reaching for outside the Skywalker saga,

    MADHERO: We can speculate forever, but we'll have to wait. MOVING ON


    As part of many reveals at this year's Super Bowl, we got our first look at the sixth installment in the surprisingly, consistently solid Mission Impossible franchise, following on from Ghost Protocol and Rogue Nation with...Fallout. The stunt-heavy action franchise has been going from strength to strength since Mission Impossible 3, so it's fair to say expectations are high for the new one, and we finally got our first certainly looks like a Mission Impossible film!

    Following on from the events of Rogue Nation, we see Tom Cruise, along with his increasingly larger cast of regulars aside Jeremy Renner, who was too busy fighting Thanos I guess, with Henry Cavill sporting the now infamous moustache that had a hand  in ruining Justice League. We got crazy fucking stunts, Tom Cruise piloting his own helicopter, explosions, gun shots, the theme tune, and of course, Ethan Hunt seemingly going rogue/off the radar or something,. I'm a big fan of these films, and the last two were really fun, so I hope this continues the solid, creative and entertaining trend they started. And hell, even if it doesn't, you won't be able to say Tom Cruise didn't give it his all, he fuckin corkscrewed a chopper and kicked the side of a building so hard he broke his ankle. That guy...he's NUTS.

    MADHERO: Henry Cavill's stache took over his Instagram and its great. Totally worth destroying a cinematic universe for.

    STICKMAN: I agree, mainly because that cinematic universe already sucked to begin with. THAT SAID, surprised this one hasn't become a cinematic universe, eh?

    LARRY: Honestly, I like this trailer. Makes MI feel oddly fresh. Also I’m a SUCKER for anything with Simon Pegg.

    MADHERO: Its a really solid trailer, yeah. Quite punchy and reminds you why I like the series in the first place

    LARRY: I also like the addition of Rebecca Ferguson. She seems to fit this franchise somehow.

    STICKMAN: She was in the last one. That's why she fits so well.

    LARRY: Oh shit, I didn’t see that one.

    MADHERO: She was phenomenal in Rogue Nation, so hopefully she'll bring the same here.

    STICKMAN: Also Ethan's girlfriend from Mi3 is back. Thank god, I guess. Really wanted to know about her situation.

    MADHERO: This is also the first time a director returns on a MI film. McQuarrie did really well, so I’m ok with that. Lets hope this is more than ok, for Tom Cruise's ankle's sake

    STICKMAN: Tom Cruise is more Thetan than man these days.


    HOLY TRAILERS BATMAN. That's right, it's time to do a brief little round-up of the many, many trailers that have hit the interwebs since the last episode. Well, needless to say, we got plenty to chew on. Skyscraper showed us so more action-packed Rock-ness, along with a terribly designed jump in the poster. Red Sparrow also came to play, aka the Black Widow movie we all deserve, along with a spankin new look at Infinity War, featuring Captain America with a newwwew shieldddddd YAYYY. The most talked about drop was probably The Cloverfield Paradox, the newest Cloververse effort which dropped mere hours later on Netflix right after the game was over!! It was an incredibly impressive stunt. Finally, we also got a new look at Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, continuing to prove why this movie shouldn’t exist.

    Outside of the sports, two additional big hitters in this year’s release schedule got new trailers. The first was Deadpool 2, continuing it’s tongue-and-cheek style of self-awareness and odd nostalgic references. Plus Deadpool apparently likes Toy Story. Then, The Incredibles 2premieres an ACTUAL trailer his time, courtesy of the Olympics, and it was awesome, thank his. It showcases a new narrative direction, with Elastigirl taking on superhero duties while Mr. Incredible becomes a stay at home dad. Not gonna lie, I’m into that, and the math joke was so god damn relatable I almost physically reacted to that. Add that to a clearly skeevy Bob Odenkirk, and you have a much more satisfied customer regarding this movie.


    STICKMAN: Oh wait. It was tourism all along.

    LARRY: Oh, what a shame. Anyway: Hey look an Incredibles trailer finally yay!!!

    MADHERO: There's too many things to discuss. I like Incredibles' Stay At Home dad angle and my boi Bob Odenkirk, but we'll see when it comes out this summer.

    STICKMAN: Jurassic World 2 had....dinosuars?? Along with what seems like 4 different plot threads.

    MADHERO: I like the first Jurassic World as a dumb popcorn film, but that also means I'm not all that excited for the sequel. I'm excited for Deadpool 2 though. Surprise Terry Crews is always good.

    STICKMAN: Deadpool 2 looks like a Deadpool sequel. Can't say I'm jumping off the walls for that.

    LARRY: Gotta appreciate the Toy Story reference.

    MADHERO: It was a really fun segue. I guess the biggun is Cloverfield Paradox, which shocked basically everyone, but we'll talk about that more.....soon

    STICKMAN: Whatever you think about Cloverfield Paradox...that mic drop of a release was fucking amazing. I came back from watching something and saw it and was like OOOH FUUUCCKKK.

    LARRY: No, yeah, very well hidden. Surprised they managed to keep it a secret.

    MADHERO: That was a really fun surprise. I imagine Cloverfield 4 just appearing in my PS4 or something.

    STICKMAN: It's already here. It's inside all of us. It was friendship.



    At first, Jumanji seems like one of those films that will come and go without much thought. In our Screwvies preview, I called it a film that I would probably watch it if it comes on Netflix, but wouldn't pay much attention to it. Well shows what I know, cause since then Jumanji has become a collossal hit far beyond what everyone could've expected. The film has made more  than the likes of Spider-Man Homecoming and Spectre, and will surpass Spider-Man 3 to become  Sony's 2nd highest grossing film ever. Its unlikely to pass Skyfall, but the fact its become Dwayne Johnson's and Kevin Hart's biggest domestic hit is something no one could've predicted.

    Sony, a studio often portrayed as desperate for franchises, is obviously thrilled by this, and has now fast tracked a sequel which will see the return of Johnson, Hart, Karen Gillen and Jack Black. Writers Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg are in talks to write the script and Jake Kasdan will likely return to direct as well. Obviously the question is how they'll tackle the sequel, but that's for them to figure out. I still need to see what the big deal is, and I will.....on Netflix cause that's how stubborn I am.

    STICKMAN: Snoooore.

    MADHERO: Watching this movie's success is probably a wilder journey than the actual movie, but I've been baffled by how well it's doing. Really seems like people are connecting to it

    STICKMAN: Nostalgia sells all things. Clowns, board games, other.

    LARRY: Yeah but not normally this well and this quietly. Jumanji has literally been in the Top 5 since release.

    MADHERO: I honestly don't think it was nostalgia. Because otherwise Independence Day Resurgence would've made a billion dollars. Maybe it made all that money because its.....good?

    LARRY: Damn. What an idea. MOVIES BEING GOOD

    STICKMAN: Okay, nostalgia and being watchable.

    MADHERO: It boggles the mind. Most of the people I've talked about it said they've really enjoyed it and were surprised by it, and word of mouth has just really caught on. I imagine this would maybe make 350 million or something. Not make more money than any Spider-Man film.

    STICKMAN: I didn't even like the original Jumanji that much  honestly. You ain't gonna get my ass in a seat by doing a random sequel with Jack Black playing a high school girl.

    LARRY: Well, another one’s coming. So buckle up.

    MADHERO: Its funny. I've seen Jack Black's Bethany been called a better feminist character than Belle from the new Beauty and the Beast, which is pretty wild.

    STICKMAN: Question, if Jack Black as a girl and another guy as a girl talk together about something not relating to men, does Jumanji 2 pass the Bechdel test.

    MADHERO: Maybe we'll get that answer in the sequel. Moving on


    Uh-oh! Sony are at it again! Despite finally getting the Spider-Man franchise back on track with Homecoming last year, they've decided they still want to keep doing its own thing as well. We've got the oddly awesome looking Enter the Spider-Verse coming at the end of the year, but before that? We're getting VENOM. The solo outing for the symbiote and its host Eddie Brock that won't have Spider-Man in it. Y'know....just like nobody wanted. And we got our first look at it this week! OH BOY!

    Featured in this first brief look at VENOM is...not Venom, actually. Your only real hints at the titular gooey big boy come from said goo being in a jar for a brief shot, and then Tom Hardy's neck getting all icky gross for a brief shot. The rest of the teaser comprises of Tom Hardy putting on another wacky accent, moping around being all emo, going into a store...there's some bodies and a motercycle chase or something. And then he screams. Cue the logo which is just Venom's face...and that's it, folks. Uhhh...okaaaay? I want this to be good, the teaser wasn't awful, but it was definitely lacking in a crucial departme-WHERE THE FUCK WAS VENOM.

    MADHERO: I expected nothing and somehow I'm still disappointed by this....thing

    STICKMAN: I was hoping to be won over, instead I just feel like my zest for life has diminished a little. Not bad, just...expectedly mediocre.

    MADHERO: I don't know who said it, but they nailed it by saying it looks like a fan trailer using a bunch of other Tom Hardy movies and sci fi to look vaguely like a Venom trailer.

    STICKMAN: Oh my god, that's so accurate it hurts.

    LARRY: I honestly am not as disappointed in this trailer as other people. In fact there’s a lot of merit to not showing Venom. But...yeah it doesn’t do much to make up for it.

    STICKMAN: Nope. If your film is called VENOM. Show at least, like...a nipple. Jesus.

    LARRY: I mean we see the symbiote.

    MADHERO: I never ever thought we were going to see the Venom suit. The CG for that is probably not done, but you could've shown something. I think right now you have the problem that if the logo wasn't slapped on, you'd have no idea what it was.

    LARRY: Okay but like. The suit is one big figure. It’s hard to show portions of it without it looking stupid.

    STICKMAN: Show me his BUTT. I've seen Tom Hardy's butt, many times. I wanna see SOOOMETHING. Prove to me this is a Venom movie and not just Tom Hardy getting jiggy with some goop.

    LARRY: Eh, I am against this movie as a whole so I have barely any stake in it.

    STICKMAN: I just want a good live action Venom. Is it so much to assssk. For FUCK'S SAKE.



    It is unfortunately of those times where we here At The Screwvies must address the passing of another beloved figure in cinema. Johann Johannson, revered film composer, has passed away at 48 due to unknown causes. You may recognize his work from his acclaimed scores for The Theory of Everything, Sicario, and Arrival. He would often blend electronic sounds with orchestral arrangements, creating a unique and memorable sound. He will have one posthumous release, Mary Magdalene, directed by Garth Davis. An accomplished solo musician as well, Johannson’s few notable works had a sincere impact on cinema in a very short period of time. We thank him for all he did, and send condolences to his family and friends at this time. RIP.

    MADHERO: God, this is so unexpected and sad. 48 is way too young

    LARRY: I remember how shocking it was to see this on my feed. So sudden and unfortunate. He was a fantastic composer.

    STICKMAN: This is a real tragedy. A lot of movie composers somewhat go through the motions with what's expected for a film, but this guy always brought something new to the table.

    MADHERO: He hadn't been composing for Hollywood for very long. His first Hollywood film was Denis Villeneuve's Prisoners, with whom he worked with up until Arrival. His Sicario work especially is excellent

    LARRY: I think Arrival is probably his best work. Though Theory of Everything is beautiful, if more straightforward.

    STICKMAN: Sicario is one of those scores that's really influenced a lot of other films and TV shows since that point. A modern day Inception. Feel like this is a guy who was just getting started,  to lose him so suddenly and so young is heartbreaking.

    LARRY: He did so much outside of film. What a multi-faceted talent, man. Taken away too soon.

    MADHERO: He hasn't done a lot of scores, but his always stood out and you can't help but feel he was going to maybe win a Oscar someday, not that you need one for validation. Gone way too soon.

    LARRY: He definitely deserved one.

    STICKMAN: At least his work will live on in the films and other productions he put his mark on.


    MADHERO: Alright. I l joked about it earlier, but yeah, as it turns out, we are in fact dealing with a historical release. He may not be the first black superhero, but the sheer hype for Black Panther has been....something to behold. Even as someone like me,  a white guy, it can't help like you're witnessing something major. So y'know, no pressure and all. With all that hope and hype, can Black Panther actually live up to it? Or will we freeze, despite the claim he never freezes.

    STICKMAN: Oh, so ...we're not dedicating the rest of the blog to Early Man? I...I thought...okay.


    MADHERO: Sorry, Sticky.  But some things take priority over British clay cavemen. And hey, you say it, WE ALL DID. So lets cut to the chase. DOES BLACK PANTHER FREEZE OR NOT?!

    STICKMAN: Depends on the quality of the cinema projection I guess.

    MADHERO: YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN! Do you like the angry cat man?



    DIRECTOR: Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station, Creed)

    STARRING: Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B. Jordan, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Andy Serkis, Forest Whittaker, Daniel Kaluuya, Angela Bassett

    SYNOPSIS: T'Challa (Boseman), after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king.

    STICKMAN: Mmmm....well, I do. Obviously, I already loved the big angry cat man before I went in. Was his film good? Well...yes! Whilst I don't think it's the best the MCU has to offer, it certainly has plenty of great aspects, some of which are possibly the best we've seen in this franchise.

    First and foremost, the acting talent on display is supreme. There's not a dud performance to be had in here, with the real highlights being Danai Gurira and Letitia Wright in their respective, contrasting but equally entertaining and badass roles...and of course, Michael B Jordon as possibly the best MCU movie villain to date? Providing an effortlessly cool persona, energy, humour and a shit-ton of emotional resonance from the moment he appears on screen. Boseman is great in the lead too, and the world of Wakanda, a true character of its own is brought to life spectacularly, a colourful and wacky setting that I've never really seen before in a blockbuster film. My main quarrel is twofold, once you get past the great cast and vibrant setting/visuals, it's somewhat...standard superhero fare. Not bad, but nothing remarkable in terms of the general beats. Also, the opening 20 minutes or so are kinda a bit hard to get into, there's a lot of loredumping and getting used to the setting and mythology of Wakanda and all its glorious techno-bullshit. Other than that? Really good fun.


    MADHERO: I agree with a lot of what you're saying. I think one of the biggest strengths of the movies lies in its characters. This is probably the best new ensemble since maybe the GOTG. From its badass female characters in Nakia, Okoye and Shuri, but also iWinston Duke as M'Baku and Andy Serkis having a grand ol time not wearing pingpong balls. The standout is  Michael B. Jordan though, who is not only a great villain for his charisma, but because he manages to become surprisingly sympathetic and you completely understand his anger and frustrations. His relationship with T'Challa gave a real Professor X/Magneto vibe, but one that feels rooted in reality (we'll probably talk more about it, but I did not expect this film to talk about race relations this head on). The world of Wakanda is the true highlight though. From Ruth E. Carter's amazing costumes, Hannah Beachler's production design and Ludwig Goransson's score all make Wakanda feel real and unique in a way Asgard  never did. It makes you believe in a super advanced hidden African nation allowed to flourish without colonialism, and there's something truly remarkable about it, like it was commisioned by a non-existent tourism boad.

    LARRY: To me, Black Panther is another solid Marvel effort. Admittedly, it suffers from a mixed bag of a first half, with some great scenes and some meh scenes. Also some minimal plot contrivances. Whatever it’s fine. But when the second half kicks in, hooooo boy do we start to get to top tier Marvel territory. Strong thematic work and excellent direction reach amazing levels, with already strong performances and gorgeous visuals. I had a blast with it and I’m happy to see an auteur filmmaker take a shot at a Marvel blockbuster without going too overboard. Two thumbs up from this guy.

    MADHERO: If you don't mind, Larry? What did you think was meh about the first half? Because I can understand finding the first part a bit odd (though it makes sense) and the stuff after maybe boring, but I loved seeing Wakanda come to live in that moment and it simply allows to world to be and breather, which you don't really get with other Marvel films. I honestly didn't mind the 2 minute lore dump since its really well animated.

    LARRY: Yeah it feels a tad disjointed, I don’t really love the first action fight sequence or the first tribal fight sequence.

    STICKMAN: The animation was lovely but I'm not a fan of world-building in the form of detached prequel sequences. My main issue was just it being like WOAH HEY HERE'S THE ENTIRE MYTHOLOGY and then setting up stuff for later, but that was 20 minutes out of the two hours  and 10 I think.


    MADHERO: See, I loved the tribal scene cause it was like nothing I had seen before. That's something that always comes back to me: wow, I really haven't seen it. You could argue that it ultimately becomes a straightforward narrative, but I loved to see the world just be, let Wakanda feel like a real place with a real culture

    LARRY: Nah, let me be clear: I LOVE WAKANDA. It is oozing with lore and character and color. It’s amazing. I just don’t like how the first tribal fight sequence is shot and edited.

    STICKMAN: I thought the action was fine, but not really the MCU at its peak in terms of choreography. The ritual scenes were cool because of the visuals and atmosphere. Also I got to see a lot of buff shirtless dudes.

    MADHERO: The Korea part of the movie is probably the most comic booky, though its really more like James Bond. Its not the best action, but the end battle is a lot of fun for.....reasons.

    STICKMAN: See I really liked that sequence, kinda wish the film had done a bit more of those.

     LARRY: I actually loved the casino scene.

    MADHERO: What I'm surprised by, and I hope this is something we'll see more of in the future, is how separate it feels from the MCU while still very much being a part of it. We often fear the MCU can feel like homework assignment and having to keep up with everything to make sense of it, but Black Panther, besides a couple nods and characters from other films, feels remarkably separate. You do not need to have seen the other films to make sense of it (though it adds a lot of value to certain moments). And there's parts where it feels like a Ryan Coogler film and not just a cog to the machine. With that and Thor Ragnarok, we're seeing an era of Marvel letting their directors do their thing, which I guess they can do now that they're guarenteed money makers

    LARRY: Oh yes, this is certainly very contained.

    STICKMAN: I feel like we've felt that with several MCU films so I don't really see why this is a big deal. There's cosmic space adventures, mind-bending magic, stripped back espionage's all connected by references and little tie-ins. Spider-Man and Civil War are really more outliers than anything.

    MADHERO: Well we did with Thor, but there's not much in the way of nods to other films or mentions of other Avengers. Its part of a trend that I hope continues.

    STICKMAN: I'm all for standalone films within the MCU that aren't required to go OH HEY IRON MAN'S OVER THERE, GUYS.

    MADHERO: Well, with Infinity War....who knows who's going to lead the pack after that. Were you guys surprised as well at how surprisingly political it got? Obviously that can happen with royalty and government, but it tackled some issues I never expected a blockbuster to tackle.

    LARRY: I mean, I found it impossible to not be political. Especially considering this film’s place in the pop culture zeitgeist.

    STICKMAN: I wasn't super surprised, if any Marvel film was going to get embroiled in politics, it was going to be this one. The latest run of the Black Panther comics is more  political drama than comic book action, really.

    LARRY: I think it tackled all of these themes very, very well. A very multi-sided argument portrayed in many different ways.

    STICKMAN: The climatic scene between Black Panther the villain was particularly stirring, not to mention having one of the most stirrrrring mid-credits scenes for the MCU. Minus that weird bit about Wales.


    MADHERO: Obviously I'm not going to experience this movie in a way the think pieces are going to make want to experience it. I hope we're going to get to a point in time where Black Panther is something special, but for now it really is in the best way. Representation in a empowering way that will inspire millions, an amazing batch of characters who'll surely grow in future sequels, and a world I can't wait to reexperience at some point. I don't know where this ranks among the MCU films (its becoming harder and harder) but its a stunning achievement in almost every way and worthy of the hype. Long may the king reign.

    LARRY: Overall I don’t think this is a masterpiece by any stretch, but I think it’s an important film that delivers on quality messages. And, obviously, a lot of people are enjoying and connecting to this film, so I’m happy about that, even with a stark contrast of quality between the first and second half. Also all hail Ryan Coogler. That man is a god.

    STICKMAN: I really liked this film. I was a little disappointed that it didn't have more memorable action sequences, and despite breaking new ground for the MCU in terms of thematics, failed to offer an original narrative once you get past all the presentational/character positives. But I mean...those are what make this such a good film. Not only do you have a layered and inspirational lead hero, but possibly the MCU's best ensemble supporting cast, and maybe its best villain. There's some surprisingly emotional scenes throughout, and although the action scenes are rarely that spectacular, they always have a weight to them because of your connection with the characters, both good and 'bad'.  Foremost it's a fantastic and fully realised achievement, bringing the world of Wakanda and the diverse and likeable citizens within it to life, with spectacular results. It's not cream of the crop  MCU, but it's well worth a watch.

    MADHERO: Well that's that. BUT WAIT, WE'RE NOT COMPLETELY DONE WITH REVIEWS! We talked about football playing claymation cavemen, and of course that refers to Early Man, Aardman's new claymation feature and their first original work since Pirates! Stickman, notorious Aardman hater but lover of football, is the only one that watched it. So hey, is it any good?(edited)


    DIRECTOR: Nick Park (Chicken Run, Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit)

    STARRING: Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston, Maisie Williams, Timothy Spal, Richard Ayoade

    SYNOPSIS: A caveman named Dug (Redmayne), along with his pet sidekick Hognob, unites his tribe to save their valley home when it is claimed by Lord Nooth (Hiddleston) and his Bronze Age City

    STICKMAN: you all know, I really love my football, and despite  my dislike  of Aardm-Oh wait, that's not right. Yes. I somewhat like Aardman productions, they've been a huge inspiration on me my entire life, I love them to bits, and I was very excited for their latest feature, with Nick Park, creator of Wallace & Gromit and directing genius back at the helm for the first time since 2009. Early Man is a really fun and enjoyable film, but sadly it's not quite up to the standards we seek from this studio, particularly this director. Whilst it's frequently very funny, and full of charm, heart and the usual Aardman touches and details throughout, it's unfortunately a very by the numbers underdog narrative that lacks the same compelling characters and story that say, Chicken Run or Curse of the Wererabbit had. It's not bad by any means, but it's not their best by any stretch. I'd put it above Shaun the Sheep, but below the other stop motion features, which is a shame given how long you have to wait for these to come along, but...I'm not saying it was bad at all, just not an instant classic like Nick Park's previous works. That said? If your local screenings of Black Panther are all sold out? Can't go wrong, really. This is a really fun and charming romp.

    MADHERO: That's a bit of a bummer that you didn't like it as much as you could've. Is that partly because of the football? I like both Aardman and football, so will I get more out of it?

    STICKMAN: Honestly it's not so much to do with the football itself, although the use of football as a main plot mechanic means the film lacks the creative action sequences people have maybe come to expect. Toy train chases, pie machines, Queen Victoria and her mechanical battle dress...this film lacks something to that caliber. In fact it doesn't really have much action at all. It's just the football sequence that comprises the end of the film is just kinda...drab?

    MADHERO: Its probably still the best football film ever made, cause...well....that's not a list filled with classics.

    LARRY: Well I’m sorry to hear it’s disappointing

    STICKMAN: I just hold Aardman to a high standard is all. Maybe those going in with lower expectations may find themselves enjoying it a lot more.

    LARRY: I’m a fan of Aardman, so it sucks to see something not living up to potential.

    MADHERO: Tom Hiddleston looks like he at least has a lot of fun with his attempt at a Allo Allo French accent

    STICKMAN: Honestly I had my doubts about the performances from the trailer, but they all do a great job in the film.  You really can't tell it's Hiddleston which means you just focus on the character. Same with Eddie the Red Mane, who's actually pretty good.

    MADHERO: So that's Early Man. Stll pretty good, but doesn't live up to Aardman's high standards. Alright, now time for the usual: talking bullshit about movies we haven't seen yet.

    STICKMAN: I will has one scene with a messenger pigeon that's really funny and creative, and I wish the film  had more scenes like that. Also...there's an aspect of the film which I guess is technically spoilers relating to that which...was really underplayed. Oops! Still, good stuff.



    DIRECTOR: Alex Garland (Ex Machina)

    STARRING: Natalie Portman, Oscar Isaac, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Tuva Novotny

    SYNOPSIS: A biologist (Portman) signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition where the laws of nature don't apply.

    STICKMAN: OOohhh. I'm so maaaad

    MADHERO: AHHHHHHHHHHH, MY MOST ANTICIPATED MOVIE OF 2018.....and I can't see it in theaters. Fuck

    LARRY: I would say I'm excited to see it theaters but I feel the wounds are still fresh.

    STICKMAN: Not only do I have to wait to see it, I have to wait to see it...on a TV. And some of the reviews are like THIS IS WHAT THE BIG SCREEN WAS MADE FOR.

    LARRY Yeesh...

    MADHERO: Hey now. Don't blame Netflix. Blame Paramount for selling it off. But anyway, I'm still very much ready for Alex Garland's new film. Loved Ex Machina, and people have already said this is on the same level

    STICKMAN: I'm so stoked. Which is what makes the situation so agonizing.

    LARRY: Yeah I'm super excited. I'm also excited to see Natalie Portman in another leading role.

    STICKMAN: I mean. Her being in it is inconsequential to me, personally.

    MADHERO: Heard she's good in this as well, like always, but I'm mostly there for Garland.

    STICKMAN: I'm here for Garland and I'm here for the source material which I hear is fucking nuts.

    LARRY: Bringing in some FRESH CROC

    STICKMAN: Crocs!?

    MADHERO: No spoilers here...I think? Moving on


    DIRECTOR: John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein (Vacation)

    STARRING: Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Kyle Chandler, Billy Magnussen, Jeffrey Wright

    SYNOPSIS: A group of friends (Bateman, McAdams etc.) meet regularly for their game night, and one night they find themselves investigating an actual murder mystery.

    STICKMAN: More like LAME Night. Ahaaaah.

    LARRY: Hoooo boy, what even is this movie.

    MADHERO: This looks....surprisingly fun? I dunno I kinda enjoy the dark comedy aspect of it.

    STICKMAN: I love a good dark comedy. I love...a good one. Jason Bateman isn't really a selling point. I'll be honest.

    MADHERO: Watch Ozark mah dude. Bateman's a good acting man.

    LARRY: Yeah Bateman can handle some darker, dramatic stuff. This just looks...odd.

    STICKMAN: There's too much on Netflix, maybe they should shed a little weight and put Annihilation in cinemas.

    MADHERO: Well he's by nature a comedian. I dunno, I think this looks like fun. The directors of this are also working on Flashpoint and were 2(of the 6 credited) writers on Spider-Man Homecoming.

    STICKMAN: It's got a dog on the poster, so that's something. Not my kinda dog, but. I mean. A dog all the same.

    MADHERO: Its a cute lil doggy

    LARRY: It also has a Sorry piece in a burglar mask. So. Hard to gauge.


    DIRECTOR: Duncan Jones (Source Code, Warcraft)

    STARRING: Alexander Skarsgard, Paul Rudd, Justin Theroux, Seyneb Saleh

    SYNOPSIS: Leo Beiler (Skarsgard), a mute bartender, searches for his missing girlfriend, Naadirah (Saleh), in the rolling city of immigrants where two American surgeons (Rudd, Theroux) are the only recurring clues

    STICKMAN: Oohhhhhhhh boooy. This is really my week.


    MADHERO: This is the movie Duncan Jones has been wanting to make for literally ever. Warcraft was a misstep, but he's done excellent work with his 2 small scale sci fi stories, so I'm all for this

    STICKMAN: This week is a case of Good Netflix, Fuck Netflix. If it weren't for Netflix this film would never exist...

    LARRY Yeah if this is closer to Source Code than I'm fucking ready.

    STICKMAN: This could go either way, and Duncan's been pretty forward with his awareness that some people are gonna hate it, so it's going to be interesting to see how it turns out.

    MADHERO: I think it might be closer to Moon in all honesty, especially since its supposedly takes place in the same universe

    STICKMAN: Also watch MOON, Larry. MOON is a classic.

    LARRY: I know, I know.

    MADHERO: You still have a week. Speaking of which.....HOW ABOUT SOME MOVIE OF THE WEEK. NAILED THAT SEGUE!



    STICKMAN: AAHHH FUCK The Black Panther lives.

    MADHERO: Well.....we could all be lazy and just pick that as our MOTW, but we could also give some other movies their time in the sun. Including one that'll continue our love/hate relation with Netflix

    STICKMAN: How about that Early Man huh Y'all...go see Early Man?

    LARRY: I just might honestly...I dunno.

    MADHERO: So Sticky. What's your Non-Black Panther Movie of the Week?


    STICKMAN: Uhh...well...shit. Let’s talk about a massively divisive movie, HUH? As we said earlier, The Cloverfield Paradox just came outta nowhere literally hours after we finished writing the previous episode of Screwvies, and being a big Cloverfield fan I stayed up until the Super Bowl finished in the US to watch the movie.

    And what did I think?'s...okaaaay? A lot of fun, with a interesting premise, it doesn't really nail the landing and it never fully explores the potential of what it has to offer, but despite the massively negative critical reception, I'd say it was pretty good despite this. Hard to talk about it without spoiling the fun, part of what made this exciting was going in knowing basically nothing, but all I'll say is it's nothing like either Cloverfield movie before it, it's not as good as either of them, but offers a fun, visceral sci-fi adventure with some great performances, funny moments and memorable, shall we say. In my eyes, this film was decent, it didn't deserve the mauling it got, even if it weren't that great either.

    MADHERO: We talked about it with the trailers, but regardless of the quality of the actual film,  I'm amazed they actually went and released a movie like that.

    STICKMAN: It was pretty ballsy. In retrospect maybe something of a cover-up, but hey ho. JJ Abrams climaxed the moment the TV spot landed.

    MADHERO: I think Paramount probably knew this would bomb if they released it in theaters, so making Netflix pay 50 mllion (effectively making a small profit of it) proved to be a smart move

    LARRY: I guess, it's setting a troubling precedent though.

    STICKMAN: It was damage control, but enjoyably ballsy damage control, and I enjoyed the movie so it was win-win, really. Can't say I've ever watched a film knowing nothing about it, having only learned the NAME of the film hours prior. I mean, in this day and age? How often do you go into something completely blind?

    LARRY: Rarely. And it mostly correlates to a great viewing experience.

    MADHERO: Only in games and Beyonce dropping Lemonade, but never in film, so it was fun seeing that implemented. Anyway, Larry. Whats your non-Black Panther MOTW?

    LARRY: My MOTW is Coco, the latest entry in the Pixar library, and most certainly a worthy addition. I can't lie, I didn't think much of this film initially, but once I heard reviews claiming it to be top-tier Pixar fare, I knew I had to see it. And yeah, it's damn great.

    Gorgeous animation with vibrant colors, fun characters who feel genuine, powerful and heartwarming music, a story that throws some twists and turns without it being arbitrary, but most importantly, a world that feels wholly and completely its own. Oh, and it's funny. And imaginative. And it made my best friend cry. It's not perfect, for a few small nitpicks regarding story and world-building build up to some spottiness, but the pros far outweigh the cons. Coco is definitely another shining example of why Pixar is the best in the biz.

    MADHERO: Awww yeah, my nr. 5 movie of last year.

    LARRY: Yeah, made my Top 20 post-2017.

    STICKMAN: More like Nono. As in no, I didn’t see it. I wussed out

    MADHERO: Were the skellymen too scary?

    STICKMAN: Yes. Those eyes. What's going on there.

    MADHERO: I said before that the movie didn't really interest me beforehand, but by the end it really got me and it goes into some pretty dark and unexpected directions.

    LARRY: Oh, absolutely. The third act throws you for a LOOP. I won't say what it does, but MAN. It made many friends of mine cry like babies.

    MADHERO: The last minutes of the movie were pretty damn hard to sit through. It made me sad, but oddly good as well.

    STICKMAN: I don't know man, I feel like  it needs a 20 minute prologue with a singing snowman.

    LARRY: Ya see that's what was missing.

    STICKMAN: What did you do Mad. Was it Blade Runner 2049.

    MADHERO: NO..........yes. My MOTW is a film that's near and dear to me because...well, it was my favorite movie of 2017, which I've made no secret was Blade Runner 2049, the sequel I long said should not have been made, but boy if Denis Villeneuve made me shut my big fat mouth and show me how wrong I was.

    I've talked about the movie at length, and I'm only talking about it now cause the Blu Ray just came out here in a fancy pants steelbook made by Mondo, which also comes with those shorts they made to add to the world-building. If you love brainy science fiction that makes a shithole world look absolutely gorgeous  thanks to Deakins' camerawork and the amazing production design. It may not be for everyone, but it was exactly my shit.

    STICKMAN: I'm still maaaad that the sexy ass Blu Ray was only available in the UK at HMV and with the 4K release which means I'd have to pay £20 extra for it. And I mean, that's expensive for porn.

    MADHERO: Not sure if it was in the UK, but here there was a collector's edition with a replica of K's blaster, which was super tempting but also 120 euros which is kinda much

    STICKMAN: They had  a £40 special edition that came with Blade Runner whiskey glasses here. If I drank whiskey and had any money, I'd be thrilled.

    LARRY: Hey I liked this movie a lot. Wasn't in my Top 10 but damn is it inspired.

    MADHERO: Good for you.

    LARRY: ...well geez Mad okay.

    STICKMAN: I'm just kinda skirting around the fact that this is the 50th time we've spoken about the movie film. It was my film of the YEARRR. I rewatched it recently too and  rest assured, I still loved it. My fears about it  not standing up second time through were incorrect.

    LARRY: If anything I figured it would only get better.(edited)

    STICKMAN: Not quite as good as seeing it in IMAX...even if it broke. I was concerned without the twists being unknown it wouldn't be as engrossing, I was incorrect.


    MADHERO: Indeed. Well, that about wraps up this colossus of a show. We'll be back with another comic book movie with Black Widow. Weird they recast ScarJo with Jennifer Lawrence though, but I guess its a prequel or something

    STICKMAN: Is there an island of dogs, too?

    LARRY: Ooh boy. Islands

    MADHERO: Doggo Island is in sight too, as well as mopey Bruce Willis. And hey, maybe before all that, we have Oscar Predictions. Depends on production and all that.

    STICKMAN: Gee...well...I'd feel pretty fucking STUPID if I missed out on reading THE NEXT EPISODE OF CINEMAT-At the Screwives. That's the one we do.

  • So You're A Guardian. Here's Some Pre-RTX Tips (2018 Edition)

    3 months ago

    BlackPenguin Guardian x8; Panel Lead

    I'm back again to give y'all some tips on how to prepare for Guardianship in 2018.  This will be my 8th year as a Guardian, and I can tell you, there's a lot you can do to prepare for RTX before the actual convention.  This is mostly a re-post of my 2017 guide, but there are some great tips for how you can prepare for RTX right now and in the lead-up.  If you're a new Guardian, I highly recommend giving it a read.

    1) So You're A Guardian.  Here's What You Should Do Right Now

    Confirm that you are aware of all official sources of information.  The RT site is the primary source for your information, and should be the hub for all official communication.  There may be instances sometimes when you get news updates from other sources, but they are not a substitute for the RT site.  Check the group often, and keep an eye out for news posts.  Be aware of dates, times, schedules, and information as it becomes available.  By the time RTX rolls around, you should already have memorized the start/end times for each con day, and the major events of the weekend.

    I would also recommend participating in the forum threads in the group.  Get to know your fellow Guardians in the fun threads.  Put the BAR on watch to socialize with your fellow Guardians.  You should also follow the FAQ thread, since it’s a good source of information and answers.

    Also, if you haven't by now, you should be working to establish your lodging situation (hotel, hostel, AirBnB, friend's place, etc).  RT will be releasing their hotel deals as some point, but you should be searching already.  If you a great deal, try to lock it down sooner than later.  Rooming in groups of 3 or 4 can cut costs significantly as well.

    2) When Team Assignments Are Announced

    This will be the next big development before RTX.  Research your role.  Get to know the people you will be working with.  There will likely be an official forum thread or group for your team, which your Team Lead will create and manage.  Just like with the group, check it often.  If your Team Lead introduces any new methods of communication, check those often as well.  Soak up all knowledge from your Team Lead and fellow Guardians on your team.  Be proactive.  If you have a question, ask your Team Lead, or ask in the Guardian FAQ thread.  Stay up to date on any meetings or information that your Team Leads put out.

    Some time after team assignments are announced, you will be given a more specific post within your team (exact place/job you’ll be working).  Stay up to date on any changes to your role, and research accordingly.

    3) Starting Around Two Months Before RTX

    Research the physical area of where you’ll be working, as best you know.  Find the floorplans of the place you’ll be assigned to.  Floorplans can be found on the websites for each venue.  If you don’t know the specifics of your post yet, make an educated guess and adjust your research as information becomes available.  Know the location of restrooms, exits, streets, and nearby restaurants/stores.  As soon as you know your place of lodging, map out your path to work.  Go to google maps, put in addresses, and have an educated idea of the time it takes to get there (and take into account traffic and the time it takes you to get ready).

    The whole idea is to minimize the amount of surprises in your work and travel area.  I find that this approach makes me more comfortable moving around my assigned area, and operating as an authority to attendees.  Spend a few minutes every week or two looking over this.  You won’t be quizzed on this, but you’ll want to have a working knowledge.  Not only for yourself, but for attendees and other Guardians.

    Also, if you plan on ordering anything online for RTX (athletic underclothes, shoes, etc), do it now.  You don't want to waiting on that crucial anti-odor undergarment when RTX approaches.  You'll also want to make sure your shoes are broken as well.

    4) When The Schedule Is Announced

    Get to know the schedule.  Try to memorize the big events, but especially memorize the events that will be taking place in your area.  Think about the specific needs of each event/activity you will be working, and what will be required of your role in it.  Ask your Team Leads and co-workers for any information that might be helpful in those specific cases.

    It is also a good idea to look at events in other locations that take place around the same time as your own events.  This comes in handy when anticipating sudden rushes and traffic of attendees.  Your area might be empty or slow, but when a big panel lets out, those crowds have to go somewhere.  Don’t be caught off guard.

    5) In The Three Weeks Before RTX

    Start eating a little better, if you don't do so already.  Don’t shock your body with new foods or diets though.  You don’t want to throw off your system.  Just pick the healthier option among what you already regularly eat.  Maybe avoid those god tier junk foods you love, and opt for the stuff you already like that might be better for you.  You know your own body, so you know what it doesn’t like processing.  If there are foods or meals that you love but you know make you worthless and lazy, maybe avoid those leading up to RTX.  This isn’t about dieting or losing weight.  You’ll need the energy, so don’t come to RTX starving.  It’s about being well fed, just not full of unhealthy food.  If you can put your body in a healthier and more responsive state pre-RTX, it will make the weekend a little easier.  Make sure to get on a good sleep schedule too, if possible.  One day of bad sleep can snowball over a week, and it’s easy to find yourself dragging by the weekend.  You don’t want to be operating on a sleep deficit during RTX, so try to get on an RTX schedule before the con.

    Hunger and sleepiness can strike hard, even right before RTX even starts.  Many times I find myself getting a little less rest and nutrition leading up to RTX.  It can due to work, travel, or pure excitement.  In each of those instances, it can be easy to lose hours of sleep or to just grab a quick greasy meal.  By the time the Thursday before RTX rolls around, it can be easy to find yourself tired and hungry at midday.  Such is the nature of cons and travel.  And you won’t always be able to eat super healthy at RTX.  Time, money, and distance can conspire to force you to eat greasy and unhealthy foods.  That’s just the reality of conventions, for attendees and volunteers alike.  And that’s okay.  But that’s why it’s important to stock up on healthy habits before RTX.  And remember, like I said, it’s not about dieting or losing weight.  It’s about being well fed on healthy foods already in your rotation.

    Here’s a cautionary tale for you.  At RTX 2015, I made a rookie mistake and went about 23 hours without eating and a whole day with only 4 hours of sleep—and that was by Thursday afternoon before RTX.  Bear in mind, this wasn’t due to the demands of the work, but my inability to manage my own time.  Any veteran Guardian will tell you that this one of the biggest things to NOT do.  Seriously, the first rule of Guardianship is “take care of your body”.

    It might not seem like something to be warned about, but it’s something that can sneak up on you when you’re so excited and dedicated about helping out.  It’s just a natural component of volunteering.  The best way to combat this, should you need to, is to make sure you’re in a good position beforehand by eating better and getting plenty of rest.  Think of it as stocking up on energy and recovery ability.  It gives you an extra boost, and provides you with a cushion of recuperation should you need it.

    6) One Week Before Leaving For RTX

    Make a list of what you’re taking.  Make a list of what you’ll be wearing on each day and night.  Do all your laundry days ahead of time and, if possible, have your bag packed by the day BEFORE you leave for RTX.  And that list of what you’ll be wearing? Pack that too.  No joke, waking up and having an outfit already planned out is a godsend.  The ability to wake up and seamlessly get ready during RTX gives you so much peace of mind.  Personally, I like to pack by the outfit.  I just pull an outfit out of my suitcase, rather than assembling it from packed sections.

    Also, if you plan to carry a bag during RTX, make sure to have that packed and planned out ahead of time too.  If possible, tailor your bag according to what department you will be working in.  Different departments have different needs.  PA’s might need sharpies and hand sanitizer, Panels might need pen/paper, and Tech might need a shitload of tech stuff.  Ask your Team Lead and fellow Guardians for specifics on what your assignment will call for.  Many supplies will be provided, but if you already have access to the appropriate materials, it helps to bring them yourself.  Don’t forget to pack snacks and water either.  DON’T FORGET TO PACK SNACKS AND WATER.  Don’t overpack your con bag though.  We all want to be walking Swiss army knives, but be realistic.  After 3-4 days, all those knick knacks will be hurting your shoulders.

    Take stock of your body as well.  Do your feet tend to hurt after being on them all day? Pack the comfy shoes or buy some inserts.  Do you chafe after walking around a long time? Pack a baby powder for your place of lodging, and pack a tiny one for your con bag.  Do industrial air conditioners dry out your eyes? Pack some eye drops.  Don’t just plan for situations, plan for your body.

    Also, by now, you will likely already know your schedule for that whole week.  Once you do, plan out your meal options as best you can.  Maybe do some research on the nearest restaurants, menus, and prices.  Knowing where you’re getting your meals from and how much they’ll cost can save you an unbelievable amount of time and stress.  When you’re in the thick of Guardian work, with the crowds and noise all around you, eliminating any unknowns can be great for your sanity.  Not just for the days of the convention, but the Thursday or even Wednesday before (if you’re in town then).

    7) One or Two Days Before Leaving For RTX

    Okay, this is where we get a little more…personal.  It isn’t a must-have, but I find that it helps psychologically when you get FRESH TO DEATH.

    I’m talking about haircuts, nail trims, and grooming (face OR body).  I’m talking eyebrows, small problem areas, moisturizing, exfoliating, and shaving.  You're not going to prom or about to get married though, so don't show up not ready to get sweaty (you will get sweaty).  You will be exerting yourself, and you won't be able to preen when you want.  But basically anything you might do when you have a hot date coming up or if you’re going to a nice party, do that.  Take your time, don’t rush.  I highly recommend finding some time to decompress and relax by yourself, and utilizing that time to take care of your body.

    Why, you ask? For yourself.  Have you ever been chilling at home, and had to make an unexpected trip to the grocery store? You’re there, in your comfiest of comfy clothes just watching TV.  All of a sudden, you remember you need olive oil for that kick ass dish you’re making later.  So you go to the store not looking your best, and try to incognito your way through the checkout.  The confidence level is noticeably lower than if you had taken an hour or two getting ready.  I realize that we all have different levels of self-esteem, and some of you would probably feel and look fabulous wearing a trash bag.  That’s fucking fantastic.  But for some of us, there is a measurable amount of confidence and extrovertism that can be gained when we look our best.  You carry yourself better, walk straighter, and make more eye contact.  It’s all about making yourself feel better.  When you look good, you feel good.

    Do the same thing for your clothes.  The priorities when it comes to Guardian clothes are typically comfort and presentability.  You want to be comfortable working all day, and you want to look nice enough for the public to approach you.  Feel free to make the best of that.  Wear special pants/shorts, shoes, socks, or accessories.  It can be nice and trendy, or it can be something that simply says “this is me”.  The idea is to wear something that gives you confidence, whether it’s something nice or something that screams your own personal style.  The same goes for clothes you can’t see.  Don’t trade comfort for style, but if possible, wear some good socks or good underwear.  Good underwear is a huge confidence booster.  It’s a weapon you should have in your arsenal.  Keep in mind, there is a minor dress code for Guardians (approachability, shirt mostly visible on front/back, emphasis on comfort).  But if you can do what I recommend within the Guardian dress code, I would highly suggest it.

    Here’s another personal example.  Right before RTX 2012, I forgot to get a haircut.  My hair was very overgrown.  I didn’t pack any nice clothes, so my wardrobe (as a Guardian AND a civilian), was subpar.  I could feel the lack of confidence I had that weekend.  I met a lot of people I knew for the first time, and I wished my appearance was a little better.  Like I said, for some of you that ain’t no thing.  But for me, sometimes, it can have a negative effect.  The people you meet, attendees and Guardians, will accept you even if you aren’t looking your best.  But looking your best can do a lot for you, psychologically.

    Keep in mind, you will also have to deal with helpless or angry attendees, industry professionals, and don’t forget, RT themselves.  Looking professional and put together can do wonders for your performance.  You’ll see many veteran Guardians emphasizing professionalism and hygiene.  Those two things are vital to being a Guardian.  What I’m recommending is just taking that next step in those two respects.  My only warning is to not go overboard.  After all, you will be working and quite possibly sweating.  So, don’t be too preoccupied with appearances.  But do yourself a favor and give yourself that boost of confidence.  In the days before RTX, make it a point to focus on your body and find serenity in the process.  Use it as a form of meditation, and arrive at RTX with confidence.

    8) Once You Arrive For Orientation

    Pay attention during orientation.  There will be a big orientation with important info, possibly some safety briefings, and then even smaller team-based orientation.  When you break off into teams, soak up your Team Lead’s advice.  During team meetings, if possible, visualize and act out your role.  I’m talking full on miming that shit.  Don’t just learn what you’ll be doing, imagine it.  Picture the crowds.  Physically and vocally act out your role.  This will be your only rehearsal.  It might look weird, but actually acting out the process will help you.

    Get to know your team.  Memorize their names, and tell them yours.  Maybe go to lunch or dinner together if people are available.  If any of you are free during the evenings Friday through Sunday, maybe make dinner plans with each other.  Things like this help your team become more cohesive, and close-knit.  We all have our own neuroses and anxieties.  Some more than others, and that’s okay.  But we all need to help create an environment of comfort within our co-volunteers.  You will be working alongside these people, you will grow fond of them, and sadly, you may never see them again.  Take the time to know each other just a little, even if it’s over a soda during a break.  It will help your work relationship, alleviate any potential awkwardness, and you will be happy you made the effort once you go back home.

    9) The Night Before RTX

    DON’T STAY UP ALL NIGHT.  I know there are evening events, and I know they’re fun.  I will be at them too.  But you know how much sleep you usually require, and you know what your body can and can’t handle.  Don’t cut it close.

    Eat a decent dinner.  It's okay to indulge, but don't go crazy.  Make sure your Guardian clothes for the weekend are planned out.  If you will be carrying a bag with you during RTX, make sure it is packed and ready before going to bed.  Doing these things will ensure you get a good night’s sleep, that you wake up refreshed, and that you won’t be stressed in the morning.  Also make sure that your toiletries and hygiene materials are ready to go in the morning.  Have a space set aside for all your bathroom products, and try to have them in a place that’s easily accessible in the morning.  Between deodorant, toothbrush/paste, soap/shampoo, and beauty products, you can easily lose 10-20 minutes fumbling around in the morning.

    Also be aware of your morning routines, and how your body acts.  Do you need extra waking up time? Get up earlier.  Does your hair require a special touch? Set aside that time.  Will you have morning bathroom business to take care of? Take that into account.  If you're rooming with other people, work out a morning schedule.  Don't rely on a bathroom time slot in the morning if it hasn't been confirmed.

    Also, and this is more of a personal suggestion, take a hot bath before bed.  Still take a shower in the morning, but take a hot bath before bed.  I know not everyone’s lodging situation will allow this (a shower is fine too), but if possible, do it.  Fill the tub up and take a quiet soak for a while.  Relax.  Breathe.  Listen to the sloshing of the water.  Use the good soap, and condition your hair.  Take your time, and maybe put some lotion on after.  Go to bed fresh and relaxed.  You’re here because you want to be.  You’re in your element.  You're with your people.  You’re calm and ready for tomorrow.  You know where you need to be in the morning, and what time you need to be there.  You got this.  Settle down, set an alarm, and go to sleep.

    10) Tips & Tricks

    That’s all I got.  If you want to know more about what to do during the actual convention, feel free to ask.  I will do my best to help.  There are also plenty of other experienced Guardians to ask as well.  I’ll go ahead and leave you with some tips and tricks that might help you during RTX.


    -Don’t be nervous.  The people around you are there to support you.  You’ll go through a lot of on-the-job training on the first day.  You’ll learn a lot, and apply it to rest of the weekend.  Don’t fret.  Any stress you have is a passing condition.

    -Don’t skip meals.  Hand-held and portable foods are your friend, but do take advantage of times when you can sit down and enjoy a meal.

    -Always have water on hand.  ALWAYS HAVE WATER ON HAND.  You don’t even need a space-age Olympian cross-fit artisan water delivery system.  Reuse an Ozarka bottle.  You’re not the Queen.

    -If you have the time and ability, try to take a hot bath at least once during the weekend.  You will be surprised how much it will help.

    -Be willing to relax.  You’ll want to cram as much fun into the weekend as you can.  That’s normal, and what we all want.  But if you feel you might not be up to it, that’s okay.  Chill nights with friends are just as good as wild nights with friends.  One year I even had a relaxing nice Italian dinner by myself.  No joke, it felt good.  Treat yo-self.

    -You will be seeing behind the curtain of RT a bit, but you will be doing so in order to help them.  Remember, you’re a Guardian first, a person second, and a fan third.

    -Food runs are life savers.  Going on break to get something to eat? Have some extra time? Are you working closely with other Guardians? Consider offering to go on a food run for the group.  Work out the money situation (through collection, smartphone apps, or trades), write down what they want, and grab it for them.  This isn’t expected of you, but it’s an option that can save a lot of time and stress.

    -Ask questions if you have them.  Redundant instructions are okay.  You don’t get points for memorizing things the first time you hear them.  But you do get Guardian points for thorough understanding.

    -Guardian Points don’t really exist, but just now I’ve decided to make them a thing.  Use GP for short.

    -If you want to get something from the RT store, try to work out ahead of time when you'll be going.  Ask your Team Lead or supervisor when the best time to go is, or else you risk missing your chance.

    -Avoid having too many chefs in the kitchen.  We all want to help.  We all have ideas.  There will be times when you’re in a discussion with other Guardians about what to do in a situation.  People will have suggestions, and everyone will want to help.  But once a decision has been made in a situation and a plan is implemented, give it a chance.  Don’t complain that your idea was way better the whole time, and don’t gloat if your idea is the one that is chosen.  Don’t let your eagerness to help become a battle over whose idea is best.  Trust your team, and trust your Team Leads.

    -Have fun.  All these people around you are your people.  They like what you like, and you have a lot in common with them.  Probably more than you know.  Feel how happy they are, and feel good about yourself.

    -Write down the screen names, twitter handles, etc. of your fellow Guardians.  Take pictures with them.  Upload those pictures like crazy after RTX.

    -If possible, STAY AFTER FOR THE GREAT GUARDIAN GATHERING IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE CON ON SUNDAY.  People will dance.  People will take pictures.  People will cry, including you and RT staff.  You won’t want to leave.

    -Remember how you felt when you were there.

  • January Round-Up

    3 months ago


    Happy February!

    The first month of the year has been chaotic and crazy but I love it.  I'm terrified of the idea of juggling five classes at school, work, spending time with family, and a social life.  School and work consume most of my time but it's day like today where I can sit down and write a proper little something here.  

    A few updates:

    My best friend and I kind of made that 2018 Bucket List... we tried and then did homework. I feel like I never get to see her because our work and school schedules are like Yin and Yang. It is nice to visit her in between classes.

    I know I said this year was going to be all about clarity and accomplishment, but at the moment it just feels like I'm living from deadline to deadline. I'm on top of my work and it's really easy to maintain, but there's a lot of it.

    Random Thoughts:

    A sample ad just popped up for my friend and I's old YouTube channel...from high school. I remember trying to keep it going and alive for as long as I can remember and eventually I just stopped.  Life got in the way and I moved for school. (lol)

    I don't know if it's just me, but I get bored easily of monotony and doing the same thing everyday.  I always want to keep going or go somewhere else and start over and climb my way up.  Granted, I'm not on the top nor will I if I don't stick to my goal.  I'm a part-time night manager and I like the company I work for.  I want to go full-time after college and work my way up, especially to utilize my degree in the corporate offices.  We'll see how it goes, all I can do is try.

    I was worried this wouldn't be very long but wow, it's better than I expected!

    Have a wonderful rest of the month, everyone!

    With love,


  • At the Screwvies: Episode 101

    3 months ago



    MADHERO: guys. So in the ectasy of us releasing our 100th episode, I said that we'd be talking Black Panther next month. That, as it turns out, wasn;t the case, but don't worry. We've got movies just as exciting like....oh....oh no. Ummmmmmmmm...... yeah. So who's excited for Fifty Shades to be over?

    STICKMAN: I can't wait for my life to be over, does that count.

    LARRY: I can’t wait for this to be over, and I know that counts for something.

    STICKMAN: What horrors lurk in Episode 101.

    MADHERO: Oh....well good that I didn't also mention that we're talking Peter Rabbit as well......shit.






    Well, after all the buildup, its finally here: The Oscars finally announced their nominees  this past Tuesday, which took forever and is now mostly about Tiffany Haddish and Andy Serkis being unable to pronounce Missouri, but hey, we also have the actual nominees. With its 13 nominations, only one less than the record, Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water seems to be the current favorite, landing awards in Best Director, Best Actress in what has been a hard to call race. It joins expected nominees like Call Me By Your Name, The Post, Dunkirk and Darkest Hour, but also saw landmark nominees in the Director category, with Greta Gerwig and Jordan Peele being only the 5th woman and dark skinned director nominated in the category for Lady Bird and Get Out respectively.  Three Billboards was long considered a frontrunner, but isn't nominated for  Best Director, which could be considered a pretty big blow. Get Out managed to beat the horror bias and get a Best Picture nomination, which is pretty great to see. Phantom Thread also managed to overperform with a Best Picture and Director nod, something a tad unexpected after the Academy mostly ignored Paul Thomas Anderson's other films.

    Needless to say, the awards is also prime to discuss all the snubs. James Franco, long considered one of the frontrunners for Best Actor for his role in The Disaster Artist, is seemingly out thanks to recent sexual harassment allegations, in favor for Denzel Washington's role in the kinda forgotten Roman J. Isarel Esq. And of course the internet was pissed because Lego Batman got snubbed in favor of Boss Baby.  But hey, it also included landmarks like Rachel Morrison getting nominated for Best Cinematography for Mudbound, making her the first ever woman nominated for the category. Its been a wild ride so  far, but we won't know the eventual winners until another month. I'll just cry about Blade Runner 2049 getting snubbed even though I had accepted that faith. Sniff

    LARRY: Ah, Oscar season. Truly soothes the soul.

    MADHERO: In my experience, it generally leaves most people butthurt, Larry, though this one maybe less than previous years.

    LARRY: Ah, yes. Personally I think this is a great year of nominations. Best Picture in particular is an impeccable race.

    MADHERO: The Best Picture lineup is pretty good, lack of Blade Runner aside.

    STICKMAN: I mean...the Animated Features is a bit of a shitshow but. I don't know who Denis Villeneienvue killed at the Academy, but they ain't biting. He really is the new Christopher Nolan.

    LARRY: Ahem, lack of I TONYA aside. That movie got snubbed to high heaven.

    MADHERO: It, Tonya got its acting noms and that's about what it deserved in my opinion.  After seeing Shape of Water , I'm kinda shocked that's the frontrunner. I love it, but its really weird as well. And its great to see Get Out take a Best Picture nomination as well. Always good to see genre film there.

    STICKMAN: I'm all for a weird monster horror movie about fucking buff fish men getting Best Picture.

    MADHERO: Its not really a horror movie, but I love the love its getting. Same for a film like Lady Bird, which on the surface seems like a generic choice, but its a legitimately great film.

    STICKMAN: I look forward to watching the buff boy for myself in a couple weeks. Lady Bird I dunno even if showing here so NEVER MIND.

    LARRY: EXCUSE ME I TONYA DESERVED A BEST PICTURE NOM. Anyway, as far as Shape, yeah it’s nice to see an outlandish choice get some love, especially one from ol’ GDT.

    MADHERO: del Toro is a lovely man who I wish nothing but the best for. But its going to be an exciting way and we'll get more in depth with our annual Oscar Predictions, in which i'll incorrectly guess Best Picture but win anyway

    STICKMAN: It's gonna be fun to be wrong 99% of the time but get Best Picture right.


    We're on the precipice of a trailer-overload right now, with both a blockbuster Disney movie (Black Panther) weeks away, and the Super Bowl this weekend, it's fair to say we're going to be getting a first look, or another look at some of this year's biggest films in the coming days. We can only go on what we've got at the time of writing here's a biggun...or a littlen....depending on what siiize they aaare...ahhaaa...AHAh....nng...

    Ant-Man is one of the few recent MCU films to maybe not land with as big a thud as most do in this post-Avengers world, skirting a lot of controversy for its loss of Edgar Wright as director, and its wacky tone, which...given 2017s MCU offerings? Seems practically moribund these days. Despite this, it made a decent score of moneys, and is getting a sequel… and we got our first trailer for it. AWOOWW. Ant-Man and the Wasp sees Scott Lang pair up with Hope van Dyne as they both don their shrinking suits to both take on a new enemy, in the form of a gender-swapped Ghost, who has the ability to phase through objects, turn them invisible and remotely tamper with electronics....and also search for Hope's missing mother, who may still be alive somewhere in the Quantum Realm. The sequel seems to be playing with the growing/shrinking tools a lot more, which is going to be great, it also teases Giant-Man’s return, who we first saw in Civil War...which this film is a direct follow-up to, with Scott fresh out of that weird sea prison thing which I guess he’s not in any more? It’s set before Infinity War, but comes out that’s not confusing at all. Still, I’m a big fan of Ant-Man, and I’m hoping the sequel is even more wacky, and even more creative with its shrinky growy...ness. I think we’re all going to need a laugh after Infinity Wars kills everyone, y’know?

    MADHERO: It had cute size gags and really what more do you need from Ant-Man


    LARRY: This was a really fast-paced trailer. Like, it felt like a lot was conveyed in a very efficient amount of time.

    STICKMAN: Not the best Marvel teaser trailer we've had in the past 12 months, but pretty good. Sums up Ant-Man in a nutshell.

    MADHERO: Nothing will beat Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas slapping their knees shouting ANTS. Its very much a teaser trailer. Something which I'm ok with.  I don't think they established its before Infinity War. I mean it probably is, but Ant-Man is once again fulfilling its role as palette cleanser after something massive

    LARRY: Yeah and there’s also theories that Infinity War will feature time travel so this taking place before Infinity War makes sense. Also, happy to see Hope Van Dyne taking a lead role here. Evangeline Lily deserves some time in the spotlight, very talented actress.

    MADHERO: Well there is a Time Stone, but Ant Man might be a good way to just....chill after that whole apocalypse

    STICKMAN: It's always nice to chill after everyone's died horribly.

    MADHERO: Can't say I like the Wasp suit. Feels a bit too muted in color.

    LARRY: Anyway, yeah, good trailer. The shrinking effects look top notch as always. Hoping for more fun humor with that.

    MADHERO: Was the building built with the giant trolley handle or was it a trolley before and made into a building? FIND OUT IN JULY




    We all excited for Ready Player One? Well don’t expect the Spielberg train to stop any time soon. Not only does he have Indiana Jones 5 on the horizon, but right after that he’ll be tackling one of musical theatre’s most well-known works, Arthur Laurents’ West Side Story! Originally directed for the screen by Jerome Robbins, the story is an adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, but set in the 1950’s and driven by racial tensions between the American and Puerto Rican communities in the upper west side of New York City. Spielberg will take directing duties with Tony Kushner (Lincoln, and also many a stageplay) penning the script.

     Obviously remaking a classic musical, which has since been known as a classic movie, may have some purists anxious. But fret not, for a casting call has revealed that Spielberg looks to pull no punches surrounding diversity; the roles will be accurately cast with Latino actors as the Sharks (the name of the gang, no Jaws connection here sadly). This is surely a step in the right direction, but can Spielberg’s magic rekindle the spark of a long-performed musical classic? We’ll find out after he whips up Indy 5... which they say is happening before West Side Story and will come out in 2020, but you never quite know with Spielberg. The Post  happened really fast and another project of his (Kidnapping of Edgardo Montera) seems to be in the backburner.

    MADHERO: Spielberg's first ever musical and immediately remaking a classic? Should've remade Hamilton or something.

    STICKMAN: Should've done Indiana Jones 5 as a musical. Indiana Jones & the Lit Dancefloor.

    MADHERO: That certainly would make me more interested than I am now for Indy 5, and I say that as someone who didnt hate Crystal Skull and whose favorite film is Raiders

    LARRY: ...not sure how to feel about this honestly. I kinda like West Side Story and believe it can find a new emotional heft in today’s society. But why does Spielberg have to do it? I feel like someone with a more distinct style should take it on, someone who’s done musicals before or who’s done choreography and stuff.(edited)

    STICKMAN: I'll do it, if you want. I'll bring a unique perspective to musical cinema.

    MADHERO: Well I'm curious in that its Spielberg's first ever musical and he's a guy that dabbles in so many different genres. Not many directors can go from The Post to Ready Player One. West Side Story could be fascinating if done in modern day.

    LARRY: I would’ve been more interested to see someone of Spanish descent tackle it on, considering a good chunk of the story is surrounding the Puerto Rican struggle.

    STICKMAN: Ready Player One is already causing all the discourse, will be interesting to see how it actually is.

    LARRY: I’d like to see someone like Lin Manuel Miranda maybe do it. He even helped write Spanish translations of the lyrics back when it was revived on Broadway. This would’ve been an AMAZING directorial debut for him.

    MADHERO: I'm curious what he can do, and its a good sign he's looking for Spanish speaking unknown actors. It probably doesn't help that while I know its a classic, I don't really care about the 1981 original

    STICKMAN: I've already filled my musical quota for the next few years with Moana and La La Land. Sorry, Spielbergo.



    Sometimes, a news story comes up onlne, and it seems too stupid to be actually real. Sheer "what the hell were they thinking" territory. My friends, we've reached that with this. You have probably at some point heard of Duke Nukem, the video game franchise that prided itself mainly on being insanely interactive (at the time) as well as being a sendoff of Stallone/Schwarzenegger era action movies. He had his high with Duke Nukem 3D, and his low with Duke Nukem Forever, a game in development for...well...forever, and after it came out was a pile of shit that felt outdated both as a game and tonewise. But if it felt tone deaf in 2011, it sure as hell does in 2018, but Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes is gonna try to make a movie out of it anyway, with the Doctor of Thugganomics himself, John Cena in talks to play the titular Duke.

    This Now it seems like its meant to be promoted as a sort of politically incorrect action movie, cause hey Deadpool made money. But political incorrectness wasn't really why Deadpool made as much bank as it did, and while no director and writer has been set yet, I can't think of any director besides maybe Lord and Miller who can turn this idea into something worthwhile. Relevancy isn't even important here (we're getting a Rampage movie), but releasing Duke Nukem in a post Weinstein world is ....hooo boy. Who knows if it'll even happen, but the fact its even considered is baffling to say the least.

    LARRY: Dumb news is dumb. Of course Platinum fucking Dunes is behind this bullshit. The most bottom of the barrel studio in the industry right now.

    STICKMAN: There was a time for a Duke Nukem movie and it is not now.

    MADHERO: I suppose if Rampage can get a movie, then Duke Nukem can as well Its pure speculation on my end, but I can't help but feel this is Dunes' attempt at their version of Deadpool, which makes this idea at least somewhat more sensible, but just barely

    STICKMAN: I mean, Deadpool worked because he was equal-opportunity foul.

    LARRY: LOL Deadpool isn’t misogynistic as fuck though. Unlike Duke Nukem, which is Tto high heaven. There’s a reason nobody gives a shit about Duke Nukem anymore.

    MADHERO: But Larry, didn't you want to spend 60 dollars on a rerelease of Bulletstorm cause they crammed in Duke Nukem?

    LARRY: Duke Nukem is a fucking RELIC. And should stay that way. The only good pitches I hear about this movie is like Duke being frozen and waking up 30 years later to a Post-Weinstein world, and even that sounds on the nose and stupid.

    STICKMAN: There was a time, a couple years ago where I felt video game movies were reaching a possible upward trend....Assassin's Creed, Warcraft...but...nope, they both sucked. Now we're getting Dukey Nukey. Please save us, mediocre looking Tomb Raider movie.

    MADHERO: He's got the body for it, but John Cena seems like too much of a teddy bear to play the Dukester, and again, if it goes meta (unlikely) there might be some redemption, but they want the politically incorrect action film, and I can't imagine a worse time where I want something like that than during the current presidency.

    LARRY: Cena is so above this role, and that’s saying A LOT.


    Now this one's been a long time coming, folks. Duncan Jones, director of MOON, Source Code and Warcraft has been trying to get this project off the ground since before MOON even existed, it's his passion project, it's been through development hell a bunch, almost ended up as a graphic novel...and now it's here, it's coming out, and we got our first trailer for it this week. Set in Berlin, 40 years into the future where everything is all Ghost in the Blade Runner'y, we follow a mute (Hence the name) bartender, played by Alexander Skarsgård, as he attempts to find his missing girlfriend, his quest taking him all over the city, and getting him involved with a host of quirky, probably dangerous characters, including a pair of surgeons, played by Paul Rudd and Justin Theorux.

    The trailer doesn't really give us much more than that, but shows how it's all going to look, and well...minus a couple dodgy CGI shots, it's looking pretty lovely. Duncan Jones himself has called this a 'Marmite' film, which to those not in the know about yeast spreads, means you're either going to love it or hate it, so it's safe to say this is going to be a weird and divisive one for sure. Which, given coming out of the door with a universally loved low-budget sci-fi in the form of MOON, Jones has made two further films, one divisive, the other panned? That seems safe to say would've been pretty likely anyway. I'm excited to see what this long-gestating project has to offer, and we can all see for ourselves on  the 23rd of February, as it's landing on Netflix worldwide.


    LARRY: And it’ I guess yeah.

    MADHERO: I like how we're discussing 2 trailers and both of them feature Paul Rudd. What are the odds

    STICKMAN: Paul Rudd is in all movies, he just uses his ant suit. Prove me wrong, kids.

    MADHERO: Oh damn. That's going to be a lot of spotting. ANYWAY, Duncan Jones has been talking about this project for years, and I'm curious he's going for something not everyone may  like, what with his last movie being Warcraft, which few liked.

    STICKMAN: I'm really looking forward to seeing it, even if I'm not sure what the end result will be like quality-wise. I think after Warcraft he just wanted to do something entirely for himself, maybe. Kinda like a post Ant-Man (starring Paul Rudd) Edgar Wright did his Baby Driver.

     LARRY: I love love LOVE Source Code and really disliked Warcraft, so I’m a little on the fence.

    STICKMAN: What about MOON.

    LARRY: Never saw MOON.

    STICKMAN: Watch MOON, dude. It's fuckin the bomb. Starring YA BOY SAM ROCKWELL...and kke..evkvin..spsapcpacehh

    MADHERO: And hey, its on Netflix, so when you're done with binging Altered Carbon and need more cyberpunky neon goodness, there's this to hold you down

    STICKMAN: It looks nice, been waiting a while, interesting premise....don't know if it'll end up being good, but we'll FIND OUT.



    When I was young, I would often tune into the beloved Mister Rogers Neighborhood, a fun children’s variety show that featured tons of fun characters and explorations of different life lessons and places and what not. Mr. Rogers was always a source of kindness and joy for my family and I, and who better to portray that than probably the last truly great man left on earth, Tom Hanks.

    Yes, a Fred Rogers biopic, entitled “You Are My Friend”, will be hitting us courtesy of TriStar Pictures, director Marielle Heller, and writers Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster. The film will focus on the real-life story of journalist Tom Junod who isn’t initially thrilled to be assigned to cover Mr. Rogers for a story, yet eventually comes around to Rogers’ optimistic outlook. It’s a unique story that will definitely be chock full of some good ol’ fashioned heart and soul, something I’m pretty sure the world needs right now. Color me excited to see some wholesome Tom Hanks back in action.


    MADHERO: A movie can't contain this much concentrated wholesomeness. It'll cause a black hole.

    LARRY: Would be doing the USA a favor. Given its current state and all.

    STICKMAN: My only awareness of Mr Rogers comes from The Simpsons parodies. Sorry Larry, do you know  any of my British childrens TV presenters. Bit of Dick and Dom, John Craven, Jimmy Savill-Uhh...

    LARRY: Well yeah just know that he was a saint and practically saved children’s television.

    MADHERO: Yeah, being someone who didn't really grow up with American television, my familiarity with Mr Rogers is mostly through parodies. You also see a ton of awesome stories about him about how he truly was one of the sweetest guys you could know

    LARRY: Watch an episode and you’ll get a feeling for the show within the first few minutes. It’s very, VERY wholesome.

    STICKMAN: I'll watch the movie and get a feeling of Tom Hanks.

    MADHERO: Maybe when Twitch does a 24/7 stream like they did with Bob Ross. That shit was soothing as fuck

    LARRY: Tom Hanks is a perfect choice. Take his Walt Disney performance and make it far more kind and sweet, and you have Fred Rogers.

    STICKMAN: Can't wait to hear about Mr Rogers' abusive childhood.


    MADHERO: Alright. That's it for the news this week. Again, as I said, we've got no Black Panther as initially promised, and the weekend is not all that busy cause the Super Bowl is happening, but hey, maybe you don't want to see Tom Brady win another one and just want a good time at the movies. Well I've got some bad news


    LARRY: sad trombone


    LARRY: Let’s get through this shitbag together.



    DIRECTOR: James Foley (Perfect Stranger, Fifty Shades Darker)

    STARRING: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Kim Basinger, Eric Johnson, Max Martini

    SYNOPSIS: Christian and Ana (Dornan, Johnson) are now married. However, Ana's life is threatened when her former boss (Johnson) swears revenge for being fired from SIP. Elena (Basinger) also returns to haunt Christian and makes the couple's lives a lot more troublesome.

    MADHERO: Well least its over?

    STICKMAN: Maybe now we can get some actually kinky movies. Y'knoow? Few more gimp suits in the mix.

    MADHERO: Stickman. Have you heard of this thing

    STICKMAN: No, do go on.

    LARRY: I love how the trailer got too bored of being some kinky sexual drama and decided to infuse some murder mystery.

    STICKMAN: I love how all the trailers end with like WUHH OOHH WUUHH OHH OH NO NO NO NO NOOOO. How fitting.

    LARRY: Yes, seeing as every time I watch the trailer t makes me scream in pain.

    STICKMAN: Are you into the pain though, Larry.


    MADHERO: The last movie had Grey crash his helicopter and then be fine the next scense, so I hope there's more of that

    STICKMAN: Maybe this is all some meta exercise in masochism. Personally I prefer the gentle touch, y'know? Fifty Shades of Hugs.

    MADHERO: Or maybe Universal just wants to make money off of some horny moms. Whatever works.

    STICKMAN: I mean. That's what Shape of Water is for, surely.

    LARRY: Fifty Shapes of Water

    STICKMAN: Oh no. Ohnonononoooo


    DIRECTOR: Will Gluck (Friends with Benefits, Annie)

    STARRING: James Corden, Domhnall Gleeson, Rose Byrne, Margot Robbie, Elizabeth Debicki, Daisy Ridley

    SYNOPSIS: Peter Rabbit's (Cordon) feud with Mr. McGregor (Gleeson) reaches new heights as both compete for the affections of a kind animal lover (Byrne) who lives next door.


    MADHERO: Oof. This sure is a week isn't it.

    LARRY: Can’t wait to see them slander a wholesome character.

    STICKMAN: What did we do to deserve this punishment. What did Beatrix Potter do to deserve this injustice.

    MADHERO: Well, OG Peter Rabbit was always mischievous. He stole veggies and all that, but I don't think he was ever hip and with it

    LARRY: Ugh. Hip.

    STICKMAN: And James Corden. Well known for his starring role in...The Emoji Movie?

    MADHERO: Its not quite Alvin and the Chipmunks level, but its close. The weird thing that at time of writing reviews have started to trickle in, and they're fairly mixed, but certainly not the shitshow we were expecting

    STICKMAN: This is such an American thing to do. Take something quaint and British, then turn it into bombastic slapstick shitertainment.

    LARRY: Except Paddington. He’s wholesome.

    STICKMAN: Paddington does too much panto/slapstick compared to the source material also, FRANKLY. But Studiocanal made it and they're European. Soooo.

    MADHERO: At least you don't want to strangle Paddington and side with Nicole Kidman. Wheras here I'm all for the rabbit to get baked in a pie.

    STICKMAN: I will say, the Peter Rabbit toys that are coming with Cadbury easter eggs here in the UK are pretty dang cute. Not quite enough to warrant this disaster, but..

    MADHERO: Think Sweeney Todd, but with rabbit. Its a British thing. Anyway....

    THE 15:17 TO PARIS

    DIRECTOR: Clint Eastwood (American Sniper, Sully)

    STARRING: Spencer Stone, Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos, Judy Greer, Jenna Fischer

    SYNOPSIS: Three Americans (Stone, Sadler, Skarlatos) face a terrorist attack aboard a train bound for Paris

    STICKMAN: Oh shit, I'm late for the train.

    LARRY: How do we feel about casting the real guys? I’m personally skeptical.

    STICKMAN: I think it's a big stunt. And it'll probably blow up in Clint Eastwood's face.

    MADHERO: I mean, its interesting. Its obviously a stunt, but you could do worse I suppose. I find it weird that its kinda going under the radar. Even here, where part of the accident happened.

    LARRY: Eh, yeah. Give him props for taking a risk though.

    STICKMAN: I find it weird that it exists, this happened… like...just over a year ago? It was in development pretty soon after I feel.

    MADHERO: 2015, so about 3 years ago. It was initially rushed to make it to Oscar season, but eventually they decided to slow down and release it now.

    STICKMAN: Obviously I appreciate what these guys did to save lives, but I don't need a movie to feel that way. This just feels like a very cynical cashgrab.

    MADHERO: I mean, out of all the movies, this one is probably the most likely I'd see, and that includes our next one

    LARRY: Yeah but them getting involved, I feel, gives it a bit more legitimacy.

    STICKMAN: I won't see any of them.  I'm gonna sit at home and sulk. Maybe look up you speak of.


    DIRECTOR: Peter and Michael Spierig (Predestination, Jigsaw)

    STARRING: Helen Mirren, Jason Clarke, Sarak Snook, Angus Sampson

    SYNOPSIS: Eccentric firearm heiress (Mirren) believes she is haunted by the souls of people killed by the Winchester repeating rifle.

    STICKMAN: OooOooFFF, the disappointment. The pottenntiaall...wasssteedd.... Dame Helen Mirren in a ghost story. And we get...this shit.

    MADHERO: There's probably a reason why they released this on Super Bowl weekend.

    LARRY: Guys. This was a BAD idea from the start. Helen Mirren as a ghost??? No thanks.

    STICKMAN: Helen Mirren isn't the ghost YOU FOOL.

    MADHERO: But surely there's a good premise in there. The Winchester house is super weird and there's some potenitally good material there. Get good actors like Helen Mirren and Jason Clarke. And The Spierig brothers who made Daybreakers (lets ignore Jigsaw). This defnitely had potential, but seems like it fell on its face

    LARRY: Literally she’s probably the ghost.

    STICKMAN: IT'S NOT THE PREMMIISEE. It's based on a real person. You can't do the THEY WERE DEAD ALL ALONG twist. The idea of a house being built to ward off the spooks that haunt her because of the all the people who died at the hands of the guns that share her name is cool. The execution? Not so much. Apparently it's just a really dull and annoying generic BOO horror film.

    LARRY: I’m sorry but I remember first seeing the trailer and thinking it looked dull. But then again, I’m not a horror guy so.

    MADHERO: Yeah. Apparently a big urban legend. This movie was sent out to die, and it did, opening below Jumanji which came out on Christmas

    STICKMAN: Jack Black trampled on Helen Mirren. That's the true horror.


    MADHERO: Speaking of movies from the past, its now time for MOVIE OF THE WEEK! The part of the show where we discuss films we watched in theaters or on streaming/DVD. I don't know about you guys, but I saw quite a few films this week, which I guess happens when you go to a film festival

    LARRY: Ooh!! A festival!!

    STICKMAN: I went to a fleshtival. Does that count.

    MADHERO: I mean, its over. I could've gone to see Phantom Thread with a live orchestra if it weren't fucking expensive, but I did see plenty of cool things. How about you guys?

    STICKMAN: I don't really watch movies, Larry?

    LARRY: What is movies?

    MADHERO: Larry. You watched one not too long ago. Think we talked about it when we discussed Peter Rabbit. Try and remember it.



    LARRY: My MOTW is Paddington 2. Now you may be wondering, why am I recommending some dumb kids movie? Well, I was once in your camp, a nay-sayer who saw Paddington as nothing more than children’s fodder. I heard of the sequel’s surprising amount of quality and I refused to accept it. But after so many glowing reviews, I decided to watch the first film (which to be honest was only okay), and then go see the second. And boy oh BOY. Was I shocked.

    Paddington 2 far surpasses its predecessor. If the first was just a taste of this franchise’s wholesome magic, than the sequel is it full steam ahead (that’s a pun you’ll get if you see the movieeee). The dialogue is much funnier, it’s cast of characters is bigger and better, and its plot is more interesting, all while wrapped in the already superb production design, delightful performances, and seamless animation. It also helps that the first film’s only real problem, it’s lackluster villain, is most certainly fixed here with Hugh Grant giving one of the most fun and enjoyable performances of his career. Most of all though, Paddington 2 is just a fun jaunt with plenty of heart, something you sometimes need when it feels like your world is falling apart. And it’s all capped with an ending that made my friend cry. A lot. Do yourself a favor and go take your family to see Paddington 2. I whole-heartedly recommend it.

    MADHERO: O dang. I can't believe you beat Stickman to watching this first. I liked the first movie just fine. I'm surprised that the 2nd one is such a improvement to you.

    STICKMAN: Yeah, I'm surprised too. First one is pleasant enough but I wouldn't rate it that highly.

    LARRY: I feel as though the first was a testing ground. And now that they had the success, they gave more creative control for the sequel. It’s just wayyy funnier and the humor hits harder. Hugh Grant is also a much needed improvement over Nicole Kidman.

    STICKMAN: Is it more or less pantomime than the first? I hear Hugh Grant has a musical number and that's like...real alarm bells for me.

    MADHERO: Hugh Grant is getting a lot of praise for the movie. He has a BAFTA nomination and everything

    STICKMAN: Everyone's sucking this film's dick, there's obviously some redeeming quality. Unless it's just two hours of induced hypnosis  making everyone love Paddington forever.

    LARRY: Those bear eyes are quite hypnotic. But I’m telling you, it’s just such a fun, wholesome experience. Oh and it’s anti-Brexit which makes sense as to why people like it.


    MADHERO; Moving on from bear hypnosis. Sticky, what's your MOTW?

    STICKMAN: MmMMm, well I'm going for an odd one this week. I've seen a ton of stuff since we last did a normal Screwvies MOTW. Early Man...I'm not allowed to talk about until next episodeedeee...soooo...I've gone for mother!...that's...mother! with the the lower case M and exclamation point in the name because....ART.

    So, this one was pretty massively polarising upon its cinema release last year. Got a lot of attention and praise initially, and then famously received an F audience score, which basically never happens ever, and the reviews are now pretty damn split. I was pretty skeptical and wary of a pretentious mess , even the rental store person was like 'Gee I dunno man'. I watched it...and honestly? Was pretty good. Not everything lands, and it is pretty pretentious, but hot damn if it doesn't all come together nicely when it gets a stride going on. In terms of not making sense, I'm not really sure what film people watched, because this is as blatantly obvious an allegory....thing as anything I've ever seen. Doesn't take 5 seconds to smell what Arnrronronofkski is farting out, and it smells pretty good...sometimes. Absurd as it may be, I simply had a great time, it was a really fun, at times maddening roller-coaster ride of genuinely unique horror scenarios, paired with an interesting take on the well worn home invasion genre.

    MADHERO: Boy this is a mood whiplash going from Paddington 2 to mother!

    STICKMAN: We're all about variety here at At the Screwvies. Sometimes.

    MADHERO: I've seen it now as well and its fucking weird, but the actual allegories aren't what you'd call subltle. This isn't The Fountain where you have no idea what's happening

    LARRY: I’m trying to find some dumb connective joke between these two films and I just can’t.

    MADHERO: I don't see Paddington spreading babies on his marmalade sandwich anytime soon

    LARRY: For real?!?! I didn’t see why Aranofsky had to like say anything in interviews. It’s so blatantly biblical. And like if the dialogue and symbols don’t give it away, the credits will.

    MADHERO: Its a rollercoaster ride of a movie, and you just go along at some point because lord know they didn't give a fuck as some point

    STICKMAN: You get to the last 20 minutes and it's just. Woah nelly.

    LARRY: I enjoyed this film in certain ways, even though I felt the most uneasy I had felt in a long, long time.

    STICKMAN: That was kinda the point. I appreciate a horror film that can actually invoke discomfort from me.

    MADHERO: Guess that explains the F Cinemascore

    STICKMAN: More like F for...Frfffpretty good. What about you Mad, what'd you watch. You fuck.

    MADHERO: As mentioned, I went to the International Film Festival in Rotterdam, which is an annual festival with films all over the world. Anyway, I saw 2 Best Picture nominees in Shape of Water and Lady Bird, both of which I loved, but I wanna use this part to briefly talk The Florida Project, which was the first film I saw at the festival and one I probably kept thinking about the most, though it helps I went to 2 Q&A's featuring director Sean Baker, which was great to be a part of.

    Anyway, Florida Project as a movie is relatively plotless, following a bratty 6 year old girl and her friends as she goes on adventures in the motel she lives at with her young mother as part of "the hidden homeless", with some she has way more of a sister relationship with than a mother-daughter one. I'm normally not too big on movies that are more slice of life than an actual narrative, but something about the movie remained incredibly compelling. Part of that is the performances. Not just Willem Dafoe, who deserves all the praise he's getting, but young Brooklynn Prince who plays the young girl is phenomenal, and Bria Vinaite (who was found on Instagram) manages to do a good job of playing a pretty shitty person who reaaaaaaaaaaally shouldn't have had a kid. Its a really great slice of life film that goes into some unexpected directions, and shows that Sean Baker remains one to watch.

    STICKMAN: Why didn't you invite me to the flim flestival. I thought we were pallos.

    MADHERO: You were more than welcome to come. I just aint paying for a boat trip to come to Rotterdam.

    STICKMAN: I'll settle for a private jet. Anyway this film looks interesting, never showed at my cinema sooooo.

    LARRY: Man I’ve been wanting to see this one for a while. Can’t seem to find it except for a few theatres in the city. Which I’m not in too often.

    STICKMAN: If Larry can't find it in New York, what hope do I have living in the middle of nowhere.

    MADHERO: Its a movie that kinda went under the radar, hence why I picked it, and at least in the US, it'll be availible on digital soon

    LARRY: Ooh I’ll definitely catch it on digital.

    STICKMAN: Does Willem Dafoe kill anyone.

    MADHERO: Nope, but he does do something to a pedophile that'll see it when you see the film, but it would've been a hot contender for Scene of the Year(edited)

    STICKMAN: Willem Dafoe murdering a pedophile makes this a must watch.Does it make you want to visit the run-down hotel and region of the film? Lotta hipsters be touristing around it now.

    LARRY: That feels...wrong.

    MADHERO: Well its close to Disney and I'm cheap, so sure, but its definitely not the nicest looking place.

    LARRY: Ugh the movie’s cinematography looks amazing. The color paletttttttte


    MADHERO: That's it for this episode, and by god, I swear, this time we will actually talk Black Panther. Probably review it even.



    MADHERO: AND IF THAT ISN'T YOUR CUP OF TEA, we also got British cavemen and Sitcky and I's most anticipated film of the year. We had to go through Peter Rabbit, but there's light at the end of the shit tunnel

    STICKMAN: God damn what an episode to be had. Can't wait to STEP INTO THE SPOTLIGHTTTT.

    MADHERO: O and whatever comes out of the Super Bowl, so look forward to that!

    LARRY: Shitbags are behind us boys! We off to greener pastures!! GO EAGLES!!


  • RTX London 2018

    3 months ago

    Jin_D3vil The Scotsman

    Just seen the post that RTX London has a date and I am already looking forward to it. The 2017 was both my first RTX and one of the best experiences as a RT fan I have had. It was an amazing 2 days. Not only did I meet a long time friend for the first time in RL, but I got to meet Geoff and Gus in person and see a lot more of the RT staff as well.

    I will be planning it out as much as possible from this point on. I even upgraded to double gold ahead of time to aim for VIP passes this year. I can't wait to go!!

  • 2018 - the year of Community

    3 months ago


    You may have heard that RT has called this year, 2018, the year of community. Meaning this year, they are focusing on providing for the community and creating a better, easier experience for the community. 

    It's a two way process though and the community needs to make the effort and give ideas and opinions on what it wants. There have been a few Q&A's held by staff to get feedback from the community but I felt there needed to be a thread for people to voice their concerns, opinions or even appreciation for the work and effort put into new platforms like the, currently in Beta testing, video platform. 

    So as a new member of the community, how do you find things? As a regular user, what do you think needs attention? What advice can the veterans give those new to the RT Community? How awesome am I? These all need your help in answering, so have at it. 

  • At the Screwvies: Episode 100

    3 months ago



    MADHERO: Hey everyone. Hope you're all ready for another boring episode of At the Screwvies. Absolutely nothing special going on or everything. Just, y'know, our official 100th episode and junk. Wait.....HOLY SHIT A 100 EPISODES! HOLY FUCK WE DID IT?! And is that.....OLD SCREWVIES HOST FLASHPENNY?! WHAAAAAAAAAAAAT!


    MADHERO: I dunno. He became a distant memory around the beginning of 2016 and then Larry just sorta appeared

    FLASHPENNY: I may or may not be here because MadHero has a gun pointed to the back of my head and may or may not have agreed just so I can shamelessly plug my own YouTube show reviewing movies.

    STICKMAN: Are we going to have Flash and Larry fight at the end to decide who was the better co-host.

    LARRY: We most certainly will. Not.

    MADHERO: Haha, no guns here...yet. But anyway, we might as well see what Hollywood has us to bring for this special occasion




    So, this story has really taken off with the public, huh? And, on the surface, it’s deserving!! Marvel has officially signed a writer onto the script for a standalone Black Widow film, specifically one Jac Schaeffer. She hasn’t penned any major releases as of now, but her scifi comedy The Shower was liked so much by Anne Hatheway that she's making that right now, as well as being attached to a female remake of “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels”, so that’s somethingggggggg. Anyway, she is officially signed on to write a screenplay for the Black Widow movie………… and that’s it.

     No, I’m not joking. That’s the story. The film hasn’t even been greenlit as of right now, and there could easily be a mishap that causes Schaeffer to leave the project, so all this talk of OMG BLACK WIDOW CONFIRMED is probably too soon. That said, I'm happy to see some movement to something that should've happened a long time ago, as any Marvel fan will probably say. As far as I’m concerned though, let me know when the film gets the go-ahead, because its too soon to really celebrate

    MADHERO: Hell.....It's about time

    STICKMAN: Marvel saw them Wonder Woman muns and wanted a slice of that obviously available and piping hot pie.

    LARRY: A pie they could've been the first to bake, but whatever.

    FLASHPENNY: I feel like we reported on this before I left. I've been gone for two years and this movie still hasn't happened.

    MADHERO: Well its interesting. We don't know if this means she'll survive Infinity War or not. For all we know this could be something that reveals whatever happened in Budapest.

    LARRY: People would probably be kinda pissed about that. That like they kill her off before her solo film?

    STICKMAN: I do feel they've intentionally kept a lot of Phase 4 secret because it'll reveal who lives and who...retires... probably.

    MADHERO: We know Guardians 3  and Homecoming 2 are happening but other than that its a pretty clean slate. Maybe we'll get another big reveal event soon. I do think we can all agree this should've happened way sooner

    FLASHPENNY: Still, more excuses to see Scarlett Johansson in that Black Widow suit. Meow

    STICKMAN: Oh Flash, it's like you neeever left.

    MADHERO: Flash you can't do that anymore. This is a post-Weinstein world. But yes, I agree.



    Hey guys. Who wants to talk about scheduling? No? No one?  Well we're talking about it anyway. While the X-Men may be on its way to be integrated with the MCU, that's not stopping Fox from making more movies and shoving them around a bit. The eternally cursed Gambit movie starring Channing Tatum may now have a June 2019 release date, it has now lost its 3rd director in Gore Verbinski, having previously lost Rupert Wyatt and Doug Liman. Meanwhile, Collider broke the news that Deadpool director Tim Miller is working on a X-Men spinoff centering on Kitty Pryde, previously played by Ellen Page in The Last Stand and Days of Future Past. This is said to be extremely early in development and might not happen, but Kitty Pryde has gone through a lot, from owning a pet dragon to being Star Lord at one point, so there's enough material there.

    In the category of movies actually made, Deadpool 2 has been pushed up a couple of weeks, now opening on May 18 instead of June 1st and going up against Slender Man. More interestingly is how it now opens before Solo: A Star Wars Story, and it speaks to how weird a position that film is and the power of Deadpool that it might be Solo who'll get in trouble for that. That slight push had a dramatic effect on The New Mutants, which was supposed to come out in April, but has now been pushed to February....of 2019. Yeah, nearly delayed by a whole year. Fox says officially is so that it doesn't have 2 X-men movies in theaters at the same time, but its easy to speculate that something more is going on. Its a weird move, but hey, Deadpool 2 early, which is pretty nice.

    STICKMAN: That Gambit movie ain't ever fuckin happening.

    MADHERO: Its the new Man Who Killed Don Quixote at this point

    FLASHPENNY: Is Kitty Pryde still even a thing in the X-Men verse? Last I remember her in was X-Men: The Last Stand which came out in 2006.

    MADHERO: She was in Days of Future Past but I imagine that if they do this, she'll get recast. She's big in the comics mostly thanks to Joss Whedon's run with the X-men.

    STICKMAN: I was kinda interested in New Mutants due to the horror angle but I guess that's a million years away now. OH WELL.

    MADHERO: The Deadpool 2 push I'm good with, but what's happening with New Mutants is really freaking werid. Not sure why that couldn't have pushed forward as well unless Fox really isn't confident in it

    STICKMAN: I dunno brah, it hasn't stopped them from releasing shitty X-Men films befooooore. Like...90% of them.

    LARRY: Yeah, I was looking forward to New Mutants. I get it's not as big as Deadpool, but still, a whole damn year?

    FLASHPENNY: There might be some kind of production/post-production mess that they're trying to keep under wraps.

    STICKMAN: We can all agree that it's not nearly as fucked as Gambit. RIP Gambit.

    MADHERO: Somehow Gambit will find a way. We don't know how yet, and Channing Tatum will be 60 years old at that pont, but it'll get there

    LARRY: Yeah, shame too because Tatum would probably kill as Gambit.



    We're right in the thick of Awards Season, with just over a month to go until the finish line that is the's some awards updates. Really picked a good time to bring Flashpenny back, y'know? The Golden Globes...HAPPENED. Three Billboards took Best Drama and Original Screenplay, along with Best Actress for Frances McDormand and Best Supporting Actor for Sam Rockwell, which is proving controversial due to the nature of his role in that film. Lady Bird took the always controversial award for Best Musical/Comedy along with Best Actress for Saoirse Ronan. Other winners included James Franco for The Disaster Artist, Gary Oldman for Darkest Hour, Coco for Animated Feature...and a couple  awards for The Shape of Water including Best Director and Original Score. Not too shabby, but everyone talked about Oprah afterwards so ehhh.

    We got the BAFTA nominations to boot. The all-important Best Film award nominees ended up being Dunkirk, Thee Billboards, Shape of Water, Call me by your Name and Darkest Hour, which is very much the outlier of those 5 candidates. Blade Runner 2049 got some love in the Best Director, Cinematography and Original Music categories. Perhaps the oddest frequent inclusion to the BAFTA nominees is Paddington 2 (which came out in 2017 here), which is up for several awards, including Best Supporting Actor Hugh Grant and Best British Film.

    Aaannd last, and probably least.  The DGA nominees were announced, with mostly predicable results, Jordan Peele up for Best Director alongside Greta Gerwig, Christopher Nolan, Guillermo Del Toro and Martin McDonagh, which was a nice surprise. So yeah. Awards. Awards everywhere.

    FLASHPENNY: opens up lawn chair and starts sunbathing



    STICKMAN: Flash 'I hate awards' Penny coming back in the thick of awards season. What a TREAT.

    MADHERO: And yet he's doing a Oscar series on his Youtube channel OSHITPLUG. Anyway, I've talked about the Globes not really mattering since they're no voters between them and the Oscars, but seeing Three Billboards sweep has been fun for THE DISCOURSE

    LARRY: Kinda surprised it was that and not Call Me to be honest. Call Me was supposed to be the big hitter.

    STICKMAN: More like big shitter. HUhuhuHuh. I haven't seen it.

    MADHERO: Well with it missing out on the DGA nod, it seems to be a movie people really like but not quite enough to give it the main award.

    FLASHPENNY: Either way, congratulations to Pappy McPoyle for his award for his sexy Creature from the Black Lagoon movie.

    MADHERO: Guillermo is the most wholesome man in the world and wish him nothing but the best

    STICKMAN: Can't wait until February to fuck that fish on the big screen here in the UK.

    MADHERO: Soooooooooon. Anyway next time we'll talk Oscar nods and FLASHPENNY can just talk about why Wings wasn't very good or something.

    FLASHPENNY: Wings was okay.



    Well, well, well, look what DC has dragged back from the dead. In a pretty unprecedented move, Warner Bros. are currently in negotiations to sign John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, two of the six (fuck wow) "Spider-Man: Homecoming" screenwriters, to direct the upcoming standalone Flash film, currently speculated to be an adaptation of the "Flashpoint" comic. That's pretty wild, I'd say, though their ability to write younger heroes certainly makes them a great pick. Warner Bros. has yet to comment, but apparently the script, at least partially written by gods among men Phil Lord and Chris Miller, has been rewritten since Rick Famuyiwa stepped down not too long ago, and the film has been angled to be a much more comedic endeavor...and seeing that it's The Flash...yeah, good call! Daley and Goldstein have the upcoming "Game Night" to see if their comedic chops can retain audiences, but as of now, I'm super down with this decision, and just happy to see this film back on the map, even with all of the DCEU bullshit we've dealt with as of late. Though I do find it funny that it is reported Affleck was asked to direct it and declined. Ha!

    STICKMAN: What's your take on the Flash, Flash?

    FLASHPENNY: This is the same Flash who has the worst villains gallery of any superhero, right?

    LARRY: I mean.........Gorilla Grodd is kinda cool.

    FLASHPENNY: I'll give you that one, Larry.

    MADHERO: Well its Flashpoint so the villains are going to be Reverse Flash and jerkass DC heroes

    STICKMAN: You mean the ones we already have then. AHAHAHAHA

    MADHERO: I haven't seen Vacation so I can't really judge them on that, but I've heard not great things. Game Night looks fun. Does suggest that they're going to make it more comedic, which fits the character, even though Flashpoint is a pretty dark story

    LARRY: Yeah, they're definitely gonna lighten it up. I wouldn't be surprised if gasp it doesn't much resemble Flashpoint at all.

    FLASHPENNY: Flashpoint is an interesting story but choosing that for the first movie is a bit of a strange choice, especially for a lighthearted hero. It'd be like doing another Spider reboot and immediately doing the Venom arc.

    STICKMAN: Gonna write Ben Affleck right outta existence..

    MADHERO: Well they introduced him in Justice League and its probably going to be done so that Batfleck can finally leave. Basically keep the stuff they like (Wonder Woman) and get rid of the bad (too much to name)

    STICKMAN: Oops, what's that? Oh, Superman's always had a moustache. Don't be silly.

    FLASHPENNY: Now that they're rebooting, can they do what they should've done three years ago and cast Mark Strong as Lex Luthor?

    STICKMAN: That'd be nice. What if Flashpoint is the prequel to Teen Titans GO and after it all that's left is fart jokes and shitty animation!? AAGGH

    MADHERO: Speaking of which....


    FUCK...ME. It's fair to say DC had a few ups and downs in 2017. Whilst LEGO Batman and Wonder Woman both delivered crowd-pleasing hits that both critics and audiences dug the hell out of, they also released a huge dud in the form of Justice League, that could well spell the end of Zack Snyder's role in shaping the DCEU and Ben Afflecks the whole thing completely. With only one DCEU flick coming out in 2018, the production troubled Aquaman that I'm not feeling very confident about at all, we have to look outside of the DCEU for our other DC movie.  A Teen Titans movie? Oh boy, that's Teen Titans Go. Never mind.

    We got our first teaser trailer for Teen Titans GO to the Movies...possibly the worst name for a film ever...and yep, it looks like a Teen Titans GO movie...or moreso an episode of Teen Titans GO, they..they haven't really done much to improve the look for the big screen, which probably explains the really fast turnover on its production! After making some meta jokes about DC movies and characters that's just...SO FUNNY...Y'KNOW? DC making fun of things that DC did...instead of making them better I guess? Never mind. Basically the teaser is two meta jokes referencing the mainline DC films...and then a 20 second fart joke with a giant..balloon...maaan??? Uhhh? It fucking sucked, basically. Get your shit together, DC. Happy 100 Episodes, everyone.

    MADHERO: Teen Titans Go to the polls

    LARRY: I love how people are calling this trailer brilliant because it pokes fun at Wonder Woman and has an extended fart joke.

    FLASHPENNY: Y'know, out of morbid curiosity, I watched a Teen Titans Go episode just to see why people hated it so much. I have never seen anything so clearly made under the influence of some illegal substance in my life.

    MADHERO: I mean, I kinda liked the Aquaman jab at the end, but other than that its pretty much Teen Titans Go the Show, in a 90 minute format, which sounds like hell

    STICKMAN: I wasn't even a fan of the original Teen Titans.

    FLASHPENNY: The Trigun arc in the original show was pretty amazing.

    MADHERO: Also Will Arnett will be playing Slade and it'll probably turn out he's Lego Batman or something cause LOLZ!

    STICKMAN: Judging from Cartoon Network's scheduling for the TV show, this will be the only movie available to watch in the cinema for the rest of time.

    MADHERO: I kinda wish they got Ron Perlman back and then have him do the whole thing completely straight.

    FLASHPENNY: 10 years ago, the highest-grossing superhero movie of the year was The Dark Knight. A decade later, this will probably be one of the big box office draws of the year. My, how far we have come.

    STICKMAN: Nobody's gonna watch this shiet. It was made for like £5 so it'll make bank regardless. But it's the same ballpark as The LEGO Ninjago Movie, it may be big on TV, but when you make a mass audience movie, it's not  going to do well unless it's like...Spongebob.

    LARRY: Okay but LEGO Ninjago was good though. This looks like shite.

    MADHERO: I think it'll do fine but not amazing business. We'll see this summer I suppose. Would be funny in a apocalyptic kinda way if it outgrossed Infinity War

    LARRY: If this shit outgrosses Infinity War I will flip 50 fucking tables.

    STICKMAN: Teen Titans NinjaGO



    Give it a few years, and Stranger Things will probably be seen as the launching pad for plenty of good actors. Obviously we saw Finn Wolfhard  swearing up a storm in IT, and David Harbour will be playing Hellboy come 2019. But of course, we wonder what the show's arguably most iconic star will do. No not Steve's hair, but Millie Bobby Brown, who plays the psychic Eleven on the show. If you've seen that coughcoughLARRYcough you know that's she's pretty good at the whole acting thing, and will play her first film role in Godzilla: King of the Monsters in 2019, but she's already looking at her very own franchise, as she'll be starring and producing in an adaptation of the Enola Holmes book series.

    Now for those that don't know (pretty much everyone), Enola Holmes follows the 14 year old sister of Sherlock (who is 20 years her senior) as she goes and tries to solve her own mysteries that Sherlock and Mycroft see as beneath them or something like that, but along the way shows to be their equal. I dunno, I'm only going off Wikipedia. If this happens, Brown producing would make her the youngest film producer in Hollywood history, which would be pretty wild. I can't say the premise is something I'm excited for (we've got plenty of Sherlock stories coming our way), but I hope it works out for her cause I'm a big fan and wish her all the best.

    STICKMAN: Finn Wolfhard really did swear a lot in IT.

    MADHERO: Beep beep and all that

    FLASHPENNY: I have questions on how a 14-year-old handles herself at production meetings. It's like an Arrested Development plot come to life.

    LARRY: I mean, talk about starting young.

    MADHERO: I imagine she won't be too head on, but its still neat I suppose

    LARRY: Yeah she probably won't be making too many creative decisions I'd imagine.

    STICKMAN: Having watched an episode (Just the one) of that Stranger Things after-show, they'll handle it like....most 14 year olds. Try to come across as adult and professional but then the facade will crumble. Also how many different takes on Sherlock Holmes do we need before we finally get the 3rd installment of the Downey Jr/Law series.

    FLASHPENNY: Whatever happened to those movies? I would love to have another one of those but they've never talked about it since the 2nd film. Not even a formal cancellation.

    MADHERO: I'm kinda Sherlocked out to be honest. Any interest has died since I saw the Sherlock Gnomes trailer and realized it has officially peaked, But hey maybe this can give it a new spin or something

    STICKMAN: I'm fed up of Sherlock the TV show that's for sure. This weird young adult spin-off thing sounds stupid, but she's a great actress so who knows.

    MADHERO: Its a young adult series, so I imagine its mostly meant for a younger audience. Not sure if that means PG or PG-13, but we'll see whenever this gets made


    MADHERO: Alright, that's it in terms of news on this special occasion, but that's not all. What amazing pieces of cinema has Hollywood brought to us on this special occasion? Will we get to talk Black Panther or something? Darkest Hour is coming out here, so maybe that. O wait, we follow the US schedule and its January....hmmmm.

    STICKMAN: How about that Early Man, huh? No? Never mind then.

    FLASHPENNY: You guys dragged me back FOR FUCKING JANUARY?!


    FLASHPENNY: Name one.

    STICKMAN: Uh. Fuck.



    DIRECTOR: Wes Ball (Maze Runner, Scorch Trials)

    STARRING: Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Walton Goggins, Giancarlo Esposito, Aidan Gillen,

    SYNOPSIS: Young hero Thomas (O’Brien) embarks on a mission to find a cure for a deadly disease known as the "Flare"

    LARRY: Eh, I don’t see this film curing my death... OF BOREDOM

    MADHERO: A film delayed by a whole year because it nearly killed its star.

    STICKMAN: It happens. Gotta put your life on the line for...mediocre conclusions to not that popular young adult franchises?

    MADHERO: Obviously health is important, but I imagine Fox must've been pretty pissed considering that in that period, the YA adaptation WELL has really dried up.

    FLASHPENNY: So the first Maze Runner was actually better than it had any right to be and followed up with a surprisingly decent sequel. Dunno what the reviews are for this one yet but I expect it to continue the trend of "nothing special but better than you might think" young adult trilogy. Though, yeah, the delay definitely killed any hype that this movie may have had at one point.

    LARRY: I found the first Maze Runner to be pretty mediocre.

    STICKMAN: Reviews are a big EH. Nothing awful but nothing amazing.

    MADHERO: The reviews have said its ok. Bad script but everyone seems to praise director Wes Ball.

    FLASHPENNY: Movie does have Aiden Gillen who's a pretty great actor in most things he's in (even if the movie sucks) so, eh, I expect his scenery-chewing to be the highlight of the movie.


    DIRECTOR: Scott Cooper (Out of the Furnace, Black Mass)

    STARRING: Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike, Wes Studl, Ben Foster, Stephen Lang, Timothee Chalamet, Jesse Plemons

    SYNOPSIS: In 1892, a legendary Army captain (Bale) reluctantly agrees to escort a Cheyenne chief (Studl) and his family through dangerous territory.

    STICKMAN: Oh no. Hostiles.

    MADHERO: Cowboy Christian Bale vs Native Americans

    FLASHPENNY: I thought this came out in late December? Was that just a New York-only thing?

    LARRY: Yes, but it’s releasing wide this month.

    MADHERO: Seems to initially have been presented as a awards contender but has been completely buried

    STICKMAN: It seems to be...okay?  You have to do something quite interesting to stand out in the western genre these days, and like...yeah. Guess not.

    FLASHPENNY: It's a shame too because I was getting ready to support Christian Bale's Mustache for the Best Acting Oscar.

    LARRY: The Stache is quite good

    STICKMAN: If we're voting mustaches for Oscars clearly Branagh's wins.

    MADHERO: Its apparently really slow and boring, which makes sense since its a western. Looks pretty tho

    LARRY: HEY. Westerns are awesome.

    STICKMAN: Oh god, I think I've only seen about 3 westerns I did like and even they were slow. Someone make a punchy and exciting western.

    12 STRONG

    DIRECTOR: Nicolai Fuglsig (directorial debut)

    STARRING: Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, Michael Pena, Trevante Rhodes, William Fichtner, Rob Riggle

    SYNOPSIS: Following the September 11 attacks, Task Force Dagger, including CIA paramilitary officers and a US Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha 595 12 member team, are sent to Afghanistan.

    STICKMAN: 12 Strong Boys. If only the film they were in was as strong.

    MADHERO: 'Muricah. Starring an Australian but we'll just ignore that

    LARRY: Ah, its Chris Hemsworth choosing another kinda mediocre non-Marvel project

    FLASHPENNY: I'm getting World Trade Center flashbacks. Right down to Michael Shannon playing a soldier. Oh, Michael Shannon. You are such a great actor but so many projects you pick are so terrible.

    LARRY: Yeah but the big ones make up for it. He was awesome in Shape of Water

    MADHERO: Michael Shannon was in that? huhhh. Its a Jerry Bruckheimer production, though seemingly a lot smaller one than he usually does.

    FLASHPENNY: Looking at the cast, it's like an all-star B-list of actors that keep on almost having careers.

    MADHERO: There's some great actors in the film, but I bounce off pretty hard on American military film that seems to glamorize. That's at least the vibe I'm getting

    STICKMAN: American military films that glamorise the military can kiss my ass.

    LARRY: I agree. Not interested.

    FLASHPENNY: Film looks more cheesy than offensive to me but, yeah, it's probably a January release for a reason.


    DIRECTOR: Christian Gudegast (directorial debut)

    STARRING: Gerard Butler, 50 Cent, Pablo Schreiber, O’Shea Jackson Jr.

    SYNOPSIS: The lives of an elite unit of the LA County Sheriff's Dept. and the state's most successful bank robbery crew as the outlaws plan a seemingly impossible heist on the Federal Reserve Bank.

    LARRY: God this really IS a slog.

    STICKMAN: Isn't this the same film as the last one.

    MADHERO: When you want to make Heat but you only have 50 Cent so you can only afford Gerard Butler and Pornstache from Orange is the New Black

    FLASHPENNY: I think this looks cool which, if my memories of Screwvies serve me right, means that everyone else here is going to shout me down.

    STICKMAN: That's right, Flash. WE SHOUT.

    FLASHPENNY: I'm going to dub this film as GTAV: The Movie until it catches on.

    MADHERO: The reviews that have come out for this film (which is apparently 2.5 hours), have been prety funny. If Heat is a steamy romance, this is a sleazy one night stand according to BMD. And Flixist calls it the most January movie ever

    STICKMAN: GTA V is probably better written than this.

    LARRY: I’m just done with Gerard Butler trying to be bankable. I just don’t like him.

    STICKMAN: Y'all lay off January ALREADY, GOD DAMNIT.

    MADHERO: I like Gerard Butler a lot as a guy. He seems really fun, but his film choices......maybe not

    FLASHPENNY: For the record, I don't think this film looks exactly amazing, it just looks like the most entertaining of the bunch.

    STICKMAN: Gerald Butler would make a great bodyguard, not sure about an actor though. Keep reaching for that rainbow, kid.


    DIRECTOR: Brian Taylor (Gamer, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance)

    STARRING: Nicolas Cage, Selma Blair, Anne Winters, Zackary Ryan

    SYNOPSIS: A teenage girl (Winters) and her little brother (Ryan) must survive a wild 24 hours during which a mass hysteria of unknown origins causes parents (Cage, Blair) to turn violently on their own kids.

    FLASHPENNY: I don't know about the movie itself but, man, that trailer is doing it no favors.

    MADHERO: Nicolas Cage sings the hokey pokey while trying to kill his kids, so that's you're getting yourself into.

    STICKMAN: Nicolas Cage in a horror 2018. What the fuck is going on. Last time I saw Nicolas Cage he was dressed in some...weird outfit and looking depressed as fuck.

    LARRY: I think the concept is funny, but that’s about the farthest my interest goes.

    MADHERO: What if I told you if this is from one of the directors of the Crank series?

    STICKMAN: Oh fuck, I'm out.

    LARRY: Christ I’m not ready for a Crank-styled horror comedy with Nic Cage

    MADHERO: My favorite quote from a review ever comes from their movie Gamer. "Its like someone put a camera in a toilet and flushed it"

    STICKMAN: Christ on a bike

    LARRY: I’m out too. Sticky and I are tandem-biking it out of here.

    FLASHPENNY: It's a shame too because I was looking forward to Nicolas Cage going fucking apeshit in a movie that tries way too hard to take itself seriously.

    MADHERO: This does actually have solid reviews. It could be solid B-movie material, and this 2010s Cage, so that's as good as you can get


    MADHERO: Well....that's it. Its January so not much we can do. Call Me By Your Name  and I, Tonya open wide though, so maybe go and watch that.



    MADHERO: Well....maybe we can talk about that on MOVIE OF THE WEEK! Or.....not?

    FLASHPENNY: Oh God, what shit am I being forced to watch against my will this time?

    MADHERO: Well, its usuall the section where we talk about recent VOD/DVD releases or films we watched in theaters, but honestly, I just wanted to take a moment to toot our horn a bit. Cause holy shit you guys, 100 episodes. I can't imagine getting that far when I started this blog in early 2014. We've been doing  this for almost 4 years now. Well, Flash and Larry 2 respectively, but that's still more than I ever expected


    LARRY: I’ve been doing this for two years? Holy fuck

    STICKMAN: I'm still pretty sure I've been in a coma since Episode 1 and that's why we keep making them.

    FLASHPENNY: Remember when we speculated about who the villain in Amazing Spider-Man 3 was going to be in the 1st episode? My how time flies. Also, I don't remember having grey hairs. WHAT HAVE YOU PEOPLE DONE TO ME?!

    MADHERO: We've seen reboots come and go during our time here. Spider especially has been through quite a journey. But have been some of your favorite moments from Screwvies history before we all turn into dust?


    STICKMAN: I liked making Shaun the Sheep into a thing. I bet that wasn't annoying at all. We're all pretty stoked for Shaun the Sheep 2 in 2019, right.

    MADHERO: It was a fun saga while it lasted

    LARRY: I mean, all of the arguments I’ve had with Sticky. Those are always a joy.

    FLASHPENNY: When I got the Best Picture winner right two years in a row over the other two guys despite actively not caring about the awards was pretty funny.

    MADHERO: Fun fact: I've never guessed the Best Picture right during the Oscar predictions, but end up winning overall

    STICKMAN: I remember when Flash had a terrible taste in movies that one or two times.

    LARRY: All I remember is my edgy opinions on La La Land. That was a fun time.

    FLASHPENNY: I must've missed that, what happened?

    STICKMAN: We all expected Larry to love La La Land and then he was so iffy about it he spent most of the Oscar season shitting onnnnn it.

    LARRY: I didn’t love La La Land, I expressed that. To be quite honest, I liked it more the second time.


    FLASHPENNY: I'm kinda bummed I missed that a bit since I have never seen a film I wanted to love so much and just ended up being 'meh' towards than La La Land.

    STICKMAN: I....quiiite liiikeddd La La Laaannd but okaaaay...

    FLASHPENNY: ........Stickman liked a musical? Holy fucking shit.


    MADHERO: There's always those unexpected moments. Stickman already talked about it, but in a week where we could've selected films like Birdman and similar caliber movies, Flashpenny infamously picked Dumb and Dumber To, and the sheer surprise at that decision still haunts me to this very day. More so than the film itself

    STICKMAN: I lay in bed at night wondering why. Why he'd hurt us this way.

    FLASHPENNY: Opinions are opinions, man. Like what you want. Movie wanted to be a stupid, dumb comedy and accomplished what it set out to do.

    STICKMAN: Nobody gives me a medal for being an idiot. I'm pretty sure I said that 2 years ago.

    MADHERO: It was.....something. But hey, I'd like to take this moment to just  say thanks for these wacky 4 years. While it started as a way to replace CinemAttack who went on to do their own thing (and we've now outlasted and taken one of their hosts, so HA!), it became a weekly ritual to just shoot the shit about a subject we're passionate about and care for. We've survived 3 site transitions and that's pretty crazy to think about. Its something I still genuinely enjoy doing a lot, and hope to continue shoot the shit about whether DC will finally get its act together or something. Its been a fun ride.

    LARRY: To be fair, if we just did a blog, we probably would've gone on longer haha. But yes, I foundly recall those days.

    FLASHPENNY: I fondly recall that terrible website that I no longer go on and ended up being so bad that its founder left it but that's a story for another day.

    STICKMAN: You think blogs are more straight forward, you should try editing this episode, sooooon.

    LARRY: Ahem, I've edited blogs before, Sticky. And I've also edited videos. DON'T SASS ME BOI

    MADHERO: I would say here's to 100 more episodes, but I'll be literally dead by that point. Or who knows what'll happen in 2022. I've certainly enjoyed my time. How about you guys?

    STICKMAN : I fucking hate it. Why am I still here.


    FLASHPENNY: 'Twas fun. Though my busy-ass life eventually forced me to quit, 'twas fun to come back for one episode to relive old times. It probably was ultimately for the best that I quit when I did though. Looking back at my life the past 2 years, there's no way in Hell I would've had time for this.

    STICKMAN: You don't have time for me, I see. I understand. Sniff

    LARRY: Personally, I didn't know what to expect when you asked me to join in, Mad. All I knew was that I still wanted to talk movies and have an outlet for my opinions. Needless to say, having this as a fun side project as I continue exploring my love for film has always been a fun respite from life and all that comes with that. I've grown to call Mad and Sticky friends throughout this process, and it's been a blast getting to know them and shoot the shit. Thanks for inviting me initially, and yeah, here's to 100 more!

    STICKMAN: Mmm...well....4 yeaaarss...ish, 100 episodes, techincally more than 100 since we don't count our Oscar specials, end of year awards, or the several spoiler-talks we've done across the year. I've been in every episode I believe, and done a new banner for all but one of them? I think? That's a lot of tiiiiime, and often a lot of effort too. But it's been a pretty amazing time, I've never worked on anything that's run as consistently and as long as At the Screwvies on my entire time internet blogging. You tend to find collaboration blogs with a bunch of people you know who live in 500 different countries tend to fall apart pretty quickly, my attempts at a series of this nature certainly did.  But here we are, 2018 and still going. Had ups and downs, gotten cross, had some laughs, gotten cross...some more. It's been a real ride. Have to thank MadHero a lot for providing me with a regular blog project to work on, something to feel creatively fulfilled about on a regular basis, and also an outlet to talk about film, which really, is my biggest nerdy passion. I don't know how much longer we'll go on for, but I'll keep being here for as long as everyone else is, I hope. Providing I don't get fired for being really annoying like I always am, y'know? Heeeere's to...some more episodes. Yes. And thanks to Flashpenny and Larry for being good sports about my arguing with them, and for being cool duuuudes and such.

    LARRY: It's okay Sticky, we all know I end up being right every time anyway.

    FLASHPENNY: This is getting too schmaltzy and nice. I command you to fight to the death for my amusement!


    MADHERO: Awwwww shucks. I feel all warm inside. That feels like a good point to wrap up. 101 is still a cool number and we get to talk Black Panther then, so that's cool.  Before all that, I wanna quickly thank Flashpenny for coming back for this episode. Its been fun.

    STICKMAN: Nice pissing on you again, Flash.

    LARRY: Damn, what a movie for our 101st. Black fucking Panther.

    MADHERO: Better than Maze Runner the Death Cure for sure

    FLASHPENNY: Thanks for letting me shamelessly plug my YouTube channel. Again, release an Oscar review every 3 weeks and the success or snub after that. Also, thinking about doing let's plays soon. Maybe. I dunno. Either way, subscribe and it was fun coming back to visit. You all haven't seen the last of me. Now, goodbye FOREVER!