Talking Points for The Radio Show – 6/1/2016

Talking Points. Lots of Them.

At 5:25 this afternoon, I’ll be on ‘The Drive with Bob and Jeff,’ talkin’ movies, sports, and who know what else. This is the ‘Listen Live‘ link. I figured if I’m going to need some talking points, I’d come in with way too many, then have some options in the conversation.

Current movies:

Captain America: Civil War – Best action movie/thriller of the summer so far. Black Panther’s introduction/Spiderman’s return to Marvel make the movie.

Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice – Critically panned. Not great. Effective, solemn and intense, but riddled with plot holes that we comic-reading bunch take issue with.

Alice Through The Looking Glass – Beautiful CGI, characters are quirky. Sacha Cohen Baron steals the show with his performance, as, literally, Time. Very much inspired by ‘Doctor Who’ with some of the plot points.

Deadpool – The R-Rated film that should have never been made, and now sets the standard on what a (relatively) small budget can do when it’s a passion project.

Neighbors 2 – Weed, adult toys, sororities, beer, Chloe Moretz, Rose Byrne, Seth Rogen and Zac Efron. Funny. Couple of laugh-out-loud moments.

The Jungle Book – Beautiful, beautiful movie. Christopher Walken’s performance stands out as Louie. Loved the scenery; the kid they got to play Mowgli was spot-on.

X-Men: Apocalypse – Worth it to see some of the action on the big screen. Don’t come for the plot. If you’re a fan of the other X-Men movies, it services the fandom, but enjoy the popcorn and turn off your brain, or you’ll be disappointed in some of the more glaring plot holes and terrible story-telling.

Zootopia – Great animation that’s not called ‘Pixar.’ Under the direction of John Lasseter, who was responsible for all the Toy Story movies, Cars, and other Pixar hits, it’s a morality tail (it’s a play on words, since it’s animals) about not judging people, being out of your element, etc. My kids loved it.

Upcoming movies In June:

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Out of The Shadows – Opens Friday. Stephen Amell of ‘Arrow’ fame is getting his big-screen chance as Casey Jones, then the regulars are back: Megan Fox, Will Arnett. Will have the big brother from ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ as the main bad guy. Can’t stand Michael Bay ruining my childhood films, but this one I’m looking forward to for Baxter Stockman, Rocksteady, Bebop, Krang, The Technodrome, and the Turtle Van.

Angry Birds  – It’ s out now, it’s based on the game by the same title, and everyone I’ve spoken to says it’s a serviceable animated film with the birds and pigs as the protagonist/antagonists. I’ll take my kids at some point.

Central Intelligence – It’s a Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Kevin Hart buddy-cop movie. It’s going to be funny and make some money, obviously.

Now You See Me 2 – Always meant to watch the first, still haven’t. I plan on trying to catch up and see both the same weekend. Between the cast and the trailer, it looks amazing. Lizzy Caplan, Mark Ruffalo, Jesse Eisenberg, Daniel Radcliffe, Morgan Freeman, Woody Harrelson, Michael Caine.

Independence Day: Resurgence  – The sequel to movie we all loved back in the 90’s. No Will Smith/Jeff Goldblum dynamic, but in its place is the less-used Hemsworth Brother. High hopes, and low expectations.

Warcraft – It’s the movie based on the rich online world of ‘World of Warcraft,’ directed by David Bowie’s son, Duncan Jones. See ‘Source Code,’ or even better, ‘Moon,’ to get a feel for some of his best work. Hoping it’s good; it’s taken years to get the project moving.

Movies I’m Really Looking Forward To

The LobsterThe Colin Farrell-led film that just came out in limited release looks bizarre and wonderful. Premise:  In a dystopian near future, single people, according to the laws of The City, are taken to The Hotel, where they are obliged to find a romantic partner in forty-five days or are transformed into beasts and sent off into The Woods.

Swiss Army Man – I can’t explain this to you, exactly. You’ll just need to see the trailer. It’s Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe in a “buddy/survival/surreal art piece” movie. You’ll just have to see the trailer to fully understand.

Star Trek BeyondI just hope it’s good. We’ve gotten so little footage from the movie, and that scares me that Paramount’s not making a bigger racket about the next entry in the ‘Star Trek’ franchise.

Jason Bourne – What red-blooded male doesn’t enjoy the ‘Bourne’ series? Please less shaky-cam.

Suicide Squad – The reshoots David Ayer was doing give me hope that they learned their lesson from ‘BvS.’

July Movies:

The BFG – never read the book. Looks surreal. Robin Williams was supposed to be the lead.

The Legend of TarzanAlexander Skarrsgard of ‘True Blood’  fame takes on the titular character. Trailer looks terrible. Will withhold judgement until it gets closer and we get more footage.

The Purge 3 – These movies are so stupid. Yet, it sells, and this year, as politically bizarre as the cycle has been, it plays into that about “Making America Great Again.”

Ghostbusters – Oh boy. Dan Akroyd’s character ruined. Ghosts. Played-up stereotypes. Reminds me more of the Saturday morning cartoon than the movie we all loved in the 80’s.

Anything Else

  • Been watching 80’s/90’s movies again and catching all the jokes/innuendo I didn’t get as a kid.
  • Every week I introduce my kids to a “new” old movie. ‘E.T.’ was a blast with two young kids.
  • So was ‘Jurassic Park.’
  • Ever seen the classic sci-fi Don Johnson flick ‘A Boy and His Dog?’ That’s a fun one.
  • If you enjoy a good piece of sci-fi done well for almost nothing, go check out the aforementioned movie ‘Moon.’ Big Duncan Jones fan here.
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